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Round 5 of 2005 SCORE Desert Series
Drawing for starting positions Saturday as race-record field
Of over 200 expected for 10th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300

SCORE’s 32nd season continues Sept. 9-11
With 17 Pro & 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 9, 2005) -- Following a highly-successful stadium-style, short-course event in Las Vegas, the world’s best desert racers return to their normal competition format with a race-record field of over 200 vehicles expected for next month’s 10th Annual SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300. Round 5 of the six-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series will be held Sept. 9-11 in Primm, Nev.

The computerized drawing for starting positions, by classes, will be held Saturday at the SCORE Int’l headquarters in Los Angeles.

Celebrating its 32nd season this year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series, the SCORE Desert Series will be returning to Southern Nevada for the last of its three annual races in the U.S.

The 10th Annual SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 will feature 17 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in Primm, located 35 miles south of Las Vegas at the California border. This year’s starting list is expected to easily eclipse last year’s record field of 184 starters.

As it has been for the past three years, the race will be split into two groups with the open wheel and VW baja bug classes starting at 6 a.m. The truck classes, including the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division along with the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel class, will start at 1 p.m. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race, with an eight-hour time limit. The start/finish line area will be located northeast of the rear of Buffalo Bill’s Resort in Primm.

With the chase for the $50,000 Kartek Off-Road bonus also awaiting the top three 2005 SCORE Overall point leaders, a total of just 63 points separate the top 11 overall point leaders after the first three rounds of 2005. SCORE points are determined both on final finishing position and number of vehicles that started the race within each class.

Veteran desert-racing champion Rob MacCachren and his third-generation protégé Bryan Freeman, both of Las Vegas, remain on top of the Overall and Class 1-2/1600 point standings after three rounds of the 2005 SCORE Desert Series. MacCachren, 40, was the 2001 SCORE Overall point champion Freeman, 25, is currently in his first full season racing with SCORE.

Driving a Fraley-VW, MacCachren and Freeman finished second out of 46 starters in Class 1-2/1600 in the season-opening SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in January and followed that up by defeating a field of 27 starters in the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in February. The pair continued their winning ways in early June by finishing first at the 37th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in a race-high field of 38 starters in the single or two-seater class for open wheel desert race cars with 1600cc VW engines.

MacCachren also splits driving time in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division with team-owner Gus Vildosola of Mexico in the No. 4 Vildosola Racing Ford F-150. The pair finished ninth out of a SCORE record field of 29 starters in the marquee SCORE racing division in June’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500.

In the current SCORE point standings, MacCachren, who has11 SCORE class race wins since 2001, has 231 points, 22 points more than unlimited Class 1 point leaders Andy McMillin and his father Scott McMillin, Poway, CA, have in their Jimco-Chevy.

The versatile MacCachren, whose seven SCORE season point crowns have been in four different classes, has stretched his lead in Class 1-2/1600. Journeyman L.J. Kennedy, Orange, CA, is second in class and third in SCORE Overall points with 196 in a Porter-VW. Kennedy is just two points ahead of SCORE rookie Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, CA, who is third in Class 1-2/1600 and fourth in SCORE Overall points in a Tubular-VW.

Now fifth in the SCORE Overall point standings and leading Class 10 in a Tatum-Toyota is Ron Dalke, Tucson, AZ, with 180 points.

Following up his first-ever SCORE class win in San Felipe with a second in Ensenada, defending SCORE Trophy-Truck season champ Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, CA, maintains a 12-point lead over his brother Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, CA, in the featured SCORE racing division for high-tech, 800-horsepower, unlimited production trucks. The Baldwins, with 179 and 167 points respectively, both drive Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Trucks. Jason Baldwin is sixth on the SCORE Overall point leaderboard.

Pre-race festivities on Friday, Sept. 9, for the SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway, will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort. The post-race awards celebration will be held at the Star of the Desert Arena on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 9 a.m.

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.

Co-title sponsors for the 10th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 are Las Vegas Events and Primm Valley Resorts.

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.

SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300
All-Time Overall Winners

1996 Robby Gordon, Orange, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1997 Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, CA, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1998 Ed and Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
1999 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)
2000 Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)
2001 Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)
2002 Mike Julson, Santee, CA/Bob Lofton, Westmorland, CA, Jimco-Chevy)
2003 Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
2004 Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

2005 SCORE Desert Series
Point Leaders
(After Round 4, SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup I-Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Remaining schedule: Sept. 9-11—10th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300-Primm, Nev.; Nov. 17-20—38th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Ensenada, Mexico)

(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Rob MacCachren/Bryan Freeman, Las Vegas, Fraley-VW (CLASS 1-2/1600), 231
2. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, Poway, CA, Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1), 209
3. L.J. Kennedy, Orange, CA/Brian Burgess,Riverside, CA, Porter-VW (CLASS 1-2/1600), 196
4. Caleb Gaddis, El Centro, CA, Tubular-VW (CLASS 1-2/1600), 194
5. Ron Dalke, Tucson, AZ, Tatum-Toyota (CLASS 10), 180
6. Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, CA, Ford F-150 (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK), 179
7. Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, Ensenada, Mexico, VW Baja Bug (CLASS 5/1600), 173
8. Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, CA/David Caspino, Woodland Hills, CA, Lothringer-VW (CLASS 1-2/1600), 172
8. Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, CA, Mirage-VW (CLASS 1-2/1600), 172
10. Tom Watson/Tim Noe, El Centro, CA, Jimco-VW (SCORE Lite), 170
11. Gary Weyhrich/Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, CA, Jimco-Chevy (CLASS 1), 168
11. Josh Rigsby/Steven Ewers, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Penhall-Chevy (CLASS 1), 168
11. Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, CA, Amplified-VW, (CLASS 1-2/1600), 168
11. James Golden, Costa Mesa, CA, Jimco-VW (SCORE Lite), 168
11. Travis Brookshire, El Cajon, CA, Jimco-Honda (CLASS 10), 168

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

For Sponsorship Information, contact:
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