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Round 2, SCORE Desert Series
Dircks in SCORE Trophy-Truck, R. Boyle in Class 1 draw
First starting slots for 19th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250

Pinard receives first motorcycle start as over
275 entries expected in February 26 desert race

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 6, 2005) -- Arizona’s Gary Dircks and Southern California’s Richard Boyle received the pole positions in the top two divisions in the computerized drawing for starting positions held Saturday for the upcoming 19th Annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Dircks races in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Boyle drives in the unlimited Class 1.

Round 2 of the five-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series will be held Feb. 26 in the tiny fishing village of San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.

With over 275 entries expected to compete in 24 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes, the green flag will drop at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, for the motorcycle and ATV classes, followed by the car and truck classes two hours later at approximately 8:30 a.m. The start and finish line area for the 240.30-mile loop course will once again be the landmark San Felipe arches on Highway 5 on the outskirts of San Felipe. All vehicles will have a 10-hour time limit in the elapsed time race and vehicles will start in 30-second intervals.

Last year’s top defending champions are all entered. Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, CA, is the defending SCORE Trophy-Truck champion in San Felipe while Mark McMillin is returning Class 1 winner and American Honda’s Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Johnny Campbell, San Clemente, CA, are back with three straight Class 22 and Overall motorcycle class wins in San Felipe.

Following January’s season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, America’s Foremost Desert Racing Series will visit Mexico for the first of three times in 2005.

Drawing the first starting slot for the motorcycle classes was Southern California’s Brian Pinard.

Dircks, Anthem, Ariz., who earned his only SCORE Trophy-Truck race win in Laughlin in 2004, is teaming this year with Jeff Darland, Peoria, Ariz., in the No. 23 Ford F-150.

With 22 entries so far in the class for 750 horsepower, unlimited production trucks, Dircks and Darland will lead a strong field in SCORE Trophy-Truck that features many of the world’s top desert racers.

Boyle, Ridgecrest, CA, is a veteran SCORE racer who teams with 1985 SCORE Class 1 season point champ Ron Brant, Oak Hills, CA, in a Jimco-Chevy.

With 29 entries each in the drawing, Class 1 and Class 1-2/1600 have the most entries to date, followed by Class 10 with 26, SCORE Trophy-Truck with 22 and SCORE Lite with 21. With late registration accepted up until race morning, a total of 231 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday’s drawing for start positions.

Besides Dircks/Darland, the stellar SCORE Trophy-Truck field includes Las Vegas brothers Tim and Ed Herbst, with eight combined San Felipe class wins, including four overall victories in their No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150. Despite an extremely rare did-not-finish last year, the Herbst brothers won the SCORE Trophy-Truck division in San Felipe three straight years (1999, 2000, 2001). Last year’s SCORE Trophy-Truck race winner Mark Post returns in his No. 3 Riviera Racing Ford F-150.

“I’m not sure if I should cheer or hold my breath about drawing the first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck for the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250,” said Dircks. “Since winning Laughlin last year we have had a lot of mechanical problems, but if we have those worked out, it’ll be great to run out front in clear air for as long and as hard as we can. We won’t let all those monsters behind us dictate our pace, though. But, we will definitely enjoy the clean air as long as it lasts.”

McMillin Racing, the prominent three-generation racing team from San Diego, will field four separate cars featuring four different family members for just the second time in SCORE racing history.

Family patriarch Corky McMillin, 76, will race in Class 1 as will his grandson Andy McMillin, 17, (who will also have his father Scott McMillin, 44, driving) and his oldest son Mark McMillin, 48. Daniel McMillin, 17, Corky’s other grandson and Mark’s son, will drive in Class 1-2/1600. Corky McMillin will drive the No. 118 Chenowth-Chevy, Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin will drive the No. 120 Jimco-Chevy, Mark McMillin will drive the No. 118 Jimco-Chevy while Daniel McMillin will be the driver of the No. 1610 Jimco-VW.

Among the other racers to draw first starting position in their respective classes were: Arden Dennington, Tracy, Calif. (Class 1-2/1600, Fraley-VW), Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 10, Jimco-Honda) and Mitch Mitchell, Laguna Beach, Calif. (SCORE Lite-Kreger-VW).

Content as the relative unsung second-driver on two consecutive championship teams, Adam Pfankuch has stepped out of the shadows in a big way, assuming the Class 1-2/1600 and Overall point leads in the 2005 SCORE Desert Series. Pfankuch, 23, of Carlsbad, CA, drove his new VW-powered Ampfly 1600cc open-wheel desert race car past a race-record field of 46 starters in his class in the season-opening 11th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, Jan. 16-17.

After helping two different lead drivers win season point championships the last two years, Pfankuch is the primary driver of record this year. His victory this year in Laughlin provides ample proof of his significant contributions the last two years.

With the $50,000 Kartek bonus also awaiting the top three 2005 SCORE Overall point leaders, a total of just 15 points separate the top 12 overall point leaders after the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

Second in overall points with 58 after Round 1 is Class 10 point leader Kash Vessels, San Marcos, CA, who won in Laughlin in a Jimco-Toyota. A second-generation desert racer, Vessels beat a field of 33 starters in Laughlin, earning the $10,000 first place bonus in the $25,000 Jason Hunter Memorial Class 10 race.

Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren and Bryan Freeman, in their first season racing together, are second in Class 1-2/1600 and third in overall points with 54 in their Fraley-VW. After leading the Saturday’s first half in Laughlin with MacCachren driving, Freeman had some minor problems on Sunday, helping Pfankuch win the class.

Fourth in overall points and second in Class 10 is
Darren Hardesty, Ramona, CA, with 52 points in a Alumi-Craft-VW.

Leading the unlimited Class 1 after his win in Laughlin and fifth in overall points is Dale Ebberts, Canyon Lake, CA, with 51 points in a Jimco-Toyota open-wheel desert race car. Ebberts, who splits the driving time in the rest of the SCORE races with Ernie Castro Jr., Newport Beach, CA, was the overall race winner in Laughlin for the second time in three years. Ebberts and Castro also won the 2003 SCORE Overall season point crown.

SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles that started the race within the individual class.

Pre-race festivities at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 will include the colorful SCORE Midway and tech inspection on the Malecon beachfront in downtown alongside the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 25).

At 9 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 26), the awards celebration will be held on the Malecon across from The Beachcomber Night Club.

Also on Friday (Feb. 25, at the Hotel Las Misiones, driver/rider registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. by the mandatory pre-race driver/rider briefing.

SCORE official sponsors for 2005 are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, C.L. Bryant-VP Racing Fuels-official fuel supplier. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Las Vegas Events, Herbst Gaming, Kartek Off-Road, Centrix Financial, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein, Signpros, Cotuco, Fideicomiso Publico para la Promocion Turistica de Ensenada, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics.

Associate sponsors for the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 are the Tourism and Convention Bureau of Mexicali/San Felipe, Cotuco and El Dorado Ranch.

The race annually provides a greater economic impact to San Felipe than the entire month-long ‘Spring Break’.

For information contact:
SCORE International at its Los Angeles headquarters
(818) 225-8402 or visit
the official 2005 SCORE Desert Series website at:

February 25-26, 2005 San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico
Total Entries: 231 (as of 2/6/05)

Pro Cars & Trucks
23 Gary Dircks
97 B.J. Baldwin
19 Tim Herbst
11 Dale Dondel
16 Cameron Steele
1 Jason Baldwin
3 Mark Post
5 Marty Coyne
2 Pete Sohren
12 Brian Collins
6 Steve Sourapas
99 Nick Baldwin
82 Bob Shepard
80 Chad Ragland
17 Carl Renezeder
24 Bruce Friedman
4 Gus Vildosola
96 Bobby Baldwin
28 Alan Pflueger
86 Josh Baldwin
7 Scott Steinberger
55 Luis Wallace

CLASS 1 (29)
101 Richard Boyle
102 Kory Scheeler
103 Chuck Hovey
104 Dale Ebberts
105 Gary Weyhrich
106 Jeff Quinn
100 John Marking
108 B.J. Richardson
109 Todd Cuffaro
110 Josh Rigsby
111 Tom Koch
112 Brian Parkhouse
113 Rick Romans
114 Pat Dean
115 Mark McMillin
116 Ronny Wilson
117 Troy Herbst
118 Corky McMillin
119 Damen Jefferies
120 Andy McMillin
121 Billy Robertson
122 John Gould
123 Mike Julson
124 Dennis Boyle
125 Brian Ickler
126 Randy Wilson
127 Mark Weyhrich
128 Harley Letner
129 Rich Ronco

CLASS 1-2/1600 (29)
1601 Arden Dennington
1602 Paul Keller
1603 Andrew Rusich
1604 Rob MacCachren
1605 Leonardo Navarrete
1606 Hector Garcia
1607 David Caspino
1608 Luis Ramirez Jr.
1609 Chuck Cone
1610 Daniel McMillin
1611 Bobby Altamirano
1612 Ed Stout
1613 Brian Burgess
1614 Rick Boyer
1615 Rodrigo Ampudia Jr.
1616 L.J. Kennedy
1617 Arturo Valezco
1618 Sammy Ehrenberg
1619 Eli Yee
1620 Travis Fletcher
1621 Scott Wisdom
1622 Caleb Gaddis
1623 Hiram Duran
1624 Daniel Lopez
1625 Mario Gastelum
1646 Rick Battey
1647 Adam Pfankuch
1648 Brian Lind
1649 Adam Ashcraft

CLASS 3 (4)
301 Alejandro Cancino
300 Donald Moss
348 Chris Raffo
349 Ken Leavitt

CLASS 5 (6)
500 George Seeley
501 Kevin Carr
502 Nancy Spirkoff
503 Chris Bowman
504 Todd Stemmerman
519 Jeff Nutter

CLASS 5/1600 (14)
551 Mario Reynoso
552 Ruben Garcia
553 Ernie Negrete
554 Gustavo Avina
555 Mark McAnelly
556 Mark Dee
557 Jason Lakin
558 Hector Garcia
559 Brent Shermak
575 Steve Landis
576 Richard Garavito
577 Marcos Nunez
578 Tim Sanchez
579 Armando Garcia

CLASS 7 (8)
701 Barry Karakas Sr.
702 Craig Turner
703 Victor Herrera Jr.
704 Scott Brady
705 Hector Salazar
700 Dan Chamlee
707 Geoff Milke
719 Frank Thing

CLASS 7S (5)
721 Joe Rice
722 Brian Cavitt
737 John Holmes
738 Tyler Fox
720 Ted Moncure

740 Rich Severson
741 Cody Swanty
758 Rick Doetsch
759 Eduardo Gonzalez

CLASS 8 (3)
801 Dave Raimonde
800 Todd Wyllie
803 Joe Patelli

CLASS 9 (3)
901 Sigal Greenberg
902 Luis Guevara
903 Heath Mitchell

CLASS 10 (26)
1001 Lobsam Yee
1002 Rudy Cortez
1003 Brandon Aymar
1004 Charles Lathrem
1005 Mark Hutchins
1006 Ron Dalke
1007 Rick Ellison
1008 Mark Weger
1009 Edgar Avalos
1010 Will Higman
1011 Scott Martenson
1012 Kash Vessels
1013 Brian Walsh Sr.
1014 Doug Fortin
1015 John Cooley
1016 Jeremy Stevens
1017 Travis Brookshire
1018 Bekki Wik
1019 Jim Anderson
1020 Eduardo Gonzalez
1021 Dennis Hunter
1022 Chris Muller
1000 George Erl
1024 Brian Freemal
1025 Phillip Finch

1201 Mitch Mitchell
1202 Jeff Kawell
1203 Robert Naughton
1204 Jake Batulis
1205 Chuck Sacks
1206 James Marquez
1207 Rodney Smith
1208 Mike Belk
1209 Mark Kyle
1210 James Golden
1211 Randy Ross
1200 Tom Watson
1213 Arturo Honold
1214 Ken Stroud
1215 Vic Bruckmann
1216 Jim Greenway
1217 Luis Barragan
1218 Regie Dunlap
1219 Mike Halliday
1220 Stan Potter
1249 Ruben Gutierrez

CLASS 11 (1)
1100 Eric Solorzano

861 Terry Henn
860 John Griffin

227 David Scaroni
282 Craig Smith
204 Gus Vildosola Jr.

CLASS 22 (5)
2x Brian Pinard
3x Chuck Dempsey
4x Jeff Leonard
5x Robby Bell
1x Steve Hengeveld

CLASS 21 (4)
101x Eddie Zeller
102x D.L. Litten
100x Joe Desrosiers
104x Kevin Johnson

CLASS 30 (5)
301x David Warren
302x Scott Hamby
300x Gerardo Rojas
304x Brent Downing
349x Victor Villalobos

CLASS 40 (5)
400x Jim O’Neal
401x Dana Reed
402x Greg Fountain
403x Michael Laenger
449x Martyn Atkins

CLASS 25 (14)
2a Ray Schooley
3a Wayne Matlock
4a Mike Cafro
5a Arturo Romero
6a Nick Nelson
7a Peter Irving
8a Rogelio Aragon
9a Ryan Wheeler
10a Jerry Bronstrup
11a Miguel Bastides
12a Jesus Marquez
13a Josh Frederick
14a Earl Thigpen
15a Joselito Muro

1400 Bob Carr
1401 Juan Arballo
1402 Tim Price
1403 George Jackson
1404 Dan Swann

1500 Mark Growe

SPT M/C> (8)
251x Scott Roush
252x David Gray
253x Dan Roush
254x Daniel Bowler
255x Freddie Cardenas
256x Dean Martinez
257x Eugene Lane
299x James Pluta

51a James Jordan
52a Crash Davis
53a Jorge Juvera
99a Gil Castro

For information contact:
SCORE International at its Los Angeles headquarters
(818) 225-8402 or visit
the official 2005 SCORE Desert Series website at:

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