Saturday, August 23, 2008

Vegas 2 Reno Photo Update

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Durka Radio

Head over to today around 1pm to hear my interview on the Durka European Tour on the Matt Burkett Radio Show.

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Vegas 2 Reno Coverage Starts Thursday!

Stay tuned Thursday-Saturday for photo updates from the BITD Vegas 2 Reno race. Time Trials are early am Thurs and there should be some photos up by late morning.

Collins Adds Herbst to Team Mopar for TSCO Vegas-to-Reno Race

Team Mopar driver Brian Collins has three consecutive podium finishes in his number 12 Mopar Dodge Ram Trick Truck, including March wins at the SCORE San Felipe 250 and SNORE Mint 400. After more than a two-month layoff, Collins has enlisted Herbst Racing's Troy Herbst to be his co-driver in an attempt to keep Team Mopar's hot streak alive at the Best in The Desert TSCO “Vegas to Reno”off-road race on Friday, August 22.

Collins turned to Herbst after Chuck Hovey, Collins’ regular off-road teammate, decided to compete in the race in his own Class 1500 ride. The Collins/Herbst duo will compete in the Class 1400 Trick Truck division. Herbst is a member of the famed Herbst off-road racing clan.

“The Mopar Collins Motorsports team is really excited that Troy [Herbst] is driving with us,” Collins said. “It’s awesome because my dad and Jerry [Herbst] used to race together. Troy’s a phenomenal racer. He’s asked me for about the last 10 years to drive with him. I don’t know why I didn’t. I guess I didn’t want to be his downfall. He’s a great driver and great competitor, and he’s really looking forward to it. He’s been on a bit of a sabbatical from off-road racing and has been focusing on CORR racing. It’s going to be fun to have him return to off-road with us.”

Collins added, “The Mopar Dodge truck’s running great. Troy has driven it a few times, and we’re looking really good. The race organizers have cut the first 60-some miles out of the track here, which is going to make it tough, because those first 60 miles had some great spots for passing. It’s going to be very hard to pass now. It’s going to be almost like a NASCAR race. You’re going to have to pass people on good pit stops. We’re just waiting for the green flag to drop. We’re good to go.”

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” Best in The Desert race
The TSCO “Vegas to Reno” Best in The Desert race is billed as the longest off-road race in the U.S. [457-mile course]. Time trials to determine Friday’s starting order will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6 a.m. Race day is scheduled for Friday, August 22 — with the first Pro Truck set to leave the start line at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit

70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Originally used in the 1920s, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It was also widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s – the muscle car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “Special Parts” for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Today, Chrysler LLC’s Global Service & Parts division is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to Chrysler Engineering standards.

Visit Chrysler’s Media Services Web site at for additional Chrysler and Mopar news. For additional information about Mopar, log on to or

Monday, August 18, 2008

FULL CIRCLE -- Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts -- The Legend Lives On -- Accepted to the Temecula Valley International Film Festival -- Sept 17-21 2008

Wildomar, California. Racing For Life announces today that the feature length film, titled “Full Circle –Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts – The Legend Lives On”, has been formally accepted to participate in the 14th annual Temecula Valley Film ande Music Festival. The festival, to be held at the Tower Plaza Cinema Complex from September 17-21, 2008 in Temecula, California, is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Filmmakers and Musicians from across America and around the globe have come to Temecula every September since 1995 to participate and enjoy in the celebration of the two most influential, most enduring, most entertaining art forms and commerce of: FILM AND MUSIC. Attendance has grown from 600 in 1995 to 14,000 in 2007. The film will premiere on the big screen at 5 PM on Saturday, September 20.

Members of The Racing For Life Offroad Team and Pinned TV filmmakers, Fred Helm, Director, and Mike Badami and Rob Robertson, Producers will host the special showing on the big screen for the general public. The official showing time and date will be announced shortly during the four-day festival.

In 1967, an idea for a desert race down the Baja Peninsula came together. Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts entered that first year, and against impossible odds rode a nearly stock Husqvarna to victory in the first ever Baja 1000. 40 years later, Malcolm and JN team up again, leading the Racing For Life Offroad Team in the 2007 Baja 1000 aboard a Husqvarna TC510...and things rarely go as planned in the Baja 1000.

You'll hear Malcolm and JN tell the stories of that first ever Baja 1000, (then called the Mexican 1000), and you'll ride along with the Racing For Life Offroad Team as they attempt the most grueling off road race in the world. You'll travel to Las Vegas and see both the original Husky and the Julia Lynn II, the Husqvarna TC510 ridden by Malcolm and JN auctioned off at the world's premiere vintage motorcycle auction. Catch a peek at the new Malcolm Smith Motorsports facility, JN's private ranch, and a visit to The El Oasis Orphanage in Baja. We talk with off road legends like Johnny Campbell, Sal Fish, John Barnes and Dick Hansen.

Malcolm Smith and JN Roberts have truly come Full Circle, a full four decades after the world's first Baja 1000.

For more information, please contact:

Jim Filanc

Racing For Life


new Race Series

DRIVE Off-Road Racing will take desert racing in Plaster City, CA to a new Level!


DRIVE Racing, El Centro, CA
Contact: Jon Schleif, President 760-419-6384

Aug 15, 2008

El Centro, CA – A new era of off-road desert racing in the Imperial Valley will begin in Jan of 2009. DRIVE Racing will hold a full season of racing in the Plaster City, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area. Truck and buggy racers will now have a second option for a race promoter in this popular racing area. Located only 1 ½ hours East from San Diego, CA, and 1 hour West of Yuma, AZ, Plaster City is fun and easy to access for hundreds of off road racing teams. The new race series will be “racer-centered”, providing racer friendly courses and environment. All “standard” racing classes will be incorporated, featuring new-upcoming classes including TROPHYLITE.

The new series will features six races (5-points races) will begin in Jan 2009. DRIVE’s mission is safe, professional, fun, and fair “Grass-Roots” Desert Racing. The DRIVE team has years of experience in the desert racing environment through volunteering for various desert race series. When asked how the DRIVE series will stand-out from the crowd, DRIVE President Jon Schleif had this to say, “We have planned a sustainable race series…it (racing in Plaster City) is about more than just showing up and collecting money…a promoter has to be truly involved in the Imperial Valley Off-Highway community and join the fight to keep our OHV areas open”. DRIVE VP Doug Wasser went on to say, “The race courses will be painstakingly marked, there will be no confusion on where to go”. DRIVE will offer contingency as well as class bonuses for large class turnouts.

DRIVE racing is currently seeking race and contingency sponsors for the 2009 season. DRIVE would also like to welcome upcoming racing classes to become part of the 2009 DRIVE series. DRIVE also encourages race-class representatives to contact us and help establish a Competition Review Board (CRB) and class rep. group. For more information, contact Jon Schleif at for more information. The DRIVE website is under construction…and will be up and running soon!

REEVES Racing - Jacume 2008 Race Report

Encinitas, Ca. (August 6, 2008) – REEVES Racing took their recently completed Ford Ranger to Baja for its first wide open test, but a great race result is just part of the story...

The CODE Jacume race is annual favorite in memory of its founder “FUD.” The race, rich in heritage, is run in two heats of 3 laps each over a technical 21.5 mile loop, draws large crowds and is considered the “Laughlin” of northern Baja. Race Contingency, Start / Finish, The “Jacume” Leap, and the main pits are located in the beautiful Rancho Culpable 20 miles east of Tecate. See the Photos below and more excellent photos by Hermes Angeles here.

First - a Close Call / Lesson Learned

After taking the Checkered Flag first in the competitive 1800 Sportsman Truck class, Cameron Reeves (22), builder and driver of record of the #1803, was flagged off the course at the road crossing. Mistakenly thinking that the course was closed / clear, he drove through the open staging area and crossed the course into the pit; just as Javier Robles in the #107 passed through at Mach 5. Although Javier skillfully scrubbed speed to minimize impact and avoid what could have been a very serious accident, he did assist the #1803 with an unforgettable 180° two wheel reverse pit entry! We are very grateful that there were no injuries, only minor damages, and Robles was at least able to continue his lap.

Our team went directly to Robles pit to check on his car and apologize. We also discussed the incident with CODE officials, who strive to make their races safe. Cameron is certainly his own harshest critic, and has learned from this close call.

A Great Sportsman

A post race phone conversation with Javier confirmed that not only is he a great racer and supporter of the CODE Series, but more importantly, a true gentleman. A veteran racing champion, Javier understood that the accident was unintentional, graciously accepted our apology, declined payment for minor damages to his car, and agreed to a handshake and a cold one after the next race (Javier was racing for the overall after winning his morning heat, leads the 2008 CODE Series in Class 1, won of 3 of last 4 Jacume Races in Class 10 and Javier Jr. won class 10 this year!). REEVES Racing is humbled and inspired by Javier’s sportsmanship and goodwill under these circumstances.

Additional action has been taken by REEVES Racing; that while in no way will make up for interfering with Robles Seniors’ race, demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibility in this incident and as desert racers, as well as friendships above AND below the border.

The Race

Perry McNeil Sr. took the green flag first off the line in the #1803, with Cameron riding shotgun. Perry, a 4 time Baja 1000 winner, had a real challenge on his hands. He had no seat time our unproven truck and race Favorite Jorge Rives in the #1801 and 8 other very competitive trucks charging off the line behind our Giant Motorsports long travel leaf spring Ranger. Thirty minutes later Perry came flying through the main pit first in class, on his way to winning the heat and posting the fastest heat time (1800’s) for the race, 1 Hr. 31 Min., 42.4 MPH (Jacume Results).

Prep for the afternoon heat was minimal - gas, ck. lugs / tire pressure, fluids, torque bead locks. Cameron took the green 2nd behind the #1801 “El Terrible” (inverted start). Pushing hard to run down Rivas and hit Perry’s marks, he blew the 90* lefthander ~RM6 on lap 1 and high centered the truck (15+ mi. down time). Back on the course (thanks silver F250!), Cam put the hammer down, found his rhythm, and turned in a great (net) time. After a blistering 29 Min. / 44 MPH first lap, Rivas (a great competitor, current points leader and winner of 2 of the last 3 Jacume races), suffered a race ending mechanical, and Cameron put the #1801 REEVES Racing Ford Ranger on top of the podium for good. The truck performed flawlessly race day and was the only vehicle in class to complete all 6 laps. Congratulations also to Kyle Bonamo, #1847, and Ramon Guerrero, #1849, for podium finishes.

A few thanks:

* Any CODE race is a good race, JACUME is a GREAT RACE! Thank you Joaquin, Alfonso, Irma, the “Tech Dudes,” Tom and Bill and the Entire CODE Team, and event sponsor, ORW.

* Thanks to Rancho Culpable for hosting the race, and the great Tamales and Hamburguesas!

* To Perry McNeil Sr. for helping our family get started in desert racing almost 10 years ago, and helping us take the win at Jacume!

* To all our friends in Baja for sharing your country, sport and friendship with us…, it felt GREAT to be back in Baja after missing ’07!

Look for the REEVES Racing at the MDR California 200 night race in Lucerne Valley August 16th, the Bud Light Dash New Years, and hopefully the MORE Powder Puff Race in October.

REEVES Racing, made up of family and friends, competes in the Sportsman Truck class in CODE and MDR series and thanks our major sponsors, Perry’s Fab n Fiber / McNeil Racing Inc., Giant Motorsports, Dan Hewitt Welding, Barnes Fabrication, Desert Specialties, Nology, Ron Francis Wiring, Lyons Muffler, Armor-Craft, BF Goodrich, and many others (another story!).

SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 FACT SHEET


SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300


13th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 Desert Race

Round 4, of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series


Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2008


Primm, Nevada (Nevada/California border, 45 miles South of Las Vegas)


Nearly 150 entries (11 States, Canada, Mexico and Germany)


TOTAL MILEAGE: 288 miles. (Four Laps of 72.0 miles each)

4 visual Checkpoints, plus Start/Finish. Clockwise travel on east side of Interstate 15.

NOTE: Classes 5, 5/1600, 7, 7S, 7SX, 8, and Protruck will race 3 laps: 216 miles.

Classes 3, 9, 11, Stock Full, Stock Mini, SPT Trk, SPT Car will race 2 laps: 144 miles.


FRIDAY, Sept. 5 (all times PDT)—

Reconnaissance Ride, directly behind Buffalo Bill’s, 8a.m.

Driver Registration –Terrible’s Primm Valley Conference Center, 10a.m.-5p.m.

Media Registration –Terrible’s Primm Valley Conference Center, 10a.m.-6p.m.

Contingency Row & Pre-Race Tech, behind Buffalo Bill’s, 10a.m.-5p.m.

Mandatory Driver’s Meeting-Terrible’s Primm Valley Conference Center, 7p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 6 (all times PDT)

Posting of Unofficial Results-Media Center (Start/Finish Line), all day long

Competition Review Board-Start/Finish line, Group A-3p.m., Group B-9p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 7 (all times PDT)

Awards Celebration-Terrible’s Primm Valley Conference Center 10a.m.


Start/Finish line, behind north side of Buffalo Bill’s


SATURDAY, Sept. 6 (all times PDT)

Late Registration & Tech-Start/Finish Line, 5a.m.

RACE STARTS: Start/Finish line, behind north side of Buffalo Bill’s

GROUP A, 6 a.m. (One vehicle every :30 seconds, 7 hour time limit):

4 Laps--Class 10, SCORE Lite, Class 1-2/1600

3 Laps--Class 5, Class 5/1600, Class 7SX

2 Laps—Stock Full, Stock Mini, Class 9, Class 3, SPT Truck, SPT Car, Class 11

GROUP B, 1 p.m. (One vehicle every :30 seconds, 7 hour time limit):

4 Laps--SCORE Trophy-Truck, Class 1; 3 Laps--Class 8, Protruck, Class 7


Sanctioned and produced by SCORE International-Los Angeles

President and CEO--Sal Fish; Vice-Pres.—Paul Fish; Administration--Sue Johnson


SCORE requires that special ‘black boxes’ are mandatory on all entries. IRC provides the ‘Black Boxes’ and tracking of each vehicles’ GPS data along with vehicle speed.


Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Sunoco Race Fuels/Bryant Petroleum-official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant, and Red Bull-official energy drink. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, Kartek Off-Road, American Suzuki, SignPros, Fideicomiso, Proturismo de Ensenada, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products, and Advanced Color Graphics.


Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc. and Terrible’s Resorts-Primm.


SCORE Trophy-Truck: 1 Mark Post/Rob MacCachren, 97 B.J. Baldwin, 12 Brian

Collins/Chuck Hovey, 38 Garron Cadiente, 2 Pete Sohren, 16 Cameron Steele, 96 Bobby

Baldwin, 85 Todd Wyllie, 35 Robbie Pierce, 84 Nick Vanderwey, 22 Damen Jefferies, 8

Roger Norman/Larry Roeseler, 7 Scott Steinberger/Mike Childress, 91 Bill McBeath, 60

Mike Voudouris;

Class 1: Pat Dean, B.J. Richardson, Chuck Dempsey, Luis Ramirez Jr., Armin Schwarz/Martin Christensen, Billy/Dave Gasper, Ronny Wilson, Randy Wilson, Dale Ebberts/Brad Etter, Eric Chase, Harley Letner, Armin Kremer/Adam Pfankuch

Class 1-2/1600: Adam Pfankuch, Cory Boyer, Dave Caspino, Steven Eugenio;

Class 3: Donald Moss; Class 5: Kevin Carr; Class 5/1600: Marcos Nunez, Raul Solano, Jose Montoya, Ernie Negrete; Class 7: Dan Chamlee, A.J. Rodriguez;

Class 7SX: Heidi Steele; Class 10: Bekki Wik/Adam Wik, Mark/C.J. Hutchins, Adam Ashcraft, Robert McBeath;

SCORE Lite: Tom Watson/Tim Noe, Rick St. John, Steve Mamer, Lee Banning, Bill Hernquist, Brian Burgess;

Stock Full: Chad Hall, Clyde Stacy; Stock Mini: Rod Hall


With nearly 150 entries the 2008 SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 Desert Race features18 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks. Class winners will be determined along with the overall race winner, based on elapsted-time:

SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)

CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)

CLASS 1-2/1600 (single or two-seaters to 1600cc)

CLASS 3 (Short wheelbase 4X4)

CLASS 5 (Unlimited Baja Bugs)

CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc Baja Bugs)

CLASS 7 (Open mini trucks)

CLASS 7S (Stock mini trucks)

CLASS 7SX (Modified, Stock mini trucks)

CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)

CLASS 9 (Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)

CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)

SCORE LITE (Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)

CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)

STOCK FULL (Stock full-sized trucks)

STOCK MINI (Stock mini trucks)

PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)


This race offers ONE designated spectator area, as mandated by the Bureau of Land Management –The start/finish line behind Buffalo Bills--adjacent to the Main Pits


1996—Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

1997—Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, CA, Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

1998—Ed Herbst/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, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

2001—Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)

2002—Mike Julson, Santee, Calif./Bob Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)

2003—Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

2004—Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

2005—Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck

2006—Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck

2007—Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck


SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK—Brian Collins,Rob MacCachren,B.J. Baldwin,Bill McBeath;

CLASS 1—Pat Dean, B.J. Richardson; CLASS 1-2/1600—Aaron Hawley/Bryan Freeman; CLASS 10—Bekki/Adam Wik, Mark/C.J. Hutchins, Robert McBeath;

LAST YEAR’S TOP FINISHERS: 183 Starters, 84 Finishers

Overall--1. Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

2. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

3. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

4. Larry Roeseler, Hesperia, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas,Smithbuilt-Ford(CLASS 1)

5. Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

6. Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

7. Chris Robinson/Michael Robinson, Riverside, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)

8. Harley Letner/Kory Halopoff, Orange, Calif., Tatum-Chevy (Class 1)

9. Eric Chase/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy (Class 1)

10. Armin Schwarz/Matthias Kahle, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW (Class 1)


Race Day--Start/Finish line area.


Dominic Clark, SCORE Media Director, 702.735.7123

On-site—Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort, 702.382.1212


Located 45 miles south of Las Vegas on the Nevada/California border,Primm, Nevada boasts three hotel/casino resorts: Primm Valley Resort , Buffalo Bill’s and Whiskey Petes with a combined total of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, the Fashion Outlet Mall with 100 retailers and the Primm Valley Championship Golf Course. The area received official name designation of Primm in October of 1996. Herbst Gaming took over ownership of the resorts in April of 2007.

SCORE Primm 300 Draw Results

Round 4 of 2008 SCORE Desert Series

Bill Varnes draws first start in SCORE Trophy-Truck

For next month’s 13th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300

SCORE’s 35th season continues Sept. 5-7 with nearly 150 entries

Expected in 18 Pro & 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks

LOS ANGELES—Noted chassis builder Bill Varnes of Santee, Calif., has drawn the first starting position in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the computerized drawing for start positions for next month’s 13th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race. Round 4 of the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series will be held Sept. 5-7 in Primm, Nev.

In a sport where there is no qualifying or open pre-running (in the U.S.), the drawing for start positions has added significance and Varnes’ No. 74 MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck was selected randomly in Friday’s computerized drawing at the SCORE Int’l headquarters in Los Angeles.

The 13th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 will feature 18 Pro and 2 Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in Primm, located 45 miles south of Las Vegas at the California border. This year’s starting grid is expected to reach nearly vehicles. Late entries will be accepted up until race morning.

For the seventh consecutive year, the race will be split into two groups with the open wheel, slower truck and VW baja bug classes starting at 6 a.m. The faster truck classes, including the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division along with the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel desert race cars, will start at 1 p.m. One vehicle will start every 30 seconds in the elapsed-time race.

The main pits and start/finish area for the 72.0-mile loop course will be located behind Buffalo Bills Resort on the North side of the property. The faster classes will run four laps around the course while the slower ones will be required to run either three or two laps within the seven-hour time limit to become official finishers.

A total of 19 SCORE Trophy-Trucks, were entered in time for the start draw, and the high-tech, 800-horsepower unlimited production trucks will lead the afternoon group into the Southern Nevada desert.

The first vehicle to leave the start line in the morning portion of the event will be Class 10 vehicle driven by the Las Vegas team of Michael Wichmann/Rick Lance, in a Volkswagen-powered Chenowth open-wheel desert race car.

Seven of last year’s 16 class winners have entered so far, including four of last year’s top five overall finishers.

“This should be fun, but I’m glad I know how to move over in the desert,” said Varnes, 61, who owns the Mirage chassis manufacturing company. “These SCORE Trophy-Trucks are incredible racing machines and I am looking forward to being behind the wheel of one in a SCORE race. There are some really fast trucks and Class 1 cars behind me and I will have no problem pulling over for them. But they have to catch me first.”

Varnes’ co-driver for the race will be Dan Fogle, 50, of Palmdale, Calif.

Starting behind the 19 SCORE Trophy-Trucks will be the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars, which also had 19 entries in the start draw. In the first 12 years of the SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300, SCORE Trophy-Trucks have eight Overall race wins while Class 1 has four. SCORE Trophy-Trucks have won five straight overall titles.

Drawing the first starting spot in Class 1 was the All-German Auto team of World Rally Championship veteran Armin Schwarz of Germany and Martin Christensen of Escondido, Calif. in the No. 101 BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car. Class 1 winners in this year’s Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 in March, the Schwarz/Christensen team is currently fifth in Class 1 season points.

Eric Solorzano, Tijuana, Mexico, has the most class wins in the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300. Solorzano has won Class 11 in eight of the first 12 years of this race in a VW Sedan. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., is third on the all-time list with five Class 3 wins in a Ford Bronco, including the last four straight years.

Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., returns as the defending overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck winner in the No. 38 G&R Racing Ford F-150 and he drew the 17th starting position in the class.

Behind SCORE Trophy-Truck and Class 1 (19 entries each), the classes with the most entries in time for the drawing were: SCORE Lite (13) and Class 1-2/1600 (12).

The highly-competitive 2008 SCORE Desert Series has 20 racers separated by just 48 points in the Overall standings after the 14th SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, 22nd Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 and 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert races.

Among the other racers drawing first starting positions for this race is Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif, who will lead Class 1-2/1600 in the No. 1601 1600cc Mirage-VW. Pfankuch, who has won his class twice this season, leads not only his class, but is the 2008 SCORE Overall point leader after the first three races of the season.

Pre-race festivities on Friday, Sept. 5, for the SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300, including tech and contingency and the SCORE Manufacturer’s Midway, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind Buffalo Bill’s Resort. The post-race awards celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 7) in the conference center at Terrible’s Primm Valley Resort.

The 2008 SCORE Desert Series also includes the chase for the $20,000 Volkswagen Point Leader Bonus and the run for the Toyota Milestone Awards for car and truck racers who complete every required mile of the season.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are: BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Sunoco Race Fuels -official fuel supplier, Bilstein-official shock, Volkswagen of America-official vehicle, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance-official Mexican auto insurance, Slime-official tire sealant, Red Bull--official energy drink and Bosch Power Tools-official power tool. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Las Vegas Events, Terrible Herbst Inc., Blue C Enthusiast Advertising, Kartek Off-Road, American Suzuki, SignPros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.

Co-title sponsors for the 13th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 are Las Vegas Events and Terrible Herbst Inc.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2007 SCORE Desert Series at

13th Annual SCORE Terribles Primm 300

Sept. 5-7 -- Primm, Nevada

Official Entries-105 (as of 8/9/08)

(From 11 States, Canada, Mexico and Germany)

(Starting Order, By Class)


74 Bill Varnes

2 Pete Sohren

16 Cameron Steele

50 Jason McNeil

1 Mark Post

91 Bill McBeath

8 Roger Norman

84 Nick Vanderwey

7 Scott Steinberger

96 Bobby Baldwin

22 Damen Jefferies

97 B.J. Baldwin

85 Todd Wyllie

60 Mike Voudouris

93 Robby Fallers

12 Brian Collins

38 Garron Cadiente

44 Adam Householder

35 Robbie Pierce

CLASS 1 (19)

101 Armin Schwarz

102 Dale Lenk

103 B.J. Richardson

104 Chuck Dempsey

105 Ronny Wilson

106 Steve Sourapas

107 Kory Halopoff

108 Brian Parkhouse

109 Richard Boyle

100 Billy Gasper

111 Terry Householder

112 Harley Letner

113 Guy Peterson

114 Randy Wilson

115 Dale Ebberts

116 Pat Dean

117 Luis Ramirez Jr.

118 Eric Chase

119 Armin Kremer

CLASS 1-2/1600 (12)

1601 Adam Pfankuch

1602 Brian Wilson

1603 Brad Wilson

1604 Cory Boyer

1600 David Caspino

1606 Hiram Duran

1607 Matthew Niles

1608 Hector Garcia

1609 Aaron Hawley

1610 Steven Eugenio

1611 Arturo Velazco

1612 Kevin Smith

CLASS 3 (2)

301 Donald Moss

302 Daniel Wright

CLASS 5 (1)

501 Kevin Carr

CLASS 5/1600 (9)

551 Enrique Zazueta Jr.

552 Alonso Angulo

553 Raul Solano

554 Tommy Craft

555 Trevor Anderson

556 Ernie Negrete

577 Saul Garcia

578 Jose Montoya

579 Marcos Nunez

CLASS 7 (3)

700 Dan Chamlee

701 Brandon Walsh

719 A.J. Rodriguez


741 Heidi Steele

742 Rodd Fantelli

743 Aaron Gomez

CLASS 8 (1)

801 Noah Ostanik

CLASS 10 (9)

1001 Michael Wichmann

1002 Bekki Wik

1003 Tito Robles

1004 Adam Ashcraft

1005 Robert McBeath

1006 Jeremy James

1007 Mark Hutchins

1008 Ken Tapert

1009 Mike Lawrence


1201 Daniel Folts

1202 David Callaway

1200 Tom Watson

1204 Perry McNeil

1205 Mike Sandoval

1206 Steve Mamer

1207 Brian Burgess

1208 Mike Williams

1209 Lee Banning

1210 Rick St. John

1211 John Padgett

1212 Bill Hernquist

1213 Gary Johnson

CLASS 11 (1)

1149 Eric Solorzano


861 Justin Matney

862 Chad Hall

879 Clyde Stacy


760 Rod Hall

779 Steve Kovach


233 Max Post


1400 Peter Lang


1501 Jeff Stowers

1500 Keith Growe

1503 Nick Tonelli

1504 Joe Aguayo

1505 Kyle Caso

1506 Bob Land


Newport Beach, CA (August 17, 2008)—Round 10 of the 2008 Championship Off Road Racing Season gave fans a day full of racing action as black flags came out in both the Pro 4 and Pro Lite races. Amsoil/Kumho’s Scott Douglas, Papas & Beer’s Rodrigo Ampudia, and Rockstar/BFGoodrich’s Rob MacCachren all came out on top in each of their classes.

In the Pro 2 class, Team Red Bull’s Ricky Johnson jumped out front with a commanding 5.4 second lead coming into the mandatory caution. A right rear brake fire took Johnson to the hot pits after the yellow, ending his chance at the win. Having started in seventh position Rob MacCachren in his Menzies Motorsports’ prepared Pro 2 quickly worked his way up the pack and took advantage of Johnson’s loss taking the lead and winning the race. Rockstar/Makita’s Todd LeDuc finished in second, and the Lucas Oil/Skyjacker truck of Carl Renezeder took third. This was MacCachren’s second Pro 2 win of the weekend.

In a thrilling and controversial Pro 4 race, Fabtech/Toyota’s Rick Huseman took the lead from pole sitter Curt LeDuc in lap two. Huseman led the race with a large lead. The mandatory caution closed up the gap and put the Lucas Oil/Skyjacker truck of Carl Renezeder hot on his tail in second position. On lap 13, Renezeder attempted the pass on the inside but was unsuccessful. Next, Renezeder took the outside of turn three and got around Huseman. The two battled it out until Huseman got into Renezeder coming out of the bowl, as he was preparing for the turn. Renezeder spun and Huseman was black flagged causing him to fall to the back of the pack. Rockstar/Makita’s Kyle LeDuc, found himself in the lead for the first half of lap 15, until he pulled off with problems with his rear drive shaft. Next in line, Rockstar/Makita’s Curt LeDuc moved into first position and battled for the spot with Renezeder who had worked his way back up. In lap 16, Renezeder once again saw contact when LeDuc got into him pushing him out, warranting a black flag for LeDuc. Gaining on them Amsoil/Kumho’s Scott Douglas took the open window and passed Renezeder for the lead and the win. Red Bull/Bosch Power Tools’ Steve Barlow also made the pass securing second position. Renezeder rounded out the podium in third.

The Kolpin/Maxxis truck of Marty Hart dominated the Pro Lite race with a commanding lead through lap 13. Rodrigo Ampudia and Ready Lift Suspension’s Robert Naughton gained on Hart closing the gap. The three battled. Then in turn four of lap 14, Hart, Ampudia, and Naughton entered the bowl three wide and exited with Ampudia out in front, Hart in second, Naughton in third. Hart then spun out in the next lap, giving up the second spot to Naughton. With Naughton hot on his heals Ampudia held his position to take his first Pro Lite win of the season. Naughton finished in second and Hart took third.

Chad George won the UTV race with a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Curt Geer won his first race of the season in the Single Buggy race, and Dale Dondel clenched his first win in the Pro Buggy race.

Championship Off Road Racing™ brings high action, four-wheel motorsports including two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive trucks to the closed course off road arena. The 2008 Championship Off Road Racing race season includes eight events at tracks located in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV.