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In 11 Pro Classes22 SCORE racers in hunt for Toyota Milestone Awards Heading into 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 Computerized Start draw Saturday; Rd. 3 of five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series to be held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico,...

In 11 Pro Classes22 SCORE racers in hunt for Toyota Milestone Awards Heading into 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500

Computerized Start draw Saturday; Rd. 3 of five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series to be held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, May 29-June 1

LOS ANGELES--Following the first two of five races in the 2008 SCORE Desert Series, 22 of SCORE's toughest drivers are in the hunt to earn 2008 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.

A pair of Nevada father and son teams lead the way as Las Vegas' Bobby Baldwin and his son B.J. Baldwin race in separate Chevy Silverado trucks in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Reno's Rod Hall drives a Hummer H3 in the Stock Mini class and his youngest son Chad drives a Hummer H3Alpha in Stock Full.

Giving Nevada six of the 22 racers in the hunt for 2008 Toyota Milestone Awards are Las Vegas teammates B.J. Richardson and Pat Dean who race in the unlimited Class 1 in near-identical Chevy-powered Bunderson open-wheel desert race cars.

Round 3 of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will be the 40th anniversary of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500, to be held May 29-June 1 in Ensenada, Mexico, on the western side of the Baja California peninsula along the Pacific Ocean 65 miles south of the U.S. Border at San Diego.

With nearly 350 total entries expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes in the popular race, the computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held this weekend at the headquarters of SCORE International in Los Angeles.

Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world's toughest desert racers for the 23rd consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those drivers who finish every required mile of every race in the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series, the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series. "Toyota is proud to honor the world's best desert racing drivers," said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "For over two decades, we have had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet."

After the first two races of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series, the Class 1-2/1600 with six, SCORE Trophy-Truck with four and the unlimited Class 1 with three lead the way with eligible drivers for 2008 SCORE Toyota Milestone awards.

Pre-race festivities at 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 will include the colorful SCORE Manufacturer's Midway and tech inspection in downtown Ensenada from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday (May 30).

The race itself will start in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 31 and the course will close in the elapsed-time race during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 1.

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