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SCORE 2009: Point leaders update - Robby Gordon on top.

Following his dominating season-opening victory at January's 15th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, a runner-up finish at March's 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a solid seventh in June's 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500, NASCAR Cup owner/driver Robby Gordon has kept himself at the top of a very crowded Overall leaderboard in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings.

With 209 points, Gordon, 40, who returns to his desert racing roots as often as his NASCAR schedule allows, also leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500.

With just 38 points separating the top 20 in 2009 SCORE Overall points, SCORE racers are now preparing for the 14th Annual SCORE Terrible's Primm 300, to be held in Primm, Nev., Sept. 11-13. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for Round 4 of five-race World's Foremost Desert Racing Series will be held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles this Saturday, August 8. Wilson Motorsports currently leads two classes as well as being second and 10th in SCORE overall points after three races.

With two Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and two Class 1-2/1600 open-wheel cars with 1600cc VW engines, Randy Wilson, 50, the middle of three racing Wilson brothers, leads Class 1 and is 10th in overall points with 183. Ronny Wilson, 47, the youngest of the brothers, is fourth in Class 1 with 150 points while leading Class 1-2/1600 and second in overall points with 202 is Brian Wilson, 24, Randy and Ronny's nephew and son of Rick Wilson, 53, the oldest of the three Wilson brothers. In Class 1, both Wilson brothers drive Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race cars.

With a fourth place class finish in Laughlin, followed by a second place in San Felipe and fourth in Ensenada in a Kreger-VW, Brian Wilson is a field superintendent for the family business-Norm Wilson & Sons, a prominent Southern California general contracting company. Wilson is receiving considerable help this season from veteran co-driver Sammy Ehbrenberg, Las Vegas, who splits the driving with Brian Wilson when not mentoring him in the sport.

Brad Wilson, 20, who is Ronny's son, also races in Class 1-2/1600 in a Penhall-VW. Ronny Wilson has also entered a Jimco-VW in SCORE Lite, giving Wilson Motorsports five entries in the upcoming SCORE race in Primm. "Wilson Motorsports has obviously made a significant commitment to SCORE racing this season and so far we are very, very pleased with the results," said Ronny Wilson. "We still have two races left though and a lot of tough desert racing miles in both the US and Mexico. We have worked very hard as a team and as dads and uncles, it's really inspiring me for and my brothers to see Brian and Brad doing well in the sport we love so much."

Eric Duran is driver of record for his family team and is third overall and second in Class 1-2/1600 in with 200 points in a Neth-VW. After winning Class 10 in San Felipe in his Lothringer-VW, Mike Lawrence, is leading the class he won the season championship in last year and stands fourth in SCORE overall points with 197.

SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race.

Tied for fifth in overall points are a pair of SCORE class point leaders. With 190 points and undefeated with three class wins each this season are: Kevin Carr (Class 5, open VW Baja Bug) and Gavin Skilton (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline). While the top six in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings are just 19 points apart, seventh through 10th place are separated by a mere six points.

Class 7 point leader Dan Chamlee, who has two race wins this season in a Ford Ranger, is tied for seventh overall with 189 points with Justin Smith, who is third in Class 1-2/1600 points in a Fraley-VW. Fourth in Class 1-2/1600 and ninth in SCORE Overall points so far is Cody Robinson with 185 points in a Curry-VW.

One of three female regular racers this season, Heidi Steele, leads the Class 6 points in the Desert Assassins Ford Ranger. Steele's husband Cameron Steele is ninth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points. Michelle Bruckmann, is fifth in SCORE Lite and Anna Cody and her all-female team, is tied for second in the motorcycle Class 20 points. Heidi Steele won a SCORE season point title last year was in Class 7SX and this year she has driven in two classes and also stands in fourth place in Class 7 in another Desert Assassins Ford Ranger.

Among the car and truck classes, other point leaders include: John Holmes (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Clyde Stacy (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Alonso Angulo (Class 5/1600, 1600cc VW Baja Bug) and Eric Solorzano (Class 11, stock VW Sedan).

With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the team of Cameron Corfman/Craig Smith, Brawley/Kyle Corfman leads the open motorcycle Class 22 standings with 150 points after the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on a Beta RR450. Leading the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (motorcycle riders 30 years old and older), Mike Johnson/Rex Cameron with 159 points on a Honda CRF450X.

The defending Class 25 open ATV championship team led by rider of record Wayne Matlock on a Honda TRX700XX has 149 points. Leading the overall ATV and the Class 24 point standings with 163 points is the team led by defending Class 24 season point champion Craig Christy on a Honda TRX450R. Among the other motorcycle class point leaders are Bill Boyer (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim O'Neal (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Brian Campbell (Class 40, KTM 450XCF) and Hector Castillo (Class 20, Yamaha WR250).

2009/08/09 | 18:59 CET | Editor: MR/HS/SCORE

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