Saturday, March 22, 2008

IRONMAN This Summer

G&R Battles in San Felipe Baja 250

G&R Racing battles terrain and mechanical challenges to finish top ten at SCORE San Felipe 250

Ron Whitton piloting the #39 G&R racing trophy truck finished 6th in class and 12th overall at SCORE San Felipe 250. Considered to be one of the roughest races of the year, the 22nd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 had a massive attrition rate with many of the top competitors breaking just after the famous “Zoo Road” spectator area. G&R Racing campaigned a two-trophy truck team, the #38 trophy truck of Garron Cadiente and the #39 trophy truck of Ron Whitton.

Garron Cadiente, who had previously won the ultra rough SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2006, was unable to finish due to mechanical failure. Garron’s teammate, Ron Whittion, fared much better implementing a conservative race plan that paid off in spades, ultimately allowing him to finish with a 6th place in trophy trucks. Ron Whitton had this to say about the effort, “It was a good race. We stuck to our plan and it paid off. I tried to drive smart and not get too crazy. We passed a lot of broken vehicles. We had a little problem with the radiator which probably cost us 20 minutes, but I am happy with the finish. Cadiente remarked, “Our plan was to stay up front just off the leader and save the truck until the end of the race.

Right after Zoo Road we noticed our tranny was running hot. We tried to lay back and not push it too hard, but the tranny gave out around race mile 65. At that point we knew we were out of the hunt. So we changed the tranny and went for the finish. At race mile 167 the second tranny failed, I lost all gears but first, so we had to call it a day.”

Check out G&R racing’s website for race results, photos and video of SCORE San Felipe 250 at

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Speed Technologies Celebrates San Felipe 250


Dempsey/ Levrett Took the Unlimited Class 1 Car to 9th, While Wallis/Thissen/Underwood Celebrate 7th and Knight/Toomey/Kite Celebrate 9th in the Open Pro Class on Motorcycles

The Speed Technologies team had plenty to celebrate this past weekend during the 22nd running of the Tecate Score San Felipe 250, with three top ten finishes. First time Speed Technology Motorcycle team riders Cody Wallis, Adam Thissen and Robert Underwood took home 7th place in the Open Pro motorcycle class and their teammates Cody Knight, Ryan Toomey and Martin Kite took 9th. Chuck Dempsey and Mark Levrett finished 7th in the Class 1 car -- giving the Speed Technologies team three top ten finishes.
"This wasn't an easy race for us, but both our bike guys and Class 1 drivers are some of the best in the business and they managed to push through this harsh course and come out in the top ten," said team owner John Harrah.
Chuck Dempsey, along with co-driver Patrick Pena, drove the first part of the course with no problems and managed to push the HMS Avenger toward the front of the pack. They handed the car over to Mark Levrett and co-driver JJ Johnson at mile marker 93 where the duo took over to tackle the final leg of the grueling course. A few miles into the second leg the motor quit running, fortunately the team quickly discovered an electronic relay had fallen out that controls the onboard engine computer---once it was fixed the car fired right up and again the team was back on race course, only now about 25 minutes behind the leaders.
" We had an engine relay problem along with a few other typical race issues that cost us a bit of valuable time, but we were able to stay focused and we still came out with a great finish,” said driver Mark Levrett.“ “The strength of our team and our drive to win gets stronger with every race we attend."
Not to be outdone the Speed Technologies Motorcycle Team welcomed all of their riders across the finish line – with a 7th and 9th place finish.
"This race felt really good and everything really fell into place," said Cody Wallis. "We've never been to Baja before and we weren't sure what to expect---but with plenty of pre-running of the course and the support of our Speed Technology team members we were ready to race and confident that we could overcome the challenge of the Baja."
Speed Technologies will be competing in the 2008 Terrible's "250" at Primm, Nev. April 17th-19th. For more information on Speed Technologies please visit

AMSOIL New Synthetic Gear Lubes Available

AMSOIL Introduces Two New Synthetic Gear Lube Viscosities

AMSOIL announced the addition of SAE 190 and SAE 250 Severe Gear Synthetic Gear Lubes to its line of AMSOIL Severe Gear Extreme Pressure Synthetic Gear Lubes. AMSOIL Severe Gear Synthetic SAE 190 and SAE 250 Gear Lubricants are specifically engineered for high horsepower, high torque conditions where centrifugal gear lube sling-off is encountered. These tenacious formulations cling to gears and bearings for the best possible protection during shock loading, high G-forces and where pinion gears are installed at steep angles. Severe Gear SyntheticGear Lubricants provide exceptional reliability and extended gear life.The two new gear lube viscosities were specially formulated for off-road truck racing, rock racing, rock crawling, tractor pulling, funny car racing and dragster racing applications that require heavier viscosity gear lubricants.

AMSOIL Severe Gear gear lubes feature an exclusive blend of high viscosity, shear stable synthetic base oils and an extra treatment of high-performance additives. They are engineered to protect gears better than conventional gear oils, resisting acid, carbon and varnish formation and oxidative breakdown. AMSOIL Severe Gear Synthetic SAE 190 and SAE 250 Gear Lubricants are premium grade, extreme pressure gear lubes engineered specifically for the demands of severe racing conditions. They are formulated with shear stable, heavy synthetic base oils for high film strength. Their synthetic formulations provide improved flow over conventional oils, reducing viscous drag and power loss.

AMSOIL proprietary extreme pressure additives form an iron-sulfide barrier coating on gear surfaces for the ultimate line of defense against wear, pitting and scoring.Applications and Service LifeAMSOIL Severe Gear Synthetic SAE 190 and SAE 250 Gear Lubricants are recommended for use in hypoid gear differentials and other applications requiring a high viscosity, API GL-5 gear lube. Where limited slip performance is required, use AMSOIL Slip-Lock® limited slip additive. Change Severe Gear SAE 190 and SAE 250 Gear Lubes as conditions dictate. Where extended drain intervals are desired, monitor by oil analysis.AMSOIL has been the recognized leader in synthetic lubrication since 1972. For more information about AMSOIL synthetic lubricants and performance products check the Yellow Pages for your nearest AMSOIL distributor, visit

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Videos Out! Baja 250 San Felipe Baja Mexico 2008

Baja Racing News San Felipe Racers Stories

Brian Collins wins and comments on the Baja 250 in San Felipe Baja Mexico.
Brian said,
We never got out of the truck. We just had a great day. We ran at not a really hard pace, but a consistent pace the first 25 miles. We caught Bobby Baldwin right away. We caught Chad Ragland right away and Gus Vildosola. Then it was dust free. Garron Cadiente was pulled over and B.J. Baldwin was going slow for a while. It just opened up for us. (after opening up an eight-minute lead) I was very nervous about Rob MacCachren. I knew I had eight minutes and that's a lot of time, but there's never enough time with Rob. He's a phenomenal driver, a great friend. Hopefully someday we can drive together. When he's in a truck, you can't make mistakes. All the racers are glad to be back here in San Felipe. This course is absolutely phenomenal. I love it. The rougher the course is, the better it is for me.


MacCachren said: It was a really fast pace. Brian did really, really good today. He was running really strong. We were about 5 1/2 or 6 minutes behind him when we got in and got to within 5, then back to 6 and just kind of hung around there. We tried to play it safe, but the farther we went, the more we realized, he was going fast, so we just kept thinking he wouldn't make it. Obviously, he did. Mark got a flat early and drove on it for a while. He got it back to the pit and got it changed. He went back to about the seventh car on the road and started moving up. He was second on the road when we got in, and we just held it there.
Post said: We lost a couple positions because we sat in dust for a while and it cost us a couple minutes. Today (Collins) was flawless. We had a very strong day. Normally we would have won this race. They just had a better one.

CHAD RAGLAND, No. 25 (third) (Ragland went off-line at mile 25 and ran into a cactus) —I had trouble keeping the wheels on the ground. I couldn't get a good rhythm. I hesitated and when you hesitate to make the line and go outside, she won't want to turn back in. I got in an unfamiliar lane. I thought our race was over. It felt like five minutes, but it may only have been two. We could have done better. The truck was awesome. Any mistakes out there were my fault. The team set up an incredible truck today. This is only our second race as a team. We may be able to make this truck go a little faster. SCORE did an incredible job of putting together a really challenging race.

GUS VILDOLSA JR./GUS VILDOLSA SR., No. 4 (fourth) — Gus Sr. said: We just had a clean morning, no flats, no problems. We were there, in the hunt. Gustavo had a good chance, but there are some rough parts out there and he had bad luck with three flat tires. Collins had a wonderful day. They couldn't have done any better.
Gus Jr. said: My dad had the first half and gave me a really good truck. He took it steady. I just got it from there and passed a couple of trucks. Unfortunately in the wash, we had a couple of flats at the same time and the jack didn't work really well. It prolonged the tire change by a lot. After that, we just kind of cruised it in. As long as we're finishing and hopefully staying in the top five, we'll get points. We come to every race to win it. We don't come to finish second or third. I'm disappointed in that, but happy that we finished.

Our Trophy Truck was running great but grenaded a driveshaft on race mile 11.

ROGER NORMAN, No. 8 (fifth) —It was brutal. It was rough and I loved every second of it. We're missing a few parts and I think something jumped out in the road in front of me. I think it was a moose.

GARRON CADIENTE, No 38- We knew the transmission was possibly bad before the race. We decided to keep it in and it didn't pan out for us. We were running between 80 to 95 in different parts of the first 25 miles. We went faster when were trying to pass #16 and #3 which is what we always do when we have a chance to pass. Our temperature just driving to the starting line from the hotel was warm. Our game plan was to try to get as close to BJ as early as possible and just stay with him for most of the race and make our move towards the later part. When we passed Riviera we were right where we wanted to be and the tranny was already too hot because of a bad torque converter. The second tranny was due to the dip stick falling out and we lost all of the oil. The dip stick had blown off from the first tranny breaking and the rubber bushing that holds it in was torn so we had to rig it and hope it would stay together for the rest of the race. Anyway, we had fun for a bit. The Toyo tires were absolutely beautiful for the race.

ARMIN SCHWARZ, No. 104 (first) — Co-driver Martin Christensen, who finished the race, said: It's an unbelievable day for the German team. It's a very, very extreme course. We're very excited about coming in first. Armin did a good job giving me the car. The car was much faster than we anticipated. (upon learning his team had won by 12 seconds) It's fantastic. When you drive almost 250 miles and it comes down to 12 seconds, that's just crazy. We had issues with the car and we knew we would be right on the edge, but we wanted to finish.

B.J. RICHARDSON, No. 107 (second) —It was a good time. Everything went good. We took it easy for the first 26 miles and I got passed by probably eight guys. I blew my shocks out four times in the first 26 miles. We ran hard after that. We really started running. We were hoping we could beat them, but those guys are good. They beat us. It's a good job by them.

ENRIQUE BUJANDA, No. 115 (fourth) — We had no problems with the car, no flats, but we did hit a tree and that slowed us down.

PAUL KELLER, No. 112 (fifth) — We had one flat tire when we hit a parked race car. It was stalled in the track and I tried to go around it and clipped it. It cost us a lot of time. If we wouldn't have given away a half-hour, it would have been a lot better. The CV boots cost us about 20 minutes and the tire change took another 10 minutes. We're not very fast at changing tires. We're at the finish line and that's a good step. It's a fun course for a while, but it's just rough.

CLASS 1-2/1600
, No. 1645 (first) — I rolled over at about mile marker 30 and lost about three or four minutes. I had to wait for some spectators to come over and roll me over. They kind of took a while. (with 40 miles left, the floorboard on the race car came loose on one end) We ran for the last 35-40 miles with it dragging. I was getting worried about that. I also got stuck behind a truck for about 30 miles before I could get by him. Everything else went really well for us, though, no flats, no nothing. I'm really happy with our performance.

ALEX NAVARRETE, No. 1616 (second) — We had a little problem with the carburetor early, but no other problems. We were running clear. We had a lot of open space.

, No. 301 (first) — Co-driver Ken Moss said: We missed last year, but we won five before that. It's a good feeling. Everything on the truck worked fine, except we had to keep adding oil. Other than that, it felt good. It's a little rougher course. We've run it a bunch and it's been worse here, but it's never smooth.

, No. 713 (first) —It was our first win here, so that feels good.

, No. 758 (first) — We had a rough day. (Co-driver) Mark Landersman had some troubles early on and then I lost a fan belt within five miles of taking over. We got to race mile 200 and got stuck for a bit. We had to fix the front end and got a flat tire when we got here, but we got through it.

., No. 801 (first) —Rodrigo Sr. said: We were leading and just trying to keep the car in good condition for the last section because it's so rough of a course. We got a really comfortable lead. At the start, we were just slow-paced. A few cars passed us. I just slowed down to get through the early parts and then we got going.
Rodrigo Jr. said: We were in the lead when I took over. I just brought it home and in the rough parts, I tried to take it really slow. Everything went well for us today.

, No. 1001 (first) —Co-driver C.J. Hutchins said: I got in at mile 168. Dad started it and when it got to me the clutch was gone. The clutch started to go around mile 80 and the GPS was gone at 30. The clutch was the biggest thing. Anytime we got into the soft sand, there was just nothing there. We've been doing well. This is six straight race wins for us.

, No. 1206 (first) — This motor is fast. We pre-ran a lot, an awful lot. Arturo Honold (the co-driver) got a flat early and I got a flat and the wheel bent. We lost about 8-10 minutes there. Arturo gave it to me with a 3 1/2 minute lead. After we fixed the flat, we just took off. This engine is just unbelievable. It runs so fast.

, No. 861 (first) — It's daylight when we're finishing. This just may be a fast truck, a legal fast truck. We didn't even have a flat. We only stopped so I could have this bush pulled out of my back. We started out first in the class and decided we were going to push as hard as we could without hurting the truck to see what it would do. We had nothing to lose and here we are.
KENT KROEKER, No 878- We showed up in San Felipe on Tuesday nite, preran Wed, preran and tuned the racetruck on Thursday, parade and prep on Friday. Camped next to El Cortez, slept right on the beach. Absolutely beautiful weather the whole time.The big challenge for us in this race was to compete but not thrash the truck. I figured after prerunning that if we could avg about 32-33 mph we'd be safe, preserve the truck, and still be in the running.The start went pretty well, Kent and I went from 4th to second after about 12 miles or so. After a couple of bad line choices Griffen and Chad Hall passed us back again around mile 40 or so. Back on the good line we got back in front of Hall (video of us coming up behind him is below) and were two minutes behind Griffen at Morelia Junction. After a quick driver swap and a splash of gas Baja Rudy and Keg Parker took off, still about four minutes in front of Chad Hall. They passed Griffen in a pitstop soon thereafter and struggled to chase down the lead Hummer driven by Josh. Wasn't going to happen.Our truck developed some carb problems that caused it to bog down in the soft stuff and we started chewing through the gas. Griffen and Chad H. went by in a sandy wash. Rudy and Keg stopped briefly at check 4 so we could tighten a loose control arm and took off in pursuit of the podium. They were gaining like crazy on Griffen (who I hear got a flat) and Hall, but then unbelievably they ran out of gas just a couple miles short of the finish! A quick splash from some spectators and they rolled across the line in fourth, two minutes behind Hall and nine minutes behind Griffen. What a great race, being that close the whole time was really exciting, although obviously we'd rather have been just a little quicker. Since we averaged 32.85 mph, I guess my estimate of what it would take to podium was a little low!

, No. 760 (first) — (Hall drove through mile 150 before handing the vehicle over to co-driver Mike Winkel) I didn't finish it because I'm not trying to impress the chicks anymore. Thank goodness there are some things you outgrow in life. This course is something that's not very enjoyable in a stock vehicle, but it's part of San Felipe and you know that when you leave the line, so you just have to soldier it out and drive through it. It's not really racing for us, it's just getting through it. You do a lot of hunting for the smoothest roads. I had lots of patience today, just wasn't in a big hurry. I'm happy with the result. I haven't been very good about handing over a good vehicle lately.

, No. 1X (first) — BELL SAID: It was a clean ride. I got a little confused coming into the finish and probably lost a little time. I couldn't feel my arms by the time I got off it at mile 30. I knew behind me they'd be running really fast. I gave the bike to Johnny at 30 and he just rode awesome. He took it to mile 167 and I picked up from there and brought it to here. I pulled at least a minute and a half (ahead) at the start. It was just chaotic. I passed probably eight or 10 local trucks going out onto the course, so it was hazy and scary and pretty dusty. Once I got past that, it was clean, no problems with spectators or anything. It feels awesome. It's probably one of the toughest runs you could ever do. Even though it's not so long, it's just so physically demanding. To win this one, just shows the bike was set up really well. It was flawless. In a race this short, you can't have any problems. It just comes down to seconds. It's not good being first off because you just don't know. When you get to the finish, you just have to turn around and hope nobody comes in too soon.
CAMPBELL SAID: It was our day. We started strong. I personally didn't feel too stellar today on the bike. I just rode consistent. My job was to get the bike back to Robby. We did a wheel change to give fresh wheels to Robby. We have the absolutely best riders, the best bike and the best support team, bar none. It doesn't surprise me to pull away from the competition. The competition isn't as put together as we are. We have a long history of being prepared.

STEVE HENGEVELD, No. 5X (second) — We made it here. We got second. I was just going to keep charging until I gave out. You never give up. You never know what might happen. We lost the exhaust about mile 100. I thought the bike was seizing up, so I started cruising a little. It finally broke off and we started running. I was cruising for a couple minutes because I didn't want to be stuck out there. If I had just kept going, maybe I wouldn't have lost so much time. Of course it's disappointing. No one shows up to a race and doesn't go for a win. In hindsight, we're happy we got second. It's not so bad. We can't complain. (Co-driver Mike Childress was thrown from the motorcycle at mile 10 and appeared to break his wrist) Childress said: I was minding my p's and q's, wasn't really pushing it. I hit a really deep groove in a shadow. I didn't gauge how deep it was and it sent me for a little loop over the bars. As soon as I landed, I knew I broke my wrist. I knew I had to get the bike to Steve, so I sucked it up for 20 miles and rode through the pain. I knew he would soldier on. He did an excellent job.

CALEB GOSSELAAR, No. 8X (third) — I went so far off the course, I lost like 20 minutes. I was going and it was so dusty. I was right behind somebody and I hit a rock. My chin hit the steering stabilizer and I was just dazed for a little bit. I ended up going to the wrong road. I didn't know where I was at. I didn't get on the highway, but I went along the highway. I was trying to find the course again. I was bummed because I had to get it to Timmy Wiegand at mile 30 and I thought we had a chance of winning today, but after that, we were just hoping to get top five.

, No. 100X (first) — We've been practicing a lot and working hard; it pays off. (Casas and second-place finisher Robert Gustine jockeyed for position much of the last 30 miles of the race) I knew Robert was close, but I also knew he started a minute ahead of us. When we stopped for gas, he blew by. I caught him and then I passed him. The whole way we were just going back and forth. The last five miles, we were no more than 10 feet apart. I'm used to it, but it was close. It's definitely more dangerous.

, No. 179 (first) — (Cody's team was comprised of all female riders) We got it. It's sweet victory, a long time coming. We didn't expect to win starting the race, but at mile 125, I pretty much expected it from then on. I got a flat tire at mile 96. The tube came flying out. I had to strap it on with zip ties and get it into a Honda pit, about 20 miles from there. Other than that, it went flawless. Right off the start, my game plan was to get through the start safely. When we got the tire fixed, I knew we were in second place and there was no real plan other than just go wide open. I wanted to get it to Sarah with a little bit of a gap to get us in here.
Co-driver Sarah Kritch, who finished the race said: It's awesome. This is what we came here to do.

, No. 300X (first) —We did really well in the 30 class.
Co-driver Jason Trubey said: It was just smooth. I just put the throttle down. Not one crash, no bobbles, nothing. We did good off the start. Luke did great off the start. By the time we gave it to Jimmy O'Neal at 31, we had five minutes on the next bike. Everybody just did their job and got it to me. I thought we made way too many changes, but it worked for us. This bike is a weapon. It's hard to hang on to at first. We started next to last in our class and kept moving up. When you're loose and you don't feel like you're trying very hard, it just feels so smooth. It just came together for us.

, No. 500X (first) — We stopped the O'Neal run. We trained our butts off. It was a clean ride the whole way through. I don't think the bike ever touched the ground. I rode for Jim last year and this was our first shot. I have a lot of respect for Jim. Jim O'Neal is one of the best riders around. I'm glad we beat him, but I have a lot of respect for him. It's a special feeling.

, No. 6A (first) — Everything went well today. I don't know. We won. Nothing else matters. When I passed my competition back there about 40 miles ago, I knew things were going really well. I just had to go all out, wide open, as fast as I could go and still be safe.
Co-driver Marc Spaeth said: I lost some ground. I did a little header. The bike just went up and I got off. It took me about 30 seconds to get it going again. After that, I was clean. I lost some ground and this ironman here (Matlock) made it up for me.

, No. 103 A (first) — It took a lot of work. It's a very tough course. We expected to have a good chance to win. That's why we came here.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

All German Motorsports Rocks Baja 250 San Felipe

Baja Racing EXCLUSIVE!

All German Motorsports; North San Diego County

We won 1st in class and 4th overall!

The race was a blast and a great 1st win in the Class 1 car for the team. We did 3rd place in the last SF 250 so we knew with a clean race we could do it. Prerun was a long ordeal as we were also shooting the RTL (German) TV Special at the same time. Things were so much simpler back when, but hey, the coverage and increased support from European sponsors is a great thing.

We did the bottom twice and the top three times. Anyways, the race started and Armin & Bryan had the start. They did a good job moving up (holding their place) in the field. Several other cars were really making time up but we had a "finish to win it" race plan. Martin & I got in the car at RM 122 and figured out the suspension was very much used up as was just about every other racers at that point.

Anyways, we had enough to keep going so we just started making the charge; #103 was out changing a flat at the beginning of Matomi. Then #100 was sideways on the course at about RM152; we drove through some cacti to avoid hitting them (the co-driver was guiding people around) so for the next 3 miles we had a cactus pulling party. Entering Azufre we heard Vildosola was 8 seconds behind us. Exiting Azufre Canyon, we were behind a Quad that had zero common sense. This guy drove for 2000+ meters without looking behind him; I broke the horn because this guy was so damn oblivious.

Anyways, we got the end of the straight away and Vildosola took us in the deep whoops. Past a few bikes through the day and besides that one quad everyone else was considerate. Through Huatamote Canyon we heard #107 was closing on us; we were going the speed we could and still keep the car in one piece and luckily is was just enough as we finished with a 12 second gap between us. Our pits and radio comms were great and we had some new folks helping us down in the Matomi Canyon which was really a cool thing.

Hit the awards ceremony and then packed up the trailers and headed for the border. Got to Mexicali border crossing at about 5 p.m (PDT) and got across 4 hours later. Back home and in bed 1 a.m.; then up and back to work. Now we have to get ready for the 500. See All German Motorsports at:
Good Luck Guys!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Race Trips to Mexico (BEER) Fight Cancer!

Baja Racing EXCLUSIVE!

Germans are RACING to develop high-performance health BEER!
Your racing trips to Baja Mexico (BEER) Fight Cancer!

Researchers are always looking for the magic bullet to kill cancer, and now they may have found it in a surprising place — a glass of beer! (Who knew?) It turns out that hops, which is the flavor component of beer, contains a cancer-fighting compound called xanthohumol.

Xanthohumol turns out to be toxic to several kinds of human cancer, including prostate, ovarian, breast, and colon. Further, it inhibits enzymes that can activate the development of cancer, and also helps detoxify carcinogens. It even seems to slow down tumor growth in the early stages. Scientists are trying to produce hops that contain even more xanthohumol, and the Germans are racing to develop a “health” beer.

Beers that provide the most benefits contain the most hops, and include strong brews such as ale, stout, and porter. In general, the darker the beer, the better. For those who can’t stand beer, herbal supplements made from hops contain the highest concentrations of beneficial elements. Germans, Racing, no kidding!

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Brian Collins Comments on San Felipe Baja Win

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Baja Racing News caught up with the San Felipe champ:

Brian Collins on his San Felipe Win, "Very Happy we took this race, the San Felipe Baja 250 has always been one of my favorite desert off-road races. We are looking forward to more races in Baja Mexico. The course was tough, but, we knew if we didn't have any issues, we could win this race, today!"

Brian continued, "Our Team was ready for this win, we worked very hard to position ourselves for the win today". Collins MOPAR POWER Team will be highlighted in future Baja Racing stories, racing desert off-road in Baja Mexico.

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HONDA 1x Takes San Felipe 250 Moto in Baja 250.

Brian Collins Takes Baja 250 in San Felipe in Trophy Truck Class!

ALL GERMAN MOTORSPORTS - Schwarz Class 1 Winner!

Las Vegas' Brian Collins roars in Dodge Ram 1500 to Overall and
SCORE Trophy-Truck win at 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Schwarz/Christensen capture Class 1 in Jimco-BMW, Bell/Campbell ride Honda to Overall Motorcycle & Class 22 win

SAN FELIPE, Mexico—Second-generation veteran Las Vegas desert racer Brian Collins roared through the rugged trails and washes of Mexico’s Baja California desert Saturday, earning the overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory in the No. 1 Collins Motorsports Mopar Dodge Ram 1500 at the 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race. Setting a blistering pace right from the start in San Felipe and driving solo, he covered the sandy, silty, rocky and dusty 232-mile course in just three hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds, averaging and amazing 62.07 miles per hour.
Dominating the field of 263 desert racers and mastering the race course with blazing speed and power, Collins’ time beat not only the cars and trucks, but also the motorcycles and ATVs that competed in the popular ‘spring break’ event to earn his fourth class win in San Felipe including his second overall triumph and his fifth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win in the 14-plus year history of SCORE’s marquee racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks.
It was also the first time since 1979 that a Dodge-powered vehicle won a SCORE race.
Finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the elapsed-time race, 8 minutes and 27 seconds behind the masterful Collins was last year’s winning team of Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif. and Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, who finished Saturday’s race in 3:52:43 in the No. 1 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.
While Collins pulled off the ‘Ironman’ run in driving his Dodge truck the entire race himself, Post and MacCachren, who were the 2007 SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champions, split the driving in their Ford F-150 with Post starting and turning over the wheel to MacCachren, the 2007 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year, at race mile 109.
The 263 starters from 21 States, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Italy and Israel competed in 27 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, truck, motorcycles and ATVs. The course covered three of the legendary, picturesque and treacherous Baja washes: Matomi, Azufre and Huatomote before heading back to the finish line in the shadow of the landmark San Felipe Arches. The race featured the fifth-largest number of starters in the 22-year history of the event.
Said Collins following his huge victory: “We never got out of the truck. We just had a great day. We ran at not a really hard pace, but a consistent pace the first 25 miles. We caught Bobby Baldwin right away. We caught Chad Ragland right away and Gus Vildosola. Then it was dust free. Garron Cadiente was pulled over and B.J. Baldwin was going slow for a while. It just opened up for us. (after opening up an eight-minute lead) I was very nervous about Rob MacCachren. I knew I had eight minutes and that's a lot of time, but there's never enough time with Rob. He's a phenomenal driver, a great friend. Hopefully someday we can drive together. When he's in a truck, you can't make mistakes. All the racers are glad to be back here in San Felipe. This course is absolutely phenomenal. I love it. The rougher the course is, the better it is for me.”
Winning the overall Motorcycle and Class 22 title was the talented team of Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., and Baja legend Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif., on the No. 1x Johnny Campbell Racing Honda CRF450X. Finishing fourth among all vehicles, the pair finished in 4:08:32 with an average speed of 56.01mph.
For this popular race, it was the third straight overall win for Bell while Campbell secured his eighth class win and the seventh all-around title in San Felipe in his illustrious career. It was also his first SCORE Baja race win for Campbell’s new American Honda-sponsored Johnny Campbell Racing team. Bell started the race, riding to race mile 30, Campbell did a tough middle portion from there to race mile 166 and Bell finished the final 64 miles, clinching the victory for the record-setting team.
Reflecting on his win, Bell said “It was a clean ride. I got a little confused coming into the finish and probably lost a little time. I couldn't feel my arms by the time I got off it at mile 30. I knew behind me they'd be running really fast. I gave the bike to Johnny at 30 and he just rode awesome. He took it to mile 167 and I picked up from there and brought it to here. I pulled at least a minute and a half (ahead) at the start. It was just chaotic. I passed probably eight or 10 local trucks going out, so it was hazy and scary and pretty dusty. Once I got past that, it was clean, no problems with spectators or anything. It feels awesome. It's probably one of the toughest runs you could ever do. Even though it's not so long, it's just so physically demanding. To win this one, just shows the bike was set up really well. It was flawless. In a race this short, you can't have any problems. It just comes down to seconds. It's not good being first off because youjust don't know. When you get to the finish, you just have to turn around and hope nobody comes in too son.”
Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., lead a team to the Overall ATV and Class 25 victory for the second time in this race on a Honda TRX450R. He split the riding time equally with co-riders Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich., and Marc Spaeth, Warner Springs, Calif.
Matlock started the race and rode to race mile 30 and finished the race, riding the final 62 miles. Goodman rode from race mile 30 to 93 and Spaeth rode from race mile 93 to 170.
Helping SCORE Trophy-Truck sweep the podium in the overall portion of the event while also finishing third in the premiere SCORE racing division was second-generation desert racer Chad Ragland, Vista, Calif., who drove solo to a time of 3:55:59 in the No. 33 T-Force Motorsports Toyota Tundra. The truck was making only it’s second SCORE race start after finishing 12th in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the its debut race with teammates Danny Sullivan and Dan Friedkin in last November’s 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Former World Rally Championship star driver Armin Schwarz, of Germany, and Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., split the driving to finish fourth overall and capture the unlimited Class 1 race win in a BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. With just over one year of experience in SCORE desert racing, Schwarz pulled off his first SCORE win while the veteran former SCORE class champion Christensen earned his first ever win in Class 1.
With a time of 4:08:22 and an average speed of 56.02mph, it was also the first time a BMW-powered vehicle has ever won a class in a SCORE race.

Baja Racing

San Felipe Baja 250 Official Finishers

Baja Racing Baja 250 San Felipe
Baja California, Mexico

Pro Cars & TrucksSCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram 1500, 3 hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds (62.07miles per hour); 2. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 3:52:43; 3. Chad Ragland, Vista, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 3:55:59; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr. /Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 4:08:54; 5. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 4:10:50; 6. Ron Whitton, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150, 4:28:43; 7. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 5:00:23; 8. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 5:08:51; 9. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., GMC Sierra, 5:29:41; 10. Pete Sohren, Glendale, Ariz., Ford F-150, 5:51:15; 11. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 7:13:14; 12. Bobby Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 9:40:10; 13. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Michael Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado, 9:52:12(17 Starters, 13 Finishers)CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW, 4:08:22 (56.05mph); 2. B.J. Richardson, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 4:08:34; 3. Luis Ramirez Jr., Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, HMS-Chevy, 4:13:11; 4. Enrique Bujanda, Socorro, Texas/Hector Trillo, Canutillo, Texas, Porter-Chevy, 4:27:13; 5. Paul Keller, El Cajon, Calif./Steve Willonberg, Lakeside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:37:39; 6. Jeff Farris, Kerman, Calif., HMS-Chevy, 5:01:40; 7. Josh Rigsby/Steve Ewers, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Penhall-Chevy, 5:01:50; 8. Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 5:08:05; 9. Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./Mark Levrett, Sparks, Nev., HMS-Chevy, 5:39:01; 10. Bill Gasper, 40, Chino Hills, Calif., Porter-Chevy, Cattrac, Porter Race Cars, Goodyear, 5:41:18; 11. Barry Karakas, Oak Hills, Calif./Andrew Birchard, Beaumont, Calif., BKFab-Chevy, 7:51:36; 12. Dale Ebberts, Wilton, Calif./Brad Etter, Villa Park, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 8:27:08(18 Starters, 12 Finishers)CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Mirage, 4:59:38 (46.46mph); 2. Alex Navarrete/Leonardo Navarrete, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco, 5:02:00; 3. Cory Boyer/Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif./Fernie Padilla, Las Vegas, Lothringer, 5:09:54; 4. Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer, 5:20:39; 5. Edgar Alvarez Jr. /Edgr Alvarez Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 5;23;20; 6. Edgar Avalos, El Paso, Texas/Oscar Rejeda, Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Kreger, 6:02:35; 7. Victor Barreda, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Armando Boehme, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, Curry, 6;09;41; 8. Juan Gallo/Marco Gallo, San Felipe, Mexico, Curry, 6:11:43; 9. Kyle Conlon, Compo, Calif., Jimco, 6:34:11; 10. Brent Parkhouse/Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Mirage, 6:41:45; 11. Martin Shuster, Daytona Beach, Fla./David Romeo, Orman Beach, Fla., Jormanwerks, 6:49:22; 12. Hiram Duran/Eric Duran/Evan Duran, Tecate, Calif., Amplified, 7:01:30; 13. Ricardo Cons/Marco Frecoro, Mexicali, Mexico, Ventura, 7:04:59; 14. Jorge Sanchez, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 8:50:09; 15. Carlos Montalvan/Angel Gonzalez, Tecate, Calif., Curry, 9:27:07; 16. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 9:32:10(28 Starters, 16 Finishers)CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco, 7:36:10 (30.52mph)(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. Pietro Brassea/Ivan Pacheco, Mexicali, Mexico, 6:02:38 (38.36mph); 2. Kevin Carr, San Diego, Lothringer, 6:37:12(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, Ensenada, Mexico, 6:00:46 (38.58mph); 2. Jose Montoya/Jesus Alonso, Ensenada, Mexico, 6:34:57; 3. Alonso Angulo/Jose Mendoza, Ensenada, Mexico, 6:47:13; 4. Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico/Lucio Avinn, Chula Vista, Calif., 6:56:53; 5. Ernie Negrete, San Ysidro, Calif./Oscar Venagas, Rosarito, Mexico, 7:05:20; 6. Tommy Craft, El Cajon, Calif./Ron Craft, Santee, Calif., 8:01:31; 7. Trevor Anderson/Mark Anderson, Carlsbad, Calif., 8:32:23; 8. Saul Garcia/Glisero Hernandez, Hemet, Calif., 8:34:51(12 Starters, 8 Finishers)CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)—1. A.J. Rodriguez, Perris, Calif./Paul Sullivan, Riverside, Calif., Ford Ranger, 6:20:34 (36.58mph); 2. Jose Gonzalez/Jonatan Quintero, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 6:46:09; 3. Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:06:40; 4. Elias Canchola Jr./Javier Reyes, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 7:07:34; 5. Chris Taylor, El Centro, Calif./Josh Quintero, Imperial, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:29:30(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)—1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Mark Landersman, Temecula, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:02:05 (32.98mph); 2. Alonso Gonzales/Miguel Padilla, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 7:15:20; 3. Rich Severson, Mesa, Ariz./Pat Neveau, Phoenix, Ford Ranger, 7:29:40; 4. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Lawrence, Santee, Calif., Ford Ranger, 7:38:52; 5. Alberto Iriarte/Benjamin Arreda, Tecate, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 9:49:22(8 Starters, 5 Finishers)CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. Rodrigo AmpudiaJr. /Rodrigo Ampudia Sr., Ensenada, Mexico, Ford F-150, 4:58:19 (46.66mph); 2. Noah Ostanik, Encinitas, Calif./Steve Wolcott, San Diego, Ford F-150, 5:38:56(6 Starters, 2 Finishers)CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)—1. (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Mark Hutchins/C.J. Hutchins, Henderson, Nev., Kreger-Honda, 4:53:52 (47.38mph); 2. Mike Lawrence/Anthony Lopiccalo, Brea, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 5:19:21; 3. Alejandro Crosthwaite/Jose Luis Gonzalez/Alex Crosthwaite, San Diego. Jimco-Honda, 5:57:12; 4. Sergio Salgado/Ricardo Corvera, Mexicali, Mexico, Lothringer-Honda, 7:49:36(7 Starters, 4 Finishers)SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. Ricardo Malo/Arturo Honold, Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 4:54:07 (47.33mph); 2. Luis Barragan/Luis Barragan Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Curry, 5:11:15; 3. Gary Johnson, Camarillo, Calif./Mike Majesky, Newbury Park, Calif., Messick, 5:23:31; 4. Steve Mamer, Holtville, Calif., Raceco, 5:37:43; 5. Mike Williams, Prescott, Ariz., Meco, 6:09:39; 6. Jake Jones, Aliso Viejo, Calif./Scot Jones, San Clemente, Calif., Chenowth, 6:24:13; 7. Hector Martinez/Gabriel Martinez, Calexico, Calif., Jimco, 6:42:09; 8. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz., Foddrill, 6:57:49; 9. Bob Carr/Alfie Bueno, San Diego, Lothringer, 7:00:56; 10. Michael Bennett/Jim Stapleton, San Marcos, Calif., Duvell, 7:56:12(16 Starters, 10 Finishers)CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)—1. Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, 8:20:04 (27.84mph); 2. Ramon Fernandez/Thomas Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, 9:12:30(5 Starters, 2 Finishers)STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)—1. Josh Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H2, 6:29:56 (35.70mph); 2. John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif./Jeremy Spirkoff, El Cajon, Calif., Ford F350, 6:51:23; 3. Chad Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3Alpha, 6:58:25; 4. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif., Dodge Ram2500, 7:00:25; 5. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./William Aylor, Union, Ky., Dodge Ram2500, 8:37:05(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks)—1. Rod Hall/Mike Winkel, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 8:11:42 (28.31mph)(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)—1. (1 Starter, 0 Finishers)

PRO MOTORCYCLESCLASS 22 (250cc or more)—1. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif. Honda CRF450X, 4:08:32 (56.01mph); 2. Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:21:25; 3. Caleb Gosselaar, Valencia, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:38:46; 4. Shawn Dolmage/Larry Badgwellm, Lake Forest, Calif./Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:57:03; 5. Ryan Penhall, Corona, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:02:33; 6. Nick Saia, Morro Bay, Calif./Kevin Murphy, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:07:48; 7. Cody Wallis/Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Robert Underwood, Coleville, Calif., Honda CR500, 5:15:23; 8. Cory Evenson, Ramona, Calif./Cory Brewer, El Cajon, Calif., KTM 525XC, 8:45:40(12 Starters, 8 Finishers)CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)—1. Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra, Chula Vista, Calif., KTM 450CXF, 4:43:24 (49.12mph); 2. Robert Gustine, Valley Center, Calif./Bryan Gustine, San Diego/Greg Bruning, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 4:44:22; 3. Kenneth Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif./Hector Hernandez, San Diego/David Gonzalez Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., Kawasaki KLX450, 5:14:15; 4. Bernard Bohrer, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:27:36; 5. Edy Garcia/Ivan Ramirez Jr., Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha YR450F, 5:34:29; 6. Cody Knight, Reno, Nev./Ryan Toomey/Martin Kite, Sparks, Nev., Yamaha YZ250, 5:49:49; 7. Mike Crawford, Phoenix/Ben Porter, Goodyear, Ariz./Carlos Gonzalez, Navojoa, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 5:57:31(8 Starters, 7 Finishers)CLASS 20 (125cc)—1. Anna Cody, Spring Valley, Calif./Stacy Doerkson, Apple Valley, Calif./Cathy Duncan, Los Alamos, Calif./Sarah Kritch, Bakersfield, Calfi., Honda CRF250X, 6:37:41 (35.00mph); 2. Larry Perkins, Strafford, Mo./Craig Goldsberry, Springfield, Mo./Malcolm Wood, Bolivor, Mo./Gabriel Hinshaw, Olathe, Kansas, Honda CRF250X, 6:40:52(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Jim O’Neal/Jimmy O’Neal Jr., Simi Valley, Calif./Jason Trubey, Mohave Valley, Ariz./Luke Dodson, Castaic, Calif./Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 4:37:38 (50.14mph); 2. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 4:52:59; 3. Kenneth Durr Jr., Palm Desert, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif., KTM 525XCW, 5:01:15; 4. Chris Parker, Newport Beach, Calif./Collie Potter, El Cajon, Calif./Tim Bina, Irvine, Calif., Honda CRF450Xm 5:23:13; 5. Ramon Meraz/Luis Zarate, Mexico City/Alex Kuri, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 6:06:45; 6, Troy Walker, Running Springs, Calif., KTM 530XCRW, 6:35:24; 7. Einar Myhrer, San Diego/Josh Berlin, Oceanside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 7:05:57(7 Starters, 7 Finishers)CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Jon Ortner, Santa Barbara, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tim Withers, Honolulu, Honda CRF450X, 5:10:53 (44.78mph); 2. Peter Schmidtmann, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 6:34:50; 3. Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Jeff Horsley, Goodyear, Ariz./Tim Vasquez, Monrovia, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:59:27(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. Charles Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Erik McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Dana Reed/Tim Rigg, KTM 530EXC, 5:00:00 (46.40mph); 2. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Mike Sixberry, Bullhead City, Ariz./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Paul Needels, Westlake Village, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:12:15; 3. Kenny Hayden, Shadow Hills, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Bob Johnson, Temecula, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:43:23; 4. Jamie De La Torre, Tijuana, Mexico/Gilberto Gallardo/Leonel Vallejo/Cesar Parra, San Diego, KTM530EXC, 6:30:36; 5. Lyman Scherer/Al Corte, Phoenix/Joe Ortega, Fountain Hills, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 7:04:56(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn./Gene Dempsey, Apple Valley, Calif./Sam Dempsey, Lake Balboa, Calif./Bob Gates, Hesperia, Calif./Mike Harper, Landers, Calif./Charles Koistra, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 6:53:04 (33.70mph); 2. Wiliam Rogers, Escondido, Calif., Husaberg FE450, 6:57:12; 3. Paul Lussier, West Greenwich, R.I./Michael Murdock, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Honda XR650R, 7:14:20(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)

PRO ATVsCLASS 25 (over 251cc)—1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Marc Spaeth, Warner Springs, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:05:09 (45.62mph); 2. Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif./Mike Cafro, Bonsall, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif./Chad Prull, Laveen, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 5:12:42; 3. Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy)/Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Jorge Romo, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 5:34:26; 4. Javier Robles, Cd. Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Cristian Valles, Chula Vista, Calif./Adolfe Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 5:34:47; 5. Alfonso Cota, Alpine, Calif./Josh Row/Greg Row, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:42:00; 6. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./Tony Valerio, Telluride, Colo./Benn Vornadakis, Rico, Colo., Honda TRX450R, 7:10:18; 7. Taylor Stormberg/Matthew Stromberg/Ryan Kantor, Medford, Ore., Yamaha Raptor, 7:44:54; 8. Ted Franch, Scottsdale, Ariz./Troy Sievers, Phoenix/Richard French, Alpine, Utah, Honda TRX450X, 7:47:04; 9. Robert Tinder, Queen Creek, Ariz./Erick Gano, Chandler, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 7:49:19; 10. Moshe Yosef, Tarzana, Calif. (Israel), Polaris Outlaw, 8:19:51(12 Starters, 10 Finishers)CLASS 24 (under 251cc)—1. Francisco Servin/Isaac Castro/Rocky Merino, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:44:12 (40.44mph); 2. Javier Beltran, San Ysidro, Calif./Santos Perez, Tijuana, Mexico/Cristian Rojas, San Ysidro, Calif., Kawasaki KX450, 6:05:20; 3. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Robin Fawcett, Santee, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 6:10:10; 4. Benjamin Lopez/Jesus Lopez/Miguel Arellano, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 6:13:48; 5. Carlos Mancillas/Arnie Pruneda, Chula Vista, Calif./Christian Vargas, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 6:41:34; 6. Rob Ransford, Downers Grove, Ill./Mike Rodgers White, Ga./David Bailey, Springhill, Fla., Artic Cat DVX400, 6:46:01; 7. Benjamin Godoy, San Diego/Rodrigo Rubio, Menifee, Calif./Paul Velasquez, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 6:46:31; 8. Angel Martin/Francisco Espinoza/Jose Niobla, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha YZF450, 6:49:48; 9. Luis Berumen, San Diego/Sergio Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif./Tono Berumen, San Diego, Honda TRX450R; 10. Alonso Ruiz/Luis Zuego/Marco Cota, San Felipe, Mexico, Yamaha YZF450, 8:27:49(13 Starters, 10 Finishers)

SPORTSMANOVERALL SPT CAR— Peter Lang/Terry Cotter, Santa Rosa, Calif./Brian Jellison, Sebastapol, Calif., Homebuilt-Chevy, 6:42:09 (34.61mph)(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)SPT TRUCK—Jeff Stowers, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 7:24:37 (31.31mph)(4 Starters, 1 Finisher)SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)—(3 Starters, 0 Finishers)OVERALL SPT M/C>250cc—Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Mark Fishburn, Fort Collins, Colo./Kevin Krasner, Mission Viejo, Calif./Mick Brejwo, Campbell, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 5:38:50 (41.08mph)(18 Starters, 13 Finishers)FIRST SPT M/C<250CC— Ivanhoe Ochoa/Javier Ochoa/Manuel Reyes, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha YZF250, 5:56:16 (39.07mph)(17 Starters, 13 Finishers)OVERALL SPT ATV—Victor Lopez/Samuel Garcia/Lucia Zuniga, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 6:11:29 (37.47mph)(14 Starters, 11 Finishers)

Las Vegas' Collins Wins Baja 250 in San Felipe

Las Vegas Sun

Second-generation desert racer Brian Collins of Las Vegas roared through Mexico’s rugged Baja California desert Saturday, earning the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the No. 1 Collins Motorsports Mopar Dodge Ram 1500 at the 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race.
Setting a blistering pace from the start and driving solo, Collins covered the sandy, silty, rocky and dusty 232-mile course in just three hours, 44 minutes, 16 seconds and averaged 62.07 miles per hour.
Dominating the field of 263 desert racers, Collins’ time beat not only the cars and trucks but also the motorcycles and ATVs that competed in the popular event. Collins earned his fourth class win in San Felipe, his second overall triumph and his fifth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win.
It also was also the first time since 1979 that a Dodge-powered vehicle won a SCORE race.
Finishing second overall and in SCORE Trophy Truck, 8 minutes and 27 seconds behind Collins was last year’s winning team of Mark Post of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas. They finished the race in 3:52:43 in the No. 1 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.