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50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000
Final Round of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Nov. 16-18, 2017— 1,134.40 miles
Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Total Starters: 405; Total Finishers: 238 (58.77 percent)
(from 44 U.S. States & District of Columbia, U.S. Territories Guam and Puerto Rico,
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, England,
Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong/China, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan,
Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Spain)
(following complete dating tracking review)
(Position with vehicle number, elapsed time)
Pro Cars, Trucks & UTVs
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. 1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 43, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 19:53:36 (57.02 miles per hour); 2. 16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, 49, Las Vegas/Cody Stuart, 32, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Shane Robinson, 43, Dolan, Ariz./Mike Craft/Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 20:52:45; 3. 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif./Gary Weyhrich, Boring, Ore., Ford F-150, 21:13:10; 4. 15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chad Bunch, 41, Glendale, Ariz., Ford Raptor, 21:22:41; 5. . 40 Chris Miller, 43, LaJolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 22:20:09; 6. 91 Troy Herbst, 51, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, 21, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Tim Herbst, 54, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 22:23:14; 7. 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego/Larry Roeseler, 62, Martinez, Calif., Ford F-150, 22:36:24; 8. 7 Bryce Menzies, 30, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, 51, Phoenix/Pete Mortensen, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor, 22:58:32; 9. 14 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Mike Craft/Cody Stuart, 32, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Pat Dean, 49, Las Vegas/Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 23:40:25; 10. 45 Gary Magness, 63, Denver/Devin Housh, 36, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 24:15:49; 11. 4 Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn./Josh Daniel, 42, Vista, Calif./Doug Fortin, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Rally Truck, 25:07:04; 12. 38 Eric Hustead, 46, St. George, Utah/Brook Beckstrom/Colton Hustead/Micha Dufk, Ford F-150, 25:07:05; 13. 30 Robbie Pierce, 58, Lakeside, Calif./Mike Julson, 60, Descanso, Calif./Barry Karakas, 47, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 25:54:44; 14. 41 Justin Lofton, 31, Brawley, Calif./Matt Loiodice, 35, San Diego, Ford Raptor, 26:07:28; 15. 62 Richard Armstrong, 49, Canada/Todd LeDuc, 37, Phoenix, Chuck Dempsey, 48, Oak Hills, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 26:31:59; 16. 77 Robby Gordon, 48, Charlotte, N.C./Damen Jefferies, 44, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 26:53:12; 17. 9 Armin Schwarz, 54, Austria (Germany)/Eduardo Laguna, 27, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 28:13:38; 18. 87 Dallas Luttrell, 36, Salt Lake City, Utah/Billy Goerke, 43, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram 1500, 29:32:02; 19. 84 Nick Vanderwey, 50, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, 62, Cherry Valley, Calif./Michael Vanderwey, 43/Larry Vanderwey, 48, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 30:19:39; 20. 44 Jayson Strachan, 43, Salt Lake City/Doug Anderson, Salt Lake City/Bill Apgood, Salt Lake City, Chevy Silverado, 34:17:27; 21. 55 Jose de Jesus Flores, 54, Culiacan, Mexico/Emiliano Fuenzalida, Santiago, Chile/Andrea Tomba, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Sandy Hall, Culpepper, Va., Chevy Silverado, 46:40:10. (33 Starters, 21 Finishers)
SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old)—1. 21L Gustavo Vildosola, Sr, 64, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Ampudia Sr, Ensenada, Mexico/Scott Bailey, 57, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor, 23:43:38 (47.81 mph); 2. 32L Russell Buehler, 58, Liberty, Mo./Neil Buehler, 54, Kansas City, Mo., Ford Raptor, 33:46:11. (3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)—1. 189 Jon Walker, 51, Tamuning, Guam/Joe Black/Jim Reos/Joey Black, Kreger-Chevy, 23:55:52 (47.40 mph); 2. 153 Brad Wilson, 28, Long Beach, Calif./Ronny Wilson, 55, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 31, San Clemente, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 24:03:37; 3. 114 Al Torres, 32, Imperial Valley, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 25:09:35; 4. 138 Brian Wilson, 32, Lakewood, Calif./Randy Wilson, 57, Lakewood, Calif./Kyle Quinn, 30, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 27:50:29; 5. 105 Matt Cullen, 50, Long Beach, Calif./Chuck Sacks, 61, Canyon Lake, Calif./Greg Ryan, 54, Temecula, Calif./Mike Lombardi, 48, Long Beach, Calif./Jim Harris, 60, Valley Harris, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 28:42:22; 6. 147 Pat McCarthy, 64, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Langley Kersenbaum, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Nick De Avilla, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Robert Harman, Torrance, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 30:47:16; 7. 121 Pat Bell, 45, Anchorage, Alaska/Kolt Bell, 44, Anchorage, Alaska/Mike Brown, 33, Garden Grove, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 34:00:10; 8. 103 Luis Saenz, 54, El Paso, Texas/Todd Romano, 55, Park City, Utah/Ryan Millen, 35, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (New Zealand)/T.J. Flores, 35, Las Vegas/Christopher Saenz, 20, El Paso, Texas, Tatum-Chevy, 39:38:18. (19 Starters, 8 Finishers)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. 1068 Cody Reid, 24, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Rick St. John, Carlsbad, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/Brian Bowles, Fullerton, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 22:42:53 (49.94 mph); 2. 1002 Clay Lawrence, 55, Sunset Beach, Calif./Mark Dobson, 46, Los Angeles/Daniel Hernandez, 27, San Diego, LMS-Chevy, 25:45:17; 3. 1085 Justin Davis, 23, Chino Hills, Calif./Larry Job, 59, Las Vegas, Custom-Chevy, 26:09:12; 4. 1090 T.J. Tuls, 25, Clinton, Wisc./Corey Keysar, 50, Colorado Springs, Colo./Todd Tuls, 48, Columbus, Neb./Brad Richards, 49, Omaha, , Alumi Craft-Chevy, 26:27:25; 5. 1021 Jeremiah Watson, 32, Adelanto, Calif./Johnny Siebert, Apple Valley, Calif./Roger Starky Sr, Glendora, Calif./Roger Starky Jr, Glendora, Calif./Corey Goin, Clovis, Calif./Chris Himmerlrick, San Francisco, Chenowth-Chevy, 27:11:35; 6. 1070 George Marsh, 43, Durango, Colo./John Gilleland, 50, Durango, Colo./Randy Ellis, 45, Phoenix/Max Holmes, 25, Durango, Colo./Gabe Gilleland, 21, Durango, Colo./Brian Schuman, 42, Bayfield, Colo, Tatum-Chevy, 27:18:40; 7. 1041 Todd Stemmerman, 53, San Diego/Scott Stemmerman, 56, San Diego/Brandon Everett, 35, San Diego, Penhall-Chevy, 27:38:21; 8. 1023 Broc Dickerson, 16, Brawley, Calif./Jeff Dickerson, 43, Brawley, Calif./Cameron Corfman, 27, Brawley, Calif./Darren Hardesty Sr, 49, Ramona, Calif./Billy Holt, Vista, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 28:46:05; 9. 1048 Kevin Price, 48, Fremont, Calif./Brian Tall, 41, Fremont, Calif./Jonathan Brand, 29, Newark, Calif.,Tatum-Chevy, 29:57:51; 10. 1045 Travis Clarke, 36, Encinitas, Calif./Patrick Dailey, 41, Vista, Calif./Bill Baroody, 30, San Diego/Eliott Watson, 17, El Centro, Calif./Michael Loomis, 41, Murrieta, Calif., Raceco-Chevy, 31:06:05; 11. 1050 Luke Erceg, 34, Australia/Chris Western, Australia/Michael Marson, Australia/Talbot Cox, Australia, Racer-Chevy, 32:14:43; 12. 1049 Ty Godde, 47, Palmdale, Calif./Steve Hext, 42, Lancaster, Calif./Bob Howell, 61, Palmdale, Calif., Everson-Chevy, 34:36:53; 13. 1033 Dimas Diaz, 43, Hildalgo, Texas (Monterrey, Mexico)/Rodolfo Pont, 43, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry-Chevy, 34:49:12; 14. 1096 Steve Baron, 51, Selma, Ore./Zebulun Baron, 18, Selma, Ore., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 34:51:23; 15. 1075 Eliseo Garcia, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Hector Sarabia, 56, Ensenada, Mexico/Javier Montoya, 44, La Paz, Mexico/Adrian Villasenor, 43, Ensenada, Mexico/Sergio Villavicenio, 35, San Iganacio, Mexico, Romo-Chevy, 36:05:08; 16. 1064 Justin Beckley, 26, Long Beach, Calif./Chasen Gaunt, 20, Torrance, Calif./Brian Mitchel, Torance, Calif./Nick Cunningham, Palmdale, Calif./Dan Pooler, Lomita, Calif./Kurt Young, San Dimas, Calif./Robert Castornia, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 36:28:23; 17. 1082 Miguel Monroy, 48, Camalu, Mexico/Andres Macias, 27, Camalu, Mexico/Gustavo Diaz, 30, Punta Colonet, Mexico/Manuel Licon, 40, Vincente Guerrero, Mexco, Jimco-Chevy, 37:35:04. (33 Starters, 17 Finishers)
TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)—1. 250 John Langley, 74, Santa Monica, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 23:34:54 (48:11 mph); 2. 242 Bryce Swaim, 30, El Cajon, Calif./Garrett Stone, 23, El Cajon, Calif./Jeremy Spirkoff, 46, El Cajon, Calif./Joe Interrante, 58, Atlanta/Gary Arnold, 60, Coronado, Calif., Ford Raptor, 23:38:13; 3. 296 Alex Gonzales, 32, Cathedral City, Calif./Mario Gonzales, 55, Cathedral City, Calif./David Jameson, 33, Palm Desert, Calif./Garrett McCourt, 31, Homeland, Calif., Kinetik-Chevy, 24:17:41; 4. 295 William Hedrick, 51, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Miguel Montoya, 45, Camalu, Mexico/William Hedrick Jr, 21, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Alberto Rodriguez, 51, Camalu, Mexico, IDDesign-Chevy, 24:34:31; 5. 255 Lee Banning, 65, Laveen, Ariz./Steve Melton, 48, Buckeye, Ariz., Lee Banning Jr, 42, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Rick Graf, 53, Scottsdale, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy, 25:26:18; 6. 277 Rod Lewis, 63, San Antonio, Texas/Clint LaRue, 38, Boerne, Texas/Justin Hermann, 33, Vista, Calif./Dave Milo, 45, Grand Junction, Colo., Jimco-Ford Raptor, 26:04:29; 7. 200 Chad Broughton, 22, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paul Broughton, 50, Scotts Valley, Calif./Paige Sohren, 22, Phoenix, BajaLite-Chevy, 28:11:46; 8. 276 Gerardo Iribe, 41, Miami (Rosarito Beach, Mexico)/Gerardo Iribe Jr, 18, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Carlos Iribe, 72, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Fernando Ferrand, Peru/Fernando Ferrand Jr, Peru, Chevy Silverado, 28:20:11; 9. 233 Andrew Hendricks, 32, Silver Springs, Md./Chuck Dempsey, 47, Oak Hills, Calif./Erick Jacobs, 50, Ridgecrest, Calif./Pat Sims, 50, Eunice, New Mexico, Chevy C1500, 28:58:02; 10. 274 Elias Hanna, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/Omar Hanna, 30, Ensenada, Mexico/Pablo Avila, 32, Ensenada, Mexico/Julio Urias, 24, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy 1500, 29:56:59; 11. 287 Ryan Lewis, 23, Nashville, Tenn./Brad Pace, 36, Mill Valley, Calif./Eric Sheetz, 33, Oceanside, Calif./Rod Rojas, 53, Antioch, Calif./Merritt Townsend, 30, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Ford Raptor, 30:21:33; 12. 205 Joseph Delucie, 38, Las Vegas/Jeffrey Wilson, 22, Boulder City, Nev./Shannon Powell, 44, Las Vegas/Jose Arzate, Ensenada, Mexico/D.J. Blasko, 40, Henderson, Nev./Tim Wilson, 20, Boulder City, Nev./Cliff Robinson, 46, Las Vegas, Brenthel-Chevy, 33:59:46; 13. 232 Chelsea Magness, 29, Denver/Steve Knudson, 64, Denver/Todd Burt, Denver/Matt Robinson, Denver/Gary Magness, Denver, Mango-Ford, 34:04:30; 14. 227 Jonathan Brenthel, 38, Newport Beach, Calif./Jordan Brenthel, 29, Newport Beach, Calif./Chris Pearson, Brenthel-Chevy, 40:30:36; 15. 217 David Hunter, 47, Orem, Utah/Greg Warnock/Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Neal Rogers/Tommy Hunter/Jim Hunter, Geiser-Chevy, 42:32:49; 16. 256 Johnny Buss, 61, Northridge, Calif./James Levesque, 61, Santa Monica, Calif., Armada-Chevy, 46:21:58. (26 Starters, 16 Finishers)
HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (Unlimited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)—1. 4422 Casey Currie, 33, Corona, Calif./Cody Currie, 31, Anaheim, Calif./Aaron Quesada, 35, Riverside, Calif., Jeep Wrangler JK, 25:39:47 (44.20 mph); 2. 4454 David Cole, 46, Temecula, Calif./Andre McLaughlin, 37, Gilbert, Ariz./J.T. Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colo./Derek Baker, 28, Temecula, Calif./Lee O’Donnel, New Jersey, TrentFab-Chevy, 27:58:48; 3. 4410 Greg Adler, 49, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Brian Kirby, 39, Rowland Heights, Calif./Justin Bodewitz, 33, Ontario, Calif./Dillon Cochran, 25, Burbank, Calif., Kirby-Chevy, 31:17:01; 4. 4415 Josh Tedesco, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah/Chance Lee, 30, Salt Lake City, Utah/Boo Brunyer, 42/Garth Hanson, 42, Salt Lake City, Utah/James Tholen, 30, Salt Lake City, Utah, Trent-Chevy, 42:11:00. (7 Starters, 4 Finishers)
HAMMER TRUCK LIMITED (Limited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)–
(1 Starter, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. 1601 Roberto Romo, 36, Mexicali, Mexico/Cesar Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico/Francisco Villa Gomes, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Ramon Perez, Mexicali, Mexico/Luis Martines, Mexicali, Mexico/Pedro Morquecho, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 26:39:24 (42.56 mph); 2. 1650 Adolfo Arambula, 49, Ensenada, Mexico/Carlos Gabadon, 58, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom-VW, 28:38:45; 3. 1622 Enrique Avalos, 31, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 29:57:56; 4. 1662 Rick Boyer, 62, Bakersfield, Calif./Chris Boyer, 29, Bakersfield, Calif., Lothringer, 30:04:20; 5.1628 Armando Garcia, 57, Ensenada, Mexico/Leonel Orozco, 33, Muleje, Mexico/Armando Valles, 23, Muleje, Mexico/Omal Valles, 26, Muleje, Mexico/Fernando Almaraz, 30, San Diego, Penhall, 31:02:47; 6. 1609 J. David Ruvalcaba, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Esteban Cruz, 46, Ensenada, Mexico/Rogelio Rando, 46, Ensenada, Mexico/Alberto Cruz, 49, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR, 31:08:17; 7. 1603 Oscar Alvarez, 41, McAllen, Texas/Mizael Arambula, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Fernando Alvarez, 36, San Antonio, Texas/Andres Arambula, 19, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Alvarez, 73, Reynosa, Mexico, Romo, 31:09:23; 8. 1661 Mike Lichtenfeld, 50, Aguora Hills, Calif./Brennan Lambert, 52, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Luke Babb, Camarillo, Calif./Shawn Umpfries/Brandon Swink, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Raceco, 32:40:27; 9. 1605 Miguel Cortez, 49, San Diego/Armando Ventura/Miguel Flores/Mike Ley/Cesar Quirarte, Foddrill, 33:52:32; 10. 1621 Kevin Sanchez, 22, Ensenada, Mexico/Christopher Sanchez, 31, Ensenada, Mexico/Felipe Neri, 36, Ensenada/Felipe Neri G, 63, Ensenada, Mexico/Ernesto Martinez, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/Jose Vargas,35, Ensenada, Mexico, Alfa, 34:39:49; 11. 1645 Viry Felix, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Tavo Felix, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Manuel Ibarra, 37, Ensenada, Mexico/Cruz Baro, 38, Ensenada, Mexico, Custom, 35:47:59; 12. 1683 Juan Peralta, 33, Ciudad Constitucion, Mexico/Juan Peralta Canett/Juan A. Pantoja/ Marcos A. Cisnero, Romo, 37:52:54; 13.1640 Juan Sandez, 29, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Stefano Palacios, 31/Evaristo Espinoza, 42/Gorje Peralta, 23, Custom, 43:11:36; 14. 1629 Jorge Alarcon, 39, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Francisco Alcarcon, 35, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Francisco Torres, 35, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Sergio Chaidez, 36, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Curry, 45:36:33.
(20 Starters, 14 Finishers)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. 511 Kevin Carr, 46, San Diego, 32:27:12 (34.95 mph); 2. 509 Jose Luis Lopez, 46, Mexicali, Mexico/Felipe Rodriguez, 35, Mexicali, Mexico/Ignacio Cabrera, 32, Mexicali, Mexico/Armando Voehme, 38, Mexicali, Mexico/Ivan Estrada, 37, Mexicali, Mexico, 36:14:22. (7 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. 801 David Westhem, 57, Tahoe City, Calif./John Swift/Tony McCormack/Randy Salmont, Chevy C1500, 29:30:45 (38.44 mph); 2. 844 Noah Ostanik, 45, Carlsbad, Calif./Dave Dinsmore, 40, Vista, Calif./Steve Susral, 52, Escondido, Calif./ Todd Sanderson, 55, Encinitas, Calif./Dillon Mishler, 35, Encinitas, Calif., Ford F-150, 37:41:51; 3. 802 Tim Gabbert, 51, Carlsbad, Calif./Rolando Sarmiento, 54, Fallbrook, Calif./Scott Ulrich, 44, Carlsbad, Calif./Bobby Shielly, 55, Bonita, Calif./Bobby Chalfa, 55, Bonita, Calif./Bobby Oliman, 32, Bonita, Calif., Ford F-150, 42:39:55; 4. 832 Dean Schlingmann, 37, San Dimas, Calif./Dan Jaques, 36, Canyon Lake, Calif./Mike Davis, 37, Norco, Calif./Ian Lehn, 31, Atlanta/Jay Crouch, 44, Apple Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 47:50:07. (8 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. 726 Al Hogan, 65, Columbus, Mont./Bob Brunken, 57, Tempe, Ariz./Dr. Macrae Glass, 47, Kingman, Ariz./Dave Baesken, 56, Hesperia, Calif./Chad Baesken, 24, Hesperia, Calif./Jim Sizelove, 47, Hesperia, Calif., Ford Ranger, 29:36:18 (38.32 mph); 2. 709 Jeff Proctor, 39, Glendora, Calif./Eric Hardin, 35, Anaheim, Calif./Johnny Campbell, 46, Murrieta, Calif., Honda Ridgeline, 32:09:23; 3. 719 Mark Johnson, 59, Riverside, Calif./Norris Brown, 58, Jackson, Wyo./Alan Roach, 58, San Marcos, Calif./Mike Mitchell, 56, Hyde Park, Utah, Honda Ridgeline, 35:28:30; 4. 710 Mike Shaffer, 44, Alameda, Calif./John Bowers, 52, Oakland, Calif./Eric Storm, 38, Candy, Ore./Gordon Brown, 54, Concord, Calif./Scott Watkins, 43, Forrest Hill, Calif., Chevy Colorado, 36:18:49; 5. 700 Dan Chamlee, 55, Santa Barbara, Calif./Kirk Kimball, 58, Santa Barbara, Calif./Amy Tate, 41, Goleta, Calif., Ford Ranger, 36:33:41; 6. 716 Gaspar Espindola, 40, Ensenada, Mexico/Alexis Arauz, 22, Ensenada, Mexico/Jesus Sanchez, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/Daniel Zuniga, 24, La Paz, Mexico/David Orozco, 38, La Paz, Mexico/Alejandro Murillo, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 41:56:19. (11 Starters, 6 Finishers)
SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. 1206 Freddie Willert, 48, El Cajon, Calif./Tex Mitchell, 47, San Marcos, Calif./Stan Potter, 57, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, 58, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco, 29:33:16 (38.38 mph); 2. 1222 Rafael Aguirre, 38, Monterrey, Mexico/Felipe Martinez, 37, Monterrey, Mexico/Hector Garza, 21, Monterrey, Mexico/Adrian Alanis, 29, Monterrey, Mexico, Foddrill, 33:27:08; 3. 1202 Matias Arjona IV, 17, Ensenada, Mexico/Matias Arjona III, 53, Ensenada, Mexico/Francisco Pena, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, Mirage, 35:00:05; 4. 1215 Juan Gallo C., 45, Scappoose, Ore. (Mexico)/Marco Gallo/Steve Jones/Erick Ramirez/Jeff Ingerbritzen, 48, Scappoose, Ore., Montes, 38:27:04; 5. 1240 Miguel Bonilla, 46, Hermosillo, Mexico/Miguel Bonilla Valenzuela, 22, Hermosillo, Mexico/Fernando Mayoral, 34, Mexicali, Mexico/Mario Vargas, 31, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco, 43:55:28. (13 Starters, 5 Finishers)
HEAVY METAL (Open Production Trucks, V-8 engines)—1. 8001 John Maine, 50, Corvallis, Ore./Dave Jollif, 49, Albany, Ore./Derek Scheele, 21, Albany, Ore./ Casey Ullian, 19, Corvallis, Ore./Nancy Maine, 50, Corvallis, Ore./Lydia Maine, 21, Corvallis, Ore., Jeep CJ, 43:58:22 (25.80 mph); (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 3000 (Short wheelbase open-wheel car, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)—1. 3010 Reid Rutherford, 49, Montrose, Colo./Steve Rudd, 48, Boulder City, Nev./Benn Vernadakis, 49, Rico, Colo./David Caspino, 52, Tarzana, Calif./Robert Johnson, 50, Cocoran, Colo./Travis Kettle, 38, Montrose, Colo., Chevy Colorado, 35:32:07 (31.92 mph); 2. 3006 Bill Bayes, 56, Phelan, Calif./Nic Bayes, 25, Phelan/Rob Thomasson, 28, Apple Valley, Calif./Steve Thomasson, 56, Apple Valley, Calif./Luke James, 17, Apple Valley, Calif./John James, 50, Apple Valley, Calif., PredatorX-18-Chevy, 42:10:48; 3. 3044 Phillip Casey, 44, San Diego (New Zealand)/Quinn Wilson, 28, New Zealand, BajaLite-Chevy, 44:54:22. (6 Starters, 3 Finishers)
TROPHY LITE (Unlimited Mini/mid-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)–(3 Starters, 0 Finishers)
PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 2919 Brandon Schueler, 28, Phoenix/Miles Martin, 29, Peoria, Ariz./Pat Stone 48, Payson, Ariz./Mitch Guthrie, 21, Glendora, Ariz./Matt Park, 54, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Spiess, 37, Peoria, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 27:43:45 (40.91 mph); 2. 2977 Justin Elenburg, 30, Mesa, Ariz./Bryan McBride, 31, Rocky Point, Mexico/Michael Jelusco, 39, Denver, Can-Am Maverick X3, 29:20:20:14; 3. 2975 Mike Cafro, 47, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, 36, Olympia, Wash., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 29:40:31; 4. 2917 Derek Murray, 37, Yorba Linda, Calif./Jason Murray, 35, Tustin, Calif./Logan Gastel, 33, Redlands, Calif./Dan Fisher, Phoenix, Can-Am Maverick X3, 32:04:52; 5. 2971 Wayne Matlock, 39, Alpine, Calif./Sam Hayes, 57, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 32:17:48; 6. 2982 Hammond Meredith, 37, Englewood, Colo./Nathan Moreno, 26, Huntington Beach, Calif./Greg Tracy/James Hill/Riley McGuiness, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 33:01:48; 7. 2968 Christine Giampaoli Zonca, 23, Las Vegas (Italy, Spain)/Luy Galan, 23, Spain/Paul Kraus, 43, Los Angeles/Jason Farrell, 35, Las Vegas/Anthony Perez, 32, California City, Calif./Andrew Buck, 43, Camarillo, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3, 33:03:47; 8. 2948 Matt Burroughs, 48, Norco, Calif./Cain Smead, 45, West Leona Valley, Calif./Dan Lewis, 53, Jurupa Valley, Calif./Bradley Howe, 31, Norco, Calif./Dustin Jones, 32, Bossier City, La./Malcolm Sneed, 57, Bossier City, La., Can-Am Maverick X3, 33:35:27; 9. 2949 Alonzo Lopez, 43, Murrieta, Calif./Rodrigo Elorduy, 35, Mexicali, Mexico/Ricardo Ayuso, 29, Mexicali, Mexico/Mario Amezcua, 46 Tijuana, Mexico/Carlos Aguirre, 30, Mexicali, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 33:39:37; 10. 2905 Marc Burnett, 46, Lakeside, Calif., Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo, 33:57:53; 11. 2912 Tony Riggs, 49, Santa Clarita, Calif./Kyle Melville, 26, Lancaster, Calif./Ryan Edwards, 30, Lancaster, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 34:05:51; 12. 2904 Cory Sappington, 51, Peoria, Ariz./Scott Sappington, 53, Glendale, Ariz./Jason Flanders, 38, Peoria, Ariz./Darren Sappington, 50, Phoenix, Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo, 35:42:14; 13. 2930 Sean Cook, 51, Citrus Heights, Calif./Brett Comiskey/Jesus Leon, Merida, Mexico/Brendan Cook/Daniel McKenzie/Peter Carr, Can-Am Maverick X3, 36:52:17; 14. 2945 Jose Juarez, 34, Lemon Grove, Calif. (Tijuana, Mexico)/Rene Gutierrez/Alex Zuniga/Carlos Salazar/Elias Andrade, Polaris RZR XP1000, 37:53:52; 15. 2911 Kris Werth, 43, Reddick, Ill./Brandon Meredith, 49, Reddick, Ill./Eric Gordon/Thomas Reiner, Can-Am Maverick X3, 38:29:28; 16. 2918 Justin Lambert, 42, Bakersfield, Calif./Mitchell Alsup, 26/Christian Hall/Cliff Burgoni, Polaris RZR XP1000 Turbo, 39:51:41; 17.
2924 Lacrecia Beurrier, 48, Lake Havasu City, Ariz./Eric Beurrier, 56, Lake Havasu City, Ariz./Emily Dobrenski, 26, Dallas/Ryan Heyer, 35, Phoenix, Ariz./Josh Herzing, 30, Cypress, Texas/Travis Herzing, 25, Cypress, Texas, Polaris RZR Turbo1000, 43:18:05; 18. 2903 Jaime Romero Jr, 40, Franklin, Tenn./Juan Romero, 38, Phoenix/Jesus Romero, 36, Yuma, Ariz./Jose Romero, 34, Yuma, Ariz., Textron Wildcat, 43:47:50; 19. 2969 Stu Wild, 33, Canada/Peter Smart, 48, Canada/Edward Reekie, 44, England/David Jacobs, 47, Washington, D.C./Shannon Hearn, 45, Canada, Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo, 45:47:31; 20. 2988 Jorge Vela, 38, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Gabriel Romo, 52, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Manual Caranza, 40, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Emilio Estrada, 52, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Henri Palos, 42, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Can-Am Maverick X3, 46:42:49. (25 Starters, 20 Finishers)
PRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 1939 Dan Fresh, 50, Santa Ana, Calif./Mike Kim, 35, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 29:44:04 (38.15 mph); 2. 1962 Dodge Poelman, 17, Orem, Utah/Luis Dominguez, Vista, Calif./Ryan Poelman, Orem, Utah, Polaris RZR XP1000, 31:23:20; 3. 1998 Don Whittington, 71, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Bill Whittington, 69, Scottsdale, Ariz./Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP1000, 31:31:00; 4. 1923 Ben Bischoff, 25, Canada/Wyatt Dressler, 25, Canada/Mike Bacon, 25, Canada/Ian Baker, 25, Canada, Polaris RZR XP1000, 32:24:17; 5. 1913 Dean Acton, 57, Canada/Mark Acton, 26, Canada/Trevor Davies, 27, Canada/Scott Acton, 29, Canada/Brad Noakes, 30, Canada/John Paulus, 51, Canada, Yamaha YXZ1000R, 37:09:08; 6. 1954 Kristen Matlock, 36, Alpine, Calif./Matthew Stransberg, 37, Lakeside, Calfi./Josh Row, 28, Lakeside, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000, 39:13:49; 7. 1984 Mike Lewis, 32, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Chris Navarro, 35, Whittier, Calif./Mike Deley, 38, Menifee, Calif./Joe Higelin, 31, Norco, Calif./ Aquiles Neri, 28, Covina, Calif./Mike Banauelos, 37, Whittier, Calif., Polaris XP1000, 41:08:43; 8. 1970 Paul Hodge, 44, Sisters, Ore./George Peters, 55, Newbury Park, Calif./Jesu Greder, 38, Sisters, Ore./Jake Busey, 46, Malibu, Calif./Laird Hamilton, 52, Princeville, Hawaii, Yamaha YXZ1000SS, 46:33:27;
- 1922 Aldo Salazar, 31, Monterrey, Mexico (Chile)/Oscar Salazar, 32 Monterrey, Mexico, Antonio Martinez, 36, Monterrey, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP1000, 47:32:47. (17 Starters, 9 Finishers)
PRO UTV UNLIMITED (Unlimited, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—1. 1888 Earl Berg, 63, Mexico City (Canada)/Eduardo Tello, Mexico City/Sergio Aroyo, Los Cabos, Mexico/Jorge Macias, Los Cabos, Mexico/Cody Berg, Canada, Can-Am Maverick X3, 44:30:43 (25.49 mph). (1 Starter, 1 Finisher)
PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)—1. 1377 Jason Vandenborn, 43, Canada/Kendall Ballentine, 30, Canada, Ford F-150, 45:49:47 (24.75 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. 578 Gustavo Avina, 45, Ensenada, Mexico/Faisal Diaz, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Gabriel Avina, 25, Ensenada, Mexico/Erik Rivera, 32, Ensenada, Mexico/Eduardo Escobedo, 36, Ensenada, Mexico/Pablo Tapia, 33, Ensenada, Mexico, 32:40:02 (34.73 mph); 2. 569 Guy Savedra, 33, Las Vegas/Bryan Johnson, 27, San Diego/Danny Sanchez, 26, Tijuana, Mexico/Steven Fuentes, 29, Apple Valley, Calif./Rueben Garcia, 45, Pomona, Calif./Ruben Garcia Jr, 16, Pomona, Calif., 38:13:32; 3. 572 Oreany Rojas, 37, Guerrero Negro, Mexico/Carlos Cazares, 42, Guerrero Negro, Mexico/Abraham Villavicencio, 28, Guerrero Negro/Baltazar Siqueiros, Guerrero Negro, 42:15:51; 4. 555 Tomas A. Fernandez, 45, Laredo, Texas (Mexico)/Adrian Saucedo, 26, Monterrey, Mexico/Federico Montes, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Saucedo, Monterrey, Mexico/Tino Santana, Ensenada, Mexico/Alejandro Guevara, 35, Ensenada, Mexico, 43:08:57; 5. 597 Enrique Zazueta Jr, 38, La Paz, Mexico/Enrique Zazueta Sr, 70, La Paz, Mexico/Edgar Zazueta, 50, La Paz, Mexico/Sodgy Zazueta, 50, La Paz, Mexico/Rodolfo Zazueta, 38, La Paz, Mexico/Jesus Villareal, 45, La Paz, Mexico, 47:09:49; 6. 582 Rodolfo Martinez, 43, Spring Valley, Calif./Miguel Rodriguez, 44, Ensenada, Mexico/Gliserio Hernandez, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Alonso Angulo, 42, Ensenada, Mexico, 47:39:32. (12 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 3 (short wheelbase 4X4)—1. 302 Donald Moss, 54, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, 50, Bishop, Calif./Dave Grundman, 46, Elk Grove, Calif., Ford Bronco, 31:21:11 (36.18 mph). (4 Starters, 1 Finisher)
BAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars)—1. BC1 Brian Finch, 47, Hermitage, Tenn./Bill Weber, 39, Medford, Ore./Bob Bower, 72, Lake Forest, Calif./Lance Clifford, 45, Hurricane, Utah/Kyle Tucker, 48, Mooresville, N.C./Lawrence McRae, 54, St. George, Utah/Brad Lovell, 40, Colorado Springs, Colo., 31:09:57 (36.40 mph); 2. BC2 Jeff Smith, 57, Lake Oswego, Ore./Nathan Smith, 28, Tigard, Ore./Jesse Nemec, 42, Beaverton, Ore./Chris Evans, 65, Portland, Ore./Darryl Becker, 49, Battle Ground, Wash./Don Kennedy, 35, Vancouver, Wash., 36:45:51; 3. BC7 Antonio Marmolejo, 41, Hong Kong (Columbia)/Eduardo Blanco, 42, Spain/Ariel Jaton, 44, Spain/Jesus Calleja, 52, Spain/Lara Gonzales, 31, Spain, 36:56:09; 4. BC4 Mike Brodeur, 47, Wilmington, N.C./David Brodeur, 51, Wilmington, N.C./Kevin Schmidt, 48, Riverside, Conn./ Richard Sznurkowski Jr, 44, Wilmington, N.C./Garion Brodeur, 23, Norfolk, Va./Garret Martin, 46, Newport Beach, Calif., 37:27:19; 5. BC6 Oskar Slingerland, 52, Monaco/James Rossiter, 34, Monaco/Mike Marshal, 29, New York, N.Y./Markus Palttala, 40, Belgium/Will Turner, 46, Amesbury, Mass./Jay Baier, 29, Kensington, N.H., 40:32:26; 6. BC8 Eric Tedder, 46, Oak Hill, Va./Mel Booker, 48, Ashburn, Va./Tim Hollobaugh, 43, Columbia, S.C./David Davenport, 36, Germany/Dennis Bruch, 58, New Paris, Ohio/Joel Franceschi, 58, Saint Augstine, Fla., 42:50:21; 7. BC10 Edward Muncey, 46, San Diego/Shawn Evans/Don Roger Norman/Roger Norman, San Diego, 43:50:25; 8. BC11 John Leon, 44, Homestead, Fla./Paul Gurule, 44, Maple Woods, Ky./Bryan Scheible, 53, Brownsville, N.Y./Mary Scheible, 51, Liberty Hill, Texas/Mark Stahl, 66, Ramona, Calif./Jason Torchinsky, 46, Chapel Hill, N.C., 44:32:06; 9. BC12 Bud Pecoy, 59, W. Des Moines, Iowa/Christopher Nelson, 30, Fort Dodge, Iowa/Jon Peed, 33, Webster City, Iowa/Rolf Helland, 38, Morris, Ill./Jeffrey Mackiewicz, 49, Ottama, Ill./Michale Valentine, 58, Morris, Ill., 44:44:27; 10. BC3 Marco Gonzales, 55, Glendora, Calif./Michael Gonzales, 21, Glendora, Calif./Jon Breckshot, 53, Westminster, Calif./ Michael Leckliter, 57, Murrieta, Calif., 44:56:02; 11. BC5 Ken Schueller, 50, Marysville, Wash./Andy Sole, 50, Moresville, Wash./Alex Marmureanu, 55, Los Angeles/ Darrin Graham, 51, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/James Linsley, 49, New York, N.Y./ Ricardo Medellin, 43, Mexico, 45:00:17; 12.
BC9 Bruce Burkard, 49, Hillsborough, Calif./Paul Odland, 49, Tiburn, Calif./Gabriel Dalporto, 46, Burlingame, Calif./Michael Buckley, 49, Spain/Agapi Burkard, 43, Hillsborough, Calif./James Haggarty, 40, Burlingame, Calif., 47:22:39. (12 Starters, 12 Finishers)
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized Trucks)—1. 8101 Rod Hall, 79, Reno, Nev./Chad Hall, 54, Reno, Nev./Frank DeAngelo, 60, Greenville, S.C./Austin Hall, 30, Sparks, Nev./Chris Woo, 43, Truckee, Calif., Hummer H1Alpha, 37:05:08 (30.59 mph); 2. 8155 Marc Van Tassell, 45, Ely, Nev./David Connors, 43, Bountiful, Utah/Darren Webster, 50, Holladay, Utah/Kurt Williams, 37, Sandy, Utah/Ryan Nakaya, 44, Bountiful, Utah, Toyota Land Cruiser, 37:21:10. (2 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Open, production mini trucks)—1. 757 Rodrigo Martinez, 50, El Centro, Calif. (San Ignacio, Mexico)/ Rodrigo Martinez Liera, 22, San Ignacio/Ronaldo Martinez Liera, 19, San Ignacio, Mexico/Francisco Verdugo, 26, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 39:12:48 (28.93 mph); 2. 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 Frontier King Cab, 41:40:38; 3. 742 Alonso Gonzalez, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Miguel Padilla, Ensenada, Mexico/Miguel Rosales, Ensenada, Mexico/Alvaro Frayre, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 41:58:54. (7 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 17 (Jeep Speed Challenge)—1. 1788 Mark Murrell, 55, Grand Junction, Colo./Jason Hutter/Paul Blangsted/Shelby Bates/Jake Maness/Mar Gasham, Jeep Wrangler, 45:15:49 (25.06 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)—1. 1118 Pancho Bio, 58, Ensenada, Mexico/Cisco Bio, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Ramon Bio, 18, Ensenada, Mexico/Pancho Guerrero, 36, Ensenada, Mexico, 41:58:54 (27.02 mph); 2. 1121 Dennis Hollenbeck, 56, Ensenada, Mexico/Armando Salazar, 27, Ensenada, Mexico/Luis Vasquez, 25, Ensenada, Mexico/Dave Forest, 45, Canyon Lake, Calif./Greg Piraino, 45, Tempe, Ariz./Kevin Schlect, 57, Tehachapi, Calif./Chris Hodge, Fort Bragg, N.C./Brian Ceosson, Galt, Calif./Keilen Hill, Sonora, Calif./Paul Harth, Canada, 47:18:06. (11 Starters, 2 Finishers)
VINTAGE TRAILBLAZER (1982 and earlier)—1. v911 Timothy Vail, 55, Houston/Bobby Patton, 54, Fort Worth, Texas, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, 46:03:44 (24.63 mph). (4 Starters, 1 Finisher)
VINTAGE INNOVATOR (1983-1992)—(3 Starters, 0 Finishers)
SPT UNL TRUCK—(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
SPT BUGGY—1. 1504 Ricardo Rodriguez, 61, Ensenada, Mexico/Erick Ocegueda, 37, Madera, Mexico/Luis Magana, 24, Madera, Mexico/Gerardo Taluera, 30, Ensenada, Mexico, Dimel-VW, 39:59:27 (28.37 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
SPT UTV—1. 1802 Yuval Sharon, 41, Israel, Yamaha YXZ1000, 39:06:08 (29.01 mph). (3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
PRO MOTO UNLIMITED (450cc or more)—1. 45x Francisco Arredondo, 40, Guatemala/Shane Esposito, 43, Temecula, Calif./Justin Morgan, 27, El Caon, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, 33, Barstow, Calif./Ty Davis, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:07:17 (53.71 mph); 2. 1x Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, 31, San Clemente, Calif./Justin Jones, 25, Temecula, Calif./Ryan Penhall, 30, Corona, Calif./Ian Young, 23, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:26:47; 3. 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Derek Ausserbauer, 24, Santa Ynez, Calif./Arik Swain, Santa Cruz, Calif./Bryce OxleySan Clemente, Calif./Travis Frohlich, Santa Barbara, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 23:02:10; 4. 44x Justin Morgan, 27, El Cajon, Calif./Grant Stately, 22, La Jolla, Calif./Tommy Harris, Torrence, Calif./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif./Brad Millikan, Mill Creek, Ariz./Francisco Arredondo, 40, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X, 23:43:05; 5. 33x Garrett Poucher, 34, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico/Skyler Howes, St. George, Utah/Schuyler Schoonmaker, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 24:03:37; 6. 55x Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steven Hatch, 48, Flagstaff, Ariz./Chris Eberz, Kanab, Utah/Forrest McIntosh/Max Drew, Honda CRF450X, 25:12:07; 7. 35x Nick Gust, 29, Pescadero, Calif./Don Campbell, 29, Daly City, Calif./Charlie Walters, 45, Pacifica, Calif./Alejandro Herrera, 18, Ensenada, Mexico/Raul Ortega Jr, 18, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450XCF, 30:41:39; 8. 66x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Eric Yorba, 23, Rosarito, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos/Massimo Mangini/Brandon Prieto/Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 500EXC, 36:45:08. (8 Starters, 8 Finishers)
PRO MOTO LIMITED (449cc or less)—1. 160x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Massimo Mangini, Italy/Larry Serna, Tijuana/Gerardo Rojas, San Quintin, Mexico/Alberto Heredia, Ensenada/Eric Rene Mangana, San Isidro, Calif., KTM 300EXC, 30:42:13 (36.95 mph); 2. 119x Matt Miller, 50, Los Gatos, Calif./Phil Shuyler, 35, Los Gatos, Calif./John Wear, 34, Los Gatos, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 30:48:48; 3. 166x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Massimo Magini/Rene Magana/Ricardo de la Pena/Alberto Heredia/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico, KTM 350EXC, 30:56:55; 4. 125x Fernando Beltran, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Emanuel Verdugo, 34, Ensenada, Mexico/David Zarate, 28, Los Cabos, Mexico/Rigoberto Gomez, 28, Ensenada/Jorge Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Sammy Maltavan, 24, San Diego, Yamaha YZ250, 32:57:28; 5. 114x Rodolfo Patron, 37, Tijuana, Mexico/Phillip Jaramillo, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Maclish, 19, El Rosario, Mexico/Juan Marquez, 39, Chula Vista, Calif./Julio Ramirez, 28, Chula Vista, Calif./Francisco Diaz, 17, La Paz, Mexico, KTM350, 41:42:27. (7 Starters, 5 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. 300x Ryan Liebelt, 37, Reedley, Calif./Brandon Wright, 40/Justin Schultz, 36, Lake Forest, Calif./Greg Bardonnex, 43, Visalia, Calif./Andrew Pucket, 35/Kris Kilbride, 45, Yamaha WR450, 27:13:30 (41.67 mph); 2. 333x Chad Thornton, 46, Farmington, N.M./Salvador Hernandez, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/Dennis Belingheri, 47, Reno, Nev./Steve Tichnor, 42, Reno, Nev./Jason Trubey, 43, Henderson, Nev./Kevin Johnson, 42, Boulder City, Nev., KTM 500XCW, 30:16:08; 3. 360x Santiago Creel, 31, Mexico City, Mexico/Enrique Fuhrken, 37, Mexico City/Jesus Zavala, 38, Valle de Bravo, Mexico/Patrick Reyes, 38, Mexico City/Antonio de la Vega, 39, Mexico City/Jose Pelayo, 34, Mexico City, KTM 500EXC, 30:48:00; 4. 306x Scott Miller, 42, Gilbert, Ariz./Eric Zite, 50, Gilbert, Ariz./Jeremy Stevens, 36, Gilbert, Ariz./Eric Breien, 34, Owasso, Okla., Husqvarna FE501, 33:54:46; 5. 305x Curtis Yanzick, 40, Cataldo, Idaho/Paul Husbauer, 35, Hillsboro, Ore./Milo Linville, 59, Damacus, Ore./Garrett Yanzick, 34, Selah, Wash./Eric Berard, 41, Winter Garden, Fla./William St. Laurent, 43, Winter Park, Fla., Husqvarna FE501, 35:40:58. (6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. 400x Jano Montoya, 46, Winter Garden, Fla./Francisco Septien, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Jeff Kawell, 45, Riverside, Calif./Alberto Ruiz, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Kirk Russell, 47, Los Barriles, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 26:56:08 (42.12 mph); 2. 420x Mike Barnhill, 52, El Cajon, Calif./Freddie Willert, 48, El Cajon, Calif./Chad Houck, 48, San Marcos, Calif./Eric Hingeley 48, Clairmont, Calif./Jeff Quade, 51, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico/Mike Tiffant, 50, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 28:42:15; 3. 477x Francisco Beltran, 46, Aventura, Fla. (La Paz, Mexico)/Sergio Vega, 49/Ulises Fisher, 46/Abelino Montoya, 40/Antonio Salmon, 46, Husqvarna FE501, 28:43:04; 4. 411x Colie Potter, 49, Las Vegas/David Glass, Hemet, Calif./Paul Luce, 43, Albuquerque, N.M./Steve Malley/Mike Bellar/Jason Miller, Honda CRF450X, 29:28:59: 5. 497x Erick Sanchez, 46, San Diego (Mexico)/Oscar Garcia, 43, Tijuana, Mexico/Jorge Langridge, 51, Mexico/Guillermo De la Herran, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/Jorge Medina, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/Alejandro Diaz, 44, La Paz, Mexico, Husaberg 501, 31:33:16; 6.
407x Bruce Anderson, 62, Riverside, Calif./Capt. Scott McCune, 47, Round Rock, Texas/Tony Wilkinson, 45/Shane Scott, 53/Marty Heitmann, 50/Matt Webber, 48, Honda CRF450X, 37:24:07. (7 Starters, 6 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. 549x Robert Gates, 75, Victorville, Calif./Lou Franco, 54, Simi Valley, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousands, Calif./Mike Johnson/Bob Johnson/David Potts/Chris Goolsby/Steve Williams, 59/Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 27:29:46 (41.26 mph);
- 515x Robert Creemers, 53, New Zealand/Sean Clark, 50, New Zealand/Pete Heard, 53, New Zealand/Doug Herbert, 50, New Zealand/Kevin Archer, 50, New Zealand, Honda CRF450X, 28:40:51; 3. 510x Giovanni Spinali, 51, El Cajon, Calif./John Griffin, 51, Hillcrest, Calif./Earl Roberts, 55, Mexicali, Mexico/Troy Pearce, 50, Ramona, Calif./ Brian Bontekoning, 51, South Africa/Graham Maclachlan, 50, South Africa, Honda CRF450X, 30:50:57; 4. 516x Scott Atchison, 55, Bakersfield, Calif./Greg Hauser, 54, Shell Beach, Calif./Robby Kennedy, 54, Newhall, Calif./Harold Harris, 54, Reedly, Calif./Manny Ornellas, 54, Redding, Calif./Jimmy Somes, 55, Riverside, Calif., Honda XR650R, 30:56:17; 5. 521x Bill Wheeler, 57, Pleasanton, Calif./Jim Libby, 63, Anchorage, Alaska/Tim Sherwin, 59, Loma Linda, Calif./Ken Hilgendorf, 58, Los Angeles, Husqvarna FX450, 30:56:46; 6. 500x Marty Gomez, 57, Randsburg, Calif./Flipper Manchester, 54, Reno, Nev./George Pennington, 50, Denver/Tim Gomez, 60, Long Beach, Calif./Lance Schoonmaker/Mark Winkelman, 58, Cedar Hill, Texas/Rick Emerson, Honda CRF450X, 32:43:51; 7. 550x Bill Sekeres, 56, Santa Clarita, Calif./Mike Prunty, 55, Temecula, Calif./Mike Garvin, 52, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Kevin Ward, 55, Chatsworth, Calif./Daren Heft/Alan Difatta, Agua Dulce, Calif./Craig Wear, 58, Carson City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 34:26:30; 8. 556x Don Blake, 62, Mission Viejo, Calif./Mike Booth, San Diego/Richie Hudson, Lake Havasu City, Ariz./Steve Underwood, Springfield, Mo./Matt Woody, Grand Lake, Colo./Pat White, Bellingham, Wash., Husqvarna 501, 35:57:37; 9.
505x Daniel Argano, 52, San Luis Obispo, Calif./Robert Eaton, 53, San Luis Obispo, Calif./Scott Hayes, 54, San Luis Obispo, Calif./Tony Zabala, 53, Los Osos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 42:05:27. (9 Starters, 9 Finishers)
PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders)—1. 715x Jeff Benrud, 47, Raeford, N.C., Honda CRF450X, 30;37:13 (37.05 mph); 2. 729x Michael Skurkis, 40, Henderson, Nev./KTM 500XCW, 31:48:28; 3. 721x Jose Carassco, 27, Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Suzuki RMZ450X, 35:11:14; 4. 740x Boe Huckins, 38, Jackson, Wyo., KTM SXF450, 36:20:50; 5. 778x Mike Crawford, 39, Phoenix, KTM 500EXC, 39:59:30; 6. 712x Eddie Meek, 36, England, KTM 450EXC, 43:01:31. (19 Starters, 6 Finishers)
PRO MOTO 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. 609x Donald Lewis, 74, Manchester, Conn./Richard Jackson, 71, Acton, Calif./ Mike Castro, 64, Apple Valley, Calif./Max Christensen, 64, Sun Valley, Calif./Guy Laycraft, 60, Canada/Larry Engwall, 63, Santana, Calif./Kirk Heintz, Tulare, Calif./Robert Koch, 63, Leona Valley, Calif./George Yates, Irvine, Calif./Jim Meyers, Honda CRF450X, 34:47:41 (32.60 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
PRO QUAD (450cc or more)—1. 13a Said Sanchez, 31, Tijuana, Mexico/Francisco Velez/Francisco Vera/Felipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico/Luis Velez/Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 26:38:46 (42.57 mph); 2. 2a Don Higbee, 49, Casper, Wyo./Cody Mitchell, 25, Henderson, Nev./Jeremy Gray, 26, Barstow, Calif./Bryan Buckhanon, 38, Beckley, W.V./ Rick Cecco, 42, Shermsdale, Pa./Jose Tores, 24, San Felipe, Mexico, Can-Am Outlander, 29:06:48; 3. 3a Carlos Mendez, 30, San Diego (Tecate, Mexico)/Gary Gonzalez, 31, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Travis Dillon, 30, San Diego/Dominic Ramirez, 38, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 37:10:45. (3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
SPT M/C—1. 266x Cody Schaffer, 25, Wheatridge, Colo./Clint Chew, 46, Centennial, Colo./Bing Satre, 41, Stevenson, Wash./Laramie Bales, 29, Oklahoma City/Lars Satre, 45/Skyler Dupre, 24, Honda CRF450X, 28:40:37 (39.56 mph); 2. 286x Roy Buelna, 49, Ensenada, Mexico/Cornelo Garcia, 41, Ensenada, Mexico/Aran Garcia, 19, Ensenada, Mexico/Tulio Garcia, 32, Ensenada, Mexico/Miguel Hernandez, 33, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Hale Jr, 55, Ensenada, Mexico/Ferrio Vargas, 23, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 30:14:08; 3. 201x Casey O’Donnell, 32, Steamboat Springs, Colo./ R Hank Salyer, 46, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Josh Scott, 38, Steamboat Springs, Colo./ Tilman McDaniel, 41, Lexington, Ky./Sean Delaney, 45, Lexington, Ky., Yamaha 450FX, 30:42:17; 4. 223x Mike Mettler, 43, Kuna, Idaho/James Aguilar, 50, Clements, Calif./ Mark Henderson, 43, Stockton, Calif./Scott Macias, 53, Livermore, Calif./San Nava, 29, San Diego, Yamaha YZ450FX, 32:13:53; 5. 249x Daren Beard, 30, Anchorage, Alaska/Andrew McConnell, 25, Anchorage, Alaska/Albert Devora, 36, Anchorage, Alaska/Jake Kopplow, Anchorage, Alasak/Karl Lavtar, Anchorage, Alaska/Brogan Putnam, Anchorage, Alaska, Husqvarna FE501, 34:59:33; 6. 224x Augusto Bedoya, 45, San Diego/Kyle Negus, 25, San Diego/Lachlan Wishart, 42, Costa Rica/Mike Figuera, 53, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 35:02:43; 7. 254x Tyler Harvey, 25, Boulder City, Nev./Chuck Harvey, Boulder City, Nev./Chuck Mcrae, Honda CRF450X, 35:20:14; 8. 241x Jack Lundin, 27, Canada/Adam Lundin, 30, Canada/Tim Young, 41, Canada/Alex Panek, 25, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 36:34:32; 9. 257x Mike Frick, 49, Snohomish, Wash./Maguire Frick, 17, Snohomish, Wash./Brad Levar, 50, Stanwood, Wash./Dave Cushing, 49, Marysville, Wash., KTM 350XCF, 36:46:10; 10. 244x Marcos Medina, 48, San Quintin, Mexico/Carlos Camacho, 25, La Paz, Mexico, Yamaha WR450R, 36:51:31; 11. 279x Tomoki Hayashi, 49, Japan/Kazunari Iriki, 55, Japan, Honda CRF450X, 37:34:32; 12. 220x Luis Pena, 19, Glendale, Ariz. (Chihuaha, Mexico)/Diego Lopez, Glendale, Ariz., KTM 450CW, 37:54:43; 13. 228x Scott McIntosh, 57, Novi, Mich./Mike Youmans/Dave Fifer/Justin Moore/Ben Bodi Sandbothe/Risto Nemi, Finland/Rhett Oden/Brian Backus, Honda CRF450X, 41:41:25; 14. 208x Chris Welch, 36, Steamboat Springs, Colo./Adam Joslin, 41, Boise, Idaho/Dan Mastrude, 45, Boise, Idaho/Clay McKenzie, 34, Steamboat Springs, Colo./ Dave Phillips, 41, Carbondale, Colo., KTM 500XCW, 41:58:20; 15. 219x Hisashi Kitamura, 54, Japan/Tango Mochizuki, 47, Japan/Noboru Kotani, 44, Japan/Takeshi Sawatari, 49, Japan, KTM 500EXC, 42:41;08; 16. 243x Tsuyoshi Inoue, 32, Japan/Ryohei Takigawa, 31, Japan/Kenshiro Matsukuma, 30, Japan, Yamaha WR450F, 43:54:35; 17. 290x Roch Racine, 48, Canada/Sylvain Jobidon, 48, Canada/Anthony Jobidon, 22, Canada, KTM 500EXC, 44:17:17; 18. 283x Miguel Pena, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/Alexis Velarde, 18, Tijuana, Mexico/Jorge Carbajal, 42, Tijuana, Mexico/ Luis Carvajal, 19, Tijuana, Mexico/Chino Leuvano, 42, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 44:42:28; 19. 231x Nick Sarao, 39, India/Bhaskar Ramani, 43, India/Gurinder Singh, 44, Canada/Ilyas Bham, 46, India/Anand Dharmaraj, 49, India/Aditya Devabhaktuni, 37, England, KTM 500XC-W, 45:54:21. (27 Starters, 19 Finishers)
SPT QUAD—1. 103a Oskar Espinoza, 27, Ensenada, Mexico/Hector Orozco, 24, Ensenada, Mexico/Heriberto Marquez, 32, Ensenada, Mexico/Marox Cousino, 23, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Recio, 32, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 26:35:21 (42.66 mph); 2. 109a Juan Dominguez, 26, Yuma, Ariz./Javier Robles Jr, 28, Mexicali, Mexico/Jose Contreras, 33, Tecate, Mexico/Rusty Repass, 44, Baltimore/Dan Webb, 35, Richmond, Va., Honda TRX450R, 27:22:36; 3. 148a Alejandro Amador, 36, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Arce, 39, Spring Valley, Calif./Jorge Perez, 39, Ensenada, Mexico/Francisco Garcia, 39, Ensenada, Mexico/Javier Villavicencio, 40, Santa Rosalia, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 30:32:40;
- 116a Adulfo Loya, 36, San Quintin, Mexico/Fidel Gonzalez, 33, Vizcaino, Mexico/Efrain Vazquez, 25, Guerrero Negro, Mexico/Efren Vazquez, 17, Guerrero Negro, Mexico/Carlos Lopez, 45, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 31:17:31; 5. 100a Eddie Bareno, 33, El Centro, Calif. (Mexicali, Mexico)/Jose Enriquez, 37, Mexicali, Mexico/Juan Gonzalez, 38, Ensenada, Mexico/Oscar Ruiz, 22, El Centro, Calif./Ramon Flores, 22 Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 32:57:30; 6. 120a Kelly Ramirez, 26, El Cajon, Calif./Diego Bettran, 30, Mexicali, Mexico/Julio Banda, 20, Mexicali, Mexico/Mario Anaya, 19, Tecate, Mexico/Christian Anaya, 19, Tecate, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 35:04:20; 7. 182a Carlos Jimenez, 35, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/, Honda TRX450R, 36:55:25:16; 8. 134a Charles Laviolette, 35, Canada/Michel Fillion, 46, Canada, Yamaha 700Raptor, 40:12:51; 9. 119a Rusty Batza, 58, Durango, Colo./Marco Mercado, 42, Ramona, Calif./Anthony Romero, 28, San Jose, Calif./John Ferrari, Denver, Can-Am 1000, 41:51:52; 10. 123a Waldemar Ortiz, 38, Las Cruces, N.M. (Puerto Rico)/Isia Campos, 30, San Diego/Cristobal Quezada, 39, Tijuana, Mexico/Ismael Hernandez, 38, Chula Vista, Calif./Hector Comacho Jr, 24, Tijuana, Mexico/Zachary Hayward, 38, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 42:52:48; 11. 173a Miguel Arranz, 44, Acton, Calif. (Spain), Honda TRX450R, 46:12:24; 12. 145a Jovani Marquez, 33, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico/Evelyn Yee, 21, Loreto, Mexico/Alejandro Aue, 34, Insurgentes, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 46:57:01. (17 Starters, 12 Finishers)
50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000
Final Round of four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship
Nov. 12-18, 2017— 1,134.40 miles
Ensenada, Baja California to La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Pro Cars and Trucks
1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 43, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 19:53:36 (57.02 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, 49, Las Vegas/Cody Stuart, 32, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Shane Robinson, 43, Dolan, Ariz./Mike Craft/Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 20:52:45 (54.33 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif./Gary Weyhrich, Boring, Ore., Ford F-150, 21:13:10 (53.46 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chad Bunch, 41, Glendale, Ariz., Ford Raptor, 21:22:41 (53.06 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 40 Chris Miller, 43, LaJolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 22:20:09 (50.79 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 91 Troy Herbst, 51, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, 21, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Tim Herbst, 54, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 22:23:14 (50.67 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego/Larry Roeseler, 62, Martinez, Calif., Ford F-150, 22:36:24 (50.18 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8.1068 Cody Reid, 24, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Rick St. John, Carlsbad, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/Brian Bowles, Fullerton, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 22:42:53 (49.94 mph) (Class 10)
- 7 Bryce Menzies, 30, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, 51, Phoenix/Pete Mortensen, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor, 22:58:32 (49.37 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 250 John Langley, 74, Santa Monica, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 23:34:54 (48:11 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
- 242 Bryce Swaim, 30, El Cajon, Calif./Garrett Stone, 23, El Cajon, Calif./Jeremy Spirkoff, 46, El Cajon, Calif./Joe Interrante, 58, Atlanta/Gary Arnold, 60, Coronado, Calif., Ford Raptor, 23:38:13 (47.99 mph) Trophy Truck Spec)
- 14 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Mike Craft/Cody Stuart, 32, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Pat Dean, 49, Las Vegas/Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 23:40:25 (47.92 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 21L Gustavo Vildosola Sr, 64, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Ampudia Sr, Ensenada, Mexico/Scott Bailey, 57, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor, 23:43:38 (47.81 mph) (SCORE TT Legend)
- 189 Jon Walker, 51, Tamuning, Guam/Joe Black/Jim Reos/Joey Black, Kreger-Chevy, 23:55:52 (47.40 mph) (Class 1)
- 153 Brad Wilson, 28, Long Beach, Calif./Ronny Wilson, 55, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, 31, San Clemente, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 24:03:37 (47.15 mph) (Class 1)
- 45 Gary Magness, 63, Denver/Devin Housh, 36, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 24:15:49 (46.75mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 296 Alex Gonzales, 32, Cathedral City, Calif./Mario Gonzales, 55, Cathedral City, Calif./David Jameson, 33, Palm Desert, Calif./Garrett McCourt, 31, Homeland, Calif., Kinetik-Chevy, 24:17:41 (46.69 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
- 295 William Hedrick, 51, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Miguel Montoya, 45, Camalu, Mexico/William Hedrick Jr, 21, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Alberto Rodriguez, 51, Camalu, Mexico, IDDesign-Chevy, 24:34:31 (46.16 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
- 4 Justin Matney, 31, Bristol, Tenn./Josh Daniel, 42, Vista, Calif./Doug Fortin, El Cajon, Calif., Chevy Rally Truck, 25:07:04 (45.16 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 38 Eric Hustead, 46, St. George, Utah/Brook Beckstrom/Colton Hustead/Micha Dufk, Ford F-150, 25:07:05 (45.16 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 114 Al Torres, 32, Imperial Valley, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 25:09:35 (45.09 mph) (Class 1)
- 255 Lee Banning, 65, Laveen, Ariz./Steve Melton, 48, Buckeye, Ariz., Lee Banning Jr, 42, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Rick Graf, 53, Scottsdale, Ariz., Geiser-Chevy, 25:26:18 (44.59 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)
- 4422 Casey Currie, 33, Corona, Calif./Cody Currie, 31, Anaheim, Calif./Aaron Quesada, 35, Riverside, Calif., Jeep Wrangler JK, 25:39:47 (44.20 mph) (Hammer Truck Unlimited)
- 1002 Clay Lawrence, 55, Sunset Beach, Calif./Mark Dobson, 46, Los Angeles/Daniel Hernandez, 27, San Diego, LMS-Chevy, 25:45:17 (44.05 mph) (Class 10)
- 30 Robbie Pierce, 58, Lakeside, Calif./Mike Julson, 60, Descanso, Calif./Barry Karakas, 47, Oak Hills, Calif., Ford F-150, 25:54:44 (43.78 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
- 45x Francisco Arredondo, 40, Guatemala/Shane Esposito, 43, Temecula, Calif./Justin Morgan, 27, El Caon, Calif./Max Eddy Jr, 33, Barstow, Calif./Ty Davis, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:07:17 (53.71 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 1x Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, Calif./Colton Udall, 31, San Clemente, Calif./Justin Jones, 25, Temecula, Calif./Ryan Penhall, 30, Corona, Calif./Ian Young, 23, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:26:47 (52.89 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 3x Ray Dal Soglio, 26, Scottsdale, Ariz./Derek Ausserbauer, 24, Santa Ynez, Calif./Arik Swain, Santa Cruz, Calif./Bryce OxleySan Clemente, Calif./Travis Frohlich, Santa Barbara, Calif.,Honda CRF450X, 23:02:10 (49.24 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 44x Justin Morgan, 27, El Cajon, Calif./Grant Stately, 22, La Jolla, Calif./Tommy Harris, Torrence, Calif./Troy Vanscourt, Norco, Calif./Brad Millikan, Mill Creek, Ariz./Francisco Arredondo, 40, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X, 23:43:05 (47.83 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 33x Garrett Poucher, 34, Valencia, Calif./Michel Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico/Skyler Howes, St. George, Utah/Schuyler Schoonmaker, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 24:03:37 (47.15 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 55x Carlin Dunne, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steven Hatch, 48, Flagstaff, Ariz./Chris Eberz, Kanab, Utah/Forrest McIntosh/Max Drew, Honda CRF450X, 25:12:07 (45.01 mph) (Pro Moto Unlimited)
- 400x Jano Montoya, 46, Winter Garden, Fla./Francisco Septien, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Jeff Kawell, 45, Riverside, Calif./Alberto Ruiz, 42, Ensenada, Mexico/Kirk Russell, 47, Los Barriles, Mexico, KTM 450XCW, 26:56:08 (42.12 mph) (Pro Moto 40)
- 300x Ryan Liebelt, 37, Reedley, Calif./Brandon Wright, 40/Justin Schultz, 36, Lake Forest, Calif./Greg Bardonnex, 43, Visalia, Calif./Andrew Pucket, 35/Kris Kilbride, 45, Yamaha WR450, 27:13:30 (41.67 mph) (Pro Moto 30)
- 549x Robert Gates, 75, Victorville, Calif./Lou Franco, 54, Simi Valley, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousands, Calif./Mike Johnson/Bob Johnson/David Potts/Chris Goolsby/Steve Williams, 59/Doug Smith, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 27:29:46 (41.26 mph) (Pro Moto 50)
- 515x Robert Creemers, 53, New Zealand/Sean Clark, 50, New Zealand/Pete Heard, 53, New Zealand/Doug Herbert, 50, New Zealand/Kevin Archer, 50, New Zealand, Honda CRF450X, 28:40:51 (39.55 mph) (Pro Moto 50)
PRO CARS & TRUCKS
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK
CARLOS “APDALY” LOPEZ, No. 1 (First in class and first overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Lopez started and drove to race mile 454. Juan C. Lopez drove to race mile 991. Lopez drove to the finish.) — It was a very rough race and the course was very dusty but we are here. Just before the sun set, the fog on the beach was very bad. We have been looking forward to this for a year and everything went as we planned it. Next year we are going to try and win another championship. This win is significant to me because I’ve always dreamed about winning the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 and to win with my dad is amazing. Baja is family and my little brother is driving a Class 1 so my whole family is racing in the 1000. My mom was on the highway chasing for us.
CAMERON STEELE, No. 16 (Second in class and second overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Pat Dean started and drove to race mile 538. Steele drove to the finish.) — We are really proud of the effort that the whole team put in. It’s a family affair and we are 100 percent sponsored and friend funded and it is important to do a good job. Missing it by one or two tells us that we have the program to do it but we just have to get to that next step. Everybody just crushed it on the peninsula today. The longest non-stop desert race in the world is the real deal. The 80 miles of whups right at the end are pretty sadistic.
DAN McMILLIN, No. 23 (Third in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin started and drove to race mile 580. Gary Weyhrich drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER GARY WEYHRICH said: Dan had one flat and I didn’t have any so that is pretty good to only have one flat in 1130 miles. In the fog, I had to back way down. I rolled the truck at the finish and we lost a few minutes there.
BILLY WILSON, No. 15 (Fourth in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Wilson drove to race mile 520. Chad Bunch drove to race mile 950. Wilson drove to the finish.) — We picked some good lines and made it through the silt. The last few hundred miles was zero visibility and constant wiping of the visor. This race is so competitive and everybody did their homework so we were racing each other more than the terrain. I had a little incident in the dust when I drove into a ditch and got pulled out with about 12 miles to go.
CHRIS MILLER, No. 40 (Fifth in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish.) — This is the first time I’ve ever driven this truck. It took me about 150 miles but I finally learned how to wheel this thing. It is different from my other truck and this thing absolutely rips. The toughest deal on this race was the fog. We went through eight towels wiping off our visors.
TROY HERBST, No. 91 (Sixth in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Herbst shared driving duties with Brett Sourapas and his brother, Tim.) — It was a great race today. I really enjoy everybody in Baja sitting on the side of the track all the way down the peninsula cheering us on. It was a great event. We had a little transmission problem but everybody else had issues too so I’m happy to be here. We had a driveline come apart but luckily our chase guys were pretty close. It ended up being a decent day but just short of where we wanted to be.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 83 (Seventh in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. McMillin drove to race mile 580. Larry Roeseler drove to the finish.) — We had a really good day going for us. We maintained our pace all day. We ended up getting the truck first on the road and gave to Larry. He increased the lead doing what Larry does best by staying steady and smooth. We got up to an 11-minute lead and bad luck struck again and somehow a shock came apart. It makes no sense because the limit straps were there. We got it fixed and we’re here. CO-DRIVER LARRY ROESELER said: Luke did a fantastic job. He was unbelievable. He was first on the road at race mile 580. I got in and were putting time on everybody, cruising and doing what I love to do. We led for another 300 miles. We had some brake issues and then we broke a shock. That was the major downfall. We came here to win this race and I wanted to make it number 14 for the 50th year so we are a little disappointed. It is a passion and it has been my life and without the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 my career wouldn’t be where it is today. It’s emotional and we were close.
BRYCE MENZIES, No. 7 (Eighth in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Menzies shared driving duties with Jesse Jones and Pete Mortenson.) — CO-DRIVER PETE MORTENSON said: We had a hell of day. We were battling for the lead and we stuck it into a ditch and broke our steering box about 100 miles from the finish. Jesse Jones got a little injured from that so I hopped in and brought it to the finish. It cost us about two hours. That was probably one of the most aggressive BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000s I’ve ever been a part of and I’ve done 10 now. I’m just happy to be here. We lost the hood at about race mile 180 chasing down Ricky Johnson (Larry Connor #6) on Puertocitos Road. He just stopped while we were doing 120 so it was just instant collide. It took the lights and the hood out right away. We had to fix all the lights at the next pit stop. I’ve never been in so much fog. It was wet and it was cold but you couldn’t keep the water off your shield. We must have been through 300 miles of whups four feet deep today.
CAMERON STEELE, No. 14 (Ninth in class and tenth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Bobby Pecoy started and drove to race mile 536. Greg Distefano drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER GREG DISTEFANO said: This was my first race ever in a SCORE Trophy Truck. We had an amazing trip and I wish we could just keep going. The truck had an alternator issue early on so we were about 100 miles down. This morning in San Javier there was a lot of moisture and I couldn’t see and my visor fogged up.
SCORE TT LEGEND
GUSTAVO VILDOSOLA SR., No. 21L (First in class.) — The 50th anniversary was a big deal for us. CO-DRIVER RODRIGO AMPUDIA SR. said: It is a pleasure to be on a bi-national team and a great family team and to win this race together. CO-DRIVER SCOTT BAILEY said: It is exciting to have two Mexican nationals and two gringos down here teamed up. For us to be able to do it like we did is pretty incredible.
JON WALKER, No. 189 (First in class. Walker shared driving duties with Joey Black.) — This was long and tough. Driving in clouds is always tough. We had a flat and we had to change a set of back brakes. The last 100 miles was pretty nerve wracking.
BRAD WILSON, No. 153 (Second in class.) — We had some issues around race mile 950 so it put us back. There was so much more silt than I would have imagined and I pre-ran only two days ago.
AL TORRES, No. 114 (Third in class.) – This was my first time trying this peninsula run and it feels great to finish it. It was pretty tough in the fog so it slowed us down a bit. The hardest thing is to try and keep pace and not break. Over that many miles you’re not going to win it in the first half. You’ve got to go a consistent pace the whole way to win this thing. We had transmission problems. The gears were sticking and the throttle was sticking so we had to limp it so we didn’t get the throttle stuck all the way open.
BRIAN WILSON, No. 138 (Fourth in class. Wilson drove the start to race mile 540. Randy Wilson drove to race mile 720. Kyle Quinn drove to the finish.) — CO-DRIVER KYLE QUINN said: Around mile 810 I came around a corner and slid off hitting a pretty square face, ripped the shock apart on the passenger’s side and broke the lower A arm into two pieces. We were down for three or four hours waiting for a part to come in.
MATT CULLEN, No. 105 (Fifth in class.) — CO-DRIVER CHUCK SACKS said: We’ve attempted to finish this race for the last several years and we finally put one together today. It took us all day but it was worth every minute of it. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The bumps are growing and growing. Between pre-running and today it was a whole different course out there. We had some flat tires on the start and that held us up. CO-RIDER GREG RYAN said: There was a lot going on out there and we overshot a turn and kind of dealt with that along with a lot of pileups. It was rough but we made it.
CODY REID, No. 1068 (First in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle to finish. Adam Pfankuch drove to race mile 290. Brian Bowles drove to race mile 550. Sammy Ehrenberg drove to race mile 835. Reid drove to the finish.) — It was a flawless run and we didn’t have any problems. The fog and silt was a challenge because it turned to mud and literally it was lights out. It blacked out our lights while we were still in the dark. It blacked out my visor and glasses so I had to drive without my glasses which isn’t a good thing. We took off fourth and I think we were leading the race by mile 100 and we never looked back. We never even took the spare tire out. CO-DRIVER SAMMY EHRENBERG said: We put kind of a dream team together. All the guys that have raced against each other for years came together and raced with each other this time. It was a very challenging course. This was my seventh peninsula run. It was a flawless day and we put the car in front. The first open-wheel buggy across the line and it is a Class 10.
CLAY LAWRENCE, No. 1002 (Second in class.) — This was an absolutely fantastic race and this is my first finish in the real Baja. I couldn’t be happier. To not have it on my bucket list anymore is a little bit sad but I love that box being ticked. To actually finish in a fine way and have a real result out of it just adds to it. This is my first track-position finish on the podium.
JUSTIN DAVIS, No. 1085 (Third in class.) — We are a little worn out. We had to earn the finish on this one. We had a last-minute driver change and he never even drove the car before. I got in at race mile 400 and was cruising along and we had a power steering pump go out. We changed it before the next pit and lost one again. We were battling and caught back up until we were second and then we lost an axle. We were still in the mix until we lost an alternator with about 100 miles to go. I think the whole car is pretty much junk. No oil pressure and the steering is about done but we are here and that’s all that matters. The fog was so bad that it was like rain pouring down our visors and then our Parker pumper went out so we couldn’t defog our helmets. It was one of the hardest nights of racing I’ve had.
T.J. TULS, No. 1090 (Fourth in class. Tuls shared driving duties with Corey Keysar and Todd Tuls.) — We had a great time and a great day. We lost the power steering pump about 60 miles ago. It was a tough course and makes the U.S. races seem pretty easy.
GEORGE MARSH, No. 1070 (Sixth in class.) — CO-DRIVER RANDY ELLIS said: Everything went really well. It was just one big, long car crash with and end at the end.
LUKE ERCEG, No. 1050 (Eleventh in class.) — CO-DRIVER CHRIS WESTERN said: This is an all Australian team and we brought it home so it was absolutely awesome. The best thing about coming over here now compared to a couple of years ago is that the whole off-road racing community in Australia is watching us live. They’re in their seats feeling exactly what we are feeling. Every year you see improvements and the biggest thing is the communication. My mates and family can be home and pretty much ride with us.
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JOHN LANGLEY, No. 250 (First in class. Kash Vessels started and drove to race mile 340. Steve Hengeveld drove to race mile 840. Langley drove to the finish.) — This was one of my dreams to win the 50th. I’ve got the best guys driving with me and they did a fabulous job. It is incredible at my age to beat all of these kids. Without the help of Steve Hengeveld and Kash Vessels I don’t know that I would be here. All I had to do was take the last 300 miles and get it here. Some idiot rolled my car while I was driving it. I got stuck in the silt in a blown turn. I’ve got to thank all the local fans who helped us get on our feet. The biggest battle was the course. I got into the car in a great position with guys seven or eight minutes behind us and then we gained on them. CO-DRIVER STEVE HENGEVELD said: We set our goals and came out and accomplished them and that’s what makes a good team. CO-DRIVER KASH VESSELS said: They flipped the start and the Class 10 cars started in front of the spec trucks this race. I’ve been the Class 10 car guy complaining about the spec trucks being in the way so it was interesting to be on the other side of the coin. Fighting through the Class 10 cars and the dust was probably the most difficult thing. The Stella was amazing because I never had to touch a single car and everybody moved over. Winning the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 feels great to me because I have four second-place Baja 1000 point-to-point finishes and haven’t gotten the win quite yet so to get it finally is huge to me.
BRYCE SWAIM, No. 242 (Second in class.) — This truck is just an animal and takes whatever you want to throw at it. We put the truck on its hood for a couple of minutes but thanks to a couple of locals we got it back on its wheels and came through. We were close to the leader and lost some time there.
ALEX GONZALES, No. 296 (Third in class.) — The race was everything. Rocks, bumps, soft-sand silt and everything you could ever imagine all packed into one race. The dust was lingering and it was very hard to see. I’m happy with our entire race. The transmission started getting hot about 50 miles from the finish so we started cruising. It feels amazing to finish this race with my father and my best friend.
WILLIAM HEDRICK, No. 295 (Fourth in class.) — It was awesome. It was a great course and we had a great start. We started in twelfth and I got the car into sixth. We struggled a little bit and got stuck a couple of times. After a car went by you could see the dust for 15 minutes afterward. It was pretty bad especially at night. We had a flat and got stuck twice which cost us about an hour. We got off the road to fix the flat in a really soft spot and we didn’t notice it, fixed the flat, tried to get out and got stuck. CO-DRIVER GARRETT McCOURT said: I came here for a blue hat. We went out there and drove as fast as we could safely. We got squirrely and went off the side of a cliff so they threw me in the driver’s seat and I brought it into the pit the best I could. We overshot the corner and slid down it sideways and an entire tree came inside the truck. I had to get out of the truck and pull the tree out. It was my first time in the truck and I’ve never been a part of anything like this. It was my first BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000.
LEE BANNING, No. 255 (Fifth in class. Banning shared driving duties with Steve Melton, Rick Graf and Lee Banning, Jr.) — CO-DRIVER LEE BANNING JR. said: We had the last 300 miles from Loreto to the finish and it was rough. I’ve been doing this for ten years and that’s the roughest course I’ve ever been on. We had a lot of fun. The truck is loose and worn out but that’s to be expected on a long run. It is awesome to finish the 50th and out of 11 Baja 1000s we’ve finished 10 of them.
CHELSEA MAGNESS, No. 232 (Thirteenth in class.) – CO-DRIVER GARY MAGNESS said: We had fuel pump issues early on at about mile 50 and then we broke a shock. We would have been done in San Ignacio but a Trophy Spec team from La Paz loaned us a shock. We struggled but we are here.
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CASEY CURRIE, No. 4422 (First in class.) — We had a wiring gremlin that set us back about two hours but I’m stoked to be here. We started last and had an epic battle from the beginning. It was fun passing everyone in the first couple hundred miles and setting the pace.
DAVID COLE, No. 4454 (Second in class.) — It was fantastic. We just drove 1100 miles through Baja so how could it be any better? The silt wasn’t bad because we have four-wheel drive so we went right through it. That’s where we passed a lot of people. I like the silt. We thought we had an alternator going away but it was just a problem at idle and once we got back up to speed we were fine. We lost a fan relay and put a new one in about 100 miles ago and drove in.
DAVID WESTHEM, No. 801 (First in class. Westhem shared driving duties with John Swift and Randy Salmont.) — It was a full-team effort. I had to come back to do the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. I won the 20th in Class 8 when I was a rookie. Then I won the 30th so I had to come back for the 50th. What a great race and great course. It was the toughest off-road race I’ve ever been in and I’ve been in 150 or 200. It’s all about keeping the car together and preparation. We had a little trouble off the start and had a problem with a shift cable so we were the last vehicle to leave Ensenada.
NOAH OSTANIK, No. 844 (Second in class.) — I can’t thank my guys enough and the people that get us here. It has been an amazing run and to finish it. This big girl here (truck) is getting retired. This is her last run after 12 years of racing in the SCORE series because we are stepping up to Trophy Truck Spec next year.
ROBERTO ROMO, No. 1601 (First in class. Romo shared driving duties with Luis Martines, Cesar Fiscal and Francisco Villa Gomes.) — We did a really good job in the last few miles. We are really happy.
ADOLFO ARAMBULA, No. 1650 (Second in class.) — It was a pretty rough race. Just to finish here is awesome.
KEVIN CARR, No. 511 (First in class.) — We had some electrical issues that put us down for a while. Toward the end I kept hearing something banging back there in the transmission but we made it.
JOSE LOPEZ, No. 509 (Second in class.) — I was driving through the dust and hit a big cactus.
AL HOGAN, No. 726 (First in class. Hogan shared driving duties with Dr. Macrae Glass, Dave Baesken and Zach Sizelove.) — CO-DRIVER ZACH SIZELOVE said: They put an alternator on it kind of early and when I got in at Loreto it had a little bit of a fuel issue so they put a carburetor on it. The silt was gnarly. This was my first BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 and it was unbelievable. I had no clue.
JEFF PROCTOR, No. 709 (Second in class.) — Coming out of town on the start all the cars in front of us were stacked up in 30-second intervals so we were working through lots of slower traffic. We finally got some clean air when we got to Ojos Negros. Overall we were just working our plan and taking it easy on the equipment. We got to race mile 160 and we split a driveshaft in the deep sand and that put us back. Knowing the attrition rate and how hard it is to finish this race it is a very special accomplishment. CO-DRIVER JOHNNY CAMPBELL said: I’ve never raced a truck this far before so it was a good experience for me. I came down with my brother and pre-ran for the week. We tried to make good decisions in the silt. In the big whups we had to slow down and try to catch back up. Finishing any Baja 1000 is a big deal because it is hard to drive off road for 1000 miles. You know you’re going to have some hardships along the way. I was blessed to come down here and ride again, this time on four wheels instead of two wheels. The 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 was a personal goal so I wanted to participate in some capacity.
FREDDIE WILLERT, No. 1206 (First in class. Willert shared driving duties with Tex Mitchell, Stan Potter and Dan Worley.) — It was one of the roughest courses I’ve ever seen. Coming into Loreto I had the fan belt come off and that was it. The silt was incredibly deep and it made for a really tough race. There were a lot of rocks down by Loreto and it was the toughest section I’ve ever driven. CO-DRIVER DAN WORLEY said: I just maintained in my section. I just cruised because I didn’t want to hurt the car. We had to deal with a hub and I lost about 40 minutes but I think we had about a five-hour lead.
RAFAEL AGUIRRE, No. 1222 (Second in class.) — The silt at mile 520 was a cemetery for the cars. I spent five hours crossing 60 miles.
JOHN MAINE, No. 8001 (First in class.) — We put this together in 40 days, building four chase trucks and prepping this Jeep. We hope to be back for the 60th and one or two in between.
REID RUTHERFORD, No. 3010 (First in class.) — It went really good and I’m really happy. The man above watched us the whole way. We got stuck once but we didn’t have any flats.
BILL BAYES, No. 3006 (Second in class.) — It was dusty and silty but a hell of a lot of fun.
PHILLIP CASEY, No. 3044 (Third in class.) — This is hard work but we had good fun. A massive thanks to the Mexican people because they’ve made it for us from the pre-run to the people clapping along the course. It is an unbelievable feeling.
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BRANDON SCHUELER, No. 2919 (First in class. Pat Stone started and drove to race mile 388. Matt Park drove to race mile 750. Schueler drove to the finish.) — The race was phenomenal. Everyone was super polite and got out of the way and we got out of the way of everybody trying to pass us. Everything went really smooth.
JUSTIN ELENBURG, No. 2977 (Second in class.) — We had a fueling mishap. We tell our crew that they need to be safe so they missed one stop by 10 minutes because they were driving the speed limit. We hit the fog which covered everything in water, caused our radio to be intermittent and our battery gauges to go out. We hit the silt and the lights didn’t come back on. Luckily the factory lights didn’t get covered so we drove with the factory lights until we found some spectators and asked them to clean the lights for us.
MIKE CAFRO, No. 2975 (Third in class. Cafro split driving duties with Jamie Kirkpatrick.) — It was the most brutal Baja I’ve ever done. We had a good race going and at about mile 800 we had a few issues that set us back. This is the most whups I’ve dealt with in my 25 years of racing down here.
DEREK MURRAY, No. 2917 (Fourth in class.) — At race mile 70 the car caught on fire while we were fueling. Four of our teammates got burned and one had to go back to the states for treatment. The whole car caught fire in the back so we had to replace the intercooler and a bunch of electrical components. We were running in the top four or five at that point and we dropped back to 23rd or 24th. It was a tough day right off the bat. We decided to keep pushing and the car did well all day. It was flawless until about 180 miles out when the steering rack blew out where it attaches to the frame. We had to jerry-rig it to hold the steering rack onto the frame. It blew out again and we used a tie-down to hold it in for the last 100 miles. The car was perfect but Baja got the best of us so it is awesome to get here. Overcoming those obstacles is what makes desert racing so amazing.
WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 2971 (Fifth in class.) — Things were going good in the beginning and then around mile 75 it started going south. We started losing front axles on the car. We lost three front axles before San Felipe. Before Gonzaga Bay we decided to change a lower A arm which was causing the problem. When we got to Gonzaga Bay my chase truck wasn’t there so I took the A arm off myself and waited for them to arrive. Unbeknownst to me my chase truck was stuck in the sand at the last pit. We waited for two and a half hours. We got back on the road and didn’t have any other problems.
DAN FRESH, No. 1939 (First in class.) — We started off like we always do with a really fast pace trying to put some time on everybody. We got caught down in San Felipe by a couple of cars but stayed tried and true. We kept a good fast pace through the first 400 miles and then backed it off until we could get some intel and find out where we were actually at. After that we raced for the win and went as fast as could to bring it home in first. The car was flawless.
DODGE POELMAN, No. 1962. (Second in class.) CO-DRIVER RYAN POELMAN said: It was an unbelievable experience and I’m super grateful to have done it with my son. Hopefully he will start racing some bigger trucks but he will have to figure out a job to start paying for some of that stuff.
DON WHITTINGTON, No. 1998 (Third in class.) — CO-DRIVER LARRY RAGLAND said: Everything went well. It was fun but we are a little limited by speed. The silt was pretty bad and I don’t think we would have made it without four-wheel drive. That’s a big advantage.
PAUL HODGE, No. 1970 (Eighth in class.) CO-DRIVER LAIRD HAMILTON (Famous world surfer) said: It was monumental. I’ve done a lot of different things but that was definitely a unique one. I’m honored to have done it. Our hub came off at race mile 17 and our tire rolled all the way down a giant gulch and we couldn’t find it for an hour and a half.
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EARL BERG, No. 1888 (First in class.) — The run started off with a blown gear box two nights before race day. It improved from there to wrecked parts and wrecked tires. I had an awesome pit crew putting everything back together. Our goal wasn’t to get to the finish line but to the start line. I just couldn’t be happier than sitting here today. It is a lifelong dream.
JASON VANDENBORN, No. 1377 (First in class.) — Everything went really well. We did it on our own and it was just Kendall Ballentine and myself. It was a long haul. Right from the leaving the line until the time that we just pulled in here there wasn’t a dull moment.
GUSTAVO AVINA, No. 578 (First in class.) — We had a lot of fun all the way down to La Paz. We had to overcome some issues and there was tough competition but we were able to pull it through.
GUY SAVEDRA, No. 569 (Second in class.) — We dedicated this race to my father and former SCORE tech director Art Savedra who passed away four months ago. I had a tremendous team and a number of people who came forth for sponsorship. We had about four flat tires and an alternator issue but fortunately we caught that in the pit and changed it. There was so much silt our throttle cable was getting stuck for the last 120 miles.
OREANY ROJAS, No. 572 (Third in class.) — The race was very difficult and we didn’t have any brakes for the last few miles.
DONALD MOSS, No. 302 (First in class.) — The fog and dust in the middle section during the night was the slowest and toughest part. Our goal was to be here for the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. We were here for the 40th and coincidentally this is our 50th class win. CO-DRIVER KEN MOSS said: We’ve had 13 Baja 1000 wins all in this truck since 2000.
BRIAN FINCH, No. BC1 (First in class.) — CO-DRIVER BOB BOWER said: It was amazing. You don’t win this thing alone. It took everyone. When we had our little heart-to-heart before we all split out into our parts of the desert we said we have all have a choice. You can be 14 percent of the win or if you don’t think your way through it you can be 100 percent of the loss. What was really pleasing to see was the big teams, that are known for hauling butt on the highway, driving 55 and taking care of business to get down the peninsula. The course was a such a great mix that challenged you mentally.
JEFF SMITH, No. BC2 (Second in class.) — CO-DRIVER DARRYL BECKER said: It was tough. The silt beds were bad and we lost a tire about 30 miles out. It was a mess but we are here.
ANTONIO MARMOLEJO, No. BC7 (Third in class.) — The course was very technical which I really like. The BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 is the most exciting race in the world and it was special to finish the 50th anniversary race. The traditions, people and landscapes of Baja are so special.
MIKE BRODEUR, No. BC4 (Fourth in class.) — We lost a left rear tire. I don’t know what happened but the lug nuts just fell off. The seat broke and the jack was stuck behind the seat so we couldn’t get to the jack. We tried to stop people on the way in to see if we could borrow a jack.
ROD HALL, No. 8101 (First in class.) — There aren’t a lot of racers in this class but it only takes two guys to have a good race. We’ve had a good race all day and half the night. Hopefully this is my last one and I think that every good time comes to an end. I’m going to be 80 years old and I’m worn out. I’m not quite like the Hummer that you can put new tires on and be ready to roll. It has been a good run and the best part of Baja is the people down here. It is important to me for my last race to have a win in the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. CO-DRIVER CHAD HALL said: I made a front valving change on the shocks to try and absorb the bigger bumps and make the smaller bumps smoother. I went out and tested the truck and I accomplished that but I made it too soft. We kind of struggled all day. CO-DRIVER FRANK DEANGELO said: I drove a little over 500 miles and almost everywhere we went it was chewed up. I kept thinking that it has never been chewed up like this before. I realized that we started all the way in the back and there were over 400 entries so no wonder it was chewed up. We came down and mapped it and there were 40 miles of whups by Constitucion and now there is like 90 miles of them. It was so slow and so painful. We took it easy and cruised through it because we had a pretty good lead.
MARC VAN TASSELL, No. 8155 (Second in class.) — CO-DRIVER KURT WILLIAMS said: It was fantastic. We had a great race with a couple of problems along the way. We lost a wheel and some wheel studs which left us stranded for about four hours.
MARK MURRELL, No. 1788 (First in class.) – We’ve tried this numerous times but this is the first time we’ve made it. We finished it and won it. We love it and we couldn’t feel any better right now.
PANCHO BIO, No. 1118 (First in class.) – The race course was really silty and chewed up. The big cars really tear up the course so it is tough for us to get through it. I’ve been racing for 35 years and this is probably my eighth BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000. Winning the 50th anniversary in a Class 11 is special and sharing it with my kids is an extra bonus.
DENNIS HOLLENBECK, No. 1121 (Second in class. Hollenbeck shared driving duties with Armando Salazar, Brian Crosson, Kailen Hill and Paul Harte.) — Obviously the race was long for us in Class 11 but it was a wonderful race. We had our ups and we had our downs but we kept plugging away. There were hills, silt, sand and water crossings. You name it and it had it all. We finished with all four fenders and this is the first race we’ve finished with all four fenders. CO-DRIVER KAILEN HILL said: We had some problems with the steering box and couldn’t get it to turn left hardly at all. With that and reverse not working, every time we made a wrong turn or a sharp hairpin one or two of us had to get out and push it backwards to get going. We had so much play in the steering that you could turn it almost a full crank either way before it would actually turn. We would go through the silt beds and it would grab and just be locked left. Eventually we made the decision to change out the steering box which cost us an hour or two.
RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, No. 1504 (First in class.) — Everybody worked hard to finish the race and we are very happy to be here in La Paz.
YUVAL SHARON, No. 1802 (First in class. Sharon drove solo.) — This race started in Israel for us. We came all the way here on a 16-hour flight and we built the car in Phoenix. We drove 21 hours to pre-run and we went back to Phoenix to fix the vehicle. Just this month we drove about 11,000 kilometers on the road and 3,000 kilometers off road. You need to find crazy people for this race because it is really difficult. I’ve done it three times before with some friends but we always had troubles so this time I decided to do it by myself.
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FRANCISCO ARREDONDO, No. 45x – (First in class and first overall motorcycle to finish. Francisco Arredondo started. Shane Esposito rode from Ensenada to San Felipe. Ty Davis rode to El Crucero. Max Eddy rode to Vizcaino. Davis rode to north of Loreto. Eddy rode for 30 miles to Loreto. Justin Morgan rode from Loreto to the finish.) — I rolled off the start. I knew it was going to be a tough day and I rode most of my miles on the 44x (Justin Morgan) bike. We knew it was going to be a fight for us. It is really special, the 50th anniversary, and we really gave it all to try and win. We tried to stick to our plan the whole time and were surprised in some places where we made up time. We had some problems with the transmission at the end which made us worried. We didn’t know if the bike was going to hold up from Loreto to the finish and Justin had to adjust his riding at the end. We knew it was going to be a fight and we had a good lead but that changed. CO-RIDER JUSTIN MORGAN said: I had a lot of issues with the transmission on this bike. I’m surprised it actually finished. We didn’t really get out of fourth (gear) too much coming in after Santa Rita. It (the transmission) was pretty much toast and making a bunch of noise so that was my main issue. It was a really gnarly course and I’m tired after being on the bike for six hours. I left it all out there for sure. CO-RIDER MAX EDDY said: It was a long race and anything can happen. In 2014 we won this race in the last 300 miles and that is kind of the same thing they (Mark Samuels 1x) did today. They made a difference in the last 300 miles. At one point today we had a 27-minute lead and to come up three or four minutes short at the finish line is a huge bummer for us. We put a lot of effort and time into our program. It is good to be here and healthy.
MARK SAMUELS, No. 1x (Second in class and second overall motorcycle to finish. Colton Udall started and rode to race mile 110. Justin Jones rode from race mile 110 to 303. Udall rode from race mile 303 to 524. Mark Samuels rode from race mile 524 to 785. Ryan Penhall rode from race mile 785 to 935. Ian Young rode to the finish.) — We had a pretty slow start this morning because Colton had an issue that set us back a little bit. It was a little nerve wracking but Colton worked really hard when he got the transponder back on there. We were like 30 minutes back really early into the race. The 45x team was riding really good. It was hard to make time up on them and it was a pretty wild race. We kept chipping away at the lead. I’m really happy. CO-RIDER RYAN PENHALL said: The ride was great and all of my teammates kicked ass. Ian brought it in to the finish and he is a whup monster. They (Francisco Arredondo 45x) were leading by about 20 minutes at one time and we just kept pulling it in. We all kept saying “keep charging.” We had a good race. CO-RIDER COLTON UDALL said: This day made a huge change for the good when my brother Ian got on the bike. We had some good riding and Mark did a really good job. Our tracker broke off at race mile 95 and we had to duct tape it. It took us forever to get the thing back together. Justin Jones ripped his section and I was able to just match their pace. CO-RIDER IAN YOUNG said: I’ve dreamed about this my whole life. Colton is one of the strongest people I’ve met. He hurt his back this year and I watched him completely rebuild himself from zero back up to where he is now. Colton sat in my bedroom for three months and barely got out of bed. When he did it was because I made him get up, hop in my van and go listen to some reggae music around San Clemente. He hurt himself on December 15 and spent two weeks in the hospital. In March he went back to his home and started working. The guy looks like he is 75 sometimes and then he hops on a motorcycle and goes pretty dang good. Just to get one more opportunity to race the motorcycle with him on this peninsula means a lot to me. It is a dream come true. I do want to say congratulations to Francisco Arredondo’s team. They honestly worked their butt off and led this race all day long. They led it for over 1050 miles and I just led it for the last 75 with are the most important miles to lead.
RAY DAL SOGLIO, No. 3x (Third in class and third overall motorcycle to finish. Dal Soglio shared riding duties with Derek Ausserbauer, Arik Swain, Bryce Oxley and Travis Frohlich.) — It feels good to be here and I rode like a mad man. I got the bike in fourth place and 20 minutes down and rode like a mad man until I got it into third. The whups were gnarly and I just kept pushing through and I kept seeing more and more dust. Sure enough I saw them (the third place motorcycle) pulled over and never saw them again. I want to dedicate the race to my sister Dana because I had quite a few sketchy moments but I made it through them all and I have her to thank for that. The Honda is just the ultimate bike down here. This is probably the straightest and best running bike I was ever handed at a 1000-mile race. I’ve got to thank my teammates for not crashing it. CO-RIDER BRYCE OXLEY said: Ray is a solid choice to finish the race because he is strong and has a lot of experience on this 3x bike. Baja pit three to Loreto was silty, rocky, whoopy and really gnarly. Coming into Loreto it was really rocky as it always is but it seems like there isn’t a lot of dirt out there right now. With the sun going down at that time of day it made it really difficult so I had to be on my toes more so than during pre-running. A lot of people don’t understand that we are doing this seven, eight, nine or 10 times before the race to get these sections down. Every time there is some room for error that we try to avoid and that goes for every team and every rider. The cows and horses are crazy and there isn’t a way to pre-run for them. The silt just gets deeper and deeper. I pre-ran this two days ago and had a line that I thought was going to work but it wasn’t the line that worked on race day. Baja is the gnarliest racing there is and I’m happy to be here and a part of it. CO-RIDER TRAVIS FROHLICH said: We changed some riders so I had only ridden my first section a few times before I raced it. I made a few mistakes, got off track and got lost a little bit. I got back on course and was able to go a little quicker.
JUSTIN MORGAN, No. 44x (Fourth in class and fourth overall motorcycle to finish. Grant Stately started and rode to race mile 340. Brad Millikan rode to race mile 540. Troy Vanscourt rode to race mile 660. Francisco Arredondo rode to race mile 840. Vanscourt rode to race mile 1040. Tommy Harris rode to the finish.) — CO-RIDER TOMMY HARRIS said: That was an exciting ride. I was feeling really good but I had some issues with the bike and I had to bust out the tool belt. Unfortunately, my buddy Ray (Dal Soglio) got by me. I pulled up my bootstraps and tried to send it but I got sketchy a few times and it just wasn’t in the cards for us today. I felt like it was a good showing for the first run of the 44x bike. We had a sprocket and chain issue but I’m not really sure what it was. We changed out everything we could. CO-RIDER GRANT STATELY said: It was a long stretch right off the bat. Riding seven hours with six of them being at night through San Felipe was brutal. I was dreading my section the whole time because I knew it was going to be painful. In part of my section before Valle Trinidad I missed a turn and got lost. I didn’t pre-run that section at night so I didn’t plan very well there. CO-RIDER TOMMY HARRIS said: I got on the bike earlier today at Vizcaino and rode that section through the sand whups and over to San Ignacio. It was a really fun section and I just held it wide-open through that sand. I had a really good ride with no issues but for one little bobble but I was able to keep the bike upright. I got a good mix of Baja with sand washes, whups and water crossing. It kept me on my toes and it was really fun.
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SANTIAGO CREEL, No. 160x (First in class. Creel shared riding duties with Alberto Heredia, Massimo Mangini, Larry Serna, Gerry Rojas and Eric Rene Mangana.) — CO-RIDER ERIC RENE MANGANA said: Trying to keep the bike running was a challenge. We lost three hours with electrical problems. The lights kept going off. We had to ride 200 miles with a stock light. We do it at a hobby but finishing the BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 is a pride thing for us.
MATT MILLER, No. 119x (Second in class.) — Starting at midnight changed everything on who the riders would be and when they would ride. We had to jump in the truck and drive after we rode. It was a big undertaking. CO-RIDER JOHN WEAR said: There are only three of us on the team so we all rode two legs. A lot of the other teams have five riders so I think we did pretty good. CO-RIDER PHIL SHUYLER said: This is my first 1000 and John’s first 1000 and we’ve never raced in Baja before so I would say we did damn good.
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RYAN LIEBELT, No. 300x (First in class.) – CO-RIDER JUSTIN SCHULTZ said: Ryan started the race and we luckily drew the first position from our Tijuana Desert Challenge result. He gave us a solid lead. Unfortunately, one of our guys (Kris Kilbride) clipped something and went down and hit a cactus. We got Ryan back in there to get the bike to Greg Bardonnex. Greg started the comeback after being down an hour. He really charged hard. The lights got shattered on the crash so we had to go to a backup set which cost us another five minutes.
CHAD THORNTON, No. 333x (Second in class.) — CO-RIDER JASON TRUBEY said: We are a little tired after a long day and night. We had a lot of problems but everyone worked hard and did what they had to do to get the bike back in shape. We are much faster than our results show.
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JANO MONTOYA, No. 400x (First in class. Montoya shared riding duties with Francisco Septien, Jeff Kawell and Kirk Russell.) — Every rider just did a great job. From the beginning we just kept pushing and pushing. I can’t say enough about my teammates because everybody put in a great effort and here we are. We knew we had a great team but there is a lot of good competition. To be in La Paz and with the 50th is just a dream come true for us. I pre-ran two weeks ago and it was fine, but today there is just silt everywhere. I think my clutch was just about to give out so I had to nurse it back to the finish line.
MIKE BARNHILL, No. 420x (Second in class.) — We had some down time that probably cost us first place.
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ROBERT GATES, No. 549x (First in class.) — CO-RIDER DOUG SMITH said: This has been a long time coming. We put a team together all year and built a good bike. We got a second place in San Felipe and the Baja 500 so for the 1000 we had to bring it home first to win the championship. CO-RIDER JEFF KAPLAN said: It was really silty and the fog was the worst I’ve ever seen. In the last 200 miles I don’t think I had my goggles on for three-quarters of the time. We had a lighting issue that put us down for 20 minutes. We changed the rectifier and a few things. We don’t know what fixed it but it went away. It was some kind of short but nobody got by us.
ROBERT CREEMERS, No. 515x (Second in class.) — My goggles got too dirty in the silt and fog so I just had to come in without them. I’m paying for it now.
PRO MOTO 60
DONALD LEWIS, No. 609x (First in class.) — I was off for a couple of years recovering from some injuries. We have a wonderful team with a lot of good 60-year-old riders but I’m 74 so now I’m the old guy.
PRO MOTO IRONMAN
JEFF BENRUD, No. 715x (First in class.) — It was brutal. I was feeling really bad about halfway through then I ate a bunch of food and felt better. I got a good shot of adrenaline the last 80 miles with all of the Mexicans cheering me on and I knew I was in the lead. Lots of prayers to make sure I would get here. I’m kind of numb in an out-of-body experience now. This is the third year I’ve finished across the line first in the Ironman class but I’ve been penalized to second twice. The silt is tough for me. I’m short and fall down in silt and I hate silt. It is terrible. I was down seven or eight times in it.
MICHAEL SKURKIS, No. 729 (Second in class.) — I had a few issues but kept pushing forward just to bring it in. The course was unforgiving but the fans made it all worth it. You’re out there by yourself and you’re tired, you’re hungry, everything hurts, you’re cold, you’re wet and you come around a corner and there are thousands of fans cheering. It pumps you up and gets the adrenaline going.
JOSE CARRASCO, No. 721x (Third in class.) — We are so happy I’m almost speechless. We wanted to end the year on the best note but we had a few mechanical problems and then another issue where I fell asleep and fell into a cliff. Luckily nothing happened, I’m safe and the bike is good. It made us lose a lot of time. I couldn’t be happier with all the help my team gave me.
CODY SCHAFFER, No. 266x (First in class.) –We has a rough race. We had our second guy fall off six miles in and he dislocated his shoulder. Everybody had to toughen up and make it happen. The silt felt pretty endless this year.
ROY BUELNA, No. 286x (Second in class.) — It was a long race and very difficult but the team did a great job. It was hard to ride at night in the fog.
CASEY O’DONNELL, No. 201x (Third in class.) — The challenge at the beginning was the dust but once everybody spread out getting around the course became a challenge. The dust is a lot harder at night.
JUAN DOMINGUEZ, No. 109a (Second in class. Dominguez shared riding duties during the first 340 miles and last 340 miles with Javier Robles and Jose Contreras. Rusty Repass and Dan Webb shared riding duties in the middle 340 miles.) — We had a solid run and just had a little issue with a spark plug that cost us about an hour. Our goal was to finish and we didn’t quit. We prepped for this race and everything came out perfect. Our goal was to win the Baja 1000 because it is the biggest race of the year.
DON HIGBEE, No. 2a (Second in class.) — We never had to check up or look at anything. We got right through it with no problems at all.