SCORE San Felipe Race Highlights

Mar. 11, 2012 By Art Eugenio, Photos by Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto
Rob MacCachren earned another win in San Felipe.

For the third straight time, Rob MacCachren earned the overall four-wheel win at the SCORE San Felipe race. This year, he crossed the finish line with a time of 4.24:03, and a average speed of 56.29 mph.

MacCachren was first off the line but quickly ran into trouble bringing him down to seventh place.

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“We started first on the road, which means we were cleaning the trail,” he said. “At mile four, there was something buried in the ground. We were going 80 miles an hour or so and once I saw it there was no way to miss it. It popped the left front tire immediately.

“We had to pull over to the side of the road. (Co-rider) Cisco Bio changed the tire. We lost a few positions but once we got going again we started picking them off one at a time. We were second behind Andy McMillin and were just trying to pace with him because he started right behind us.

As the race wore on, MacCachren ran into another issues – this time, it wasn’t clear exactly what happened at first.

Andy McMillin held the lead but mechanical issues kept the team off the course for too long to remain in contention.

“At about mile 100, I hit a bump and the truck just took off into the desert like I had no control,” MacCachren said. “I thought something broke in the steering, so Cisco jumped out and looked at everything. Meanwhile I was checking the steering and everything felt fine. He jumped back in and we took off real cautious. It seemed something had gone very bad and it was great. We were keeping pace with Andy and going into Azufre Wash about five to 10 miles in, he was pulled over. We still had to keep a good pace to stay ahead so we ran strong all the way to the finish.  Everything on the truck was awesome.”

With the win, MacCachren should hold the top spot in the coveted overall SCORE points, which was previously held by Juan Carlos Lopez in Trophy Truck #18.

BJ Baldwin wasn't very happy with his performance in San Felipe, yet it still netted him a second-place finish.

Second across the line and second in class was BJ Baldwin in the #97 truck, who was just 4 minutes back from MacCachren.

“We started far back and the only wind we got was a tailwind. That just made the dust worst,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think today was one of my better days. I didn’t perform as well as I usually do. I’m a little dissatisfied but I’m satisfied with a podium finish for sure. We didn’t have any flats. I’m usually able to do more pre-running. I think we would have had as much knowledge as everybody else and we could have taken all the right lines and none of the wrong ones.”

Tim Herbst and Larry Roeseler finished fifth overall and fourth in Trophy Trucks at San Felipe.

Making their debut in a newly designed and built Trophy Truck was Mike Julson. “We had no issues to speak of the truck performed perfectly,” he said at the finish. “We only had a little miscue in the pit. Great day.”

In his first time out in Class 1, Luke McMillin took the win in the unlimited category.

“Justin did a great job (Justin Smith drove half the race). He got me the car in third place.” McMillin said. “This was my first time racing in Class 1 and first time to race the car. It takes a little bit to get used to it, but not a single problem. Not a single flat tire, which is amazing. The BFG tires were awesome. The car ran flawless all day.”

Luke McMillin and Justin "Bean" Smith teamed up to take the Class 1 win in a new car at San Felipe.

There was a very tight battle amongst the bikes going into this race. With many riders playing musical chairs over the off season, the factory-sponsored rides were stacked with talent with each wanting to take the that coveted 1x plate by years end.
By race mile 7, the drama started to unfold when Robby Bell took a bad fall after hitting a rock that kicked him over the bars at full speed.

Robby Bell had a rough high-speed accident in the whoops.

Taking the overall in the bike category was the entry of Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez on the KTM, breaking the six-year winning streak of Honda at San Felipe.

Kurt Caselli and Ivan Rameriez knocked off the JCR Honda team with a win at San Felipe.

“Ivan had the majority of the tough going,” Caselli said. “It was a rough course and there was a lot of attrition. Ivan rode perfect and it was just a good day. I just did the easy sections. My part of the race was fun; I had a good time.

Caselli also commented to the updates SCORE made to this year’s course.

“The changes to the course were good. It’s just a little different with a couple of new washes,” he said. “It’s always good to have something different. Everybody looks forward to that. The course was marked really well and it wasn’t too dangerous. The SCORE crew did a really good job.”

Colton Udall and the JCR Honda team finished in second at San Felipe.

The 1x of Colton Udall found himself in unfamiliar territory being on the second spot on the podium.

“David Kamo rode from race mile 30 to mile 106, and Timmy Weigand raced to mile 167.” Udall said. “I took over there and finished the race. It went great. We had a break lever that got knocked down just a hair but other than that, everything was fine. We were pushing the limit of beating Caselli. We were right at two minutes, 2:15. Timmy went down and that cost us about 15 minutes. He just pushed it two percent too hard. Overall I think it’s a more fun course. It’s always fun when they put new washes in because the course isn’t so beat up. It’s definitely a better course.”

Next up SCORE will return to the port city of Ensenada for the 44th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, and ORC will be there!

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Pro Cars & Trucks
1. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 4:25:03 (56.29 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 4;29:08 (55.43 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. Mike Julson, Descanso, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:34:38 (54.32 mph) SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:35:56 (54.07 mph) (Class 1)
5. Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:36:09 (54.02 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
6. Ken Losch, Chandler, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 4:37:34 (53.75 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
7. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:38:03 (53.65 mph) (Class 1)
8. Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado, 4:48:46 (51.66 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
9. Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb., Ford F-150, 4:49:14 (51.58 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
10. Randy Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 4:50:43 (51.32 mph) (Class 1)
11. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Josh Daniel, Canyon Lake, Calif., GMC Sierra, 4:53:17 (50.87 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
12. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif./Rob Bruce, Sublimity, Ore., Jefferies-Chevy, 4:54:51 (50.60 mph) (Class 1)
13. Dan McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:58:30 (49.98 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:59:03 (49.89 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
15. Tony Miglini, Dallas/Armin Kremer, Germany, Jimco-Chevy, 5:11:07 (47.95 mph) (Class 1)
16. Zak Langley/Dan Martin, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 5:11:50 (47.84 mph) (Class 1)
17. Josh Rigsby, Santa Fe, N.M./Tony Murray, Villa Park, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 5:16:43 (47.10 mph) (Class 1)
18. Andy McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:20:33 (46.54 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
19. Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 5:24:17 (46.00 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
20. Mike Lawrence, South El Monte, Calif./Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Chenowth-Honda, 5:31:42 (44.98 mph) (Class 10)

1. Kurt Caselli, Murrieta, Calif./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450SX-F, 4:40:03 (53.27 mph) (Class 22)
2. Colton Udall/Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho, Honda CRF450X, 4:56:42 (50.28 mph) (Class 22)
3. Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:13:02 (47.66 mph) (Class 22)
4. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Justin Morgan, Alpine, Calif./Corey Freeman, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:24:58 (45.91 mph) (Class 22)
5. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:26:00 (45.76 mph) (Class 21)
5. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Matt Karlsen, Sachse, Texas/Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:29:34 (45.27 mph) Class 22)
6. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:39:10 (43.99 mph) (Class 21)
7. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 5:48:16 (42.84 mph) (Class 30)
8. Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Destry Abbott, Glendale, Ariz./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 5:50:12 (42.60 mph) (Class 22)
9. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:55:50 (41.93 mph) (Class 40)
10. Carlos Casas/David Gonzalez, Chula Vista, Calif./Carlos Gutierrez, Tecate, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 6:00:29 (41.38 mph) (Class 21)

1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Dillon Zimmerman, Murrieta, Calif./Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico, Can-Am DS-450, 6:01:53 (41.22 mph) (Class 25)
2. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX450R, 6:12:17 (40.07 mph) (Class 25)
3. Rafael Torres/Damacio Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda/Felipe Torres, San Felipe, Mexico, Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 6:15:43 (39.71 mph) (Class 25)
4. Juan Sanchez/Angel Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif./Genaro Ibarra, San Ysidro, Calif./Christian Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:17:30 (39.52 mph) (Class 25)
5. Juan Naranjo/Felipe Torres, San Felipe, Mexico/Manlio Diaz/Mario Beltran, La Paz, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:18:28 (39.42 mph) (Class 25) Newsletter
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