Robinson leads Class 1-2/1600 A. McMillin leads Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck, D. McMillin Class 1 Point standings after Round 2 of five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series Leaders include Udall, Matlock, Bre. Parkhouse, Caspino, Lawrence,...
Robinson leads Class 1-2/1600
A. McMillin leads Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck, D. McMillin Class 1 Point standings after Round 2 of five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series
Leaders include Udall, Matlock, Bre. Parkhouse, Caspino, Lawrence, Lopez, Carr and Bacal; LIVE start draw for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on April 24 at MasterCraft Safety facility
LOS ANGELES--Third generation desert racer Andy McMillin continues to lead the point standings in the 2010 SCORE Desert Series but his competition got a lot closer after the recent 24th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. McMillin, 23, is the SCORE Overall point leader as he leads the standings in the SCORE Trophy-Truck division for the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series.
Starting the 2010 SCORE season off with an impressive victory in Laughlin, McMillin, of National City, Calif., where heearned his third career race win in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 31 McMillin Realty Ford F-150. In Round 2 in San Felipe on March 13, he split the driving with his father Scott McMillin and they survived mechanical issues to finish sixth in class to maintain his SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck point lead with 134 championship points.
Round 3 of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series will be the 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 4-6, in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The live drawing for the 28 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be held on Saturday, April 24 at the new MasterCraft Safety facility in Santee, Calif., near San Diego.
Second in overall points and in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck standings is the San Felipe winner Jesse Jones, Litchfield Park, Ariz., who is just two points behind Andy McMillin in his No. 76 Ford F-150.
Third in overall points and in SCORE Trophy-Truck following a second in Laughlin and an 11th in San Felipe is Las Vegas' Kory Scheeler with 123 points in his No. 51 RTR Motorsports Ford F-150.
With just 30 points separating the top 20 overall point leaders after the first two rounds of the 2010 SCORE Desert Series, the McMillin family actually has four racers among the top 11 point leaders after the first two races.
Mark McMillin, Andy's uncle, finished 15th in SCORE Trophy-Truck and is tied for 11th in SCORE Overall points (with Class 6 point leader Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif) and sixth in SCORE Trophy-Truck with 112 points in his No. 23 McMillin Racing Ford F-150. Mark's sons Daniel and Luke McMillin are also in the top 10 overall point leaders after solid performances in Laughlin and San Felipe.
Daniel McMillin, 22, finished third in the unlimited Class 1 in Laughlin and second in San Felipe to lead his class and is fourth in overall points with 120 in the McMillin Racing Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. Luke McMillin, the youngest of the McMillin racers at 17, finished fifth in Laughlin and second in San Felipe in Class 1-2/1600 in the new McMillin Racing AlumiCraft-VW and is tied for ninth in the SCORE Overall point standings (with SCORE Lite point leader Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif.) and second in his class with 113 points after the first two races.
"My late grandfather Corky McMillin started McMillin Racing and our family has been racing in SCORE races since 1976 and whatever we accomplish is a direct reflection of the legacy that he built in his wonderful lifetime," said Andy McMillin. "As a family and a team, we are following in his template and we are really firing on all cylinders right now. He would have been really enjoying this if he were alive, but he is always with us in spirit. We can't help being in a race vehicle and not remember Grandpa."
SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race.
Fifth in SCORE overall points and second in Class 1 is another third-generation Southern California desert racer. Kory Halopoff, 26 of Orange, who has 116 points in the Letner Racing Tatum-Chevy following his class win in Laughlin and a 10th in San Felipe. After driving solo in Laughlin, he split the seat time in San Felipe with his normal teammate Harley Letner, 26 of Orange.
Tied for sixth in SCORE Overall points with 115 are Las Vegas' Rob MacCachren, who is fourth in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the No. 20 MasterCraft Racing Chevy Silverado, and Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., who is leading Class 1-2/1600 with teammate Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, after their class win in San Felipe in a Romo-VW.
Four racers who have opened the season with back-to-back race wins to lead the points in their respective classes are: David Caspino, Tarzana, Calif. (Class 6, Ford Ranger), Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, VW Baja Bug), Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico (Class 8, Ford F-150) and Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz. (Stock Full, Lexus LX570).
Besides Lopez, who has now won his class in three consecutive SCORE races, the other XXXX Mexican nationals leading the 2010 SCORE point standings as driver/rider of record in their respective classes are: Gustavo Avina, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, VW Baja Bug), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 9, TRfab-VW), Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, VW Sedan), Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 30, Honda CRF450X) and Guillermo Berenqua, Mexicali, Mexico (SPT ATV, Honda TRX450R).
Among the other 2010 SCORE point leaders in car and truck classes after two races are: Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif. (Class 10, Lothringer-VW), Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif. (Class 7, Ford Ranger), Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif. (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline) and Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 7-2, BajaLite-Chevy).
With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the overall motorcycle and Class 22 (open) point leaders after earning their first SCORE race win by capturing the overall victory in San Felipe is the Johnny Campbell Racing team of Colton Udall/Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., with 70 points on a Honda CRF450X.
Following their Class 24 ATV class win in San Felipe, leading the overall ATV points with 77 is the team led by Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore., who defeated a field of 17 class starters on a Honda TRX450R. Brown's co-riders for this race were Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., and Mike Kelley III, Edgewood, Wash.
Winning Class 25 open ATV class in San Felipe was the team led by rider of record Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., to lead the class standings on a Honda TRX700XX with 66 points. His teammates for the season-opener were Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif. and Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif.
Among the other motorcycle class point leaders are the teams led by Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles (Class 21, Honda CRF250X), Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev. (Class 20, Honda CRF250X), Jim O'Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Louie Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X), and Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn. (Class 60, Honda CRF450X).
Competing in age group motorcycle classes, O'Neal was also a rider for the winning team in Class 60 in San Felipe. His two class wins added to his race-high total, bringing it to 12 class wins for the only racer who has competed in all 24 SCORE San Felipe races.
Recording their first-ever SCORE win in San Felipe, Chicago's Rob Ransford and team lead Class 26 (utility ATVs) on a Can Am 4X4. His teammates are Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif. and Joe Rice, Lominta, Calif.
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.