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July 19-21 at LVMS Dirt Track Revamped infield part of course to provide more fireworks For racers, fans at July's SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup III Colorful event to start with SCORE Las Vegas Pit Stop for SCORE Trophy-Trucks at Fremont Street...

July 19-21 at LVMS Dirt Track
Revamped infield part of course to provide more fireworks For racers, fans at July's SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup III

Colorful event to start with SCORE Las Vegas Pit Stop for SCORE Trophy-Trucks at Fremont Street Experience; TERRIBLEvision screen at LVMS will bring the race even more up close and personal

LAS VEGAS--SCORE International's Sal Fish always has had a good listening ear for the desert racers in his series, but SCORE's President and CEO took it a step further this week when he invited the SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers entered in next month's SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup III to meet with him at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to help revamp the fan-friendly 1.5-mile purpose-built desert race course.

The result was a reworked infield portion closest to the grandstands with more exciting twists, turns and jumps for both the racers and the fans who will be part of Round 4 of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series to be held July 19-21 on the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A champions point's race for the first time, there are a race-record 83 official entries (to date) from six states and Mexico in the six competing classes. Bill McBeath, a native Las Vegan and UNLV graduate who is President/COO of the famed Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, will lead a race-record 22 of the high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division to the world-renown LVMS facility. He drives the No. 91 Ford F-150, which is prepped by Collins Motorsports of Las Vegas.

Besides McBeath, who is in his rookie SCORE racing season in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the other SCORE Trophy-Truck drivers who kept the heat on Fish for two hours under the scorching Las Vegas sun on Monday were: Ryan Arciero, Bobby Baldwin, B.J. Baldwin, Larry Ragland, Pete Sohren, Cameron Steele and Ed Stout. Joining the group by phone was Las Vegan Ed Herbst, whose family-owned company, Terrible Herbst, Inc., is the co-title sponsor of the event with Las Vegas Events.

"It was great to have these SCORE racers actually come on site and work through part of the course with us and offer opinions not only for the racers, but also for the fans in the grandstands," said Fish, who has been the SCORE President and CEO since soon after SCORE was started in 1973. "After nearly two hours of open dialogue, it was easy to see why Bobby Baldwin is President of the MGM Mirage Resorts. He articulately and artistically helped the drivers recap and summarize the significant changes they would like SCORE to make, especially on the entrance and exit from the infield of the Dirt Track at LVMS. The driver's input was phenomenal and will help us produce better racing for the racers and more excitement for the fans."

Besides the course enhancements, which will also include special Baja and Southern Nevada-themed landscaping around portions of the track, two three-truck wide dirt ramps will be built for entering and leaving the stadium as well as a special 'Fish hook' turn after the Terrible's Finish Line jump prior to exiting the infield.

The event will also feature TERRIBLEvision for the first time, with a mammoth LCD screen bringing the live race action from throughout the course and scenes and interviews from the pits even more up-close and personal. Terrible's Fireworks shows will explode each night, moved to the second intermission.

The tightly-timed, three-hour, 15-minute nightly event has added an exhibition event each night of the vastly popular new modified Trophy-Karts with drivers from 8 to 12 years old making their Las Vegas debut.

While early-arriving fans will again be able to participate in the pre-race driver autograph party and vehicle display of all vehicles entered in the race down on the race track each night, the first 2,500 fans each night will receive a miniature replica of the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsport SCORE Trophy-Truck, the winningest truck in the history of the class.

Six car and truck classes will compete in the unique short-course, stadium-style event that will be part of this year's championship point races in the 2007 SCORE Desert Series for the first time and the event will again be held under the lights on a Friday and Saturday night at the world-class Dirt Track at LVMS. With entries excepted until the morning for the race, nearly 90 of the best racers from the SCORE Desert Series are expected to be in the starting grid for this exciting racing extravaganza.

Racing will begin at 7 p.m. each night at LVMS and both nights will conclude with crowd-pleasing Terrible's Fireworks Shows. A popular pre-race fan favorite is the meet the racers party down on the track where racers and their vehicles are available for an hour of photos and autographs.

Nearly 90-percent of the specially-made 'chunk of Baja' 1.5 mile course will be viewable from the grandstands in the 8,026-seat facility. Competing in their own races will be the marquee SCORE Trophy-Trucks, the unlimited SCORE Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars along with open-wheelers in Class 1-2/1600, Class 10 and SCORE Lite and the competitive mini-trucks of Class 7.

As a prelude to the two days of racing, the SCORE Las Vegas Pit Stop at Fremont Street Experience will be held on Thursday, July 19. At the SCORE Pit Stop, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a vehicle display and the

$10,000 Terrible's Pit Crew Challenge for SCORE Trophy-Trucks, meet the SCORE racers party for all competing SCORE racers under the multi-million dollar canopy on Fremont Street.

The first two SCORE Trophy-Truck race winners in the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup, Marty Coyne of El Centro, Calif., and NASCAR's Robby Gordon of Charlotte, N.C., are both back to add some additional fireworks to the star-studded field.

Among the SCORE desert racing superstars to be showcased under the glistening lights of Las Vegas will be the Terrible Herbst Motorsports Team featuring the three Herbst brothers of Las Vegas along with Larry Roeseler of Hesperia, Calif.

Ed and Tim Herbst are the winningest SCORE Trophy-Truck team in history with 11 career race wins and four season point titles in the No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsport Ford F-150.

With Larry Roeseler as the driver of record and Troy Herbst as the second driver this season, the pair will be racing in the legendary No. 100 Ford-powered Smithbuilt open-wheel desert race car in the unlimited Class 1. Since it's debut in 1997, Troy Herbst has led the 'Landshark' to an unprecedented 22 race wins, seven Class 1 season point crowns and four SCORE Overall season point championships.

Besides the R. Gordon, M. Coyne, and the Herbst brothers, leading the contingent of SCORE Trophy-Truck superstars to Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be this year's top 5 season point leaders, three of which have drivers from Las Vegas. The SCORE Trophy-Truck field includes 12 racers who have combined to win 52 of the 80 races in the 13-plus year history of the famed SCORE racing division.

Leading the season point race in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the No. 1 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Sivlerado is Las Vegan B.J. Baldwin with 245 points. Second is the No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150 of Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas with 242 points.

Currently third in SCORE Trophy-Truck after three rounds of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series in the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado of Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz./Brian Collins, Las Vegas with 233 points.

B.J. Baldwin won this year's season opener, the 13th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, in Laughlin in January while the Post/MacCachren team won the 21st Tecate SCORE Baja 250 in March and Ragland/Collins won the recent Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Badlwin and Ragland/Collins repeated as champions in their respective race wins.

Flyin' Hawaiian Alan Pflueger is fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points with 232 in the No. 28 Pflueger Racing Chevy Silverado and Garron Cadiente, the 2006 SCORE Rookie of the Year from Mesa, Ariz., is fifth with 225 points in the No. 38 G&R Racing Ford F-150.

In addition to the previous group, also entered in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division is Las Vegan Bobby Baldwin, who drives the No. 96 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

Baldwin, the President of the MGM Mirage Resorts in Las Vegas, is the father of B.J. Baldwin and the immediate supervisor of McBeath. The colorful Bobby Baldwin was also the world champion of the 1978 World Series of Poker.

Celebrity racer Jesse James, Sunset Beach, Calif., star of the old Monster Garage TV series, will drive for the first time in this event, driving his No. 54 West Coast Choppers Racing Chevy Silverado.

Tim Gendreau, owner of Racer Off-Road in Phoenix and a veteran sports car road racer, will make his SCORE debut, driving the No. 47 Racer Off-Road Chevy Silverado, he will start on the pole in the second heat.

Action sports television announcer Cameron Steele, another celebrity SCORE regular, has entered two classes. The popular racer will drive his No. 16 Dessert Assassin Cadillac Escalade in SCORE Trophy-Truck and the No. 1201 Desert Assassin-VW in SCORE Lite. The popular Steele, who leads the point standings in SCORE Lite and will spend his free time at the event as one of the event Public Address announcers, will be computing between San Jose and Las Vegas during the race. He will be a pit reporter for the TV broadcast of the Champ Car open-wheel race in the Bay Area.

The talented field includes 14 entries from Southern Nevada to date.

The other class winners from last year who have entered are: Las Vegas' Pat Dean (Class 1), Bryan Freeman, Henderson, Nev. (Class 1-2/1600), Broc Ross, Dear Island, Ore. (Class 7), and Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif. (SCORE Lite). Ironically, Dean and Steele both drew the first starts in their classes while Freeman will start the first heat race in the fifth spot and Ross will start third in his class.

Each class will race twice each night as full fields, while the SCORE Trophy-Trucks will be split into two heats with a full-field semi-main event on Friday and a main event on Saturday.

Fans can order single-day reserved or general admission tickets or special two-day SCORE Combo packages online starting today at the event website at www.scorelasvegas.com or by calling UNLVtickets.com at 866.388.FANS, locally at 739.FANS. SCORE Pit Passes are also now on sale.

For the General Admission sections, individual tickets are $15/$20 and $30 for the discounted two-day SCORE Combo. Permanent seating at the facility is 8,026, although event officials are prepared to add an additional 2,000 temporary seats if needed.

SCORE Pit Passes are available for $10 per day or $15 for the discounted two-day SCORE Pit Combo.

With co-title sponsorship from Las Vegas Events and Terrible's Convenience Stores, the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup III will again feature two nights of racing on the LVMS Dirt Track. Racing will be on a purpose-built race track with limited pavement and man-made dirt simulations of the rugged desert terrain.

SCORE International, based in Los Angeles and founded in 1973, is the world's leading desert racing organization. SCORE produces the annual six-race SCORE Desert Series, which includes three races in Baja California, Mexico and three in Southern Nevada. SCORE has 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the desert.

The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, held each January, and September's SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 are also both sponsored by Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bryant Petroleum-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Volkswagen-official vehicle, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, American Racing ATX Series-official wheel, Slime-official tire sealant, Airstar America-official space lighting provider, Red Bull--official energy drink and Bosch Power Tools-official power tool. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Communications, Kartek Off-Road, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bendix, American Suzuki, NAPA Chassis, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie's Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

Special sponsors for the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup III are: Las Vegas Events in association with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Terrible Herbst Inc.. Associate sponsors to date include the Fremont Street Experience, Red Bull, Budweiser and DIRTsports Magazine. Official host hotels are Terrible's Hotel/Casino and the Golden Nugget.

Founded in 1981, Las Vegas Events, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. LVE is an active marketing partner for this new event. For more information or to order tickets on-line, visit the official SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup IIII website at www.scorelasvegas.com. For more information on LVE, contact 702.260.8605 or visit the LVE website at www.lasvegasevents.com.

-credit: www.score-international.com.

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Drivers Robby Gordon , Rob MacCachren , Larry Roeseler , B.J. Baldwin , Mark Post , Larry Ragland , Tim Herbst , Jesse James , Troy Herbst