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30th SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
Feb. 27-28, 2016—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (249.5 miles)
TOTAL STARTERS: 164 TOTAL FINISHERS: 117 (71.3 Percent)
(from 20 U.S. States, eight countries)
(following complete data tracking review)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. 15 Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 4:36:41 (54.11 miles per hour); 2. 98 Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo./Kevin Sullivan/Garon Gruner, Ford F-150, 4:38:30; 3. 1 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 4:42:55; 4. 2 Jason McNeil, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:55:42; 5. 45 Gary Magness, Denver/Devin Housh, Desert Hot Springs, Calif./Steve Knudson, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 6:52:34. (11 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. 138 Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:44:16 (52.66 mph); 2. 5. Scott Reuschenberg, Phoenix/Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., Tatum-Chevy, 4:51:44; 3. 106 Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va./Christyan Samano, Ensenada, Mexico, RPM-Chevy, 5:43:42; 4. 110 Eric Chase, San Diego/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 5:54:15; 5. 114 Al Torres, Calexico, Calif./Alfredo Torres, Calexico, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 6:00:12; 6. 153 Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Kyle Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 6:02:31; 7. 175 Jaime Huerta Jr, Calexico, Calif./Jesus Martin, San Luis Rio Colorado, Calif./Otoniel Huerta, San Luis Rio Colorado, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 6:48:09; 8. 118 Ricardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 7:04:16; 9. 100 Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 8:31:49; 10. 117 Stephen Squires, Driftwood, Texas/Shane Squires, Dallas/Max Squires, Dallas, HMS-Chevy, 9:48:03; 11.
131 George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif./Luke Babb, Encinitas, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 13:25:52. (18 Starters, 11 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1. 202 Chad Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 5:19:13 (46.90 mph); 2. 274 Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico/Alberto Rodelo, Ensenada, Chevy Silverado, 5:33:31; 3. 220 Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 5:45:35; 4. 201 Russell Buehler, Independence, Mo./Neil Buehler, Liberty, Mo., Jimco-Chevy, 6:19:53; 5. 252 Gonzalo Pirron, Quartz Hill, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 6:38:40; 6. 254 Andres Ruffo, Chula Vista, Calif./Matthew Loiodice, Santee, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:22:31; 7. 227 Jonathan Brenthel, Newport Beach, Calif./Brian Goldstein, Robert Llewellyn, Brenthel-Chevy, 14:52:35. (14 Starters, 7 Finishers)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. 1081 Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif./Matt Winslow, Clovis, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 4:56:27 (50.50 mph); 2. 1009 Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Simon Perez, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 4:56:58; 3. 1088 Luis Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico/Joel Serna, Mexicali, Mexico/Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 5:06:45; 4. 1058 Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Louis Meyers, Riverside, Calif., LMS-Chevy, 5:07:23; 5. 1034 Cliff Cole, Agoura Hills, Calif./Todd Starks, Agoura Hills, Calif./Joe Hauler, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 5:19:15; 6. 1000 Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 5:56:02; 7. 1060 Armando Boehme, Royce City, Texas/Kai Boehme, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Ivan Estrada, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 6:01:44; 8. 1078 Augie Cortez, Downey, Calif./Francisco Lara, Wicked Creations-Chevy, 6:29:27; 9. 1043 Scott Youngren, Fallbrook, Calif., Duval-Chevy, 6:49:18; 10. 1005 Eliat Cabrales, San Quintin, Mexico, Romo-Chevy, 8:10:45; 11. 1077 Daniel Reyes Jr, Heber, Calif./Rick Sanchez, El Centro, Calif./Jose Arredondo, El Centro, Tatum-Chevy, 8:15:49; 12. 1048 Kevin Price, Fremont, Calif./Brian Pall, Fremont, Calif., Tatum-Chevy, 9:07:24; 13. 1021 Talya Martin, Truckee, Calif./Dan Martin/Gegg Hawks, Tatum-Chevy, 10:07:24. (22 Starters, 13 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. 1697 Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico/Esteban Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico/Misael Arambula, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo, 6:11:18 (40.32 mph); 2. 1602 Jorge Sanchez, Mexicali, Mexico/Gustavo Casanova Jr, Tijuana, Mexico, Curry, 6:17:34;3. 1606 Ruben Sanudo, San Felipe, Mexico, Romo, 6:21:04; 4. 1615 Jesus Velez, Mexicali, Mexico/Rogelio Ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico, Custom, 6:54:15; 5. 1605 Miguel Cortez, San Diego, Custom, 7:05:09; 6. 1618 Roberto Ledesma, San Diego/Raul Garcia, Curry, 7:09:00; 7. 1616 Ramon Bio, Spring Valley, Calif./Cisco Bio, Spring Valley, Calif., Tubular Design, 8:16:59; 8. 1621 Alfredo Lugo, Mexicali, Mexico/Rafael Gonzalez, Calexico, Calif., Romo, 9:42:00; 9. 1607 Horacio Lora Fernandez, Coronado, Calif./Jose Fernandez, Coronado, Calif./Juan Fernandez, Carlsbad, Calif. Javier Fernandez, Chula Vista, Calif., Lothringer, 10:56:28. (12 Starters, 9 Finishers)
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. 1210 Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico/Luis Barragan Jr, Mexicali, Seagrove, 5:47:46 (43.05 mph); 2. 1216 Matt Ferrato, Simi Valley, Calif./Mike Kuligowski, Simi Valley, Calif., Hoffman, 5:55:42; 3. 1209 Rafael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif./Fernando Mayoral, Jimco, 7:03:05; 4. 1229 Raul Rodriguez, Ensenada, Mexico/Erick Galindo, Tijuana, Mexico, Custom, 7:36:25; 5. 1244 Eric Palacios, Las Vegas/Neri Sanchez, Chenowth, 8:15:09; 6. 1250 Cesar Vela, Guadalajara, Mexico/Robert Castañeda/Jeff Incerbrigsten, BRP, 10:29:44. (8 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. 836 Aaron Ampudia, Ensenada, Mexico/Alan Ampudia, Ensenada, Ford F-150, 5:21:41 (46.54 mph). (3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. 524 Ben Swift, San Diego/Pete Swift, San Diego, 8:28:08 (29.46 mph); 2. 509 Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Elorduy/Jose Aguirre, 10:24:18. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
HEAVY METAL (Open, production trucks, V8 Engines)—(1 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. 722 Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 6:39:00 (37.52 mph); 2. 707 Steve Kovach, Chandler, Ariz./Preston Schmid, Ford Ranger, 9:09:46; 3. 726 Greydon Fauvre, Whittier, Calif./Scott Zeppenfeldt/Larry Ingram, Ford Ranger, 11:18:01; 4. 700 Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif., Ford Ranger, 13:00:44; 5. 701 Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif./Donovan Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 16:41:02. (5 Starters, 5 Finishers)
PRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 1992 David Nance, Costa Mesa, Calif./Kent Pfeiffer/Zach Goemer, Polaris RZR XP1000, 8:46:38 (28.43 mph); 2. 1915 Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif./Richard Morel, Poway, Calif./Nate Martinez, Lakeside, Calif., Polaris RZR900, 8:51:11; 3. 1949 Alonzo Lopez, Murrieta, Calif./Francisco Rodriguez, Polaris RZR XP1000, 13:34:10; 4. 1903 Jaime Romero Sr, Arlington, Tenn./Jaime Romero, Jr., Yuma, Ariz./Juan Romero, Yuma, Ariz./Jesus Romero, Yuma, Ariz./Jose Romero, Yuma, Ariz., Arctic Cat Wildcat X, 14:08:55. (5 Starters, 4 Finishers)
PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 2905 Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, Ensenada, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP1000Turbo, 6:32:09 (38.18 mph); 2.
2917 Derek Murray/Jason Murray, Eastvale, Calif./Monty Aldrich, Las Vegas, Can-Am Maverick Max, 6:38:10; 3. 2975 Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP1000, 7:23:06; 4. 2931 Brandon Schueler, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XPTurbo, 7:47:23; 5. 2910 Scott Trafton, Santee, Calif./Marc Behnke, Polaris RZR XP1000, 7:49:44; 6. 2904 Cory Sappington, Peoria, Ariz./Scott Sappington, Glendale, Ariz./Jason Flanders, Peoria, Ariz./Ryan Heyer, Phoenix Can-Am Maverick Max Turbo, 7:57:13; 7. 2930 Sean Cook, Twain Harte, Calif./Jesus Leon/Steve Medley, Twain Harte, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000, 9:09:11. (7 Starters, 7 Finishers)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. 553 David Heredia, Ensenada, Mexico/Armando Garcia, Ensenada/Sergio Frias/Arturo Vazquez, 9:34:06 (26.08 mph); 2. 551 Emilio Salcido, Mexicali, Mexico/Daniel Leon/Miguel Moreno/Gerardo Molles, 10:20:09. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 9 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)—(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)—1. 1103 Noe Gutierrez, Ensenada, Mexico, 8:56:16 (27.92 mph); 2. 1156 Art Penner, Lynden, Wash.(Canada)/Andrew Penner, Lynden, Wash./Ruth Penner, Lynden, Wash., 9:35:24; 3. 1121 Dennis Hollenbeck/Armando Salazar, Ensenada/Kevin Schlecht, Bear Valley, Calif./Roberto Tapiz, Ensenada, 10:21:00; 4. 1150 Rene Rodriguez, Ensenada, Mexico, 15:29:24. (4 Starters, 4 Finisher)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (450cc or more)—1. 1x Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:46:41 (52.22 mph); 2. 4x Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:49:50; 3. 37x Kevin Murphy, Fresno, Calif., Husqvarna FE510, 5:04:15; 4. 3x Ray Dal Soglio, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin/Daymon Stokie, Australia, Honda CRF450X, 5:35:33; 5. 7x Braxton Gallian, Cave Creek, Ariz./Jake Capriotti, Windomar, Calif./Steele Bowyer, Long Beach Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:11:50; 6.15x Larry Serna, Chula Vista, Calif./Rodolfo Patron, Tijuana, Mexico/Kenton Prather, Ramona Calif./Arnulfo Verdugo, San Felipe, Mexico, KTM XCW450, 6:40:32. (6 Starters, 6 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. 313x Mario Murillo Jr, Fort Worth, Texas/Luis De Nicolas, Mexicali, Mexico/Jorge Valenzuela, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Flores, Fort Worth, Honda CRF450X, 5:56:16 (42.02 mph); 2. 302x Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev./Ryan Gustine, Husqvarna 501, 6:04:36; 3. 301x Christopher Schultz, Kamuela, Hawaii/Mark Workentine, Fresno, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:18:07. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. 455x Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Jason Tubey, Bullhead City, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 5:48:26 (42.96 mph); 2. 404x Jano Montoya, Winter Garden, Fla./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 5:55:29; 3. 400x Colie Potter, Las Vegas/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Dave Glass, Menifee, Calif./Lendon Smith, Hemet, Calif./Robert Lightfeldt, Hemet, Calif./Steve Herstad, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:05:36; 4. 422x Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Tim Fitzpatrick, Yerington, Nev./Alan Cameron, Reno, Nev./Mark Weirich, Bozeman, Mont., KTM 500XC, 6:25:10; 5. 410x Giovanni Spinali, El Cajon, Calif./Jonathan Rhodes/Mike Carter, Honda CRF450X, 7:00:57; 6. 405x David Cardoza, Tulare, Calif. Honda CRF450X, 7:46:02; 7. 437x Craig Thompson, Fresno, Calif./Jeff Vogt, Fresno, Calif./Kyle Smith, Vacaville, Calif./Jeff Evans, San Jose, Calif./Guy Comer, Clovis, Calif., Husqvarna FE501, 8:19:11. (7 Starters, 7 Finishers)
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. 702x Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif., Kawasaki 500, 6:32:56 (38.10 mph); 2. 729x Michael Skurkis, Henderson, Nev., KTM 500XCW, 6:56:24; 3. 705x Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:13:56; 4. 704x Carlos Gracida,an, Mexico, Husqvarna FE501, 7:31:17; 5. 777x Hank Salyer, Denver, KTM, 8:10:32; 6. 740x Boe Huckins, Pueblo West, Colo., KTM 450SXF, 8:27:12; 7. 716x Ryan Gutile, Madera, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 8:32:08; 8. 747x Mauricio Santana, Mexico City, Mexico, KTM EXC500, 8:40:01; 9. 789 Aki Polvikoski, Green Cove Springs, Fla., Yamaha WR450, 8:43:00. (9 Starters, 9 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. 507x Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Flipper Manchester, Lake Tahoe, Calif./Andy Kirker, Orange, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 7:01:38 (35.50 mph); 2. 555x John Sylvester, Hereford, Ariz./Chuck Huffman/Bob Kirk/Jim Brown/Charlie Becker/Scott Strain, Honda CRF450X, 8:20:20.(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
PRO MOTO LIMITED (449cc or less)—1. 106x Garrett Poucher, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 350XCF, 6:52:54 (36.26 mph); 2. 101x Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Troy Vanscourt/Ricky De la Pena, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Austin Miller, Husqvarna 350, 7:38:09.3. 150X Jim Owens, Scotts Valley, Calif./Nick Owens, Scotts Valley, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 8:17:13.(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
PRO QUAD (450cc or more)—1. 1a Javier Robles Jr, Calexico, Calif./Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 5:19:20 (46.88 mph); 2. 7a Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico/Ramon Eden/Adolfo Arellano/Francisco Vera, Honda TRX450R, 5:34:01; 3. 3a Heriberto Marquez, Ensenada, Mexico/Oskar Espinoza/Hector Orozco/Juan Gonzalez/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 9:58:24. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers)
SPT UNLTD TRUCK—(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
SPT UTV—1. 1801 Jorge Navarro, Guadalajara, Mexico/Rodolfo Navarro, Guadalajara, Polaris RZR XP900, 11:17:37 (22.09 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
SPT M/C—1. 230x Kristopher Harvey, Yuma, Ariz./Eric Saltzer, Somerton, Ariz., Honda CRF450, 7:06:57 (35.06 mph); 2. 242x Ryan Littlewood, Simi Valley, Calif./Shawn Michaels, Simi Valley Calif./Don Littlewood, Simi Valley Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:08:27; 3. 282x Jason Lulis, Brentwood, Calif./Steve Morgan/Shane Scharno, KTM 500XC-W, 9:06:45; 4. 232x Giovanni Perez, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Seth Wakeling/Nick Hamm/Jason Hamm, Honda CRF450X, 9:30:49. (6 Starters, 4 Finishers)
SPT QUAD—1. 117a Erik Ruiz, Chula Vista, Calif./Edgar Barraza, Tijuana, Mexico/Jesus Sainz, Tijuana, Mexico/Mario Amador Jr, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Joaquin Rodriguez, Tijuana, Mexico, Yamaha YZF450R, 7:12:51 (34.58 mph); 2. 120a Arturo Anaya, Tecate, Mexico/Jesus Lopez/Daniel Salazar, Honda TRX450R, 7:29:37; 3. 123a Eddie Bareno, Mexicali, Mexico/Luis Delfin/Danny Lopez/Ismael Cazares, Honda TRX450R, 13:06:41. (4 Starters, 3 Finishers);
30th SCORE San Felipe 250
Round 1 of four-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship
Feb. 27-28, 2016—San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico (249.5 miles)
TOP OVERALL FINISHERS
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
- 15 Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 4:36:41 (54.11 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 98 Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo./Kevin Sullivan/Garon Gruner, Ford F-150, 4:38:30 (53.75 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 1 Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 4:42:55 (52.91 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4.. 138 Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:44:16 (52.66 mph) (Class 1)
- 125 Scott Reuschenberg, Phoenix/Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., Tatum-Chevy, 4:51:44 (51.31 mph) (Class 1)
- 1081 Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif./Matt Winslow, Clovis, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 4:56:27 (50.50 mph) (Class 10)
- 1009 Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Simon Perez, Alumi Craft-Chevy, 4:56:58 (50.41 mph) (Class 10)
- 1088 Luis Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico/Joel Serna, Mexicali, Mexico/Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 5:06:45 (48.80 mph) (Class 10)
- 1058 Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif./Louis Meyers, Riverside, Calif., LMS-Chevy, 5:07:23 (48.70 mph) (Class 10)
- 202 Chad Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 5:19:13 (46.90 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
- 1x Colton Udall, Yucca Valley, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:46:41 (52.21 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 4x Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif./Shane Esposito, Menifee, Calif./Roberto Villalobos, Dulzura, Calif./Justin Morgan, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:49:50 (51.65 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 37x Kevin Murphy, Fresno, Calif., Husqvarna FE510, 5:04:14 (49.21 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 1a Javier Robles Jr, Calexico, Calif./Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif./Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 5:19:20 (46.88 mph) (Pro Quads)
- 7a Said Sanchez, Tijuana, Mexico/Ramon Eden/Adolfo Arellano/Francisco Vera, Honda TRX450R, 5:34:01 (44.82 mph) (Pro Quads)
- 3a Heriberto Marquez, Ensenada, Mexico/Oskar Espinoza/Hector Orozco/Juan Gonzalez/Jose Meza Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 9:58:24 (25.02 mph) (Pro Quads)
PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
BILLY WILSON, No. 15 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — Starting 11th we thought we would be pretty far back in the dust and having issues. We had some navigational issues with the GPS and in the first 20 miles we were kind of running in the dark and blind. It is hard to run at race speed without the GPS. Right off the bat around race mile two we noticed we had some oil cooler failures so we were pacing ourselves so we wouldn’t end the race in the first few miles. Obviously that paid off. This is my second race in SCORE Trophy Truck but I’ve been racing in SCORE for about seven years. Matomi wash collapsed and was narrower than the truck at one point so we were scraping by. We were behind a few people swapping back and forth but you’ve got to keep a clear head, a straight face and don’t overdo it or you’ll end up having issues.
COREY KEYSAR, No. 98 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — We were pretty much the first truck on the road up until race mile 160 when we lost the power steering pump. It took us a while to change that out. The crew did great and we got back on the road. Matomi wash caused a lot of anxiety for everybody and once we got through that we felt really good. We were worried about getting a flat tire and getting stuck in there.
CARLOS LOPEZ, No. 1 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — The whole course was challenging but race mile 75 to race mile 100 was really tough because of the whoops and sand.
JASON McNEIL, No. 2 (Fourth in class.) — We had a good race but we had way too many problems today. We had some different wheels we were trying and some different pressures on tires. We had way too many tire issues to compete for the first spot. We will get ready again and make some changes for the SCORE Baja 500.
GARY MAGNESS, No. 45 (Fifth in class. Magness shared driving duties with Devin Housh and Steve Knudson) — With about two miles left in my section I drove over a huge rock and after that there were too many pieces. We got them all delivered, put them on and kept on cooking. CO-DRIVER STEVE KNUDSON said: We broke a drive shaft but we had been doing really well until then.
RONNY WILSON, No. 138 (First in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — The race went really well for us today. I ended up driving the whole thing because my nephew who was supposed to get in at race mile 150 got sick last night. I didn’t get to pre-run the last half of the race but my co-driver did a great job calling the turns. Everything was just perfect. The course was just brutal. I’ve been racing out here since 1987 so we know the terrain well and know that you have to drive at about 90 percent or you’ll tear a wheel off. It’s just that rough.
SCOTT REUSCHENBERG, No. 125 (Second in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — My navigator helped me keep out of every trouble spot and did a great job getting us here. We’ve got a stigma, we’re fast but we can’t finish… we just fixed that. I got in at race mile 148 and our goal was to keep a 65 miles-per-hour pace over that really rough stuff on old Puertecitos road. It was thirty miles of pure hell but we kept it at 65 and on top. We worked our way through the wash and tried to miss all of the boulders. Coming in at the end we had a right-rear shock issue and it was so loose it was easy to over-correct and over-steer. CO-DRIVER ANDY GRIDER said: This is a brand new team and the second race for the team. We stuck our heads down, dug deep and coming home with a second in our first finish for the team is just incredible. I was nervous going into this race because I hadn’t been in the car very much. I did a little testing on Thursday for about 20 miles. This morning I got strapped into the car and nerves started to go away. I got out of the car third on the road and I’m ecstatic to be part of a great team. Being at the finish with Scott proves that all the hard work over the last three weeks has paid off. The first thirty miles were tough because I wasn’t sure how hard to push the car. Baja is just so brutal on you. It physically beats you up. The last 10 miles in the car you start hearing weird noises and you think transmissions are going out and you think you are going to lose brakes. It is just a mental game.
DEREK FLETCHER, No. 106 (Third in class.) — We lost the clutch before the race even started and we lost the brakes about 10 miles from the finish so we were a little limited. It was a rough course with a lot of whoops and rocks but we had a pretty clean race other than the problems we started with. There was a really narrow line through Matomi wash and there wasn’t much silt but a lot of exposed rocks.
ERIC CHASE, No. 110 (Fourth in class. Chase shared driving duties with his father Stuart) CO-DRIVER STUART CHASE said: Eric was the first Class 1 car at the top of Matomi and he really stoked the crew. I brought him here for the first time when he was 8 years old on three-wheelers and in sneakers.
BRAD WILSON, No. 153 (Sixth in class.) — We are happy but we had an issue a few miles back that took us about 45 minutes to fix. This was the roughest San Felipe course I’ve seen and there were a lot of rocks going through my section. It was a mess but we picked our way through and we played it smart in areas where we needed to take it easy. If the race had ended ten miles earlier, we would have been happier.
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC
CHAD BROUGHTON, No. 202 (First in class and tenth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — It was pretty rough. We drove the last 100 miles and my dad (Paul Broughton) did the first 150 and gave us the truck in third place. We passed the first and second place trucks in Puertecitos where they were broken down. The truck was running a little rough, but we made it.
ELIAS HANNA, No. 274 (Second in class. Hanna drove the entire race.) — We started back in the pack and we were struggling a lot to get it to the top of the line through the dust. We did a really good job but made one little mistake and crashed into a stuck vehicle on the dry lake and knocked out a power steering radiator. I had to stop every 25 miles to put power steering fluid in.
CRAIG CHRISTY, No. 220 (Third in class. Christy shared driving duties with Wayne Matlock.) — We got high centered up in Matomi wash but another vehicle popped us off the rock so we only lost about two minutes. We came around the other end and lost a tire and 15 miles later lost another tire so we were out of spares and had to baby it all the way until we met our crew.
TODD WINSLOW, No. 1081 (First in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — It was brutal out there with the whoops and square-edged rocks. It just went on for miles and they got bigger the farther you went. We rode a really smooth race and we tried to get through the dust as quickly as possible. The toughest part were the deep-sand whoops because it was hard for a small motor to get on top of them.
RAFAEL NAVARRO IV, No. 1009 (Second in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Navarro drove the whole race) — We started off second to last and we knew that the first 70 miles of this course were really fast so we wanted to push as hard as we could. By the time we got to race mile 72 we were fifth on the road and absolutely killing it. From then on we set our own pace and cruised. We managed to keep it together and at the end of the day it was a good race. Eight miles from the finish we started having ignition fuse issues because it was popping out and the car was dying on us. I had to hold the ignition fuse in with one hand while I was driving. It was an interesting end to the race. There was so much dust and it wasn’t moving. What’s great about San Felipe is that there is a nice little breeze from the west to the east but there just wasn’t today. The elements were tough today, but overall it was a fun course.
LUIS SALGADO, No. 1088 (Third in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Sergio Salgado drove the entire race.) — CO-DRIVER SERGIO SALGADO said: It was a hard day and it was grueling but the team was ready. It has been a while since we’ve been on the podium so it’s awesome. We had problems with our earplugs so we couldn’t talk to each other. We stopped twice to try and fix it but we didn’t want to let too much time pass.
JORGE SAMPIETRO, No. 1697 (Sampietro shared driving duties with Misael Arambula.) — The whole course was rough. In Matomi there were two pickups stuck so we had to make our way through the rocks. It was pretty gnarly.
JORGE SANCHEZ, No. 1602 (Second in class.Sanchez drove the entire race.) — It was a good race and a tough course.
RUBEN SANUDO, No. 1606 (Third in class.) — We didn’t have any problems or flat tires so everything went well. It was a perfect race.
MATT FERRATO, No. 1216 (Second in class. Ferrato drove the entire race.) — We did pretty good today and it was a rough course which this car loves. We came down on Sunday and pre-ran in an RZR. We pre-ran all week, did our homework and put it to the competition.
AARON AMPUDIA, No. 836 (First in class. Ampudia shared driving duties with Alan Ampudia.) — It was a really fun race. My brother Alan started the race and put us in the lead by an hour. I got in at race mile 145 and brought it home from there. CO-RIDER ALAN AMPUDIA said: There were so many whoops and I just needed to take care of the truck so I could give it to my brother in good shape. I didn’t let the adrenaline take over and push the truck faster than it could go. It is our first race in this truck and we only drove it 25 miles prior to this race so we didn’t know how far we could push it.
PETE SOHREN, No. 722 (First in class.) — It was a tough race. It was an incredible day and I can’t believe it. We had a lot of problems with this truck and we had some electrical failure. It would go from three cylinders to four cylinders and at one point I didn’t think we would make it. We had a big sand hill to climb but we made it and I learned how to drive it to keep it on all four cylinders. We ripped all the way to the finish.
THOMAS GRAVES, No. 1915 (Second in class. Graves shared driving duties with Richard Morel.) — It was a tough race and I think there were only four miles that were easy. We were going back and forth with all of the other UTV guys all day long. It was probably the most exciting race I ever had in the dirt. It was incredible.
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MARC BURNETT, No. 2905 (First in class.) — It was pretty brutal out there and we worked all night on a brand new car. We had about five miles on it and we had never tested it. We had a flawless day. We kept it slow and mellow and kept it about 75 percent and got it to the finish line. There was a lot of carnage out there. We passed Class 1 cars that were hurting on the side of the road.
DEREK MURRAY, No. 2917 (Second in class. Murray shared driving duties with Jason Murray) — San Felipe is always a rough course but we were able to stay on top of the whoops for most of the day. There are a couple of spots where we had to slow down but all in all the car ran great. CO-DRIVER JASON MURRAY said: We battled a couple of cars but this car pulls super hard in the soft stuff so we got up on them and then around them. In the last mile we lost the alternator so we lost GPS, lights and power steering and I had to make a couple of circles to find my way in. The locals threw flashlights up and flashed us in so we were able to get back to San Felipe.
MIKE CAFRO, No. 2975 (Third in class. Cafro shared driving duties with Jamie Kirkpatrick.) — Today was pretty brutal. The course is not meant for RZRs but we got through it for sure. The whoops are just brutal out there and San Felipe is notorious for them.
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COLTON UDALL, No. 1x (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Udall started the race and rode to race mile 30. Co-rider Mark Samuels rode to race mile 146. Udall rode to the finish.) — We had a really gnarly battle with the 4x team (Francisco Arredondo) and they actually caught us over time. At race mile 146 when we changed a tire I got back on the bike and barely got in front of them. We were practically holding hands going down the highway. I was checking my odometer and we were going 58 or 59 miles-per-hour and just staying with each other. He had to peel off to pit and that’s the last time I saw him. This race course is so extremely gnarly. It really is a test of man and machine. The biggest terrain challenges were three and four foot-sized rock whoops where if you make any mistakes you’ll hit a rock the size of a football. It will throw the bike sideways or you’ll endo. After my pit I went down old Puertecitos road which is extremely gnarly. I just stuck my head down and it’s a full-body experience because it’s hard on your legs, arms, lower back and neck. I just kept on breathing through it and didn’t put the bike on the ground. I nailed everything I had through the sand washes and I got back here in one piece so I’m happy. We are really happy to be here and really happy to be safe. We have a solid package with our pit crews and they do a really good job helping us with our pit program. We do our own pits and we have our legacy that we try to carry on for Honda. Our knowledge has built up over 18 SCORE Baja 1000 championships. It is up to us to get it all figured out and it is definitely OX Motorsports getting the job done. Hopefully we (co-rider Mark Samuels) will race all season together and then for the SCORE Baja 1000 I hope to Ironman it and win overall. CO-RIDER MARK SAMUELS said: I got on at race mile 30 and Colton had just passed into the lead as he was pulling into our pit. I took off and got through my section but it was a tight race with the 4x team. They were about a minute back the whole time. Our bike worked really good and it put me in the position to control the race from there.
FRANCISCO ARREDONDO, No. 4x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle to finish. Arredondo shared riding duties with Ryan Penhall, Shane Esposito, Roberto Villalobos and Justin Morgan.) — This course was the roughest terrain there is and the whole course was difficult. It is a big sprint and that makes it difficult. We ended up crashing but I’m glad we finished and are still in the chase. We were in the lead for a little bit at race mile 78 and then again later on in the race. Roberto Villalobos crashed but I’m glad he was able to get the bike to Ryan. We really want to chase the championship but if we didn’t win today second is a good place. CO-RIDER RYAN PENHALL said: The race was great and we were battling the whole time. We were right behind Colton (Udall 1x) and Mark (Samuels co-rider 1x) when Roberto (Villalobos) took a digger in a sand wash before race mile 200. He broke his shoulder and had to baby the bike in to me.
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MARIO MURILLO, JR., No. 313x (First in class. Murillo, Jr. shared riding duties with Luis De Nicolas, Jorge Valenzuela and Jorge Flores.) — The rocks were challenging for me near race mile 174. I lost the GPS.
KEVIN JOHNSON, No. 302x (Second in class. Johnson shared riding duties with Ryan Gustine.) — We had a good plan coming in to take it easy on the flat sections and save our energy for the rest. I came off the start and everything was smooth and around race mile 12 I let up and hit a rock and tumbled. The front end was all twisted up and I lost a position. CO-RIDER RYAN GUSTINE said: There were a lot of whoops at the start and we didn’t have the suspension dialed in so he (Johnson) wadded up. We had to fix a brake lever, adjust the suspension and fix a front tire. Once we got the suspension dialed in at race mile 25 I ended up passing a few guys in our class.
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JANO MONTOYA, No. 404x (Second in class. Montoya shared riding duties with Francisco Septien, Gerardo Rojas and Vicente Guerrero.) CO-RIDER FRANCISCO SEPTIEN said: It was a pretty good race but it had a lot of whoops but that’s to be expected here at San Felipe. Me and my teammates did an awesome job. We didn’t have any falls and we took it smooth and we’re glad we finished. The course was rough and there were some pretty good riders in our class.
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CARLIN DUNNE, No. 705x (Third in class.) — It really goes back to the old saying “To finish first you’ve got to first finish.” The first 150 miles I was thinking don’t wad it up or wear yourself out. I set markers for myself along the way and it was just planning and good support. I had good peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from my crew. There was a lot of dust, a lot of whoops and I was just looking forward. Old Puertecitos road coming off the asphalt separates the men from the boys. I knew I had to have a little left in the tank to make it through there but once I got through I knew I could just take it home. I didn’t get a chance to pre-run the entire course and that was probably the saving grace for me because I conserved a whole bunch through the first two-thirds of the race. I didn’t know what was going to be at the end. Once I got into the rhythm near the end I came up on the first place rider in Ironman so I dug deep and grabbed and extra gear and went for it. The whole thing was hard and different flavors of tough.
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MARK WINKELMAN, No. 507x (First in class. Winkelman shared riding duties with Jim O’Neal, Flipper Manchester and Andy Kirker.) — It was dusty today and San Felipe is a tough course. It has a lot of whoops and rocks and there’s never time to rest. It was all good and fun and SCORE put on a good race. We love Mexico.
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GARRETT POUCHER, No. 106x (First in class. Poucher shared riding duties with Michael Valenzuela.) — (On stopping to help an injured rider) We want to help each other out and hope the same from them if we go down. We are all out there pushing really hard.
JAVIER ROBLES, JR., No. 1a (First in class and fourth overall motorcycle to finish. Robles shared riding duties with Josh Row, Felipe Velez and Jose Meza Velez.) — The course was very difficult but we didn’t have any problems.