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.

HDRA-Ridgecrest-Off-Road-4-4-13Ridgecrest, CA – HDRA is bringing some heavy horsepower to Ridgecrest, California for the King Shocks HDRA 250 race April 4-7. The list of Trophy Truck teams competing includes points leader Cameron Steele in his Desert Assassins Monster Energy number 16, BJ Baldwin, the Herbst brothers Tim and Troy, Gustavo Vildosola, Juan Carlos Lopez, Jimmy Knuckles, Justin Davis, Zak Langley and the Galindo Electric team of Steven Eugenio and Adam Pfankuck who are poised for a break-out win.

It’s hard to remember when so many Trophy Trucks were competing in Ridgecrest; the fans are in for some great racing.

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.

SAN DIEGO — Just as he said he would, Roger Norman continues to make changes to his new SCORE International desert racing organization and today announced his first of several anticipated first-time sponsors for the world’s foremost desert racing organization as Southern California’s King Shocks has been selected as the official shock absorber for SCORE.

Relatively new to the industry, King Shocks, founded in 1996 and based in Garden Grove, Calif., has rapidly risen to become a significant force in the sport of desert racing with a wide variety of products for all types of professional racing use. Leading the King family of racers is Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin, the 2012 SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion.

When the 2012 Best In The Desert race season got underway at the Parker “425”, twenty of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers had signed up for the second annual Trick Truck Challenge. Each participating team kicked in a $6,000 fee towards bonus prize money to be paid out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Trick Truck finishers in each of the six Best In The Desert races, plus a year-end bonus.

For 2012, Steve Sourapas walked away with the lion’s share of Trick Truck Challenge bonus money along with the beautiful trophy that goes to the overall winner. Going into the last race of the year, the Sourapas entry, driven by Rob MacCachren, sat eleven points behind the truck of Mark Weyhrich. In order to win the Trick Truck Championship and claim the top spot among the participating Trick Truck Challenge drivers, MacCachren had to finish first and have Weyhrich come in no higher than third place. When the checker flag fell at the end of the Henderson “250”, that’s exactly how they finished; Rob MacCachren first, Mark Weyhrich third. So when the total bonus money was added up, Steve Sourapas ended up the big winner, taking home $54,500 over the course of the year. Mark Weyhrich was second with $32,000. Other drivers that took home Trick Truck Challenge bonus money over the year included BJ Baldwin with $16,000, Juan Carlos Lopez with $7,000, and Adam Householder, Jason Voss, Rick D Johnson, and Steve Olliges each with $6,000.

With the start flag drop on the Henderson “250” just hours away, here’s an update on the Trick Truck Challenge Cup. Best In The Desert is proud to announce that the Trick Truck Challenge has been a huge success for the 2012 racing season.  Twenty (20) of the best off-road competitors in the world put in an additional $5,000 for prize money to be paid out to the 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place Trick Truck winners in each of the six Best In The Desert races. Beginning with the 2012 Parker “425”.

The prize money added up to $100,000 to be paid out and even more will be paid out as a Year-End Bonus to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place year-end winners.  Now that is some serious money to take home by racing Best In The Desert; plus the Best In The Desert payback class money, any way you look at it the Trick Truck 1st Place winner is going home with a lot of money!

Charlotte, N.C. (November 21, 2012) – For the first time in his off-road career Robby Gordon watched the green flag wave on the 45 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from the sidelines, as fellow RPM Offroad co-driver Juan Carlos Lopez accelerated away from the starting line in the 12 position. This year’s legendary desert race saw Gordon co-driving with veteran Mexican off-road racer Juan Carlos Lopez in hopes a combined effort will capture the SCORE Trophy Truck point’s championship.

As the experienced Lopez set his sights on race marker 545, the place where Gordon would be taking over driving duties. Lopez wasted no time tracking down the trucks in front of him, quickly moving into 6 place in the trophy truck class by race marker 100, just 1 min 53 seconds behind the leader. The next 50 miles saw Lopez significantly increase the pace of the #18, moving into 2 position, just 13 seconds out of the lead.

As the top off-road racers gather to take on the challenging second half of Best In The Desert’s 2012 6-race race season, racing icon Robby Gordon holds the overall, and Class 1500 points lead with 300 points in his bright orange RPM, Geiser Bros. truggy. Gordon leads the General Tire sponsored Class 1500 unlimited car of Mike Childress sitting in second overall and in class, with 273 points.

The Trick Truck standings are even closer with Mark Weyhrich and Steve Sourapas tied at the top with 242 points each. They are followed closely by Gordon’s RPM teammate, Juan Carlos Lopez with 238.

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.

LAUGHLIN, NEVADA – Team Toyo Off-Road’s newest member, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, won Saturday’s Round 1 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series during the 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada.  Baldwin, from Las Vegas, Nevada, finished an impressive first overall and first in class with a one minute, six second margin of victory over the next finisher, Juan Carlos Lopez.

Driving his #97 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck; Baldwin beat 98 other vehicles entered in the eight lap race with a time of 53 minutes, 45 seconds.  This was Baldwin’s first-ever SCORE off-road race competing on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

Baldwin was the number one qualifier for Saturday’s race, posting the fastest time of six minutes, 23.99 seconds during a single 6.25-mile lap sprint on Friday.  During Sunday’s Round 2, Baldwin experienced a mechanical problem during lap two, sidelining his truck before the finish of the race.

“It’s 2012 and the end is near… for the competition!  Our race season is already starting to blossom thanks to Toyo,” said Baldwin.  “We qualified first by a mile and then easily won round one.  Round 2 was going to be victorious as well if not for engine trouble.  This year is going to be awesome for us now that we are running on the best off road tire. The Toyo Open Country M/T-R’s simply perform better!”

“We congratulate BJ Baldwin on his win during Round 1 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “This was his first time competing as a member of Team Toyo Off-Road, and he won immediately on our Open Country M/T-R tires.  We are looking forward to an exciting desert racing season with BJ.”

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