2010 Baja 500: Starting Positions

Baja 500 Draw

Prominent Southern California industrialist and desert racer Ed Stout along with Daniel McMillin, Kyle Abney and Craig Christy all drew pole positions in their respective classes during Saturday’s live drawing for starting positions for the upcoming 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race.

The drawing was held during a charity fund-and-supply-raising event held at the new MasterCraft Safety plant in Santee, Calif.

Round 3 of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series, will feature nearly 300 entries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, will be held June 3-6 in Ensenada, Mexico.

Traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, over 100,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the world’s best desert racers in action at this year’s 42nd anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.

With late entries accepted up to race morning, entries are expected from 25 U.S. States, and 10 countries. The green flag will drop for the race at 6 a.m. on Saturday (June 5) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes three hours after the last ATV at approximately 10 a.m.

The elapsed-time race will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Boulevard Costero in the heart of Ensenada, leaving and returning into the city through the spectator-laden Arroyo Wash.

Stout, of Irvine, Calif., finished third in season points last year in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck and earned a SCORE Toyota Milestone Award, received the first starting position for 4-wheel vehicles in his No. 13 Stout Industries Chevy Silverado. It is the first time in his short career that he has drawn the coveted starting position in the class for high-tech, 800-horsepower unlimited production trucks.

In Saturday’s drawing there were a SCORE-record 39 SCORE Trophy-Trucks had officially entered.

Third generation desert racer Daniel McMillin, 22, El Cajon, Calif., will start first in the unlimited Class 1. He is currently leading Class 1 in points and is fourth in overall points in just his first season in the class in a McMillin Racing Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.

Abney, 38, Albuquerque, N.M., will lead the motorcycles and his team into the Baja desert on a Honda CRF450X in Class 22 for open motorcycles.

Christy, 35, Burbank, Calif., is leading a four-rider Class 25 ATV on a Honda TRX700X.

While late entries will be accepted up to race morning, as of the Start draw, the Pro 4-Wheel vehicles classes with the most entries are: SCORE Trophy-Truck (39), Class 1 (24), Class 1-2/1600 (11) and SCORE Lite (10).

Leading the Motorcycle classes in entries so far are Class 22 (12) and Class 30 (9) and Class 40 (8).

Class 24 leads the ATV classes with eight entries to date.

Among the Sportsman classes, SPT Motorcycles over 250cc has 14 entries.

With an organized effort to give back something tangible back to the people of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, last Saturday’s ‘live’ drawing for start positions took on a whole new meaning for SCORE International.

Held at the new MasterCraft Safety facility in Santee, Calif., the event was hosted by Robbie Pierce’s MasterCraft Racing and Sal Fish and the day also included a charity raffle and a ‘Tacos for Charity’ stand for a Baja children’s cancer foundation, emergency donations for survivors of the recent earthquake in Baja Calif., several SCORE race vehicles on display, racer appearances, music and vendor displays from several of the leading companies in the industry.

The SCORE live drawing event at MasterCraft also included a raffle for the Castro-Limon Cancer Foundation which provides treatment for children stricken with the disease. Proceeds from the Locos Mocos and Baja Pits group ‘Tacos for Charity’ sales will also go to benefit the Foundation.

In a special gesture for the Mexicali Earthquake relief program, MasterCraft CEO Robbie Pierce, who is also a prominent SCORE Trophy-Truck racer, is matching the total of the funds raised for the foundation from the Locos Mocos and Baja Pits Taco stand to give to the earthquake victims.

Several thousand dollars was raised for both charitable projects and the final figures are expected to be released this week.

Donations of supplies and/or cash will also be accepted until May 1 at the SCORE office at 23961 Craftsman Road, Unit A, in Calabasas, Calif. Information is available to calling the SCORE office at 818.225.8402.

In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 25th consecutive year, a total of 23 drivers remain eligible after Round 1 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.

This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will also feature the special $10,000 MasterCraft Safety cash contingency bonus for qualified racers in the car and truck classes.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull-official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, MasterCraft Safety, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

Additional sponsors in Baja are the Secretary of Tourism of Baja California and ProTurismo de Ensenada.

For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.

41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500
June 3-6, 2010-Entries, Baja California, Mexico Total Entries: 201 (as of 4/25/10)
Pro Cars & Trucks
13 Ed Stout
20 Rob MacCachren
30 Robbie Pierce
74 Rob Bruce
76 Jesse Jones
40 Chet Huffman
1 Robby Gordon
31 Andy McMillin
42 Will Staats
97 B.J. Baldwin
24 Adam Householder
22 Damen Jefferies
25 Al Hogan
19 Tim Herbst
23 Mark McMillin
7 Scott Steinberger
78 Jesse Ashcraft
50 Jason McNeil
35 Jason Voss
59 Craig Potts
10 Greg Nunley
95 Scott Whipple
47 James Bult
21 Gus Vildosola Jr.
TBD Bryce Menzies
49 Troy Herbst
94 Steve Strobel
39 Ron Whitton
16 Cameron Steele
51 Kory Scheeler
53 Rick Thomas
96 Bobby Baldwin
2 Pete Sohren
84 Nick Vanderwey
9 Gary Weyhrich
71 Rick D. Johnson
8 Roger Norman
48 Jimmy Nuckles
67 Ruben Ledezma
CLASS 1 (24)
101 Daniel McMillin
102 Eric Chase
103 Armin Schwarz
104 Paul Keller
105 Dan Martin
106 Conan Barker
107 Cody Parkhouse
108 Kory Halopoff
100 Randy Wilson
110 Mark Weyhrich
111 Sean Mecham
112 Ryan Sharman
113 Dennis Boyle
114 William Eriksen
115 Josh Rigsby
116 Richard Boyle
117 Ronny Wilson
118 Chris Kemp
119 Steve Garcia
120 Steve Appleton
121 Rudy Cortez
122 Brett Lenk
123 Armin Kremer
149 Adam Ashcraft
CLASS 1-2/1600 (11)
1601 Arturo Velazco
1602 Brad Wilson
1603 Luke McMillin
1604 Eliseo Garcia
1605 Cody Robinson
1606 Brian Wilson
1607 Kyle Conlon
1608 Wes McKenzie
1600 Hiram Duran
1648 Carlo Montalvan
1649 Arnoldo Ramirez
CLASS 3 (0)
CLASS 5 (1)
500 Kevin Carr
CLASS 5/1600 (4)
551 Trevor Anderson
552 Victor Celis
578 Omar Dipp
579 Marcos Nunez
CLASS 6 (2)
601 Marc Burnett
600 Heidi Steele
CLASS 7 (2)
700 Dan Chamlee
702 Greg Jones
741 Elias Hanna
759 Norman Turley
CLASS 8 (4)
801 Dave Crinklaw
802 Kent Kroeker
803 Noah Osanik
800 Clyde Stacy
CLASS 9 (0)
CLASS 10 (4)
1001 Jesus Gonzalez
1002 Alejandro Navarette
1003 Sergio Salgado
1000 Mike Lawrence
1201 Justin Davis
1202 Zak Langley
1203 Steve Eugenio
1204 Dave Calloway
1205 Cody Freeman
1206 Matt Kupiec
1207 Greg Gustin
1208 Perry McNeil
1209 Lee Banning
1200 Brent Parkhouse
CLASS 11 (3)
1147 Alejandro Rivas
1148 Gustavo Garayzar
1100 Eric Solorzano
1350 Gary Magness
1340 Chelsea Magness
CLASS 7-2 (1)
721 Reid Rutherford
CLASS 4 (2)
401 Eddie Zimmerman
402 John Langley
CLASS 22 (12)
2x Kyle Abney
3x Ryan Penhall
4x Keith Webster
1x Kendall Norman
6x Jamie Aguilar
7x Robbie Bell
8x Chad Thornton
9x A.J. Stewart
10x Robert Underwood
11x Cory Evenson
12x Colton Udall
13x Chuck Neugebauer
CLASS 21 (7)
101x Sol Saltzman
Adam Neuwirth
David Gonzalez Jr.
Gerardo Huerta
Ruben Dabdoub
CLASS 20 (1)
151x Jason Trubey
CLASS 30 (9)
300x Mike Johnson
Bill Eddings
Francisco Septien
Javier Hernandez
Jim O’Neal
Jon Jessy
Mark Levrett
Tim Abshire
William Peel
CLASS 40 (8)
401x Mark Fishburn
400x Brian Campbell
403x Duane Dickinson
404x Henrik Andersen
405x Mike Prunty
406x Tom Vogt
407x Louie Franco
449x Terry Peregoodoff
CLASS 50 (3)
501x David Rutherford
500x Jim O’Neal
503x Ryan Armitage
CLASS 60 (1)
619x Donald Lewis
CLASS 25 (6)
2a Craig Christy
1a Wayne Matlock
4a Miguel Olivas
5a Javier Robles
6a Josh Edwards
7a Roberto Villalobos
CLASS 24 (8)
101a Daniel Montano
102a Heribert Marquez
103a Brandon Brown
104a Adrian Valdez
105a Christian Vargas
106a Shane Strunk
107a Luis Berumen
100a Craig Christy
CLASS 26 (3)
200a Reid Rutherford
202a Chuck Neugebauer
219a Rob Ransford
1400 Peter Lang
1449 Viry Felix
1501 Ken Fraizer
1801 Sergio Castillo
1800 Thomas Graves
SPT M/C< (6)
201x Greg Willitts
202x Gary Gonzales
203x Patrick Williams
204x Matt Ladendorf
205x Ricardo De La Pena
206x Fred Sobke
SPT M/C> (14)
251x Nicholas Martin
252x Samuel Rodriguez
253x Timothy Nugent
254x Jeff Byers
255x Oscar Fazz
256x Carlos Valdez
257x Jason Trimarchi
258x Craig Anstine
259x Andreas Hoyler
260x Tibi Imbuzan
261x Cade Courtley
262x Jeffrey Moore
263x Paul Lopez
264x Salvador Sainz
51a Antonio Herrera
52a Christopher Wilson
53a Moises Saiza
54a Brad McLean
55a John Nores Jr.
56a Juan Gonzalez
99a Gustavo Ameca