Randy Wilson leads Class 1 NASCAR's R. Gordon increases Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck Point leads after four of five races in 2009 SCORE Desert Series Computerized draw for start positions for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to be held Saturday, Oct.
Randy Wilson leads Class 1
NASCAR's R. Gordon increases Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck
Point leads after four of five races in 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Computerized draw for start positions for 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to be held Saturday, Oct. 10
LOS ANGELES--Enjoying his full-time return to desert racing in between his 'day job' as a NASCAR Cup team owner/driver, Robby Gordon has increased his point lead in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings following his second win of the year at the recent 14th SCORE Terrible's Primm 300.
With 292 points, Gordon, 40, who returns to his desert racing roots as often as his NASCAR schedule allows (which is every race this year), is the SCORE Overall point leader and he additionally leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500.
While assuming a big lead in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings, Gordon, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., actually missed the NASCAR Cup race in Richmond on Sept. 12 to run in the SCORE race in Primm and has earned his eighth and ninth career SCORE Trophy-Truck race wins this year along with one second and one seventh in the four races held so far this season.
After Gordon's big lead of 24 points over second place in the SCORE Overall point standings (he also has an even larger 48-point lead in SCORE Trophy-Truck), only 16 points separate the rest of the top 10 in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings.
SCORE racers are now preparing for the 42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, to be held in Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 18-22. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for the final round of five-race World's Foremost Desert Racing Series will be held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles on Saturday, Oct. 10. It will be a loop race, starting and finishing in Ensenada.
After winning Class 10 in San Felipe, Ensenada and Primm in his Lothringer-VW, Mike Lawrence, Banning Calif., is leading the class he won the season championship in last year and stands second in SCORE overall points with 268.
"Prior to the start of this year's SCORE Desert Series, we made a decision to run for the SCORE Trophy-Truck point championship and we are fulfilling our goal at this point and being the SCORE Overall Point leader is a big bonus," said Gordon, who was the SCORE Trophy-Truck season point champion in 1996, the last season he was able to run the entire series prior to this year. "We really have our Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck dialed in this year. The crew has done a great job in the shop and in the desert and my co-driver Andy Grider has helped immensely in many ways in every race."
Wilson Motorsports of Long Beach, Calif., currently leads two classes as well as being tied for third and 11th in SCORE overall points after four races.
With two Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars and two Class 1-2/1600 open-wheel cars with 1600cc VW engines, Randy Wilson, 50, the middle of three racing Wilson brothers, leads Class 1 and is 11th in overall points with 241. Ronny Wilson, 47, the youngest of the brothers, is fifth in Class 1 with 175 points while tied for the lead Class 1-2/1600 and tied for third in overall points with 265 is Brian Wilson, 24, Randy and Ronny's nephew and son of Rick Wilson, 53, the oldest of the three Wilson brothers. In Class 1, both Wilson brothers drive Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race cars.
With a fourth place class finish in Laughlin, followed by a second place in San Felipe, a fourth in Ensenada and another fourth in Primm in a Kreger-VW, Brian Wilson is a field superintendent for the family business-Norm Wilson & Sons, a prominent Southern California general contracting company. Wilson is receiving considerable help this season from veteran co-driver Sammy Ehbrenberg, Las Vegas, who splits the driving with Brian Wilson when not mentoring him in the sport.
Brad Wilson, 20, who is Ronny's son, also races in Class 1-2/1600 in a Penhall-VW where he is ninth after a third place class finish in Primm. Ronny Wilson has also entered a Jimco-VW and won in SCORE Lite in Primm, giving Wilson Motorsports five entries in the Southern Nevada race.
Tied with Brian Wilson for the lead in Class 1-2/1600 and tied for third with him in SCORE Overall points is Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., who has two class wins this year in his Fraley-VW.
Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., is driver of record for his family team and is fifth overall and third in Class 1-2/1600 in with 260 points in a Neth-VW.
SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race. All class titles will go down to the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
Tied for sixth in overall points with 255 points are Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., undefeated in his class in all four races this year (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline) and Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., who is fourth in Class 1-2/1600 in a TL-VW.
While second through seventh in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings are just 13 points apart, eighth through 10th place are separated by only 12 points.
Class 7 point leader Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., who has three race wins this season in a Ford Ranger, is eighth overall with 254 points.
Two SCORE Trophy-Trucks are ninth and 10th in SCORE Overall points and second and third in class. Las Vegas' Brian Collins, who won in San Felipe this year, is ninth and second in the No. 12 Dodge Ram1500 with 244 points and Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., is third and 10th in the No. 13 Chevy Silverado with 242 points.
One of female regular racers this season, Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., leads the Class 6 points in the Desert Assassins Ford Ranger. Heidi Steele won a SCORE season point title last year was in Class 7SX and has one Class 6 race win this year. Steele's husband Cameron Steele is fifth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points.
Another SCORE regular female racer this season, Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif., and her all-female team, is tied for second in the motorcycle Class 20 points.
Among the car and truck classes, other point leaders include: John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif. (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va.. (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Kevin Carr, San Deigo (Class 5, unlimited VW Baja Bug), Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, 1600cc VW Baja Bug), Justin Matney, Briston, Tenn. (Stock Full, Dodge Ram1500) and Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 11, stock VW Sedan).
With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the team of Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif., leads the open motorcycle Class 22 standings with 150 points after the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 on a Beta RR450.
Leading the overall motorcycle and Class 30 (motorcycle riders 30 years old and older), Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., with 159 points on a Honda CRF450X.
The defending Class 25 open ATV championship team led by rider of record Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif., on a Honda TRX700XX has 149 points.
Leading the overall ATV and the Class 24 point standings with 163 points is the team led by defending Class 24 season point champion Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif., on a Honda TRX450R.
Among the other motorcycle class point leaders are Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif. (Class 21, Honda CRF450X), Jim O'Neal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif. (Class 40, KTM 450XCF) and Hector Castillo, Calexico, Calif. (Class 20, Yamaha WR250).
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 drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 24th consecutive year, a total of 16 drivers remain eligible after Round 4 of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series.