Mexico’s Vildosola Jr. draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start spot for Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge in Imperial Valley, CA

Vildosola Jr. draws first SCORE Trophy Truck start spot

Round 4 of 5-race 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship split into three days of racing Sept. 25-28;

Classes to run 16-lap race over 8-mile course split in two parts at Coyne Powersports Motorplex;

SCORE has added one special Pro UTV and one special Sportsman UTV class exclusively for this event

 

Imperial Street Fair, Imperial Big Air Shootout launch event-Sept. 25; SCORE Contingency-Sept. 26

    RENO, Nev.—Mexico’s Gustavo Vildosola Jr. has drawn the first starting positions for the upcoming 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the City of Imperial, Calif. A live drawing was broadcast Tuesday night on the SCORE DirtLive HD Internet Show.

Round 4 of the 2014 five-race SCORE World Desert Championship will have the event split into multiple days with classes divided into groups as is typical with a SCORE Desert Challenge. Each class will run two, eight-lap segments over an eight-mile course at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex near Plaster City, Calif. in Imperial Valley. The race festivities will be held Sept. 25-28 with racing on Friday night, all day and into Saturday evening and Sunday morning and afternoon. The race venue is located approximately 100 miles east of San Diego.

With late entries accepted up to 1 p.m. Friday (Sept. 26), the final field is expected to include nearly a dozen racers from the Imperial Valley area including Imperial, El Centro, Holtville and Calexico. In Tuesday’s drawing, SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE’s marquee racing division for 850 horsepower, high-tech, unlimited production trucks had the most entries with 15 vehicles.

Vildosola Jr., of Mexicali, drives the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor. Known as Tavo by family and friends, Vildosola Jr. won this year’s Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March, finished seventh in the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 in April and 14th at the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in June. He currently is second in season points, just 13 behind SCORE Trophy Truck and SCORE Overall point leader Rob MacCachren, of Las Vegas. Vildosola Jr. has three career SCORE Trophy Truck race wins.

MacCachren, who drives the No. 11 MacCachren Motorsports Rockstar Energy Ford F-150, drew the 14th starting position.

Two-time defending SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion B.J. Baldwin, also of Las Vegas, is currently tied for fifth in season points in the No. 1 Baldwin Motorsports Monster Energy Chevy Silverado and drew the 13th starting slot for the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge.

The Motorplex is owned by El Centro, Calif., businessman Marty Coyne, a former SCORE Trophy Truck racer who won the SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup. The one-square mile land area is inside of the massive 41,000-acre Superstition Mountain/Plaster City OHV area.

Coyne’s private land has an eight-mile course already developed that was part of the 82-mile loop used by SCORE on April 26, for which racers were required to cover three laps, for the Inaugural SCORE Imperial Valley 250 desert race.

Held from 1995 through 2012 in Laughlin, Nev., the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the City of Imperial, Calif. will be held for the first time in the Imperial Valley with the same format as the original SCORE Desert Challenge events from past years. The SCORE World Desert Championship, the world’s foremost desert racing organization, features competition in 25 Pro and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and ATVs.

IMPERIAL STREET FAIR SEPT. 25-26

Pre-race festivities will be held in downtown Imperial Calif. On Thursday (Sept. 25), from noon to 7 p.m. will be the Imperial Off-Road Showcase and Street Fair. At 7 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 25) will be an escorted vehicle procession from downtown Imperial to the California Midwinter Fairgrounds. The Imperial Street Fair will include live music, food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors, interactive games, vehicle displays and autograph sessions with many of the world’s top desert racers.

SCORE CONTINGENCY ROW SEPT. 26

The colorful SCORE Contingency Row and Manufacturer’s Midway will be held on Friday (Sept. 26) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., joining the Imperial Off-Road Showcase and Street Fair on Imperial Avenue in downtown Imperial. All race entries are pushed through contingency row and tech inspection offering fans up close views of the exotic desert racing machines along with their drivers and riders.

IMPERIAL BIG AIR SHOOTOUT

With a purse of nearly $9,000 sponsored by Rogers & Rogers automotive group, the Imperial Big Air Shootout, presented by the City of Imperial, Calif. will start at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 25) at the California Midwinter Fairgrounds. Patterned after its popular predecessor the Laughlin Leap, this jump competition will have the various classes divided into different groups with the long jump with cash payouts in all six groups. In Group 1 (SCORE Trophy Truck, Trophy Truck Spec) will have a prize of $2,000 for the longest jump and a top prize of $1,500 for Group 2 (Class 1, Class 10).

All the details are available at this link (http://score-international.com/RISDC-Jump-Contest/) on the SCORE website.

ROLL-BACK ENTRY FEES

As an added incentive for this race, SCORE has reduced the entry fees for participants to the lowest in recent history. For registration information, including the list of classes offered as well as entry fees and only line registration, visit the following link https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1579114.

SCORE’s Norman commented, “SCORE has rolled back entry fees to the lowest in more than a decade because of the ability to race on private property and the significant support from the local community and Imperial Valley.”

2 SPECIAL ‘BUDGET’ UTV CLASSES

SCORE has added two special entry level UTV classes exclusively for the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the city of Imperial Calif. The two special classes for this race are the Pro UTV Single-Seat and Sportsman UTV Stock.

The Pro UTV Single-Seat class is for modified UTVs up to 1000cc engine displacement with stock chassis and stock appearance. The Sportsman UTV Stock class is a stock UTV class for production UTVs, manufactured by registered companies with vehicle VIN numbers.

Detailed information is available under Tech Notes on the SCORE website at http://score-international.com/tech-notes/ or by calling the SCORE Tech Office in El Cajon, Calif., at 619.938.2135.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE

All races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship series, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, are televised on a delayed basis in the USA and Canada as a one-hour special on the CBS Sports Network. The shows, produced by SoCal’s acclaimed BCII TV, air a minimum of two times on the CBS Sports Spectacular show.

All shows are scheduled to premier in the next month following the event. The success of the productions has enabled CBS Sports Network to air multiple airings of the first three 2014 races. The SCORE San Felipe 250 had 17 extra airings, the SCORE Imperial Valley 250 had five extra airings, and the SCORE Baja 500 garnered seven hours of extra airings in CBS Sports Network.

Following the CBS Sports Network telecasts in the US, the SCORE races air worldwide in over 100 countries through international distribution.

Following are the air dates for the debut of the remaining 2014 SCORE shows on the CBS Sports Network…

  • Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the city of Imperial (Sunday, Nov. 2, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 qualifying from Las Vegas Motor Speedway/SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience (Sunday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. ET)
  • Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (Sunday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. ET)

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

VERY FAN-FRIENDLY

SCORE has developed plans with the staff of Coyne Powersports Motorplex to create fan-friendly spectator areas around the entire perimeter of the racecourse as well as the start/finish line area off of Wheeler Road north of Plaster City.

Surrounding the entire Coyne Powersports Motorplex is Southern California’s massive Superstition Mountain/Plaster City OHV use area. This OHV recreational area will provide event spectators the opportunity to enjoy the entire race weekend with overnight camping and off-road vehicle use (allowed under normal BLM restrictions in the OHV recreation use area.)

SCORE DirtLive HD ON-SITE

The Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the city of Imperial, Calif. will include live internet coverage for three days on SCORE DirtLive HD platform from pre-race festivities as well as internet coverage from the start/finish line area at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex.

SCORE SPONSORS…

Official Sponsors: Tecate Beer-Official Beer/Official Race Sponsor, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Rigid Industries LED Lighting-Official Lights/Official Race Sponsor, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, Polaris-Official UTV, Volaris Airlines-Official Airline, CBS Sports Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions- Official Arrive and Drive Company, Coca-Cola-Official Soft Drink, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino, Hotel Coral and Marina-Official Hotel.

Associate Sponsors: SatellitePhoneStore.com and Symons Ambulance Company.

Additional SCORE Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Visit Baja California Sur, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Mexicali Ayuntamineto, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, GoPro, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, visit http://www.score-international.com.

RIGID INDUSTRIES

Thanks to its unparalleled patented Hybrid, Specter and Hyperspot optics and its torture-tested housings, Rigid Industries is a world leader in the forward projecting LED lighting industry. Rigid Industries ranked 150th on the Inc. 500 list for 2013 and ranked as the fastest growing LED lighting manufacturer in America. Rigid LED lighting products can be used in a plethora of applications across industries such as: agriculture, construction, emergency response, industrial, marine, military, mining, and, of course, off-road and power sports.

Rigid Industries is committed to providing top-notch innovative technologies and always guarantees a quality product which has been designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA. For more information visit http://www.rigidindustries.com or follow the company on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

 

19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge

Presented by the city of Imperial, Calif.

September 25-28, 2014—Plaster City, Calif.

Total Entries: 70 (as of 9/09/14)

(from 12 U.S. States; Austria, Denmark, Germany, Mexico)

(By starting order within class)

Pro Cars & Trucks

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (15)

21 Gus Vildosola Jr

63 Adam Bosch

18 Juan C. Lopez

7 Steven Eugenio

38 Eric Hustead

15 Armin Schwarz

56 Brandon Arthur

5 Clyde Stacy

8 Fidel Galindo

34 Ken Losch

16 Cameron Steele

72 Robert Acer

1 B.J. Baldwin

11 Rob MacCachren

59 Craig Potts

 

CLASS 1 (5)

100 Cody Parkhouse

169 Nick Mills

184 Kent Kroeker

104 Rob Archibald

101 Justin Matney

 

CLASS 1/2-1600 (8)

1630 Kevin Smith

1606 Ruben Sanudo

1636 Christian Celaya

1639 Alan Ampudia

1607 Mario Gastelum

1615 Jesus Velez

1608 Rob Archibald-2nd RS

1625 Eric Sheetz-1st RS

 

CLASS 3 (1)

300 Donald Moss

 

CLASS 5 (1)

509 Jose Lopez

 

CLASS 5-1600 (2)

569 Donald Harper

595 Stu Hersey

 

CLASS 7 (1)

700 Dan Chamlee

 

CLASS 7SX (1)

758 Ricardo Vindiola

 

CLASS 8 (2)

824 Mike Meeks

807 Noah Ostanik

 

CLASS 10 (6)

1062 J.J. Schnarr

1085 Justin Davis

1068 Cody Reid

1006 Mike Lawrence

1002 Mark Lawrence

1031 Mike Johnson

 

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (6)

842 Taylor Mills

851 Mitch Edgmon

848 Billy Wilson

872 Jonathan Brenthel

871 Larry Connor

844 Eduardo Laguna

 

HEAVY METAL (1)

8036 Carlos Fonseca

 

CLASS 19 (5)

1917 Derek Murray

1905 Marc Burnett

1920 John Angal

1944 Scott Estes

1932 Matt Parks

 

Pro Motorcycles

OPEN M/C (2)

4x Ricky Brabec

1x Colton Udall

 

LIMITED M/C (2)

110x Thomas Harris

125x Fernando Beltran

 

CLASS 40 (2)

410x Giovanni Spinali

403x Oscar Fazz

 

CLASS 50 (1)

510x Earl Roberts

 

SCORE IRONMAN (1)

702x Tony Gera

 

Pro ATVs

Pro ATV (1)

14a Gabriel Rascon

 

Sportsman

SPT BUGGY (1)

1515 Derek Fletcher

 

SPT UNLIMITED TRUCK (1)

1444 Jim Bunn

 

SPT LIMITED TRUCK (1)

2014 Todd Richards

 

RISDC SPT STOCK UTV (1)

1991 Chase Warren

 

SPT ATV (3)

135 Anthony Frank

112a Oscar Ruiz

140a Don Higbee

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