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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TIJUANA DESERT CHALLENGE 2017


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Tijuana Desert Challenge 2017



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SCORE Tijuana Desert Challenge Results

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Josh Daniel paced three RPM Racing drivers to the top of the podium at the 1st 'Tijuana Desert Challenge'

Hanna, Burnett, K. Matlock, Ostanik, Fiscal, Aguirre, Shelby Reid, Dickerson, Geiser all class winners in three-day desert racing events.

  Baja Racing News.com, Gary Newsome, Editor and Publisher Reporting

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico — A problematic prelude to the season-ending 50th anniversary of the BAJA 1000 in November, RPM Racing’s Josh Daniel played it straight and consistent to win the overall and 'SCORE' Trophy Truck title at the stupidly named "World Desert Championship". Racing concluded on Sunday.

The SCORE-International 2016 TRAGEDY and EMBEZZLEMENT

SCORE-International is owned and operated by the meglomaniac, Roger Norman. During the organizations history, its having held over 150 races in Mexico in the last 40-plus years, this is the first time that gringo organization has held a race that has both started and finished in Tijuana. Roger seems to want people to think he's owned SCORE during its entire history.

In fact, many racers say Normans short ownership has shown the absolute worst operations. Rumors swirled around the events over the weekend, stating SCORE has been sold and Roger Norman will be robbing the Baja locals for only a short period of time, more.

Paid for by the local and state tourism trust, paying SCORE President in excess of $100,000, during which, the Tijuana-San Ysidro International border crossing was closed the entire time of the events.
 
With entries from 15 U.S. States and 14 countries, the majority of the cars, trucks, UTVs, finished their race on Sunday after running the first half on Saturday. Motorcycles, quads and a few car/truck classes raced on Friday in two sessions to open the event.

As a substitute driver for driver of record Justin Matney, co-owner of RPM Racing of Bristol, Tenn., Daniel started fourth in the first half of the elapsed-time race to hold off his teammates to hold the overall lead he earned in Saturday’s first half to earn his first career SCORE Trophy Truck victory. Driving in the No. 4 Geiser Bros-built 4-wheel drive Chevy Rally truck, Daniel, of Vista, Calif., covered the six 23-mile laps (138 miles total in a time of 1 hours, 38 minutes, and 16 seconds to pace the field of 124 starters.

The mouthpiece for the racing sanction spewed "Growing into the most powerful racing team in the desert, RPM drivers swept the SCORE Trophy Truck and a fourth driver won the SCORE TT Legend class".

SCORE also said, "The legendary BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500", when they actually meant the BAJA 1000.  The 'BAJA MIL' celebratory festivities and intense race days will be held Nov. 14-18. The nearly 1,200-mile race will start in Ensenada, Baja California Norte, Mexico and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur, covered by the BAJA RACING NEWS crew, stay tuned.

START/FINISH
The unique-format race was held at a spectator-friendly start/finish line and ‘hot pit’ area located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana to the east of the popular Rancho Casian area off of Boulevard 2000 (Highway No. 201).

DANIEL’S DANDY
A delighted Daniel said afterwards during the RPM Racing finish line celebration, “We’re here number one. We drove for Justin Matney. It’s his truck, he couldn’t make it this weekend. He’s my partner for the BFGoodrich Tires 50th SCORE Baja 1000 and I’m stoked to be here for RPM Racing and put it together. I had to keep a tight pace with Apdaly. He’s super good, he’s super fast. He’s a champion. He’s a champ for a reason so you just can’t let him run away with it. He had to put three minutes on us today. He could do that, not easily, but he could. I knew that unless he had a problem I wasn’t going to catch him.”
“I knew he was going to run hard. I figured I would, probably, have clean air all day.  If I did catch his dust, I was just going to sit there because anybody behind me had to catch us and put time on us. It’s almost impossible to catch anybody here. I knew I just had to sit there and be patient. He didn’t make any mistakes, he did a great job. He couldn’t have done any better. He beat us for today’s half. I had to conserve and not make any mistakes. He drove exactly perfect. He had to make up that time and any more lollygagging by us and he might have done it. It really wasn’t lollygagging. It was intentional. We didn’t want to tear the truck up. It was as smooth as it could be for a really rough course.

MORE CLASS WINNERS
Among the car, truck and UTV class winners Sunday were: Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, Can-Am Maverick X3), Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Polaris RZR XP4 1000), Noah Ostanik, Carlsbad, Calif. (Class 8, Ford F-150), Cesar Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600Romo-VW), Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Foddrill-VW), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy 1500), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10, Alumi Craft-Chevy), and Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. (Class 1, Jefferies-Chevy).


OFFICIAL CAR/TRUCK & UTV FINISHERS

Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs (raced Sept. 23-24)
Postion, Driver(s), Manufacturer, Class, 6 laps, 138-mile time (miles per hour)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. 4 Josh Daniel, 42, Vista, Calif. (DOR-Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn.), Chevy Rally Truck, 3:13:47 (42.73 miles per hour); 2. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 3:16:07; 3. 9 Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna, 26, Mexicali, Mexico (DOR-Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 3:19:33; 4. 16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 3:27:04; 5. 15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford Raptor, 3:38:12. (6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)—1. 5L Jeff Geiser, 52, Phoenix(DOR-Clyde Stacy, 72, Bristol, Va.), Chevy Rally Truck, 3:39:18 (37.76 mph) (1 Starters, 1 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)–1. 168 Shelby Reid, 49, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, 35, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 3:38:11 (37.95 mph); 2. 138 Brian Wilson, 32, Lakewood, Calif./Kyle Quinn, 29, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 3:45:48; 3. 114 Al Torres, 32, Imperial Valley, Calif./Rogelio Ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy, 3:55:46. (7 Starters, 3 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1. 274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy 1500, 3:27:55 (39.82 mph); 2. 229 Brian Goldstein, 29, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matt McBride/Max McBride, Mason-Chevy, 3:37:46; 3. 200 Chad Broughton, 22, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 50, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-Chevy, 3:39:42; 4. 226 Neal Drickey, 39, Crescent, Iowa/Andy Raymond, 38, Crescent, Iowa, Ford F-150, 3:42:10; 5. 299 Charles Dorrance, 42, Austin, Texas/Dylan Herman, 27, Reno, Nev./Larry Job, 55, Henderson, Nev., Ford Raptor, 3:45:08; 6. 227 Jonathan Brenthel, 38, Newport Beach, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 29, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy, 3:54:35. (9 Starters, 6 Finishers)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (Unlimited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)—1. (2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. 1023 Broc Dickerson, 16, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 42, Brawley, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 3:25:42 (40.25 mph); 2. 1000 Rafael Navarro IV, 24, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 48, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 3:36:08; 3. 1092 Reinaldo Varela, 58, Brazil/Gustavo Gugelmin, 35, Brazil, ESM-Honda, 3:36:53; 4. 1068 Cody Reid, 25, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 3:47:59. (7 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. 844 Noah Ostanik, 45, Carlsbad, Calif./David Dinsmore, 39, Vista, Calif., Ford F-150, 4:16:31.  (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. 1644 Cesar Fiscal, 33, Tijuana, Mexico/Fabian Fiscal, 32, Tijuana, Mexico/Carlos, Suarez, 38, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo, 3:56:28 (35.02 mph);2. 1625 Eric Pavolka, 48, Sonoita, Ariz./David Ramsze, 57, Sonita, Ariz., Foddrill, 4:05:42; 3. 1603 Oscar Alvarez, 41, McAllen, Texas/Fernando Alvarez, 36, San Antonio, Texas/Ruly Palacios, 36, Monterrey, Mexico/Oscar Alvarez Ortiz, 73, McAllen, Texas, Romo, 4:08:09; 4. 1601 Roberto Romo, 36, Mexicali, Mexico/Ramon Perez, 34, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 4:15:40. (5 Starters, 4 Finishers)
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. 1222 Rafael Aguirre, 38, Monterrey, Mexico/Felipe Martinez, 37, Monterrey, Mexico, Foddrill, 3:57:02 (34.93 mph); 2. 1205 Javier Buelna, 33, Mexicali, Mexico/Luivan Voelker, 44, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco, 4:09:00. (4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. 501 Mark McNeil, 23, Tijuana, Mexico/Perry McNeil, 67, El Cajon, Calif., 4:06:56 (33.53 mph); 2. 549 Ruben Hernandez, 43, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Antonio Delgado, 34, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Daniel Gandara, 37, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, 4:30:01.(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. 719 Mark Johnson, 58, Riverside, Calif./Norris Brown, 59, Jackson, Wyo./John Lee, 58, Morena Vally, Calif., Honda Ridgeline, 4:16:28 (32.28 mph). (3 Starters, 1 Finishers)
PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 2905 Marc Burnett, 46, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am Maverick X3, 3:47:17 (36.43 mph); 2. 2966 Rhys Millen, 45, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand)/Tony Hartley, 45, Great Britain, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 3:59:19;  3. 2919 Brandon Schueler, 28, Phoenix/Pat Stone 48, Payson, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 4:18:33; 4. 2904 Scott Sappington, 53, Glendale, Ariz. (DOR-Cory Sappington, 52, Peoria, Ariz.)/Jason Flanders, 38, Phoenix, Ariz., Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo, 4:51:27.  (13 Starters, 4 Finishers)
  PRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 1954 Kristen Matlock, 36, Alpine, Calif./Josh Row, 28, Lakeside, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000, 4:00:22 (34.45 mph);   (7 Starters, 1 Finishers)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars)—(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
Pro Cars, Trucks (raced Sept. 22)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)— 1. 555 Tomas A. Fernandez, 45, Laredo, Texas (Mexico)/Adrian Saucedo, 26, Monterrey, Mexico/Alejandro Guevara, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Joaquin Fernandez, 34, Chihuahua, Mexico, 4:18:06; 2. 567 Ernie Negrete,  44, San Diego/Luis Herrera/Christian Ortiz/Jorge Torres, 4:23:29; 3. 551 Francisco Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico/Juan Sanchez, 18, Tijuana, Mexico, 4:23:49; 4. 550 Hector Hurtado, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Sergio Lopez, 48/Fernando Flores/Oscar Shacon, 4:28:55. (7 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Open, production mini trucks)—(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)—1. 1121 Armando Salazar, 31, Ensenada, Mexico (ROR-Dennis Hollenbeck, Ensenada, Mexico)/Luis Vasquez, 25, Ensenada, Mexico, 5:12:15 (26.52 mph).(4 Starter, 1 Finisher)
SPORTSMAN
SPT TRUCK—(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
SPT CAR—1. 1504 Ricardo Rodriguez, 61, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom, 5:00:37 (27.54 mph)
(1 Starter, 1 Finishers)
Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge
Sept. 22-24, 2017— Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Round 3 of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
138 miles (6 laps, 23-mile loop course)
Top Overall Finishers

Postion, Driver(s), Manufacturer, Class, 6 laps, 138-mile time (miles per hour)
  1. 4 Josh Daniel, 42, Vista, Calif. (DOR-Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn.), Chevy Rally Truck, 3:13:47 (42.73 miles per hour) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  2. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 3:16:07 (42.22 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  3. 9 Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna, 26, Mexicali, Mexico (DOR-Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado, 3:19:39 (41.47 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  4. 1023 Broc Dickerson, 16, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 42, Brawley, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 3:25:42 (40.25 mph) (Class 10)
  5. 16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 3:27:04 (39.99 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
  6. 274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy 1500, 3:27:55 (39.82 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
  7. 1000 Rafael Navarro IV, 24, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 48, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 3:36:08 (38.31 mph) (Class 10)
  8. 1092 Reinaldo Varela, 58, Brazil/Gustavo Gugelmin, 35, Brazil, ESM-Honda, 3:36:53 (38.18 mph) (Class 10)
  9. 229 Brian Goldstein, 29, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matt McBride/Max McBride, Mason-Chevy, 3:37:46 (38.02 mph)
  10. 168 Shelby Reid, 49, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, 35, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 3:38:11 (37.95 mph)
  11. 15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford Raptor, 3:38:12 (37.95 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
"Driver quotes after second half of race —PRO Cars & Trucks
TROPHY TRUCKS
JUSTIN MATNEY, No. 4 (First in class) SUBSTITUTE DRIVER JOSH DANIEL — We’re here number one. We drove for Justin Matney. It’s his truck, he couldn’t make it this weekend. He’s my partner for the 1000 and I’m stoked to be here for RPM and put it together. I had to keep a tight pace with Apdaly. He’s super good, he’s super fast. He’s a champion. He’s a champ for a reason so you just can’t let him run away with it. He had to put three minutes on us today. He could do that, not easily, but he could. I knew that unless he had a problem I wasn’t going to catch him. I knew he was going to run hard. I figured I would, probably, have clean air all day. If I did catch his dust, I was just going to sit there because anybody behind me had to catch us and put time on us. It’s almost impossible to catch anybody here. I knew I just had to sit there and be patient. He didn’t make any mistakes, he did a great job. He couldn’t have done any better. He beat us for the day. I had to conserve and not make any mistakes. He drove exactly perfect. He had to make up that time and any more lollygagging by us and he might have done it. It really wasn’t lollygagging. It was intentional. We didn’t want to tear the truck up. It was as smooth as it could be for a rough course.
CARLOS “APDALY” LOPEZ, No. 1 (Second in class) — (On catching Josh Daniel): We were trying to beat him on time but we knew he had three minutes on us. We made up all that was possible but he won. He’s my teammate and the win is for the team. (On going out first) Yesterday we were stuck in the dust. So today with the clean air, we could play and set our pace. That gave us a big advantage. We did awesome today. We finished 1, 2 and 3 so that’s a perfect for our team. We now know what we need to do at the 1000.
BILLY WILSON, No. 15 (Fifth in class; fastest in Sunday’s segment) — Today was a little tougher, rougher than it was yesterday. Really, we just survive the laps, don’t get a flat tire, don’t make mistakes, just drive consistently. Today was kind of quiet, yesterday we had all the action, we put it up on its side within the first lap. So were able to get back going within the first five minutes. We knew we weren’t first so we were just trying to complete the race."



Saturdays Day of Racing
Trophy Truck 
1 4 Josh Daniel Bonsall, CA gei 3 01:38:15.578 
2 1 Carlos Apdaly LopezTecate, BC gei 3 01:41:31.627
3 9 Eduardo Laguna Ensenada, BC gei 3 01:43:09.211 
4 16 Cameron Steele San Celmente, CA gei 3 01:45:00.508 
5 15 Billy Wilson Corpus Christi, TX JIM 3 02:01:52.870 DNF 


Trophy Truck Legends 
1 5L Jeff Geiser Phoenex, AZ gei 3 01:53:03.724 

Trophy Truck Spec 
1 274 Elias Hanna Ensenada, BC CHV 3 01:43:42.936 
2 200 Chad Broughton Scotts Valey, CA baj 3 01:51:08.761 
3 229 Brian Goldstein Beverly Hills, CA CUS 3 01:51:25.384 
4 226 Neal Drickey Omaha, NE FOR 3 01:52:14.284 
5 299 Charles Dorrance Austin, TX FOR 3 01:54:13.793 
6 227 Jonathan Brenthel Irvine, CA CUS 3 01:55:44.681 DNF 
255 Lee Banning Laveen, AZ gei 2 01:22:39.367 DNF 
250 John Langley Manhattan Beach, CAMS 2 01:42:29.554 DNF 
276 Gerardo Iribe Rosarito, BC CHV 2 01:47:49.575
 
Class 8 
1 844 Noah Ostanik Carlsbad, CA FOR 3 02:00:49.605 DNF 852 Spencer Morgan Laredo, TX FOR 1 00:41:07.078 

Class 1/2 1600 
1 1644 Cesar Fiscal Tijuana, BC VW 3 01:58:36.740 
2 1601 Roberto Romo Mexicali, BC ROM 3 02:01:19.816 
3 1603 Oscar R. Alvarez Mc Allen, TX ROM 3 02:08:41.064 
4 1625 Eric Pavolka Sonoita, AZ CUS 3 02:09:45.428 DNF 1662 Rick Boyer Bakersfield, CA LOT 2 02:16:13.022 

SCORE Lites 
1 1222 Rafael Aguirre Monterrey, MX FOD 3 02:00:11.517 
2 1240 Miguel Bonilla Hermosillo Sonora, MX JIM 
3 02:06:27.283 3 1212 Martin Lizarraga Tijuana, BC CUS 3 02:11:52.829 
4 1205 Javier Buelna Mexicali, BC CHN 3 02:14:05.155 

Class 5 
1 501 Mark Mc Neil Tijuana, BC VW 3 01:59:09.453 
2 549 Ruben Hernandez Ariaga Rosrito Beach, BCVW 3 02:12:47.546 

Class 7 
1 700 Daniel Chamlee Carpinteria, CA FOR 3 02:06:15.600 
2 719 Mark Johnson Riverside, CA CUS 3 02:14:14.055 DNF 701 Brandon Walsh Encinitas, CA TOY 0 00:00:00.000 

Pro UTV Forced Induction 
1 2905 Marc Burnett Chula Vista, CA CAM 3 01:54:06.724 
2 2949 Alonso Lopez Murrieta, CA POL 3 01:54:47.949 
3 2966 Rhys Millen San Juan Capistrano, CA POL 3 01:55:41.875 
4 2971 Wayne Matlock Alpine, CA POL 3 01:56:56.684 
5 2919 Brandon Schueler Phoenix, AZ POL 3 02:11:29.402 
6 2904 Scott Sappington Peoria, AZ CAM 3 02:18:43.225 DNF 2916 Cody Rahders Alpine, CA POL 2 01:15:58.274 DNF 2975 Mike Cafro Fallbrook, CA POL 2 01:44:07.211 DNF 2930 Sean Cook Twain Harte, CA CAM 2 02:02:23.596 DNF 2910 Scott Trafton Alpine, CA POL 1 00:41:58.502 DNF 2982 Meredith HammondSheridan, WY POL 1 01:33:57.358 DNF 2917 Derek Murray Eastvale, CA CAM 1 02:26:41.649 DNF 2946 Jose Juarez Chula Vista, CA POL 1 02:26:47.326 Pro UTV 1 1954 Kristen Matlock Alpine, CA POL 3 02:01:25.705 2 1998 Don Whittington Fort Lauderdale, FLPOL 3 02:02:33.227 3 1950 J T Holmes Reno, NV POL 3 02:09:42.750 DNF 1977 Javier Acosta San Diego, CA POL 2 01:21:36.215 DNF 1901 Greg Row Alpine, CA POL 1 00:40:11.557 DNF 1926 Eddie Pimentel Chula Vista, CA POL 1 00:45:58.390 DNF 1955 Paul Champion Phoenix, AZ POL 0 00:00:00.000 

Baja Challenge 
1 BC1 Mattei Bocelli Forte Dei Marmi, ITSUB 3 02:01:26.179


Group: A 
1 Tomas A. Fernandez Monterrey, Nuevo Leo, MX 555 Class 5-1600 1 VW 6 04:18:05.856 2 Ernest Negrete San Diego, CA 567 Class 5-1600 2 VW 6 04:23:29.007 3 Francisco Reynoso Tijuana, BC 551 Class 5-1600 * 3 VW 6 04:23:49.222 4 Hector Hurtado Chula Vista, CA 550 Class 5-1600 4 VW 6 04:28:54.678 5 Dennis Hollenbeck Ensenada, BC 1121 Class 11 1 VW 6 05:11:15.215 DNF Luis Macias Tijuana, BC 580 Class 5-1600 * 5 VW 5 04:15:33.638 DNF Eric Solorzano La Jolla, CA 1111 Class 11 2 VW 5 04:22:17.102 DNF Jorge Gutierrez El Cajon, CA 599 Class 5-1600 6 VW 5 04:29:29.146 DNF Mark Winston Golden, CO 596 Class 5-1600 7 VW 5 05:03:34.427 DNF Pancho Bio Ensenada, BC 1118 Class 11 3 VW 4 03:18:57.755 DNF Gerardo Novelo Osuna Ensenada, BC 741 Class 7sx 1 NIS 4 03:30:46.480 DNF Arthur Penner Abbotsford, BC 1156 Class 11 4 VW 3 03:48:37.043

Class 5-1600
567 Ernest NegreteSan Diego, CAVW604:20:29.0071
555 Tomas A. FernandezMonterrey, Nuevo Leo, MXVW604:21:05.8562
551 Francisco ReynosoTijuana, BCVW604:23:49.222*3
550 Hector HurtadoChula Vista, CAVW604:28:54.6784
580 Luis MaciasTijuana, BCVW504:14:33.638DNF
599 Jorge GutierrezEl Cajon, CAVW504:29:29.146DNF
596 Mark WinstonGolden, COVW505:04:34.427DNF

Class 7sx
741 Gerardo Novelo OsunaEnsenada, BCNIS403:30:46.480DNF

Class 11
1121 Dennis HollenbeckEnsenada, BCVW605:12:15.2151
1111 Eric SolorzanoLa Jolla, CAVW504:22:17.102DNF
1118 Pancho BioEnsenada, BCVW403:18:57.755DNF
1156 Arthur PennerAbbotsford, BCVW303:47:37.043DNF

Class 1400 Sptsmn UnLtd Truck
1440 Josh DanielBonsall, CAFOR100:51:51.469DNF
1401 Brandon WalshEncinitas, CATOY100:57:35.170DNF

Class 1500 Sptsmn UnLtd Buggy
1504 Ricardo RodriguezEnsenada, BCVW605:00:36.815

LIVE! From TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico — After watching the motorcycles run on Friday in the unique, three-day, split session race, Josh Daniels kept a huge crowd of spectators entertained Saturday to pace two other RPM drivers to the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck top three leader positions for the first half of the internationally-televised Tijuana Desert Challenge.

Today, the three-day race will conclude. Having held over 150 races in Mexico in the last 40-plus years, this is the first time that SCORE has held a race that has both started and finished in Tijuana. As a substitute driver for Justin Matney, co-owner of RPM Racing of Bristol, Tenn., Daniel started fourth in the first half of the elapsed-time race to hold off his teammates to hold the overall lead heading into Sunday’s finale. Driving in the No. 4 Geiser Bros-built 4-wheel drive Chevy Rally truck, Daniel, of Vista, Calif., covered the first three 23-mile laps in a time of 1 hours, 38 minutes, and 16 seconds to pace the field. Growing into the most powerful racing team in the desert, RPM drivers also ended the first day second and third on the leader board and a fourth driver leads the Trophy Truck (TT) Legend class.

RACING CONCLUDES TODAY, With the course running in a counter-clockwise direction, the car and truck classes, including the marquee Trophy Truck, TT Legend the unlimited Class 1 and Trophy Truck Spec divisions will run the final half of their race in one of three groups on Sunday. Racing for these classes will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 4:25 p.m. (PT).The featured SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend and Trophy Truck Spec divisions will finish their race on Sunday starting at 2:25 p.m. (PT). 

DANIEL COMMENTS, While celebrating with his RPM teammates, Daniel commented “I had to be patient out there. For sure, I mean you can only drive what you can see. If you’re pushing the whole time and it’s dusty, you’re never going to make it. You’re going to be off the side of the road or break the truck or get a flat — something like that. In these short races you can’t afford any mistakes.”“It’s super, super rocky out there and the more the Trophy Trucks run every lap there were just new boulders everywhere. It’s just really, really gnarly. A couple of spots we could open it up but that’s about it. There weren’t a lot of spots where you could really just get with it. Tomorrow, we probably do the same thing we did today. The course knowledge is huge, knowing where those big holes are and just trying to stay out of everybody’s dust. That’s the hardest thing. I guess the three laps today are going to prepare us for were we know where to go tomorrow.”

MORE CLASS LEADERS, Among the racers class leader their respective classes after Saturday’s first half of the race were: Marc Burnett, Lakeside, Calif. (Pro UTV FI, Can-Am Maverick X3), Kristen Matlock, Alpine, Calif. (Polaris RZR XP4 1000), Dan Chamlee, Santa Barbara, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Noah Ostanik, Carlsbad, Calif. (Class 8, Ford F-150), Cesar Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600Romo-VW), Rafael Aguirre, Monterrey, Mexico (SCORE Lites, Foddrill-VW) and Matteo Bocelli, Italy (Baja Challenge, BTC-Subaru).Also leading their respective classes after Saturday’s first half of the race were: Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy 1500), Broc Dickerson, Brawley, Calif. (Class 10, Alumi Craft-Chevy), and Shelby Reid, Apple Valley, Calif. (Class 1, Jefferies-Chevy).

RPM ROARS, Currently second and third on the leader board overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck are Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, Tecate, Mexico in the No. 1 RPM Racing Chevy Rally Truck and Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, in the No. 9 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado as a substitute driver for Germany’s Armin Schwarz respectively. Leading the SCORE TT Legend class is Jeff Geiser, Phoenix, as a substitute driver for RPM co-owner Clyde Stacy, in the No. 5 RPM Racing Chevy Silverado. All four of the RPM Racing trucks were built by Geiser Bros of Phoenix.

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Racing! All segments 3 Laps Single Lap–23.4 miles Start Interval: One vehicle every 30 seconds

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 – Motos/Quads/Select 4-wheel classes (east of Rancho Casian)6am-6:30pm – Start/finish line area; 8:30pm Awards Celebration for Friday’s classes – Real Inn-TijuanaGroup 1 – Segment 1 Start 6:30am Time Limit 2:40Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Moto, SPT Quad; Group 2 – Segment 1 Start 9:40am Time Limit 2:30;Class 5-1600, 3, 7SX, 9, 11, SPT Truck, SPT Buggy, SPT UNL Truck, SPT UTVGroup 1 – Segment 2 Start 12:40am Time Limit 2:40Pro Moto Unlimited, Pro Moto Limited, Pro Moto 30, Pro Moto 40, Pro Moto 50, Pro Moto Ironman, Pro Moto 60, Pro Quad, SPT Moto, SPT QuadGroup 2 – Segment 2 Start 3:50pm Time Limit 2:30Class 5-1600, 3, 7SX, 9, 11, SPT Truck, SPT Buggy, SPT UNL Truck, SPT UTV.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 – Car, Truck and Pro UTV Classes (east of Rancho Casian). Start/finish line area; Group 3 – Segment 1 Start 8am Time Limit 2:40Class 2, 8, Pro UTV FI, Pro UTV, 1/2-1600, SCORE Lites, Baja Challenge, 5, Heavy Metal, 3000, Trophy Lite, 7, Protruck, Stock Full, Pro UTV Unlimited, Baja-eGroup 4 – Segment 1 Start 11:25am Time Limit 2:15Class 1, Hammer Truck Unlimited, Hammer Truck Limited, Class 10Group 5 – Segment 1 Start 2:25pm Time Limit 2:00; SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Trophy Truck Spec,

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 – Car, Truck and Pro UTV Classes (east of Rancho Casian)7:30am-5pm SCORE Media Center Open – Start/finish line area6:30pm Awards Celebration for Saturday and Sunday classes – Real Inn-TijuanaGroup 3 – Segment 2 Start 8am Time Limit 2:40Class 2, 8, Pro UTV FI, Pro UTV, 1/2-1600, SCORE Lites, Baja Challenge, 5, Heavy Metal, 3000, Trophy Lite, 7, Protruck, Stock Full, Pro UTV Unlimited, Baja-eGroup 4 – Segment 2 Start 11:25am Time Limit 2:15; Class 1, Hammer Truck Unlimited, Hammer Truck Limited, Class 10; Group 5 – Segment 2 Start 2:25pm Time Limit 2:00; SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Trophy Truck Spec.

Tijuana Desert Challenge Racers List Total 115; Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs;  

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)–16 Cameron Steele, 48, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado,(First off the line as a result of Roger Norman granting the gift) 9 Josh Daniel, 42, Vista, Calif. (DOR-Armin Schwarz, 53, Austria (Germany), Chevy Silverado27 Jonathan Brenthel, 38, Newport Beach, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 29, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford Raptor4 Eduardo ‘Lalo’ Laguna, 26, Mexicali, Mexico (DOR-Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn.), Chevy Rally Truck3 Brent Bauman, 40, Riverside, Calif. (DOR-Mark Post, 59, Las Vegas), Ed Herbst, 55, Las Vegas/Kyle LeDuc, 34, Temecula, Calif., Ford F-1501 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally TruckSCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)–5L Jeff Geiser, 52, Phoenix (DOR-Clyde Stacy, 72, Bristol, Va.), Chevy Rally TruckCLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)–168 Shelby Reid, 49, Apple Valley, Calif./Danny Ebberts, 35, Menifee, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy154 Ray Marentes, 23, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy150 Morgan Langley, 43, Santa Monica, Calif./Kory Halopoff, 34, Anaheim, Calif., ESM-Chevy113 Charles Townsley, 43, Lakeside, Calif., Chenowth-Subaru114 Al Torres, 32, Imperial Valley, Calif./Rogelio Ruiz, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Chevy106 Ramon Bio, 18, Spring Valley, Calif. (DOR-Derek Fletcher, 32, Abingdon, Va.), Christyan Samano, 28, Ensenada, Mexico, Tatum-Chevy153 Brad Wilson, 28, Long Beach, Calif./ Ronny Wilson, 55, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 30, San Clemente, Calif., Jimco-Chevy138 Brian Wilson, 32, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, 55, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy104 Rob Archibald, 45, Lakeside, Calif./Martin Christensen, 48, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark)TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)–250 John Langley, 74, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Zak Langley, 42, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Mason-Chevy299 Charles Dorrance, 42, Austin, Texas/Dylan Herman, 27, Reno, Nev./Larry Job, 55, Henderson, Nev., Ford Raptor274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy 1500276 Gerardo Iribe, 40, Santa Ana, Calif./Gerardo J. Iribe, 18, Rosarito, Mexico, Chevy Silverado226 Neal Drickey, 39, Crescent, Iowa/Andy Raymond, 38, Crescent, Iowa, Ford F-150222 Pete Sohren, 52, Glendale, Ariz./Jason McNeil, San Diego, BajaLite-Chevy229 Brian Goldstein, 29, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matt McBride/Max McBride, Mason-Chevy227 Jonathan Brenthel, 38, Newport Beach, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 29, Newport Beach, Calif., Brenthel-Chevy255 Lee Banning, 65, Laveen, Ariz./Chris Godfrey, 42, Phoenix/Steve Melton, 48, Buckeye, Ariz., Lee Banning Jr, 42, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy200 Chad Broughton, 22, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 50, Scotts Valley, Calif., BajaLite-ChevyHAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (Unlimited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)–4449 Matt Burkett, 49, Fort Worth, Texas, Jeep CJ4401 Joshua Bertschy, 39, Springtown, Texas/Bart Dixon, 53, Vista, Calif./Mike Hales, 37, Rogers, Ariz., Wilder/JHF-ChevyCLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)–1000 Rafael Navarro IV, 24, Temecula, Calif./Rafael Navarro III, 48, Temecula, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy1062 J.J. Schnarr, 44, Reno, Nev./Eduardo Quinoz, Tijuana, Mexico, Alumi Craft-Chevy1092 Reinaldo Varela, 58, Brazil/Gustavo Gugelmin, 35, Brazil/Eric Stewart, Riverside, Calif., ESM-Honda1085 Justin Davis, 24, Chino Hills, Calif., Custom-Chevy1068 Cody Reid, 25, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy1023 Broc Dickerson, 16, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 42, Brawley, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy1032 Chip Prescott, 53, Fallbrook, Calif./Troy Van Houten, 24, Escondido, Calif., Alumi Craft-ChevyCLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)–844 Noah Ostanik, 45, Carlsbad, Calif./Steve Susral, 52, Escondido, Calif./Sean Hamilton, 45, San Diego, Ford F-150852 Spencer Morgan, 45, Chatanooga, Tenn./Gary Layendecker, 65, Laredo, Texas/Spencer Morgan Jr, 22, Chatanooga, Tenn., Ford F-150CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)–1601 Roberto Romo, 36, Mexicali, Mexico/Ramon Perez, 34, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo1644 Cesar Fiscal, 33, Tijuana, Mexico/Fabian Fiscal, 32, Tijuana, Mexico/Carlos, Suarez, 38, Tijuana, Mexico, Romo1625 Eric Pavolka, 48, Sonoita, Ariz./David Ramsze, 57, Sonita, Ariz., Foddrill1603 Oscar Alvarez, 41, McAllen, Texas/Fernando Alvarez, 36, San Antonio, Texas/Ruly Palacios, 36, Monterrey, Mexico/Oscar Alvarez Ortiz, 73, McAllen, Texas, Romo1662 Rick Boyer, 62, Bakersfield, Calif./Chris Boyer, 29, Bakersfield, Calif., LothringerSCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)–1240 Miguel Bonilla, 46, Hermosillo, Mexico/Miguel Bonilla Valenzuela, 22, Hermosillo, Mexico/Fernando Mayoral, 34, Mexicali, Mexico/Mario Vargas, 31, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco1222 Rafael Aguirre, 38, Monterrey, Mexico/Felipe Martinez, 37, Monterrey, Mexico, Foddrill1204 Gus Pinuelas, 37, Mexicali, Mexico/Cesar de la Torre, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco1299 Vic Bruckmann, 44, Lemon Grove, Calif., PrillBAJA-e (EcoPowered Electric Cars)–E401 Andrea Peterhansel, 49, Switzerland (Germany)/Emma Clair, 41, France, ACCIONA car-EcoPoweredCLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)–501 Mark McNeil, 23, Tijuana, Mexico/Perry McNeil, 67, El Cajon, Calif.509 Jose Luis Lopez, 46, Mexicali, Mexico/Charlie Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico549 Ruben Hernandez, 43, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Antonio Delgado, 34, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Daniel Gandara, 37, Rosarito Beach, MexicoCLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)–700 Dan Chamlee, 55, Santa Barbara, Calif./Kirk Kimball, Santa Barbara, Calif., Ford Ranger701 Brandon Walsh, 31, Encinitas, Calif./Cody Weaver, Springville, Pa./Donovan Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma719 Mark Johnson, 58, Riverside, Calif./Norris Brown, 59, Jackson, Wyo./John Lee, 58, Morena Vally, Calif., Honda RidgelinePRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–2930 Sean Cook, 51, Citrus Heights, Calif./Hans Luenger, Cleveland, Ohio/Jesus Leon, Merida, Mexico/David Jackson, Las Vegas, Can-Am Maverick X32971 Wayne Matlock, 39, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2904 Cory Sappington, 52, Peoria, Ariz./Scott Sappington, 53, Glendale, Ariz./Jason Flanders, 38, Phoenix, Ariz., Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo2975 Mike Cafro, 47, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, 36, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2966 Rhys Millen, 45, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand)/Tony Hartley, 45, Great Britain, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2919 Brandon Schueler, 28, Phoenix/Pat Stone 48, Payson, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2916 Cody Rahders, 22, Alpine, Calif./Kevin Sullivan, 31, Campo, Calif./Fernando Ramirez, 32, San Diego, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2917 Derek Murray, 37, Eastvale, Calif./Aaron Juarez, Eastvale, Calif./William Kugel, Brea, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X32905 Marc Burnett, 46, Lakeside, Calif./Fernando Flores, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am Maverick X32946 Jose Juarez, 34, Lemon Grove, Calif./Mario Almezcua, Polaris XP10002910 Scott Trafton, 36, Alpine, Calif./Dave Price, 69, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2949 Alonzo Lopez, 43, Murrieta, Calif./Francisco Rodriguez, 45, Chula Vista, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo2982 Hammond Meredith, 36, Sheridan, Wyoming/Nathan Moreno, 26, Huntington Beach, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 TurboPRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)–1998 Don Whittington, 71, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Polaris RZR XP10001950 JT Holmes, 37, Reno, Nev./Eric Clay, Reno, Nev., Polaris XP10001955 Paul Champion, 45, Phoenix/Justin Smith, 46, Phoenix/Jeff Day, Phoenix/Travis Casteel, Phoenix, Polaris RZR XP10001977 Javier Acosta, 40, San Diego/Rene Gutierrez, 32, San Diego, Polaris RZR XP10001901 Greg Row, 54, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP10001954 Kristen Matlock, 36, Alpine, Calif./Josh Row, 28, Lakeside, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)–555 Tomas A. Fernandez, 45, Laredo, Texas (Mexico)/Adrian Saucedo, 26, Monterrey, Mexico/Alejandro Guevara, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Joaquin Fernandez, 34, Chihuahua, Mexico596 Mark Winston, 59, Golden, Colo./Andrew Farris, 43, Incline Village, Nev./Daniel Sanchez, 25, Tijuana, Mexico/Cesar Salono, 23, Rosarito, Mexico580 Luis Macias, 37, Tijuana, Mexico/Isaac Torrecillas, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/Ivan Garcia, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Marcos Melendrez, 38, San Diego567 Ernie Negrete, 44, San Diego/Luis Herrera/Christian Ortiz/Jorge Torres551 Juan Sanchez, 18, Tijuana, Mexico (DOR-Francisco Reyes, Tijuana, Mexico)599 Jorge Gutierrez, 40, El Cajon, Calif./Miguel De La Mora, 37, Westminster, Calif./Norman Garcia, 55, Chula Vista, Calif.550 Hector Hurtado, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Sergio Lopez, 48/Fernando Flores/Oscar ShaconBAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars)–BC1 Matteo Bocelli, 20, Italy/Roger Norman, 54, Reno, Nev./Alberto Tomba, Cabo San Lucas, MexicoCLASS 7SX (Open, production mini trucks)–741 Gerardo Novelo O., 52, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Novelo Jr, 26, Ensenada, Mexico/Jim Murphy, 60, Lomita, Calif./Jose Castro, 46, Ensenada, Mexico/Jesus Castro, 27, Ensenada, Mexico, Nissan FrontierCLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)–1121 Dennis Hollenbeck, 56, Ensenada, Mexico/Armando Salazar, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Luis Vasquez, 25, Ensenada, Mexico1156 Art Penner, 61, Canada/Jereme Robinson, 35, Cyprus, Texas/Marco Carmona, 66, Ensenada, Mexico1111 Eric Solorzano, 57, Tijuana, Mexico/Eustacio Santa Cruz, 43, Tijuana, Mexico/Keith Langford, 38, San Diego/Dana Brown, 57, Hollywood, Calif.SPORTSMANSPT TRUCK—1401 Brandon Walsh, 31, Encinitas, Calif./Cody Weaver, Springville, Penn./Donovan Walsh, Encinitas, Calif./Doug Boren, Temecula, Calif. , Toyota TacomaPRO MOTORCYCLESPRO MOTO UNLIMITED (450cc or more)–33x Garrett Poucher, 34, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, 29, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X23x Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Austin Miller, 29, Austin, Texas/Grant Statley, 22, Jamul, Calif., Husqvarna 50166x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Alberto Heredia, Mexico City, Mexico/Larry Serna, San Luis Rio, Mexico, KTM 350EXC1x Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, 31, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ryan Penhall, 30, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Honda CRF450X45x Shane Esposito, 43, Temecula, Calif. (ROR-Francisco Arredondo, 45, Guatemala), Honda CRF450X46x Max Eddy, 34, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X43x Roberto Villalobos, 28, Dulzura, Calif., Honda CRF450X3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Nic Garvin, 23, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Austin Myers, 24, Santa Ynez, Calif,Honda CRF450X44x Justin Morgan, 27, El Cajon, Calif., Honda CRF450XPRO MOTO LIMITED (449cc or less)–125x Fernando Beltran, 40, Ensenada, Mexico/Emanuel Verdugo, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/David Zarate, 27, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Rigoberto Gomez, 28, San Quintin, Mexico, Yamaha YZ250F100x Kevin Murphy, 37, Camarillo, Calif.(ROR-Jim O’Neal, 70, Simi Valley, Calif.)/Morgan Crawford, 34, Fresno, Calif./Jared Megla, Husqvarna 350160x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Larry Serna, San Luis Rio, Mexico/Alberto Heredia, Mexico City, Mexico, KTM 350EXC114x Rodolfo Patron, 37, Tijuana, Mexico/Philip Herrera, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Willy Gaxiola, 25, Tecate, Mexico/Sergio Garza, 19, Tijuana, Mexico, KTM 350EXCPRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)–360x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Larry Serna, San Luis Rio, Mexico/Alberto Heredia, Mexico City, Mexico, KTM 350EXC371x Roy Buelna, 49, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Buelna, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Hale, 55, Ensenada, Mexico/Julio Gasper, 45, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450303x Francisco Septien, 42, Ensenada, Mexico (ROR-Luis Gomez), Alberto Ruiz, 41, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X300x Ryan Liebelt, 37, Reedley, Calif./Andrew Puckett, 35/Justin Schultz, 35, Lake Forest, Calif., Yamaha WR450PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)–411x Colie Potter, 48, Las Vegas/Paul Luce, 42, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X400x Jano Montoya, 46, Winter Garden, Fla./Francisco Septien, 42, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450EXCPRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)–510x Giovanni Spinali, 51, El Cajon, Calif./Earl Roberts, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, Ramona, Calif., Honda CRF450X500x Marty Gomez, 57, Randsburg, Calif./Tim Gomez, 60, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X513x Bradley Loveday, 50, Alamo, Nev., Honda CRF450X549x Doug Smith, 61, Upland, Calif.(ROR-Robert Gates), Kawasaki KX450F550x Bill Sekeres, 56, Santa Clarita, Calif./Mike Prunty, 55, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450XPRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)–721x Jose Armando Carassco, 27, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Suzuki RMZ450X720x David Ibarra, 32, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450XPRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—600x Mark Hawley, 66, Anaheim, Calif./Andy Kirker, 61, Lake Forest, Calif./Bill Tarling, 64, Vista, Calif./Rod Hendrickson, 60, Boise, Idaho, Honda CRF450X609x Doug Smith, 61, Upland, Calif. (ROR-Donald Lewis)/Larry Engwall, 62, Santa Ana, Calif., Honda CRF450XPRO QUADSPRO QUAD (450cc or more)–2a Donald Higbee, 49, Casper, Wyo./Jose Torres, 28, San Felipe, Mexico/Jeremy Gray, 30, Barstow, Calif., Can-Am Outlander13a Said Sanchez, 30, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450RSPORTSMANSPT M/C–223 x Mike Mettler, 43, Kunda, Idaho/Scott Macias, 52, Livermore, Calif., Yamaha YZ450FX247x Michael Boge, 62, Sandpoint, Idaho/Rory Whitney, 31, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, KTM 350XCF277x Stephen Gholson, 51, Richlands, N.C./Justin Santariga, 46, Jacksonville, N.C./Lou Isabelle, 47, Richlands, N.C./John Givens, 53, Orlando, Fla., Honda CRF450XSPT QUAD–162a Angel Esquivias Garcia, 28, Tijuana, Mexico/Francisco Ruano, 25, San Diego , Honda TRX450R117a Erik Ruiz, 27, Tijuana, Mexico/Ramon Torres, 23, Valle de Trinidad, Mexico, Honda TRX450R

"Tijuana-Desert Challenge", held the same weekend as BITD Silver State (First Announced HERE on our show) and MORE Lucerne 300 (OFF-ROAD LIVE! Local USA Race Event) 


***BORDER BULLETIN!!!***Sunday Sept. 24

The General Services Administration announced tonight, southbound Interstates 5 and 805 will be-reopened at 12 a.m (Midnight), Monday, 12 hours earlier than the agency initially reported.

The GSA also announced it would be re-opening four out of five southbound lanes, rather than three as the agency initially reported. One lane will still remain closed through Nov. 21, allowing for road improvements and infrastructure work.

RACE BULLETIN! TECATE BORDER CROSSING AND PEDWEST/SAN YSIDRO OPEN 24 HOURS DURING WEEKEND CLOSURE!

The Otay Mesa Crossing will also be open 24 hours. It's usual operations for many years have been full-time. Mexican Customs says it is making arrangements to speed traffic during the weekend. No commercial traffic is being allowed at Otay Mesa during the San Ysidro closure.

At PEDWEST and PEDEAST at the San Ysidro crossing, both will be open 24-hours, free of any toll. Pedestrian traffic at the crossing are being speeded and promoted.  

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Starting Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 3 a.m. and continuing through 12 p.m. Monday, September 25, all southbound lanes of I-5 and I-805 will be closed to traffic south of the SR-905.

Detours will be provided for destinations south of SR-905 (residences, business, etc.), however, vehicular access into Mexico through the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry will be closed. For vehicles wanting to enter Mexico during this time, a detour to the Otay Land Port of Entry will also be in place. Northbound travelers (pedestrian and vehicular) crossing the border from Mexico and southbound pedestrians crossing the border into Mexico will be unaffected.

San Ysidro crossing closes September 23 at 3AM until Noon September 25; The final part of the construction and expansion of the official vehicle and pedestrian crossing into Tijuana from the USA. All vehicle traffic will be directed to the Otay Mesa crossing.

At the Otay Mesa Crossing

Under the leadership of the new Mexican Customs Administrator, Enrique Orantes, additional lanes will be available for vehicle southbound crossings, during the San Ysidro closures. 

When crossing into Mexico through Otay Mesa, there are five lanes, which then convert into two lanes as you drive south. Mexican Customs is currently adding a third lane, which will be in place permanently. In addition, the special lane designated for the small commercial crossings (pequeña importación) will be closed for commercial crossing Saturday and Monday (it's always closed on Sundays) and be used for buses crossing into Tijuana the weekend of September 23rd.

CLICKY Throughout the entire BAJA 1000 pre-run time frame, the Tijuana gates into Mexico will be a joke. For two months thereafter, from September 25th through November 25th the San Ysidro crossing into Mexico will have ONLY 3 lanes in operation. CLICKY

 

Gary Newsome Reporting

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