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Over 300 Entries Expected
Herbst in SCORE Trophy-Truck, Blais in M/C, draw first start
Positions for next month's 38th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Entries from 30 States, 10 countries entered in legendary granddaddy of all desert races-Nov. 17-20 in Ensenada, Mexico

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 15, 2005 ) -- If Saturday's 'live' drawing for starting positions is any indication, next month's 38th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race should be another classic. Tim and Ed Herbst in SCORE Trophy-Truck and Chris Blais in Class 22 for open motorcycles drew the first starting positions for the legendary granddaddy of all desert races. This year's 709-mile odyssey will be a large loop race starting and finishing in Ensenada, Mexico. It will be held Nov. 17-20.

An impressive total of 290 vehicles officially entered in time for Saturday's live drawing for starting positions, by class, held during the SCORE Fiesta at the Lake Elsinore (CA) Casino and presented by the Desert Assassins race team.

This year's memorable adventure will cover 709 miles of the rugged and tortuous Baja California peninsula, starting on the Pacific Ocean side and stretching across and down the Sea of Cortez side of the majestic peninsula past San Felipe before winding its way back up to Ensenada.

Over 300 entries from over 30 U.S. States and 10 countries, competing in 27 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs will be part of this year's tribute to the sport of desert racing.

With massive crowds reaching nearly 300,000 anticipated to again be spread out along the single loop course, the race will start in front of the Riviera del Pacific Convention Center in Ensenada and will finish for just the second time inside the the Deportivo Antonio Palacio baseball stadium in Ensenada.

The motorcycle and ATV classes will start their journey at 6:30 a.m. (Friday, Nov. 18) with the car and truck classes starting at approximately 9 a.m., or two hours after the last ATV leaves the line. Vehicles will leave in 30-second intervals in the elapsed-time race and while the fastest finishers are expected to complete the 709-mile course in approximately 14 hours, all vehicles will have a 30-hour time limit to become official finishers.

The Herbst brothers, of Las Vegas, are the all-time SCORE Trophy-Truck team win leader with 11 race victories in the 12-year history of the class in their Terrible Herbst Motorsports Ford F-150, but they are still looking for their first win in this race in SCORE's featured racing division.

"I'm a little bit shocked, but we are in the gaming industry so it shouldn't surprise us too much," said Tim, whose younger brother Troy Herbst (and Larry Roeseler) won Class 1 and were the overall winners in this race last year. "To start first is a great advantage, especially on such a brutally-tough course like this one. It's an advantage, but it's never over 'til its over and with the huge and talented SCORE Trophy-Truck field, anything can happen. But, I wouldn't trade first for last start with anybody."

The race will also culminate the chase for both the $50,000 Kartek Off-Road bonus and the $12,000 Toyota True-Grit and Toyota Milestone Awards. The Kartek Off-Road bonus will be split among the top 2005 three SCORE Overall point leaders.

Chris Blais, Apple Valley, CA, won Class 22 and rode the fastest overall two-wheel vehicle in this year's Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. Blais will again ride the lead factory KTM 620LC4 motorcycle.

Drawing the first start in the ATV classes was the championship team of Doug Eichner, El Cajon, Calif./John Gregory, Chula Vista, Calif./Marc Spaeth, Warner Springs, CA, who will ride a Bombardier Outlander 800 in Class 25.

NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon, whose roots are in SCORE desert racing, drew the 24th starting position in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the Team Gordon No. 83 Red Bull Chevy CK1500. Gordon, who was the overall winner of June's Tecate SCORE Baja 500, will again pull double-duty, driving the the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 before flying to Homestead, Fla., to race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season finale.

Among the other cross-over racers who are entered so far include NASCAR's Boris Said and Michel Jordain Jr., Champ Car point leader Sebastian Bourdais and Indy Racing League star Buddy Rice.

Promising to provide an ultimate test of man and machine like it has for nearly four decades, the official course map for next month's 38th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 was released recently by SCORE International, sanctioning body and producer of the legendary event.

Official pre-running, or practice on the official race course, will begin for all registered entries, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Pre-race festivities on Thursday, Nov. 17, for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer's Midway will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. across from the San Nicolas Hotel. The pre-race mandatory driver/rider briefing will be held Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Riviera del Pacifico Convention Center. Racer registration will be held at the Riviera CC from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

While entries will be accepted up to race morning (Nov. 18), late entries will be assigned the next available number and starting position within each class.

The post-race Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Survivor's Celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., at the Riviera CC.

Besides the Herbst brothers and Gordon, other entries in the marquee SCORE Trophy-Truck division include Dan Smith/David Ashley, Riverside, CA (8-Ford F-150), Mexico's Gus Vildosola/Rob MacCachren of Las Vegas (4-Ford F-150), Honolulu's Alan Pflueger (28-Chevy Silverado), Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz. (12-Chevy Silverado), Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, CA (1-Ford F-150), Mark Post, San Juan Capistrano, CA/Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, CA (3-Ford F-150), Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./ Mark Miller, Phoenix, (81-Chevy Silverado), Chad Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz. (80-Chevy Silverado), , Scott Steinberger, Cypress, CA, Jesse Jones, Phoenix (76-Ford F-150), Japan's Ikuo Hanawa (14-Toyota Tundra), Marty Coyne, El Centro, CA (5-Ford F-150), Josh Baldwin, Newport Beach, CA (86-Ford F-150), Cameron Steele, San Clemente, CA (16-Ford F-150), Bobby Baldwin/B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas (96-Ford F-150) and Darren Skilton, Long Beach, CA (9-Kia Sorento).
In just his second SCORE race, TV personality Jesse James, of Monster Garage fame, will debut his new No. 54 Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck.

The classes with the most entries to date are SCORE Trophy-Truck (32), Class 1 (29), Class 1-2/1600 (24), SCORE Lite (22), Class 10, Class 5/1600 and Protruck, with 12 entries each.

Leading the six Sportsman classes in the race is Sportsman Motorcycle over 250cc which had 23 entries in the drawing.

Drawing first start in Class 1 was Martin Christensen, Escondido, CA, in a Jimco-BMW, while first off in Class 1-2/1600 will be L.J. Kennedy, Orange, CA, in a Porter-VW.

Among the other early entries is legendary Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., the only two individual who has raced in all 37 previous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 races in a car or truck class.

Hall is driver of record in a new AM General H-3 Hummer in the Stock Mini class.

Among the cross-over entries is X-Games Freestyle legend Travis Pastrana, who has entered three classes-Protruck, Class 22 (open motorcycles) and Class 25 (open ATVs).

Among the festivities Saturday at the SCORE Fiesta, Jake Batulis, who races in the SCORE Lite class, won the Pit Challenge, defeating SCORE Trophy-Truck driver Curt LeDuc in the final match-up with the driver and co-driver getting out of a SCORE Trophy-Truck and changing one tire.

This year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the second consecutive year on Dec. 10 on the NBC Network.

It's the oldest and most well known of all desert races, and it remains as the single most appealing accomplishment to a racer. Since 1967, the mother of all desert races has been run over the majestic Baja California peninsula every year except 1974 when the international fuel crisis forced a cancellation.

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year as the World's Foremost Desert Racing Series, the SCORE Desert Series is returning to Mexico for the last of three races held annually in Baja California.

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

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

38th Annual TECATE SCORE BAJA 1000
Nov. 16-20, 2005-Ensenada, Baja California
Total Entries: 293 (as of 10/16/05)


19 Tim Herbst
27 Matt Scaroni
26 Chris Robinson
4 Gus Vildosola
80 Chad Ragland
28 Alan Pflueger
81 Ryan Arciero
86 Josh Baldwin
14 Ikuo Hanawa
82 Bob Shepard
10 Michael Jakobson
12 Brian Collins
29 Steve Barlow
17 Carl Renezeder
16 Cameron Steele
2 Pete Sohren
1 Jason Baldwin
39 Ron Whitton
91 Kory Sheeler
8 Dan Smith
38 Garron Cadiente
7 Scott Steinberger
96 Bobby Baldwin
83 Robby Gordon
9 Darren Skilton
76 Jesse Jones
3 Mark Post
99 Nick Baldwin
84 Nick Vanderwey
5 Marty Coyne
54 Jesse James
71 Dan Cook

CLASS 1 (29)
101 Martin Christensen
102 Brian Parkhouse
103 Andy McMillin
104 Chuck Hovey
105 Larry Roeseler
106 Ronny Wilson
107 Lee Patten
108 Tom Koch
109 Buddy Feldkamp
110 Dale Ebberts
111 Gary Weyhrich
112 Jim Birmingham
113 Dave Mason
114 Todd Jergensen
115 Mark McMillin
116 Damen Jefferies
117 Brian Ickler
118 Troy Herbst
119 Richard Boyle
120 Billy Robertson
121 Bud Feldkamp
122 Josh Rigsby
123 Cam Thieriot
124 Kory Scheeler
125 B.J. Richardson
126 Mike Bilek
127 Danny Anderson
128 Corky McMillin (In Memoriam)
149 Mike Majesky

CLASS 1-2/1600 (25)
1601 L.J. Kennedy
1602 David Caspino
1603 Caleb Gaddis
1604 Lorenzo Rodriguez
1605 Edgar Alvarez
1606 Mike Sandoval
1607 Max Thieriot
1608 Max Hanberg
1609 Carlos Escobedo
1610 Jeff Quade
1611 Brian Burgess
1612 Bill Hanson
1613 Ray Files
1614 Rob MacCachren
1615 Andrew Neal
1616 Daniel McMillin
1617 Gary Stairs
1618 Arturo Velazco
1619 Rick Waszkiewicz
1620 Brent Parkhouse
1621 Eli Yee
1646 Michael Bennett
1647 Hiram Duran
1648 Daniel Lopez
1649 Rick Battey

CLASS 3 (6)
301 Phillip Moulton
302 Charles Atkinson
300 Donald Moss
304 Ed Griffin
348 Kelly Beal
349 Gale Pike

CLASS 5 (4)
501 Chris Bowman
500 George Seeley
518Tom Brown
519 Kevin Carr

CLASS 5/1600 (12)
551 Brent Shermak
552 Tim Sanchez
553 Ruben Garcia
554 Ernie Negrete
555 Richard Garavito
556 Mario Reynoso
574 Marcos Nunez
575 Jose Gutierrez
576 Steve Landis
577 Miguel Pabloff
578 Jose Angulo
579 Mark McAnelly

CLASS 7 (7)
701 Scott Brady
702 Raul Flores
700 Dan Chamlee
704 Barry Karakas Sr.
705 Craig Turner
706 Jaime Medina
719 Kreg Donahoe

Class 7S (4)
721 Mike Horner
720 Ted Moncure
738 Tyler Fox
739 John Holmes

741 Jeff Lloyd
742 Noe Sierra

CLASS 10 (12)
1001 Lance Hicks
1002 Ron Dalke
1000 Steve Myers
1004 John Cooley
1005 Darren Hardesty
1006 Kash Vassels
1007 Guy Evans
1008 Travis Brookshire
1009 Lobsam Yee
1010 Jose Reyes
1011 Will Higman
1012 Mark Weger

1201 Tito Tapia
1202 Chuck Sacks
1203 Ricardo Malo
1204 Jake Batilus
1205 Matias Arjona
1206 Randy Ross
1207 Mike Belk
1208 Richard Cassey
1209 Jim Vick
1210 Peter Nicolaidis
1211 Dwayne Reinert
1200 Tom Watson
1213 Stan Potter
1214 David Callaway
1215 James Golden
1216 Craig Brabant
1217 John White
1218 Rob Martensen
1219 Mark Kyle
1247 Mike Halliday
1248 Ruben Gutierrez Jr.
1249 Greg Crew

CLASS 8 (6)
800 Todd Wyllie
801 Dave Raimonde
802 Keith Fontana
803 Dave Sykes
838 Kurtis Kupiec
839 Marshall Madruga

CLASS 9 (5)
901 Tony Modica
902 Chris Haney
903 John Scharf
948 Sigal Greenberg
900 Eric Fisher

CLASS 11 (4)
1100 Eric Solorzano
1147 Gilberto Garcia
1148 Sean Malabanan
1149 David Hendrickson

861 Josh Hall
862 Kreg Donahoe
863 Chad Hall
860 John Griffin
865 Chris Kasper
878 Mark Handley
879 Billy Bunch

761 Rod Hall
779 Gavin Skilton

235 Rich Voss
202 Wade Kelson
220 Steve Staats
226 Al Hogan
282 Craig Smith
250 Gary Magness
204 Gus Vildosola Jr.
299 Joe Bednar
288 Jim Nuckles
260 Darren York
236 Rick L. Johnson
240 Steve Knudson

CLASS 17 (1)
1701 Norman Cesana

BC 1 Bruce Chernoff
BC 2 Steve Hilbert
BC 3 Matt Autterson
BC 4 David Creagan
BC 5 Kate Sutton
BC 6 Robert Sutton
BC 7 Woody Williams
BC 8 Sebastien Bourdais
BC 9 Michel Jourdain Jr.
BC 10 David Sutton
BC 11 Steve Curry
BC 12 Jeff Stone
BC 13 Ron Bauer
BC 14 Troy Trepanier
BC 15 Jim Christensen
BC 16 Michael Wright

CLASS 22 (8)

2x Chris Blais
3x Kellon Walch
4x Robby Bell
5x Shaun Hanson
6x Travis Pastrana
1x Steve Hengeveld
8x Marc Francke
9x Peter Hardy

CLASS 21 (4)
100x Joe Desrosiers
101x Victor Gomez
102x Kevin Johnson
103x Tim Morton

CLASS 30 (12)
301x Daniel Natal
302x Jimmy Lewis
303x Ryan Wallace
304x Mitchel Sanchez
305x Dunn Voyer
306x Fred Brown
307x Brian Pinard
308x Robert Barnum
309x Scott Hamby
310x Victor Villalobos
300x Gerardo Rojas
312x Ken Hutchison

CLASS 40 (5)
401x Jeff Alter
400x Jim O'Neal
403x Michael Laenger
404x Greg Fountain
405x Mike Kay

CLASS 50 (3)
501x Bill Nichols
502x Jim O'Neal
549x Chris Haines

CLASS 25 (11)

2a Doug Eichner
3a Wes Miller
4a Shane Strunk
5a Travis Pastrana
6a Josh Frederick
7a Nick Nelson
8a Kevin Thompson
9a Wayne Matlock
10a Mike Cafro
11a Ryan Wheeler
49a Jessica McCreary

1969 Joseph Cota

1401 Heidi Steele
1402 Rob Rill
1403 Bryan Rice
1404 Marty Beal
1405 Tony Robles
1449 Dean Lunski

1501 Miguel Jimenez
1500 Mark Growe
1503 Barrie Thompson
1504 Jerry Zaiden
1549 Bob Land

SPT M/C 250< (2)
201x John Burton
202x Nobuyuki Tsugita

SPT M/C 250> (23)
251x Alberto Gonzalez
252x Sunny Irvine
253x Charlie Wilson
250x Corey Keysar
255x David Gonzalez
256x Don Myll
257x Jeff Johnson
258x Dave Bower
259x David Pearson
260x Alberto Banchetti
261x Jeff Leonard
262x Jim Pearson
263x Steven Brink
264x Leif Langenskiold
265x Shane Lindsay
266x Gary Sparks
267x Robert Malanga
268x Collie Potter
269x Bill Bagnard
270x Rich Barrows
271x Michael Powell
298x Kosuke Takada
299x Robert Watson

51a Rich Manthy
52a Willie Hedrick
53a Christian Valles
98a Shawn Robins
99a Gil Castro

For information contact:
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(818) 225-8402 or visit
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