Friday, June 04, 2010
"Since we put the 3.5's on the front it's handled like a new car so we decided to give it a new look" said driver Harley Letner.
The Letner Racing Team worked with King Shocks to develop the new design. Be sure to look for the blue!
MASTERCRAFT HIRES CO-DOG FOR BAJA 500 2010
""MasterCraft Racing has "uped the ante" by securing "Turbo Tom" Geviss as the co-driver of the No. 30 Jimco-built SCORE Trophy Truck. During his 30 years of racing in both the driver's and passenger's seat, Geviss has accumulated five Baja 1000 victories and numerous class and series championships. Tom was also named the driver of record for the Man race support vehicle for Robby Gordon's 2009 Dakar program in the H3 Hummer. Navigating the treacherous and diverse South American terrain in the Man race support vehicle has added an incredible level of experience to Geviss' already impressive resume.
"I am confident that Robbie and I can add a few more trophies to the mantle," said a smiling Geviss. Pierce joins a who's-who list of talent that has teamed with "Turbo Tom", including off-road royalty such as Larry Ragland, Jon Nelson, Robbie Gordon, NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson, John Marking, and most recently, Jesse James. Geviss's co-driver position will be in the No. 30 Trophy Truck outfitted with MasterCraft 3G suspension seats and complimented by MasterCraft Safety five-point restraints and SFI-approved 3.2A/5 MasterCraft Safety race suit. MasterCraft Safety's full-line of performance seating offers both comfort and protection in high "G" load situations and provides an 84% reduction of energy in a 50 G load impact.""
“We don’t have the budget O’Neal has plus he has a tendency to go with 5 or more rider on a team, our plan is to keep it simple and go with Shane and Brian, we have not decided exactly where each of us will ride but we have a good idea. Shane is obviously the rabbit with great speed out of the gate and Brian is a solid runner that is reliable. I think I proved myself in San Felipe that I can run with the best”
Shane Esposito: “there has been some smack talk between O’Neal’s team and ours but all in good fun. I think when we lost one of our riders and he signed with O’Neal that will definitely motivate us all that much more to kick their ass! I’m doing my part.
Brian Pinard: I’m trying to take the high road and not get involved with all the talk between teams, I just want to get a clean ride in and do the best we can, we have all rode with each other on teams before but there seems to be more drama coming into the 500 after Francisco’s win in San Felipe.
The Kenda Tire backed Honda 305x will be leaving the line in 4th position on the 30 pro class Sat. morning June 5. Look for the 08 King of Baja Francisco (Poncho) Septien’s team close to the front as the event progresses.
Kenda Tire Victor Race Prep
CHM Exhaust Rob Machaca
Barnett Clutch Hurtado Body Shop
Pivot Works/Hot Cams Azteca Motorsports
Dirt Tricks/Iron Man Sprockets
Motive Gear makes the ring and pinion gears desert racers and short course racers count on, and partnered with Tubeworks power race winners and Champions. Both companies see a future witrh spec class racing and the 3000 Class, and feel the Bajalite is an exciting platform to showcase the Motive Gear Performance ring and pinions, as well as Tubeworks custom heavy duty 9" housings. More Details forthcoming...
McMillin Team BAJA 500 2010
23 Mark McMillin / Chuck Hovey
31 Andy McMillin / Scott McMillin
McMillin 101 Dan / Steve Sourapas
1603 Luke McMillin / Andrew DeVercelly IV
* CHECKPOINT 1 - SANTA CATARINA / MILE 84.03 - SATURDAY @ 11:00 PM
* CHECKPOINT 2 - SOUTH OF BORREGO / MILE 196.17 - SUNDAY @ 5:00 AM
* CHECKPOINT 3 - NORTHWEST OF COLONET / MILE 307.30 - SUNDAY @ 7:00 AM
* CHECKPOINT 4 - WEST OF OJOS NEGROS / MILE 397.53 - SUNDAY @ 9:00 AM
What Happened to G&R Racing at the BAJA 250 last March?
""When G&R Racing rolled their Ford F-150 Trophy Truck off the trailer in downtown Ensenada, Mexico on Friday morning, all systems were go for what was expected to be a short sprint for endurance athlete and off road racing’s young gun, Garron Cadiente. Both Cadiente and his teammate, Ron Whitton, had been in Baja prerunning the SCORE Baja 250 throughout week and confidence was brimming in the G&R Racing stable. That all changed in a split second as the No.38 Geiser-built FORD race truck tangled with a dump truck skirting the race course late Friday afternoon. “The team came together and wrenched all night in order to put my freshly prepped truck on the start line early Saturday morning. They worked tirelessly, replacing bent tubes, shocks and steering components. We took a hard hit very close to the race, but the guys really put together a winning effort just to get the truck to the start line,” remarked a sore Cadiente. The short race saw both the No.38 and 39 G&R Racing race trucks get around the 215-mile race course without any major problems. Cadiente’s bruised race truck was fitted with spare suspension from his prerunnner and the setup was different than his race setup, barring him from racing at top speed. Claiming the 10th position in a field of 30 SCORE Trophy Truck starters, Garron continues to stride in search of a SCORE class championship. Cadiente explained,”Baja has been difficult for our team.""
Matlock Racing Prepares for the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE ATV Race
2010 Tecate SCORE BAJA 500 - June 5th - Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
""After many months of preparation the Matlock Racing team will head south of the border once again to defend their overall title at the 42nd annual running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the second oldest desert race in the world.
The team recently took the Overall win in the rst race of the SCORE series at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. This year’s team will consist of Wayne Matlock, Josh Caster and Wes Miller aboard the #1A Matlock Racing TRX700XX. The team will once again use a Honda TRX700XX as the quad of choice in the harsh terrain of the Baja peninsula.
The race quad has been prepped by Wayne Matlock and Rich Morel to provide another race winning performance. The team will head south of the border more than a week before the race to begin prerunning each section of the course multiple times before race day. Each member of the team carefully studies their sections religiously until they know every inch of the course. It is this dedication that keeps them at the front of the pack.
With nearly 300 entries at this year’s race the competition should be erce. The race course’s 439 miles will cover some of the roughest terrain the Baja peninsula has to o er. Starting in Ensenada, the course makes its way east into the mountains thru the town of Ojos Negros, then into the famous silt of Tres Hermanos before reaching the summit. Once reaching the summit the course drops dramatically to the dry lake bed of Laguna Salada before heading south towards the rocky whoops of Borrego. Before leaving the desert of Borrego the course turns west and climbs its way back into the mountains to the Famous Mike’s Sky Rancho. Thru the water crossings the course heads north to Valle De Trinidad before heading west once again to the Paci c coast. Once to the Paci c coast the course works its way north following the steep cli s and gullies along the ocean waves before turning east towards the town of Santo Tomas. Passing thru Santo Tomas the course continues east back to hills of Ojos Negros before its nal stretch back into Ensenada. This course will test the racers as they work to lead the pack and cross the fi nish line fir rst in Ensenada.
The #1A Matlock Racing quad will start second to the line in the PRO ATV class and each rider will be working hard to gain time on the competition from the drop of the green ag all the way to the crossing of the fi nish line and the checkered flag.
Spectators will be able to track the #1A Matlock Racing team’s progress throughout the race on Baja Racing News.com with live updates posted continually on race day.""