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Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge Swarmed With Wind, Dust and Competition.

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Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge Swarmed With Wind, Dust and Competition.

Article Credit: Dominic Clark
Photo Credit: SCORE International

The 19th Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge brought heavy winds, thick dust and fierce competition. The Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge kicked things off Thursday night with the Imperial Big Air Shootout. Hometown hero Jeff Dickerson claimed the title and set a record by flying his desert car 173 feet in the air.

Racing got underway Friday night and continued through late Sunday afternoon. The wicked weather caused the 2nd Trophy Truck heat to be postponed on Saturday night and was re-scheduled for an early Sunday morning start time.

After 89 total starters, from 15 different U.S. States and 5 countries raced their way through the 125.6 total mile desert landscape, the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge was completed.

Highlighted winners from the Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge included: 

SCORE Trophy Truck

1st – Steven Eugenio – (1st SCORE Trophy Truck race win)

2nd– Gus Vildosola Jr

3rd – B. J. Baldwin

Motorcycle

1st – Colton Udall – (second win of the season)

ATV

1st – Javier Robles Jr. – (third win of the season)

Class 1 Superlatives

1st – Cody Parkhouse – (second straight win)

2nd – Justin Lofton – NASCAR Truck Series driver

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IMPERIAL, Calif.—Using his home-desert experience in SoCal’s Imperial Valley to his advantage, Steven Eugenio captured the SCORE Trophy Truck victory Sunday in the two-segment 19th annual Rigid Industries SCORE Desert Challenge, presented by the City of Imperial, Calif.

With racing starting Friday night, all day and evening Saturday and concluding late Sunday afternoon, Eugenio covered the 94.2 miles run as 12 laps over a 7.85-mile course in one hour, 32 minutes and 38 seconds, averaging 61.01 miles per hour over the extremely dusty race course in his No. 7 Galindo Motorsports Chevy Silverado. For Eugenio, who has won in multiple classes in SCORE races, this was his first SCORE Trophy Truck race win.

Round 4 of the 2014 five-race SCORE World Desert Championship was split into multiple days with classes divided into groups as is typical with a SCORE Desert Challenge event. Each class (except SCORE Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec) ran two, eight-lap segments over a 7.85-mile course at the Coyne Powersports Motorplex near Plaster City, Calif. in Imperial Valley.

Because of safety and environment concerns because of the near zero-visibility with blowing dust across the racecourse and the speed of these trucks, SCORE race officials reduced the number of laps for SCORE Trophy Trucks to 12 and the Trophy Truck Spec class to 14 laps. All other classes ran their scheduled 16 laps split into two segments.

When the dust settled after the final group finished racing late Sunday afternoon there were 67 official finishers out of 89 official starters for a 75.28 finishing percentage.

With 15 starters in SCORE Trophy Truck, the marquee SCORE racing division for high-tech, 850 horsepower, unlimited production trucks, second in class was Mexico’s Gus Vildosola Jr of Mexicali in the No. 21 Vildosola Racing Branix Mexicana Logistics Ford Raptor who finished in 1:34:44. Completing the SCORE Trophy Truck podium in third place in class was Las Vegas’ B. J. Baldwin, who finished in 134:40 in the No. 1 Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado. Eugenio was the leader after the first segment of eight laps as well as at the finish.

Following his hometown victory, Eugenio said, “Our plan was to run hard but not push it more than we had to. This win gives us a lot of momentum going into the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and hopefully we can do well there. This is my first SCORE Trophy Truck win and we’ve been there all year and close but we’ve had some misfortunes.”

“Being back in my hometown, getting a SCORE Trophy Truck win here and proving that I can be on the top of the box is awesome. We never had a mistake out there today and we drove pretty hard through the dust. From start to finish we couldn’t see anything.”

Check out SCORE’s thank you to Rigid Industries for a great weekend!

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FIRST M/C & ATV

The fastest motorcycle was the No. 1x Honda CRF450X ridden by Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif., to a finishing time of 1:59:45 with an average speed of 62.93mph. It was his second win of the season.

The fastest overall ATV was ridden by the team led by Javier Robles Jr, Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico on a Honda TRX450R in a time of 2:17:47, averaging 54.70mph. His co-riders were Michael Cafro, Fallbrook, Calif., Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash. and Josh Row, El Cajon, Calif. It was his third win of the year.

CLASS 1 SUPERLATIVES

Defending season class champion Cody Parkhouse of Long Beach, Calif., defeated a talented group of seven starters to win the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars in their Chevy-powered Jimco, finishing the full 16 laps in 1:59:05 with an average speed of a race-high 63.28mph. Second in Class 1, just 24 seconds behind Parkhouse on corrected time was NASCAR Truck Series driver Justin Lofton of Brawley, Calif., who drove another Jimco-Chevy. It was the second straight win for Parkhouse.

THE UNBEATEN

Two motorcycle racers, remain undefeated after their fourth win in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship–Tony Gera, Santa Cruz, Calif. (SCORE Ironman, Honda XR650R) and Giovanni Spinali, Julian, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X).

THREE-TIMERS

In addition to Robles Jr, picking up their third win of the season in this race were Pete Sohren, Phoenix (Class 7, Ford Ranger) and Jose Lopez, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 5, VW Baja Bug).

TWO-TIME WINNERS

Besides Parkhouse, other racers winning their class for the second time in 2014 were Donald Harper, Palmdale, Calif. (Class 5-1600, VW Baja Bug), Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco), Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. (Class 3000, Mason-Chevy) and Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas (Class 30, Honda CRF450X).

FIRST TIMERS

Several racers won for the first time in 2014. Pacing the group was Justin Davis, Chino, Calif. who drove his FullPotential-Chevy to a winning time of 2:09:23 in the Class 10 (single or two seater to 1650cc). His average speed was 58.25mph. Davis normally races in the SCORE Trophy Truck class with his Rigid Industries green chrome wrapped machine.

Among the other first time 2014 winners were Mike Meeks, Marion, Texas, (Class 8, Dodge Ram SRT10), Taylor Mills, Corpus Christi, Texas (Trophy Truck Spec, Chevy Silverado), Mario Gastelum, El Centro, Calif. (Class 1/2-1600, Alfa-VW), Matt Parks, Newport Beach, Calif. (Class 19, Polaris RZR XP1000) and Thomas Harris, Torrance, Calif. (Limited M/C, Honda CRF250X).

RPM ROCKIN’ THE DESERT

Based in Bristol, Tenn., prominent RPM Racing had six entries in the starting grid for this race. At the finish, Justin Matney, 29, class 1 (fourth place), Clyde Stacy, 69, and SCORE Young Gun Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 19 of Tecate, Mexico, SCORE Trophy Truck (fourth) and Juan C. Lopez in SCORE Trophy Truck (dnf), Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va. in Sportsman Buggy (second) and Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va. SPT Unlimited Truck (first) and Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico in Trophy Truck Spec (second).

COYNE POWERSPORTS MOTORPLEX

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 a 7.85-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.

SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE

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.

UP NEXT

SCORE racers will now finish preparations for the SCORE World Desert Championship season finale at the legendary 47th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to be held Nov. 12-16. This year’s race will be a peninsula run of nearly 1,200 miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. 

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 airdates 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 DirectTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.

For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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 www.score-international.com.

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark

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