Laughlin: Series qualifying report

ROUND 1, 2010 SCORE DESERT SERIES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN LAUGHLIN, NEV. Andy McMillin qualifies in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Ford F-150 fastest To earn pole for Saturday's first day of SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge LAUGHLIN, ...

ROUND 1, 2010 SCORE DESERT SERIES SATURDAY AND SUNDAY IN LAUGHLIN, NEV.

Andy McMillin qualifies in his No. 31 McMillin Racing Ford F-150 fastest To earn pole for Saturday's first day of SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge

LAUGHLIN, Nev.--Returning to SCORE desert racing on a fulltime basis for the first time in three years, San Diego's third-generation racer Andy McMillin earned the pole position for the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge Friday as he powered his No. 31 McMillin Racing Ford F-150 to a fast time of 7 minutes, 03.40 seconds during qualifying for SCORE Trophy-Trucks averaging 53.19 miles per hour around the 6.25-mile loop.

The season opener of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, is being held near the banks of the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nev.

The unique race, split into two parts, will start Saturday and finish Sunday, running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the 17 classes divided into five race groups running multiple laps each day. The featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division will race at 1 p.m. each day followed by the unlimited Class 1 cars at 3 p.m. Both classes will run eight laps each day.

McMillin, who with his father Scott McMillin won last year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, will lead a field of 131 official entries, which includes 28 vehicles in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division for high-tech, 800 horsepower, unlimited production trucks.

With plans to run the entire 2010 SCORE Desert Series easily outdistanced the 23 SCORE Trophy-Trucks that started in the special one-lap qualifying session.

"We had a nice clean run today and hope the pole position helps gain an edge during Saturday's first half of the race, said McMillin. It was exciting to feel the power and enjoy how well our Ford F-15 handled over this short, but very challenging race course. We have a great field of SCORE Trophy-Trucks to start the 2010 SCORE Desert Series and I can't wait for the green flag to drop Saturday."

Qualifying second was Mexico's Gus Vildosola Jr., last year's leader through the first half of the race, with a time of 7:09.71 in the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 he shares with his father Gus Sr.

The four trucks that elected not to qualify on Friday, will start Saturday's portion of the race behind the other 24 SCORE Trophy-Trucks.

Ticket information is available at www.visitlaughlin.com.

-source: score

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