LOS ANGELES—Moving out from the shadow of his father and his uncle’s experienced tracks, Southern California desert racer Cody Parkhouse has assumed the SCORE overall and unlimited Class 1 point lead after the first two rounds of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.  With the season’s last three races all to be run in Baja, Mexico, Cody Parkhouse, 24 of Long Beach, Calif., opened the season at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in mid-January by finishing second in the first round and winning the second in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheeled desert race car the following day.

A second-generation desert racer and the youngest of the three Parkhouse racers, Cody Parkhouse has 103 season points to help launch the 39th season of Sal Fish’s SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.

With Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez finishing second in both Laughlin races in the No. 18 RPM Off-Road Chevy Silverado to lead the featuring SCORE Trophy Truck division points, RPM leads the point standings in seven classes after the first two races of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. Lopez, of Tecate, Mexico, is also second overall in points with 101 heading into the upcoming 26th Annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, to be held in San Felipe, Mexico, March 9-11.

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.

With 190 career victories and 20 series championships, Rob MacCachren has demonstrated that you cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do, but instead what you have already done.  Given MacCachren’s impressive resume of successes and extensive collection of trophies, it would be difficult for anyone to imagine that he has anything left to prove – except maybe to himself.  Adding another trophy and victory to his collection during the second round of SCORE International racing this past weekend, Rob MacCachren once again proved to himself and others he is a force to be reckoned with.

This past weekend’s season opener of the 2012 SCORE International desert racing series held in Laughlin, Nevada hosted a field of 22 elite unlimited class trucks all vying for the top spot in two separate rounds of racing.  For the first time in the 18 year history of the Laughlin Desert Challenge the two day event was scored as two separate races, firmly setting the stage for the SCORE Trophy Truck points battle heading into the MasterCraft Safety San Felipe 250 race in March.

Finishing the 2011 SCORE International season second in points in the premier SCORE Trophy Truck class, Rob MacCachren had set the bar high the previous year and arrived in Laughlin with his sights set on improving his 2011 showing in his No. 20 Rockstar Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires Jimco-built Trophy Truck.   Putting down the second fastest qualifying time with an average speed of 57.25mph on the 6.25-mile course, MacCachren started behind fellow Las Vegas competitor B.J. Baldwin for Saturday’s event.  By the fifth lap, Rob was leading the race by ten seconds on corrected time when a rare misstep into a berm threw the tire from the bead necessitating a tire change with just three laps remaining in SCORE’s first round of racing in the 2012 season.  “I knew I had to go out there and put the truck out front so I had a good starting position on Sunday ,” remarked MacCachren. “Fortunately, we were able to pull off a ninth place finish even with the tire change and that still gives a great shot at staying up front in points.”

Not one to let Saturday’s finish discourage him from dominating the following day, Rob lined up mid-pack on Sunday for the second round of SCORE International desert racing and quickly turned up the heat on the competition.  Averaging 55.28mph MacCachren methodically picked off the field of 21 remaining starters for Sunday’s race and earned himself his tenth SCORE Trophy Truck career win.  “Everything just came together today with the Jimco truck and the team.  I couldn’t be happier with my crew and partners like MasterCraft Racing and Rockstar Energy Drink that helped me get this win today.  The Fox Racing Shox and BFGoodrich Tires did their job on the rough course and the truck was working great,” said Rob Mac after the race.  Claiming the overall victory with an elapsed time of 54 minutes and 16 seconds, MacCachren finished an asto nishing 1 minute and 12 seconds ahead of the second place finisher and accumulated his 190th career victory in off-road racing.

Currently sitting second in points in the 2012 SCORE Trophy Truck class, Rob MacCachren heads to the MasterCraft Safety San Felipe 250 race looking to defend his previous year’s overall win at this event.  In addition to claiming the victory at last year’s 25th Anniversary of the San Felipe 250 in March, MacCachren followed up his domination just six months later and bested his previous overall time on the same racecourse by more than five minutes and beat out the second overall competitor by more than nine minutes.  Claiming three of his ten career SCORE Trophy Truck victories in just the last ten months under the MasterCraft Racing banner, Rob Mac is looking to build upon his recent successes and has his sights firmly set on the SCORE Trophy Truck championship as the season heads into it’s third race of the year in March.

Round three of the SCORE International desert racing series continues with the 26th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 race on March 9 – 11, 2012 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.  For more information regarding this and other SCORE events visit: www.score-international.com.

Be sure to follow all of the team’s latest developments throughout the 2012 SCORE racing season via social media by “liking” Rob MacCachren at: http://www.facebook.com/21RobMac.

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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.”

To learn more about “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin and the Open Country® line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.


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.

SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge Photo Highlights

“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.

FULLERTON, CA. – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-road racers, including Trophy Truck veteran Cameron Steele, begin the season at the 18th annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nevada, January 14-15. Steele, along with his Desert Assassin team, will be competing on various Yokohama Geolandar® tires.

Steele received the first qualifying spot for the two-day SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts) event, which, for the first time, will be divided into two races. Steele has two Trophy Trucks entered, both on newly developed 40-inch Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S® R tires specially engineered for extreme off-road conditions.

“The 40-inch tire is a dream to race on,” said San Clemente, California-based Steele. “Yokohama and the Desert Assassins worked together on the development, and we know that our top 10 finish at last year’s Baja 1000 was just a sneak peak of what the tire can do. With the new tires mounted on our two 800-horsepower Geiser Brothers trucks, we’re ready to battle in 2012.”

Steele, who is also a TV commentator and two-time SCORE Person of the Year, will pilot the #16 Trophy Truck while Josh Daniel will start the season in the #14 truck.

Missing from the action in Laughlin will be the reigning Class 6 champion, Heidi Steele (Cameron’s wife). She will be cheering on teammate Rene Brugger as she awaits the birth of her first child, but plans a return to off-road racing later this year. “Heidi will be behind the wheel for an epic 2012 schedule, including the Baja 500, Vegas to Reno and the Baja 1000,” said Cameron Steele. “At Laughlin, Rene will drive both days in the #600 Class 6 championship truck, which runs on off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+® tires.”

Also competing in Laughlin with the Desert Assassins will be Brent Parkhouse and Brian Burgess, who compete in the Class 12 (SCORE Lite) division. Their buggy is fitted with Yokohama’s competition-only Super Digger® tires.

“We’re looking toward another great season with Cameron, Heidi and the Desert Assassins,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s director of product planning and motorsports. “They won the title last year on the M/T+ tire and the new 40-inch Geolandar was flawless at the Baja 1000, so we are confident with the performance of the tires and about our prospects this year.”

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ – the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

LAUGHLIN, Nev.—Starting off the new year and new racing season like it has for nearly two decades, this weekend’s 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge is an extremely popular three-day event for fans and racers, but no racers enjoy it more than six drivers who have combined for 33 classes wins in Laughlin, Nev.

Launching its 39th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2012, Sal Fish’s SCORE International will hold the first major motorsports events of the year in the United States in Laughlin, 90 miles Southeast of Las Vegas.

With entries so far from 15 U.S states along with Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Mexico, Rounds 1 and 2 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held Friday through Sunday along the banks of the Colorado River in the Southern Nevada resort destination of Laughlin. Competition will be held for 20 Pro and three Sportsman classes for race buggies and trucks.

For the first time in the history of the event, each day of the two-day Laughlin gathering (Saturday and Sunday) will be separate race events for purposes of championship points, prize money and trophies.

The course is 6.25 miles long with the classes divided into groups for five multi-lap races each day. The start/finish line area and main pits will once again be located at the Laughlin Events Park just off of Casino Drive in Laughlin. The day-long races will start each day at 7 a.m.

Leading the parade of multi-class winners in the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge entered this year is eight-time Class 3 winner Donald Moss of Sacramento, Calif. Las Vegas SCORE Trophy Truck racer Rob MacCachren has seven class wins in Laughlin while Adam Pfankuch, Oceanside, Calif., has six class wins and will be racing one of the two days in the unlimited Class 1 for driver of record Steven Eugenio, El Centro, Calif.

LOS ANGELES—Acting in response to the restructuring of the popular season-opening event, SCORE International has announced that it has taken over the spectator ticketing portion of the event as well as the racing for this coming weekend’s 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. Always producing the racing portion of the event, SCORE was forced into this position when the Laughlin Tourism Commission elected this year to not continue the management of the spectator areas of the event.

SCORE has decided to use the all three of the spectator areas as the last several years—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, will be $10 for the start/finish and infield area, $5 for the SCORE Hill and $5 for the ‘Cougar Corral’.

Launching into its 39th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2012, Sal Fish’s SCORE International will hold the first major motorsports events of the year in the United States in Laughlin, 90 miles Southeast of Las Vegas.

With entries accepted so far from 13 U.S states along with Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Mexico, Rounds 1 and 2 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held this coming Friday through Sunday (Jan. 13-15) along the banks of the Colorado River in the Southern Nevada resort destination of Laughlin. Competition will be held for 20 Pro and three Sportsman classes for race buggies and trucks.

LOS ANGELES—While Southern California desert racer Cameron Steele received the first qualifying spot in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division, SoCal’s Damen Jefferies got a nice New Year’s gift as he received the first starting slot in the unlimited Class 1 in Monday’s drawing for starting positions for the upcoming 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Launching into its 39th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2012, Sal Fish’s SCORE International will hold the first major motorsports events of the year in the United States.

With entries accepted so far from 11 U.S States along with Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Mexico, Rounds 1 and 2 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held January 13-15 along the banks of the Colorado River in the Southern Nevada resort destination of Laughlin.

For the first time in the history of the event, each day of the two-day Laughlin event (Jan. 14, Jan. 15) will be separate race events for purposes of championship points, prize money and trophies.

PHOENIX, AZ, Dec. 22, 2011 – After a very successful 2011 season, including a 2nd overall at the Baja 1000 and 3rd overall at the Baja 500, the Flying Dutchmen Racing Team is poised to claim the SCORE Championship and an overall win in 2012.

“We continue to learn and improve each and every time we race,” Nick Vanderwey said, “We’ve got a great team and a great truck,” he added. “We are looking forward to 2012, it’s going to be our best season ever.”

The Dutchmen will be participating in the 18th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Laughlin, NV, Jan. 13-15, 2012, 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, Mar. 9-11, 2012, 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, June 1-3, 2012, 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico, Nov. 14-17, 2012.

This is the 21st season the Vanderwey brothers, Nick, Larry, John and Mike, have been competing in desert racing. The #84 Trophy Truck is sponsored by: BF Goodrich;
KC HiLights; King Shocks; Dougan’s Racing Engines; Rancho Drivetrain Engineering; Tubeworks; TrailReady Wheel; All Start Electric and “got milk?”

For more information contact: John Vanderwey 602-763-3200

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