RENO, Nev. — Through the third of five races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, 19 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards. Two of SCORE races to date were both approximately 250 miles each, one in San Felipe, Mexico and one in Plaster City, Calif., USA while last month’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was nearly 450 miles in Ensenada, Mexico.
RENO, 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.
Ensenada, Mexico – BFGoodrich Tires claimed its 30th overall Tecate SCORE Baja 500 title behind a strong run by BFGoodrich Performance Team member Bryce Menzies who grabbed his third overall win at this race in the past four years. The win marks the 79th overall win on the Baja peninsula for BFGoodrich Tires.
BFGoodrich Tires not only took the overall win, but its race tires ran on nine of the top 10 overall finishers and 17 of the top 20 and added seven class wins. In Class 1, four of the top five class finishers, including class 1 winner Cody Parkhouse, who finished 10th overall, ran on BFGoodrich Tires.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side pilot Marc Burnett won Class 19 at the 2014 Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 race held this past weekend in Baja California, Mexico. In Ohio, fellow Maverick racer Kyle Chaney won the XC1 Modified side-by-side class at the Wiseco John Penton Grand National Cross Country race in Ohio. Can-Am ATV racers also had a great weekend sweeping their respective podiums in the GNCC 4×4 Pro class and in the New England ATV Motocross Pro class.
“Highlighted by Maverick racer Marc Burnett’s dominating victory in the SCORE Baja 500, we had several Can-Am racers win their class either on an ATV or in a side-by-side. Burnett, Kyle Chaney and our GNCC 4×4 Pros have been outstanding this year” said Jeff Leclerc, Racing Project Leader, Can-Am. “With wins in gnarly terrain like Baja, the challenging GNCC series in Ohio and at the Maine NEATV-MX race, our racers, once again, proved – no matter the Can-Am vehicle — our guys will challenge for the win at every event.”
Ensenada, Baja California – The Baja Peninsula is known for beautiful vistas, delicious seafood and it’s friendly industrious people. If you are a racer, it’s known for sand, rocks and silt. At the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Roger Norman and his crew came up with a new twist, vertical silt. By reversing the direction of the race course, sections that would normally be taken downhill now had the added burden of gravity pulling against the cars. Two weeks before the race everything was fine. After prerunning the course it was still fine, only it was fine dust. The silt was deep and the course was steep and narrow. On race day it caused mayhem everywhere.
“We had the leader in sight when we got to the first bottleneck,” said Mike Shaffer of Shaffer Motorsports, “There were several trucks piled up behind a Spec TT that had a broken front hub. There was a slight gap that the leader squeezed through and took off. As we moved up to take the same line one of the trucks backed up and then got stuck blocking the gap. With no way to get around, we had to wait it out until the course cleared ahead. The steep hills covered in deep silt were trapping Trophy Trucks with 39 inch tires and class ones with tons of ground clearance.”
Ensenada, Baja California – Months of preparation, planning and practice paid off for the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, when its three-rider team won the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Round three of SCORE’s World Desert Championship and always one of the most popular races on the calendar, the THR squad controlled the pace most of the way and finished the 448 miles of brutal Baja desert in eight hours, 58 minutes and 27 seconds, besting the runner-up team by more than six minutes.
Traverse City, Mich. – Radar Tires and Bronson Motorsports dominated the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 on Saturday, June 7, en route to a second consecutive Class 10 Baja 500 win. One year ago lead racer Mike Johnson won the Baja 500 event in a solo effort.
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.
Yesterday’s qualifier for starting positions at the 46th SCORE Baja 500 was held on a 3.1-mile course just outside Ojos Negros, a small agricultural town east of Ensenada. A total of 28 Trophy Trucks took the green, and Galindo Motorsports Steven Eugenio finished ninth out of the 27 trucks that took the start.
BJ Baldwin never backs down from a challenge. Most racers will be used up after competing at the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 but not BJ. He spends hours training his mind and body for the abuse that comes when racing hundreds of miles of punishing terrain without relief. He runs (and wins) the Baja 1000 solo and has completed every mile of racing in the SCORE series this season.