Nearly 300 entries expected Round 3 of five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series to be held June 3-6 in Ensenada, Mexico Stout in SCORE Trophy-Truck, D. McMillin in Class 1, Abney in M/C Christy in ATV all draw pole slots for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja ...
Nearly 300 entries expected
Round 3 of five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series to be held June 3-6 in Ensenada, Mexico
Stout in SCORE Trophy-Truck, D. McMillin in Class 1, Abney in M/C Christy in ATV all draw pole slots for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500
LOS ANGELES--Prominent Southern California industrialist and desert racer Ed Stout along with Daniel McMillin, Kyle Abney and Craig Christy all drew pole positions in their respective classes during Saturday's live drawing for starting positions for the upcoming 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. The drawing was held during a charity fund-and-supply-raising event held at the new MasterCraft Safety plant in Santee, Calif.
Round 3 of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series, will feature nearly 300 entries, competing in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs, will be held June 3-6 in Ensenada, Mexico. Traditionally one of the most popular events on the SCORE schedule, over 100,000 spectators are expected to enjoy the world's best desert racers in action at this year's 42nd anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the original desert race produced by SCORE on July 26, 1974.
With late entries accepted up to race morning, entries are expected from 25 U.S. States, and 10 countries. The green flag will drop for the race at 6 a.m. on Saturday (June 5) for the motorcycle and ATV classes in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, followed by the car and truck classes three hours after the last ATV at approximately 10 a.m. The elapsed-time race will start and finish in front of the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center on Boulevard Costero in the heart of Ensenada, leaving and returning into the city through the spectator-laden Arroyo Wash.
Stout, of Irvine, Calif., finished third in season points last year in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck and earned a SCORE Toyota Milestone Award, received the first starting position for 4-wheel vehicles in his No. 13 Stout Industries Chevy Silverado. It is the first time in his short career that he has drawn the coveted starting position in the class for high-tech, 800-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
In Saturday's drawing there were a SCORE-record 39 SCORE Trophy-Trucks had officially entered.
Third generation desert racer Daniel McMillin, 22, El Cajon, Calif., will start first in the unlimited Class 1. He is currently leading Class 1 in points and is fourth in overall points in just his first season in the class in a McMillin Racing Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Abney, 38, Albuquerque, N.M., will lead the motorcycles and his team into the Baja desert on a Honda CRF450X in Class 22 for open motorcycles.
Christy, 35, Burbank, Calif., is leading a four-rider Class 25 ATV on a Honda TRX700X.
While late entries will be accepted up to race morning, as of the Start draw, the Pro 4-Wheel vehicles classes with the most entries are: SCORE Trophy-Truck (39), Class 1 (24), Class 1-2/1600 (11) and SCORE Lite (10).
Leading the Motorcycle classes in entries so far are Class 22 (12) and Class 30 (9) and Class 40 (8).
Class 24 leads the ATV classes with eight entries to date.
Among the Sportsman classes, SPT Motorcycles over 250cc has 14 entries.
With an organized effort to give back something tangible back to the people of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, last Saturday's 'live' drawing for start positions took on a whole new meaning for SCORE International.
Held at the new MasterCraft Safety facility in Santee, Calif., the event was hosted by Robbie Pierce's MasterCraft Racing and Sal Fish and the day also included a charity raffle and a 'Tacos for Charity' stand for a Baja children's cancer foundation, emergency donations for survivors of the recent earthquake in Baja Calif., several SCORE race vehicles on display, racer appearances, music and vendor displays from several of the leading companies in the industry.
The SCORE live drawing event at MasterCraft also included a raffle for the Castro-Limon Cancer Foundation which provides treatment for children stricken with the disease. Proceeds from the Locos Mocos and Baja Pits group 'Tacos for Charity' sales will also go to benefit the Foundation.
In a special gesture for the Mexicali Earthquake relief program, MasterCraft CEO Robbie Pierce, who is also a prominent SCORE Trophy-Truck racer, is matching the total of the funds raised for the foundation from the Locos Mocos and Baja Pits Taco stand to give to the earthquake victims.
Several thousand dollars was raised for both charitable projects and the final figures are expected to be released this week.
Donations of supplies and/or cash will also be accepted until May 1 at the SCORE office at 23961 Craftsman Road, Unit A, in Calabasas, Calif. Information is available to calling the SCORE office at 818.225.8402.
In addition to season point class point championships, drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also racing to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 25th consecutive year, a total of 23 drivers remain eligible after Round 1 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series. Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award.
This year's Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will also feature the special $10,000 MasterCraft Safety cash contingency bonus for qualified racers in the car and truck classes.