SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Third-generation SCORE Trophy Truck desert racing brothers Dan and Luke McMillin along with the new motorcycle team of Colton Udall and Mark Samuels will be under the SCORE spotlight tonight during the fourth episode of the 2014 SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show season at 7 p.m. (PST).

Champion SCORE desert racers Dan McMillin, 26, of La Mesa, Calif. and Luke McMillin, 21, of El Cajon, Calif., and reigning SCORE Overall motorcycle champs Udall, 27, San Clemente, Calif., and Samuels, 24, Yucca Valley, Calif., will all be top racers in the approaching six-race SCORE World Desert Championship season.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — As a prelude to this weekend’s live coverage of the 2014 SCORE Awards Night, featured in the SCORE spotlight during Tuesday’s SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show airing at 7 p.m. (PT) will be champion SCORE desert racers Joe Bacal, Elias Hanna and Matt Parks. The one-hour show will include candid interviews with the three racers who combined to win seven races during the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.

Bacal races in the Stock Full class, Hanna in Class 7SX and Parks in the new Class 19.

Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD one-hour show is broadcast live weekly and the show is anchored around Norman’s two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points championship purse program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. All live events, this will be the 47th weekly Dirt LiveHD episode to air. Replays of previous Dirt LiveHD shows are kept in an electronic library on the dirtlive.com website.

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Racing is well underway after the four-wheeled vehicles left the line this morning for the 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. We spoke to a number of the lead Trophy Truck and Class 1 teams this morning about the race and how they felt before leaving the line. Most of them all talked about the difficulty this rough course will present .

Tavo Vildosola, who hopes to earn another Baja 1000 win this year with his Farther Gustavo Sr., knows the importance of this year regardless of the team’s peformacne thus far in 2013.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11POMONA, Calif. — Held amidst the festive atmosphere of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the expansive SCOREville exhibit, official early entries from 27 U.S. States and 11 countries were included the drawing for start positions and qualifying orders in various classes for the upcoming 46th Anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race.

For this year’s granddaddy of all desert races, which will be held Nov. 13, Saturday’s drawing for the mammoth finale of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series was held in the unique SCOREville exhibit at this weekend’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

The SCOREville exhibit in Building 5 at the Off-Road Expo is a salute to SCORE Baja Legends concludes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Giving the legions of fans an even longer look at some of the greatest races in SCORE desert racing history, the historical vault has been opened wide for this week’s SCORE Throwback Thursday, one of Roger Norman’s new Internet creations, the presentation of another memorable race this week. Norman’s latest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.

Starting tonight and running until Saturday morning prior to the start of the Dirt LiveHD live streaming from SCOREville at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo, airing at score-international.com is several SCORE Baja races, SCORE Laughlin races, SCORE Primm races and the SCORE Fireworks races from the late 1990s.

The footage and shows were produced by legendary videographer/producer Don Shoemaker with the original one-hour broadcasts airing on several networks during that era of SCORE desert racing.

SAN DIEGO—Two-time reigning SCORE Overall motorcycle point champion Colton Udall and 19-time SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Builder of the Year Mike Julson will both be featured guests Tuesday at 6 p.m. during the new Roger Norman’s Dirt Live weekly desert racing internet broadcast on www.score-international.com.

The one-hour weekly Roger Norman’s Dirt Live show is broadcast live on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.  The show content is centered around his two desert racing series, the SCORE Desert Series and the High Desert Racing Association as well as the new bonus points program he has developed called the World Championship of Desert Racing. Broadcast studios are located at the Norman Motorsports race shop in San Diego.

Udall, San Clemente, Calif., races for Johnny Campbell’s powerful factory-supported JCR Honda Race team, which is also based in that Southern California city. Udall, with help from co-riders David Kamo and Tim Weigand, has now won the SCORE Overall season motorcycle point championship the last two years.  Udall and his co-riders came from behind to win the 2012 SCORE Desert Series championship by ending the season with a brilliant victory in the season-ending Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

LOS ANGELES—Online voting has begun for the 2012 SCORE Off-Roadsman Awards and will continue until midnight on Dec. 25, officials of the SCORE Desert Series announced today.

Having completed 39 years as the world’s foremost desert racing organization, Los Angeles-based SCORE International will have nine annual SCORE Off-Roadsman Award winners selected by online voting at http://tinyurl.com/cp9n3 to which opened today and will close at midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 25.  Two additional SCORE Off-Roadsman categories, Original Chassis Builder and Engine Builder are determined by a special points system.

Winners of the public voting will be honored in January during the SCORE Awards Night which celebrates the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. This is the second year that SCORE has used online voting to determine the award winners. In past years the winners were selected by way of a vote conducted with SCORE members.


For the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, we were afforded the unique opportunity to chase the race with the All German Motorsports team.  This year’s race will cover over 1,100 miles (1,121.55, to be exact) of rugged Baja terrain, as the racecourse traverses the Baja Peninsula from north (the start at Ensenada) to south (the finish at La Paz).

The AGM team is fielding two cars for the race. The relatively new BMW-inspired #15 Trophy Truck driven by Martin Christensen and Armin Schwarz will head off as the 33rd Trophy Truck off the line. The truck first saw action at last year’s 1000, and it has been tweaked and readjusted after the SCORE Laughlin race, San Felipe 250 and Baja 500. With its unique design blending Class 1 handling characteristics and Trophy Truck speed and ability, the team finally feels the truck’s suspension, handling, power and drivetrain adjustments are in order. Now it comes down to surviving Baja.

Baja 1000 Testing with All German Motorsports

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.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 brings out fans by the thousands. Americans and Mexicans set up shop at jumps and major road crossings, in the wash near the start of the race and everywhere in between. The locals love the race and the excitement and speed that comes with off-road racing, but sometimes fans take it too far.

We came across a video on Saturday that shows a fan going way too far. If nothing else, it’s an example of what not to do when watching an off-road race. This spectator positioned himself in a large rut hoping to get a cool shot of a buggy jumping over him. One buggy did jump the stupido spectator, and he survived to tell about it, but as the 1204 Class 12 car of Zak Langley comes by, the spectator has nowhere to go. Fortunately Langley avoided him and moved on, but it’s the perfect example of what not to do at an off-road racing. It’s amazing this guy didn’t get hit.

Check out the video below.