Team Red Bull KTM Stops American Honda’s 10-race SCORE Win Streak at San Felipe 250
With a record-setting 269 starters competing in the 19th Annual SCORE desert race, the new KTM team of Chris Blais, Andy Grider and Quinn Cody stopped the 10-race win streak of American Honda factory team stalwarts Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif./ Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif., to capture the overall motorcycle victory. Round 2 of the six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series was held Saturday, February 26 in the tiny fishing village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, 120 miles south of the U.S. Border on the Sea of Cortez.In just their second SCORE race for KTM, Southern California racers Chris Blais, Apple Valley/ Andy Grider, Los Olivos, and last-minute substitute rider for injured Kellon Walch, Cody Buellton, rode a flawless race on a picture-perfect day on a stock KTM MXC525 to upset the highly favored Honda team.Grider was riding his final section, continuing to close the gap by less than 15 seconds when he finally caught Team Honda. Grider passed Johnny Campbell while he was on the side of the road replacing the front wheel on his Honda XR650R—less than 10 miles from the finish
. Campbell eventually finished second among the motorcycles, 12:40 behind the winning KTM team in 4:34:21. Hengeveld/Campbell had won the San Felipe 250 race together three straight times while Team Red Bull KTM won a SCORE motorcycle race for the first time.”This is unbelievable to think we could come down here and upset the great Honda team of Hengeveld and Campbell,” said Blais, 24, after crossing the finish line to earn his first SCORE victory. “My second section was the last few miles and I couldn’t believe it when I saw our big orange KTM coming out of the dust first
. Andy rode another great race and pinch hitter Cody did a super job! He came down here on two days notice after our regular third rider Kellon Walch broke his leg while pre-running here on Tuesday.”Apparel manufacturer Jim O’Neal
, 58, of Chatsworth, Calif., pulled off double class wins, capturing two age group motorcycle classes. Moving his career win total in San Felipe to six in five years, O’Neal and his teammates won both Class 40 (riders over 40 years old) and Class 50 (riders over 50). He rode Honda XR650R motorcycles in both classes.Picking up his fourth race win in San Felipe was veteran motorcycle racer—and DR test rider—Tim Morton
of Escondido, Calif, who won Class 21 on a Honda CRF250X
.Southern California high school basketball star Andy McMillin
traded uniforms Saturday and teamed up with his father Scott McMillin
to conquer the elements and a race-record field of 269 starters in earning the overall victory at the 19th Annual Tecate SCORE desert race. Splitting the driving time in the McMillin Racing Chevy-power Jimco, the father/son team won the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars, covering the rugged 240.34-mile course in 3 hours, 48 minutes, six seconds with a race-record average speed of 63.06 miles per hour
.Andy McMillin, 17, took over from his father Scott McMillin, 44, at race-mile 130, passing his last challengers in route to the finish line, becoming the first third-generation desert racer to win an overall title in a SCORE race
. The younger McMillin is one of the top basketball players on his Poway (Calif.) High School basketball team.”We had no problems,” said Andy. “When I got the car we were the fifth car on the road and the leaders had three to five minutes on us physically, but we were a lot closer on corrected time. We passed Hovey, he was the last car, with about 60 miles left in the race. As soon as I got in, I just took it easy, I didn’t want to break. Las year, we lost by one second to my uncle, so it was nice to get the win this year.”The McMillins finished second last year in Class 1 last year, just one second behind Mark McMillin, Scott’s brother and Andy’s uncle. This year, Mark experience mechanical difficulties on the course and struggled to a 20th-place finish in Class 1. Family patriarch Corky McMillin, 76, finished eighth in Class 1 and 10th overall in a Chenowth-Chevy. The fourth member of McMillin Racing competing in San Felipe was Mark’s son Daniel, 17, who did not finish in Class 1-2/1600.When the dust settled, defending SCORE season point champion Jason Baldwin
, Laguna Beach, Calif., was second overall
and won the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division in a Ford F-150, finishing in a time of 3:51:22 while averaging 62.33 mph, 3 minutes, 16 seconds behind the overall winning McMillins. It was Baldwin’s first win in SCORE Trophy-Truck. He finished second overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck last year in San Felipe.Baldwin, who won last year’s season championship in SCORE Trophy-Truck without winning a single race, led a talented group of 21 starters in San Felipe and credited his BFG tires for much of his win as he was able to run the course without a single flat.Finishing third overall and second in SCORE Trophy-Truck was Las Vegas’ brothers Tim and Ed Herbst
in their Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, 7:55 back of the McMillins in the hunt for the overall win and 3:39 behind Baldwin in SCORE Trophy-Truck.Fourth overall and second in Class 1 was Chuck Hovey
, Escondido, Calif., with a time of 4:01:55 in a Jimco-Chevy.Twenty-one seconds behind Hovey to finish fifth overall and third in Class 1 was the third Herbst brother, Troy
in a Smithbuilt-Ford. This year’s finishes were a redemption of sorts as last year both Herbst vehicles did not finish for the first time in their illustrious desert racing careers.The race for the overall ATV win
was the tightest of the day as the top three teams finished within 16 seconds of each other. Frederick won in 5:53:49, with Mike Cafro just five seconds back on a Yamaha YFZ450 and Nick Nelson third just another 11 seconds back on a Honda TRX450R.Bekki Wik
, the first lady of SCORE desert racing and the only female race to win two SCORE season class point championships (Class 1-2/1600) teamed with her husband Adam Wik, a prominent engine builder, to pull off her first victory in Class 10. Driving a Jimco-Honda, the Wiks powered past a field of 26 starters in the class for single or two-seat open-wheelers with up to 1650cc engines.A total of 159 of the 269 official starters finished
within the 10-hour time limit in the race.The SCORE Desert Series will return to Mexico for Round 3-the 37th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 5, 2005 in Ensenada.For more information
, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2005 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com
.19th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
TOP OVERALL FINISHERSCars & Trucks1.
Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 3:48:06, 63.22mph (Class 1)2.
Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 3:51:22, 62.33mph (SCORE Trophy-Truck)3.
Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 3:56:01, 61.10mph (SCORE Trophy-Truck)4.
Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:01:55, 59.61mph (Class 1) 5.
Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford, 4:02:16, 59.52mph (Class 1)6.
Damen Jefferies, Oak Hills, Calif., Porter-Chevy, 4:03:47, 59.15mph (Class 1)7.
Tom Koch/Jim Tucker, Ridgecrest, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:12:04, 57.21mph (Class 1)8.
Michael James, Alpine, Calif./David Mills, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:12:27, 57.12mph (Class 1)9.
Kory Scheeler/Mike Costello, Las Vegas, Porter-Chevy, 4:12:38, 57.08mph (Class 1)10.
Corky McMillin/Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Chenowth-Chevy, 4:12:45, 57.05mph (Class 1)11.
B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 4:13:14, 56.95mph (Class 1)12.
Steve Melton/Nathan Melton, Buckeye, Ariz., Jimco-Chevy, 4:17:34, 55.99mph (Class 1)13.
John Marking, El Cajon, Calif./Chris Harrold, Chula Vista, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:19:37, 55.55mph (Class 1) 14.
Mike Julson, Descanso, Calif./Bob Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:19:55, 55.48mph (Class 1)15.
Bekki Wik/Adam Wik, Las Vegas, Jimco-Honda, 4:28:25, 53.72mph (Class 10)16.
Darren Hardesty, Ramona, Calif./Mark Randazzo, Poway, Calif., Alumi Craft-VW, 4:29:25, 53.46mph (Class 10)17.
Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 4:31:23, 53.14mph (Class 1)18.
Kash Vessels, San Marcos, Calif./Andrew Wehe, Oceanside, Calif., Jimco-Toyota, 4:39:02, 51.68mph (Class 10)19.
Gustavo Vildosola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Toyota Tundra, 4:40:34, 51.34mph (Protruck)20.
Josh Rigsby/Steven Ewers, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Penhall-Chevy, 4:45:12, 50.56mph (Class 1)Motorcycles1.
Chris Blais, Apple Valley, Calif./Andy Grider, Los Olivos, Calif./Quinn Cody, Buellton, Calif., KTM MXC525, 4:21:41, 55.11mph (Class 22)2.
Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, Calif, Honda XR650R, 4:34:21, 52.56mph (Class 22)3.
Jim O’Neal, Chatsworth, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Jeff Kaplan, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda XR650R, 4:54:17, 49.00mph (Class 40)4.
Brian Pinard, Wildomar, Calif./Taber Murphy, E. Wenatchee, Wash., Honda XR650R, 5:10:24, 46.48mph (Class 22)5.
Tim Morton, Escondido, Calif./Salvador Hernandez, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CPFX, 5:12:20, 46.17mph (Class 21)ATVs1.
Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Cyle Chislock, Murrieta, Calif./Levi Marana, Hemet, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:53:59, 40.74mph (Class 25)2.
Mike Cafro, Carlsbad, Calif./Danny Prather, Ramona, Calif., Yamaha YFZ450, 5:54:04, 40.73mph (Class 25)3.
Nick Nelson, Tehachepi, Calif./Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 5:54:15, 40.71mph (Class 25)4.
Miguel Bastidas, Holtville, Calif./Joel Leal, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda Lobo, 5:56:17, 40.48mph (Class 25)5.
Kirk Schreier, Phoenix/Shiloh Strunk, Tucson, Ariz., Honda TRX250R, 5:59:49, 40.08mph (Class 24) Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 All-Time Overall WinnersCars & TrucksYear, Driver(s), Vehicle (Class)
1982 Dan Cornwell, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1983 Mike Julson, Jimco-VW (Class 1)
1984 Larry Ragland, Chaparral-VW (Class 1)
1990 Brian Collins/Jack Johnson, Chenowth-VW (Class 1)
1991 Larry Ragland, Chevy C1500 (Class
1992 Bob Richey/Boyd Cox, Raceco-Porsche (Class 1)
1993 Scott Douglas, Ford Ranger (Class 7)
1994 Ivan Stewart, Toyota SR5 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1995 Ed/Tim Herbst, Smithbuilt-Porsche (Class 1)
1996 Robby Gordon, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1997 Curt LeDuc, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1998 Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Riviera-Chevy (Class 1)
1999 Ed Herbst/Tim Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2000 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2001 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2002 Dan Smith/David Ashley, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2003 Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2004 Mark Post/Jerry Whelchel, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2005 Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Jimo-Chevy (Class 1)Motorcycles
Year, Rider(s), Bike
1982 Bob Balentine, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1983 Jack Johnson, Honda XR500 (Class 22)
1984 Dan Smith/Dan Ashcraft, Husqvarna XR500 (Class 22)
1990 Dan Smith/Danny Hamel, KTM (Class 22)
1991 Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1992 Larry Roeseler/Ted Hunnicut Jr, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1993 Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1994 Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1995 Danny Hamel, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1996 Paul Krause, Kawasaki KX500 (Class 22)
1997 Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1998 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
1999 Johnny Campbell/Cole Marshall, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2000 Johnny Campbell/Tim Staab, Honda XR650 (Class 22)
2001 Steve Hengeveld/Jonah Street, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2002 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2003 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2004 Steve Hengeveld/Johnny Campbell, Honda XR650R (Class 22)
2005 Chris Blais/Andy Grider/Cody Quinn, KTM MXC525 (Class 22)