San Felipe: Draw for start position recap

Round 2, 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series Bruce Greer's Dodge Trophy-Truck Draws First Start Position for 16th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 LOS ANGELES--Arizona racer Bruce Greer has drawn the first starting position for the upcoming 16th Annual...

Round 2, 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series
Bruce Greer's Dodge Trophy-Truck Draws First Start Position for 16th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

LOS ANGELES--Arizona racer Bruce Greer has drawn the first starting position for the upcoming 16th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 desert race, it was announced today by race organizer SCORE International. Racing. Driving in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in a Dodge Ram, Greer will lead the field into the challenging and mysterious desert in Baja California, Mexico. Round 2 of the six-race 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series will be held Saturday, March 2.

When final pre-race registration is complete, nearly 220 entries, competing in 24 classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, are expected to take the green flag on March 2. Motorcycles, with the open Class 22 American Honda XR650R of new factory racers Andy Grider, 28, of Los Olivos, Calif., and Las Vegas' Danny Cooper, 26, first off the starting line, will begin the race at 6 a.m. The car/truck classes will begin their journey at 7:30 a.m. Vehicles will leave the start line under the landmark San Felipe arches, one every 30-seconds.

Greer, 38 of Tucson, will split driving time with Steve Smith, 31, who is also from Tucson. It will be the first race for the pair in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division. Greer is the oldest of three brothers who are entered in the race. Glen Greer, 37, of Green Valley, Ariz., will split driving time with Larry Fodrill, 22 of Glendale, Ariz., will start 11th in SCORE Trophy-Truck in another Dodge Ram while Thomas Greer, 27 of Tucson, will start eighth in Class 8 in another Dodge Ram.

All three Dodge trucks were originally built and driven by desert-racing legend Walker Evans. The Greers are veteran desert racers, although this will be their first in SCORE Trophy-Truck.

A dozen SCORE Trophy-Trucks entered in time for today's drawing for starting position, held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles, but the biggest class will be the unlimited Class 1. Josh Wadell, 24 of Holtville, Calif., will start first in Class 1, which had an event-high 28 vehicles entered in time for the computerized drawing. Wadell drives a Honda-powered Chenowth open-wheel desert race. Class 1 starts second, behind Trophy-Truck, in the elapsed-time race. Second off the line in Class 1 will be the race's oldest driver, San Diego's Corky McMillin, 73. It will be McMillins first race since last September when he had back surgery. McMillins sons Mark, 45, and Scott, 41, are also entered in Class 1 and all three will be among the race favorites.

Bringing a higher economic impact to San Felipe than 'spring beak', pre-race festivities will include the colorful SCORE Manufacturer's Midway and vehicle inspection, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The Midway will be held for the fourth year on the Malecon--the boardwalk next to the tranquil Sea of Cortez. Driver registration will also be held March 1 at Hotel Las Misiones, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Among the other early entries are Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst, who were overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck winners the last three years at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. The brothers drive a Ford F-150.

Dan Smith and Dave Ashley, Riverside, Calif., are entered in the Enduro Racing Ford F-150 in the SCORE Trophy-Truck division. Yet to win in Trophy-Truck in this race, the pair has 11 class wins--Ashley (4)/Smith (7).

- www.score-international.com.

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Drivers Steve Smith , Andy Grider , Tim Herbst