Dale Dondel was fastest today at qualifying for the 2014 Mint 400. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Dale Dondel was fastest today at qualifying for the 2014 Mint 400. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

After racers tackled the 3.4-mile course, it was Dale Dondel who earned the fastest qualifying time at time trials for the 2014 Mint 400, edging out Bryce Menzies for the first spot off the line for Saturday’s race. With Menzies posting the second fastest time, it was Robby Gordon who took third place at the time trials.

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—Las Vegas champion desert racer B.J. Baldwin along with the new team of experienced racers Joe Ramirez and Brandon Walsh will feel the heat of the SCORE spotlight tonight during the third episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show season at 7 p.m. (PST).

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – The annual Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog is back at ToyoTires.com/Dakar with exclusive pre-race features and soon, daily coverage of the world’s most grueling, most unpredictable race. Covering nearly 3,500 miles over 13 days of competition, racers never know what Dakar will throw at them. This year, drivers will journey through Argentina and Chile between January 5 and 18.

Embracing the theme Meet the Unexpected, Toyo Tires will provide exclusive, first-hand reports from the Dakar Rally while chasing Team Toyo® racers Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin as well as accomplished French-American racer Guerlain Chicherit. Fans can also depend on the Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog for never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos. All three drivers will compete on race proven 37-inch Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

“Daily posts by Toyo Tires will capture the unexpected and take race fans inside the legendary Dakar Rally,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “From pre-race interviews to real-time updates, our annual Dakar Rally blog will be loaded with content that keeps people coming back for more.”

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — After 1,638.1 dusty and grueling desert racing miles, 30 of the world’s best desert racers have survived the challenge of the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series to earn coveted 2013 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards. The 30 drivers, competing in 11 different classes, earned their prestigious honors by finishing every required mile in the World’s foremost Desert Racing Series. The 2013 SCORE Desert Series ended recently with the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

All 30 drivers of record will receive their special awards Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego during the annual SCORE Awards Night celebration of 40 years of SCORE desert racing honoring the 2013 SCORE Desert Series point champions and the winners of the 2013 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Saving his best performance for his second-straight season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 victory, Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin has risen from this year’s dusty desert battles with the world’s best desert racers to earn his second straight SCORE Overall season point championship as well as he fourth SCORE Trophy Truck class point title in the last eight years.

Entering the season-finale at the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in fourth place in his class points, Baldwin drove solo brilliantly over the brutally-rugged 883.1-mile course across the northern part of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, to win the iconic race that was held on a course that was generally called the roughest loop course in the 46-year history of the event.

Kyle LeDuc

Kyle LeDuc

As somewhat of a preview to the Stadium Super Trucks race Friday evening after the 2013 SEMA Show concludes, Team Toyo Off-Road brought out some of its notable off-road racers to host a demo this week called the Team Toyo Truck-Off. Slated as an event with “no money, no champagne, no trophy,” the racers hopped behind their Stadium Super Trucks and still drove like they were in a real competition, giving the SEMA crowd, some of whom had never seen off-road race trucks in action, a demonstration of just what they could do on the Ford Out Front track in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

BJ-TJ-Baldwin-Off-Road-7-18-13Reno, NV – BJ Baldwin and relief driver TJ Flores fought hard to overcome several setbacks they encountered to finish fourth at the HDRA Eldorado Reno 500. BJ had enlisted the help of TJ Flores to handle some of the driving chores in the grueling 500 mile race. Normally BJ doesn’t use a relief driver but he is still healing after a hand injury that required a rod and a splint on his finger. With that finger sticking straight out, there is a chance it could get caught on the steering wheel doing even worse damage to the finger.

BJ had to do what he could for the team; he drove his truck during qualifying. He must have released every bit of his pent up energy. He went out and torched the field; taking the number one qualifying spot. He would take off in the lead on race day and drive the initial 18 miles before handing the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / Rigid Industries Trophy Truck over to TJ.

HDRA-Thumb-Reno-7-17-13Reno, NV – Competitors and fans were both treated to another epic event at the 2nd annual HDRA Eldorado Reno 500. The Reno 500 is a week-long event packed with fun for everyone with support from the city of Reno, the RSCVA and Northern Nevada Motor Madness. Course re-con commenced on Sunday July 7 to let the competitors know what they were in for. On Tuesday the 9th, starting positions were drawn for the classes who would not qualify at the sports book in the Eldorado Resort Casino and beamed out to the masses by Dirt Live on the internet.

On Wednesday, the Dirt Live Expo got underway. The Expo spotlighted Off Road Vehicle Manufacturers and Suppliers. The first outdoor off road expo in the history of downtown Reno, it offered displays by local and international dealers, distributors and promoters of off road events. The Expo promises to be the cornerstone of annual events to follow in coming years. Thursday would have live music, LivFast freestyle Motocross shows and incredible stunts performed by the Monster 2 Wheel Asphalt Stunt Team at the Dirt Live Expo.

Team_Parker_Logo-6-13-13San Diego, CA – The family of Parker Shaw will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Sycuan Casino in San Diego, CA.

This event is being held in honor of young Parker Shaw, a 6 year-old boy living in San Diego, Ca who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Parker Palooza will be an event focused on family fun while raising enough money to send Parker to the best treatment facility available. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Parker.

Parker Palooza will start at 12:00 PM and will include musical performances by: Perro Bravo, Sprung Monkey and C-Money & the Players. There will also be celebrity appearances by “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin and many other action sports stars as well as a large display area including motorcycles, Trophy Trucks and The World’s Largest Skateboard.

Thumb-Robby-Win-SCORE-Baja-500-6-2-13With the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 now in the books, we wanted to take a look back at some of the class winners of the 502-mile off road race that was held last weekend in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

There were 276 vehicles that left the starting line of the 2013 Baja 500, with 162 of those reaching the finish time in the allotted time (a finishing percentage of 58.71 for the field). Racers from 25 different U.S. States and 15 different counties participated in this year’s race.

As is often the case, there are hundreds of unique stories that come out of every off-road race – especially those held in Baja. Here’s a brief look at some of the class winners from the race along with some comments from them after crossing the finish line.