Toyota True Grit/Milestone Awards for Baja 500

Off-Road Racing's best battle the Baja 500 to remain in the hunt for Toyota True Grit and Milestone Awards. TORRANCE, Calif. (May 28, 2002) - Annually, the SCORE Baja 500 is the first grueling test of the season for desert off-road racing's best.

Off-Road Racing's best battle the Baja 500 to remain in the hunt for Toyota True Grit and Milestone Awards.

TORRANCE, Calif. (May 28, 2002) - Annually, the SCORE Baja 500 is the first grueling test of the season for desert off-road racing's best. This year will not be an exception with 35 competitors hoping to remain eligible for Toyota True Grit and

Toyota Milestone Awards after the May 31-June 2 event. As it has for the last 16 years, Toyota will present the prestigious awards to the off-road racers who finish every mile of every race in the 2002 SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series.

Toyota Milestone Awards are presented to all SCORE off-road competitors in the professional four-wheel classes who complete every required mile in the six-race desert series. After two events, 35 racers in 15 classes remain eligible; in addition to the Baja 500, each competitor will have to complete the Henderson's Terrible 250 (July 10-14), Las Vegas Primm 300 (Sept. 13-14), and the Baja 1000 (Nov. 20-23).

Non-factory-backed competitors in classes 1/2-1600, 5, 10 and SCORE Lites who complete every required mile in the six-race series, and have the largest cumulative point total in each class, split the $12,000 Toyota True Grit prize fund. Prior to the Baja 500, 10 racers remain eligible.

The Toyota True Grit and Milestone Awards will be presented at the year-end SCORE awards banquet in December. The following SCORE off-road racers remain eligible for the Toyota Milestone Award (TG - denotes classes also eligible for the Toyota True Grit Award):

Trophy-Truck:
Brian Collins
Mark Post
Darren Skilton
Dan Smith
Scott Steinberger

Class 1:
Dale Ebberts
Troy Herbst
Chuck Hovey
Lobsam Yee

Class1/2-1600:TG
Kash Vessels
Brian Jeffrey
Jake Maness

Class 5:TG
George Seeley Jr.

Class 3:
Donald Moss

Class 5-1600:
Allen Gregory
Rob Taylor

Class 7:
Craig Turner

Class 7S:
Dan Fresh

Class 8:
Beny Canela
Joe Patelli
Nick Vanderwey

Class 9:
Tony Modica

Class 10:TG
Martin Christensen
Chris Harrold
Mark Hutchins
Steve Schmidt
Eli Yee

SCORE Lites:TG
Ken Stroud

Class 11:
Eric Solorzano

Protruck:
Steve Barlow
Greg Hansen
Al Hogan
Rick Johnson
Alan Pflueger

Stock Full:
John Griffin

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Drivers Steve Schmidt , Darren Skilton , Mark Post , Troy Herbst