Official Results Story-45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, 6/1-2/13

| June 8, 2013

logoSCORE-500x500Matney masters Class 1 at 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500
JCR Honda’s Weigand/Udall/Kamo give Honda 17th overall motorcycle triumph
Honda’s Robles Jr and team take overall ATV, Class 25 title in 502-mile race
     ENSENADA, Mexico—Driving like someone who was raised in the desert, grizzled veteran Robby Gordon, who has won in NASCAR, Indy Car, Stadium Off-Road racing and Rally racing, added another jewel to his winding road of motorsports accomplishments Saturday when he grabbed the overall 4-wheel and SCORE Trophy Truck victory in the 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Gordon, who was also the fastest qualifier in the field, battered the rugged terrain of the 502-mile course in the Baja California desert in the No. 77 Speed Energy Team Gordon Chevy CK1500 in a winning time 10 hours, five minutes, 44 seconds, averaging 49.73 miles per hour.
Leading physically from the 130-mile marker on, Gordon, 44, originally from Southern California but lives in Charlotte, N.C. where his NASCAR race shop is located, held off the field of would-be challengers who kept it close but couldn’t keep the outspoken team owner/driver from taking another checkered flag. Gordon defeated the field of 276 total starters for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs that included 37 starters in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck Division.
Gordon earned his fifth career class win in this race and first since 2005 when he also claimed the overall title as well. In his long and storied SCORE career, Gordon now has earned 10 race wins in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850-horsepower, unlimited production trucks that was introduced by SCORE in 1994.
Following complete data tracking review of the vehicles on Monday morning, a pair of Las Vegas racers completed the podium behind Gordon.  Second was B.J. Baldwin in a time of 10:14:52 (48.99mph) in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while third was Bryce Menzies with a finishing time of 10:22:21 (48.40mph) in the No. 70 Red Bull Menzies Motorsports Ford F-150.
Winning the overall motorcycle race and the fastest overall vehicle on the course was the Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team led by rider of record Tim Weigand, Valencia, Calif. while the overall ATV winner was the Honda team led by rider of record Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico.
     Gordon commented following the race, “B.J. (Baldwin) ran good all day. We struggled the last little bit. I don’t know if I’ve got a right rear flat tire or what’s going on but I struggled really badly the last five or 10 miles. I don’t know what happened in the wash here at the start but I went over the big jump this morning going about 115 miles an hour, landed in a puddle and it spun me around 360 (degrees) about two times. I don’t know what happened between last night and this morning but the whole riverbed was flooded.”
“I spun out and spent a bunch of times backwards. (Jason) Voss went by me and Bryce (Menzies) got close to going by me but we stayed out in front of him. It was a good day for us. We stayed on the course the whole day. The pit stops were awesome. On the last stop we pulled out right in front of B.J. and that’s exactly what we needed to do. We needed to be the first truck on the road for the last 150 miles. We put the whip to her and let her run.”
     The second-oldest desert race in the world, Round 2 of the three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series, featured competion in 40 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
Entries in the 502-mile race came from 25 U.S. States from Hawaii to New Jersey and the U.S. Territory of Guam along with the additional countries of Mexico, Australia, Austria, Belize, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan and Norway. One of the many sweeping changes the new SCORE is initiating, all sportsman motorcycle and sportsman ATV classes ran a reduced distance of 397.6 miles.
Pro and Sportsman Motorcycle ATV classes had a 16-hour, 45-minute time limit to become an official finisher. There was a 22-hour time limit in the grueling race for all of the car and truck classes.  With different time limits being used by SCORE for the first time because of safety concerns for the racers, it was also for the first time the Sportsman motorcycle and the Sportsman ATV classes race over an abbreviated course, this one being 398.99 miles.
With racing continuing in the elapsed-time race until 10:02 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday, both the start and the finish line were located in the heart of Ensenada, Mexico on Boulevard Costero adjacent to the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center. It was the sixth straight year that both the pre-race activities and the finish were all held on this historic boulevard.  SCORE released the official results following complete data tracking review Monday morning after the course closed.
The total number of starters (276) was the 19th highest total in the 45-year history of the popular race. The starting list included 176 cars and trucks and 100 motorcycles and ATVs.  The total of 162 finishers is the 16th-most number of finishers in the event’s 45-year history, for a 58.71 percent finishing rate.
     With Honda, Kawasaki and KTM all bring factory-supported teams to the dance, Johnny Campbell’s JCR Honda team enabled Honda to earn its 17th overall win in this race.
With both the Kawasaki and KTM teams surviving crashes with injuries (Kawasaki-Steve Hengeveld, KTM-Kurt Caselli), riding error-free in a methodical march around the Mexico’s Baja California Norte state of the peninsula, JCR Honda rider of record Weigand split the riding time and the victory with Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif. and David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho. The trio covered the boulder-strewn course in an overall winning time of 9:46:50, averaging an impressive 51.33mph on the No. 1x Honda CRF450X.
Speaking at the finish line after teammate Udall brought the bike victoriously across the line in Ensenada, Weigand said, “I know with Kawasaki and KTM we are pretty evenly matched and it all boils down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. That’s how it was last year. Each one of us won a race last year but we won the season championship.”
“Just limit your mistakes, put your head down, do your homework and learn the course. Today went well. We all rode smart and kept it on two wheels. We’ve won in previous years so of course people are going to root for the other team and build them up. It is cool to have Kurt (Caselli) and Robby (Bell) and those guys putting in a big effort and coming down and racing us.”
     Clyde Stacy, 68, Bristol, Va., is co-leader with Justin Matney, 27, Bristol, Tenn., of the powerful RPM Racing team that featured seven entries and four class wins in their year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
With SCORE Trophy Truck winner Robby Gordon’s team prepping the RPM Off-Road vehicles, Matney won the unlimited Class 1 and finished 10th overall among four-wheel vehicles in a Chevy-powered Geiser Bros. open-wheel desert race car and Stacy brought home the bacon in both Class 5-1600 (VW Baja Bug) and SCORE Trophy Truck Spec (Chevy Colorado) classes. Stacy now has five career class wins in this SCORE Baja race.
Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., gave RPM racing its fourth class win in Ensenada by winning Class 8 in a Chevy Silverado.
     Experience helps in all sports and Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., proved it again in this race earning his ninth win in Class 3 in a Ford Bronco. Mike Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif., was part of the overall winning ATV team where he picked up his sixth win in Class 25.
In Class 7SX, Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, won for the fifth time in a Ford Ranger. Second driver for SCORE Lites winner Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif. (Jimco-VW), Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., picked up his fourth career class win in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
     Mike Johnson, Santa Monica, Calif., won Class 10 in an Alumi Craft-Chevy finishing 17th overall among 4-wheel vehicles as he defeated a class with 22 starters, second highest total in this year’s race.
Among the other class winners in this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 were Ernesto Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 1/2-1600, Romo-VW), Cody Kellogg, Upland, Calif. (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Arturo Alvarez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class7, Ford Ranger), Dave Boynton, Toms River, N.J. (Class 7200, BajaLite-Chevy), Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz. (Stock Full, Lexus LX570), Chelsea Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif. (Protruck, Ford F-150), and Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif. (Class 19, Polaris XP900-4.
Among the other motorcycle class winners were teams led by Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala (Class 30, Honda CRF450X) and Mike Prunty, Temecula, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X) while the Class 24 ATV class was won by the team led by Thomas Wright, Tabernacle, N.J. on a Honda TRX450R.
Joining Gordon, Baldwin and Menzies as top five finishers among 4-wheel vehicles were fourth place Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif. in the No. 19 Monster Energy Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 and in fifth place was Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore. in the No. 98 TSCO Motorsports Ford F-150.
     SCORE is celebrating its 40th anniversary as the world’s foremost desert racing organization. The Tecate SCORE Baja 500 is traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, and most of the world’s best desert racers were part of the 45 years of Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Glory, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.  This was the second event of the new era of SCORE Desert Racing, since the prominent racing organization was purchased by former champion Roger Norman who purchased the iconic company on Dec. 20, 2012. The race was filmed in High Definition by Tampa Digital and Tempt Media Films to be aired domestically and internationally on a date and networks to be finalized.
    The race featured a magnificent course of 502 miles (397.6 miles for SPT M/C and SPT ATV classes). There were four physical checkpoints where racers came a a complete stop as well as 97 virtual checkpoints spread throughout the length of the course.
SCORE President Roger Norman and SCORE Race Director Jose Grijalva have designed a historic race course that was another memorable example of all that Mexico’s Baja California has to offer, including high-speed dirt trails, sandy, rocky and silty natural terrain, majestic Baja washes and canyons, stretches along the seashore with elevations from sea level to over 4,100 feet. The course was another jewel reflection of the stark beauty of Baja California.
The course featured four physical, full-stop checkpoints and 92 virtual checkpoints, the race will start and finish in downtown Ensenada on Boulevard Costero in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, marking the sixth straight year this race has been able to finish on Blvd. Costero. This year’s tight and technical course ran in a clockwise direction for the 10th straight year.
The course ran East to Ojos Negros area, South through Tres Hermanos to near Lllano Colorado then East and Northeast up over the top of the 4,100-foot Summit, looping east and NE to Cahabuzo Junction South into the Laguna Salada desert running parallel to the Sea of Cortez to Borrego and then back Northwest, Southwest past and up by Mike’s Sky Ranch, followed by a West travel section, turning north at the Pacific Ocean then East, North and back West for the final charge back into Ensenada. The first 35 miles was used both outgoing and incoming. The course also included a breath-taking 60-plus mile run along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. There were also five short highway pavement areas on the course, less than 15 miles total, with a maximum speed limit of 60 km/h.
     SCORE racers now continue full-force preparations for the season-finale of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series with season class point championships to be decided at the legendary 46th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races, to be held Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico.
     This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 (July 12-14) are part of a special program where the combined best qualified car/truck finisher and combined best qualified motorcycle finisher in the two races will each receive special entry packages into the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America. Regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2013 are available at
     The 2013 SCORE Desert Series will also be part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which will combine points accumulated for car and truck classes in two of the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing points bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000). 
     For Pro car and truck classes with at least three starters in each qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from two of the three SCORE races and three of the four HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
For the Pro motorcycle and ATV classes, the World Championship of Desert Racing will include points earned in the three SCORE Baja races as well as the AMA National Hare and Hound race to be held during the HDRA Reno 500.
    In addition to season class point championships and World Championship titles, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. There are also annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Awards. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the race season.  These awards are being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 28th consecutive year.
     Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Amber Racing Services-Official Race Fuels, Rigid Industries-Official Lights, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.
Associate Sponsors: Graham Watchmakers,, Symons Ambulance Company, Azunia Tequila.
Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Blue C Advertising, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
     For more information, visit the official website of the new SCORE Desert Series at
Tecate SCORE Baja 500
All-time Overall winners
1969–Bud Ekins/Guy Jones, Baja Boot-Olds
Doug Douglas/Jim McClurg, Ducati
1970–Parnelli Jones, Ford
Bill Silverthorn/Gene Fetty, Husqvarna
1971–Bobby Ferro, Funco-VW
Malcolm Smith/J.N. Roberts, Husqvarna
1972–Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Gene Fetty/Bill Silverthorn, Honda
1973–Parnelli Jones, Ford
Howard Utsey/Mickey Quade, Husqvarna
1974–Bobby Ferro, Sandmaster-VW
Mitch Mayes/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna
1975–Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Harley-Davidson
1976–Bobby Ferro/Ivan Stewart, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/A.C. Bakken, Husqvarna
1977–Ivan Stewart, Chenowth-VW
Larry Roeseler/Jack Johnson, Husqvarna
1978–Bud Feldkamp/Malcolm Smith, Funco-VW
Brent Wallingsford/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
1979–Malcolm Smith/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Jack Johnson, Husqvarna
1980–Bob Gordon, Chenowth-Chevy
Bruce Ogilvie/Chuck Miller, Yamaha
1981–Malcolm Smith/Bill Newbury, Chenowth-Chevy
Larry Roeseler/Bruce Ogilvie, Yamaha
1982–Larry Ragland, Funco-VW
Larry Roeseler/Chuck Miller, Yamaha
1983–Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-VW
Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna
1984–Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW
Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna
1985–Ron Gardner/Bud Feldkamp, Funco-VW
Kurt Pfeiffer/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
1986–Corky & Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Garth Sweetland/Scot Harden, Husqvarna
1987–Bob Gordon/Tim Crabtree, Chenowth-Porsche
Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicutt Jr., Kawasaki
1988–Mark McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche
Dan Ashcraft/Kurt Pfeiffer, Yamaha
1989–Robby Gordon, Ford
(no motorcycles)
1990–Robby Gordon, Ford
Larry Roeseler/Danny LaPorte, Kawasaki
1991–Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Garth Sweetland/Paul Krause, Kawasaki
1992–Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Larry Roeseler/T. Hunnicutt Jr./P. Krause, Kawasaki
1993–Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Danny Hamel/L. Roeseler/T. Hunnicutt Jr., Kawasaki
1994–Ivan Stewart, Toyota (Trophy-Truck)
Dave Ashley/Dan Smith, Ford
Paul Krause/Ted Hunnicutt Jr., Kawasaki
1995–Curt LeDuc, Jeep (Trophy-Truck)
Mike Julson/Bob Lofton, Jimco-VW
Paul Krause/Craig Smith, Kawasaki
1996–Rob MacCachren, Ford (Trophy-Truck)
Troy Herbst, Smithbuilt-Porsche
Paul Krause/Ty Davis, Kawasaki
1997–Ivan Stewart, Toyota (Trophy-Truck)
Mark McMillin, Jimco-Porsche
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda
1998–Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Johnny Campbell/Bruce Ogilvie, Honda
1999–Ivan Stewart, Toyota
Jonah Street/Torsten Borstrom, Honda
2000–Larry Ragland, Chevy
Jonah Street/Steve Hengeveld, Honda
2001–Mark McMillin, Jimco-Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda
2002–Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
2003–Troy Herbst/Larry Roeseler, Smithbuilt-Ford
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
2004–Alan Pflueger, Chevy
Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda
2005–Robby Gordon, Chevy
Mike Childress/Mouse McCoy, Honda
2006–Brian Collins/Larry Ragland, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda
2007–Larry Ragland/Brian Collins, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman/Steve Hengeveld, Honda
2008–B.J. Baldwin, Chevy
Robby Bell/Kendall Norman, Honda
2009–Rick D. Johnson, Ford
Bill Boyer/Donnie De Arman/Nicholas Blais/Rudy Iribe, Honda
2010–Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Ford
Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody, Honda
2011–Bryce Menzies, Ford
Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody, Honda
2012—Bryce Menzies, Ford
Robby Bell/David Pearson/Steve Hengeveld, Kawasaki
2013—Robby Gordon, Chevy
Tim Weigand, Colton Udall, David Kamo, Honda

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