SCORE Laughlin Start Drawing Monday Launching into its 39th year as the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization in 2012, Sal Fish’s SCORE International will hold the start drawing Monday for the season-opening two-race 18th annual SCORE Desert Challenge.
With entries accepted so far from 11 U.S State along with Austria, Denmark, Germany and Mexico, Rounds 1 and 2 of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held January 13-15 along the banks of the Colorado River in the Southern Nevada resort destination of Laughlin.
For the first time in the history of the event, each day of the two-day Laughlin event (Jan. 14, Jan. 15) will be separate race events for purposes of championship points, prize money and trophies.
The popular event will once again kick off the 2012 desert racing season on the Martin Luther King birthday weekend.
The drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held on Monday, Jan. 2 at SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles.
The Laughlin event will include course practice sessions for all classes and qualifying for SCORE Trophy Truck on Friday followed by two separate and independent races, the first on Saturday and the second on Sunday. The course, used for the last several years, will be approximately six miles with the classes divided into groups for several multi-lap races each day. The start/finish line area and main pits will once again be located at the Laughlin Events Park just off of Casino Drive in Laughlin.
While entries will be accepted up to race morning, among the early entries are several former class winners in the featured SCORE Trophy Truck division. All from Las Vegas, overall race winners entered so far are Rob MacCachren (1996), Tim Herbst (1995, 1997) Troy Herbst (1999) and B.J. Baldwin (2006, 2007) along with brothers Gary and Mark Weyhrich (2000). They will all be entered in SCORE Trophy truck this year.
Donald Moss, with a race-high eight class wins in this race, will again be racing in Class 3 while MacCachren has seven class wins in Laughlin. Among the others entered so far with multiple class wins is Kevin Carr, San Diego who has five Class 5 wins in Laughlin.
The five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series, which features 36 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, buggies, motorcycles and ATVs, will kick off January 13-15 with the 18th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in the Southern Nevada resort city of Laughlin on the banks of the Colorado River. The season will conclude November 14-17 with the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the granddaddy of all desert races, which will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series will both be held in Mexico. The 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 is set for March 9-11 in San Felipe, followed by the vastly popular 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, June 1-3, in Ensenada.
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of November’s 45th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 which will be a peninsula run starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are:
-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
Additional SCORE Sponsors are - Las Vegas Events, Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge All-Time Overall Winners
1995-Ivan Stewart, SCORE Trophy Truck
Ed/Tim Herbst, Class 1
1996-Rob MacCachren, SCORE Trophy Truck
Ryan Thomas, Class 1
1997-Ed/Tim Herbst, SCORE Trophy Truck
Mark Post, Class 1
1998-David Ashley/Dan Smith, SCORE Trophy Truck
1999-Troy Herbst, Class 1
2000-Gary/Mark Weyhrich, Class 1
2001-Steve Sourapas, Class 1
2002-Dale/Mike Dondel, Class 1
2003-Dale Ebberts, Class 1
2004-Gary Dircks, SCORE Trophy Truck
2005-Dale Ebberts, Class 1
2006-B.J. Baldwin, SCORE Trophy Truck
2007-B.J. Baldwin, SCORE Trophy Truck
2008-Pat Dean, Class 1
2009-Robby Gordon, SCORE Trophy Truck
2010-Andy McMillin, SCORE Trophy Truck
2011-Bryce Menzies, SCORE Trophy Truck