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Featuring SCORE Trophy-Trucks
20 Southern Nevada desert racers hoping for lots of ‘Aces’,

LVMS Dirt Track to host top locals, best of SCORE Desert racing,
Tickets on sale at www.SCORElasvegas.com

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 5, 2005) -- Twenty of the top desert racers from Southern Nevada, including five in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division, are all hoping for some good ‘cards’ and a hometown advantage when they visit the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this month for the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I, the newest event in desert racing.

Being held on a special man-made ‘chunk of Baja’ course in and around the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the best of SCORE desert racing will be in action July 29-30 in the glowing spotlight of the gaming, entertainment and special events capital of the world.

The lineup is set for the limited-field invitational to be held under the lights on a Friday and Saturday night at the world-class Dirt Track at LVMS. A total of 94 of the best racers from the SCORE Desert Series have entered the new racing extravaganza.

Las Vegas natives Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst along with Rob MacCachren and Brian Collins lead the group who are all hoping to entertain their hometown fans while etching their names deeper into the lore of Southern Nevada desert racing history.

Among the local group, Tim, 42, and Ed Herbst, 44, are the all-time winningest team in SCORE Trophy-Truck history. Splitting the driving time in their No. 19 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, Tim, 42, and Ed, 44, have 11 career wins in SCORE Trophy-Truck, and four of the 11 season championships (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003).

Troy Herbst, 39, the youngest of the three Herbst brothers, is a dominating SCORE Class 1 racer, with six SCORE season point titles in his class out of the last seven years, and 16 Class 1 race wins since 1997 in a Smithbuilt-Ford open wheel desert race car.

“We may have a psychological edge in the open desert around Las Vegas, but a hybrid, short-course stadium style event like this one is an entirely different deal,” said Ed Herbst, president of the family-owned Herbst Gaming organization. “The Herbst family has been working with SCORE and Las Vegas Events for several years to put this new event together and it is exciting to see all the pieces fall into place.”

“As we all know, the desert around Las Vegas is shrinking and we must find new venues and different types of events to help keep our treasured sport alive. Personally, I think having this many local entries speaks volumes about how much this special motorsport of desert racing means to all of us. Most of us around here grew up watching our dads race, we are carrying the torch now, and a new generation of local desert racers is starting to blossom. The goal of the Herbst family is to help ensure that our kids and our friends’ kids have a place to race in their own backyard.”

MacCachren, 40, a seven-time class season point champion in the SCORE Desert Series, is one of only two drivers who entered in three classes for his hometown race. The Mac Attack will race in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division, Class 1-2/1600 and Class 10 in the inaugural event. He will drive the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150 in SCORE Trophy-Truck, the No. 1609 Freeman Racing Fraley-VW in Class 1-2/1600 and the No. 1011 Paquette Racing Jimco-Honda in Class 10.

Cameron Steele, an ESPN extreme sports announcer, has also entered three classes in Las Vegas. Steele, San Clemente, Calif., will be racing in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Class 1-2/1600 and in SCORE Lite.

Brian Collins, 42, is a second generation desert racer, following in his dad’s tracks just like the Herbst brothers and MacCachren. Collins, a Southern Nevada developer who recently opened a new race shop in Las Vegas, a state-of-the-art 25,000 square-feet facility, will drive the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Chevy Silverado in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division.

Collins Motorsports preps four SCORE Trophy-Trucks and several open-wheel desert race cars and three of the SCORE Trophy-Trucks will be racing in Las Vegas.

Bobby Baldwin, 54, President of the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas, and his son B.J. Baldwin, 25, will both race in SCORE Trophy-Trucks prepped and crewed by Collins Motorsports.

The elder Baldwin, the 1987 winner of the popular World Series of Poker, will drive his new No. 96 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while his son B.J., who was part of the same Durango HS graduating class (1997) as NASCAR champion Kurt Busch, will drive the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Ford F-150.

Besides Troy Herbst, the other veteran local desert racers in Class 1 are veteran SCORE desert racers Pat Dean (Bunderson-Chevy), the team of B.J. Richardson/John Gaughan (Bunderson Chevy) and Kory Scheeler (Porter-Chevy).

Class 1-2/1600 has the largest number of local entries with seven. Besides MacCachren are: Cody Freeman (Wink-VW), Don Wall (Suspensions Unlimited-VW), Aaron Hawley (Bunderson-VW), Sammy Ehrenberg (Jimco-VW), Fernie Padilla (Bunderson-VW) and Henderson’s Ken Tapert (Porter-VW).

In addition to MacCachren, locals in Class 10 are two-time SCORE Desert Series champion Mark Hutchins of Henderson (Kreger-Honda) and Brian Freemal (Jimco-Honda).

Henderson’s John Copitas Jr. will drive a Ford Ranger in Class 7S.

Racing will begin at 7 p.m. each night at LVMS and both nights will conclude with colorful Terrible’s Fireworks Shows.

Nearly 90-percent of the 1.5 mile course will be viewable from the grandstands in the 8,026-seat facility. Competing in their own race will be the marquee SCORE Trophy-Trucks and the unlimited SCORE Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars along with special groups for open-wheelers in Class 1-2/1600 and Class 10/SCORE Lite along with the mini-trucks of Class 7/Class 7S/Class 7SX.

The event offers nearly $250,000 in cash and contingency postings. SCORE Trophy-Truck has 18 entries while Class 1 has 17 entries. Class 1-2/1600 has 23 entries, the combined Class 10/SCORE Lite group has 21 and the combined Class 7/Class 7S/Class 7SX mini-truck group has 15 total entries.

The two groups with multiple classes will have a handicapped start, to be determined during practice at LVMS on the first race day.

As a prelude to the two days of racing, the SCORE Las Vegas Pit Stop at Fremont Street Experience will be held on Thursday, July 28. At the SCORE Pit Stop, starting at 6 p.m., will be a vehicle display and the $10,000 Terrible’s Pit Crew Challenge for SCORE Trophy-Trucks, meet the SCORE racers party for all competing SCORE racers and a special SCORE concert under the multi-million dollar canopy on Fremont Street.

With co-title sponsorship from Las Vegas Events and Terrible’s Convenience Stores, the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I will feature two nights of racing on the LVMS Dirt Track. Racing will be on a purpose-built race track with limited pavement and man-made dirt simulations of the rugged desert terrain.

After 11-plus years of rumbling around rugged desert race courses in the Southwestern U.S. and Baja California, Mexico, SCORE Trophy-Trucks--the untamed 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks that are the featured racing division in the SCORE Desert Series--will make their short-course stadium racing debut in July at LVMS.

The SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I will be televised nationally on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) by Aura 360, the company that co-produced last year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 for NBC.

For the Blue reserved section, individual tickets are $22 Friday, $27 Saturday and $39 for the discounted two-day SCORE Combo package. For the White reserved section, individual tickets are $17/$22 and $34 for the discounted two-day SCORE Combo. For the Red General Admission section, individual tickets are $12/$17 and $24 for the discounted two-day SCORE Combo.

SCORE Pit Passes are available for $10 per day or $15 for the discounted two-day SCORE Pit Combo.

With each paid admission will also come one coupon for the free drawing for the SCORE Terrible’s Fan Appreciation give-a-way. A new showroom SUV, donated by Terrible’s, will be given away on Saturday night (July 30) at LVMS.

SCORE official sponsors for 2005 are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire and CL Bryant-VP-official fuel supplier. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Herbst Gaming, Kartek Off-Road, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein, Signpros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

Special sponsors for the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I are: Las Vegas Events in association with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Terrible’s Convenience Stores. Associate sponsors include the Fremont Street Experience, Terrible’s Hotel/Casino, the Golden Nugget Hotel/Casino, Red Bull, North America, Budweiser, DIRTsports Magazine and Lotus Broadcasting.

For more information or to order tickets on-line, visit the official SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I website at www.scorelasvegas.com.

For more information regarding this SCORE event, contact Ric Miller at 714.281.2604 or via e-mail at ricmiller@score-international.com.

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

SCORE Las Vegas Terrible's Cup I
July 29-30, 2005 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Total Entries: 94 (as of 7/5/05)

4 Rob MacCachren, 40, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
12 Brian Collins, 42, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
19 Tim Herbst, 42/Ed Herbst, 44, Las Vegas, Ford F-150
96 Bobby Baldwin, 54, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado
97 B.J. Baldwin, 25, Las Vegas, Ford F-150

102 Kory Scheeler, 43, Las Vegas, Porter-Chevy
107 Troy Herbst, 39, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford
111 Pat Dean, 36, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy
115 B.J. Richardson, 39/John Gaughan, 39, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy
117 Brad Falin, 37, Fernley, Nev., Bradleys-Ford

CLASS 1-2/1600
1601 Ken Tapert, 45, Henderson, Nev., Porter-VW
1608 Cody Freeman, 19, Las Vegas, Wink-VW
1609 Rob MacCachren, 40, Las Vegas, Fraley-VW
1610 Don Wall, 40, Las Vegas, Suspensions Unlimited-VW
1613 Aaron Hawley, 38, Las Vegas, Bunderson-VW
1614 Sammy Ehrenberg, 40, Las Vegas, Jimco-VW
1617 Fernie Padilla, 20, Las Vegas, Bunderson-VW


724 John Copitas Jr, 36, Henderson, Nev., Ford Ranger


1009 Mark Hutchins, 50, Henderson, Nev., Kreger-Honda
1010 Brian Freemal, 34, Las Vegas, Jimco-Honda
1011 Rob MacCachren, 40, Las Vegas, Jimco-Honda

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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