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ENSENADA, B.C., Mexico--Just two miles into Saturday's 3Oth Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race, the Trophy-Truck full size pickup of Jason Baldwin, Laguna Hills, Calif., rolled several times injuring several spectators, along with himself and his co-driver Mike Laughlin, Irvine, Calif.Race Truck Rolls into Spectators, Several Individuals Airlifted to San Diego Hospitals
I had a great time racing the Motive Gear, Los Valientes Tequila BajaLite, or Bajalite, or BAJALITE...
The truck is really fun to drive, reminds me of the glory days of 125cc 2-stroke MX Works bikes! Great handling with enough power to get on top of the whoops. I've raced TT, Class 8, 4 and Jeepspeed. That first 40-5- miles was as much fun as I've ever had - not the power and travel of the TT, but none of the pressure or stress either! We were on a great pace for about 40-50 miles, passed a lot of cars, when electric gremlins bit us. Maybe the water crossings - not sure yet. We fought computer/wiring issues for the rest of the race. We had an epic battle of determination with 721 Reid Rutheford.
Before I get too far, I have to thank the 'Butt Pirates' guys and gal, Lance, Camo, and Charlene for the last minute effort to come down and help. Pete and I put this deal together very late, so they had less than 24 hours notice we were racing.
Also a HUGE shout out to the team from Corpus Christi Texas - Big Wes, his son Wes IV, Nick, Bryan, and Mark. These guys are regular customers of Pete's, and had the second half of the race. They are a great group of guys I'd be proud to race with anytime! Great job Wes!!
And of course Pistol Pete, Fast Eddie, Chad Bunch, Brian Riebbe and Craig Turman (if I butchered the last name it's just payback). That is a small but capable team to run a two truck attack on Baja! It was a difficult race to finish with the power issues we were having, in fact this was probably the hardest for me in 20 years. I think that's what is making it so hard to unwind from this race.
Last but not least: BFGoodrich for always having my back. We ran off the shelf (literally thanks to Greg Adler at 4 Wheel Parts) KM2 Mud terrain T/A's with no flats - they almost look new! Motive Gear for the best ring and pinions, and my wife Tracy and son Austin for still encouraging me to chase the dream!
Baja 500 Winner. I like the sound of that. Bruce, great to meet you and thanks again for the lifesaving food, lights and genny.""
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CANIDAE Racing Trophy Truck Team Turns in Excellent Performance in Baja 500 Despite Rollover""The CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods Trophy Truck team took on all comers this past weekend at the 42nd annual SCORE Baja 500 outside of Ensenada, Mexico with good results.
Scott Whipple started the day in the #95 CANIDAE Trophy Truck, leaving the start line in the 22nd position out of 41 entries. Whipple battled the rough Baja terrain and thick dust, steadily moving the truck up towards the front of the pack. Whipple and Co-Pilot Patrick Gailey had a perfect truck. From the awesome performance of the BFG’s, the incredible gear reduction by Tubeworks worked in unison with Cullhane turbo 400 running flawlessly. The Fox Shox were set up perfect enabling the T/T to fly over the gnarly Baja terrain. Lucas Oil fluids were ran in the entire truck from the rear end all the way to the 800hp LSX, all working without a glitch and never overheated. We never once touched the K&N filters that kept the beast clean and free of dirt and contaminants. The only unscheduled stops were when a front wheel blew apart when the truck hit a huge rain rut created by the intense Baja rains. By out-driving and through attrition, Whipple put the Chevy up as high as 7th place before turning driving duties over to Scott Gailey and Co-Pilot Johnny Stroschein at the halfway point of the race. Gailey kept up the swift pace and pointed the truck towards the west, up near the Pacific Ocean and back towards Ensenada for the finish. With trouble-free running, the team got as high as 5th before they ran into trouble with less than 30 miles to go.
As Gailey pushed hard for a top 5 finish, the #95 CANIDAE truck suffered a rollover in a section that racers were not allowed to see before the race started that was littered with ruts, rocks and washouts. With both the driver and co-driver unhurt and the damage to the vehicle assessed as “minimal,” and with the awesome help and support of the locals, the CANIDAE truck was put back on its wheels, replenished with Lucas Oils and back underway and almost home. Although several positions were lost during the incident, the team salvaged a solid 15th place finish in the 41 truck field and 21st overall out of 289 entrants. All in all, it was a great day for this young team, as the crew members were awesome and gelled together to make this great accomplishment possible.
View the CANIDAE Baja 500 Photo Album for some great pictures of the race and come back soon for updates on the team’s preparations for the next event, the BITD Vegas to Reno Race this August 19-21.""