Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory.

Carlos Apdaly Lopez crossed the finish physically in the first position, but penalties looked to have cost him the victory. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

SCORE addressed the penalties of the overall first Trophy Truck finisher at the 48th Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, as Mexico’s Carlos Apdaly Lopez received time penalties from SCORE race officials Saturday morning for two course violations. The penalties cost Lopez the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck race victory.

Rob-MacCachren-SCORE-Baja-1000-11-21-15

Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin appear to have defended their Baja 1000 victory. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

In off-road racing, nothing is official until it’s official, but it appears as though Rob MacCachren and teammate Andy McMillin defended their 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 victory with a win this morning in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

That win, however, may not have been exactly how the team drew it up.

Pre-SCORE-Baja-1000-11-19-15
Tomorrow morning, 242 race teams will embark on an epic off-road journey for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000. Covering more than 820 miles of treacherous terrain in Baja California, Mexico, the racers will begin and end their day at the start/finish line in Ensenada. Motorcycles and ATVs will begin the race at 6 a.m. with racers leaving in 30-second intervals, while the trucks, buggies and UTVs will leave five hours later at 11 a.m.

The unlimited Trophy Truck class will be first off the line at 11, and aside from the fame and the glory of taking home a SCORE Baja 1000 victory, there’s also a tight battle on the line for the class championship. Last year’s winner, Steven Eugenio, sits in fifth place in points but is essentially out of the running to defend his title this year, but he knows there’s still plenty on the line in tomorrow’s race.

Parnelli-Jones-Baja-Legacy-10-15-15
(San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,)
~ Parnelli Jones and Rob MacCachren, two of off-road racing’s most legendary names, will be celebrated next month for the 2015 Baja Legacy celebration at Ensenada’s Horsepower Ranch. Produced by historian Marty Fiolka and off-road entrepreneur Todd Clement since 2003, the Baja Legacy events celebrate the rich tradition of Mexican off-road racing, which officially began with the 1967 NORRA Mexican 1000. Many of the sport’s biggest names (see below) have been inducted into ranch’s Hall of Fame, with the event hosting over 1,000 guests.

BFGoodrich-Baja-1000-2014-11-18-14

LA PAZ, MEXICO (Nov. 18, 2014) – Through nearly 24 hours and 1,275 miles of enduring among the most brutal terrain in racing, BFGoodrich Tires proved its toughness and made it a clean sweep of the SCORE desert racing series this season by capturing its 26th overall Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 title.

Thanks to an epic run by BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren and his co-drivers Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, the win marks the 81st overall win in the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires, by far the most by any tire manufacturer. With the win, racers on BFGoodrich Tires swept the entire 2014 SCORE International desert racing schedule.

Robby was the fastest qualifier last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: Val Douglas/GETSOMEphoto.com

Robby was the fastest qualifier last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Photo: Val Douglas/GETSOMEphoto.com

Former Indycar driver, NASCAR driver/team owner, short-course race series promoter and desert racing superstar Robby Gordon set the fastest qualifying time in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division during the special qualifying session held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in conjunction with SEMA week Tuesday night. Gordon will start in the number one spot for next week’s 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

Rows of Trophy Trucks and other SCORE off-road race vehicles invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2014 SEMA Show.

Rows of Trophy Trucks and other SCORE off-road race vehicles invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of the 2014 SEMA Show.

In another departure from the status quo in major league off-road racing, SCORE has invaded the 2014 SEMA Show in a big way, creating hype for its crowning event, the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, which gets underway 413 miles away, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, next weekend.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev. — Las Vegas’ SCORE Trophy Truck superstar champion drivers Rob MacCachren and B.J. Baldwin will be in the SCORE spotlight during Wednesday’s special two-hour broadcast of the SCORE Dirt LiveHD Internet show. The show will broadcast live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the massive SCORE display within the Motorsports Café at the 2014 Licensing Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Both born and raised in Las Vegas, MacCachren and Baldwin race in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks. MacCachren drives the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150 while Baldwin drives the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Rob-MacCachren-BFGoodrich-SCore-Baja-500-6-6-14
Ensenada, Mexico 
–  BFGoodrich Tires and its arsenal of top off-road drivers will put the brand’s desert-conquering tires to the test at this year’s  Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, starting Saturday, June 7. The 46th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 presents the opportunity for an unprecedented 30th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 overall victory for BFGoodrich Tires in the past 35 years of racing.

BJ-Baldwin-Top-Johnny-Nelson-2013-SCORE-Baja-1000-11-16-13

BJ Baldwin and co-driver Johnny Nelson earned the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 victory and the season championship.

Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Chevrolet driver BJ Baldwin crossed the finish line first in Ensenanda, Baja California, to earn his second consecutive SCORE Baja 1000 in the early morning hours of November 16. Baldwin faced a tough battle from the team of Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin down the stretch, but he was able to muster up the energy to fend them off in spite of soloing the entire 883.1 miles of race course for the 2013 1000.

Baldwin came into the race heavy-hearted after an accident in Baja while preparing for the race cost him his beloved dog Xena. It was a long month of personal issues leading up the race and Baldwin said he was not as prepared as he’d like to be, but in spite of that he was able to put all of those issues behind him to earn the win.