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SCORE International Off Road Racing

Cadiente in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Bell in Motorcycle draw
Pole positions for 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race

Racers from 37 States, 11 countries entered in internationally-televised
40th anniversary of Granddaddy of all desert races;
Peninsula run Nov. 10-16 in Mexico from Ensenada, Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur

LOS ANGELES—If Saturday's ‘live’ drawing for starting positions is any indication, November's 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race should be another one for the ages. Garron Cadiente in SCORE Trophy-Truck and Robby Bell in Class 22 for open motorcycles drew the pole positions for the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. This year’s odyssey of nearly 1,300 miles will be a grueling and memorable adventure down Mexico’s mysterious Baja California peninsula starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Sur. It will be held Nov. 10-16.

An amazing total of 326 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s live drawing for starting positions, by class, held during the RACEfest at the Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Hotel/Casino and presented by the Cameron Steele’s Desert Assassins race team.

This year’s memorable adventure will cover nearly 1,300 miles of the rugged and tortuous Baja California peninsula, starting on the Pacific Ocean side and stretching across and down the majestic peninsula to the Sea of Cortez side, back to the Pacific before winding down to the finish line on the southernmost tip of Baja.
     Over 400 entries from 40 U.S. States and 15 countries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year’s 40th anniversary tribute to the world’s richest and most famous desert race. The granddaddy of all desert races is the season-finale of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.

 “The Lake Elsinore Hotel/Casino and the Desert Assassins race team hosted a great event to honor our drawing for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO and President. “The place was packed and there was still plenty of food and refreshments to go around. It was a tremendous start for what promises to be another memorable chapter in the history of the world’s greatest desert race.”

With massive crowds reaching over 300,000 anticipated to again be spread out along the point-to-point race course, the race will start for the 33rd time in Ensenada and will finish for only the second time in Cabo San Lucas.

The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Tuesday, Nov. 13) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 10:30 a.m., or three hours after the last ATV leaves the line. The starting line will be on Blvd. Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada. Vehicles will leave in 30-second intervals in the elapsed-time race and while the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately 22 hours.

The finish line area in Cabo San Lucas will be inside the Campos de Futbol “Yenecamu” soccer fields next to the Villa del Palmar Resort, the official SCORE race headquarters. The SCORE Media Center and SCORE Race Operations will both be located at the Villa del Palmar. Passing times from all BFG Tires pit locations, of all vehicles, will be posted there as well to assist in monitoring the race progress.

Cadiente, 31, of Mesa, Ariz., was the 2006 SCORE Rookie of the year and is third in this year’s SCORE Trophy-Truck season point standings after winning the recent SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 in the No. 38 G&R Racing Ford F-150. The drawing featured 32 entries in the SCORE Trophy-Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.

Bell, 21, Sun City, Calif., will lead 22 entries (to date) in Class 22 for open motorcycles on the No. 1x American Honda factory Honda XR650R. His talented teammates are Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. and Steve Hengeveld, Hesperia, Calif.

Drawing the first start in the ATV classes was the championship team led by Danny Prather, 27, Ramona, Calif., who will ride the No. 1a American Honda factory Honda TRX450R in Class 25.  His teammates are Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif., Levi Marana, Ramona, Calif., and Marc Speath, Warner Springs, Calif.

NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., whose roots are in SCORE desert racing, drew the fourth starting position in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the Team Gordon No. 71 Chevy CK1500. Gordon, , will again pull double-duty, driving the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 before flying to Homestead, Fla., to race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Among the other cross-over racers who are entered so far include World Rally champion Armin Schwarz, former IndyCar star Danny Sullivan and actor/racer Patrick Dempsey, star of the ABC TV hit show ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’

Pre-race festivities on Monday, Nov. 12, for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. adjacent the San Nicolas Hotel, the official SCORE race headquarters in Ensenada.  The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. Racer registration will be held at the San Nicolas from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

While entries will be accepted up to race morning (Nov. 13), late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.

The post-race Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Survivor’s Celebration will be held during the SCORE Fiesta in at the Playa Cascadas (adjacent to the Villa del Palmar) at noon on Friday, Nov. 16.

Besides the Cadiente and Gordon, other entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division include Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst (No. 19-Ford F-150), B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (1-Chevy Silverado), Mexico's Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr. (4-Ford F-150), Honolulu’s Alan Pflueger/Rick Johnson, Encinitas, Calif. (28-Chevy Silverado), Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas (12-Chevy Silverado), Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif. (86-Ford F-150), Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas (3-Ford F-150), Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Bob Shepard, Phoenix (82-Chevy Silverado), Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz. (2-Ford F-150), Chad Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Danny Sullivan, Aspen, Colo. (33-Toyota Tundra), Garron Cadiente, Phoenix (38-Ford F-150), Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (22-Chevy Silverado), Dave Sykes, Del Mar, Calif./Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif. (7-Ford F-150), Jesse Jones, Phoenix (76-Ford F-150), Japan's Ikuo Hanawa (14-Toyota Tundra), Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz. (85-Chevy Silverado), Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif. (77-Ford F-150), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (16-Ford F-150), Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas (96-Chevy Silverado), and brothers David and Matt Scaroni, Heber, Calif. (27-Ford F-150).

In his first full season in the SCORE Desert Series, TV personality Jesse James, of Monster Garage fame, will drive his new No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck.

The four-wheel vehicle classes with the most entries in the drawing were SCORE Trophy-Truck (31), Class 1 (28), Class 5/1600 and Baja Challenge (18 each), Class 1-2/1600 (17), SCORE Lite (15), and Protruck (11).
    The motorcycle classes with the most entries in the drawing were: Class 22 (22) and Class 40 (11).

Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had a race-record 38 entries in the drawing.

Drawing first start in Class 1 were brothers Gary Weyhrich, 40, and Mark Weyhrich, 37, Troutdale, Ore., in a Jimco-Chevy. Drawing first in Class 5/1600 was Darren Walsh, 39, Long Beach, Calif., in a VW Baja Bug while first off in the special Baja Challenge class will be Mark Zajec, 40, Rocklin, Calif., in a Subaru-powered Baja touring car.

First start in Class 1-2/1600 will be Sparky Wilbur, 51, Huntington Beach, Calif., Jimco-VW, while first start in SCORE Lite went to Craig Brabant, 45, Hesperia, Calif., in a Dunrite-VW.  First start in Protruck will be Joe Bednar, 45, Augora Hills, Calif., in a Chevy Silverado.

Sportscaster Cameron Steele, 39, San Clemente, Calif., who hosted the two-day drawing festival, has once again entered in three classes. He will drive the No. 16 Desert Assassins Cadillac Escalade in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the Desert Assassin-VW in SCORE Lite and is also rider of record on the Desert Assassins Honda XR650R in Class 22.

Also among the Class 1 entries is the team of Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, who will be going for a record fourth consecutive Class 1 victory in the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in a Smithbuilt-Ford. They drew the seventh starting position in their class.

Among the other early entries are Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., and Ron Bishop, Escondido, the only two individuals who have raced in all 39 previous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races.

The legendary Hall, 69, of Reno, Nev., has a race-record 18 career class wins in this race and is the only driver to have competed every year in a car or truck class. Hall returns this year as the defending season point champion in a Hummer H3 in the Stock Mini class. His son’s Chad and Josh will complete the Team Hummer entry, each driving different Hummers in the Stock Full Class.

Bishop, 64, who will lead a five-rider team as rider of record this year in Class 22, is the only racer who has competed every year on a motorcycle. He will be racing on a KTM 525XC motorcycle.

The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race course will be marked and open for pre-running on Saturday, October 13th.

It’s the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a driver. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the mysterious Baja California peninsula.

This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the fourth consecutive year, airing on Dec. 30 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.

In addition to the ‘live’ SCORE race drawing, other activities in the two-day RACEfest included a Freestyle Motocross Demonstration, a SCORE Pit Crew Challenge, a Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament, Pool Party, the Blue C Trophy-Lite Challenge, a Silent Auction and live music. Proceeds from the two-day SCORE Fiesta are going to the Chris Ackerman Foundation.

In addition to appearances by several of SCORE’s top drivers and riders and their incredible desert-racing machines, the festivities started on Friday night with the Unbound energy drink Freestyle MX show, presented by Quality Toyota of Corona, Calif., silent auction, and live music. Appearing at the Freestyle show were and Brian Deegan’s Metal Mulisha team and Kyle Loza’s Riders for Christ.

Saturday’s activities started with Kettle One/ Lake Elsinore Casino sponsored brunch and continued with the Blue C Enthusiast Advertising Champion’s Challenge where more than a dozen top SCORE desert racers raced individually, one lap, for times. The afternoon included the Yokohama Pit Crew Challenge.

During the drawing there was a luncheon for racers and their families catered by Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.
     The live SCORE drawing, which featured the second-most entries in race history, was presented by Lucas Oil.

Five full entries into this year’s 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were given away on Saturday, courtesy of Blue C Enthusiast Advertising (Mike Childress-Protruck), Yokohama Tire (Cameron Steele-SCORE Lite), Lake Elsinore Casino (Pete Sohren-SCORE Trophy-Truck), baja.net (Scott Bloom-Class 22) and Lucas Oil Products (Ed Stout-SCORE Trophy-Truck. The winners had to be present and already entered in the race.

Additional sponsors providing product and prizes on Saturday are Bosch Power Tools, American Racing ATX Wheels, Camburg Engineering and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos.

The top driver in the Poker Tournament was Pete Sohren while winning the Blue C Champion’s Challenge was Mike Childress (29.15 seconds) with Harley Letner second (29.97) and Darren Hardesty third (30.00). On the podium in the  Yokohama SCORE Pit Crew Challenge were the teams led by the winning Cameron Steele (5 minutes, 26 seconds) and runner-up Matt Scaroni (6 minutes, 34 seconds).

Ruben Gutierrez, who races in Class 5/1600, won a random drawing for a $3,000 product package from Camburg Engineering.

The 2007 SCORE Desert Series also includes the chase for the $75,000 Kartek Off-Road contingency bonus to be awarded to several 2007 SCORE Class point champions along with the run for the $12,000 Toyota True Grit and Toyota Milestone Awards.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bryant Petroleum-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Volkswagen-official vehicle, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, American Racing ATX Series-official wheel, Slime-official tire sealant, Airstar America-official space lighting provider, Red Bull--official energy drink and Bosch Power Tools-official power tool. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Communications, Kartek Off-Road, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bendix, American Suzuki, NAPA Chassis, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 10-16, 2007—Final round of six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, to Cabo San Lucas, BC Sur, Mexico
Live Start Draw Results held Sept. 22 at Lake Elsinore Casino


PRO ATVS

CLASS 25 (8)
1a Danny Prather
2a Josh Row
3a Javier Beltran
4a Jerry Cook
5a Wayne Matlock
6a Cody Mitchell
7a Carmen Cafro
8a Jeff Hancock

SPT UTV (2)

1801 Jim Creagan
1802 Sean Creagan

SPT ATV (9)

51a Anthony Baker
52a Reid Rutherford
53a Craig Christy
54a John Corwley
55a Mike Penland
56a JV Lattimore
97a Shawn Robins
98a Mark Lindsay
99a Joao de Barros

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.


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