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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Las Vegas' Collins Wins Baja 250 in San Felipe

Las Vegas Sun

Second-generation desert racer Brian Collins of Las Vegas roared through Mexico’s rugged Baja California desert Saturday, earning the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the No. 1 Collins Motorsports Mopar Dodge Ram 1500 at the 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.
Setting a blistering pace from the start and driving solo, Collins covered the sandy, silty, rocky and dusty 232-mile course in just three hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds and averaged 62.07 miles per hour.
Dominating the field of 263 desert racers, Collins’ time beat not only the cars and trucks but also the motorcycles and ATVs that competed in the popular event. Collins earned his fourth class win in San Felipe, his second overall triumph and his fifth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win.
It also was also the first time since 1979 that a Dodge-powered vehicle won a SCORE race.
Finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck, 8 minutes and 27 seconds behind Collins was last year’s winning team of Mark Post of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas. They finished the race in 3:52:43 in the No. 1 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.