2002 schedule announced

July 11-14 in So. Nevada Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 completes 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert series schedule 8th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge opens six-race season next weekend LOS ANGELES--SCORE International, America's foremost ...

July 11-14 in So. Nevada Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 completes 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert series schedule
8th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge opens six-race season next weekend

LOS ANGELES--SCORE International, America's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, officially announced today the Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 in Southern Nevada, completing its six-race schedule for the 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series, America's foremost desert racing series.

With a unique co-sponsorship from the Henderson (Nevada) Convention Center and Visitors Bureau along with the Southern Nevada-based Herbst Oil Company, the SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will be held July 11-14 as an 7-lap open desert race run over a challenging 35-mile course between Nevada State Highway 93 and the McCullough Mountains. Henderson is a booming city adjacent to Las Vegas.

The Duralast SCORE Desert Series, which features 24 Pro and six Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, will kick off this weekend with the 8th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in the Southern Nevada resort city of Laughlin on the banks of the Colorado River. The season will end with the legendary 35th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November.

Three of the events, all mid-to-long-distance endurance desert races, will be held once again on the mysterious Baja California, Mexico, peninsula along with the three multi-lap races in Southern Nevada.

"The six-race schedule for the Duralast SCORE Desert Series will be one of the most dynamic in SCORE's history and working with the city of Henderson and Herbst Oil Company for the first time adds an exciting new dimension to our sport," said Sal Fish, long-time CEO of SCORE International, which is based in Los Angeles. "Southern Nevada has hosted many of the most memorable events in SCORE's history and with the proactive marketing of our two prominent co-sponsors will come immediate and significant visibility to the SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250. We are working on the final details of what has the potential of becoming one of the very top motorsports events held annually in Southern Nevada."

Helping secure the Henderson co-sponsorship of the race was Bud Pico, Ma nager, Tourism and Sales for the Henderson Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. "Henderson is expanding its involvement with special events and having been a part of the SCORE events in both Laughlin and Primm, I know first hand the viability and the overall economic impact SCORE races can bring to the Henderson area," said Pico. "We are looking forward to developing a long-term relations with both SCORE and the Herbst companies, which do tremendous business in our city."

Terrible Herbst Motorsports, which features the driving of brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, is one of the most prominent teams in SCORE racing. Ed, 40, and Tim, 38, split driving time as two-time season champions in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Troy, 35, has won a record five consecutive SCORE season championships in the unlimited Class 1 division.

The 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series will start with the most unique and the shortest race and finish with the oldest and most well known desert race. After kicking off the season in Laughlin, 90 miles south of Las Vegas, it will conclude with the always-memorable Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, starting in Ensenada and running the length of the mysterious Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

Since its debut in 1995, the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge has helped establish Laughlin as a unique host for special events. Thousands of spectators converge on the city each year to watch the best of the best in desert racing compete in a unique-format, two-day race.

The SCORE classes are divided into seven groups in Laughlin, each running as part one of seven races of two to five laps each over the much abbreviated 13-mile loop each day. The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge also includes a pre-race activity which is not part of any other race on the schedule--the $25,000 SCORE Pit Crew Showdown and Laughlin Leap. The Laughlin Leap and the SCORE Pit Crew Showdown will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Laughlin Special Events Park.

Round 2 and 3 will both be held in Mexico. The 16th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 is set for March 1-3, followed by the 34th SCORE Tecate Baja 500, May 31-June 2. Rounds 4 and 5 will both be held in Southern Nevada. After the new July 11-14 race in Henderson, Nev., the 7th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 will be held Sept. 13-14 in Primm, Nev., 35 miles south of Las Vegas.

SCORE International, started in 1973, continues to be the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 17 pro classes for cars and trucks in U.S. races and seven more pro classes for motorcycles and ATVs for the three races held annually in Mexico. Races in the U.S. average 150 entries, 225 in Mexico.

More information is available from SCORE International at (818) 225 8402 and on the official SCORE website at www.score-international.com.


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