SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Moving to a remote broadcast location at Las Vegas’ Terrible Herbst headquarters for two weeks, special guests during this Tuesday’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time with be a pair of Nevada racers, Pat Dean of Las Vegas and Kellon Walch of Alamo. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will return its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego starting Tuesday, June 25.

Scheduled for next Tuesday’s show are Las Vegas’ SCORE Trophy Truck racing brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, two of the all-time winningest drivers in SCORE history all with family patriarch Jerry Herbst, who is part of the 2013 class of inductees into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Dean, whose father Butch Dean is the king of the Nevada off-road racing gurus, has numerous SCORE Class 1 race wins in his long career. Dean, who owns the prominent Patrick’s Signs of Las Vegas, currently is an additional driver for the Cameron Steele No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins team in SCORE Trophy Truck and is expected to drive part of this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — With pre-running on the official race course ongoing since last  Wednesday, SCORE champion racer Steve Hengeveld will be the spotlight guest talking about next week’s 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 during Tonight’s airing of Roger Norman’s Dirt LiveHD weekly Internet broadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pacific Time. Airing in High Definition on www.score-international.com, the show will air from its broadcast home at the SCORE International tech shop in San Diego.

Hengeveld, a six-time SCORE season motorcycle point champion who also has eight career motorcycle class wins in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, is part of the defending champion team in this race. Besides Hengeveld, joining rider of record Robby Bell in this year’s attempt to defend their title will be David Pearson and Taylor Robert as the team rides the No. 4x Monster Energy THR Motorsports Kawasaki KX450F.

Another scheduled guest on tonight’s show is veteran SCORE Trophy Truck racer Gary Williams, a co-driver with Ryan Arciero who teams with Troy Herbst in the No. 91 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.

Las Vegas, Nevada – Best In The Desert, the largest off-road desert racing organization in the world, is excited to announce that a record setting 306 entries have already signed up for the longest point-to-point race in the United States. With two weeks remaining before the drop of the green flag, that number is expected to grow to well over 315, as additional racer registrations will still be accepted up to the day before the race. This is the 16th year that Best In The Desert has promoted an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada. Starting north of Las Vegas, in Beatty and finishing in Dayton, just south of Reno, the race course traverses 534-miles of the most challenging terrain the great state of Nevada has to offer. From rocky trails dating back to the original “Pony Express” days, to vast silt beds, and climbing to elevations well in excess of 7200 feet, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” off-road race tests endurance of the two wheeled and four wheeled racers and their machines; and treats them to the most incredible adventure of their lives.

SCORE International releases an updated entry list, showing 254 official entries from 34 U.S. States and 15 countries, for this weekend’s 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race in Ensenada, Mexico. Late entries are accepted up until race morning so as many as 40 more are anticipated before Saturday’s start of the race, Round 4 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series.  The race has classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. For more information, visit www.score-international.com.

44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500
Round 4 of five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series
May 31-June 3—Ensenada, Baja Califonria, Mexico  450 miles
254–Official Entries (34 U.S. States, 15 countries)
(By Class Starting Order-as of 5/28/12)
Pro Cars & Trucks

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–
18 Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado
30 Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150
97 B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
20 Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
94 Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb./Dale Ebberts, Wilton, Calif., Ford F-150

It is said that one of the most famous races in the world is limited to 33 entries. That of course is the Indy 500. Well, one of the most famous off-road desert races in the world also has a limited entry. That being The Mint 400, “The Great American Off-Road Race” which is limited to just over 300 entries. What these two legendary events share in common is the prestige of just having the opportunity to be included and compete against the best and fastest racers in the world.

The premier 800-plus horsepower Trick Truck field includes the likes of BJ Baldwin, Steve Sourapas, Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Adam Householder, Tim & Troy Herbst, Jason & Rich Voss, Kevin McGillivray, Chad Ragland, Marc Ewing, Rick Geiser, Rick D Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jerry Whelchel, Mark & Gary Weyhrich and so many more.

The fast and nimble Class 1500 unlimited buggy entries include Clyde Stacy, Robby Gordon, Dale Dondel, Chuck Hovey, Adam Pfankuch, Sam Berri, Ray Griffith, Mike Childress, Shelby Reid, Harley Letner, Garrick Freitas, Kory Halopoff, Pat Dean, TJ Flores, Justin Lofton, Todd Tuls and the list goes on.

For 2012, The Mint 400 field is now complete and the racers fortunate enough to be part of it are ready to take on the challenge of a lifetime. It will get started Thursday morning, March 22nd when 35 Trick Trucks and 50 open Class 1500 buggies get set to go head to head at the Times Trials for a shot at the coveted “Team Ford” pole award and the $1000 in bonus cash from Steve Olliges of Team Ford Lincoln that goes along with it. In a new twist this year, the Class 1100 limited displacement buggies will also have a shot at their own Times Trials that will determine their overall starting order along with a $1000 cash award for the fastest qualifier generously sponsored by Banning Motorsports and Drake Supply Company.

Contingency and tech inspection kicks off Friday, March 23rd from 8:30 AM until 7:30 PM on Fremont St. for the Fremont Street Experience. Race fans will have the chance to get up close to the race vehicles and drivers as well as check out all the awesome products on display as they weave their way down the street lined with hundreds of race related manufacturers and vendors. This spectacular event is made possible through the sponsorship of the entire Downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street Group.

Mad Media and the Martelli brothers are coproducing the Mint 400 along with Best In The Desert. “We’ve expanded the reach of The Mint for 2012 dramatically by increasing the coverage with our TV partner FUEL TV and by partnering with Race-Dezert.com for live tracking and web coverage during the race,” said Joshua Martelli.  “We’ve also just pulled the trigger on a new Mint 400 social media package that includes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will be producing a ton of new video content prior to and during the race – and distributing it through these channels to all of our fans.  We’re going to elevate The Mint 400 back to being the most important motorsports event in the world, one year at a time.”

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – Official Oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, American Beta – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

“When you are racing in Baja anything can happen,” Troy Herbst explained.  “That is part of the appeal, but it sure makes it tough to plan ahead.”  Troy’s No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Ford was at the starting line for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 when word came across the radio that a semi truck was blocking the course and the marquee Trophy Truck field would restart at Race Mile 5.  The surprises started early and never stopped for the next sixteen hours of non-stop racing from Ensenada to San Felipe and back again.

Desert racing legend Larry Roesler started 8th in the No. 19 Monster Energy / BFGoodrich Tires Terrible Herbst Motor Sports truck with high expectations.  Roesler and Tim Herbst teamed for three consecutive Baja 1000 titles in 2004-06 and were the third truck physically on course when a head gasket let go after 190 miles.  The Herbst considerable experience in desert racing allowed them to adapt to the situation and Tim joined forces with his brother Troy and Ryan Arciero in the No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford to run the 700 mile course.  “We had actually discussed a three driver team months ago,” Tim revealed after the race.  “It was not hard for our team to implement.”

Troy drove the first leg of the race from Ensenada over the summit and through Ojos Negros, where a rare mistake caused the veteran driver to put the truck on its side.  “That was one of the roughest Baja 1000 courses I have ever seen; I think that it would be easier to run all the way to La Paz and back!” Troy stated.  “My plan was to run a conservative pace but we had to make up some time after we got back on our wheels.”  The revised plan put Tim behind the wheel for the notorious San Felipe loop; the same course where Tim had a top ten finish at the San Felipe 250 earlier in the season.  Tim ran a blistering pace, but an intermittent charging issue would plague the team all day and cost valuable time in the pits.  “If only we could find wiring that is reliable as our BFGoodrich tires!” Tim joked after the rac e- a reference to the fact that the team did not experience a single flat tire while crossing nearly 700 miles of the most brutal terrain on the planet.

Veteran racer Ryan Arciero got in the No. 49 Terrible Herbst Motor Sports truck at Borrego at Race Mile 490 to take the truck home to Ensenada.  “Dust was not an issue with the recent rains,” Ryan explained.  “The fog was so thick though that I ran much of my leg with my visor up since I could not keep it clean.  The voltage issue required us to run without the light bar much of the time as well.  That is Baja though; you just roll with the punches and keep marching towards the finish.”     Just after 5 AM Ryan rolled across the finish line to finish ninth in class and 11th overall nearly 17 non-stop hours after the team took the green flag.

The Terrible Herbst Motor Sports team will be back representing Monster Energy and BFGoodrich tires in select desert races next season, including Best In The Desert’s Parker 425 and Vegas to Reno events and SCORE International’s San Felipe 250, Baja 500, and Baja 1000.  “SCORE is running all the way from Ensenada down the peninsula to La Paz next year and we want to be there first; we wait all year for the thousand,” Troy Herbst confessed.

Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks announced today that more than 270 entries have already signed up to compete in the epic TSCO Vegas to Reno race on August 18-20. With more entries continuing to come in, close to 300 are expected by race day. The steadily growing field features big numbers in several classes. Three of the fastest classes have a total of 87 entries so far. There are 27 800+ horsepower Trick Trucks; 39 Class 1500 unlimited buggies, and 21 Class 7200 Mini Trick Trucks. On the powersports front, there are 15 UTVs, 22 quads, and 75 motorcycles registered.

The entry list reads like a “who’s who” of the world’s foremost off-road racers. B.J. Baldwin, Chad Ragland, brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, Larry Roeseler, Mark McMillin, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Jason Voss, Will Staats, Mastercraft’s Robbie Pierce, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jesse Jones, Roger Norman, Mark Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and Scott Whipple are among the ranks of the Trick Truck racers. The long list of Class 1500 drivers include 2010 defending class champion Chris Kemp, Gary Weyhrich, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Shannon Campbell, Mike Childress, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores and Steven Appleton.

At 549 miles in length, the Best In The Desert TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race is certifiably “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States. It also marks the midway point for the five-race 2011 Best In The Desert season featuring the car and truck classes and is one of the most popular events on the schedule. The challenge and adventure of competing in such a long distance “point to point” race always brings out the top off-road race teams. Not only is this going to be a big event but it’s also the 15th running of TSCO “Vegas to Reno.”

Open to all Best In The Desert classes – cars, trucks, UTVs, quads and motorcycles, following is a list of the 2010 TSCO “Vegas to Reno” defending class winners:

2010 Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time

Class 1400            Rick D Johnson/Brian Salee                              Ford                        9:10:42

Class 1500            Chris Kemp/Darron Moore                               Jimco                     9:20:35

Class 1200            Troy Vest/Geno Licitra                                       Chevrolet              10:55:09

Class 1000            Chad Giguiere/JJ Schnarr                   Custom 11:03:18

Class 7200            Al Hogan/Pat Bell                                               Ford                        11:11:47

Class 8000            Macrae Glass/Michael DeHaas                        Ford                        11:35:12

Class 1100            Lee Banning Sr/Lee Banning Jr                        Banning                 11:36:59

Class 2000            Kevin Smith/Brian Smith                  Mirage                   11:50:50

Class 5500            Earl Desiderio/Christian Hammerskjold         Custom 12:14:48

Class 7300            Jayson Strachan/James Burman     Ford                        13:11:12

Class 8100            Tim Casey/Mike Tuba                                       Ford                        13:18:00

Class 4400            Dave Cole/Jason Scherer                   Custom 13:30:51

Class 7100            Steve Rose/Robbie Cockrell                              Ford                        13:31:07

Class 1700            Bob Standage/Kyle Standage                          Jeep                        13:56:44

Class 1800            David Kincaid/Mark Johnson                          Custom 14;41:16

Class 5000            Todd Davis/Mark Bowman                              Jimco                     16:12:08

Class 6000            Louis Chamberland/Jim Riley                          TrophyLite            21:18:10

2010 Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners by Overall Time

Open Pro               Quinn Cody                                                          Honda                   9:21:18

Open Exp              Robert Patterson/Jesse Canepa/

Clint Braun                                                           Yamaha                9:56:37

O-30 Pro                Michael Johnson/Rex Cameron                       Honda                   9:57:21

4-Stk Exp              Robert Hunter/Kyle Hucklebridge/

Max Eddy Jr                                                         Custom 10:00:01

4-Stk Pro               Zach Watson/Rex Mike                                     Kawasaki              10:21:58

Quad Pro               Greg Stuart/Nicholas Granlund                         Custom 10:26:30

O-30 Exp               Bill Witt/Kevin Johnson/Allan Ashely             Honda                   10:33:07

O-50 Exp               Doug Smith/Dave Potts/Bill Boyer Honda                   11:04:43

250 Pro Lucas Garcia/Justin Criner                                KTM                      11:14:39

Ironman Exp        Leonard Baca                                                      Kawasaki              11:32:51

Open Am               Donald Stark/Peter Marzano/

F Buccovich                                                         Honda                   11:38:02

O-40 Exp               Larry Brown/Lance Horton                              Honda                   11:41:34

Quad Exp              Ken George/Trent Kendall/Joe Ramos           Yamaha                12:07:21

250 Am                 Scott Jacobson/Garrett Tolman/

Eric Caudillo                                                         Honda                   12:16:01

QIM Exp               Gerald Nunes                                                        Honda                   12:17:17

250 Exp                 Jeremy Purvines/Jason Trubey/

Ron Purvines                                                        Honda                   12:18:43

Ironman Am        Sam Longson                                                       Yamaha                12:10:22

4 Stk Am               William Banuelos/Matt Banuelos/

Rigo Navarro                                                        Honda                   12:43:33

O-40 Am               Stephen Orton/Daniel Burkart                          KTM                      13:25:04

O-40 Pro                John Intile/Brett Burkitt                                     Husaberg               14:08:02

125 Exp                 Larry Perkins/Thomas Flores                            KTM                      15:39:31

Quad Am              Michael Zelenka/John Zelenka                        Yamaha                23:24:36

Class 1900            Brandon Schueler/Chad Riccio/West/

VanDeLoo                                                            Polaris                    14:09:18

Class 1900S      Rocker Head/Gary Peterson                   Kawasaki          16:08:24

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” schedule:

Thursday, August 18th – Registration, Contingency and tech inspection, Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas.

Friday, August 19th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Event Center.

Saturday, August 20th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The weekend gets started Wednesday, August 17th, for Trick Truck and Class 1500 open class buggy racers as they qualify in the Time Trails to determine their starting positions and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best opportunity for the overall finishing spot.

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” marks the third race of the year for the 2011 Trick Truck Challenge. The Challenge features 23 of the world’s top Trick Truck race teams shooting for a share of the $134,000 in bonus cash and year end trophy. To date, $42,600 has been paid out for the Parker “425” and Silver State “300” top finishers.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Station Resort & Casino in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Las Vegas, Nevada January, 2011: More than 200 of the worlds best off-road racers have signed up for the 2011 running of the Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425. This marks the 40th year that the city of Parker has hosted an off-road race along the great Colorado River. A record breaking field of 34 Trick Trucks are entered that reads like a whos who of the most renowned truck racers in the country. Some of the competitors who will blast off the starting line in the middle of downtown Parker, Arizona for the first real long distance desert race of the 2011 season include defending champion B.J. Baldwin, Robby Gordon, Andy McMillin, Rob MacCachren, Jesse Jones, Steve Sourapas, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Rick D. Johnson, Mark Weyhrich, Jason Voss, Jesse James, Tim and Troy Herbst, Jerry Zaiden, Steve Strobel, Greg Nunley, Marc Ewing, Jimmy Nuckles, Ed Stout, Shawn and Steve Croll, Rick Thomas, Scott Whipple and Cameron Steele. Many of these same truck racers are some of the 23 that have already signed up to compete in Best In The Deserts $131,000 Trick Truck Challenge Cup which gets under way with this event.

The weekend gets started off on Thursday with the high speed action of the traditional Best in the Desert Time Trials, where the starting order is determined for the two fastest classes, Trick Trucks and Class 1500. The drivers of 34 Trick Trucks and 39 Class 1500 cars will try to put the best lap time down and claim the Team Ford Pole Award. The winner will also take home $1,000 in cash from Steve Olliges, owner of Team Ford Lincoln in Las Vegas.

Following Time Trials, the race trucks and cars will be escorted to the center of town for the 2nd annual Parker Downtown Experience. Last year thousands of Parker area residents, racers and fans gathered for the afternoon with live bands and a collection of the worlds fastest and most technologically advanced off-road race vehicles on display.

Contingency gets underway Friday morning in the north parking lot of the Blue Water Resort & Casino. Thousands of spectators and race fans are expected and will have the chance all day long to get up close to the race vehicles and drivers as they weave their way through the hundreds of manufacturers and vendors set up on display.

At 7:15 AM Saturday, the real business of the weekend gets underway when the first race vehicle blasts off the starting line on California Ave. in the middle of downtown Parker. Every racer will be on equal ground, including returning champions, as their quest for the season class championships begins. Back this year is the fan favorite and hugely popular Parker Python, a special 9-mile infield section of exciting jumps and switch-backs that weave through the middle of the main pits.

Also this year, the overall race winner will again be presented with the Manny Esquerra Valor Award. This is a very special honor and a tribute to Mannys legendary contribution to the sport of off-road desert racing.

The 2011 Blue Water Resort & Casino PARKER 425…If youre a racer, you dont want to miss being part of the battle of the best. If youre a race fan, you dont want to miss the exciting adventure. The Parker 425 is very spectator friendly with 3 designated viewing areas.

But if you cant make it to the race, tune in to race-dezert.com and catch the live broadcast via the internet. Or tune into the Lucas Oil broadcast of the race a week later, February 12th on the Versus network.

Casey Folks, Director of Best in the Desert stated, 2011 will be a great year for Best in the Desert competitors with our recently announced $131,000 Trick Truck Challenge Cup, multiple contingency dollars up for grabs and our new national TV broadcast package produced and sponsored by Lucas Oil. Folks continued, No other off-road race organization has a program like Best in the Desert. Ive always said, either lead or get out of our way, and we intend to keep Best in the Desert in the lead!

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company official truck, General Tire official tire, Lucas Oil official oil, VP Racing Fuels official fuel, KC HiLiTES official light, John Deere official UTV, KTM official motorcycle, FabTech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.