Mastercraft-Rachet-3-19-13Impact and MasterCraft Safety’s harnesses are some of the most popular in the racing industry today.  Used by the likes of Robby Gordon, Brian Deegan, Ron Hornaday, Antron Brown and even Tom Cruise in the new Jack Reacher movie, Impact by MasterCraft Safety has become the popular choice of drivers from NASCAR to NHRA to Baja.  Always evolving, MasterCraft debuted the QSR (Quick Safety Release Adjusters) system in 2012 to critical acclaim.

For 2013 and in response to overwhelming demand, Impact and MasterCraft Safety are proud to introduce a new option for the most versatile belts in the industry today; the Ratcheting Harness.

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.

Twenty of the 33 Trick Trucks entered in the 2012 Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”, February 3rd thru 5th, have signed up to take part in this year’s Trick Truck Challenge. This will be the second year for the Trick Truck Challenge that saw over $134,000 in bonus money paid out in 2011. To be eligible for the year-long Challenge, Trick Truck teams must be signed up by the Parker “425” race.

Casey Folks, Director of Best In The Desert, announced, “As of January 25th, 20 of the top Trick Truck teams in the world have signed up for the second year of the exciting Best in the Desert $120,000 Trick Truck Challenge. That’s right – one hundred and twenty thousand dollars paid back 100% to the racers. A special bonus purse will be paid out to the top three participating Trick Truck finishers at each of the six Best In The Desert races as well as the year-end bonus. The special Trick Truck Challenge Cup Trophy will also be awarded at the end of the year to the overall winning team.” Folks continued, “No other off-road racing organization has a program like the Best in the Desert Trick Truck Challenge. I’ve always said, either lead, follow or get out of our way and Best in the Desert is in the lead!”

$10,000 will be paid to 1st, $6,000 to 2nd and $3,000 to 3rd for each of six races for a total of $19,000 per race. An additional $10,000 will go to 1st place, $4,000 for 2nd and $2,000 for 3rd in the final year-end standings. Plus another $44,000 in year-end bonus has been posted from sponsors TSCO, Camburg Engineering, Jimco Racing, Geiser Bros., MasterCraft and Racer Engineering.


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.

Do you have an interest in racing safety?  Are you attending the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) in Indianapolis this week?  If so then you are in luck as Mike Ross, MasterCraft Safety’s Director of Technology, will be delivering a presentation entitled “Suspension Seats for Protection During Downward Vehicle Impact” at 3:15 Eastern Time on Wednesday, December 7th.  Ross has designed seating and restraint solutions for helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, military vehicles and most recently for the off-road market.  In addition to his terrestrial work, Mike Ross has worked with NASA to design restraint systems for on orbit use for the US Manned Space Program. Following the presentation, Mike will answer safety questions as part of a panel of experts chaired by fellow safety authority Dr. John Melvin, who retired from General Motors in 1998 after 40 years as a biomedical scientist for automobile safety and since turned his attention to making NASCAR safer.

Ross will explain how crashes have been well documented in many ways, but somewhat lacking with regards to the force imparted into the body during a severe downward impact and attenuation of this force.  Occupants of off-road racing vehicles are routinely subjected to impacts to the body resulting in force in the +Z axis. This force can be seen not only during crashes but also during normal desert and short course racing when the vehicles are going over jumps or through “whoops”.  The same energy  can also be seen during rollover events and this force can lead to broken clavicles (collar bones) and compression injuries to the spine.  This presentation will explore how energy attenuating seats address this problem. In conjunction with seating technology, the relationship between the seat, the seat occupant, and the optimal mounting position for t he restraint system will be explored.

If you are unable to attend the IMIS Safety and Technical Conference and would like further information on this subject please contact MasterCraft Safety Media Contact Kelli Willmore at kelli@mastercraftsafety.com.

Mike Ross has over 35 years of Human Factors design experience and also attended Massey Business College where he studied Mechanical Design.  Ross has an impressive resume which includes work in the aeronautical and the aerospace and defense industries and has held notable positions with companies such as Aerospatiale Helicopter, Grumman Houston, Grumman Space and Electronics, Stewart & Stevenson and MasterCraft Safety. Mike has also worked as the Engineering Lead and Design Manager for programs such as the Space Station Freedom Restraints and Mobility Aids and the US Army Low Signature Armored Cab (LSAC) program.  Ross’ awards include Space Station Freedom Award of Merit, Grumman SPARK Award, and two Stewart & Steven Exceptional Performance Awards and has been granted a US Patent for his work on the LSAC.

Mike Ross has officially been employed by MasterCraft Safety for three years however his relationship with the company began during his tenure with Stewart and Stevenson.  While working on the design for the LSAC, Ross approached MasterCraft to test their line of energy attenuating seats.  After testing and validation, Ross became a believer in the product and integrated the seats into the design of of the LSAC.  He was such a strong advocate of the MasterCraft Safety seat that Ross gave up retirement in 2008 to accept his current Director of Technology position with the company.  Mike Ross’ current research involves injury prevention during severe vehicle slam down or under vehicle explosion.

LOS ANGELES—Las Vegas desert racers Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies along with youthful Southern California racer Justin Davis are in a tight battle for the 2011 SCORE overall point championship heading into this weekend’s inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions.  Round 4 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be held Saturday in San Felipe, Baja, California, Mexico. This race is a late replacement the Primm 300 race that was cancelled this year because of insurmountable insurance issues.

With late entries accepted up to race morning, over 100 entries are expected for the new race, for 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks, that will run over the same course that was recently used for this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March of just over 250 miles.

The race will start at 7 a.m. (PDT) Saturday and the start/finish line area will be located adjacent to the iconic San Felipe arches entering town. Vehicles will leave the start line one every 60 seconds in the elapsed time race. While the fastest vehicles are expected to finish the 250-plus mile course in approximately four hours, 15 minutes, and all vehicles will have an 11-hour time limit from the time each starts to become an official finisher of the race.

Pre-race festivities will be held on Friday on the picturesque malecon boardwalk along the Sea of Cortez in the heart of San Felipe. The colorful SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held on the malecon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT) and pre-race safety inspection will be held on the malecon from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Driver and media registration will be held at the Hacienda Don Jesus hotel two blocks off the Malecon from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (PDT) on Friday as well.  The post race awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Sunday in the plaza in the heart of the malecon.

Drawing the first start for this race was the veteran MacCachren, 46, a six-time all-America motorsports driver including three first team awards, has earned eight SCORE class season point championships in his sterling career and he was the overall winner in this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March on the same race course to be used Saturday.  He drives the No. 20 MasterCraft Safety Racing Ford F-150 in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division for high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks.  Including this year’s first San Felipe race win, MacCachren has eight career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins. MacCachren is in rehab treatment for the broken left collarbone he sustained will racing in a short course race in Southern California.

Among the others who drew first starts are Justin Davis (Unlimited Class 1), twin brothers Arturo and Abel Velazco (Class 1-2/1600), Sergio Salgado (Class 10) and Rafael Navarro IV (SCORE Lite).

Winning two of the first three series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, Las Vegas’ SCORE rookie driver Menzies leads the points in the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series.

Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to assume a commanding lead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.  Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.

SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class, Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck before this year, has 243 championship points following Round 3 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series.

With two wins and a second so far this year, second in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., just three points behind Menzies with 240 so far. Davis, last year’s SCORE Lite point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.

MacCachren is third in overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck points so far after finishing fourth in Laughlin and ninth in Ensenada with 227 points.

Following consistent seventh, fifth and fourth-place finishes in the season’s first three events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 214 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.

Tied for fifth in overall points with 205 is Mexico’s preeminent son-father team Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr., in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 (fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck) and Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley Calif. in the Jefferies-Chevy (second in Class 1).

SCORE Trophy-Truck has the most entries to date with 15, followed by Class 1 with 12.
The RPM Offroad team of Bristol, Tenn., has a SCORE-record seven entries in this weekend’s new race. RPM Offroad has its five regular entries in the new Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions–SCORE Trophy-Truck (Clyde Stacy), Class 4 (Clyde Stacy), Class 8 (Justin Matney), Class 11 (Justin Matney) and Stock Full (John Matney). They added two additional entries in the last few weeks in Stock Mini with Justin Matney as driver of record and Class 17 with Stacy as the driver of record. The team obviously has several co-drivers to assist the drivers of record but SCORE rules do require that in order to receive points for the race, the driver of record must either start or finish the race which will be a unique challenge in itself for the formidable RPM Offroad team.

“We have worked out the logistics for it, but there isn’t much room to wiggle with our driver changes,” said Justin Matney, 25. “But we really love SCORE Baja racing and these races are a test market for all of the products we carry in our retail outlet back home so our goals may be different than some teams but we do enjoy winning and now are chances have gone up even more to have multiple class wins.

In three races so far this season, RPM Offroad has recorded eight class wins in four different classes and currently leads the class point standings in three classes–Class 8, Class 11 and Class 4. Additionally, the team is currently 13th in SCORE Trophy-Truck points and second in Stock Full.

In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $300,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season.  Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 32 drivers remain eligible after Round 3 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Symons Ambulance-official ambulance and Slime-official tire sealant. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
While Tecate is title sponsor of the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, additional race sponsor is the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com

LOS ANGELES—SCORE International confirmed today that the next race of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be the new Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions to be held Sept. 9-11 in San Felipe, Baja, California, Mexico.  The race replaces the Primm 300 race that was cancelled this year because of insurmountable insurance issues.

The new race, for 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks, will run over the same course that was recently used for this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March of approximately 250 miles.

After executing the event agreement today in Baja California with SCORE President/CEO Sal Fish, Francisco Perez Tejada Padilla, Mayor of Mexicali stated that, “The cities of Mexicali and San Felipe are pleased to announce that SCORE has decided to continue supporting Baja California by adding another race to their calendar in Mexico. This shows the great communication achieved by the Federal, State and Municipal authorities with Sal Fish. We are pleased that SCORE recognizes our previous hard work and continues to have confidence in our support. This new race will become the epicenter of desert racing during the month of September.”

Fish stated that, “While SCORE regrets ending a 16 year relationship with the Primm Valley Resorts and Las Vegas Events, we are pleased to open a new door with Mexicali and San Felipe and provide our participants with an exciting Baja racing challenge in the friendly, relaxing and scenic city of San Felipe.”

Elaborating on the cancellation of this year’s Primm 300, Fish confirmed that, “The sole reason for the decision was due to insurance requirements and cost. The Primm entities dramatically increased the liability insurance requirements for the event, which made conducting the event cost prohibitive.”

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com

Ford’s Super Duty pickups are ubiquitous not just as towing and chase vehicles for desert races, but also at construction and work sites all over the country.  Now owners of these trucks can experience the same level of comfort the Jeep market has come to know through the Baja RS and the same level of engineering as the 3G off-road race seat.  Designed after the legendary MasterCraft Safety Baja RS suspension seat, the new XD seat is one inch wider to take advantage of the generous cabin space in the Super Duty and can comfortably fit up to a 44-inch waist.  This new suspension seat is offered in four popular color combinations to compliment any interior, including All Black – vinyl/cloth; All Black – vinyl only; All Gray – vinyl/cloth; and All Gray – vinyl only.  Unlike many other suspension seats on the market, the MasterCraft Safety meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) compliance.

The MasterCraft Safety XD seat keeps you safely positioned in any terrain, while still allowing for easy ingress and egress of your Super Duty truck.   The XD seat mounts directly to your Ford’s factory manual sliders with MasterCraft Safety’s installation kit and with nine different positions from full tilt forward to full recline, the XD seat allows you to fine tune your driving position or provide a much needed break during long haul drives.  Like all MasterCraft Safety suspension seats, the new XD is made from mandrel-bent and MIG-welded 3/4″-inch diameter .065-inch thick tubing and fitted with polyurethane foam of varying thickness and density to optimize comfort that lasts for years.  The suspension liner is made of nylon-coated textile mesh providing extreme strength and durability, while still being breathable.  Additional seat opti ons include heating elements for cold climates, heavy-duty seat-back zipper pockets, and available Schukra lumbar support.   The XD offers bolt-in performance, safety, and comfort in a stylish, durable package, whether your next stop is the construction site or remote pit.  Helpful installation instructions can be found on MasterCraft Safety’s website at http://www.mastercraftsafety.com/howto_series.php demonstrating just how easy it is to add comfort and safety to your Super Duty.

Based in Santee, California, MasterCraft Safety is the leading manufacturer of  off-road seating and restraints used in applications as varied as desert racing and military vehicles.  The common theme is that MasterCraft Safety is the first choice in environments where safety can mean the difference between life and death.  With the recent addition of Impact by MasterCraft Safety, the full spectrum of safety equipment from helmets to footwear is available for any and all forms of racing.  More information on MasterCraft Safety’s full-line of products can be found by visiting www.mastercraftsafety.com and additional information on Impact by MasterCraft Safety can be found at www.impactraceproducts.com.

Rob MacCachren has long held a reputation for being a talented driver, the kind of “hired gun” you add to the team to guarantee victory.  Yet despite over 175 event wins and 20 championships, his “hired gun” status also meant that he had never won a SCORE Trophy Truck race as the Driver of Record.  All that changed when MacCachren and co-driver, Cisco Bio, bested a field of 220 worthy competitors at the 2011 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in the No. 20 SCORE Trophy Truck sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink and MasterCraft Safety.

“We have knocked on the door and come so close so many times; it is great to finally take home the victory for everyone who has worked so hard to make this program possible.  I didn’t just want this win for myself and the sponsors, I wanted it for the team.”

Rob MacCachren started 11th in a crowded field of 24 SCORE Trophy Trucks and quickly worked his way towards the front, battling with the 2010 SCORE Trophy Truck champion, Jesse Jones, for the physical lead.  MacCachren was able to traverse the entire 252.09 mile treacherous course in an impressive four hours, 17 minutes and 45 seconds with no flats from his BFGoodrich tires.  Battling a slipping steering belt for most of the race, the Las Vegas native took a gamble during the fuel stop at race mile 108 by opting to spray the belt with carburetor cleaner and get back on course as quickly as possible.  The gamble paid off as ‘Rockstar Rob’ not only claimed the class win, he also claimed the overall victory and took the checkered flag just 44 seconds ahead of the second overall finisher, Jesse Jones.