San Felipe 250 LIVE Reporting 2017
San Felipe 250 2017 LIVE! COMPLETE COVERAGE
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OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS
1 Rob Mac
2 Billy Wilson
3 Carlos Lopez
4 Justin Matney
5 BJ Baldwin
6 Tim Herbst
7 Cameron Steele
8 Dan McMillin
9 Brad Wilson
10 Jesse Jones
11 Gary Magness
12 Elias Hanna
13 Mark Samuels
14 Frncisco Arredando
15 Corey Keysar
16 Mikey Lawrence
17 Robert Archibald
18 Eric Hustead
19 Bloc Dickerson
20 Gustavo Vildosola
21 John Langley
22 Larry Connor
23 Lee Banning
24 Mark Post
25 Justin Davis
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Hall of Famer, RockStar Energy Athlete Rob Mac, Rambles To Win at San Felipe 250 2017
Masterful MacCachren storms to Overall, SCORE Trophy Truck
race victory Saturday at 31st annual SCORE San Felipe 250
Samuels takes overall motorcycle title, Brad Wilson wins Class 1, Matlock claims overall UTV,
other class winners include–
Hanna, Dickerson, Bruckmann, Sampietro, Solorzano, Gutierrez, Spinali, O’Neal, Sanchez;
race had 206 total starters from 25 States, eight countries for rugged 271.9-mile ‘sprint’ race
SAN FELIPE, Baja California, Mexico – Returning after a one-year absence to a race he relishes so much, Las Vegas’ Rob MaCachren masterfully and methodically manipulated and succinctly stormed his way past the competition and through the relentless desert race course to the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Saturday at the 31st annual SCORE San Felipe 250.
This event was held on a super-challenging, technical 271.9-mile course during a sensationally stunning sunny Saturday in Mexico that started and finished in quaint San Felipe on the northeast portion of Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula along the Azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border in Calexico, Calif.
The race started and finished on the picturesque malecon in the heart of San Felipe for the first time in the 31-year history of the SCORE San Felipe 250.
A total of 204 official starters raced in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, utvs, motorcycles and quads. Entries came from 25 U.S. States, host Mexico, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Germany and Guatemala. The race had 143S official finishers and a very high finishing rate of 70.9 percent in the very challenging elapsed time race that had a 13.5-hour time limit.
With necessary penalties assessed, the results were made official early Sunday morning following data tracking review by SCORE race officials.
OFF-ROAD HALL OF FAMER ROB MAC ATTACKS
A Hall of Fame desert and short-course off-road champion, MacCachren, 52, backed up his top-qualifying effort on Thursday to capture his ninth class win and his fifth overall and fifth in SCORE Trophy Truck in the SCORE San Felipe 250. MacCachren stormed strategically to a penalty-free winning time of four hours, 20 minutes, 15 seconds at a sterling 62.69 miles per hour in his No. 11 Rockstar MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
Prior to this year, MacCachren’s Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victories in the SCORE San Felipe 250 have been in 2003 (with Gustavo Vildosola Sr), 2007 (with Mark Post) and driving solo in 2011 and 2012.
Among his nearly 250 career race wins, MacCachren has also won the overall title at the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000 for the last three consecutive years.
THE SAN FELIPE 250 PODIUM
While MacCachren clearly dominated a field of 24 SCORE Trophy Trucks, the remaining podium placements represented great racing efforts as well. Finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck three minutes, 55 seconds behind MacCachren in 4:24:11 (61.75mph) was defending race champion Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, in the No. 15 Bevly Wilson Racing Chevy Silverado.
Placing third overall and in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks five minutes, 36.53 seconds behind MacCachren was two-time defending SCORE season point champion Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez with a time of 4:25:52 (61.36mph) in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
The race will air as a one-hour special in the United States on
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With necessary penalties assessed, the results were made official early Sunday morning following data tracking review by SCORE race officials.
ROB MACS MUSINGS
Enjoying the experience of yet another SCORE Baja race win, MacCachren remembered at the finish line, “I clipped a rock about mile 50 and got a flat tire. That allowed Apdaly (Lopez) and Cameron Steele to get in front of us,” MacCachren said. “We tried to work away and chop off that gap that they put on us. Apdaly was pulled over on the side of the road a little bit later and we got in front of him. Cameron Steele was running really strong and we made up a few minutes on him coming through mile 125 to mile 175. It started to stabilize and I think he got the word that we were coming. He started right behind me so we were going to have to pass him to beat him.
“Coming up on mile 200 there were gnarly sand whoops and we were just hammering down and I started getting in his dust. I got really close to him at about 100 feet back and I couldn’t see for a moment and went off into a cactus and it ended up coming into the cab. It stuck in me and my co-driver Wayne so we were trying to pull that out of us and let Cameron get ahead a little bit. I told Wayne to tell me not to be a wimp and just go and leave that stuff in there. He said “don’t be a wimp” and then we got going. We got out ahead of Cameron right before the Huatuamote wash. We were running hard the last 30 miles to make sure he didn’t get us on time.”
OVERALL MOTORCYCLE WINNERS
The overall motorcycle and Pro Moto Unlimited winner was the team of Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif., on the No. 1x Ox Motorsports Honda CRF450X. Samuel is rider of record this year as normal rider of record Colton Udall is out indefinitely with injuries. It was the second straight overall win for Samuels in the SCORE San Felipe 250. Samuels and co-ridersDaymon Stokie, Australia, and Ryan Penhall, Laguna Niguel, Calif. teamed up to finish in 5:12:38 (52.18mph) to win the Pro Moto Unlimited class on a Honda CRF450X.
M/C WINNERS QUOTES
Samuels rode the first three miles and Stokie took over to race mile 47. Samuels rode again to race mile 144, Stokie rode again to race mile 190 and Penhall rode to the finish.
Obviously happy with his overall motorcycle victory, Samuels commented, “The course was really brutal. My section was the northern section and the SCORE Baja 500 and 1000 used that section last year making it really choppy and a lot of rocks came up. I was worked today. We deployed people to where they are best suited and we choose teammates that get along. We’ve got a good team bond, we have a good time and we all work together to make the job happen.”
Penhall commented at the finish line, “I rode a smooth race but had one tip-over. I rode smart and had a good time out there. This was the roughest course I’ve ever ridden in San Felipe. More rocks are showing up in the sand washes and the whoops are getting deeper. As the SCORE Trophy Trucks get more and more suspension it just gets harder for the bike guys.”
SCORE Trophy Trucks have now won 21 overalls in San Felipe in the 24-year history of the featured SCORE racing division. In the 31 years of this race, Honda has now earned 20 overall motorcycle victories (including 18 of the last 21 years), Kawasaki has seven, KTM has three and Husqvarna has one. For long-time SCORE sponsor BFGoodrich Tires, it was their 26th overall 4-wheel vehicle victory and 24th straight in the San Felipe 250.
4-WHEEL TOP 11
The marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division blistered the rugged race course to record 10 of the top 11 overall finishing positions in the race.
Fourth behind MacCachren, Wilson and Lopez was Lopez’s RPM Racing teammate and RPM co-owner Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., who finished less than three seconds behind Lopez in 4:25:55.75 in the No. 4 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck.
Fifth was Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin in 4:29:16 in the No. 97 Monster Energy Toyota Tundra, sixth was was Las Vegas brothers Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst, with a time of 4:32:35 in the No. 19 Monster Energy Ford F-150 and seventh in the No. 16 Monster Energy Chevy Silverado was Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., who finished in 4:41:15.
Eighth and ninth overall placements went to third-generation desert racers. San Diego’s Dan McMillin was eighth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in 4:43:29 in the No. 23 Ford F-150 while ninth overall and winning the unlimited Class 1 was Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif. with a penalty-free time of 4:57:09 in the No. 153 Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Tenth overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck in 4:58:30 was Jesse Jones, Phoenix who split the driving in the No. 76 Ford F-150 with his son Austin Jones, also of Phoenix and Australia’s motorcycle star Toby Price.
Eleventh overall and 10th in SCORE Trophy Truck in 5:02:42 was Denver’s Gary Magness in the No. 45 Ford F-150.
OVERALL UTV WINNER
Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif., was the overall UTV winner with a time of 6:36:48 in a Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo in the Pro UTV FI class which had 13 starters.
MAKE THAT 17
Age-group racer and note apparel manufacturer Jim O’Neal, 70, of Simi Valley, Calif. added another class win to his trophy case for a SCORE race-high17 class wins –all in the last 17 years.
O’Neal has now raced in all 31 SCORE San Felipe 250 races and he has a SCORE-record 19 career season class point titles including two in 2016. This year in San Felipe was the rider of record for the team riding on the No. 100x in Pro Moto Limited.
YO ELEVEN, ELEVEN
Seasoned veteran Class 11 stock VW Sedan racer Eric Solorzano, 57, Tijuana, Mexico, won his class in San Felipe for the 11th time. Solorzano is one of the winngest racers in SCORE history and has earned 11 season point champions in Class 11 in his long career. His race vehicle number this year—No. 1111 and his finishing time this year was 10:11:12.
ANOTHER CLASS WIN
In addition to MacCachren, O’Neal and Matlock, also adding to his win total in San Felipe was Donald Lewis, 73, Manchester, Conn., who led a team to victory in the Pro Moto 60 class (riders over 60) for his fifth class win. Riding with him in San Felipe were Ron Dugan, 75, Upland, Calif. and Robert Koch, 63 Leona Valley, Calif.
Also picking up his fifth class wins in San Felipe was Wayne Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Pro UTV FI).
Earning their fourth class wins in this race were Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec) and Gustavo Vildosola Sr (SCORE TT Legend for drivers over 50 years old).
Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., captured his third class win in San Felipe (SCORE Lites). Winning for the third straight year was Jorge Sampietro, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600).
MORE CLASS WINNERS
Among the other car and truck class winners in this year’s SCORE San Felipe 250 were Brock Dickerson, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Alumi Craft-Chevy), Noah Ostanik, Carlsbad, Calif. (Class 8, Ford F-150), Luis Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico/Victor Cesena, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Class 5, VW Baja Bug) Bud Pecoy, W. Des Moines, Iowa (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru) and Jorge Gutierrez, El Cajon, Calif. (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug).
Among the other motorcycle class winners this year were Jose Carassco, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, (Pro Moto Ironman, Suzuki RMZ450X), Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev. (Pro Moto 40, Husqvarna 510), Chad Thornton, Farmington, N.M., (Pro Moto 30, KTM 450XCW) and Giovanni Spinali, Lake Forest, Calif. (Pro Moto 50, Honda CRF450X).
A MASTERFUL COURSE
This year’s grueling race course was another beauty to behold but a tough challenge to race on. It ran in a counter clockwise direction running over high-speed dry lake beds, through low-speed winding, rock-strewn, twisting canyons and trails, along quick-paced dirt roads and through three of Baja’s most infamous washes in Chanate, Huatamote and Amarillo.
There were two full stop checkpoints in addition to the start/finish line which was located for the first time in the history of this race on the Malecon in the heart of San Felipe. Checkpoint 1 was located at El Chinero and the second was at Morelia Junction.
The course passed through La Ventana, Saldana and Borrego as well as the Diablo dry lake bed.
There were two road crossings, both on Highway 3. The first will be going north at km 192 after checkpoint 1 and the second one coming south near Borrego, crossing at km 179 on the highway.
SPRING BREAK HAPPENING
For over three decades, the annual motorsports festival that has brought the largest economic impact of any single event held annually in this lightly-populated portion of the ruggedly rough and bountifully beautiful Baja peninsula has been the San Felipe 250.
SAN FELIPE DEATH RACE 2017
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*American Family Crashes enroute to San Felipe 250!
Municipal police and federal police reported the accident was near Campo Mosqueda. Two ambulances were also sent, but were not both needed as only one person need transportation.
The vehicle was a grey Ford Explorer with Nevada plates, which ended up on its roof on a rocky slope beside the federal highway. The rest of the family from the United States were unhurt as all were wearing their seat belts.
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Rob Mac TT Official Winner of Qualifying
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Tavo Vildosola of his family racing company, based in La Jolla, California, USA
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Thursday's Qualifying Storyline
March 31, 2017
SAN FELIPE, Mexico—Three-time overall race winner Rob MacCachren made his presence felt Thursday as he turned in the fastest qualifying time for Saturday’s internationally televised 31st SCORE San Felipe 250. Driving the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150, MacCachren, a hall of fame desert racer with nearly 250 career race wins, covered the special 4.0-mile qualifying course located just south of the San Felipe airport in five minutes, 14.43 seconds with an average speed of 45.80 miles per hour. Qualifying was held first time in the history of this SCORE Baja race and the classes included SCORE Trophy Truck, unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec. Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was Mike Malloy, La Jolla, Calif., turning in a hot lap of 5:43.29 while averaging 41.95 mph in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. Top qualifier in the Trophy Truck Spec class was John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., with a time of 5:40.00 (42.23 mph) in a Mason-Chevy. With over 200 vehicles expected to leave the start line, the race is being held in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif. With classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads from 25 U.S. States and eight countries, the elapsed-time race over a rugged 271.9-mile course will start at 6:20 a.m. PDT on Saturday for the motorcycle/quad classes following by the start of the car/truck/UTV classes at 9 a.m. PDT. The race will start and finish for the first time on the Malecon with the tranquil Sea of Cortez on one side and the popular restaurants, souvenir stores and San Felipe night clubs on the other While the fastest finishers are expected to complete the course in approximately five hours, all vehicles will have 13.5 hours from the time each starts to become an official finisher.
Baja California, Mexico- Thursday’s Qualifying Results (race on Saturday) (Qualifying determined class starting order) Position, Vehicle Number, Driver of Record/Co-Driver, Hometown, Vehicle, time, average speed for one lap of special 4.0-mile course SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)– TOP QUALIFIER: 11 Rob MacCachren, 52, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, five minutes, 14.43 seconds (45.80 miles per hour) 2. 16 Cameron Steele, 48, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, 32, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:22.28 (44.68mph) 3. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 5:24.14 (44.43mph) 4. 97 B.J. Baldwin, 37, Las Vegas, Toyota Tundra, 5:24.43 (45.08mph) 5. 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego/Cameron Parrish, 39, Valley, Center, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:25.74 (44.21mph) 6. 76 Jesse Jones, 51, Phoenix/Toby Price, 28, Australia/Austin Jones, 19, Phoenix, Ford F-150, 5:26.85 (44.06mph) 7. 40 Chris Miller, 43, LaJolla, Calif./Tavo Vildosola, 35, Mexicali, Mexico, 5:29.34 (43.72mph) 8. 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:31.79 (43.40mph) 9. 18 Juan C. Lopez, 42, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 5:34.06 (43.11mph) 10. 13 Damen Jefferies, 44, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:35.54 (42.92mph) 11. 6 Larry Connor, 67, Miamisburg, Ohio/Ricky Johnson, 52, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:35.87 (42.87mph) 12. 15 Billy Wilson, 31, Corpus Christi, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 5:38.05 (42.60mph) 13. 24 Cory Keysar, 49, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ford Raptor, 5:40.11 (42.34mph) 14. 50 Zak Langley, 42, Santa Monica, Calif./Harley Letner, 33, Corona, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:46.14 (41.60mph) 15. 85 Mike Lawrence, 29, Murrieta, Calif./Luis Meyers, 30, Riverside, Calif., 5:47.51 (41.44mph) 16. 38 Eric Hustead, 46, St. George, Utah, Ford F-150, 5:50.71 (41.06mph) 17. 9 Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 5:51.76 (40.94mph) 18. 19 Tim Herbst, 53, Las Vegas/Troy Herbst 50, Ford F-150, 5:55.05 (40.56mph) 19. 3 Mark Post, 59, Las Vegas/Ed Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Kyle LeDuc, 34, Temecula, Calif., Ford F-150, 5:55.49 (40.51mph) 20. 2L Pete Sohren, 52, Glendale, Ariz., BajaLite-Chevy, 5:55.50 (40.51mph) 21. 4 Justin Matney, 32, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Rally Truck, 10:00.34 (23.00mph) 22. 21 Gustavo Vildosola, 63, Mexicali, Mexico/Tavo Vildosola, 35, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Raptor, 15:06.20 (15.89mph) 23. 5 Clyde Stacy, 73, Bristol, Va./Dakota Hopkins, 26, Bristol, Va., Rally Diesel, Did Not Qualify 24. 45 Gary Magness, 63, Denver/Devin Housh, 36, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, DNQ 25. 47L Jim Bult, 55, Monee, Ill./Dan Vroom, 47, Crete, Ill., Dodge Ram1500, DNQ CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)– 1. 111 Mike Malloy, 59, La Jolla, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 5:43.29 (41.95mph) 2. 109 Tony Murray, 52, Long Beach, Calif./Kyle Murray, 25, Villa Park, Calif. , Jimco-Chevy, 6:00.77 (38.93mph) 3. 105 Matt Cullen, 49, Long Beach, Calif./Greg Sacks, 60, Canyon Lake, Calif./Gregg Ryan, 53, Temecula, Calif./Mike Lombardi, 47, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 6:06.86 (39.25mph) 4. 118 Ricardo Malo, 46, San Diego, Jimco-Chevy, 6:14.18 (36.48mph) 5. 150 Morgan Langley, 43, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Halopoff, 34, Anaheim, Calif./Harley Letner, 34, Irvine, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 6:23.01 (37.60mph) 6. 168 Shelby Reid, 49, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, 35, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, DNQ 7. 103 Luis Saenz, 54, El Paso, Texas/Christopher Saenz, 19, El Paso, Texas, Tatum-Chevy, DNQ 8. 104 Rob Archibald, 44, Lakeside, Calif./Judyta Katona, 37, San Diego/Travis Rojas, San Diego, Jimco-Chevy, DNQ 9. 153 Brad Wilson, 27, Long Beach, Calif./ Ronny Wilson, 55, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 30, San Clemente, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, DNQ 10. 138 Brian Wilson, 31, Lakewood, Calif./Kyle Quinn, 29, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, DNQ 11. 116 Chris Paxson, 37, Redlands, Calif./Kyle Paxson, 35, Redlands, Calif., Racer-Chevy, DNQ 12. 114 Al Torres, 32, El Centro, Calif./Alfredo Torres, Penasco, Mexico/Jose Lopez, Jimco-Chevy, DNQ 13. 1 Pat Bell, 45, Anchorage, Alaska/Kolt Bell, 43, Charlotte, N.C./Ben Wright, 33, Garden Grove, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, DNQ 14. 106 Derek Fletcher, 32, Arlington, Va./Christyan Samano, 27, Ensenada, Mexico, Tatum-Chevy, DNQ TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)– 1. 250 John Langley, 73, Santa Monica, Calif./Luke Johnson, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 5:40.00 (42.23mph) 2. 274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/Rehuel Ramirez, 34, Las Vegas, Chevy 1500, 5:44.02 (41.86mph) 3. 215 Chad Bunch, 41, Phoenix, BajaLite-Chevy, 6:05.14 (39.44mph) 4. 297 Bill McBeath, 53, Las Vegas/Chris Faulkner, 31, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 6:05.68 (39.38mph) 5. 211 Pat Sims, 50, Eunice, N.M./Joe DeLucie, 38, Las Vegas, ESM-Chevy, 6:10.77 (38.84mph) 6. 227 Jonathan Brenthel, 37, Newport Beach, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 29, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 6:15.87 (38.31mph) 7. 203 Dion Podgumy, 47, Spring, Texas/Louis Gilbert, 47, Houston, BajaLite-Chevy, 6:19.80 (37.92mph) 8. 200 Chad Broughton, 21, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 50, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 6:21.57 (37.74mph) 9. 255 Lee Banning, 64, Laveen, Ariz./Chris Godfrey, 41, Phoenix/Steve Melton, 47, Buckeye, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy, 6:35.20 (36.44mph) 10. 248 Miles Wyatt, 31, Brawley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 6:41.13 (36.00mph) 11. 224 Paul Nauleau, 20, Los Gatos, Calif./Sydney Schwab, 21, Indianapolis/Justin Eminio, 35, Wellington, Ohio, Brenthel-Chevy, 6:42.69 (35.76mph) 12. 201 Russell Buehler, 58, Liberty, Mo./Neil Buehler, 54, Kansas City, Mo., Jimco-Chevy, 6:58.01 (34.45mph) 13. 299 Charles Dorrance, 41, Austin, Texas/Dylan Herman, 24, Reno, Nev., Ford Raptor, DNQ 14. 220 Craig Christy, 42, Burbank, Calif. /Neal Manion, San Diego/Steve Parks, Brenthel-Chevy, DNQ 15. 271 Carey Chrisman, 51, Monterrey Park, Calif./Kelly Chrisman, 49, Temecula, Calif., Armada-Chevy, DNQ 16. 229 Brian Goldstein, 29, Beverly Hills, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, DNQ 17. 232 Steve Knudson, 64, Denver (DOR-Chelsea Magness)/Mike McNaughton, Denver, Mango-Ford, DNQ 18. 252 Gonzalo Pirron, 44, Lancaster, Calif./Rudy Iribe, Jefferies-Chevy, DNQ SCORE
TROPHY TRUCK Post-Qualifying Quotes, March 31, 2017 ROB MacCACHREN, No. 11 (MacCachren qualified first.) — The qualifying track is not specific to what we actually race on so it was an awkward thing. It was the same for everybody so we tried to get the best lap in we could without making a mistake. It seemed to go pretty well. We wanted a good starting position and to get somewhere near the front. Last year we didn’t run this race so it is good to be back here in San Felipe. We love the people and definitely have a lot of fans that support us. It is good to be here for them. The course on Saturday has very few breaks and there are a lot of whoops and a lot of rocks and sand. Maintaining a good pace and not having any problems is the big thing. You can’t have any down time with flat tires or anything else that will get you out off pace with everybody else.
CARLOS LOPEZ, No. 1 (Lopez qualified third.) — The qualifying course was really challenging and it was completely different than the practice lap. On Saturday the challenge will be from race mile 170 the finish line. It is so rough. There are a lot of rocks, whoops and hard washes. We will need to watch water temperatures all day long. B.J. BALDWIN, No. 97 (Baldwin qualified fourth.) — We made some changes to the truck and I think we have a little bit better truck than we’ve had in some qualifying sessions. I think the four-wheel drives will do really well here. If the four-wheel drives don’t beat us I would be very surprised. It was a battle to get traction out there and there is only so much you can do. It was really soft silt. I don’t really care where I qualify but I want to start with the fast guys in the top ten. I don’t think I want to start first and be out there all by myself. I like being in the crowd and passing trucks and making my way to first car on the road. I haven’t seen the race course yet. I’m going to try and do 150 miles today (Thursday) of the last half but that’s all I’ll see. The suspension of the truck is incredible and we’ve worked really hard tuning the suspension and getting it perfect. I hope that will give me a little bit of an edge on race day and compensate for not pre-running.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 83 (McMillin qualified fifth.) — We did our practice lap and we carried a little more speed because I wanted to try out some of the jumps. I’m glad I did because they kicked us kind of funny. I was a little bit nervous going into it after the practice lap but once we took off on the green flag in the qualifying lap I felt solid the whole time. Typically we do pretty good in this truck if we have a clean qualifying run and I feel like we drove hard the whole time. I hope we land in a spot where I’m comfortable with who is right in front of me and who is right behind me. The key is to be confident at the start line on race day. The biggest challenge of the SCORE San Felipe 250 course is rocks. Everybody says it and it seems like after every Baja race people say it was the toughest one. I’m usually the opposite and say that it is normal Baja conditions. However, this course is all rocks. When you come around blind turns at 80 miles an hour and there is a basketball-sized rock right in the middle of the road. You have to decide if you want to square up on it, if you want to try and dodge it or if you want to square up on the tire. The rocks are brutal this race.
TIM HERBST, No. 19 (Herbst qualified 18th.) — I think we are happy and we left a little bit out there. We put a good run in but the qualifying track has gotten a little eaten up since the lap we all took to pre-run it. The course had a lot of sand but we were first off so everybody else had to go through it too. We’ve been out on the main course and that is getting pretty beat up too. It is traditional San Felipe course. Fast, rough and challenging for all. The first 30 or 40 miles is just whooped out. It is going to be interesting on Saturday and hopefully there will be a little bit of wind to get the dust out of the way. We’ve been in the winner’s circle here a couple of times but this truck is ready to go and hopefully it is competitive.
JUSTIN MATNEY, No. 4 (Matney qualified 21st.) — Everything was running great but we pitched in and lost it in a corner and rolled it over. We are going to have a long race day on Saturday. We will have to go through the truck and check out the suspension components. We had some overheating issues so we might have a fan problem. The challenging part of Saturday’s course for us, now that we’ve rolled, is that we will be starting in the back of the pack. We will be working our way through the dust and seeing how we come out.
Baja Safari pre-running Reports:
March 30, 2017 UPDATE!
*LIVE! From San Felipe Baja MX! The race course in the whoop sections are a mess! No course markers in Valle Chico have led some prerunners to miss sections and run on into the crossing section near RM 76, updated VCP's aren't helping the situation. SCORE has left off numerous details on the recent course updates leading tons of wasted miles driving missed course sections.
*SCORE has put out alot of flawed GPS files for this event! More>>>
*Beware of the town cops, looking for light bars turned on at night, driving through town. Cops will confiscate the light bars and threaten to impound your rigs!
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*SPEED Mex Reports from San Felipe LIVE! Race conditions went to hell this weekend! Bigger Whoops, Badder Bumps and MORE NEXT!
*Dan McMillin says this every year: "This will be a very tough San Felipe 250 (272 miles). One of the tougher race courses I've been on. Washes down south are fast. The whoops along Morellia are bigger than ever and the top loop has enough rocks to build Trump's Wall!"
*SPEED Mex Pits had 2 pre-run pits all this weekend (March 24-27). One pit at race mile marker 85 and the second at race mile marker 212.
SPEED Mex Pits Race Mile Marker 129.1 on raceday from 8am - 2:30pm.
*More prerunning! "We did not get to run RM130-RM180. The first part up to RM 130 is pretty brutal. RM 180+ is not so bad. The washes are nice. My first impression was "damn, they arent kidding about the Whoops". There is a lot of rocks. I can see this course eating up tires and heating up shocks. I did not see any "silt" beds but there was a lot of soft sand and I suspect it will get a little worse. There were a few areas where the course markings did not 'jive' with the GPS track but I suspect that is what the update handled, I hope so because there were a few VCP's that we would have missed."
*More "heads up on the Salada loop, when the course starts heading south around RM 94-95 and come close to the north bound around RM78-79, there was no markings. No arrows, wrong ways or anything and the course comes probably within a 100 yards head on at each other before they make their respective turns. Just keep a heads up when prerunning to not end up going backwards on the course around RM 78. Got off to a strong 80 miles with no problems, then my brother got a front flat, and we pinched our extra tube trying to change it. Patched it, and then pinched it again, so I went out solo from 84 to Borrego without problems. My other brother took it from Borrego until RM 155 ish and I was going to get back on to go to RM 230, and when I started my bike, I hear a loud pinging from the case when it is in Neutral, but drop it into gear and the noise goes away. I babied it to Morelia, and then took the access road back to SF, and called it quits for the weekend before I blew up my motor."
*We were pre-running all last week. San Felipe has changed! Now with the fishing ban, town is lacking resources it has relied on throughout its history.
Donate, spend racing resource money in town to help the local families and our race community, in San Felipe.
*Just got back from San Felipe after 2 days of prerunning. Not alot of prerunners, town was tame, weather awesome. The 3 southern washes (Huatamote, Chanate, Amarillas) all pristine, but that will change this week [March 20].
The northern Saldana loop is...the usual Saldana loop! Although this course is similar to the 2015 course, there are some deviations that you need to pay attention to.
There are 20+ more VCPs than 2015. Saldana access, Zoo Rd, and Old Puertecitos Rd all in good condition. 90 degrees at Saldana on Saturday, SPEED Pits (Carlos) says their prerun pit will be out there starting next weekend (March 25).
CLICK HERE TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE STILL DEALING WITH FAILED RACE OPERATIONS AND FAILED CIVIL PROTECTIONS...THE DEATH RACES!!!
*Child Killer Todd Pederson plans to race in Mexico, SCORE will allow this delinquent killer back in its circus!
During last November's Baja 1000, Roger Norman granted special allowances to Pederson, to run through the finish line, after short-coursing the event.
As he rolled through finish, 10th to cross, his freshly showered mug was entertained by the two blondes in his passenger seat.
He smiled the whole way, in front of the SCORE private circuit video stream.
Did they give Todd a hand or blow-job? The blondes, that is. We know George Antill and Roger Norman are sucking-off this so-called'millionaire', delinquent-killer!
Pederson Kills Spectator Child in June 2016,
Xander Hendrik was struck, maimed and killed!
Pederson blew the easiest corner in desert off-road racing. Running over and spinning his MICHELIN-BFGoodrich Tires over an American spectator child, killing him at the last Baja 500, last June.
SCORE spewed this whopper lie, "Racer Todd Pedersen, Orem, Utah, while negotiating a turn entering the Ensenada wash and attempting to avoid some fans, eventually hit three spectators."
SCORE's press releases are Complete and utter shit.
Pederson was trying to get his truck, back on the race course, when he killed a child spectator!
What was BFGoodrich Tires role in the death, other than the obvious? The victim was run-over, Todd's tires spinning, tearing and ripping into Xander's flesh.
MICHELIN-BFGoodrich Tires continues to bankroll Roger Norman, after so many spectator deaths, this corporation is knowingly approving the continued DEATHS! There has been far less CIVIL PROTECTION, since the start of ownership of Roger Norman.
There was NO guidance visuals or physical barriers placed where Todd blew the corner like a drunk, directly into public space. Rather than powering down, Todd gunned his motor after rolling over the victim.
Was Todd Pederson under the influence?
SCORE has NO RULES restricting racing while drunk, high or in this case, felony stupid!
Pederson was stuck, in the public space, where no visual or physical boundaries were noticed. His most powerful truck had the victim beneath it, Pederson was stuck and couldn't move.
After KILLING the child spectator.
If the physical natural barrier had not stopped this idiot, he would have driven off, back into the race. That's what he was doing, not ATTEMPTING to MISS SPECTATORS!!!
The international community now knows the truth about Roger Norman and his 'SCORE'.
Like SCORE lies attempting THEIR SPINNING!
FLASHBACK! KING of BAJA 500 2016
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6x died of a broken neck.
Travis Livingston and Noah Evermann died of heat/rescue related issues.
Ryan Penhall broke his leg. VIDEO HERE
*The race operations issues:
2 HOUR EVENT STOPPAGE &
2 HOUR RACE DELAY FROM A BOTTLENECK- VIDEO
*No 'penalties' were given out at this race, because the 'winner' of the event would have been disqualified.
*Confirmed, the child killed in Ensenada on raceday, was KILLED by BFGoodrich Tires! Todd Pederson, the delinquent team/driver who crushed, dismembered him under his tires on only the third and easiest turn in the race event.
The #75 team also "has no business in a trophy truck/ this is the same team who hit ryan hancock and jordan poole at the mint 400".
"Objective / Clarifying Facts:
(1) So the driver and or team of TT75 was the vehicle that was involved in the bad crash at the Mint 400 in 2015?
(2) This same team / driver was also involved in the spectator fatality in the 2016 Baja 500?
(3) These two tragedies stopped the entire races of the Mint 400 and the Baja 500 for a combined time of roughly 2.5 to 3+/- hours or more?"
"Conclusion Based on Facts:
So in a span of less than 18 months Todd Pederson, the same driver / team / Trophy Truck #75 has the distinguished record of stopping two out of the three biggest off road races in North America for nearly three hours, paralyzed one person for life and killed an 8 year old child?"
He is welcomed and embraced to race in every race event since...
Brilliant! The desert racing community in all its Glory!
2016 San Felipe event, the race director of SCORE gets RUN OVER during the race he was responsible for! CLICK HERE
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