2001 Annual awards night summary

LAS VEGAS--BFGoodrich Tires, a staple of desert racers world-wide, captured two major honors Saturday as SCORE International officially concluded the 2001 Duralast SCORE Desert Series with its annual awards night at the Orleans Hotel & ...

LAS VEGAS--BFGoodrich Tires, a staple of desert racers world-wide, captured two major honors Saturday as SCORE International officially concluded the 2001 Duralast SCORE Desert Series with its annual awards night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino.

With its 16th straight overall four-wheel victory in the season-ending legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, BFGoodrich Tires was honored as both the Contingency Company and the Pit Support Team of the year by vote of the more than 2,000 members of Los Angeles-based SCORE International.

Las Vegas' Rob MacCachren, Troy Herbst and Danny Anderson were recognized as not only three class point champions among 24 SCORE classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, but as the top three overall point champions in America's Foremost Desert Racing Series.

"BFGoodrich Tires is honored to once again be recognized in this way by SCORE International," said Frank DeAngelo, BFGoodrich's desert racing coordinator. "It is a testament to everyone involved with the company and a strong statement regarding the quality of our product. We continue to enjoy the benefit or our 20-plus year relationship with Sal Fish and SCORE desert racing. There hasn't been-and still is-no better proving ground for BFG Tires than during SCORE races. We owe a sincere debt of gratitude to SCORE as well as to those courageous racers and their dedicated crews."

MacCachren won four of five SCORE races enroute to winning Class 1-2/1600 and his first SCORE overall point crown. Herbst won an unprecedented fifth consecutive point title in Class 1 for unlimited open-wheel desert race cars and Anderson won the very competitive Class 10 championship for the second time in three years.

MacCachren, Anderson and fellow class champions George Seeley Jr. (Glendale, Calif., Class 5) and Ron Dalke (Tucson, Ariz., SCORE Lite), split the $12,000 purse of the Toyota True Grit awards which went to the winners of non-factory-backed SCORE classes who completed every required mile of the five SCORE races.

They were among 14 who earned Toyota Milestone Awards for finishing every SCORE race mile in 2001.

In front of a SCORE Awards Night crowd of nearly 500 racers, crew, family, friends, race officials and sponsors, Debbie Dickerhoof, who recently left BFGoodrich Tires after a remarkable 27 years, was an extremely popular choice as the 2001 SCORE Person of the Year.

Jason Hunter, Santa Rosa, Calif., was honored as the 2001 SCORE Rookie of the Year after finishing a very solid eighth in Class 10, which featured 46 different racers during the five-race 2001 SCORE season.

Wiks Racing Engines of Las Vegas was voted the year's top Engine Builder for the fourth straight year and American Honda (Motorcycle Manufacturer) won its fifth consecutive title. Duralast was voted the Entry Sponsor of the Year.

Jimco was honored for the sixth straight season as the Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer of the Year, while Carrera Photography (Photographer) was also selected. Mike Stapleton of Wilson Racing was picked the year's top mechanic for the first time and Judy Smith of Hot VWs Magazine and Dusty Times, was honored for the fourth consecutive time as the Journalist of the Year.

The 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series will start with the 8th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Jan. 24-27.

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