NASCARs R. Gordon maintains Overall & SCORE Trophy-Truck
Point lead after three of five races in 2009 SCORE Desert Series
Other class point leaders include Brian Wilson, Lawrence, Holmes, Carr, Chamlee, H. Steele & Stacy
LOS ANGELESFollowing his dominating season-opening victory at Januarys 15th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, a runner-up finish at Marchs 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and a solid seventh in Junes 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500, NASCAR Cup owner/driver Robby Gordon has kept himself at the top of a very crowded Overall leaderboard in the 2009 SCORE Desert Series point standings.
With 209 points, Gordon, 40, who returns to his desert racing roots as often as his NASCAR schedule allows, also leads the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck class for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks in his No. 77 Team Gordon Chevy CK1500.
With just 38 points separating the top 20 in 2009 SCORE Overall points, SCORE racers are now preparing for the 14th Annual SCORE Terribles Primm 300, to be held in Primm, Nev., Sept. 11-13. The computerized drawing for starting positions, by class, for Round 4 of five-race Worlds Foremost Desert Racing Series will be held at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles this Saturday, August 8.
Wilson Motorsports of Long Beach, Calif., currently leads two classes as well as being second and 10th in SCORE overall points after three 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 10th in overall points with 183. Ronny Wilson, 47, the youngest of the brothers, is fourth in Class 1 with 150 points while leading Class 1-2/1600 and second in overall points with 202 is Brian Wilson, 24, Randy and Ronnys 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 and fourth in Ensenada 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 Ronnys son, also races in Class 1-2/1600 in a Penhall-VW. Ronny Wilson has also entered a Jimco-VW in SCORE Lite, giving Wilson Motorsports five entries in the upcoming SCORE race in Primm.
Wilson Motorsports has obviously made a significant commitment to SCORE racing this season and so far we are very, very pleased with the results, said Ronny Wilson. We still have two races left though and a lot of tough desert racing miles in both the US and Mexico. We have worked very hard as a team and as dads and uncles, its really inspiring me for and my brothers to see Brian and Brad doing well in the sport we love so much.
Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., is driver of record for his family team and is third overall and second in Class 1-2/1600 in with 200 points in a Neth-VW.
After winning Class 10 in San Felipe in his Lothringer-VW, Mike Lawrence, Banning Calif., is leading the class he won the season championship in last year and stands fourth in SCORE overall points with 197.
SCORE points are based on starting and finishing as well as the number of starters in each class and placement position in every race.
Tied for fifth in overall points are a pair of SCORE class point leaders. With 190 points and undefeated with three class wins each this season are: Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, open VW Baja Bug) and Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif. (Stock Mini, Honda Ridgeline).
While the top six in the 2009 SCORE Overall point standings are just 19 points apart, seventh through 10th place are separated by a mere six points.
Class 7 point leader Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., who has two race wins this season in a Ford Ranger, is tied for seventh overall with 189 points with Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., who is third in Class 1-2/1600 points in a Fraley-VW.
Fourth in Class 1-2/1600 and ninth in SCORE Overall points so far is Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., with 185 points in a Curry-VW.
One of three female regular racers this season, Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., leads the Class 6 points in the Desert Assassins Ford Ranger. Steeles husband Cameron Steele is ninth in SCORE Trophy-Truck points. Michelle Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., is fifth in SCORE Lite and Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif., and her all-female team, is tied for second in the motorcycle Class 20 points.
Heidi Steele won a SCORE season point title last year was in Class 7SX and this year she has driven in two classes and also stands in fourth place in Class 7 in another Desert Assassins Ford Ranger.
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), Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 5/1600, 1600cc VW Baja Bug) 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 ONeal, Simi Valley, Calif. (Class 50, Honda CRF450X), Brian Campbell, Bakersfield, Calif. (Class 40, KTM 450XCF) and Hector Castillo, Calexico, Calif. (Class 20, Yamaha WR250).
Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant and Red Bull–official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzies Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information regarding the series, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2009 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2009 SCORE Desert Series
Point Leaders (as of 8/4/09)
(Through 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 500-Ensenada, Mexico, Remaining races: 14th SCORE Terribles Primm 300-Primm, Nev., Sept. 11-13; 42nd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 19-23)
Top 20 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 209
2. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 200
3. Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 200
4. Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif., Lothringer-VW (Class 10), 197
5. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 190
5. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (Stock Mini), 190
7. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 189
7. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7), 189
9. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., TL-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 185
10. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 183
11. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 180
11. Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Jimco-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 180
11. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 7SX), 180
11. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Moulton-VW (SCORE Lite), 180
15. Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 179
15. Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer-VW (Class 1-2/1600), 179
17. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck), 176
18. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Ford Ranger (Class 6), 174
18. Alsonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (Class 5/1600), 174
20. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado (Class 8), 173
2009 SCORE Desert Series
Class Point Leaders
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
Pro Cars and Trucks
SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK1. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500 (1), 209; 2. Brian Collins, Las Vegas, Dodge Ram 1500 (1), 180; 3. Ed Stout, Santa Ana, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 1179; 4. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 176; 5. Greg Nunley, Tulare, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 168; 6. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 164; 7. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford F-150, 155; 8. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 151; 9. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 148; 10. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 134.
CLASS 11. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 183; 2. Harley Letner/Kory Holopoff, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy (1), 167; 3. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW, 160; 4. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 150; 5. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 143; 6. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 142; 7. Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 138; 8. (TIE) Dale Lenk, Newport Beach, Calif., Penhall-Chevy and Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 126.
CLASS 1-2/16001. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas, Kreger-VW, 202 ; 2. Eric Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth-VW, 200; 3. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley-VW (1), 189; 4. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Curry-VW, 185; 5. Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif., Curry-VW, 180; 6. Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 179.
CLASS 31. Donald Moss,
CLASS 51. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (3), 190.
CLASS 5/16001. Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico (1), 174.
CLASS 61. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Ross Savage, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 174; 2. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif., Ford Ranger (1), 100.
CLASS 71. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 189; 2. Igor Galvan, Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 139; 3. Jose Canchola Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 132.
CLASS 7SX1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 180; 2. Norman Turley, Long Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger, 100.
CLASS 81. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado, 173; 2. Juan Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150 (1), 91.
CLASS 91. Daniel Reyes Jr., Calexico, Calif., Venegas-VW (1), 110.
CLASS 101. Mike Lawrence, Sunset Beach, Calif., Lothringer-VW (2), 197; 2. Scott Gailey/Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., GET-VW, 168; 3. Tito Robles/Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico, Jimco-Honda (1), 137.
SCORE LITE1. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Chuck Sacks, Canyon Lake, Calif., Moulton (1), 180; 2. Rick St. John, Encinitas, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., Duvel-VW (2), 141; Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz., Foddrill-VW, 137; 4. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Penhall-VW, 97; 5. Michelle Bruckmann/Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 92.
STOCK MINI1. Gavin Skilton, Anaheim, Calif., Honda Ridgeline (3), 190.
PROTRUCK1. Gary Magness, Denver, Ford F-150, 39
CLASS 111. Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, VW Sedan (2), 150.
STOCK FULL1. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn., Dodge Ram1500, 99.
CLASS 221. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Jimmy Lopez, El Cajon, Calif./A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif., Beta RR525 (1), 150; 2. (TIE) Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif./Jeff Kargola, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X and Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif./Jose Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 147; 4. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 145; 5. Adrian Butler, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 82.
CLASS 211. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 146; 2. Carlos Casas/Noe Ibarra, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 143; 3. Ronnie Wilson, Glendale, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 141; 4. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Scott Glimp, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 135.
CLASS 201. Hector Castillo, Calexico, Calif./Rene Pojodes, Mexicali, Mexico/David Gonzalez Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., Yamaha WR250 (1), 140; 2. (TIE) Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Talya Dodson, Truckee, Calif./Cathy Duncan, Los Alamos, Honda CRF250X and Manuel Reyes, Dulzura, Calif./Javier Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha YZF250, 131.
CLASS 301. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X (2), 159; 2. Sean Bradley, Ridgecrest, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Kawasaki KX500, 143; 3. Jim ONeal, Simi Valley, Calif./Tom Willis, Las Vegas/Derrick Paiement, Corona, Calif./Brian Sweany II, Lancaster, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 136.
CLASS 401. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif., KTM 450XCF (1), 148; 2. Julio Abril/Oscar Hale/Mario Acosta, Ensenada, Mexico, Yamaha WR450, 144; 3. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Honda CRF450X, 132.
CLASS 501. Jim ONeal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii, Honda CRF450X (1), 144; 2. Charlie Marshall, Carmichael, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts, Burbank, Calif./Chuck Sun, Las Vegas, KTM530XCW, 134.
CLASS 601. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Bill Nichols, Phoenix, Honda CRF450X (1), 85.
CLASS 251. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda 700XX (1), 149; 2. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Eumantilla, Ore., Suzuki LTR450 (1), 140; 3. Adolfo Arellano, Tijuana, Mexico/Alfonso Cota, Tecate, Calif./Javier Robles Jr., Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico/Marc Spaeth, Ramona, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 95.
CLASS 241. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Baltimore, Honda TRX450R (2), 163; 2. Roberto Ruiz/Francisco Espinoza, El Centro, Calif., Honda TRX450R; 138; 3. Luis Berumen/Sergio Lopez, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 132.
CLASS 261. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./ Benn Vornadakis, Rico, Colo./Tony Valerio, Telluride, Colo., Arctic Cat (2), 150; 2. Rob Ransford, Downers Grove, Ill./Tim Winiarski, Carson, Calif./Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif., Can Am Renegade, 98.
SPT TRUCK1. Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger, 97.
SPT CAR1. Peter Lang/Terry Cottar,
SPT UTV1. Thomas Graves, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha Rhino, 104.
SPT M/C>250cc1. Jeff Leonard, Bakersfield, Calif./Eugene Lane, Redondo Beach, Calif./Jack Cox, Oceanside, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 173.
SPT M/C<250cc1. Humberto Valle, Tecate, Mexico/Javier Ochoa/Ivanhoe Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 160.
SPT ATV1. Manuel Jimenez/Carlos Lopez/Carlos Castaneda, San Felipe, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 161.