|Baja 1000 – Epic Battles to the Finish Line
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By Charlene Bower
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What do a 24 year old and a 27 year old have in common at the Baja 1000? How about they are the 4 wheel and 2 wheel Official Winners of the 2011 Baja 1000! Andy McMillin (24) and father Scott McMillin (51) raced an intelligent race on Friday and finished first of the 29 Trophy Truck Starters in 14 hours, 51 minutes and 36 seconds, averaging 47.12 miles per hour. In the 2 wheel class, Kendall Norman (27), Quinn Cody (34) and Logan Holladay (22) on JCR #1x covered the course in 14:14.25 at an average speed of 49.51mph on a Honda CRF450X. And who was the overall winner? The 2 wheel class had the fastest time, but due to the inconsistent start where the 4 wheel class had 5 less race miles, the McMillins won the overall 4wheel title based on having the highest average speed among all of the car and truck finishers. Congratulations to the overall winners! “One of the most fun days I had racing,” said Andy McMillin. “Racing back and forth and getting the win just caps it. Its just amazing!”
Both classes had true races going for the win, there was never clearly one winner by any means, in fact, it came down to watching the final finish line to see who would cross first, and then crunching numbers for the adjusted time. With possible penalties assessed, even those numbers would not be official until Sunday morning. Starting for the 37th time in Ensenada, the race started and finished on Boulevard Costero in front of the historic Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in the heart of Ensenada. The rugged course traveled from Ensenada east through Ojos Negros, down Laguna Salada to San Felipe, down through the three legendary Baja canyon washes of Matomi, Huatomote and Chanate, joining familiar routes to the six-mile turnoff before Mike’s Sky Rancho, heading over to the Pacific Coast crossing Highway 1 near San Vicente and to Erendira, then through Santo Tomas, Uruapan and back to Ojos Negros, covering much of the northern half of the majestic Baja California peninsula to and from Ensenada. All 692 race miles must be completed in 32 hours of their official start time.
The finish of the motorcycle class was intense. Without IRC Tracking on the motorcycles, it was hard to watch their actual battle, but the Kendall Norman JCR Honda 1x, Shane Esposito Kawasaki 11x, and Colton Udall JCR Honda 0x were the top three through almost every check point that logged in throughout the day. The time spreads were from seconds to minutes and you knew that just one mistake could cost them the lead. Although Kendall Norman said that he crashed just 20 miles off the start at one of the boobie traps, he shook it off and got back up to ride. Baja is a crazy place! At approx 8:45 the first bike crossed the line ~ the 1x ~ but 11x had started 7th, so there was a 3 minute waiting game for the adjusted time to take place. It was closer to 9pm when the second bike of 11x came up to the finish. And around 9:50 when the 0x finished. The fourth place finisher in the class 14x wouldn’t finish until after midnight!
At the finish line Kendall Norman said, “It was a rough morning for me. I crashed the bike about 20 miles in but everything was alright and I started finding my rhythm, got down the road and I was really excited to get through Borrego and the road crossing. My first stint was almost over and I hit the biggest mound ever and just sent it at 70 miles per hour and took the biggest digger. I don't know how I popped up so quickly but everything seemed okay though I was pretty banged up. I kept the bike going, got it to the pit and had to do a few repairs on it. Quinn (Cody) pinned it hard and did a really good job and so did Logan (Holladay). I got back on in the meadow in Valle de Trinidad and took her home at night. It was a really tough day. Baja had its moments with me today. It didn't make it easy. We had a challenger on the Kawasaki with my former teammate Robby Bell. They were there all day. They fought hard and kept us honest. It's going to be tough in the years to come in Baja. It sounds like there's going to be a lot more competition and it's going to elevate the sport and what we have to do to come down here and be successful. It's good for the sport, good for SCORE Baja racing and exciting for all the fans too.”
The 4 wheel battle was even more intense. In fact, it was a downright race to the end! The race started at 11:17am on Friday morning, officially 4 hours after the last ATV took the green flag. Jesse James was first off the line, and one by one they peeled out around the first turn in downtown Ensenada. But then, after 14 had started, the Start Line closed… it stopped… no more cars were released. What happened? And as we watched trackers, the 14 that had started began to pile up around RM4.5. Amazingly there was a jack-knifed big rig rolled that had been full of rebar blocking the course! Only in Baja! A first in the history of the Baja 1000 there had to be a restart. SCORE officials decided to move the other 16 vehicles in the class, caravan-style, to race mile five where they officially began to leave the new start line at 12:23 p.m. The balance of the classes were started from the official start line about one and a half hours after the original projected start time at 1:03 p.m.
With the start time being adjusted like that, it actually caused quite a bit of chaos for the race teams. The night would fall at an earlier race mile for them. Were the light bars at the right pit? Were the drivers that were in the cars ready for night driving? By 2:30 all the classes had been started and were on the course running the 2011 Baja 1000!
With the restart Jesse James again took the lead with last years Baja 1000 winner #21 Gus Vildosola on his tail starting second. They battled for a while, and not far into the race, Vildosola called out with “mechanical problems that would take too much time to repair.” Rumor has it as transmission issues. By 4pm it was Jesse James, Bryce Menzies and Andy McMillin in the top 3 respectively. Bryce Menzies, would win the 2011 SCORE Season Championship simply by finishing the race. By RM 195, Andy McMillin overtook the lead and as we know now, only relinquished it once to Nick Vanderwey. Behind him was a battle for second as Nick Vanderwey’s truck started heading towards the front. Sitting in 5th at RM195, he was into third by RM 210 and Bryce Menzie in second. For over 300 miles these three teams battled. Vanderwey would take the physical lead and cross the finish line first, but with the time adjustment, Andy McMillin was declared first, Nick Vanderwey in second and Bryce Menzies in third. Andy McMillin said, “My dad did a great job on the San Felipe loop. We kept our pace and kept our position and Bryce was doing work out front and was running away with it. Luckily he had a little issue and we were able to make up time. I got back in the truck and Bryce pulled over for fuel and we got around them. That was the most intense race I've ever been a part of. I was 30 seconds to them and Bryce was 30 seconds to me on the beach. It was a freight train free for all. It was such a blast. It was so much fun. I'm glad to win my second SCORE Baja 1000 with my dad. It means a lot.”
Also at the finish line, Nick Vanderwey said, “I am still catching my breath... This race was something else! It is a great day for me and for this team.” Bryce Menzies was also excited about the finish, “The San Felipe area was horrible! We got beat up so bad! But in 450 miles, we didn’t have one flat and the BFGoodrich tires looked just like new every time we took one off.” Menzies, a SCORE Rookie this year, opened the season by winning the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January, drove to a victory in June’s 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Between his first two career SCORE race wins, Menzies finished sixth at the 25th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March and in September Menzies finished third at Tecate SCORE San Felipe Challenge of Champions. The Rookie walked into the 44th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 with a six-point margin over the rest of the world’s best desert racers and left with a championship.
BFGoodrich earned eight of the top ten overall 4 wheel vehicle finishing spots. “We couldn’t have asked for a better finish to the 2011 SCORE Baja 1000 or a better weekend overall,” said Silvia Mammone, motorsports marketing manager, BFGoodrich Tires. “We are thrilled with the McMillins’ overall win, Bryce Menzies’ SCORE Trophy Truck championship and Nick Vanderwey’s second place podium finish, running for the first time on the 42-inch BFGoodrich Baja T/A tires. Congratulations to the drivers who finished what looked to be one of the toughest Baja races in history. We are not only celebrating their individual accomplishments but also the 25th win for BFGoodrich Tires.”
Also on the story board for the Trophy Truck class was Jesse James who's finish line interview started with, “I guess I proved I can run up front. It was an epic day with Vildosola and I trading places like three times, and being able to hang with him since he is so fast!” Jesse James finished the race, but not without laying it on its side in the wash just as they were coming into town! “I hit mud and it was like ice! It spun me around and put me on my side.” Jesse James would finish 7th overall, putting him in the top 10 for all the SCORE races he competed in this year.
Meanwhile, also on the story board was Robby Gordon who started back of mid pack and worked his way up into the top 6. Around 8:30pm he blew a corner at 130mph and rolled hard, but was still running. After a pit and looking over the car they continued on and charged towards the front. He was in the top pack, passed Jesse James on his side in the wash, and just after broke a drive shaft! Stuck in the wash, they did a NASCAR style lightning fast drive shaft change and finished 10th overall.
The Class 1 battle was the true testament to the difficulty of the race. With 25 Starters there were only 8 Finishers. The story here was watching 18 year old Justin Davis do his thing, ultimately taking his third class win of the year in his first year in the ultra-competitive class. Davis, who drove the entire race solo, was last in class off the start line and won Class 1, finishing sixth overall among 4wheel vehicles, in a time of 16:17:55 with an average speed over the brutally-tough course of 43.26mph. “We steadily moved up as everybody started to break off and then it seemed to work out at the end. We knew we had to finish (to win the championship) but at end when we knew we could win, we went for it. We just took the risk and it turned out well. We won the championship and won the biggest race of the year. It was definitely a challenge and I'm looking forward to doing it next year. Maybe we'll go three in a row,” said Justin Davis. Second Place went to Ronnie Wilson who was 10 minutes behind the leader.
Oh, did I mention that all this action happed at 3am Saturday Morning?!? Were you sleeping??
The Baja Night is not something that you want to take for granted. The moon, the stars, the crazy locals and the cold and fog all come into play as huge lights try to break through the blackness. The night hours fell early for the 4 wheel teams after the delayed start, but most were able to adjust. And some teams would actually see night fall twice, if issues had caused them to break their race pace, or they were a class that typically pushed the 32 hour limit like the winner of Class 11. At 6:30pm on Saturday night, 1149 Justin Matney’s bug was still running and at RM630! He would be the only Class 11 to finish at 31 hours 41minutes averaging 22.25 mph! The Pirate4x4 Chat cheered him to the finish!
Chris Ridgway got an opportunity to join the Baja Bound Adventures 10x team with the Dakar Rally veterans Felipe Prohens and Jaime Prohens of Chile. This would be the first time Chris Ridgway would take on night riding on a CRF450x. Ridgway remembers, “I got on the bike at 9:30pm and it was so cold it was like 52 degrees, and the fog was so thick I could hardly see across the road, and I had never raced at night before, much less in the fog or on this road, so I take off and I could only go in like third gear because it is so foggy and wet, I can’t see a thing. Right as the fog cleared up I started to go faster, that was the start of my 180 mile stint and I was cold and wet. I did good, got to the Pacific side and there were boobie traps like I had never seen before, I felt like I was in an endurocross.” The team did great with little to no problems and finished 7th in Pro Motorcycle Class 22. They finished at right around 2:15am with a 21 hour 53 minute finish time, just before the Trophy Trucks started to crawl up on them!
The team that the Pirate4x4 Chat was tracking the most was that of Torchmate Racing Shaffer-Motorsports #401 car. A team that home-bases most of their efforts on Pirate4x4 for the last few years, they had another great fan base as they pushed across the desert in Class 4. Why Class 4? The car is spec legal for Class 10 or Class 4 with an echotech motor. Class 4 is specific to the engine, and in last years Baja 1000 it proved to be a large and competitive class with a bounty for the winner put up by one of the competitors. When Shaffer-Motorsports team signed up for the class they assumed the same great competition would be there…instead a majority of them stepped into Class 10. With all that said, there were three competitors in Class 4 and after 24 hours of racing there was only a 10 minute gap between first and second place!
Mike Shaffer took the green flag start around 1:40pm on Friday afternoon after the delay. “I have usually always done the start of the race and know the course well, but this year they changed a lot of it, and I mean a lot, so it wasn’t as much as an advantage as it has been in the past,” said Shaffer. They had a solid 10 hour effort to the driver change at BFG Checkpoint 2/4 where Shawn Twitchell would take the car down into the San Felipe loop. We would see the car stopped on the tracker, later to find out that the main power shut off switch had been kicked during the driver change and had pulled all the power from the alternator causing it to fail around 6:10am on Saturday morning at RM427. A new alternator and a couple of get-unstuck out of silt moments and the race was back on. “It was intense. The alternator issue caused us some down time and the course was just so rough… we got stuck in this one silt bed that was so deep we had to call to have the chase crew come and pull us out!” recalls Twitchell. Twitchell brought the car back to BFG Checkpoint 2/4 at the top of the San Felipe loop and by 8am Daniel Aeberli was on the throttle. He made up good time and had no issues. Their competitor #402 had also been in sight and had some issues, but now it was time to win or take second. Daniel pushed and pushed and we watched as the 401 dot got closer and closer to the 402 dot. The original strategy was to have Mike Shaffer get back in the car at Ojos Negros when they did their final fuel splash if they were within striking distance of the car in front of them. They were, but they were so close, that it would have taken too much time to switch drivers. Daniel would have to take it home! The dots bounced back and forth through the valley out side of Ensenada and all of the teams fans were on chat cheering them on to catch 402! They were so close, they pushed and pushed and Daniel used all the driving skills that he had learned at the rally school in Switzerland to the max. But when the checker flag fell, it was 402 for the win with the Torchmate Shaffer-Motorsports team coming in 2nd at an official time of 24 hours, 40 minutes, 10 minutes behind the winner. Daniel said, “We gave it everything. It was a great race at the end and the Torchmate car really gave us what we needed to finish.”
If you sell alternators, CVs, axles, torque converters or rebuild engines, I have a long list of prospective racers that would love to test your products in mothers natures most extreme conditions: The Baja 1000. Those were the four most common reports of failure when teams would call out of the race. The attrition rate at the Baja 1000 this year seemed higher than most, but I don’t have the previous stats to compare. What I do know is the official non-finishers percentage this year was 45%. Falling into this statistic was Rick D Johnson in the All-American trophy truck. “Everything was going great and the truck was solid, then all of a sudden around RM122 the oil pressure light comes on and the power steering goes away so we just thought we lost a fan belt. We got out to change the fan belt and the front accessory drive pulley and the pump drive for the oil pump BOLT sheered and broke. The whole front pulley and belt broke off the end of the crankshaft. So, we were done. We had no fix, it takes a special bolt. We tried to repair it but didn’t have enough tooling,” recalled a very disappointed Johnson.
Also falling into this statistic was BJ Baldwin with a blown motor at RM180 after a pretty hard boobie trap forced him into a tire change early in the race. Pistol Pete Sohren also went out with an engine that Pistol described as “EXPLODED at RM500 while running the lead pace all day and into the night.”
The rest of the “Pistol Pete” Team trucks finished. Wes Bevly BajaLite #723 with Ron Stobaugh and Stock Full #861 both win the 2011 Baja 1000 and the Season Championships, well, at least that was as of Saturday night. Come Sunday, it is determined after a picture of the BajaLite running over a local with a bike that they were disqualified. Not sure what that does to the points standings, but I am sure that we will be updated.
The BFGoodrich BC car has been a topic of conversation on the Pirate4x4 board with Jason Scherer participating in the team last year and this year having Brad and Roger Lovell on the team put them back on our radar. Late Friday night we got the information over Weatherman that 1009 had a blown engine and was out of the race. Sad, we said our goodbyes to the dot and moved onto other cars that were moving. Come the morning hours when checking the 10 class status, amazingly to my eyes the 1009 car was moving and at the bottom of the San Felipe loop! What in the world!?!? When we finally caught up with Brad Lovell he said it had been a LONG 12 hours! “We took the car at BFG pit 1 like planned and it needed new CV boots on the back so they swapped out the shafts real quick and we got out of there. We had a good strong pace and worked our way over the summit. Then all of a sudden it lost oil pressure so we stopped, pulled over, and the back of the car was on fire! We started to throw sand and dirt and everything else. It looks like a piece of debris or something knocked a hole in the case and started a fire. We were dead forever out there until we finally got chase in there. About 4 hours later we were back out. We had some vapor lock issues that had to get sorted out and then got into Borrego and swapped seats. Had to replace an alternator because it was having issues from the fire. We finished out the back side of the San Felipe loop and handed it over at BFG Pit 3 where it needed another CV Shaft. We were down for hours with different problems – but that’s what Baja racing is all about I guess.” The team finished 6th in class with an over all time of 27 hours 42 minutes.
Also competing in Class 10 was Jessi Combs! Her first ever racing experience! “So I just raced Baja for the first time and finished second in my class!” Now taping a new show called Bucket List, she was in car #1010 with co-star Patrick McIntyre. She sure had a great time checking this off her bucket list!!
“I have never not finished a Baja 1000,” said Roger Norman. “This one had a lot of challenges though, if we wouldn’t have had all of these issues, I know we would have been on the podium!” Roger Norman works down the list, “5 miles out of our main pit we hit a rock and broke the bead lock off the wheel and lost air pressure so had to change a tire. Then the right front shock shaft broke right at the base which broke the brake line so had no brakes, but luckily didn’t damage anything else. Chase came out and put a fresh shock on and saw we had two studs broken on the rear wheel hub, so changed the hub and took off. Both front shocks lost all nitrogen, and have no idea how, but we were running on springs. We were down to 20mph at some of the rougher spots. When in the pits, they discovered that the heat exchanger had broken and had a giant crack in it and the radiator was almost completely empty. They took it out and put hose in. We have a tranny cooler up in back by the radiator that doesn’t get air flow unless it has enough wind and the roof lights were blocking it. So since we didn’t want to take the lights off in the middle of the desert, and we weren’t in the contention for the win, we babied it and had to stop a whole bunch of times when it reached 290. At the last pit they had them take off the lights and once they left they ran full race speed to the finish.”
A finish in the Baja 1000 is the most amazing task. Every year there are acts of heroism getting to the finish line. I truly believe that “Everyone at the Baja 1000 has an interesting story, it’s just a matter of capturing it.” Year after year teams come in past 32 hours, after the finish line closes just to say they crossed it. I have even been on one of those teams, the tractor was taking the dirt mound off of the street!
This year the Baja 1000 Pirate4x4 chat went into official “Baja 1000 OVERTIME” as the SCORE Finish line closed at 10:18pm and two teams that we had been tracking were still on the board and moving. With the Internet, we were part of the story as it was happening. So what was the big deal? Just another cool story. At close to 2am the teams of #1802 and TT7 crossed the finish line of the Baja 1000, after approximately 36 hours on the course. Who are these guys? Nobody really knew until they made a wrong turn that would change their lives in our offroad community forever. UTV #1802 was driven by Kane Fraser who is a paraplegic from Canada that is running the Baja 1000 as a fundraiser for the Man in Motion, Rick Hansen Foundation. After watching Dust to Glory multiple times, he decided to add the Baja 1000 to his bucket list. “This was our first Baja 1000, our first time racing, and for me my first time racing in any sport ever,” said Kane Fraser. He enlisted the help of his friends, and with never even being in the desert, much less racing, they set off on this awesome journey. “We were super naive, but we learned a lot along the way, and got laughed at a lot which was fun,” Kane said with a smile. “In terms of what I wanted to accomplish, for me number one was to raise $25,000 for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Second, is to create awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. And third, to inspire one disabled person to really move ahead with their goals and strive to achieve their goals, because as long as you try and try you will succeed, you just have to keep moving forward.”
We were first introduced to the team when they made a wrong turn. And I mean a major wrong turn. As the Polaris RZR900 came down into the San Felipe loop area, they forgot to turn left to go down, they were headed to the Pacific Coast. “There are obstacles in everyones life, like we were just talking, how could you miss the turn, there were like 15 flags! We kinda knew there was something wrong when we were mixing it up with the Trophy Trucks an Class 1 cars. Then the challenge was how do we get back in the race. We couldn’t let our team down, we had been prepping for 11 months and just to let a little 100 miles get in the way of the finish wasn’t an option.” And they did. The chat went wild with people watching the 1802 go way out of the way to get back on course. But still no one knew their story.
As the night started to fall for the second time of the Baja 1000, the 1802 was still moving. They had gotten back on course and had maintained a consistent pace, but not one that would allow the 1802 to make it to the finish line before it closed.
Lets now introduce the #7 Trophy Truck of Jim Riley, Rick L. Johnson and Scott Steinberger. If there was ever a truck full of Baja Spirit, this would be it. Riley and Johnson, partners in Azunia Tequila a major supporter of the Baja 1000 and Scott Steinberger is the owner of PCI Radios and Weatherman’s son. Need I give any additional credentials? To be short about it, they had a most challenging race. The R8 Trophy Truck had an issue with the rear end when the snout broke off the hub and they were stopped dead in their tracks. With rallying parts all the way from the US, they got the truck back up and running. The team continued through the night and the next day when Jim Riley would take it for the final 200 miles. Riley recalls, “We had a nice clean run until we hit the silt beds on the Pacific side of the course. That’s when the entire dynamic of the race changed for us. The rear hub had almost an inch of "play" in it and I was knee deep in silt. I called Weatherman to alert him of our possible withdrawal from the race. We were out of time and parts and he was looking for a status update. He "suggested" that if we stayed in we could help out two race cars that had gone over the cliff ahead of us. It was about this time that 1802 passed us on the course. After 30 minutes of digging and finding something to get us out of the silt we were back on course and running. Craig and I decided that we would make it to the stranded racers and enjoy the Pacific side of the course. By the time we reached Santo Tomas we heard the full story of 1802 and realized that we needed to stay on the course and make sure he made it to the finish line if he were to encounter any problems. I think that sometimes on a dark Baja race course you can be inspired to keep going by just knowing someone is behind you to pick you up if you fall. That’s what I call the "Spirit of Baja". We wanted to be that for 1802. We limped or truck through some of the toughest terrain I have seen in Mexico and were equally inspired that 1802 was out there checking off his bucket list.”
Also in the Spirit of Baja, the Weatherman took the battle of the teams to SCORE Ops pushing them to allow them to finish, in time or not. “You have 32 hours to finish, even if the check points close, let them do it,” said Weatherman ~ “Once you close the course, you can’t stop them from continuing, so let it ride, there are people on the internet that would hate you for not letting them finish,” said Weatherman ~ 15 minutes to closure of the finish line and the 1802 was at RM620 ~ “As a Ceremonial closure, 1802 should be allowed to finish the race,” said Weatherman. “They can come cross the finish line, but no one will be here,” said SCORE Ops ~ “He is a paraplegic here to do his bucket list and he is amazing, absolutely amazing, you don’t want to stop this guy,” said Weatherman. “Ok, Thank you,” said SCORE Ops.
SCORE Ops shut down the finish line at 10:18pm, but one of the largest outpourings of support rallied across multiple internet outlets and the Weatherman continued to be vocal. The focus now turned to watching these two get to town. “We were already damp and cold but we wanted to finish, we didn’t care, nothing would stop us. We kept going and did finish! We were a little bug eyed, but we finished,” said Heino Seibert, Kane Frasers Co-Driver. Jim Riley adds, “At the end of the day we met up with 1802 at the beginning of the wash in Ensenada and drove to the newly established finish line by friends and family. There was no Tecate or finishing pin but the smiles on our friends faces will never be replaced by a formal finish line. We shook hands with the support team from 1802 and took some pictures together - all knowing that we just beat Baja on our own terms and timelines...I would not trade my race for all the wins in the world!”
The level of support for these two teams would make any pro racer envious.
Kane and his teammates persevered for almost 800 miles over 36 hours. He never let up, he never whined, he kept a smile on his face and moved ahead, 1 mile at a time...and TT #7 was right by their side, battling their own demons to finish this race, but together, they helped each other and made it across! Just another amazing story of the Baja 1000! To read more or support their fundraising go to http://www.baja1000fundraiser.com.
To wrap this Baja 1000 story let me share some of my favorite quotes of the day:
The Baja is Fun: Andy McMillin said to Sal Fish at the Finsh Line – “That was a Fun Day!” Sal replied with, “Some people have a weird idea of fun!”
The Baja Takes Endurance: “You look over and see a car dead, and sure enough you see it coming through the next pit: That’s Baja.” Brad Lovell
The Baja is a Challenge: “Sometimes in a life a man needs a challenge – sometimes that’s a family, sometimes that’s a business, but today it was Baja for everyone here.” Kurt LeDuc
"Does anyone have a 5 hour energy drink they can bring me? We're pulled off the side of the road, not sure what KM, but we are out here somewhere." Unknown Chase Team
The Baja Takes Luck: “Usually one guy has a perfect day, but 3 had them today.” Kurt LeDuc
The Baja Takes A Team: “In this race, SCORE has more medial assets (14 ambulances, 12 medical teams, 1 helicopter) than any other class besides Trophy Truck.” Weatherman. Unknown responder said, “That’s why SCORE is a first class operation and we Race it.”
Next years 2012 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be a Peninsula run to La Paz….Who’s in?
44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Nov. 18-19, 2011—Final round of five-race 2011 SCORE Desert Series
Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (705 miles)
TOTAL STARTERS: 278, TOTAL FINISHERS 155 (55.76 Percent)
(34 States, 16 Countries)
(following Final complete tracking review)
Top Overall Finishers
Pro Cars & Trucks
(NOTE: SCORE Trophy Trucks ran 700 miles)
1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:51:36 (47.11 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
2. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif./Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 14:54:11 (46.97 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
3. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif./Larry Job, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 14:55:40 (46.89 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
4. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Daniel McMillin, LaMesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:19:53 (45.66 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
5. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Juan Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado, 15:40:38 (44.65 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
6. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy, 16:17:55 (43.26 mph) (Class 1)
7. Jesse James, Austin, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 16:24:02 (42.68 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
8. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 16:27:31 (42.83 mph) (Class 1)
9. Ken Losch, Chandler, Ariz./Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 16:28:36 (42.48 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
10. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 16:47:15 (41.70 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
11. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:50:32 (41.56 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
12. Rick Geiser, Desert Hills, Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas, GMC Sierra, 17:07:00 (40.90 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
13. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:08:01 (40.86 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
14. Brian Parkhouse/Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 17:16:13 (40.82 mph) (Class 1)
15. Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif./Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:31:48 (39.93 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
16. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 17:38:58 (39.66 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
17. Adam Householder/Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 18:09:33 (38.55 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)
18. Mark Hutchins, Henderson, Nev./Christopher Hutchins, Las Vegas, Kreger-Chevy, 18:11:30 (38.75 mph) (Class 1)
19. Damen Jefferies/Mike Voyles Sr., Temecula, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 18:47:12 (37.53 mph) (Class 1)
20. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), BMW, 18:57:58 (36.91 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck
1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif./Logan Holladay, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:14:25 (49.51 mph) (Class 22)
2. Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev., Kawasaki, KX450F, 14:24:55 (48.91 mph) (Class 22)
3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho/Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:31:10 (48.56 mph) (Class 22)
4. Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Sanger, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., Ryan Kudla, Oxnard, Calif., Dennis Green, Palm Springs, Calif., Matt Carlson, Sachse, Texas, Honda CRF450X, 16:31:27 (42.66 mph) (Class 21)
5. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Donald Stanley, San Clemente, Calif./Justin Morgan, Alpine, Calif./Corey Freeman, Fallbrook, Calif./Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:00:59 (41.43 mph) (Class 22)
6. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:08:10 (41.14 mph) (Class 30)
7. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Nicholas Burson, Ridgecrest, Calif./Justin Morrow, Pinon Hills, Calif./Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:13:24 (40.93 mph) (Class 22)
8. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:47:09 (39.64 mph) (Class 40)
9. Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Ariz./Austin Miller, Dripping, Texas/James Hall, Malibu, Calif./Graham Gustin, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:46:52 (37.55 mph) (Class 21)
10. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Andy Kirker, Lake Forest, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Bob Johnson, Oceanside, Calif./Greg Fountain, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:03:35 (36.99 mph) (Class 50)
1. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX, 18:43:21 (37.66 mph) (Class 25)
2. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Richie Brown, Dahloneca, Ga./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Honda TRX450R, 19:00:21 (37.09 mph) (Class 24)
3. Juan Sanchez/Angel Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif./Gerard Ibarra, San Ysidro, Calif./Christian Rojas, Santos Perez, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450X, 19:43:06 (35.75 mph) (Class 24)
4. Heriberto Marquez/Julio Gomez/Adrian Lopez, Ensenada/Raul Cano, Tijuana, Mexico, Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 20:23:33 (34.57 mph) (Class 24)
5. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Damaria Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 21:01:39 (33.53 mph) (Class 25)
Pro Cars & Trucks
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)—1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:51:36 (47.12 miles per hour); 2. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif./Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 14:54:11; 3. Bryce Menzies, Las Vegas/Ricky Johnson, Encinitas, Calif./Larry Job, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 14:55:40; 4. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Daniel McMillin, LaMesa, Calif./Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:19:53; 5. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Juan Carlos Lopez, Tecate, Mexico/Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Chevy Silverado, 15:40:38; 6. Jesse James, Austin, Texas, Chevy Silverado, 16:24:02; 7. Ken Losch, Chandler, Ariz./Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 16:28:36; 8. RobbyGordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 16:47:15; 9. Troy Herbst, Las Vegas/Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:50;32;
10. Rick Geiser, Desert Hills, Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas, GMC Sierra, 17:07:00; 11. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas/Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:08:01; 12. Dave Crinklaw, Reedley, Calif./Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:31:48; 13. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 17:38:58; 14. Adam Householder/Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 18:09:33; 15. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), BMW, 18:57:58; 16. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Desert Hills, Calif./Cody Stuart, Capistrano Beach, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas, GMC Sierra, 20:04:43; 17. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev., Ford F-150, 20:08:45; 18. Jesse Ashcraft, San Marcos, Calif./Adam Ashcraft, Oceanside, Calif., Ford F-150, 21:23:26; 19. Gary Magness/Devin Housh, Denver, Ford F-150, 21:35:38; 20. Roberto Encinas/Roberto Encinas Jr., Time Noe, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 24:31:57; 21. Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Shane Pavolka, Rio Rico, Ariz./Thomas Greer, Tucson, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500, 25:46:07.
(29 Starters, 21 Finishers)
CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)—1. Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., ESM-Chevy, 16:17:55 (43.26 mph); 2. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./John Herder, Tucson, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 16:27:31; 3. Brian Parkhouse/Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 17:16:13; 4. Mark Hutchins, Henderson, Nev./Christopher Hutchins, Las Vegas, Kreger-Chevy, 18:11:30; 5. Damen Jefferies/Mike Voyles Sr., Temecula, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 18:47:12; 6. Erik Harp, Panama City Beach, Fla./Ryan Thomas, Santee, Calif., Homebuilt-Chevy, 20:03:23; 7. Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Newport Beach, Calif./Dale Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 20:17:16; 8. David Greenhill/Mike Greenhill, Crowley, Texas/Mike Boone, Garden Grove, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 20:56:21.
(25 Starters, 8 Finishers)
CLASS 1/2 - 1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)—1. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft, 19:31:15 (36.12 mph); 2. Daniel Lopez, Ensenada, Mexico/Ambrosio Gutierrez, Mission, Texas/Adolfo Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 19:34:30; 3. Eliseo Garcia/Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico/Juan Mayoral, Heber, Calif., Mayoral, 21:00:57; 4. Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco, Banning, Calif./Esteban Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, VBR, 21:10:51; 5. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Ensenada, Mexico, Romo, 21:13:10; 6. Jesus Velez/Rodrigo Fevvla, Mexicali, Mexico/Victor Lugo, Calexico, Calif., PKF, 22:39:03; 7. Kevin J. Walsh, Manchester, Mo./George Peters/Shawn Umphries, Newbury Park, Calif., Penhall, 23:05:08; 8. Wes McKenzie, Dallas/George Jiminez, Anaheim, Calif./Lorenzo Torres, Dallas, BonnerHawk, 23:07:27; 9. Brian Wilson/Kyle Quinn, Irvine, Calif./Cory Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif./Fernie Padilla, Las Vegas, Kreger, 23:17:49; 10. Sergio Galindo/Alejandro Blengio, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 23:58:50; 11. Jay Reichert, Cottonwood Shores, Texas/Charles Dorrance, Austin, Texas, Jimco, 23:03:11; 12. Ramiro Escobedo/Carlos Escobedo/Ernesto Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Mirage, 24:34:18; 13. Andrew Myers/Steve Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., Lothringer, 25:04:29; 14. Francisco Escareno, Mexicali, Mexico/Carlos Albanez, El Centro, Calif./Enrique Escareno, Mexicali, Mexico, Garibay, 25:24:37; 15. Michael Power, Venice, Calif./Alex Roy, New York, N.Y./Travis Fletcher, Santa Ana, Calif., SRP, 25:54:06; 16. J.J. Schnarr, Reno, Nev./Mark Levrett, Sparks, Nev./John Levrett, Reno, Nev., Levco, 26:14:44; 17 Jim Goff, Pleasanton, Calif./Shane Balch, Livermore, Calif./Mark Gera, Watsonville, Calif., Lothringer, 29:31:30; 18. Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Justin Munyon, San Clemente, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Brian DeNault, San Clemente, Calif., Kreger, 31:37:12.
(21 Starters, 18 Finishers)
CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco, 25:28:56 (27.67 mph).
(7 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)—1. Jim Anderson, Reno, Nev./Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif./Mike Belk, San Diego, 19:27:34 (36.23 mph); 2. Cody Kellogg, Cypress, Calif./Rick Wilcoxson, Upland, Calif./Troy Johnson, Riverside, Calif., 20:06:18; 3. Kevin Carr, San Diego/Luis Barragan, Mexicali, Mexico/Kent Lothringer, LaVerne, Calif., 24:06:05.
(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)—1. Jeffrey Smith, Oceanside, Calif./Justin Herrmann, Vista, Calif./Eric Sheets, La Costa, Calif., 27:17:56 (25.83 mph); 2. Emilio Salcido, Mexicali, Mexico, 27:45:09.
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 6 (Unlimited, production mini trucks)—1. Josh Quintero/Chris Taylor, El Centro, Calif., Ford Ranger, 20:18:30 (34.72 mph); 2. David Caspino, Tarzana, Calif./Jason Ruane, Ford Ranger, 20:46:35; 3. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif./Darren Skilton, Long Beach, Calif., Honda Pilot, 23:13:39; 4. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger, 23:17:45; 5. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Ford Ranger, 23:40:48; 6. Gregg Hempel/Joe Leeper/Jason Hansen, Las Vegas, Mason ProRunner, 29:18:15.
(12 Starters, 6XX Finishers)
CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)—1. Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif./Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif./Daniel Chamlee, Spring, Texas, Ford Ranger, 25:18:39 (27.85 mph); 2. Arturo Alvarez/Quetzalli Cortez, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 31:46:40.
(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)--
(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)—1. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Alan Roach, Escondido, Calif., Dodge Ram1500, 20:43:11 (34.03 mph).
(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)—1. Christian Hall, Bakersfield, Calif./Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Mark Talla, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 19:50:03 (35.54 mph); 2. Eduardo Mejia, Atlanta/Jeff Johnson, Bellevue, Wash./Jessi Combs, Ventura, Calif./Patrick McIntyre, Los Angeles/John I. McInnis, III, Gulf Shores, Ala., BTC-Subaru, 23:57:14; 3. John Langley/Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Racer-Chevy, 25:36:55; 4. Shelby Reid/Cody Reid, Apple Valley, Calif./Daniel Folts, La Habra, Calif., RPI-Chevy, 25:54:35; 5. Sergio Salgado/Gustavo Pinuelas/Cesar Castillo, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-Honda, 25:58:28; 6. Kyle Tucker, Mooresville, N.C., Andrew Comrie-Picard, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Bud Brutsman, North Hills, Calif., BTC-Subaru, 27:42:26; 7. John Martensen, Phoenix/Kelly Ross, Lukeville, Ariz./Kirk Kontilis, Blythe, Calif., MEM-Chevy, 27:49:06; 8. Brian Valentine/Jacob Valentine, Bellevue, Wash./Peter DeSantis/Matt Swann, Seattle, BTC-Subaru, 31:12:35; 9. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn./Steven Hajas, Delano, Minn., Kreger-Chevy, 31:32:10.
(10 Starters, 9 Finishers)
SCORE Lites (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)—1. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz./Rick Graf, Scottsdale, Ariz., Foddrill, 19:14:47 (36.63 mph); 2. Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Paul Keller, El Segundo, Calif./Sean Williams, El Segundo, Calif./Bernie Carr, Solvang, Calif., Smithbuilt, 19:56:10; 3. Steven Lisa, Paradise Valley, Ariz./Anthony Lisa, Scottsdale, Ariz./Davy Jones, Genoa, Nev./Chuck Hemmingson, W. Des Moines, Iowa, Foddrill, 23:55:45; 4. Ryan Plowman, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Brian Munson, Alta Loma, Calif./Jeremy Stafford, El Monte, Calif., Kreger, 26:24:39; 5. Rafael Navarro IV/Ravael Navarro III, Temecula, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Jimco, 26:53:30; 6. Jeff Sanca, Canada/Doug Maxwell, Wrightwood, Calif./Terrance Peregoodoff, Canada, Porter, 28:18:42; 7. Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Ricardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco, 28:30:30.
(12 Starters, 7 Finishers)
CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)—1. Justin Matney/Jerome Miltier, Bristol, Tenn./Ramon Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, 31:41:13 (22.25 mph).
(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)—1. Wes Bevly III/Bryan Groesbeck/Chad Bunch, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150, 27:18:46 (25.81 mph); 2. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570, 29:27:09; 3. Sam Edgar/Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H1, 30:54:28.
(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
STOCK MINI (Stock, mini trucks)--
(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
PROTRUCK (Limited, production trucks)—1. Jessica McMillin/Hector Cuadras/Chris Andrews, National City, Calif., Ford F-150, 25:21:31 (27.80 mph); 2. Chelsea Magness, Desert Hot Springs, Calif./Todd Burt, Denver/Matt Robinson, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Ford F-150, 29:18:05; 3. Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Sean Yudice, Fairfax, Calif./Al Hogan, Missoula, Mont., Ford F-150, 31:53:37.
(5 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 7-2 (Unlimited Mini-Truck, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)—1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./Danny Thompson, Irvine, Calif./Benn Vernadakis, Rico, Colo., Mason-Chevy, 23:17:38 (30.27 mph)
(4 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 4 (Unlimited open-wheel car, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine)—1. Tony Miglini, Dallas/Jason Hart, Flower Mound, Texas/Mike Shatynski, Whittier, Calif., Predator X18-Chevy, 24:30:51 (28.76 mph);
2. Mike Shaffer, Oakland, Calif./Shawn Twitchell, Nampa, Idaho/Daniel Aeberli, Stateline, Nev., Homebuilt-Chevy, 24:40:13; 3. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico/Michael Powell, Bristol, Tenn., PSD-Chevy, 27:58:42.
(3 Starters, 3 Finishers)
CLASS 17 (Class 3, modified Jeeps)--
(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 2 (Unlimited open-wheel, car/truck, 3.5-Liter Turbo or supercharged)--
(1 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 2-D (Unlimited open-wheel, car/truck, Diesel 3.5-Liter Turbo or supercharged)
(1 Starters, 0 Finishers)
CLASS 22 (450cc or more)—1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif./Logan Holladay, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:14:25, 49.51 mph; 2. Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev., Kawasaki, KX450F, 14:24:55; 3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho/Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:31:10; 4. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Donald Stanley, San Clemente, Calif./Justin Morgan, Alpine, Calif./Corey Freeman, Fallbrook, Calif./Kevin Johnson, Boulder City, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:00:59; 5. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Nicholas Burson, Ridgecrest, Calif./Justin Morrow, Pinon Hills, Calif./Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:13:24; 6. Trent Burgiss, Hood River, Ore., KTM XC-W530, 21:28:24; 7. Felipe Prohens/Jaime Prohens, Chile/Chris Ridgway, Apple Valley, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:53:50; 8. Jim Owens, Scotts Valley, Calif./Arik Swan/Eric Pucelik, Santa Cruz, Calif./Bobby Bartholomew, Watsonville, Calif., Husqvarna TXC450, 22:00:22; 9. Rory Sullivan, White Salmon, Wash./Joey Lancaster, Troutdale, Ore./Miles Warren, Olympia, Wash/Anthony Cenitti, Corbett, Ore., Honda CRF450X, 23:20:53; 10. Jack Lundin, Anaheim, Calif./Lukas Lundin, Canada/Peter Lofuerius/PG Lundmark, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 23:21:55; 11. Craig Bowman, Kelso, Wash/John Bredfield, Castle Rock, Wash./Ace Nilson, Reno, Nev./Ken Wortman, Canada/Anna Cody, Lancaster, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 25:28:34; 12. Thomas Barnabic, Silt, Colo., Honda CRF450X, 28:18:48.
(12 Starters, 12 Finishers)
CLASS 21 (450cc or less)—1. Trevor Insley, San Clemente, Calif./Bill Gilbert, Ladera Ranch, Calif./Morgan Crawford, Sanger, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., Ryan Kudla, Oxnard, Calif., Dennis Green, Palm Springs, Calif., Matt Carlson, Sachse, Texas, Honda CRF450X, 16:31:27, 42.66 mph; 2. Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Ariz./Austin Miller, Dripping, Texas/James Hall, Malibu, Calif./Graham Gustin, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:46:22; 3. David Gonzalez Jr/Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif./Bruce Stavron, San Clemente, Calif., KTM 450XCW, 19:14:20; 4. Brody Kunz, Durango, Colo./Chris Parr, Colorado Springs, Colo./Kirk Russell, San Diego, Kawasaki KLX450, 21:17:44; 5. Willy Miller, Pasco, Wash./Marco Bernaldez/Carlos Miranda/Ricardo Munoz, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 22:58:19; 6. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Marc Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Brandon Prieto, \Ensenada, Mexico/Mark Filler Brown, Honda CRF450X, 29:36:49. (7 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)—1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:08:10 (41.14 mph); 2. Rodrigo Basave, Highlands Ranch, Calif./Alvaro Garcia/Carlos Garcia, Zapopan, Mexico/Rafael Garcia, Guadalajara, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 22:02:07; 3. Octavio Valle, Zapopan, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Vicente Guerrero, Mexico/Guillermo Gomez, Guadalajara, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 22:40:52; 4. Hiram Figueroa, Puerto Rico/Adrian Valdez, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Cornejo, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 26:27:48. (6 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif./Jeff Sheets, Henderson, Nev./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:47:09 (39.54 mph); 2. Ronnie Mitchell, Patterson, Calif./Tex Mitchell, San Marcos, Calif./Randy Havener, Patterson, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:41:15; 3. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby/Collie Potter, Temecula, Calif./Lester Lehigh, Bishop, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 21:21:10; 4. Dave Kanarska, Santee, Calif./John Griffin, Lake Forest, Calif./Biovanni Spinali, La Mesa, Calif./Dirk MacFarlane, Pennington, N.J., Honda XR650R, 23:45:52; 5. Graham Cruickshank, El Segundo, Calif./Jim Buckingham, Palmdale, Calif./Tom Bea, Pasadena, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 28:09:00; 6. Rob Barnum, Phelan, Calif./Mike Kay, San Clemente, Calif./Jack McCormick, Tempe, Ariz./Sergio Vega, Ensenada, Mexico, Husqvarna TC510, 29:36:42. (9 Starters, 6 Finishers)
CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)—1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Andy Kirker, Lake Forest, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Bob Johnson, Oceanside, Calif./Greg Fountain, Lake Forest, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:03:35 (36.99 mph); 2. Jim Dizney, Alpine, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Dave Potts, Burbank, Calif./Charlie Marshal, Carmichael, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 29:25:01.
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)
CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)—1. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Mark Force/Guy Wilson, Bakersfield, Calif./Al Perrett, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 24:39:03 (28.60 mph). (2 Starters, 1 Finisher)
CLASS 25 (450cc or more)—1. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX700XX, 18:43:21 (37.66 mph); 2. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Damaria Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 21:01:39; 3. Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico/Francisco Espinoza, Brawley, Calif./Angel Morfin, Riverside, Calif./Gilberto Perez, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 22:34:35; 4. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Burbank, Calif./Lipe Velez, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX700XX, 23:35:13; 5. Richard Stanley, Corydon, Ky./Jody Estes, Slaughters, Ky./Ryan Lane, Bricknell, Ind./Jake Yates/Ryan Jobe, Corydon, Ky., Honda TRX450R, 27:22:40.
(6 Starters, 5 Finishers)
CLASS 24 (450cc or less)—1. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Richie Brown, Dahloneca, Ga./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Honda TRX450R, 19:00:21 (37.09 mph); 2. Juan Sanchez/Angel Sanchez, Chula Vista, Calif./Gerard Ibarra, San Ysidro, Calif./Christian Rojas, Santos Perez, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda TRX450X, 19:43:06; 3. Heriberto Marquez/Julio Gomez/Adrian Lopez, Ensenada/Raul Cano, Tijuana, Mexico, Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 20:23:33; 4. Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez/Adulfo Torrez, San Quintin, Mexico/Francisco Vaillavirencio, Guerrero Negro, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 25:18:56. (6 Starters, 4 Finishers)
CLASS 26 (Limited, Utility)—1. Carl Vella, Ardsley, N.Y./Mike Penland, Rabun Gap, Ga./Ryan Robey, Martins Ferry, Ohio, Can-Am Outlander800, 26:26:44 (26.66 mph). (3 Starters, 1 Finisher)
Sportsman Buggy—1. Viry Felix, Ensenada, Mexico, Varo-VW, 25:42:41 (27.42 mph); 2. John Matney, Bristol, Va./Jim Bunn/Charlie Holbrook, Bristol, Va., RGBuggy-Chevy, 27:37:31; 3. Edward Cummings, Oro Valley, Ariz./Joe Whitney, Prescott, Ariz./Willie Cummings, Tucson, Ariz., Foddrill-VW, 29:28:22.
(8 Starters, 3 Finishers)
Sportsman Truck—1. Randy Swink, El Cajon, Calif./Steve Finnegan/Arturo Montano, La Mesa, Calif., Ford Ranger, 27:23:07 (25.74 mph).
(6 Starters, 1 Finisher)
Sportsman 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)--
(3 Starters, 0 Finishers)
Sportsman UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)--
(9 Starters, 0 Finishers)
Sportsman Motorcycle Under (450CC or less)—1. Fred Sobke, Bonita, Calif./Matt Capdeville/Jake Staff, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 23:09:40 (30.44 mph); 2. Raymond Gray, Torrance, Calif./JD LaVanal, Santa Clarita, Calif./Guillermo Alavcon, Newbury Park, Calif., Yamaha WR450, 24:21:56; 3. Christian Espinoza/Miguel Rodriguez/Joel Leal, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 24:37:32; 4. Darin Bullivant/Mark Appelt/Corey Meyer/Calvin Plum, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 24:52:12; 5. Jugatsu Toi/Yuji Miyazaki, Japan, KTM 350EXC-F, 29:00:39; 6. Shawn McKenzie, Granite Falls, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 29:29:15. (12 Starters, 6 Finishers)
Sportsman Motorcycle Over (450cc or more)—1. Ulises Fierro, Tijuana, Mexico/Marco Higuera, Ensenada, Mexico/Eric Yorba, Jamul, Calif./Michael Valenzuela, Tijuana, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 20:20:52 (34.65 mph); 2. Steve Malley, San Diego/Christian Carpenter, Seguim, Wash./Doug Kuczkowski/Matt Kuczkowski, San Diego, Honda CRF450X, 22:09:09; 3. Jeb Boynton, San Mateo, Calif./Edward Tarleton, Nederland, Calif./Giovanni Andolina, South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Forrest Hobbs, Arvada, Colo., KTM XCW530, 22:35:28; 4. Cody Larsen/Chris Webb/Marc Ebdrup/Bob Borden, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 23:11:06; 5. Carlos Valdez/Oscar Garcia, Tijuana, Mexico/Juan Sanctotena/Juan Sanctotena Jr., San Diego, KTM 450, 23:41:26; 6. Mike Mensinger, San Diego/John Nolting, Poway, Calif./Risto Niemi, Finland/Justin O’Rear, Corning, Calif Honda CRF450X, 24:48:47; 7. Phil Walker, Bountiful, Utah, Honda CRF450X, 29:01:45; 8. Andrew Glogner/Depree Hendrickson, Tucson/Gary Gasper, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM XC525, 30:05:27; 9. Mike Frick, Lake Stevens, Wash., Honda CRF450x, 30:47:31; 10. Yvan Perroud, France, Honda XR650R, 31:06:18; 11. Jeff Palmer, Alta Loma, Calif./Michael Schmahl, Upland, Calif./James Sones, Banning, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 31:26:20; 12. Marcelino Garcia, Sylmar, Calif./Juan Rodriguez, Palmdale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 31:58:51.
(19 Starters, 12 Finishers)
Sportsman ATV—1. Moises Saiza, Ensenada, Mexico/Alan Rodelo/Erick Canett, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Romo, Ensenada, Honda TRX700XX, 25:48:30 (27.32 mph); 2. Jose Gallardo, Chatsworth, Calif./David McFarland, Fresno, Calif., Yamaha YFZ450R, 27:44:12; 3. Juan Dominguez/Alonzo Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz./Kyle Walstrom, Canada/Alan Lopez, San Luis, Ariz./Martin Munoz, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450R, 31:58:14. (10 Starters, 3 Finishers)