It’s one thing to see guys like BJ Baldwin and Robby Gordon hucking their $250,000 trophy trucks, equipped with the best parts that sponsors can provide, off huge jumps. It’s another thing to see weekend warriors without the support and resources (not to mention the experience) doing the same. This is an awesome video of a very nice Silverado prerunner catching some huge air.
We often wish we could listen in on the conversation that took place just before some of the videos that we find online. If we had to guess what lead up to this Ford Raptor vs. Chevy Silverado pulling contest, it probably went a little something like this…
SAN DIEGO — Tuesday’s Dirt LiveHD SCORE spotlight will shine on third generation desert racer Jessica McMillin and veteran motorcycle racer Kirk Russell as the featured SCORE racers at 7 p.m. (PT) on the increasingly-popular internet show. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in El Cajon, Calif., just east of San Diego.
McMillin, 28, is teammate to Heidi Steele, 41, as a pair of ‘experienced rookies’ in driving the No. 14 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck racing division while Russell, 43, owner of a motorcycle tour company in Mexico, races as a co-rider for a variety of pro motorcycle racers in several classes over the years.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. All live events, this will be the 34th weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air. Replays of previous Dirt LiveHD shows are kept in an electronic library on the dirtlive.com website.
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – Toyo Tires captured a historic 1st and 2nd overall in the 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend. Robby Gordon of Charlotte, NC, driving his #77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires® Chevy CK1500 trophy truck, won the 501-mile race in a time of 10:04:36. Finishing second was BJ Baldwin of Las Vegas, NV, piloting his #1 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck in a time of 10:13:51. Both drivers relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires for their decisive podium finish over a field of some 275 international competitors.
For the first time, pre-race qualifying was held a few days earlier on a section of the Baja 500 race course near Ojos Negros. Robby Gordon qualified the fastest, ensuring a number one starting position.
SAN DIEGO — New to the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, SoCal racers Steven Eugenio and teammate Adam Pfankuch and lead rider Tim Weigand of the powerful JCR Honda motorcycle team will be the featured guests tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly internet broadcast. Airing on www.score-international.com, the show is broadcast from the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.
Roger Norman’s Dirt Live one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the SCORE tech shop in San Diego. All live events this will be the 10th weekly Dirt Live show to air.
SCORE Officials announces today a shakeup in the overall finishers at the 2013 Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. After receiving a penalty for veering too far off the course (a 500-foot rule was instituted by SCORE’s Roger Norman), Bryce Menzies moved backed to second place which meant Gustavo Vildosola moved into the first-place spot for the overall victory. Finishing after Menzies in third place was last year’s winner Rob MacCachren, who moved up a spot after Juan Carlos Lopez was assessed a penalty.
In the Pro Motorcycle class, KTM-mounted Kurt Caselli was unofficially named the winner but later penalized for straying too far off course, giving the win to JCR Honda’s Timmy Weigand. Caselli moved back into second place, while Kendall Norman (who solo-ed the race) moved up into the final podium spot.
PARKER, ARIZONA – Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires® swept the BlueWater Desert Challenge in Parker, Arizona this past weekend. Driving the #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts open wheel ‘truggy’ equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires; Gordon dominated the three day event which consisted of Friday qualifying and two segments of racing.
During Friday’s qualifying, Gordon topped the charts with a time of 3:02.466 for an average speed of 59.19-mph. Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires were also on the truck of the second fastest qualifier, BJ Baldwin. Baldwin drove the #1 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado class 1400 Trick Truck to a time of 3:03.353 at 58.90-mph.
During Saturday and Sunday’s three-lap, 26-mile per lap races; Gordon won overall each day with more than a two-minute margin of victory. His cumulative time for the race was a 2:42:52, beating the second overall finisher by more than 4.5 minutes. BJ Baldwin finished second in class 1400 and fifth overall with a cumulative time of 02:52:02.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge wrapped up its two-race event on Sunday. Instead of being a two-day event that combined both day’s results into one race, this year SCORE created two separate races each day, making the weekend important to the top classes in terms of the overall points championship.
BJ Baldwin led from wire to wire on Saturday in the Trophy Truck class after qualifying first, while Rob MacCachren recovered from a ninth-place finish on Saturday to finish first on Sunday. Juan Carlos Lopez took home two second-place finishes both days of racing.
In Class 1, Adam Pfankuch earned the win on Saturday while Cody Parkhouse followed up his second-place finish on Saturday with the win on Sunday.
Check out this highlight video of action from the weekend. Below are SCORE’s official results from Sunday’s race.
Two-time season point champion BJ Baldwin earned the pole position for the start of the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada. He drove his #97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado to a fast lap of 6 minutes, 23.99 seconds during qualifying, averaging 58.59 mph on the 6.25-mile race loop.
“We improved our lap time by nearly nine seconds over last year, so we are very stoked,” said Baldwin, who won this race in both 2006 and 2007 and was second in qualifying last year in Laughlin. “This was our first time running with Toyo Tires and they were hooked up just perfect on this rugged little race course. Our Chevy Silverado is ready to roar on the river and I have to be calm enough to keep from pushing it over the edge.”
Qualifying second was Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren (above), who ran a qualifying lap of 6:33.00 at an average of 57.25 mph in the #20 MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150. SCORE notes the four trucks that elected not to qualify on Friday will start Saturday’s race behind the other 20 Trophy Trucks.
This year, SCORE changed the format for the Laughlin Desert Challenge. Instead of having two days of racing and combining the results from both days, each day of racing will be a separate race. Baldwin will lead the 24-truck field in the Trophy Truck class for Saturday’s race, with SCORE noting there are 100 official entries for this weekend’s racing. The start/finish line area and main pits are located at the Laughlin Events Park just off of Casino Drive in Laughlin. Races begin each day at 7 a.m.
General admission tickets are available at the event, with three spectator areas at the start/finish line area at the Laughlin Events Park, the SCORE Hill overlooking the infield area of the start/finish line area, and the ‘Cougar Corral’ located adjacent to the west end of the course by Laughlin High School. General admission, per person, per day, is $10 for the start/finish and infield area, $5 for the SCORE Hill and $5 for the ‘Cougar Corral.’
Check back with Off-Road.com for more on the weekend’s races.
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin is the newest member of Team Toyo® Off-Road. Considered one of the fiercest competitors in the sport of off-road racing, Baldwin will ride on championship-proven Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires through 2014. His 800-horsepower Chevy Silverado trophy truck known as “Fedor” will carry the Toyo Tires® name during major SCORE International and Best In The Desert off-road races.
BJ Baldwin is a 15-year veteran of off-road racing and is a former 2006 and 2008 SCORE-International Trophy Truck Champion. He also won the Best In The Desert Trophy Truck Championship back-to-back in 2010 and 2011. In addition to representing Toyo Tires® during races, Baldwin will also promote the Toyo Tires brand through appearances and additional marketing efforts.
“We needed a tire company that can meet our needs as a race team and withstand my abuse as a driver. After weeks of testing the Trophy Truck with several different off road tires I came to the conclusion that the Toyo Open Country M/T-R had the competitive advantage,” said BJ Baldwin. “The Open Country M/T-R simply performed better in all areas. I am very excited about my new relationship with Toyo Tires and look forward to celebrating many victories together. ”
“Toyo Tires is excited to welcome BJ Baldwin to Team Toyo. BJ is an accomplished off-road racer and we are confident our tires will bring him even more success” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “For 2012, Toyo Tires is now represented by two of the most prolific drivers in off-road racing, Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin. Our expectations are higher than ever for Team Toyo to score big wins in desert racing.”
Team Toyo’s 2012 super-team of off-road champions, Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin, marks Toyo Tires most powerful assault ever on the sport of desert racing. Past victories with Robby Gordon include winning the 2006 Baja 1000 followed by the 2009 SCORE International Overall Point Championship and 2009 SCORE Trophy-Truck Championship.
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