Sunday, June 5, 2005Childress/McCoy top Motorcycle, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon takes Overall 4-Wheel win at 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500by Dominic Clark
ENSENADA, Mexico -- Returning to his racing roots, NASCAR Team Owner/Driver Robby Gordon began his double-duty weekend with a stunning overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory in the 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race in Ensenada, Mexico. Leaving shortly after finishing the race to return to Dover, Del., to drive in Sunday’s NASCAR race, Gordon charged to the front early in his No. 83 Red Bull Chevy CK1500 and stayed there, covering the brutally-tough 419-mile course in 9 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds, averaging 45.66 miles per hour.Gordon, 36, who lives in Mooresville, N.C. and races out of his Robby Gordon desert race team shop in Anaheim, Calif., captured the 4-wheel vehicle win with a flawless, flat-free race over a boulder-strewn, silt-grabbing desert course in front of a massive crowd estimated at over 150,000 spread out along the course by Mexican tourism officials.The race featured a near-record 345 starters, from 20 U.S. States, Mexico, Canada and Japan, for round 3 of the six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series. The large field, competing in 24 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, was the fourth-largest in the storied history of the summer desert classic and the most since the event record was set and then tied in 1976 and 1977.Because the already-rough course deteriorated so much causing several massive traffic jams behind stuck vehicles, SCORE officials extended the time limit by two hours to 19 to become an official finisher in the elapsed-time race. A total of 180 survivors out of 345 starters made it to finish line within the new time limit.Beating an impressive race-record field of 29 SCORE Trophy-Trucks for his first Tecate SCORE Baja 500 win in the marquee SCORE racing division for 800-horsepower, high-tech, unlimited production trucks, Gordon claimed his third overall 4-Wheel crown in the event and his fourth class win. His previous class wins were in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and his other two overall crowns were the last two years of that string. Spending most of the last nine years as a part-time SCORE desert racer, Gordon won his first SCORE race since winning four races on the way to the 1996 SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion. Gordon became the eighth different winner in the 12 years since the marquee SCORE Trophy-Trucks made their Tecate SCORE Baja 500 debut.Looking much like an inverted deflating balloon on a string, the 419-mile race course started in downtown Ensenada adjacent to the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center and finished inside the Deportivo Antonio Palacios baseball stadium in the heart of Ensenada.“We earned this one,” said Gordon. “The race was tough, it was a pretty slow average and a lot of rocks. It’s nice to win one – we’ve come so close so many times. It was a good run for us. I just drove and easy pace. I am sick so my ears kept popping. We were tight was Jason (Baldwin, No. 1) but then he had a problem – I think he got a flat. We had a great race today. We race in Dover, Delaware tomorrow. The only bad news today was the private plane we were going to use is broken. I’ve got some good friends, so I have to see what I can do.”Running second to Gordon all day in SCORE Trophy-Truck was defending season point champion Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., who started 30-seconds after Gordon in the elapsed-time race. Baldwin, who placed third overall, finished in 9:17:07 in his No. 1 Baldwin Racing Ford F-150.Third in SCORE Trophy-Truck and fourth overall in a truck originally built and driven by Gordon was the team of Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., in 9:24:44 in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.Finishing fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck and sixth overall was Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst, recording a time of 9:35:17 in their No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150.Second overall among 4-wheel vehicles and winning the unlimited Class 1 for the second straight race was Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin, Poway, Calif., in a time of 9:15:12, four minutes, 40 seconds behind the winning Gordon.Second in Class 1 and fifth overall was Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif., with a time of 9:32:11 in a Porter-Chevy, 16 minutes, 59 seconds behind the dominating McMillins.Third in Class 1, seventh overall in a Jimco-Chevy was the team of Brian Ickler, Poway, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., reaching the finish line in 9:36:04.Finishing fourth in Class 1, eighth overall, was venerable Corky McMillin, 76, the oldest racer in the event in 9:40:53 in a Chenowth-Chevy. McMillin, who shared driving duties with Gary Arnold, El Cajon, Calif., is the family patriarch of the three-generation McMillin Racing team.Completing the top 10 overall among cars and trucks, just two seconds separated SCORE Trophy-Truck racers Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., in a Chevy Silverado, who was 9th overall and fifth in class. Finishing 10th overall and sixth in class was Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., in a Ford F-150..The three vehicles that covered the course the fastest Saturday were motorcycles. The privateer team of Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif., beat three factory teams, riding a Honda XR650R to a time of 8:40:25, averaging 48.31mph. All four top finishing motorcycle teams were in Class 22.Second among the motorcycles was the American Honda A team of Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., with a 8:49:45 time on a Honda XR650R while third was the Honda B team of Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., completing the course in 9:08:16 on another Honda XR650R.The fourth motorcycle finisher was the Factory KTM team of Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., running the route in 9:10:48 on a KTM 660 Rally motorcycle.“It was amazing – I loved it”, said the 21-year-old Childress. “It’s my first time ever to win a SCORE race. I’ve been doing this since I was 14 and it was a dream to win a race and now I did it. We were in fourth early on. Mike’s Sky Loop was the hardest part. I passed Johnny (Campbell, 1x) at Santa Tomas and never looked back. Mouse McCoy ran the 1000 all by himself and I thought what better guy to get than him to ride with.”The Childress/McCoy victory snapped the five-year winning streak in this race by Hengeveld, who won with Campbell three of those years.Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev., and teammates Cycle Chislock, Murrieta, Calif., and Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., were the fastest Overall ATV this year, winning Class 25 in 10:16:14, averaging 40.80mph on their Honda TRX450R. They staying unbeaten in SCORE this season with the winning, matching their triumph in San Felipe in February.Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif., led a team to victory in Class 40 (motorcycle riders over 40 years old) for the five consecutive year, but many other racers had their streaks broken in the Baja desert. O’Neal has won his class in both SCORE races this year.The popular race also featured a SCORE-record four primary female drivers and all of them were finishers in the grueling test. Three of the women who were drivers of record, and all finished. In addition, Bekki Wik, Las Vegas, drove half the race in Class 1 with Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. They finished sixth out of 31 starters in their class and 26th overall. Michelle Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., placed second in Class 5 with her talented husband Vic, while Sigal Greenberg, Desert Hills, Ariz., was second in Class 9 while splitting the driving with John Hallal. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif.whose husband Cameron finished 15th in SCORE Trophy-Truck, was the overall Sportsman Car champion. Steele had driving assistance from Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif.In the car and truck classes, remaining undefeated with three wins this year were John Holmes, Olvenhain, Calif. (Class 7S, Ford Ranger), Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz. (Class 8, Chevy C1500) and Mexico’s Eric Fisher (Class 9, Garibay-VW).Besides O’Neal, winning for the second time in two SCORE races this year were Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRFX250R) and Mexico’s Gerardo Rojas (Class 30, Honda XR650R).SCORE overall point leaders Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman of Las Vegas extended their lead with their second win in three SCORE races in Class 1-2/1600. MacCachren also finished ninth in SCORE Trophy-Truck as the other driver for Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico, in the Vildosola Racing Ford F-150.Other class winners included: George Seeley, Glendale, Calif. (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Danny Ledezma, Chula Vista, Calif. (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug), Doug Siewert, Fallbrook, Calif. (Class 7, Chevy S-10), Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda), Arturo Honold, Mexicali, Mexico (SCORE Lite, Curry-VW) and Jim Nuckles, Brawley, Calif. (Protruck, Ford F-150).Seven motorcycle riders attempted to run the brutally-tough course solo and five succeeded. The fastest was Robert Laughlin, Solvang, Calif. (Sportsman M/C>250cc, Honda XR650R) with a time of 10:24:21, good for 22nd overall among the 96 motorcycle and ATV starters.In addition to nearly $400,000 in purse and contingency postings, the race was also part of the annual Toyota Milestone Awards and $12,000 Toyota True Grit programs. The prestigious Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to every racer who completes every required mile of every race in the 2005 SCORE Desert Series. The $12,000 Toyota True Grit purse is split among the SCORE season point champions who are also Toyota Milestone award winners in four non-factory-backed classes. This is the 20th consecutive year that Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. has teamed with SCORE to present these prestigious awards.For the first time in several years, the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will be televised nationally on a delayed basis. With multiple showings, The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) will air the race as a one-hour primetime special. Aura 360, the Maine production and marketing company that has this year’s SCORE television rights, will produce the show.SCORE official sponsors for 2005 are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, C.L. Bryant-VP Racing Fuels-official fuel supplier. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Las Vegas Events, Herbst Gaming, Kartek Off-Road, Centrix Financial, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein, Signpros, Cotuco, Fideicomiso Publico para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, Cotuco, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics.Next on the 2005 SCORE Desert Series schedule is the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I, a special non-points race July 28-30 on The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The newest SCORE event will be held on a unique, man-made 1.5-mile ‘Chunk of Baja’ course featuring the SCORE Trophy-Truck and the unlimited Class 1 racing divisions along with Class 1-2/1600 and combined groups for Class 10/SCORE Lite and Classes 7/7S/7SX.For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2005 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.RESULTS37th Tecate SCORE BAJA 500Round 3 of six-race 2005 SCORE Desert SeriesJune 3-5 at Ensenada, Mexico, 419.0 milesTotal Entries: 358, Total Starters: 345, Total Finishers: 180PRO CARS & TRUCKSSCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks) -- 1. Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 9 hours, 10 minutes 32 seconds (45.66 miles per hour) (FIRST OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 2. Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:17:07 (THIRD OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 3. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:24:44 (FOURTH OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 4. Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 9:35:17 (SIXTH OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 5. Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 9:42:29 (NINTH OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 6. Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:42:31 (10th OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 7. Bob Shepard, Phoenix/Rick Geiser, Desert Hills, Ariz., Chevy CK1500, 9:55:06; 8. Marty Coyne/Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:55:07; 9. Gus Vildosola, Mexicali, Mexico/Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 10:04:16; 10. Chad Ragland, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 10:12:35; 11. Nick Baldwin, Laguna Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:12:42; 12. Chet Huffman, Northridge, Calif./Ted Willoughby, Moorpark, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:19:16; 13. Michael Jakobson, Somis, Calif./Todd Sanderson, Leucadia, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 12:01:01; 14. Francisco Cervantes, Chula Vista, Calif./Darren Skilton, Long Beach, Calif., Chevy Camaro, 12:19:51; 15. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150, 12:39:38; 16. Scott Steinberger, Cypress, Calif./Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Ford F-150, 16:14:13.(29 Starters, 16 Finishers)CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters) -- 1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:15:12 (45.28mph) (SECOND OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 2. Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 9:32:11 (43.94mph) (FIFTH OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 3. Brian Ickler, Poway, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 9:36:04 (43.64mph) (SEVENTH OVERALL 4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 4. Corky McMillin, Bonita, Calif./Gary Arnold, El Cajon, Calif., Chenowth-Chevy, 9:40:53 (43.28mph) (EIGHTH OVERALL4-WHEEL VEHICLE); 5. Josh Rigsby/Steven Ewers, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Penhall-Chevy, 9:46:51 (42.84mph); 6. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Bekki Wik, Las Vegas, Jimco-Chevy, 10:08:42 (41.30mph); 7. Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif./Dave Mason, Valley Center, Calif., Jimco-BMW, 10:14:23 (40.92mph); 8. Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 10:14:55 (40.88mph); 9. Michael James, Alpine, Calif./David Mills, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 10:24:51; 10. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 10:29:39; 11. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 10:40:14; 12. Cam Thieriot, Occidental, Calif./Malcolm Smith, Riverside, Calif., Gordon-Chevy, 10:52:00; 13. B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 11:34:30; 14. Rich Ronco/Ray Miranda, Glendale, Ariz., Tatum, 11:47:25; 15. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Jimco-Chevy, 12:02:00; 16. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif., Smithbuilt-Ford, 13:18:03.(31 Starters, 16 Finishers)CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc) -- 1. Rob MacCachren/Bryan Freeman, Las Vegas, Fraley, 11;46:4 (36.56mph); 2. Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Jimco, 12:01:18; 3. Brian Burgess, Riverside, Calif., SPF, 12:10:49; 4. L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Wayne Lacher, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Porter, 12:15:14; 5. Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Amplified, 12:35:48; 6. Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif., Mirage, 12:47:57; 7. Kevin Graves/Rick McCorty, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco, 13:28:01; 8. Kevin Walsh/Jerry Walsh, San Diego, Bunderson, 14:27:23; 9. Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, Calif., Curry, 14:39:27; 10. Edmundo Fernandez/Federico Montes, Ensenada, Mexico, Kokoy, 14:39:32; 11. Arturo Valezco/Abel Velazco, Beaumont, Calif., Porter, 15:26:05; 12. Brent Parkhouse/Bart Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Mirage, 16:21:58; 13. Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif./David Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer, 16:27:06; 14. Matt Blanchard/Brent McKec, Tucson, Ariz., Dunrite, 16:34:05; 15. Rich Clark, Westlake Village, Calif., Dunrite, 16:43:54; 16. Hector Garcia, Sonoyta, Mexico, Curry, 16:46:41; 17. Blaise Jackson, Valley Center, Calif./Mike Sandoval, Fallbrook, Calif., Meco, 17:46:58; 18. Carlos Escobedo/Ramiro Escobedo, Ensenada, Mexico, 16:09:21.(38 Starters, 18 Finishers)CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)--(4 Starters, 0 Finishers)CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs) -- 1. George Seeley, Glendale, Calif., 13:51:04 (30.25mph); 2. Michelle Bruckmann/Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., 15:15:42; 3. Chris Bowman, Upland, Calif./Jerry Longo, La Verne, Calif., 18:59:45.(9 Starters, 3 Finishers)CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs) -- 1. Danny Ledezma, Chula Vista, Calif./Mario Ledezma Jr., Menifee, Calif., 14:11:28 (29.53mph); 2. Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, Ensenada, Mexico, 15:27:46; 3. Ernesto Arambula/Hector Ramos, Ensenada, Mexico, 17:22:05; 4. Rogelio Valenzuela/Arulfo Valenzuela, Ensenada, Mexico, 17:37:44; 5. Mark McAnelly, Ramona, Calif., 18:20:59; 6. Miguel Rosales/Roberto Green, Ensenada, Mexico, 18:29:15; 7. David Sanchez, Hesperia, Calif., 18:45:18; 8. Ernie Negrete/Archie Negrete, San Diego, 18:59:45.(23 Starters, 8 Finishers)CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks) -- 1. Doug Siewert, Fallbrook, Calif./Dan Fresh, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Chevy S-10, 12:42:55 (32.95mph); 2. Craig Turner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Ranger, 13:54:30; 3. Barry Karakas, Oak Hills, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 15:06:37; 4. Jaime Medina, San Ysidro, Calif., Ford Ranger, 16:21:25; 5. Matt Carter, San Diego/Danny Kunz, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Ranger, 18:42:16.(11 Starters, 5 Finishers)CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks) -- 1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Scot Jones, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger, 17:14:21 (24.31mph).(9 Starters, 1 Finisher)CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks) -- 1. Luis A. Valdes, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 18:59:45 (22.08mph).(7 Starters, 1 Finisher)CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks) -- 1. Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz./Greg Stultz, Phoenix, Chevy C1500, 11:34:42 (36.19mph); 2. Nick Vanderwey, Buckeye, Ariz./Michael Vanderwey, Phoenix, GMC Sierra, 11:47:02.(8 Starters, 2 Finishers)CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters) -- 1. Eric Fisher/Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico, Garibay, 18:59:44 (22.06mph); 2. Sigal Greenberg/John Hallal, Desert Hills, Ariz., Chenowth, 18:59:45.(5 Starters, 2 Finishers)CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc) -- 1. Lobsam Yee/Angel Barajas, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 10:11:18 (41.13mph); 2. Ron Dalke, Tucson, Ariz., Tatum-Toyota, 10:37:10; 3. Phillip Finch, Alpine, Calif./Kirk Howerton, Oceanside, Calif., Chenowth-Honda, 10:38:02; 4. John Cooley, Santee, Calif./Dave Richardson, La Mesa, Calif., Alumi Craft-VW, 10:41:32; 5. Javier Robles, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-VW, 11:21:00; 6. Travis Brookshire/Joel Whitted, Alpine, Calif., Jimco-Honda, 12:32:13;(20 Starters, 6 Finishers)SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc) -- 1. Arturo Honold/Ricardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 11:08:26 (37.61mph); 2. Tom Watson/Tim Noe, El Centro, Calif., Jimco, 11:21:33; 3. Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco, 11:22:15; 4. Mike Halliday, Riverside, Calif./Kevin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Jimco, 11:30:12; 5. James Golden, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Hatz, San Diego, Jimco, 12:32:45; 6. Jason Batulis, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Sodaro, Los Angeles, Prep By Jake, 12:39:47; 7. Chuck Sacks, Canyon Lake, Calif./Gregg Ryan, Temecula, Calif., Chenowth, 12:48:55; 8. Craig Brabant, Hesperia, Calif./Regie Dunlap, Oak Hills, Calif., Dunrite, 13:19:04; 9. Jim Vick, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Drever, Dana Point, Calif., Penhall, 14:32:26; 10. Ken Stroud, Alpine, Calif./Steve Gonzalez, Ramona, Calif., Jimco, 14:38:15; 11. Victor Cesena/Victor H. Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Prep By Jake, 16:01:36; 12. Duane Reinert, San Diego/Jamie Campbell, Katy, Texas, D&D, 16:02:10; 13. Mike Belk, Coachella, Calif./Greg Foster, Orange, Calif., Porter, 16:31:48; 14. Ruben Gutierrez, Hemet, Calif./Mark Agee, San Diego, Porter, 18:37:56; 15. Mark Kyle, Austin, Texas/Larry Nash, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mirage, 18:49:05.(22 Starters, 15 Finishers)CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans) -- 4 Starters, 0 Finishers)STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks) -- 5 Starters, 0 Finishers)STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks) -- 1 Starter, 0 Finishers)PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks) -- 1. Jim Nuckles/Jeff Dickerson, Brawley, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:39:06 (39.34mph); 2. Al Hogan, Columbus, Mont./Darren Donnes, Billings, Mont., Ford F-150, 10:39:28; 3. Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico/Walt Virack, Vista, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 11:43:10; 4. Richard Voss, Cupertino, Calif./John Niewdehner, San Jose, Calif., Ford F-150, 13:57:03; 5. Tony Licitra, Bend, Ore./Dr. Macrae Glass, Kingman, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 15:58:36; 6. Eric Hardin/Jared Hardin, Anaheim, Calif., GMC Sierra, 18:55:28; 7. Rick L. Johnson, Oak Hills, Calif./Dan Cardone, Huntington Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 18:59:45.(13 Starters, 7 Finishers)PRO MOTOCRCYCLESCLASS 22 (250cc or more) -- 1. Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif./Mouse McCoy, Santa Monica, Calif., Honda XR650R, 8:40:25 (48.31mph) (FIRST OVERALL MOTORCYCLE); 2. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif, Honda XR650R, 8:49:45 (SECOND OVERALL MOTORCYCLE); 3. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda XR650R, 9:08:16 (THIRD OVERALL MOTORCYCLE); 4. Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif., KTM 660 Rally, 9:10:48 (FOURTH OVERALL MOTORCYCLE); 5. Shaun Hanson, Murrieta, Calif./Joseph Picchiottino, Hemet, Calif./Terry Picchiottino, Murrieta, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:01:00; 6. Marc Francke, Marina Del Rey, Calif./Dale Herron, Reseda, Calif./Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles, Honda XR650Rm 10:08:34; 7. Curt Insley, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif./Traver Insley, San Clemente, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:09:55; 8. Gary Cluff/Scott Rucker/David Schutte, Mesa, Ariz., Honda XR650R, 10:33:10; 9. Brian Pinard, Murietta, Calif./Taber Murphy, E. Wenatchee, Wash., Honda XR650R, 10:57:51; 10. Steven Thompson/Nick Thompson, Long Beach, Calif./Dave Myers, Paramount, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:07:25; 11. Richard Litten/Dean Sharpe, San Diego/Isaac Molina, Spring Valley, Calif., KTM EXC525, 11:23:10; 12. Rancisco Ascolani, Calexico, Calif./Ivan Estrada/Ricardo de la Pena, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 11:36:56; 13. Martyn Atkins, Glendale, Calif./James Pluta, Valley Village, Calif./Freddie Cardenas, Los Angeles, 12:06:53.(13 Starters, 13 Finishers)CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc) -- 1. Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRFX250, 9:47:22 (42.80mph); 2. Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Mark Daniels, Oxnard, Calif., Yamaha YZ250, 10:15:53; 3. Kevin Johnson, Vista, Calif./Ryan Gustine, San Diego, Yamaha YZ250, 10:29:49; 4. Juan Moreno/Jaime Sanoja, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM EXC250, 11:04:34; 5. Jim Townsend, Orange, Calif./Mark Gorgone, Chino Hills, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 11:58:56.(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old) -- 1. Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Arturo Salas, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 9:35:57 (43.65mph); 2. Victor Villalobos/Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 10:04:23; 3. Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif./Roib Barnum, Phelan, Calif., Honda XR680, 10:04:23; 4. J. David Ruvalcaba/Rogelio Pando/Leonel Ruvalcaba, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 10:15:12; 5. Jason Smith, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:29:02; 6. Joey Lane, El Cajon, Calif./Loren Dimond, Santee, Calif./Steve Fenton, Descanso, Calif., KTM 525EXC, 10:33:32; 7. Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo./Rick Sparks, Centailia, Wash., Honda XR650R, 10:38:13; 8. Sergio Vega/Manuel Luna, Ensenada, Mexico, BMW HP, 10:57:09; 9. Mike Crawford/Steve Crawford, Phoenix, Honda XR650R, 10:57:44; 10. Jimmy Lewis, Costa Mesa, Calif./Tim Morton, Excondido, Calif./Dave Donatoni, Thousand Oaks, Calif., BMW HP2, 11:24:14; 11. Stuart Gilred, Solvang, Calif./Gaylon Nuestel, Solana Beach, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:31:37; 12. Robert Garcia, Whittier, Calif./Jason Seamans, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Yamaha WR450F, 13:54:04.(14 Starters, 12 Finishers)CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old) -- 1. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Jeff Kaplan, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda XR650R, 9:43:18 (43.10mph); 2. Rich Binckley, Woodinville, Wash./Paul Ostbo, Cle Elum, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 9:46:06; 3. Dana Reed, Rescue, Calif./Shawn Black, Stockton, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:09:04; 4. Greg Fountain, Lake Forest, Calif./Mike Martin Jr., Garden Grove, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 10:10:08; 5. Michael Laenger, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Kent Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:12:37; 6. Mike Kay, San Clemente, Calif./Brian Schmuckle, Encinitas, Calif./Rob Barnum, Phelan, Calif., Husqvarna TE510, 11:41:09; 7. Jeff Alter/Scott McMannus/Scott Burch, Laguna Beach, Calif., Honda XR650R, 8. Jack Burger, Solana Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:26:13.(8 Starters, 8 Finishers)CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old) -- 1. Elizaburo Karasawa/Susumu Ishii, Japan, Honda XR650R, 10:42:12 (39.15mph); 2. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Doug Heil, Glendora, Calif./Rick Gill, Carpinteria, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:25:21; 3. Doug Smith, Monrovia, Calif./Gene Dempsey/Sam Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:55:10.(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)PRO ATVsCLASS 25 (over 251cc) -- 1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Cyle Chislock, Murrieta, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 10:16:14 (48.80mph) (FIRST OVERALL ATV); 2. Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif., Yamaha YFZ450, 10:20:25 (SECOND OVERALL ATV); 3. Francisco Ruano, San Diego/Gerardo Sepulveda, Chula Vista, Calif./Rafael Pinedo, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:21:02 (THIRD OVERALL ATV); 4. Javier Robles Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Honda 250R, 10:45:21; 5. Eric Hernandez/Christian Fernandez, El Paso, Texas, Polaris Predator, 11:01:41; 6. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Jeff Anderson, San Bernardino, Calif./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 11:08:02; 7. Ryan Wheeler, El Cajon, Calif./Allen White, San Diego, Bombardier DS650X, 11:29:00; 8. Joselito Muro, National City, Calif./Gabriel Velazquez, San Ysidro, Calif./Rafael Rubio, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 11:45:00; 9. Kevin Thompson/Josh Fink, Phoenix, Yamaha YFZ45018:56:45.(14 Starters, 9 Finishers)CLASS 24 (under 251cc) -- 1. Kirk Shreier, Phoenix/Shiloh Strunk, Tucson, Ariz./Joshua Edwards, Peoria, Ariz., Honda TRX250R, 10:57:05 (38.26mph)(1 Starter, 1 Finisher)SPORTSMANOVERALL SPT CAR -- Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Stout Industry-VW, 16:35:21 (25.26mph).(7 Starters, 2 Finishers)OVERALL SPT TRUCK -- (3 Starters, 0 Finishers)OVERALL SPT M/C>250cc -- Robert Laughlin, Solvang, Calif., 10:24:21 (40.27mph)(27 Starters, 18 Finishers)OVERALL SPT M/C
Another baja 1000 Report...Locos Mocos...Crazy Boogers!
Locos Mocos & The 2005 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
By Baja JonesThe 38th running of the Baja 1000 with a start and finish in the city of Ensenada BCN Mexico was an unusual event to say the least. One of the largest starting fields in recent history (342 bikes, quads, trucks & buggies) and a comparatively short course (706 miles) yielded only 162 finishers. The entire racecourse never dipped more than 150 miles south of the U.S., Mexico border yet the brutality of the terrain coupled with freezing nighttime temperatures, extracted a heavy toll on both the racers and the equipment. Less than 50% of the eager starters would see the finish line within the 30-hour time limit.The 2005 Baja 1000 found the Locos Mocos (crazy boogers) crew, setting up shop at race mile 127, Cohabuzo Junction. The pit was early in the race for us. The location was selected for a few reasons. We were running pit #2 in a chain of 11 pits for the world famous Baja Pits Racing Team. Baja Pits provides full service professional grade race support for the independent racer and pro teams alike. Cohabuzo Jct. is a dusty cross road of 2 trails, almost never traveled. You won't find it on any map, it's 60 miles from the nearest paved road and the name sounds cool when you say it on the radio. The Total Chaos / BCG pre run crew had scoped out the location the week before. Torturing 12 Total Chaos equipped pre-runners over a geological feature that racers humbly refer to as "The Summit". The Summit (10 miles up course from us) is the remnant of a ranch road abandoned over 30 years ago by ranchers and avoided by race promoters for the last 20. The "road" (for lack of better word) climes to 4500 feet above the desert floor and crashes almost straight down the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Juarez. In just a few miles you plunge 2000 feet over a waist land of bare rock and multi foot high drop offs. Tire slashing; wheel eating jagged boulders jut from both sides of the 2 track. Needless to say this is a one-way street to all but the experienced rock crawler. The Locos Mocos crew lives to wrench on broken racers and we figured this would be the place to do it!The advance crew arrived 36 hours ahead of time to start setting up the pit. Fuel drums are unloaded and set atop race style scissor stands. Generators, welders, compressed gas, dump cans, spare tires, cases of oil, transmission fluid and gear lube are all strategically positioned. Sunshades and a 50-foot radio antenna pop up. Radios, power supply and a timing table are connected and tested. The pit is really 2 separate facilities consisting of a "hot pit" and a "garage". The hot pit is for scheduled refueling and quick tire changes. The garage is a fully equipped repair and fabrication shop complete with Stick, MIG & TIG welders. A 10,000 KW Miller Trail Blazer powers an array of electric tools and lights. Air tools and impact guns run off CO2 tanks.Next the Kitchen Pit goes together. Locos Mocos is a hard charging bunch and they work up an appetite in the process. During our 3-day stay the kitchen crew will prepare 300 meals to feed the 46 crewmembers and a dozen or so stuck racers and chase crews. Were not talking burgers and dogs. The menu at the Locos Mocos pit rivals that of many 5 star restaurants with entrées like Mane Lobster, Carne Asada & RopaVieja.
Setup finally complete we need to test it out. Pauly hops in BSB (Big Strokey Bronco) and "burns in the pit". He does a couple of high-speed ingresses with full throttle egress. This is done as much to see how the pit looks to race traffic as it is to entertain the crew. With new sets of 37" tire tracks through our little service oasis, the pit now looks like a pit.The crew is at full strength a tent city stands scattered around a roaring iron wood campfire, dinner is served and stories ricochet around the circle dancing of light.BCG 7 enlists the help of an elite group of pyrotechnical experts and a fire is lit at the edge of the clearing. A magnesium case is added and once fully involved, propane cylinders are introduced beneath it. The explosions produce a 60 foot high cascading shower of brilliant streaming particles. All the while a constant aerial display of quarter pound rockets light up the sky and the reports echo off the nearby hillsides as if to announce the mayhem of the coming day. The evenings entertainment was co-sponsored by Cortez of JD films, Nik of Total Chaos Fabrication and BCG 7 of Konig Racing.
RACE DAY:Baja Tym has left his race radio on, tuned to Weather Man's channel with an amplified speaker on the roof of his Tundra. 6:16 AM Just as the mourning sun begins to chase the frost off the tents, the radio cracks the cold dry air: "Weatherman to SCORE Opps", the hair on the back of a thousand necks stands on end. The Baja 1000 is underway. For the next 36 hours, The Weatherman will paint an auditory picture of the toughest test of man and machine on the continent. (Weatherman is Bob Steinberger of PCI Race Radios. Weatherman runs radio relay from his perch atop Pico Diablo 9700 feet above sea level. For 36 hours straight he will relay thousands of complicated transmissions from racers to chasers, handle medical emergencies, dispatch fire crews, quell riots and coordinate rescues. He will communicate decisions from SCORE operations to check points, racers, chasers, pit crews and spectators. He is constantly heckled by drunken idiots with modified ham radios and regularly asked to perform the miracle of omniscience by stuck racers with no idea what frequency their team monitors. Through the unyielding din of white noise he performs with machine like accuracy and endurance. However he is compensated, it is not enough, our hats are off to him for the service he performs and the stamina and professionalism he displays.
9:07 the distant rhythmic thump of a helicopter, 2 minutes later the first bike is through . 2 minutes behind, the second passes, biding his time staying just out of the choking dust of his eventually to be consumed competitor. 17 minutes till the third and fourth bikes are through. In 125 miles the leaders have opened up almost a 15-mile lead on the nearest competitors. Then the valley is filled with the constant roar of choppers and 4 stroke bikes followed by trophy trucks, unlimited buggies and the rest of the field. 10:04 our first scheduled bike, 407 X is in and out with fuel and chain lube.During the next 14 hours the crew would record 309 racers through the location.We fueled, repaired, extracted, welded, fed, relayed, rescued, encouraged and assisted over 40 racers.
Before the race we had calculated the last vehicle still competing would be through our location no later than 7:00 PM. The Summit was taking its toll though, so much so that SCORE extended the checkpoint closing times by 2 hours. We recorded the last racer through at 11:50 PM. Vehicles continued to limp or be towed out well into the next day. By Midnight the temperature was down to the freezing mark with a stiff breeze blowing. The few still standing huddled around the campfire and toasted the racers plying their way through the fridged Baja night. We passed the Tequila, recapped the day and began to plan the next race.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Sunday, June 5, 2005Childress/McCoy top Motorcycle, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon takes Overall 4-Wheel win at 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500by Dominic Clark