39th BAJA 500
FINAL RESULTS POSTED IN ENSENADA, Mexico
June 1-3—Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 224.22 miles
Total Entries: 519 Total Starters: 492 Total Finishers: 283 (57.5 percent)
1. Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 9 hours, 10 minutes, 58 seconds (46.20miles per hour) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2. Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 9:14:55 (45.87mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
3. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 9:17:32 (45.65mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
4. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 9:25:30 (45.01mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
5. Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:36:17 (44.17mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
6. David Scaroni/Matt Scaroni, Heber, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:47:50 (43.30mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
7. Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 9:48:40 (43.24mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
8. Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz., Chevy C1500, 9:55:34 (42.74mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
9. Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 9:58:00 (42.56mph) (SCORE Trophy)
10. B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 9:59:30 (42.46mph) (Class 1)
11. Mark Miller, Carefree, Ariz., VW Touareg, 10:00:38 (42.38mph) (SCORE Int’l Truck)
12. Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 10:05:27 (42.04mph) (Class 1)
13. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Jimco-Chevy, 10:05:32 (42.03mph) (Class 1)
14. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu/Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:06:29 (41.97mph) (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
15. Darren Hardesty, Ramona, Calif./Mark Randazzo, Poway, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW, 10:06:50 (41.94mph) (Class 1)
16. Armin Schwarz, Austria/Matthias Kahle, Germany, Jimco-BMW, 10:15:30 (41.25mph) (Class 1)
17. Luis Ramirez Jr., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Porter-Chevy, 10:16:15 (41.30mph) (Class 1)
18. Giniel De Villers, South Africa, VW Touareg, 10:18:44 (41.14mph) (SCORE Int’l Truck)
19. Bill Gasper, Chino Hills, Calif./Dave Gasper, Goleta, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 10:21:05 (40.98mph) (Class 1)
20. Max Thieriot/Cam Theriot, Petaluma, Calif./Glenn Harris, Camarillo, Calif., RPS-Chevy, 10:27:24 (40.57mph) (Class 1)
1. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:51:11 (47.92mph) (Class 22)
2. Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./David Pearson, Las Vegas/Cyril Despres, France, KTM 525XC, 9:18:39 (45.56mph) (Class 22)
3. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Scott Myers, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Taber Murphy, Wenatachee, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 9:26:41 (44.92mph) (Class 30)
4. Gerardo Rojas/Maurizio Carminati, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 9:51:19 (43.04mph) (Class 30)
5. Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Westley Garrett, Riverside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 9:51:32 (43.03mph) (Class 22)
6. Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:552:21 (42.75mph) (Class 21)
7. Brent Harden, Sun City, Calif./Scot Harden, Menifee, Calif./Mike Lafferty, Temecula, Calif., KTM 450XC, 9:59:54 (42.43mph) (Class 21)
8. Kevin Johnson, Henderson, Nev./Eric Rasmussen, Reno, Nev./Greg Bruning, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:00:03 (42.42mph) (Class 22)
9. Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif./Dean Sharpe, Ramona, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:00:40 (42.37mph) (22.37mph) (Class 22)
10. Luke Dodson/Zack Dodson, Castaic, Calif./Jason Trubey, Bullhead City, Calif., Suzuki Rmz450, 10:01:16 (42.33mph) (Class 21)
1. Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif./Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif./Marc Spaeth, Warner, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 10:09:07 (41.79mph) (Class 25)
2. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Chad Prull, Laveen, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 10:24:26 (40.76mph) (Class 25)
3. Adolfo Arellano/Christian Valles, Chula Vista, Calif./Alfonso Cota, Tecate, Mexico, Guillermo Cota, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:44:57 (39.47mph) (Class 24)
4. David Corbani/Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 11:28:00 (37.00mph) (Sportsman ATV)
5. Sergio Alvarado/Gary Gonzalez, Cesar Chanate, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 11:33:06 (36.72mph) (Class 24)
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 9 hours, 10 minutes, 58 seconds (46.20miles per hour); 2. Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 9:14:55; 3. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 9:17:32; 4. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 9:25:30; 5. Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:36:17; 6. David Scaroni/Matt Scaroni, Heber, Calif., Ford F-150, 9:47:50; 7. Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 9:48:40; 8. Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz., Chevy C1500, 9:55:34; 9. Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 9:58:00; 10. Alan Pflueger, Honolulu/Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 10:06:29; 11. Travis Coyne, El Centro, Calif., Ford F-150, 10:36:57; 12. Ron Whitton, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 10:48:42; 13. Chris Lucas, Dublin, Ohio, Ford F-150, 10:55:11; 14. Kory Scheeler, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 11:57:33; 15. Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 11:59:08; 16. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 12:04:42; 17. Jerry Larimore, Temecula, Calif./Buff Herman, Ramona, Calif., Ford F-150, 12:29:34; 18. Bill McBeath, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 14:31:45; 19. Andy McMillin, National City, Calif./Scott McMillin, Coronado, Calif., Chevy CK1500, 15:03:48; 20. Jesse James, Long Beach, Calif., Chevy CK1500, 15:07:14; 21. Francisco Cervantes, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy El Camino, 16:44:12.
(33 Starters, 21 Finishers)
SCORE Int’l Truck (International Rally Truck)--1. Mark Miller, Carefree, Ariz., VW Touareg, 10:00:38 (42.38mph); 2. Giniel De Villers, South Africa, VW Touareg, 10:18:44.
(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
SCORE Int’l Truck Open(Open, International Rally Truck)--(1 Starter, 0 Finisher)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. 1. B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 9:59:30 (42.46mph); 2. Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 10:05:27; 3. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Jimco-Chevy, 10:05:32; 4. Darren Hardesty, Ramona, Calif./Mark Randazzo, Poway, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW, 10:06:50; 5. Armin Schwarz, Austria/Matthias Kahle, Germany, Jimco-BMW, 10:15:30; 6. Luis Ramirez Jr., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Porter-Chevy, 10:16:15; 7. Bill Gasper, Chino Hills, Calif./Dave Gasper, Goleta, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 10:21:05; 8. Max Thieriot/Cam Theriot, Petaluma, Calif./Glenn Harris, Camarillo, Calif., RPS-Chevy, 10:27:24; 9. Eduardo Gonzalez, Chula Vista, Calif., HMS-Chevy, 10:35:10; 10. Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford, 10:38:18; 11. Eric Chase, San Diego/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 10:47:28; 12. Brian Kirby, Rowland Heights, Calif./Bobby Ouellette, Ontario, Calif., Kirby-Chevy, 11: 08:21; 13. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Joe Meyers, Apple Valley, Calif., HMS-Chevy, 11:19:34; 14. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 11:35:00; 15. Bill Witt, Henderson, Nev./Rick Ellison, Selma, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 11:41:20; 16. John Herder, Tucson, Ariz./Steve Melton, Buckeye, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 11:58:19; 17. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Rick Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 12:19:25; 18. Rob Bruce, Sublimity, Ore./Mark Witte, Silverton, Ore., HMS-Chevy, 12:24:58; 19. John Harrah, Reno, Nev., HMS-Chevy, 12:40:48; 20. Brian Hudson, Westminster, Calif./David Sowers, Murrieta, Calif., Hustler-Chevy, 13:23:26; 21. Miguel Sandoval/Tonakoh Malok, Ensenada, Mexico, BC-Subaru, 13:25:45; 22. Enrique Bujanda, Socorro, Texas/Edgar Avalos, Horizon, Texas, Porter-Chevy, 14:48:00; 23. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Long Beach, Calif. Jimco-Chevy, 15:11:23; 24. Dale Lenk, Newport Beach, Calif./Randy Perry, Santa Ana, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 15:14:35; 25. Josh Rigby, Santa Fe, New Mexico/Jamie Galles, Albuquerque, N.M., Penhall-Chevy, 15:26:13; 26. Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 15:53:25; 27. Danny Ebberts/Scott Schovajsa, Humble, Texas, Porter-Ford, 18:14:07; 28. Mario Gonzales/Alex Gonzales, Cathedral City, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 19:44:47.
(48 Starters, 28 Finishers)
CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)-- 1. Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer, 11:23:44 (37.23mph); 2. Blaise Jackson/Mike Sandoval, Fallbrook, Calif., MECO, 11:24:02; 3. L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Jimco, 11:38:00; 4. Steven Eugenio/Dan Eugenio, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif., Lothringer, 11:55:22; 5. Curt Geer, San Dimas, Calif./Daniel Folts, Lothringer, 11:57:32; 6. Eliseo Garcia/Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico, Garibay, 12:24:56; 7. Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 12:44:31; 8. Ed Bonanni, Huntington Beach, Calif., Lothringer, 13:49:00; 9. Leonardo Navarrete/Alejandro Navarete, Mexicali, Mexico, Scagro, 14:19:45; 10. Ray Files, Dana Point, Calif./John Maston, Carlsbad, Calif., Metal Works, 14:41:27; 11. Juan Gallo/Marco Gallo, Calexico, Calif., Curry, 15:00:34; 12. Chris Langmayer, Rowlett, Texas/Luis Alonso, San Jose, Calif., Curry, 15:16:20; 13. Hiram Duran/Eric Duran/Evan Duran, Tecate, Calif., Nethm 16:23:18; 14. Lorenzo Rodriguez, Monrovia, Calif./Brian Jeffrey, Acton, Calif., Lothringer, 16:44:38; 15. Viry Felix, Spring Valley, Calif./Tavo Felix, Chula Vista, Calif./Julio Felix, Ensenada, Mexico, Varo, 16:56:24; 16. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, Calif., Jimco, 19:36:09.
(24 Starters, 16 Finishers)
CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)--1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco, 14:40:58 (28.89mph); 2. Dylan Evans, Corona, Calif., Toyota FJ Cruiser, 17:15:38.
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)--1. Luivan Voelker, Mexicali, Mexico, Carlos Albanez, Calexico, Calif., 12:16:06 (34.58mph); 2. Chris Bowman, Upland, Calif./Jerry Longo, Alta Loma, Calif., 13:19:45; 3. Kevin Carr, San Diego, 13:35:27; 4. George Seeley, Glendale, Calif./Dwight Forell, Yucaipa, Calif., 16:25:03; 5. Jim Varshay, Wildomar, Calif., 16:29:55.
(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Jose Montoya, Ensenada, Mexico, 12:45:56 (33.23mph); 2. Ernesto Arambula/Octavio Zamora, Ensenada, Mexico13:35:17; 3. Javier Morales,San Ysidro, Calif./Antonio Ramirez, San Diego, 15:04:00; 4. Mario Reynoso/Francisco Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico, 15:21:47; 5. Adolfo Aguilar Jr. /Troy Gilson, Chula Vista, Calif., 16:16:00; 6. Gregorio Villarino, La Paz, Mexico/Edy Negrete, Chula Vista, Calif., 16:33:30; 7. Ernie Negrete, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Venegas, Rosarito, Mexico, 17:04:34; 8. Scott Pellerin, Romoland, Calif./Brian Thompson, Bloomington, Calif., 17:08:47; 9. Fernando Montijo/Hector Montijo, Ensenada, Mexico, 18:28:50.
(22 Starters, 9 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)—1. Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger, 15:55:55 (26.62mph); 2. Barry Karakas, Oak Hills, Calif./Travis Whitmore, Banning, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 15:58:05.
(14 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)--(3 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)--1. Jim Hinesley, Bakersfield, Calif./Oscar Solaiza, Ensenada, Mexico/Igor Galvan, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 14:42:50 (28.83mph); 2. Rich Severson, Mesa, Ariz./Pat Neveau, Phoenix, Ford Ranger, 17:08:22; 3. Miguel Padilla/Alonso Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 19:49:55; 4. Heidi Steele/Chris Vano/Danny Ellender, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger, 19:52:43.
(13 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)--1. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Michael Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 10:56:58 (38.74mph); 2. Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Don Kolt, Tucson, Ariz., Dodge Ram2500, 15:55:25; 3. Greg Adler, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Erick Tucker, Lakewood, Calif., Ford F-150, 18:05;52; 4. Kurtis Kupiec, Palos Verde, Calif./Ramsey El Wardani, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 19:54:20;
(5 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)--1. Eric Fisher/Isaac Chapluc, Ensenada, Garibay, 18:32:35 (22.88.mph).
(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 10:36:41 (39.98mph); 2. Will Higman, Newport Beach, Calif., Kreger-Honda, 11:00:14; 3. Corey Keysar, Colorado Springs, Colo, Jimco-Honda, 12:21:33; 4. Mark Weger, Lancaster, Calif., RPS-Hondam 12:48:06; 5. Todd Elam, Sahuarita, Ariz., Jimco-Honda, 13:45:42; 6. Alex Crostwaithe/Jose Gonzales, San Diego, Jimco-Honda, 15:40:23.
(12 Starters, 6 Finishers)
SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)--1. Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif./Brady Wisdom, Huntington Beach, Calif., Mirage, 10:34:16 (40.13mph); 2. Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco, 10:43:00; 3. Tim Noe, San Diego/Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif., Jimco, 10:47:04; 4. Mike Halliday, Riverside, Calif./Kevin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., Porter, 10:49:55; 5. David Callaway, Menifee, Calif./Scott Mapes, Riverside, Calif., Callaway, 11:47:22; 6. Matt Drever, Dana Point, Calif./Jim Vick, San Clemente, Calif., Penhall, 11:56:28; 7. Eve Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif./Tyler Hall, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco, 12:12:53; 8. Bill Hernquist, San Diego/Mike Lund, La Mesa, Calif., Jimco, 12:15:14; 9. Kevin Derby/Caleb Derby, Encinitas, Calif., Chaparral, 13:04:40; 10. Ricardo Malo/Arturo Honold, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 15:04:34; 11. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif./Aaron Hawley, Las Vegas, 15:15:20; 12. Guy Cardon, Grand Terrace, Calif./Jamie Campbell, Katy, Texas/Eric Stewart, Loma Linda, Calif., Porter, 16:14:50.
(27 Starters, 12 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)--1. Ramon Fernandez/Tomas Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, 19:14:20 (22.05mph).
(6 Starters, 1 Finisher)
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)--1. John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif./Jeremy Spirkoff, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F-350, 16:54:40 (25..09mph); 2. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Darren Skilton, Long Beach, Calif., Dodge Ram2500, 19:07:22.
(6 Starters, 2 Finishers)
STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks)--1. Rod Hall/Chad Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 16:49:34 (25.21mph).
(4 Starters, 1 Finishers)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)--1. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico/Bryan Freeman, Henderson, Nev., Toyota Tundra, 10:41:32 (39.68mph); 2. Jason Voss/Richard Voss, Cupertino, Calif., Ford F-150, 11:02:20; 3. Rick L. Johnson, Oak Hills, Calif./Dan Cardone, Huntington Beach, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 11:11:40; 4. Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Rick Taylor, Brawley, Calif., Ford F-150, 11:35:35; 5. Dave Westhem, Palm Desert, Calif./Ryan Herzog, Long Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:11:49; 6. James Wasson, Hobart, Wash./Russel Frisby, Caldwell, Idaho, Chevy Silverado, 15:54:20; 7. Cody Swanty/Rob Clouser, Kingman, Ariz., Dodge Ram 1500, 17:32:04; 8. Rob Kittleson, Palm Springs, Calif./Tommy Bradley Jr., Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 18:06:15; 9. Joe Bednar, Aguara Hills, Calif./George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 19:40:40.
(13 Starters, 9 Finishers)
JEEPSPEED 3 (1) (Modified Jeeps)--(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
JEEPSPEED 1 (Identically equipped Jeep Cherokees)--(5 Starters, 0 Finishers)
ita, Calif., Jeep Cherokee
CLASS 22 (250cc or more)—1. Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 8:51:11 (47.92mph); 2. Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./David Pearson, Las Vegas/Cyril Despres, France, KTM 525XC, 9:18:39; 3. Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Westley Garrett, Riverside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 9:51:32; 4. Kevin Johnson, Henderson, Nev./Eric Rasmussen, Reno, Nev./Greg Bruning, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:00:03; 5. Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif./Dean Sharpe, Ramona, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:00:40; 6. Dan Walsh, Ramona, Calif./Steve Martz, San Marcos, Calif., Kawasaki KLX450, 10:21:46; 7. Cameron Steele/Larry Badgwell/Shawn Domage, Honda CRF450X, 10:40:34; 8. Greg Richards, Morgan Hils, Calif./Josh Possell, Yamaha WR450, 10:50:01; 9. Nick Blais, Chino, Calif./Scott Lynch, Torrance, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:15:33; 10. Marc Francke, Venice, Calif./Dale Herron/James Hall, Malibu, Calif./Jimmy Roberts, Honda XR650R, 11:25:26; 11. Adam Neuwirth, Seabright, New Jersey/Martin Bejarano, Yuma, Ariz./Danny Cooper, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450R, 11:29:55; 12. Scott Bloom, Del Mar, Calif./Steve Grieb, San Diego/Derrick Chase, El Cajon, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:54:14; 13. Travis Simmons/Micah Shumate/Max Simmons, Hayward, Calif., KTM 525, 12:16:02; 14. David Warren, Long Beach/Robert Little, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Eric Bueschel, Huachuca, Ariz., Honda XR650R, 12:23:14; 15. Nick Thompson/Steven Thompson, Long Beach, Calif., Honda XR650R, 12:24:43; 16. Sean Wharton/Gavin Wharton, Marion, Utah/Ryan Oborn, Herriman, Utah/Clay Lott, Marion, Utah, Yamaha WR450, 13:14:09; 17. Michael Lansky, Tucson, Ariz./Don Karle, Longmont, Colo. KTM 525EXC, 13:45:34; 18. Blake Visin, Valencia, Calif./Robert Shearer, Roswell, Ga./Charles Koekemoer, Alpharetta, Ga., Honda XR650R, 15:36:37; 19. Shannon Powell, Las Vegas/Jerry Parsons, Boulder City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:01:15.
(24 Starters, 19 Finishers)
CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)-- 1. Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 9:552:21; 2. Brent Harden, Sun City, Calif./Scot Harden, Menifee, Calif./Mike Lafferty, Temecula, Calif., KTM 450XC, 9:59:54; 3. Luke Dodson/Zack Dodson, Castaic, Calif./Jason Trubey, Bullhead City, Calif., Suzuki Rmz450, 10:01:16; 4. Ryan Gustine, San Diego/Robert Gustine, Valley Center, Calif./Bob Walker, San Marcos, Calif./Honda CRF450X, 10:07:00; 5. Joey Lane, El Cajon, Calif./Fred Willert, Pacific Beach, Calif./Eric Hingeley, San Diego, Husqvarna TC450, 10:37:09; 6. Shaun Hanson, Murrieta, Calif./Jim McKay, Hemet, Calif./Brian Melsheimer, Quail Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:50:39; 7. Chad Erl/Ryan Grandon, Huntington Beach, Calif./Mike Greff, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Husqvarna TC450, 10:55:06; 8. David Gonzalez Jr., Chula Vista, Calif./Hector Hernandes, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM EXC450, 11:01:56; 9. Chris Parker, Newport Beach, Calif./Colie Potter, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:10:35; 10. Collin Corrigan, La Mesa, Calif./Shannon Boothe, La Mirada, Calif./Todd Corbitt, Irvine, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:18:28; 11. Francisco Arredondo/Sunny Irving, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X, 11:32:03; 12. Juan Castro/Luis Garcia, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha YZF450, 11:57:15; 13. Bryce Kiser, Murrieta, Calif./Daniel Valazquez, Ensenada, Mexico, Bobby Russell Jr., Glendale, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 12:18:26; 14. Anna Jo Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Stacy Doerksen, Apple Valley, Calif./Jennifer Morton, Escondido, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:41:04; 15. Nathon Verdugo, Anaheim, Calif./Richard Nelson, Adelanto, Calif., Aprilia RXV450, 13:22:45; 16. Brett Helms, Valley Center, Calif./Jim Rawlins, Escondido, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:31:06; 17. Juan Diaz/Sergio Anaya, San Ysidro, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 15:31:54; 18. Justin Hermann/Tyler Hermann, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:28:58.
(22 Starters, 18 Finishers)
CLASS 20 (125cc)--1. Ryan Penhall/Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif./Chad Black, Laguna Hills, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 10:33:14 (40.20mph); 2. Mark Chicado, Las Vegas, Yamaha WR250F, 11:52:47; 3. Brett Girmsley, Rocky Ford, Colo., Honda CRF250x, 12:41:47.
(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)--1. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Scott Myers, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Taber Murphy, Wenatachee, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 9:26:41 (44.92mph); 2. Gerardo Rojas/Maurizio Carminati, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 9:51:19; 3. Nicola Dutto,Italy/Martin Lamoureux, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 10:41:06; 4. J. David Ruvalcaba/Rogelio Pando, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 10:44:24; 5. Steve Bailor, Fullerton, Calif./Mark Goelz, Chatsworth, Calif./Jon Spar, Westlake, Calif., XR650R, 10:47:54; 6. Michael Mann, La Quinta, Calif./Bryce Hartman, Houston, Honda CRF450X, 11;09:15; 7. Rodrigo Basave/Alvaro Garcia, Guadalajara, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 11:15:56; 8. Mitchel Sanchez, Campo, Calif./Dana Reed, Shingle Springs, Calif., Husqvarna TC510, 11:18:13; 9. Dan O’Neal, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Keith Vandebrake, Temecula, Calif./Eric Luck, Murrieta, Calif./Honda XR400R, 11:21:14; 10. Dave Donaldson, Silver City, N.M./Alan Donaldson, Arizona City, Ariz./Ted Donaldson, Rosette, Wyoming, KTM 525EXC, 11:49:44; 11. Ricardo De La Pena, Mexicali, Mexico/Mark Winkelman/Patrick Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda XR650R, 12:18:12; 12. Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Tim Vasquez, Monrovia, Calif./Scott Horsley, Claremont, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:45:44; 13. Charlie Wilson, Houston/JD Durfey, Phoenix/Mike Herrick Dallas, Honda XR650R, 12:48:22; 14. Jake Buell, Mission Viejo, Calif./Dave Powell, Newport Beach, Calif., KTM SXC625, 13:36:26; 15. Scott Polimeni, Palm Desert, Calif./Mike West, Yucaipa, Calif./Andy Gast, San Marcos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:18:47; 16. John Trabucco/Mark Lagomarsino, Santa Rosa, Calif./Ed McCullough, Auburn, Calif., Honda XR650R, 14:46:26; 17. David Velasco/Daniel Velasco/Gilberto Velasco, Villa de Alvarez, Mexico, Yamaha WR426, 16:50:21.
(20 Starters, 17 Finishers)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)--1. Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Jon Ortner, Santa Barbara, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Bob Johnson, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 10:07:02 (41.993mph); 2. Kent Pfeiffer, Costa Mesa, Calif./Kurt Pfeiffer, Riverside, Calif./Scott Pfeifer, Costa Mesa, Calif., Yamaha YZ450, 10:12:35; 3. Dennis Green, Alpine, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:50:20; 4. Donald Connelly, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts/Mark Howell, Honda CRF450X, 10:53:45; 5. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Donnie Dearman, Torrance, Calif./Lance Kane, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 11:10:14; 6. Richard Deveau, Sebastopol, Calif./ David Deveau, Windsor, Calif./David Froman, Santa Rosa, Calif., Honda XR650R, 11:13:16; 7. Todd Winslow, Clovis, Calif./Troy Winslow, Elk Grove, Calif./Steve Achey, Clovis, Calif./Steve Power, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 11:25:21; 8. Dave Simpson, Redlands, Calif./Larry Gross, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Dan Closson, Cherry Valley, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 11:27:50; 9. Paul Needels, Westlake Village, Calif./Randy Morales, Honda CRF450X, 11:28:36; 10. Jim Owens, Santa Cruz, Calif./Dennis Hannel, Arnold, Calif., Husqvarna TE450, 11:38:08; 11. Rob Barnum, Phelan, Calif./Michael Kay, San Clemente, Calif., Husqvarna TC510, 11:54:00; 12. Leonel Vallejo, Tijuana, Mexico/Manuel Del La Torre, Dulzura, Calif./Cesar Darra, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 11:56:36; 13. Gilberto Gallardo, San Diego, KTM EXC525, 11:58:05; 14. Steve Downey, San Ramon, Calif./Michael McGuire, Alamo, Calif./Eric Johnson, Redding, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 12:47:45; 15. Julio Abril/Oscar Hale, Ensenada, Mexico/Randy Murad, San Diego, Honda XR50R, 12:59:33; 16. Kevin Gould, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:30:24; 17. Jim Buckingham, Palmdale, Calif./Graham Cruickshank, El Segundo, Calif. Honda XR650R, 13:52:03; 18. Kent Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif./Michael Laenger, Sherman Oaks, Calif./Jim Spotts, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:56:23; 19. Antonio Narino, Escondido, Calif., KTM 525XC, 15:01:26
(21 Starters, 19 Finishers)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)--1. Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Doug Heil, Monrovia, Calif./Mike Sixberry, Bullhead City, Ariz./Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Rick Gill, Carpinteria, Calif., Honda XR650R, 10:45:12 (39.45mph); 2. Eizaburo Karasawa/Susumu Ishji, Japan, Honda CRF450X, 11:09:48; 3. Keith Speir, Fillmore, Calif./Jim Sandefer, Montecito, Calif./Doug Smith, Honda XR650R, 11:37:30; 4. Eric Bondus, La Mirada, Calif./Jack Bondus/Ron Palm, Anoka, Minn./Wade Summers, Crestwod, Ky., Honda XR650R, 14:45:31
(5 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)--1. John Carmona, Upland, Calif./Paul Lussier, West Greenwich, R.I., KTM EXC525, 14;49:01 (28.63mph); 2. Don Lewis, Marlborough, Ct./Mike Harper, Landers, Calif./John Volkey/Sam Dempsey, Van Nuys, Calif./Gene Dempsey, Apple Valley, Calif., Honda XR650R, 15:47:58
(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 25 (over 251cc)-- 1. Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif./Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif./Marc Spaeth, Warner, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 10:09:07 (41.79mph); 2. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Chad Prull, Laveen, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 10:24:26; 3. Carmen Cafro, Vista, Calif./Lance Schoonmaker, Alpine, Calif./Earl Thigpen, Murrieta, Calif., Honda TRX650R, 11:50:12; 4. Mark Dyer, Agua Dulce, Calif./Randy Dyer, Santa Clarita, Calif./Edward Scantelbury, Rossmoor, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 12:18:29; 5. Jeff Hancock, Salome, Ariz./Josh Edwards, Peoria, Ariz./Kirk Schreier, Phoenix/Kyle Pethers, Salome, Ariz., Polaris Outlaw525, 12:19:37; 6. Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Nick DeStout, Oceanside, Calif./Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif., Honda TRX450, 13:08:50; 7. Mike Zarzan/Hilary Paige, Santee, Calif./Mike Lennon, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R 13:18:40; 8. John Padgett, Banff, Canada/Gary Burrell, England, Honda TRX450R, 15:29:51.
(14 Starters, 8 Finishers)
CLASS 24 (under 251cc)-- 1. Adolfo Arellano/Christian Valles, Chula Vista, Calif./Alfonso Cota, Tecate, Mexico, Guillermo Cota, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 10:44:57 (39.47mph); 2. Sergio Alvarado/Gary Gonzalez, Cesar Chanate, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 11:33:06; 3. Enrique Felix/Ocar Garcia/Esqulil Soto, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 11:42:28; 4. Javier Beltran/Cesar Mercado/Cristian Rojas, Tijuana, Mexico, Kawasaki KFX450R, 11:42:37; 5. Gilberto Perez/Cero Calderon/Francisco Perez, Calexico, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 12:28:12; 6. Romulo Gomez/Carlos Brugger, San Diego/Hector Leon, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 13:16:35; 7. Daniel Marin Jr. /Guillermo Marin/Abraham Romero, San Ysidro, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 13:37:04; 8. Jose Mendoza, Chula Vista, Calif./Marco Cornejo/Julio Cornejo, San Diego, Felex Castro, San Ysidro, Calif., Yamaha YFZ450, 13:45:01;
(13 Starters, 8 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT CAR--Dave Donaldson, Silver City, N.M./Alan Donaldson, Arizona City, Ariz./Jeremy Heaton, Orem, Utah, Susp Unl’td-VW, 17:27:05 (24.30mph).
(6 Starters, 1 Finisher)
OVERALL SPT TRUCK--(6 Starters, 0 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)--(9 Starters, 0 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT M/C<250cc--enrique>250cc—Bill Eddings, Lomita, Calif./Eric Shchettler, Mesa, Ariz./Sean Kinkor, Lomtia, Calif., Honda, CRF450X10:43:33 (39.551mph)
(58 Starters, 36 Finishers)
OVERALL SPT ATV--David Corbani/Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 11:28:00 (37.00mph)
(24 Starters, 15 Finishers)
Ragland/Collins repeat as Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck champs
As Richardson captures Class 1 at 39th Tecate SCORE Baja 500
LOS ANGELES—Repeating as a race champion is difficult in any form of motors, but teammates Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., and Brian Collins, Las Vegas stormed through a SCORE-record field of 492 starters to capture a second-straight stunning overall 4-Wheel and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory Saturday in the 39th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race.
Starting and finishing in Ensenada, Mexico, Collins drove the first 155-miles in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado before turning the wheel over to Ragland to drive to the finish, covering the challenging, dust-filled 424.22-mile course in 9 hours, 10 minutes and 58 seconds, averaging 46.20 miles per hour.
Ragland and Collins captured the 4-wheel vehicle win with a flawless race over a boulder-strewn, silt-grabbing tight and twisty desert course in front of a massive crowd estimated at nearly 200,000 spread out along the course as estimated by Mexican tourism officials.
Also defending their overall motorcycle and Class 22 champs is the team of Robby Bell, Murrieta, Calif./Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif., with help from new teammate Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X. And successfully defending their overall ATV and Class 25 victory was the team of Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif./Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif., on the No. 1a Honda TRX450R.
The Bell/Norman/Hengeveld time covered the rugged course 8:51:11, averaging 47.92mph on their motorcycle while Prather/M. Cafro team completed it in 10:09:07 with an average speed of 41.79 on their ATV race machine.
Hengeveld now has seven class wins and six overall titles in this race.
Bell/Norman also won this year’s SCORE motorcycle season opener in March at the Tecate SCORE Baja 250 to remain unbeaten in the 2007 SCORE Desert Series. Prather and M. Cafro along with co-riders Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., and Marc Speath, Warner Springs, Calif., remained unbeaten for two race as well two SCORE wins last year on the way to their first SCORE season point championship. It was Cafro’s fifth career win in this race.
With the final outcome never fully decided in the elapsed-time race until the checkered flag, NASCAR’s Robby Gordon, Mooresville, N.C., finished second overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck in his No. 71 Chevy CK1500, just 3 minutes, 57 seconds behind Ragland/Collins and Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin, who led on corrected time much of the race before rolling his No. 1 Chevy Silverado several times just five miles before the finish line, recovered to finish third overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck in his Chevy Silverado. Baldwin, the reigning SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion whose truck is also prepped by Las Vegas’ Collins Motorsports. Just 2:37 behind Gordon and 6:34 behind Ragland/Collins.
Beating an impressive season-high field of 33 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, Ragland’s win was seventh class triumph and fith overall victory in this race as well as his 10th career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win. His 10 career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins are second only to the 11 won by Las Vegans Ed and Tim Herbst.
For Collins, it was his fourth class triumph and second overall 4-Wheel crown. His previous class wins were in 1997 and 1998 in Class 8 and SCORE Trophy-Truck last year. The win was also his fifth career race win in SCORE Trophy-Truck and his third since teaming up with Ragland in 2005.
“It was great,” said Collins at the finish line as Ragland brought the winning truck home. “Anytime you get an overall winner it’s a great day. Everything worked real well, we had one flat tire, threw it on the rack (and) we left Billy (Goerke) riding mechanic out there in the desert with a bunch of guys, but they’ll bring him home. I got the flat tire about the last couple of miles coming into the finish line. (There were) no troubles other than the flat tire - it was a terrific day. It was a tough course – it was really good though, nearly perfect. I was just waiting for B.J. (Baldwin)–I didn’t know where he was at. “
Round 3 of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series, featuring a all-time SCORE record lineup of 492 starters competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. The massive field, what had 519 official entries but 27 didn’t make it to the start line, came from 32 U.S. States (from Hawaii to Rhode Island), Mexico, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.
The SCORE record 492 starters included 273 cars and trucks and 219 motorcycles and ATVs. The new SCORE record eclipsed the previous SCORE record total of 438 starters set in this race last year.
With the marquee SCORE Trophy-Trucks claiming an impressive 9 of the first 10 overall 4-wheel vehicle finishing positions in the race, a total of 283 survivors out of 492 starters (57.5 percent) made it to finish line within the 20-hour limit. The 283 finishers represent the second largest number of finishers ever in a SCORE race. The number is second only to the record 288 finishers in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 250.
Robby Bell was equally enthusiastic about his team’s overall motorcycle and Class 22 win.
“It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it,” Bell said at the finish line. “The course was really rough and demanding but it was a good test. The start section has been the same and it was getting torn up but I really enjoyed it. We had a flat tire right early on and I had to ride it on out for about 14 miles until we got it changed and from there on out it was just a smooth race. Kendall (Norman) rode the second section really well over Mike’s past the KTM back and then Steve (Hengeveld) rode awesome on the coast and I just got to cruise it in to the finish for about the final 30 miles. I took over right around Rancho San Antonio. Flat tire was it – other than that it very really smooth and a lot of fun for us. Oh yea, we ran all week to practice; it was a lot of fun - it was a blast.”
Second overall among the motorcycles and in Class 22 was the Red Bull/KTM team of Chris Blais, David Pearson and Cyril Despres, who rode a KTM 690 rally bike that arrived from Europe just two days before the race, to finish 27:28 behind the Honda factory team. Blais, Apple Valley, Calif., has raced often in the SCORE series while Pearson, of Las Vegas and France’s Despres are new. It was Pearson’s second race and for Despres, the overall motorcycle winner in this year’s Dakar Rally, it was his first. Blais is also a Dakar veteran, finishing third overall this year.
Finishing fourth through ninth overall among 4-wheel entries for the race-dominating SCORE Trophy-Trucks were Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, Calif., David Scaroni/Matt Scaroni, Heber, Calif., Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz./Jeff Gieser, Phoenix, Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz., and Mexico’s Gus Vildosola/Gus Vildosola Jr. All but Wyllie in the group drove Ford F-150s while Wyllie drove a Chevy C1500.
The only non SCORE Trophy-Truck in the top 10 overall was unlimited Class 1 winner, B.J. Richardson, Las Vegas, in a Chevy-powered Bunderson open-wheel desert race car. Driving solo while battling the flu in addition to the course and the competition, Bunderson is the current SCORE Class 1 and Overall point leader for 2007 and picked up his second career SCORE class win and first in Class 1. He beat a race-high field of 48 starters.
For the first time in race history, Volkswagen of America officially entered two of its Red Bull Dakar Rally teams from Germany. Driven by American Mark Miller and South African Giniel de Villers, the two turbo-diesel VW Race Touareg 2s competed in the special SCORE Int’l Truck class and both had impressive finishes. The result was especially remarkable as Miller finished 11th overall among 4-wheel vehicles in 10:00:38 and de Villers was 18th in 10:18:44.
SCORE also announced at the record-setting race the Volkswagen of America has become the Official Vehicle of SCORE International, effective immediately.
Starting and finishing in Ensenada on the majestic Baja California peninsula, this year’s tight and technical 424.22-mile course will run in a clockwise direction, running East into the middle of the peninsula, then South, followed by a West travel section, turning north, then East, North, Northeast and back West for the final charge back into Ensenada.
The venerable Rod Hall, 69, Reno, Nev., who earned his first Tecate SCORE Baja 500 class win in 1970 and his most recent last year, won again in the Stock Mini class in his Hummer H3. Hall is tied for the most class wins in the history of this race with Ivan Stewart, who won 17 in his career.
Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif., became the first rider to win three classes in two different years in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 as he led separate teams to victory, in both Class 30 (motorcycle riders over 30 years old) and Class 50 (motorcycle riders over 50 years old). With his double victories, Class 30 on a Honda CRF450X and Class 50 on Honda XR650R motorcycle, O’Neal has earned 10 classes wins in this race in the last seven years, the longest consecutive race streak of any racer in this event.
In Class 30, O’Neal’s teammates for this historic run which also placed them third overall among motorcycles were Scott Myers, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev., and Taber Murphy, Wenatachee, Wash. Riding with the noted apparel manufacturer to earn the Class 50 win were: Doug Heil, Monrovia, Calif./Mike Sixberry, Bullhead City, Ariz./Rick Gill, Carpenteria, Calif., and Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif.
Picking up his sixth career in this race while remaining undefeated in three races this year was Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, who won Class 8 in a Chevy Silverado while remaining undefeated in Class 10 was Mexico’s Lobsam Yee in a Jimco-Honda.
Mexico’s Eric Fisher picked up his sixth Class 9 win in this race in a Garibay-VW while winning Class 3 in a Ford Bronco for the fifth time in six years was Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif.
Defending Protruck class point champion Gus Vildosola Jr., won his class in a Toyota Tundra with driving help from Bryan Freeman, Henderson, Nev. Vildsola also finished drove half the race in SCORE Trophy-Truck where he and his father Gus Sr. finished ninth.
Other 4-wheel vehicle class winners included Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Class 1-2/1600, Lothringer-VW), Luivan Voelker, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Jose Montoya, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Jim Hinesely, Bakersfield, Calif. (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif. (SCORE Lite, Mirage-VW), John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Stock Full, Ford F-350) and Ramon Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 11, VW Sedan). It was Fernandez’s second straight win of the year.
Among the motorcycle classes, other winners included the team led by rider of record Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CR450X) and the team led by rider of record Brett Helm, Poway, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X.
Tecate SCORE Baja 500
A l l - T i m e O v e r a l l C h a m p i o n s
Year, Cars/Trucks/Motorcycles (2nd line)
1969--Bud Ekins/Guy Jones
Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg
Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty
Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts
Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn
Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade
1974--Ivan Stewart/Bill Hrynko
Al Baker/Steve Holladay
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie
1976--Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart
Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken
Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson
1978--Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith
Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden
1979--Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp
Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller
1981--Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie
Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller
1983--Corky & Scott McMillin
Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft
1985--Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp
Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden
1986--Corky & Scott McMillin
Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden
1987--Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr.
Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer
Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte
Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause
Larry Roeseler/T. Hunnicutt Jr./P. Krause
Danny Hamel/L. Roeseler/T. Hunnicutt Jr.
Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr.
Paul Krause/Craig Smith
Paul Krause/Ty Davis
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie
Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom
Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld
Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street
2002--Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell
2003--Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell
Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy
2006—Brian Collins/Larry Ragland
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman
2007—Larry Ragland/Brian Collins
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld
Tecate SCORE Baja 500
----- Multiple Overall Champions -----
Cars & Trucks
11 Ivan Stewart
4 Malcolm Smith**
3 Bud Feldkamp
*Nine on motorcycle
**One on motorcycle
6 Steve Hengeveld
5 Paul Krause
4 Ted Hunnicutt Jr.
3 Jonah Street
2 Gene Fetty
SCORE Desert Racing
All-Time Top Race Starters
Year Race, STARTERS (Finishers)
2007 SCORE Baja 500—492 Starters (283 Finishers
1988 SCORE Parker 400—452 Starters (249 Finishers)
2006 SCORE Baja 500—438 Starters (221 Finishers)
2006 SCORE Baja 1000—431 Starters (234 Finishers)
1980 SCORE Parker 400—421 Starters (225 Finishers)
1987 SCORE Parker 400—419 Starters (199 Finishers)
1986 SCORE Parker 400—415 Starters (215 Finishers)
1989 SCORE Parker 400—403 Starters (221 Finishers)
1981 SCORE Parker 400—400 Starters (197 Finishers)
2007 SCORE Baja 250—394 Starters (288 Finishers)
SCORE Desert Racing
All-Time Top Race Finishers
Year Race, FINISHERS (Starters)
2007 SCORE Baja 250—288 Finishers (394 Starters)
2007 SCORE Baja 500—283 Finishers (492 Starters)
1988 SCORE Parker 400—249 Finishers (452 Starters)
2006 SCORE Baja 1000—234 Finishers (431 Starters)
1980 SCORE Parker 400—225 Finishers (421 Starters)
2006 SCORE Baja 500—221 Finishers (438 Starters)
1989 SCORE Parker 400—221 Finishers (403 Starters)
1986 SCORE Parker 400—215 Finishers (415 Starters)
1988 SCORE Baja 500—202 Finishers (332 Starters)
1987 SCORE Parker 400—199 Finishers (419 Starters)
2004 SCORE Baja 1000—198 Finishers (284 Starters)
1981 SCORE Parker 400—197 Finishers (400 Starters)
FROM THE LIVE COVERAGE:
VIDS JUST IN FROM OJOS NEGROS
VW - Mark Miller Rolling through Ojos Negros
*8:45 PM, Numerous reports of a wicked pileup. One at RM 211-212, some 40 race vehicles.
*8:40 PM, from Dominic of SCORE:
Baja 500 2007
1. Ragland timed at 9:10:58.
2. Gordon timed at 9:14:55.
3. B.J Baldwin timed at 9:17:32.
*8:35 PM Final Touareg Giniel De Villers finished at 8:32 PM.
*8:22 PM #739, rolled into a canyon at RM 170-172, no further reports.
*8:20 PM Finish Line Smack, The first '01 0FF-ROAD1.com', "Super Truck" VW Touareg is born tonight in Ensenada Mexico at the Baja 500.
Mark Miller in the VW Race Touarag was 9th vehicle on the road at Santo Tomas. Reporters say that the Touareg was by far the fastest up the shortcut hill cimb north of Santo Tomas. No Class 1's were close to him.
Robby Gordon should take the current overall leadership on corrected time. BJ Baldwin was leading on time coming into Ensenada. Knowing Gordon was on his heels he pushed too hard and crashed, rolling his truck giving Gordon the lead on time by 2 and a half minutes. Loading...
*8:15 PM, Nightfall on the Baja 500.
TT #28 Pflueger/Ricky Johnson finished at 8:04 PM. "Super Truck" #81 VW Race Touareg driven by Mark Miller finished at 8:12 PM!
*7:57 PM, TT #38 G&R Racing Garron Cadiente finished at 7:46 PM. TT #27 David Scaroni finished at 7:50 PM. TT #4 Gus Vildosola finished at 7:53 PM.
* 7:35 PM, TT Robby Gordon finished at 7:18 PM and #3 TT Post/MacCachren finished at 7:20 PM. #86 Josh Baldwin finished at 7:33 PM.
*7:12 PM, #12 Trophy Truck of Larry Ragland and Brian Collins first four wheel across the finish line at 7:10 PM.
Baldwin Trophy Truck finishing second phyically at 7:12 PM.
By the Book:
1 TT 1 BFG BALDWIN, B.J. 9:54:30 2:07 3:58 6:09 9:17:32 FINI 52.82 40.04 43.59 45.651
2 TT 3 BFG POST, MARK 9:56:00 2:09 4:00 6:11 9:25:28 FINI 52.21 40.04 43.59 45.010
3 TT 12 BFG RAGLAND, LARRY 9:58:00 2:10 4:02 6:11 9:11:01 FINI 51.81 39.69 44.26 46.191
4 TT 71 TOY GORDON,ROBBY 10:02:30 2:13 4:03 6:15 9:14:55 FINI 50.45 40.41 43.26 45.866
*6:25 PM Finishers List:
401x at 5:01 PM
500x at 5:01 PM
100x at 5:12 PM
111a at 5:13 PM
310x at 5:15 PM
122x at 5:15 PM
280x at 5:20 PM
117x at 5:21 PM
413x at 5:25 PM
305x at 5:25 PM
2x at 5:25 PM
319x at 5:27 PM
105x at 5:28 PM
311x at 5:30 PM
505x at 5:33 PM
23x at 5:35 PM
110x at 5:37 PM
414x at 5:40 PM
409x at 5:41 PM
417x at 5:43 PM
259x 5:47 PM
104x at 5:49 PM
422x at 5:54
307x at 5:57 PM
19x at 5:58 PM
501x at 6:00 PM
258x at 6:03 PM
114a 6:04 PM
420x at 6:11 PM
404x at 6:11 PM
411x at 6:11 PM
107a at 6:12 PM
108a at 6:12 PM
710x at 6:13 PM
2a at 6:14 PM
153x at 6:14 PM
116x at 6:17 PM
63a at 6:20 PM
4x at 6:24 PM
*6:14 PM BJ Baldwin thru Checkpoint 4! Riviera Post and Team Collins close behind. Possible finish line crossing within one-hour.
*6:14 PM, Reporters from the coast claim both VW Race Touaregs are still in the race and are expected to finish in an hour.
*6:10 PM, *Two hours to Night. [8:15 Civil Night in Ensenada] Moonrise at 9:15 PM, wont provide enough light for vision in Ensenada until 11:00 PM. Skies darkening fast from the coastal clouds.
Ensenada weather now, windy, it did not get above 70 degrees F today. 63 degrees F now. Wind is out of the SouthWest at 15 knots, clouds are already starting to move in fast. Partly cloudy.
At altitude, mid-way on the course, its clear but, windy with gusts to 30 knots and cool, 59 degrees F. Should remain clear into the early evening. Fast drop in Temperatures.
*5:00 PM, OUTS REPORT. 203, 561, 759, 58a, 408x, 14a, 110a, 1801, 1802, 1804, 710, 70a, 48x, 316x, 138, 1201, More Loading...
*4:59 PM, 303x Steve Bailor, 320x J. David Ruvalcaba, and 151x Ryan Penhall (1st Class 20) finishing at 4:55 PM, 308x Nicola Dutto and second quad 3a Wayne Matlock crossing a 4:48 PM. 5x Greg Richards at 16:50. Wayne Matlock's team reporting they had an 11 minute lead over 1a at Erindera when rider Wes Miller went off a cliff and reportedly busted his lower leg. Which wasn't a broken leg.
*4:35 PM, 1a Danny Prather is the first quad across the line at 4:34 PM.
*4:05 PM, 317X Gerardo Rojas, 8X Jesse Sharpe and 12X Kevin Johnson finishing at approx. 4:01 PM, #14X, Joe "Hauler" Desrosiers across the line at approx. 3:56 PM, Scott Meyers brings the Class 30 bike #313 of Jim O'Neal in finishing at approx. 3:40PM.
FROM OJOS NEGROS EARLIER
*A TECATE BEER MOMENT: Weatherman asks if a rider needs any further assistance and the report comes back, "he could use some more cigarettes", when the sage veteran Weatherman comes back, "Well, we don't do that". EXCLUSIVELY ON Baja Racing News.com
*3:45 PM, 408x, RM 358, possible head injury, broken ribs, SCORE waves off chopper, rider getting back on bike and into the race.
*3:35 PM, Incident 8, Medical Emergency at RM 265, 67a, difficulty breathing possible broken ribs, quad gone front end destroyed.
*3:19 PM, 7X Chris Blais on the KTM 690 crosses the finish line second at 3:18 PM.
*3:15 PM, 261x OUT. 113 OUT sanded motor, RM 58. 1013 OUT, broken clutch.
*Countdown to Night. Five hours until Civil Twilight at 8:15 PM.
The good news for desert racers and chase crews today and into the night, the sun is finally reaching the course now, with much of the coastal clouds and high clouds breaking open and tonight we have a 98% full moon, which will help visibility. After 9 PM, the coastal clouds will come onto the course bigtime.
* 2:55 PM, Steele racing reports the #16 out at RM 80. What? No press releases or on-site videos or some bull-shit marketing company from OC blabbing crap?
*2:55 PM, 1x crosses the finish line at 2:54 PM (unofficial), Congrats Honda! 1x crossed the finish line in less than 9 hours. Steve Hengeveld, Robby Bell and Kendall Norman may have beaten their own record from the 2006 Baja 500. Honda 1x team won the 2006 Baja 500 with a time of 8:59:04.
LIVE RACE VIDEO FROM JAMAU RM 104
*2:21 PM, #1248 OUT at RM 51
*2:15 PM, #138 OUT
*2:05 PM, 1x passed thru Checkpoint 4.
*1:59 PM, NOT Incident 7, 3a, went over a cliff, near Erendira, now reported with a broken leg, lower radial fracture of lower leg, just passed at RM 311, riding to the next driver change.
*1:57 PM, Incident #6, 17x is down at Simpsons, RM 222 with a broken leg.
*1:42 PM, TT 1 back on the race course RM 174, Motorcycyle down Simpsons with broken leg, 265x out RM 223.
*1:37 PM, #131 is on FIRE, literally. Reportedly near Trini.
*1:15 PM, 1608 OUT
*1:10 PM, RM 341, with 79 miles to the finish, 1x Steve Hengeveld through Santo Tomas at 1:03PM. Honda 1x team has been out on the race course for 7hrs, speed averaging 48.71 MPH.
*1:08 PM 1x thru Santo Thomas
*12:43 PM, The Volkswagen Race Touareg are running together behind TT #69 (Francisco Cervantes)
*12:15 PM, Some participants (bikes) missed the racetruck and must be located by a helicopter. One motorcycle crashed, the driver was hurt on the shoulder and broke his arm. Honda #8 is providing assitance to checkpoint 4.
*12:05 PM, 1x leading going into Checkpoint 3, RM 286.
*Incident 3, RM 215 109x, Broken Arm possible busted shoulder, SCORE Chopper dispatched.
*11:42 AM, Ragland (12) now in front of Josh Baldwin and getting more advance, Robby Gordon again in front of Bobby Baldwin. Mike Julson, B.J. Baldwin and Gus Vildosola are still the leading Trophy Trucks. Pistol Pete down at MM40, sheared rear wheel studs.
A TECATE BEER MOMENT: WeatherMAN Advise, never put a Mic between your legs, particularly if you are an excited WoMAN!
*11:37 AM TT's #1 B.J. Baldwin, #20 Mike Julson and #4 Team V thru Check 1!
*11:12 AM, Lary Ragland (12) and Josh Baldwin (86) are fighting heavily, Robby Gordon (71) is following fast, fighting with Bobby Baldwin.
*11:01 AM, All class 10s and 12s are off the start line. Class 8s and Protrucks are just starting.
*10:46 AM, Robby Gordon (RG) at MM40, he is catching up quickly. RG should be first on the road by MM 110. TT86 MM51, TT1 MM54, TT71 MM 44.*10:36 AM, The race Touaregs are off the line followed by the Monster Hummer who looks ready for some tapping. All Class 1's are on the course at this time.
*10:31 502x is out of the race, 279x broken chain, BJ TT1 MM 28 second off the start. 18x rolling again with kyle on the bike. Trophy Trucks are getting pulled over by the police.
*10:03 AM Honda 1x is first motorcycle through Checkpoint 2 at Rm197 near Rancho Coyote. Honda rider Robby Bell 1x was number 12th off the line this morning.
*25a is out of the race
*10 AM The Trucks are off! #20 Gone!, Mike Julson in a JIMCO Chevy Silverado TT, Trophy Trucks out every 30 seconds.
*8:05 AM, 4a is broke at MAG 7 PIT 1 @RM 52
*Incident #2, 64a at RM 5 shoulder injury bike at policia station.
*Incident #1, 7:40 AM, 257x down with head injuries, was unresponsive, after (wiggled all his filanges) now responding, at 8.8 miles south of Ojos Negros, on the race course, rider going to the hospital and new rider continuing race.
*7:34 AM First Bike, 7x thru checkpoint 1@RM 78
*7:20 AM First Motorcycle passing Alamo!
*Last Quad off the line, 99a at 7 AM
*Here's interviews with VW during yesterdays contingency, just after VW went thru tech inspection.
*Disabled vehicle reported on the westbound Highway 3 lane, RM 28, collapsed front right suspension, blocking roadway.
*Cloud shrouded Ensenada Mexico is now alive with Motos and Quads on the course and fans are starting to make their way throughout the area, many have camped out over night on the course, but thousands of others are making their way out onto the roadways and dirt roads to see the race. 6:25 AM
*2x off the Line at 6 AM
Motos and Quads rolling now, starts every 15 seconds as they scream into race history at the Baja 500, LIVE from Ensenada.
*Civilian rollover reported at KM 70,
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