Too Close
One of the great things about SEMA is that it gives automotive enthusiasts an opportunity to get close to all the action. In the case of the people in this video… REAL close! The action involving Trophy Truck demos at the show were to highlight short-course off-road racing and demos for the SCORE Baja 1000 festivities at the show leading up to qualifying for this year’s race (see results here). Props to Patrick Clark for cutting it close but still keeping his Trophy Truck / Pro 2 race truck under control.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Capturing three straight wins in any sport is a challenge, but to earn a three-peat in the motorsports world in the same race is nearly unheard of, especially in desert racing. In next week’s legendary 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, two former teammates will be looking to capture the proverbial three-peat by earning the overall victory in the toughest desert race in the world. After finishing second in 2013, winning the last two years of this iconic race as teammates were Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and San Diego’s Andy McMillin.

This year both will be attempting to etch his name in indelible bronze next week with a third straight victory in the SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Race week festivities start next Wednesday with the green flag dropping next Friday morning.

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Ford announced this morning its plans to return to the SCORE Baja 1000. This year, Ford will take on the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in the new 2017 F-150 Raptor in stock full class competition in mid-November. The Raptor race truck will also be on display this week at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — As a prelude to the iconic 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, 34 of the world’s top racers are heading to Las Vegas for the SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying, presented by BFGoodrich Tires. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, on the Off-Road Track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A total of 26 of the 30 SCORE Trophy Trucks entered in the race and eight of the 20 Trophy Truck Spec race trucks have confirmed participation in the optional qualifying for starting positions within their respective classes. The race, which will have an approximate 854-mile course, will traverse Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in Ensenada, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The race and surrounding festivities of the final round of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Nov. 15-20.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico— Practice, practice and more practice is what desert racers from around the world will be looking to do starting Saturday as pre-running opens for the internationally-televised 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — With pre-running on the rugged race route to open Saturday, Oct. 22, official entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included in Thursday’s drawing for start positions in various classes for next month’s 49th anniversary of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the season finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to take the green flag on Friday, Nov. 18 for this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The granddaddy of all desert races will be held Nov. 15-20 in Baja California Norte on Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting and finishing in the seaside port of Ensenada, 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

DRAWING RECAP
The drawing for starting positions, by class, for all classes except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec, was held Thursday.

A solid total of 183 vehicles are officially entered as of today and nearly 75 additional entries are expected to enter in the five weeks before race day in Ensenada for the legendary race.

So far among the car, truck and UTV classes, SCORE Trophy Truck has the most entries with 28, followed by Trophy Truck Spec with 20, Pro UTV FI with 19, Class 10 with 18, the unlimited Class 1 with 15 and Pro UTV with 12 officially entered to date.

Among the motorcycle classes, the Pro Moto Ironman (solo) rider has the most entries with six today followed by the Pro Moto Unlimited and Pro Moto 40 (m/c riders over 40 years old) classes with five entries each so far.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — As entries continue to arrive from all across the United States and from around the world, the drawing for starting positions will be held on Thursday for next month’s 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The final round of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Nov. 15-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.

The oldest continuous-running, most prestigious and most rugged desert race in the world, nearly 250 entries, from 35 U.S. States and 15 countries are expected to participate in classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads in this year’s celebration of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16POMONA, Calif., USA — It is time to drop the green flag for another spectacular Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex, in Pomona, Calif. and SCORE International will once again be a major part of this weekend’s popular public trade show. The colorful and extensive SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit area in Building 5 will once again offer desert-racing fans the opportunity to interact with the top desert racing teams in the world while viewing the most radical motorsports vehicles ever developed.

Nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 49th annual SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 16-20, with the race and all ancillary events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

SCORE-Baja-1000-49th-9-12-16ENSENADA, Mexico — Online racer registration is now officially open for November’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic granddaddy of all desert races that is the season-finale of the four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship.

Nearly 250 entries, from 25 countries and 40 U.S. States are expected to compete in this year’s 49th SCORE Baja 1000. The race week festivities will cover Nov. 15-20, with the race and all ancillary events starting and finishing in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

It will be a loop race this year of approximately 840 miles with the start line and finish line adjacent to the landmark Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada and the first and last several spectator-friendly miles running up and back down the Ensenada Arroyo.

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Ensenada, Mexico — Silt made this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 one of the toughest to date, but Jon Walker and Albins earned the win in Class 1 regardless of the tough race. Regardless of how much planning is done prior to race, once the green flag drops anything can happen. This year’s brutal 800+ mile loop between start and finish in Ensenada proved just that. In addition to silt, high-speed desert crossings, technical rocky mountain trails, washes, ditches, drop-offs, fog and dust reinforced the Baja 1000’s reputation as the ultimate test for all drivers and vehicles who dare enter. Of the 239 starting vehicles, less than half would complete the race.