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SCORE 2006: Early starting grid for 20th Tecate San Felipe 250.




As entries continue to surpass record levels, next month's 20th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will undoubtedly feature a battle of former overall champions, including 13 former winners in the 4-wheel divisions and nine former motorcycle champs. Round 2 of the six-race 2006 SCORE Desert Series will be held March 11 in the quaint fishing village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

With nearly 300 entries expected to compete in 24 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes, the green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed by the car and truck classes two hours later at approximately 8:30 a.m. The start and finish line area for the 240.34-mile loop course will once again be the landmark San Felipe arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe. All vehicles will have a 10-hour time limit in the elapsed time race and vehicles will start in 30-second intervals. Following January's season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, America's Foremost Desert Racing Series will visit Mexico for the first of three times in 2006.

To date, 278 official entries have been received, led by the unlimited Class 1 with 38. Class 1-2/1600 is next with 36, followed by the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division with 29, SCORE Lite with 20, Class 25 with 18 and Class 10 with 17. Late registration will be accepted up until race morning.
"This is an extremely challenging race course, and that's part of the lure it has had during the first 19 events," said Sal Fish, SCORE President/CEO. "It is also a course with incomparable beauty, featuring both Baja ruggedness and diversity, truly a majestic representation of the entire Baja California peninsula. It runs through three storybook Mexican washes-Huatamote, Chanate and the magnificent Matomi. I honestly believe that many of the competitors are drawn to this race because of the incredible beauty of the course."

Leading the group of former overall 4-wheel vehicle champions are Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst and Scott McMillin, who have earned three titles each during the first 19 of these 'Spring Break' desert racing classics. The Herbst brothers, driving the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150 in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division for hi-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks, won three consecutive years in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Scott McMillin, racing in the unlimited Class 1, won in 1983 and 1984 in a Porsche-powered Chenowth open-wheel desert race car, with his late father Corky McMillin, the family patriarch of SCORE's first three-generation McMillin Racing team. Last year, Scott won in Class 1 as co-driver for his son Andy McMillin in a Jimco-Chevy. This year, Andy McMillin will be driving the No. 83 Robby Gordon Racing Chevy CK1500 in SCORE Trophy-Truck with his father listed as a co-driver.

On the motorcycle side of the popular race, American Honda superstars Steve Hengeveld and Johnny Campbell have a total of seven Overall two-wheel vehicle victories, six by Campbell and four by Hengeveld. Campbell's triumphs came in two three-year spurts winning in 1998 and 2000 with Tim Staab, and 1999 with Cole Marshall, before winning in 2002, 2003 and 2004 with Hengeveld. Hengeveld won his first Overall in San Felipe in 2001 with Jonah Street.

A pair of two-time Overall 4-wheel vehicle champs in this year's lineup are Mark Post (1998 and 2004) and Larry Ragland (1991 and 1995). This year, both veteran drivers will compete in SCORE Trophy-Truck and both are teamed with former Overall Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 race winners. Post will have 1997 champion Curt LeDuc, splitting driving time in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 while Ragland will be the second driver for Las Vegas' Brian Collins, who won in 1990, in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Giving the field eight of the last nine Overall 4-wheel champions will be 2003 winners Gus Vildosola and Rob MacCachren in the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150. Two-time Overall Motorcycle champion Larry Roeseler (1991, 1992) has moved to 4-wheel vehicles and will be a co-driver for Las Vegas' Troy Herbst, who won Class 1 and finished second overall to his older brothers in 2000.

Pre-race festivities at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will include the colorful SCORE Midway and tech inspection on the Malecon beachfront in downtown alongside the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday (March 10). At 9 p.m. on Saturday (March 11), the awards celebration will be held in front of The Beachcomber Night Club on the Malecon.

Southern California's Cameron Steele and Richard Boyle received the pole positions for the race in the top two divisions in the computerized drawing for starting positions held on Feb. 6 at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles. Steele races in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Boyle drives in the unlimited Class 1. Steele, 37, an ESPN action-sports announcer has entered in three classes for San Felipe. Steele drives the Desert Assassins No. 16 Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy-Truck. Boyle, 41, is a veteran SCORE racer, teams with 1985 SCORE Class 1 season point champ Ron Brant, 57, in a Jimco-Chevy. Boyle/Brant also drew the first start last year in this race. Steele, whose wife Heidi Steele, 30, will make her debut in Class 7SX by drawing first start in her new Ford Ranger, will ride a Suzuki DRZ450 in Class 22 and drive a Desert Assassin-VW in SCORE Lite.

Fresh from season-opening class wins in January's 12th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Rob MacCachren and Gary Weyhrich find themselves tied for the Overall SCORE Desert Series point lead after one of six-races. Las Vegas' MacCachren, won Class 1-2/1600 in a 1600cc VW-powered Bunderson while Weyhrich captured the unlimited Class 1 in a Jimco-Chevy open-wheel desert race car. MacCachren's primary racing commitment, however, is in SCORE Trophy-Truck. MacCachren and Gus Vildosola split the driving time in Laughlin and earned a solid fourth-place finish out of a SCORE record 33 starters in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the Vildosola Racing Ford F-150. A total of just 16 points separate the top 15 overall point leaders after January's season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Third in overall points with 58 after winning the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division for high-tech, 800 horsepower unlimited production trucks is Las Vegas' B.J. Baldwin in the Baldwin Motorsports No. 97 Chevy Silverado. For Baldwin, it was his first SCORE class win and it was also the first race for his new SCORE Trophy-Truck, which is prepped and the race crew is provided by Collins Motorsports of Las Vegas.

Tied for fourth in overall points with 54 each are Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., who is second in Class 1 in another Jimco-Chevy and the team of Arden Dennington/Mike Malloy, who are second in Class 1-2/1600 in a Fraley-VW. SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles that started the race within the individual class. The 2006 SCORE Desert Series also includes chase for the $50,000 Kartek Off-Road contingency bonus to be awarded to several qualified 2006 SCORE Class point leaders.

The 2006 SCORE Desert Series also includes the hunt for the annual Toyota Milestone and $12,000 Toyota True Grit Awards. The prestigious Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to every racer who completes every required mile of every race in the 2006 SCORE Desert Series. The $12,000 Toyota True Grit purse is split among the SCORE season point champions who are also Toyota Milestone award winners in several non-factory-backed classes.

For more information, visit the official website of the 2006 SCORE Desert Series at [ www.score-international.com ].

Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall Champions

1982 - Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983 - Corky McMillin/Scott McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1984 - Scott McMillin/Corky McMillin, Chenowth-Porsche (Class 2)
1990 - Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991 - Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class 8)
1992 - Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993 - Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994 - Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1995 - Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1996 - Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1997 - Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1998 - Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999 - Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2000 - Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2001 - Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2002 - Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2003 - Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2004 - Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2005 - Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

2006/02/17 I 21:22 CET I Editor: marathonrally.com/SCORE






















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