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Winning two of the first three series races overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division, Las Vegas rookie driver Bryce Menzies finds himself at the top of the point leaderboard of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE has released the updated season point standings following final data-tracking review and release of the final revised results from the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Menzies, who opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a penalty-free victory as well in June’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 to assume a commanding lead in the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point standings in the No. 70 Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150. Sandwiched between his first two career SCORE race wins in the marquee racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Menzies finished sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.
Round 4 of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series will be the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, Sept. 9-11, San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held Saturday, August 6 at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles. The event will feature 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks and the race route for this new event will be the same approximately 250 mile course used at this year’s MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March.
SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class, Menzies, 23, who had only raced the 2010 SCORE Baja 500 where he finished seventh in his first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck, has 243 championship points following Round 3 of the five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series. SCORE Trophy-Truck has had the largest starting field for all three races with 32 in Laughlin, 24 in San Felipe and 28 in Ensenada.
"Somebody needs to pinch me and tell me I'm not just dreaming all this," said Menzies recently. "We have such a great team and our vehicle is prepped so magnificently but with the world's best racers in SCORE Trophy-Truck, I am stunned that we are on top of the board right now. I couldn't do any of this without the unconditional support from my dad (team owner Steve Menzies) and I continue to learn so much from him every day, that I just hope I can keep learning, stay patient and don't do anything stupid in the last two races to diminish the great success we have had so far this season. It's unbelievable. I'm from Las Vegas and honestly what would the odds be for a rookie to be doing this well in the sport's marquee racing division in the world's best desert racing series."
With two wins and a second so far this year, second in overall points and leading the unlimited class 1 is Justin Davis, 18 of Chino Hills, Calif., just three points behind Menzies with 240 so far. Davis, last year’s SCORE Lite point champion, won Class 1 in Laughlin and San Felipe and was a close second in Ensenada driving the Green Army Motorsports Chevy-powered ESM open-wheel desert race car.
Picking up his eighth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win in San Felipe, Las Vegas Rob MacCachren, an eight-time SCORE season point champion, is third in overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck points so far after finishing fourth in Laughlin and ninth in Ensenada with 227 points.
Following consistent seventh, fifth and fourth-place finishes in the season’s first three events, Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., is fourth in overall points and third in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 214 in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.
Tied for fifth in overall points with 205 is Mexico’s preeminent son-father team Gus Vildosola Jr. and Sr., in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 (fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck) and Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley Calif. in the Jefferies-Chevy (second in Class 1).
With extremely tight competition, just 62 points separate the top 25 overall point leaders following the first three rounds of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. And SCORE Trophy-Trucks are holding down six of the top 10 spots in overall points.
While 38 points separate the top six drivers in the SCORE overall point standings, just 10 points separate the next 12 overall leaders.
Seventh in overall points and fifth in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 200 is Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., who drives the No. 24 Blitzkreig Motorsports Chevy Silverado.
Third in Class 1 and eighth overall is Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., with 199 points in a Jimco-Chevy.
Ninth in overall points and sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck is Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif. with 196 points in the No. 78 Ford F-150.
After winning his class at the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500, Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., is leading Class 1-2/1600 and is 10th in overall points with 194 in the 1600cc McMillin Racing AlumiCraft-VW.
San Diego’s McMillin family actually has three third-generation desert racers in the top 16 overall point standings after three races of the 2011 SCORE Desert Series. Besides Luke McMillin, his brother Daniel McMillin is tied for 11th in overall points and fourth in Class 1 while their cousin Jessica McMillin leads the Protruck class with three straight wins this season and is tied for 16th in overall points with 190.
The McMillins also have two SCORE Trophy-Truck entries in most races, one driven by Mark McMillin, Luke and Daniel’s father, and the other shared by Jessica McMillin’s brother and father, Andy McMillin and Scott McMillin. Andy did not race in Laughlin, but finished third and second respectively in San Felipe and Ensenada while Mark did not race in Ensenada, but finished eighth in Laughlin and ninth in San Felipe.
Besides Jessica McMillin, the other racers have won all three races to start the year and lead their respective classes are Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger) and Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va. (Class 4, PSD-Chevy).
Racers who have won their class in two of three races so far this season to lead their respective class point standings are Donald Moss, Sacramento Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco), Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, unlimited VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado and Class 11, Stock VW Sedan) and West Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas (Class 7-2, BajaLite-Chevy).
Out of Bristol, Tenn., the RPM Offroad team continues to record impressive results with four entries in Laughlin with three class wins, five entries in San Felipe with two more class wins and five entries in Ensenada with three additional class wins.
With two lead drivers, Justin Matney, of Bristol, Tenn., leads both Class 8 in a Chevy Silverado and Class 11 in a Stock VW Sedan while teammate Clyde Stacy, of Bristol, Va., leads Class 4 in a PSD-Chevy and he also is a rookie in SCORE Trophy-Truck. Matney’s father John Matney won the Stock Full class in San Felipe to go with Stacy’s Class 4 win. In Ensenada, Matney won both Class 8 and Class 11 while Stacy won again in Class 4.
Jessica McMillin is one of two female drivers leading a class so far this season as Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., leads Class 6 in a Ford Ranger following a class win in San Felipe and a third in Ensenada.
Among the other 2011 SCORE point leaders in car and truck classes after three races are Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif. (SCORE Lite, Jimco-VW), Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas (Stock Full, Ford F-150), Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda).
With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three traditional SCORE Baja races, the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (riders over 30 years old) leader with 154 points after victories in San Felipe and Ensenada is the team led by Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas on a Honda CRF450X.
Leading the open Class 22 and tied for second overall is the JCR/Honda team led by Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif., on a Honda CRF450X.
Following their Class 24 ATV class win in San Felipe over a field of 17 starters and Ensenada over a field of 11 starters, leading the overall and Class 24 ATV point standings with 168 points is the team led by Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore. on a Honda TRX450R. Brown’s co-riders in San Felipe were Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash., and Robbie Mitchell, Price Utah. Added for Ensenada was Christopher Kristensen, Vancouver, Wash.
Among the other motorcycle class point leaders after two of three SCORE Baja races for their classes are the teams led by Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles, Calif. (Class 21, Jpmda CRF450X), Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X) and Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).
Leading Class 25 for open ATVs is the team led by Wayne Matlock, Calif., on a Honda TRX700XX.
After his San Felipe win and second in Ensenada, leading Class 26 (utility ATVs) on a Can Am Outlander 800 is the team led by Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif.
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 each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 26th consecutive year, a total of 31 drivers remain eligible after Round 3 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.
While Tecate is title sponsor of the inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions, additional race sponsor is the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe and Cotuco.
2011 SCORE Desert Series Point Leaders
(after 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500-June 2-5, Ensenada, Mexico; Remaining Races—-Inaugural Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions-Sept. 9-11, San Felipe, Mexico; 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Nov. 17-20, Ensenada, Mexico)
Top 25 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 243
2. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy (Class 1), 240
3. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 227
4. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 214
5. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 205
5. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy (Class 1), 205
7. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 200
8. Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 199
9. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 196
10. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 194
11. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 193
11. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 193
13. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-VW (SCORE Lite), 192
13. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 192
15. Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 191
16. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., PSD-Chevy (Class 4), 190
16. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (Class 7SX), 190
16. Jessica McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (Protruck), 190
19. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW (SCORE Lite), 185
19. Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 185
19. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado (Class 8), 185
22. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 184
22. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 184
22. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (Class 10), 184
25. Wes Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (Class 7-2), 181
2011 SCORE Desert Series
Pro Class Point Leaders
(NOTE: Motorcycles, ATVs and SPT UTVs race in the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000)
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK—1. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (2), 243; 2. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (1), 227; 3. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 214; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 205; 5. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 200; 6. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif., Ford F-150, 196; 7. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 193; 8. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 192; 9. Ken Losch, Tempe, Ariz./Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 185; 10. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 176.
CLASS 1—1. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy (w), 240; 2. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 205; 3. Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 199; 4. Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 193; 5. Steve Appleton, Boise, Idaho, Jimco-Chevy, 191; 6. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 173; 7. Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 163; 8. David Greenhill, Crowley, Texas, Jimco-Chevy, 149; 9. Josh Rigsby, Santa Fe, N.M., Penhall-Chevy, 137; 10. Armin Schwarz/Armin Kremer, Germany, Jimco-Chevy, 135; 11. Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 107.
CLASS 1-2/1600—1. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (1), 194; 2. Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall-VW, 173; 3. Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco, Banning, Calif., Porter-VW, 165; 4. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Kreger-VW, 162; 5. Cody Robinson, El Cenro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo-VW (1), 117.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (2), 126.
CLASS 5—1. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (2), 184; 2. Cody Kellog, Cypress, Calif., VW Baja Bug (1), 174.
CLASS 5/1600—1. Emilio Salcido, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 144; 2. Carlos Rivas, Mexicali, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (1), 85.
CLASS 6—1. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Ford Ranger (1), 175; 2. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 172; 3. Javier Manzo, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 135.
CLASS 7—1. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 184; 2. Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 153.
CLASS 7SX—1. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (3), 185; 2. Rich Severson, Tucson, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 59.
CLASS 8—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado (2), 185; 2. Noah Ostanik, Encinitas, Calif., Ford F-150 (1), 179.
CLASS 9—1. Luke Babb, Monrovia, Calif., Jimco-VW, 35.
CLASS 10—1. Sergio Salgado, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (1), 184; 2. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn., Kreger-Chevy, 136; 3. Alex Mendez, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 128; 4. (tie) John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Chevy and Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (1), 113.
SCORE LITE—1. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif., Jimco-VW (1), 192; 2. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 185; 3. Zak Langley, El Segundo, Calif., SmithFab-VW, 175; 4. Samuel Araiza, La Paz, Mexico, Curry-VW, 169; 5. Steven Lisa, Paradise Valley, Calif., Foddrill-VW, 142.
CLASS 11—1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., VW Sedan (2), 151; 2. Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., VW Sedan, 136.
STOCK FULL—1. Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150 (1), 130; 2. John Matney, Bristol, Va., Dodge Ram2500 (1), 104; 3. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., LX570, 82.
PROTRUCK—1. Jessica McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150 (3), 190.
CLASS 7-2—1. Wes Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (2), 181; 2. Bruce Finchum, Mesa, Ariz., TrophyLite-Chevy (1), 145; 3. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. Mason-Chevy, 109.
CLASS 4—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., PSD-Chevy (3), 190.
CLASS 2-D—1. Rob Rill, Gainesville, Fla., Rallyraid-BMW, 45.
CLASS 22—1. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho, Honda CRF450X (1), 151; 2. Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 129; 3. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Bryce Stavron, Palmdale, Calif./Donald Stanley, San Clemente, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 129; 4. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 110.
CLASS 21—1. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 141; 2. Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy Jr., Barstow, Calif./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 140; 3. David Kleiman, Carlsbad, Calif./Mike Gress, Anaheim Hills, Calif./Chad Earl, Huntington Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 130.
CLASS 30—1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 154; 2. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev./Noe Ibarra, Banning, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 142; 3. Tim Abshire, Dana Point, Calif./Scott Clemens, Laguna Niguel, Calif./John Burke-Zuber, Victorville, Calif./Craig McCall, Riverside, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 129.
CLASS 40—1. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif./Collie Potter, Murrieta, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 144; 2. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif., Honda CRF450X, (1), 140; 3. Oscar Fazz, Yuma, Ariz./Randy Harmon, Peoria, Ariz./Derek Ball, Yuma, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450F, 89.
CLASS 50—1. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Paul Doebereiner, La Quinta, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 151; 2. Ken Kosiorek, San Diego, Honda XR650R, 131; 3. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./ Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Lee Scheffers, Riverside, Calif./Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 89.
CLASS 60—1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Will Rogers, Escondido, Calif./Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif., Honda CRF450X (2), 150.
CLASS 25—1. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX (1), 141; 2. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Playa del Rey, Calif./Garren Fuller, Santee, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 138; 3. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Damaria Maduena/Jouquin Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 136; 4. Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Apdali/Ivan Mejorado, Tecate, Calif., Honda TRX450R (1), 102.
CLASS 24—1. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Robbie Mitchell, Price, Utah/Christopher Kristensen, Vancouver, Wash., Honda TRX450R (2), 168; 2. Juan Sanchez/Raul Cano/Angel Sanchez/Danny Salazar, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 152; 3. Heriberto Marquez/Julio Gomez/Adrian Lopez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 145; 4. Jorge Brambila, Imperial Beach, Calif./Julio Cornejo, San Diego/David Nunez, Imperial Beach, Calif./Manuel Jimenez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 140; 5. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Nick DeStout, Oceanside, Calif./Frank Batista, Riverdale, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 139.
CLASS 26—1. Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif., Can Am Outlander800 (1), 144; 2. Carl Vela, Ardsley, N.Y./Mike Penland, Rabun Gap, Ga./Raymond Regis, Huntington, N.Y., Can-Am Outlander800 (1), 85.
SPT TRUCK—1. Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 129.
SPT CAR—1. Peter Lang, Santa Rosa, Calif., Homebuilt-Buck (2), 150.
SPT UTV—1. Bill Morris, Bakersfield, Calif., Polaris RZR4 (1), 105.
SPT M/C 450cc<—1. Marco Meave, Chula Vista, Calif., Yamaha WR450R (1), 151. SPT M/C 450cc>—1. Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X (2), 175.
SPT ATV—1. Juan P. Gonzalez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 15
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