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Gasper bros lead Class 1 Single point separates Mark Post/Rob MacCachren & B.J. Baldwin in SCORE Trophy-Truck/Overall 2007 SCORE Desert Series points LIVE Start draw Saturday during two-day fiesta at Lake Elsinore Casino for November's 40th...

Gasper bros lead Class 1
Single point separates Mark Post/Rob MacCachren & B.J. Baldwin in SCORE Trophy-Truck/Overall 2007 SCORE Desert Series points

LIVE Start draw Saturday during two-day fiesta at Lake Elsinore Casino for November's 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

LOS ANGELES--In what has shaped up as a movie-script duel between the 'veterans' Mark Post and Rob MacCachren and young gun B.J. Baldwin, the November showdown in Mexico will decide the overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point championships of the 2007 SCORE Desert Series. With a single point separating the top two SCORE Trophy-Truck teams of 2007 the epic showdown will take place in mid-November at the history-making 40th Anniversary of the granddaddy of all desert races.

This year's celebration of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be a peninsula run of nearly 1,300 miles down the majestic Baja California peninsula from Ensenada, Baja California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. The 40th anniversary of this incredible race that has lured adventurer's from around the world, will be held Nov. 10-16.

After five of six events in the 2007 SCORE Desert Series, Post, 50, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and MacCachren, 42, of Las Vegas, have two wins, one second and two fourths to compile 359 points to date in the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford-F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck.

Baldwin, 28, of Las Vegas, is the reigning SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion in the No. 1 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado. Just one point behind Post/MacCachren, Baldwin has one race win this year, one second, two thirds and one fourth to remain in position to become the first back-to-back SCORE Trophy-Truck point champion since Ed and Tim Herbst of Las Vegas did it in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2002 and 2003.

Over 350 entries, from 40 U.S. States and 15 countries, competing in 28 SCORE Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs are now preparing for the 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.J

The live drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held Saturday during the two-day SCORE Fiesta at the Lake Elsinore Casino in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Cameron Steele and Travis Clarke are co-producing the event.

Action gets underway tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a vendor's village and a Freestyle Motocross exhibition presented by Quality Toyota of Corona, Calif. The demo will include riders from Brian Deegan's Metal Mulish and Kyle Loza's Riders for Christ. The evening will include live music, a silent auction and charity poker tournament for the Chris Ackerman Foundation.

On Saturday, the day-long SCORE Fiesta starts at 10 a.m. with the Ketel One/Lake Elsinore brunch with the Blue C champion's challenge at 11 a.m. and the Yokohama Pit Crew Challenge at 3 p.m. At various times throughout the day the live SCORE drawing, presented by Lucas Oil, will be held for several classes at a time.

Five full entries into this year's 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 will be given away on Saturday, courtesy of baja.net, Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, Yokohama Tire, Lake Elsinore Casino and Lucas Oil Products. The winners must be present and must already be entered in the race.

A total of just 33 points separate the top 10 overall point leaders after the recent 12th SCORE Terrible's Primm 300.

Third in SCORE Trophy-Truck points and third overall is Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., with 338 points after winning the recent SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 in the No. 38 G&R Racing Ford F-150.

Leading Class 1-2/1600 and fourth overall with 334 points is Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., in a VW-powered Lothringer open-wheel desert race car.

Tied for fifth overall with 332 points each are the team of Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas and brothers Bill Gasper, Chino Hills, Calif./Bill Gasper, Santa Barbara, Calif.. Ragland/Collins are fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado while the Gaspers lead the unlimited Class 1 in their Porter-Chevy.

SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles that started the race within the individual class.

Seventh overall and second in Class 1-2/1600 with 331 points is the team of L.J. Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas in a ChenoSPF-VW.

In a three-way tie for eighth overall and tied for second in Class 1 with 316 points heading to Mexico's massive season finale are Larry Roeseler/Troy Herbst, Ronny Wilson and Eric Chase and his father Stuart Chase. Roeseler/Herbst, who have two race wins this year and have won Class 1 for three straight years at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, drive the No. 100 Smithbuilt-Ford, Wilson drives a Jimco-Chevy while the Chases pilot a Penhall-Chevy.

Just 14 points separate 11th through 15th overall with a tie at 13th in the standings. At 11th overall with 309 points is the team of Daniel McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, Calif., who are third in Class 1-2/1600 in a Jimco-VW. B.J. Richardson, Las Vegas, who was leading the overall and Class 1 point standings before a DNF in Primm, is 12th overall and fifth in Class 1 with 304 points in a Bunderson-Chevy.

The team of Tim Noe, San Diego/Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif., is the new point leader in SCORE Lite and tied for 13th overall with 297 points in a Jimco-VW with Dan Myers, Newport Beach, Calif., who is sixth in Class 1 in a Porter-Chevy.

Just two more points back at 295 in 15th overall and second in SCORE Lite is the team of Stan Potter, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, Encinitas, Calif., in another Jimco-VW.

Two racers in 4-wheel vehicle classes who started the 2007 season with three straight wins and continue to lead the points in their respective classes are Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix (Class 8, Chevy Silverado) and Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda).

With one race left in the 2007 SCORE Desert Series, other 4-wheel class point leaders include: Dylan Evans, Anaheim Hills, Calif. (Class 3, Toyota FJ Cruiser), George Seeley, Glendale, Calif. (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Mario Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug), Dan Chamlee, Summerland, Calif. (Ford Ranger, Class 7), Rich Severson, Mesa, Ariz. (Ford Ranger, Class 7SX), Ramon Fernandez, Ensenada, Mexico (VW Sedan, Class 11), John Griffin, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Ford F-350, Stock Full), Gavin Skilton, Orange, Calif. (Honda Ridgeline, Stock Mini) and Jason Voss/Rich Voss, Cupertino, Calif. (Ford F-150, Protruck).

With motorcycles and ATV classes joining the cars and trucks in SCORE races in Mexico, the overall point leaders after two of three races are the Robby Bell-led team in motorcycles and the Danny Prather-led team in ATVs.

Bell, Murrieta, Calif. and teammates Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., have 180 points on the No. 1x American Honda Racing CRF450X. The trio defeated a motorcycle race-high field of 24 starters in Class 22 at the SCORE Baja 500, the most starters in the open motorcycle class in over a decade. It was their second straight win this SCORE season.

Prather, Ramona, Calif., and his teammates Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif., Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif. and Marc Spaeth, Warner, Calif., have two wins and 169 points to lead Class 25 on their Honda TRX450R.

Among the other motorcycle classes, veteran Jim O'Neal, 60, Chatsworth, Calif., and his put together two teams of talented riders and leads the points in both age group classes. O'Neal and his merry men lead both Class 30 (riders over 30 years old) on a Honda CRF450X and Class 50 (riders over 50 years old) on an O'Neal Racing Honda XR650R. O'Neal's teams have won both races this year in Class 30 and one in Class 50.

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Drivers Rob MacCachren , Steve Hengeveld , B.J. Baldwin , Mark Post , Brian Deegan , Troy Herbst