Thursday, March 10, 2011

Baja 250 Pre-Race Report, Bryce Menzies in the Lead and Racers Pissed at SCORE over points and starting positions 2011

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Baja 250 at
San Felipe Mexico

84 Nick Vanderwey
“Au” Op
3 to 1
98 Gary Weyhrich
Hungry To Win
2 to 1
8 Roger Norman
Lead by Borrego
2 to 1
21 Gus Vildosola, Sr. & Jr.
Lead by Morelia Jct
2 to 1
97 B.J. Baldwin
Lead by Matomi
2 to 1
23 Mark McMillin (McM)
Maybe today?
4 to 1
30 Robbie Pierce
Darker Horse
3 to 1
49 Troy Herbst
Rock N Roll
4 to 1
77 Robby Gordon
2 to 1
1 Jesse Jones
Our Choice to WIN
20 Rob MacCachren
Our Dark Horse
2 to 1
19 Tim Herbst
Rock N Roll
4 to 1
24 Adam Householder
IF a clean run …
5 to 1
39 Ron Whitton
Attrition = MoP
9 to 1
65 Lloyd Sproule
8 to 1
27 Dave Crinklaw
Lucky, once
7 to 1
54 Jesse James
Jota-Jota Been Waddin’
9 to 1
47 James Bult
Tough …
9 to 1
96 Bobby Baldwin
8 to 1
10 Ken Losch
Ken’t do it
9 to 1
16 Cameron Steele
Top DNF'er
9 to 1
31 Andy & Scott McMillin (McM)
Podium Result
2 to 1
70 Bryce Menzies
Course not short enough
9 to 1
18 Clyde Stacy (TN)
Too many irons in the fire
9 to 1
78 Jesse Ashcraft
Has not shown
6 to 1
59 Craig Potts
Tough on crew
9 to 1
51 Kory Scheeler
Mid-pack IF LUCKY
4.99 to 1
2 Pete Sohren
Always interesting!
5 to 1
CLASS 1 (20)
101 David Greenhill
Over The Hill
9 to 1
102 Rudy Cortez
The Killer!
5 to 1
103 Daniel McMillin (McM)
Could capitalize on “Draw”
4 to 1
104 Cam Thieriot
Lucky or good?
4 to 1
105 Todd Romano
Too CheeZey
9 to 1
106 Steve “Bad” Appleton
Our Choice To Win
2 to 1
107 Dan Martin (COPS)
2 to 1
108 Justin Davis
In the Big Leagues
4 to 1
109 Randy Wilson
3 to 1
110 Harley Letner
Runs clean, can win
3 to 1
111 Brian Parkhouse
Usually a player
3 to 1
112 Corey Keysar
Shoulda stayed in ’10″
5 to 1
113 Derrick Sproule
Bad exchange rate
5 to 1
114 Enrique Bujanda
5 to 1
115 Ronny Wilson
3 to 1
116 Victor Gruber
NOT the victor
9 to 1
117 Josh Rigsby
Tenacious, anyway
6 to 1
118 Conan Barker
Price not right
9 to 1
119 C. J. Hutchins
7 to 1
149 Gary Hewitt
No love, here
7 to 1
CLASS 1-2/1600 (7)
1600 Luke McMillin (McM)
Anyone’s race
3 to 1
1601 Brian Wilson
As well as anyone …
3 to 1
1602 J. J. Schnarr
9 to 1
1603 Brad Wilson
No brotherly love
3 to 1
1604 Arturo Velazco
Tenacious twins
3 to 1
1648 Cody Robinson
Fun to watch!
3 to 1
1649 Duran Duran
” … like the wolf”
3 to 1
CLASS 3 (0)
CLASS 5 (3)
501 Cody Kellogg
Up the (Battle) Creek
7 to 1
502 Victor Cesena
Our Pick to Win
2 to 1
500 Kevin Carr
Usual winner
2 to 1
CLASS 5/1600 (0)
All at CODE races
0 to 0
CLASS 6 (4)
601 Scott Ulrich
Scott — not
4 to 1
600 Dave Caspino
Thunder Hill Crew ready to roll
2 to 1
603 Jeff Holmes
No place like Holmes …
3 to 1
619 Heidi Steele
Must keep psi on DC
9 to 1
CLASS 7 (1)
700 Dan Chamlee
Needs competition!
741 Rich Severson
A Slice of life
4 to 1
CLASS 8 (2)
801 Noah Ostanik
This time?
4 to 1
839 Justin Matney (TN)
Milking the situation
4 to 1
CLASS 9 (0)
0 to 0
CLASS 10 (5)
1001 Lars Ferry
Might make the best of Draw
3 to 1
1002 Matt Cullen
Double trouble
3 to 1
1003 John Langley (COPS)
Film at “11″
4 to 1
1000 Sergio Salgado
Fast enough
3 to 1
1005 Tom Bjorstrom
Out of his league
6 to 1
1201 Steven Lisa
Odds patently obvious
7 to 1
1202 Zak Langley (COPS)
Heavy support
3 to 1
1203 Sammy Ehrenberg
Tony's Pick
2 to 1
1204 Jaime Huerta
May surprise
3 to 1
1205 Sammy Araiza
Our Pick From South
2 to 1
1206 Rafael Navarro Quatro
& Slic Quic Vic
4 to 1
1207 Arturo Honold
3 to 1
1208 Lee Banning
Will be a player
3 to 1
1209 Francisco Villagomez
3 to 1
1210 Perry McNeil
Baja Champion
2 to 1
1211 Luis Martinez
Might …
5 to 1
1248 Steve Eugenio
Family Distress?
2 to 1
1249 Jack Moreno
Dark Horse
7 to 1
CLASS 11 (2)
1101 Matt Cullen
2 to 1
1149 Justin Matney (TN)
School Daze
6 to 1
860 Joe Bacal
2 to 1
879 John Matney (TN)
Uphill battle
6 to 1
0 to 0
1301 Jessica McMillin (McM)
Round side down, OK?
5 to 1
CLASS 4 (3)
401 Brian Hewitt
Whooped out
9 to 1
402 Tony Miglini
“Hauler” …
999 to 1
439 Clyde Stacy (TN)
The kids from Bristol …
4 to 1
CLASS 7-2 (3)
721 Fawn Finchum
Better pit location?
721 to 1
722 Bruce Finchum
Rough trip
722 to 1
720 Reid Rutherford
A winner
3 to 1
1400 Peter Lang
3 to 1
1401 George Jackson
Needs perfect day

UPDATE February 22, 2011

Pre-running (Official Pre-Running) over the rugged race course starts Saturday, February 26 for this years 25th anniversary of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, a growing field that includes many of the world’s best desert racers have entered this popular spring race. Attracting entries from 20 states and seven countries so far, the lineup includes 28 entries in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.

Baja 250 Pre-Race Reporting
Everyone is watching Rookie Bryce Menzies

Gary Newsome
Baja Racing

UPDATE February 12, 2011
Starting Positions Announced

84Nick Vanderwey 2XChad Thornton
98Gary Weyhrich 1XKendall Norman
8Roger Norman 3XJack Lundin
21Gustavo Vildosola, Jr 4XKurt Caselli
97B.J. Baldwin 5XShane Esposito
23Mark McMillin 6XColton Udall
30Robbie Pierce
49Troy Herbst CLASS 21:
77Robby Gordon 101XDavid Kleiman
1Jesse Jones 102XTrevor Insley
20Rob MacCachren 103XBrody Kunz
19Tim Herbst 104XDavid Gonzalez, J.
24Adam Householder 105XAdam Neuwirth
39Ron Whitton
65Lloyd Sproule CLASS 30:
27Dave Crinklaw 301XBill Witt
54Jesse James 302XTim Abshire
47James Bult 303XAldo Ramirez G.
96Bobby Baldwin 300XFrancisco Septien
10Ken Losch 305XAlberto Ruiz
16Cameron Steele
31Andy McMillin CLASS 40:
70Bryce Menzies 401XMike Prunty
18Clyde Stacy 400XJeff Kaplan
78Jesse Ashcraft 403XOscar Fazz
59Craig Potts
51Kory Scheeler CLASS 60:
2Pete Sohren 601XWilliam Rogers
600XDonald Lewis-1st RS
101David Greenhill CLASS 24:
102Rudy Cortez 101AJuan Sanchez
103Daniel McMillin 102AJoselito Muro
104Cameron Thieriot 103AHeriberto Marquez P.
105Todd Romano 104ARomulo Gomez
106Steve Appleton 105AJesus R. Munguia
107Dan Martin
108Justin Davis CLASS 25:
109Randy Wilson 2ARafael Torres F.
110Harley Letner 3ATravis Dillon
111Brian Parkhouse 4AJames Woodford
112Corey Keysar 5APaul Velaquez
113Derrick Sproule 6AMark Germino
114Enrique Bujanda 1AWayne Matlock
115Ronny Wilson
117Josh Rigsby 201XMarcus Palacios
118Conan Barker
CLASS 1/2-1600: 251XCarlos Valdez
1600Luke McMillin 252XJeff Palmer
1601Brian Wilson 253XAnthony Fiore
1602J.J. Schnarr 254XRisto Niemi
1603Brad Wilson 255XSteve Malley
1604Arturo Velazco 256XCody Larsen
257XConnor Olson
CLASS 4: 258XJimmy Boutwell
401Brian Hewitt 298XMario Iannucci-2nd RS
439Clyde Stacy-1st RS 299XBrandon Thompson-1st RS
501Cody Kellogg 51APaul Engen
502Victor Cesena 52AJose Torres
53AEduardo Cardenas
CLASS 6: 54AAntonio Herrera III
601Scott Ulrich 55AMoises Saiza A.
600David Caspino
603Jeff Holmes
619Heidi Steele-1st RS
700Dan Chamlee
721Fawn Finchum
722Bruce Finchum
839Justin Matney-1st RS
1301Jessica McMillin
1001Lars Ferry
1002Matt Cullen
1003John Langley
1201Steven Lisa
1202Zak Langley
1203Sammy Ehrenberg
1204Jaime Huerta Tizoc
1205Samuel Araiza
1206Rafael Navarro IV
1207Arturo Honold
1208Lee Banning
1209Francisco Villagomez
1249Jack Moreno-1st RS
1101Matt Cullen
1149Justin Matney-1st RS
879John Matney-1st RS
1400Peter Lang
1401George Jackson
1800Thomas Graves
1801Dave Roberts
1802Bill Morris
1803Kevin Fuller

UPDATE February 2, 2011

Baja 250 just days away!
"Over 275 entries expected!
Computerized Starting position drawing Feb. 12 at SCORE For 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
Top 12 in SCORE Trophy-Truck/Class 1 from 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in special draw; Anniversary event to honor memory of long-time SCORE Mexican liaison Jose 'Pepe' Limon.
LOS ANGELES--Many of the world's top desert racers are expected to be entered in time for the computerized start draw on Feb. 12 for next month's 25th Anniversary of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. With the drawing being held at the SCORE International headquarters in Los Angeles, the race itself will be held March 10-13 along the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
As part of the festivities of the 25th anniversary of the popular SCORE race, SCORE has made it a memorial race to honor long-time SCORE Mexican liaison Jose 'Pepe' Limon, who passed away last November at 73.
With entries accepted up to race morning, over 275 entries from over 20 US States and 10 countries expected to enter ascompetition will be held in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the popular race. The green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed three hours after the last Sportsman ATV later by the car and truck classes at approximately 10 a.m. The start line and finish line for the raceis scheduled toonce again be the landmark San Felipe Arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe.
Following January's season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series will be visiting Mexico for the first of three annual SCORE Baja races in 2011.
The start draw for Round 2 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series will determine the starting order within each of the various classes in the elapsed-time race.
"San Felipe has always been a very popular race on the SCORE Baja racing schedule and it adds something even more special to our 25th anniversary of the event to be holding it in memory of our dear friend Pepe Limon," said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President since soon after SCORE was founded in 1973. "Pepe was our go-to guy in Mexico for many years and while he hasn't been active for the last several years, he certainly helped lay the foundation for the great relationships we continue to enjoy to this day with the government, ejidos and the people of Mexico, especially in Baja California."
Fish also announced that the final course will be a combination of parts of both the 2009 and the 2010 routes, offering racers "the best of baja" once again. The course is expected to be finalized within the next week.
A unique part of next Saturday's drawing will be the special drawing for the top 12 finishers from the nearest previous SCORE Baja race entered in the current race in both SCORE Trophy-Truck and the unlimited Class 1. For this race it will be the top 10 finishers in each class from last November's 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
The top 12 finishers in SCORE Trophy-Truck from the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were: Gus Vildosola Jr./Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Troy Herbst/Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Jason Voss/Rich Voss, Cupertino, Calif., Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz..
In the unlimited Class 1, the top 12 finishers from the 2010 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 were: Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Nick Johnson, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Juan C. Flores, Cabo San Lucas, Calif., Paul Keller, El Cajon, Calif., Rudy Cortez/Carlos Cortez, Henderson, Nev., Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Cameron Thieriot/Max Thieriot, Petaluma, Calif., Todd Romano, Mesa, Ariz., Dale Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif./Brent Lenk/Grant Lenk, Newport Beach, Calif., Kory Halopoff/Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., David Greenhill/Mike Greenhill, Crowley, Texas.
Last year's overall 4-wheel, 2-wheel and ATV champions are all expected to enter this year as well. Last year's overall 4-wheel champion was the unlimited Class 1 All German Motorsports team of Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), 2-wheel champion was the JCR Honda team of Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif. on a Honda CRF450X and the Overall ATV winner was the team of Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif., on a Honda TRX700X.
The pre-race Manufacturer's Midway and tech inspection of the vehicles in the race will be held on Friday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the picturesque Malecon, flanked by the Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants and night clubs of San Felipe on the other.
As if winning his first overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck race in just his second try wasn't enough, rookie Bryce Menzies of Las Vegas also finds himself atop the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point leader board after the recent season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.
After impressively coming from behind midway through the two-day race to earn the victory over another typical star-studded SCORE race field, Menzies, 23, leads defending SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., 67-61 after Round 1 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the world's foremost desert racing series. Menzies, who finished seventh in his first SCORE Trophy-Truck race last June at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, drives the No. 70 Red Bull Ford F-150 for Menzies Motorsports while Jones, 45, pilots the No. 1 Jones Motorsports Ford F-150.
With just 27 points separating the top 25 in 2011 SCORE Overall points after Laughlin's season-opener, SCORE racers are now preparing to begin official pre-running of the MasterCraft Safety Teacate SCORE San Felipe 250 which opens on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Menzies and Jones race in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division for high-tech, 850-Horsepower unlimited production trucks. With extremely tight competition, just 24 points separate the top 25 overall point leaders following the season-opener of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Ironically, the SCORE Trophy-Truck that Menzies drives was originally owned by Jones, who won his only race in it when he captured his class at last year's MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
After his surprising victory in Laughlin in the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert racecars, tied for second in overall points with Jones is 17-year old Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., last year's SCORE Lite season point champion, in a Chevy-powered ESM open wheeler. While Menzies defeated a field of 32 SCORE Trophy-Trucks in Laughlin, Davis mastered a group of 26 stalwarts in Class 1 to earn his class win.
After a strong third-place finish overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck in Laughlin, Mexico's Gus Vildosola Jr., who won last year's legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 peninsula run with his father Gus Vildosola Sr., is fourth in overall points with 57 in the No. 21 Red Bull Ford F-150 of Vildosola Racing while fifth overall and second in Class 1 points with 55 is third-generation desert racer Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., who drives an Alpha-Chevy.
Round 2 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series, the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the popular six-week-long 'Spring Break'.
The race began in 1982 and was not held between 1985 and 1989, the first five years of the seven-year combined High Desert Racing Association-HDRA/SCORE Desert Series of US and Baja races. It has been held consecutively each year since 1990.
In its first 24 years, the race was held in San Felipe all but 2007 when political issues forced a last minute move by SCORE, starting it in Ensenada and finishing it in Santo Tomas. Ironically, 2007 saw a race-record 394 starters and a race record 288 finishers even though the race was moved and the course changed just 10 days before the event. The records when the race actually started and finished in San Felipe are 341 for starters in 2006 and 220 for finishers, also in 2006.
In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings in this event. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious TOYOTA Milestone Awards given to drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 72 drivers remain eligible after Round 1 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award."

From the January 2011 Reports:


2010 BAJA 1000
1 Gustavo Vildosola, Jr.
2 Robby Gordon
3 Roger Norman
4 B.J. Baldwin
5 Gary Weyhrich
6 Troy Herbst
7 Rob MacCachren
8 Nick Vanderway
9 Jason Voss
10 Mark McMillin
11 Robbie Pierce
12 Jesse Jones

2010 BAJA 1000
1 Steven Appleton
2 Daniel McMillin
3 Nick Johnson
4 Juan C. Flores
5 Paul Keller
6 Rudy Cortez
7 Armin Kremer
8 Cameron Thieriot
9 Todd Romano
10 Dale Lenk
11 Kory Halopoff
12 David Greenhill

The San Felipe Storyline:

Lots of unhappy racers over the starting positions, Baja Racing News is talking to the racers and will report HERE.

Side Notes:

Initial 2011 SCORE San Felipe 250 Info

-Drawing for start positions Sat Feb 12. Money into Score NLT Wed Feb 9.

-To be included in drawing, total entry fee must be PAID IN FULL (just like 2010 Baja 1000).

-Prerunning starts Sat Feb 26, for Mar 12 race.

2010 Pro 4-Wheel Entry: $1475 - 2011 Pro 4-Wheel Entry: $1520
2010 Pro Moto/ATV Entry: $1200 - 2011 Pro Moto/ATV Entry: $ 1220
2010/2011 Sportsman 4-Wheel Entry: $975 -
2010/2011 Sportsman Moto/ATV Entry: $875

Cost increase in Pro classes looks like an increase in insurance; but also an elimination of the "Radio Fee" of $25.

Bryce Menzies Starts the Desert Off-Road Racing Season in Laughlin BIG TIME

MENZIES MOTORSPORTS Brings the HEAT to Laughlin, NV in the RED BULL Menzies #70 trophy truck with a FIRST PLACE FINISH.

Las Vegas’ own Bryce Menzies took to the starting line this past weekend with a very noticeable change. Red Bullhas teamed up with Menzies Motorsports and their Geiser built #70 Trophy Truck now has wings. For the 17th year Laughlin held the annual SCORE Laughlin Desert challenge and even though the winds reached up to 30mph gusts, the stands were still full with fans ready for the action.
All the fun started early Friday morning with prerunning then lead right into qualifying. With many big names in racing there, Bryce knew that he would have to put the pedal to the medal and do well in qualifying so he could get up front with the top drivers.
As the dust from earlier races settled Saturday afternoon, Bryce Menzies was staging third off the line along with Red Bull Mexico’s Tavo Vildolsola right beside him. The green flag dropped and the battle was on as Bryce fought to get out front of Tavo before they reached the first hill and disappeared on to the 6.2 mile course, but Tavoheld the line and took his spot in third place behind the leaders BJ Baldwin and Robby Gordon. Half way through the race Bryce made his way upfront, with Robby Gordon broken and out of the race and BJ Baldwin down a lap with a flat tire. Bryce lead the last half of the race, but a quick and skilled Jesse Jones was working his way from the back and making time on the #70 Menzies truck. “I went into today’s race ready to put up a fight for the lead, but also wanted to make sure I was smart about doing so and not breaking the truck. We are racing this year for a Championship and in order to do that we needed to finish today and make sure to finish in the top 5 Sunday’s race. With Jesse Jones 4 seconds in front of me on time, tomorrow’s race is going to be interesting. Jesse is my mentor and has taught me a lot about racing desert, so to be starting on the pole with him tomorrow is an honor.” Said Bryce Menzies to the fans.
Saturday night the fans and Red Bull racing teams gathered at Laughlin’s Harrah’s Casino for a chance to meet Bryce and Tavo. As the drivers signed autographs Menzies team owner Steve looked at the crowed saying “I am so proud of what our team has already accomplished this year and to be able to see them out having a little fun before the big day tomorrow makes me happy. This entire team works countless hours and they are very dedicated to making this team, a race winning team.”
Sunday morning came fast and the team was up early to prep the truck and make some last minute changes. As the stands started to fill, the team took their places to make sure everything went flawless. The trucks gathered at the start and it was time for the final day of racing. The green flag fell and Bryce and Jesse both pushed hard to get the front position, but it was Bryce that pulled into the lead as they started the 8 lap race. With Jesse putting up a fight staying with Bryce almost the entire race, it was Bryce who maintained his lead for the rest of the race and came through the checkered flag with almost a minute lead over the second place Jesse Jones. “This is only our fifth race in this truck and to start the year off with a win is a great confidence booster going into this season.” Said Trophy Truck Crew Chief and Co-Driver Peter Mortensen.
This year has a lot in store for the Menzies Motorsports team. With big new sponsors and racing the short course series TORC back east they will be traveling a lot and bringing their all too every race. Make sure to catch Bryce and the Team in Mexico for the SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.

SPECIAL 25th Anniv. Set of Historic San Felipe 250 Race Photos