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Off-Road Race Results Baja 1000 Edition

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6:30 a.m., November 21, 2008 - The #2x motorcycle of Grant Steele roars off into the fog and the wilds of the Baja peninsula marking the beginning of the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.

This year's Baja 1000 attracted a total of 369 entries from 39 states and 24 different countries including the United States, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, and many more. The 41st Annual Baja 1000 covered a course made up of 631.35 miles of some of the most extreme and beautiful terrain the northern half of Baja California has to offer. The race started and finished on the Boulevard Costero in the heart of downtown Ensenada, Mexico, and this was the 34th time the race had started in Ensenada and the 19th time it has finished there too. Competitors were given a 31-hour time limit to complete the race and have an official finish. Of the 369 vehicles entered 347 of them took the green flag and of those only 227 (65.4 percent) survived the brutal Baja desert to see the checkered flag wave.

The 2008 Baja 1000 capped off another great SCORE season. A new champion was crowned, B.J. Baldwin, Rod Hall kept his record alive by competing all 41 Baja 1000's, Johnny Campbell captured his 11th overall win on a bike, and Volkswagen raced and finished with the first ever turbo diesel in the Trophy Truck class. 2008 truly was a year for the record books and we look forward to what the 2009 SCORE season and 2009 Baja 1000 have to bring!

2008 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Score Trophy Truck (Unlimited Production Trucks)The Trophy Truck class is considered by most to be the premier desert racing class. In this year's Baja 1000 there were 26 drivers who started the race in Trophy Truck and only 15 who finished. The winning team in Trophy Truck and Overall was the team of Trophy Truck rookie Roger Norman and veteran racer Larry Roeseler. Second across the line and clinching the 2008 Trophy Truck Championship was B.J. Baldwin. Other notable drivers such as Pete Sohren and Robby Gordon DNFed due to engine failure.

"This is the toughest and greatest race in the world and we were racing against the greatest desert racers in the world. I knew we had to have a flawless day to win and we did .... We're here and we have a team that won't quit and we made it to the finish line with all the body parts." - Roger Norman

"It was a tough day for me, driving the whole thing. It's not like a peninsula run. It's very rough. It's very technical .... We had an early flat tire and I had to play catch up the rest of the way. I was hoping to be out first by nightfall. At night, the air is thick and cold, and the dust just hangs there. And we had absolutely no wind all day. So the dust hung there. I had a hard time passing four-wheelers and motorcycle because of that element. Roger (Norman) and Larry (Roeseler) can have the 1000 win. We were racing for the championship." - B.J. Baldwin

"I think Volkswagen is freakin' awesome! We went the whole day with no punctures -- BFG was phenomenal. We just had a great day. It was the first race and we expected to have some adversity and we lost the clutch early, but we overcame it. It was such a team effort and I'm so happy. To come in with all this support that VW has, it's first-rate. We have big plans for the future and this is the first step for us. We finished the Baja 1000 and that was our goal and now we can work on performance and try to win one of these things."Mark Miller

Finishing Order
1. Roger Norman - Ford F-150 12 hours, 40 minutes, 33 seconds (49.81 mph average)
2. B.J. Baldwin - Chevy Silverado - 12:45:26
3. Chad Ragland - Toyota Tundra - 13:26:19
4. Mark Post - Ford F-150 - 13:31:11
5. Dan Friedkin - Toyota Tundra - 14:34:55
6. Justin Lofton - Chevy Silverado - 14:51:08
7. Robbie Pierce - Chevy Silverado - 15:30:45
8. Ron Whitton - Ford F-150 - 15:48:30
9. Bobby Baldwin - Chevy Silverado - 16:32:15
10. Damen Jefferies - Chevy Silverado - 16:42:47
11. Jason McNeil - Ford F-150 - 17:08:34
12. Cameron Steele - Cadillac Escalade - 17:19:15
13. Mark Miller - Volkswagen Baja Race Touareg TDI - 18:58:12
14. Greg Nunley - Chevy Silverado - 20:01:38
15. Scott Steinberger - Ford F-150 - 23:53:56

Class 1 (Unlimited Single Or Two-Seaters)
The Class 1 Buggy is the Trophy Trucks only natural predator. Creating nearly the same amount of horse power and being equipped with nearly the same amount of wheel travel these monster buggies are a sight to be seen. The first to the line in Class 1 in the 2008 Baja 1000 was driver Chuck Dempsey who finished first in Class 1 and 7th overall. But the real winner in this race was none other than B.J. Richardson who by finishing 9th in the Baja 1000 clinched the 2008 Score Class 1 Championship and the 2008 SCORE Overall Championship. Congrats B.J.!

"It was a good day. The race was awesome. John kept it out front all day and our whole crew did a great job at every pit... It was a matter of keeping everything together. We saw a lot of stuff broken down out there all the way in." - Chuck Dempsey

"Third is better than fourth. I'm just happy to be here at the finish line." - Ron Brant

"We broke down right at the start - the car caught on fire and burned up the alternator so we had to change that just a few miles into the race. After that, it was pretty much trouble-free other than a few flats. The whole car caught on fire so we had flames coming out of the back that matched (the flames painted on) the front. It (fourth place) could have been worse, that's for sure." - Rob Bruce

Finishing Order
1. Chuck Dempsey - Jefferies Chevy - 14:59:57 (42.09 mph average)
2. Harley Letner - Alpha Performance Chevy - 15:16:53
3. Ron Brant - Jimco Chevy - 15:28:15
4. Rob Bruce - Jefferies Chevy - 16:02:12
5. Brian Robinson - Jimco Chevy - 18:04:49
6. Luis Ramirez Jr. - Jefferies Chevy - 19:08:44
7. Josh Rigsby - Penhall Chevy - 19:25:31
8. Brian Parkhouse - Jimco Chevy - 20:05:09
9. B.J. Richardson - Bunderson Chevy - 20:31:25
10. Armin Schwarz - Jimco BMW - 22:38:26
(29 Starters, 10 Finishers)

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All Remaining 4-Wheel Classes
While the Trophy Truck and Class 1 drivers seem to get all the glory it is really these guys that are the true hero's of Baja. Some of the most exciting racing action takes place after the big dogs' dust has already settled.

"That's what racing Baja is all about -- we had no flat tires, we didn't even have to get out of the car. We only had one little problem right off the start in the dust when we got a little stuck for about eight minutes but after that, it was a clean run and we're here with a class win in Baja." - Darren Skilton #303

"This one's pretty tough to win but I think this one, you've got to learn how to win... That's win number seven - 13 more and maybe I can catch up with my dad. But I'm not sure my body is going to keep doing that." - Chad Hall #861

"This is our second Baja 1000 win... We were fast on the backside of the course. Ramon and I are very happy to win again. We had a good crowd of friends and family here." - Tomas Fernandez #1100

Class 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
1. Arnoldo Ramirez - Curry - 16:53:11 (37.39 mph average)
2. Arturo Velazco - Porter - 16:59:00
3. Dave Caspino - Lothringer - 18:07:49
4. Hiram Duran - Neth - 18:29:57
5. Cody Robinson - Curry - 20:12:25
(17 Starters, 13 Finishers)

Class 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)
1. Darren Skilton - Jeep Wrangler - 18:46:15 (33.63 mph average)
2. Donald Moss - Ford Bronco - 21:23:47
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)

Class 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)
1. Pietro Brassea - 18:17:37 (34.51 mph average)
2. Jim Anderson - 18:42:30
3. Kevin Carr - 19:08:18
4. Vince Wavra - 23:59:13
5. Carlos Albanez - 26:17:06
(6 Starters, 5 Finishers)

Class 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)
1. Marcos Nunez - 18:22:06 (34.37 mph average)
2. Mario Reynoso - 19:41:40
3. Ernie Negrete - 20:52:27
4. Pedro Athie - 22:11:25
5. Alonso Angulo - 27:04:18
(15 Starters, 6 Finishers)

Class 6 (Unlimited production mini trucks)
1. Marc Burnett - Ford Ranger - 27:02:31 (23.35 mph average)
(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)

Class 7 (Open mini trucks)
1. Guillermo Galvan - Ford Ranger - 21:16:25 (29.68 mph average)
2. Cesar Belloso - Ford Ranger - 23:10:02
3. Jose Canchola Jr - Ford Ranger - 25:23:56
4. Jose Gonzalez - Ford Ranger - 26:39:41
5. Dan Chamlee - Ford Ranger - 28:38:24
(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)

Class 7SX (Stock mini trucks)
1. John Holmes - Ford Ranger - 20:15:11 (31.17 mph average)
2. Heidi Steele - Ford Ranger - 20:27:38
3. Noe Sierra - Ford Ranger - 21:45:36
4. Rich Severson - Ford Ranger - 22:30:30
5. Rudy Suarez - Ford Ranger - 25:32:24
(11 Starters, 7 Finishers)

Class 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
1. Juan C. Lopez - Ford F-150 - 21:02:21 (30.01 mph average)
2. Cory Susag - Toyota Tundra - 24:57:05
3. Steve Olliges - Ford F-150 SVT Raptor - 25:28:10
4. Tom Bradley Sr - Chevy C1500 - 27:33:52
(9 Starters, 4 Finishers)

Class 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)
1. Cisco Bio - Tubular Design-VW - 21:51:40 (28.88 mph average)
2. Daniel Reyes Jr - Venegas - 24:48:37
3. Ulises Morquecho - Borm - 28:09:07
(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Class 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)
1. Lobsam Yee - Jimco Chevy - 15:50:30 (39.85 mph average)
2. Mark Hutchins - Kreger Honda - 17:13:54
3. Tito Robles - Jimco Honda - 17:18:10
4. Javier Robles - Jimco Honda - 18:17:45
5. Will Higman - Kreger Honda - 19:07:25
(11 Starters, 8 Finishers)

Score Lite (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
1. Rick St. John - Duvel - 17:13:15 (36.66 mph average)
2. Blaise Jackson - Meco - 18:59:10
3. Gary Johnson - Messick - 19:46:22
4. Matt Drever - Penhall - 20:43:47
5. Lee Banning - Foddrill - 21:58:08
(13 Starters, 8 Finishers)

Class 11 (Stock VW Sedans)
1. Ramon Fernandez - 24:46:36 (25.48 mph average)
2. Eric Solorzano - 25:28:40
3. Daniel Villa - 30:23:00
(5 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Stock Full (Stock, Full-sized trucks)
1. Chad Hall - Hummer H3Alpha - 19:22:47 (32.58 mph average)
2. Kent Kroeker - Dodge Ram2500 - 21:09:18
3. Josh Hall - Hummer H2SUT - 24:50:06
(5 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Stock MINI (Stock, mini trucks)
1. Gavin Skilton - Honda Ridgeline - 21:22:21 (29.54 mph average)
2. Rod Hall - Hummer H3 - 22:51:17
(4 Starters, 2 Finishers)

Protruck (Limited Production Trucks)
1. Jason Voss - Ford F-150 - 17:48:30 (35.45 mph average)
2. Jason Horsley - Chevy Silverado - 20:19:50
3. Gary Magness - Ford F-150 - 22:37:12
4. Nils Castillo - Chevy Silverado - 25:46:42
(4 Starters, 4 Finishers)

Class 17 (Identically equipped Jeep Cherokees)
1. Mike Shaffer - Jeep Cherokee - 23:13:34 (27.18 mph average)
2. Jason LaFortune - Jeep Cherokee - 25:07:00
3. Scott Watkins - Jeep XJ Cherokee - 28:01:40
(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)

Baja Challenge (Wide Open Baja touring cars with Subaru Engines)
1. Chris Kemp - 18:51:45 (33.47 mph average)
2. John McInnis III - 19:02:00
3. Mike Cassling - 20:07:10
4. Jay Culbertson - 20:18:05
5. Bill Weber - 20:36:35
(13 Starters, 13 Finishers)

Sportsman
Overall SPT CAR

1. Jerry Smith - Mirage-VW - 29:28:10 (21.42 mph average)
(4 Starters, 1 Finisher)

Overall SPT TRUCK
1. Bob Land - Jeep Cherokee - 24:50:39 (25.41 mph average)
(6 Starters, 1 Finisher)

Overall SPT UTV (600cc, 4-2h33l utility vehicles)
1. Jim Creagan - Arctic Cat Prowler - 27:57:20 (22.58 mph average)
(8 Starters, 3 Finishers)

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PRO Motorcycle & ATV's
Up at the crack of dawn are those crazy men and women racing Baja on motorcycles. The level of stamina and fitness required to race on a motorcycle is far greater than racing it in a truck. These guys are truly crazy. A couple highlights of this year's 1000 included Honda Factory rider Johnny Campbell finishing for his 11th overall win and the utterly insane sidecar team of 5SC piloted by Scott Whitney finishing the race, though unofficially.

"Baja is a special place and I've been fortunate to live a lot of my life down here. I think I'll just take a day off after this and relax. It's a lot of work, a lot of head work. I'm the decision maker so you've got more responsibility. It was a pretty rough course; they get pre-ran to death. I've ran rougher than this, '99 was so tough. This one wasn't so bad. When you get handed the bike with a 10-minute lead, it makes it a little easier." - Johnny Campbell 1x

"It was a mental test. It was foggy out there, about two miles out - and dusty, too. Everything was nice and beautiful this morning and we were just paddling at the end. We got first place in the 250, the 500 and now the 1000 (in Baja) - what a great result for the year. And we got our second championship of the year." - Donald Lewis 600X

"We didn't have too many problems - we had little hiccups here and there but all in all, everybody rode terrific today .... Everyone did a terrific job and I can't believe it. We were seconds apart from 1A (Danny Prather) all day long." - Wayne Matlock 8A

Pro Motorcycles
Class 22 (250cc or more)

1. Robby Bell - Honda CRF450X - 12:29:18 (50.56 mph average)
2. Caleb Gosselaar - Honda CRF450X - 12:55:35
3. Ryan Penhall - Honda CRF450X - 13:15:51
(15 Starters, 14 Finishers)

Class 21 (126cc to 250cc)
1. Francisco Arredondo - Honda XR250R - 15:00:45 (42.05 mph average)
2. Marco Bernaldez - Kawasaki KLX250 - 17:58:45
3. Sergio Arroyo - Honda CRF450X - 18:25:33
(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)

Class 20 (125cc)
1. Chad Black - Honda CRF250X - 16:20:17 (38.64 mph average)
2. Tony Rutter - Yamaha WR250 - 17:00:34
3. Mario Acosta - Yamaha WR250F - 18:00:50
(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)

Class 30 (Riders over 30 years old)
1. Scott Myers - Kawasaki KLX450 - 13:06:12 (48.18 mph average)
2. Jim O'Neal - Honda CRF450X - 13:20:25
3. Mike Johnson - Honda CRF450X - 14:29:21
(10 Starters, 9 Finishers)

Class 40 (Riders over 40 years old)
1. Brett Helm - Honda CRF450X - 14:39:37 (43.07 mph average)
2. PG Lundmark - Honda CRF450X -16:07:40
3. Brian Campbell - KTM 530XCW - 16:11:11
(10 Starters, 9 Finishers)

Class 50 (Riders over 50 years old)
1. Jim O'Neal - Honda CRF450X - 15:47:17 (39.99 mph average)
2. Chris Haines - Honda CRF450X - 16:07:51
3. Kenny Hayden - KTM 525XCW - 16:42:26
(5 Starters, 4 Finishers)

Class 60 (Riders over 60 years old)
1. Donald Lewis - Honda CRF450X - 23:09:29 (27.26 mph average)
(1 Starter, 1 Finisher)

PRO ATVs
Class 25 (over 251cc)

1. Wayne Matlock - Honda TRX700XX - 14:47:25 (42.69 mph average)
2. Danny Prather - Honda TRX700XX - 14:56:24
3. Stefano Caputo - Honda TRX450R - 16:14:27
(8 Starters, 7 Finishers)

Class 24 (under 250cc)
1. Craig Christy - Honda TRX450R - 16:57:53 (37.22 mph average)
2. Tom Wright II - Honda TRX450R - 17:51:51
3. Sergio Alvarado - Honda TRX450R - 19:03:57
(8 Starters, 6 Finishers)

Sportsman
Overall SPT M/C<250cc

1. Jesus Rios - Honda CRF450X - 17:15:19 (36.59 mph average)
(15 Starters, 11 Finishers)

Overall SPT M/C>250cc
1. Bill Gilbert - Honda CRF450X - 16:55:53 (37.29 mph average)
(39 Starters, 28 Finishers)

Overall SPT ATV
1. Jesus Mendivil - KTM 450 - 20:33:40 (30.71 mph average)
(15 Starters, 8 Finishers)

Overall SPT Sidecar
(2 Starters, 0 Finishers)

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