When the results became official after review of the data loggers in each finishing vehicle by SCORE officials, the MacCachren/McMillin/Voss trio had rocketed to a memorable race down Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The talented trio finished the mentally-draining, physically grueling race from Ensenada to La Paz in 22 hours, 31 minutes and 27 seconds while averaging an impressive 56.64 miles per hour in the No. 11 Rockstar Energy MacCachren Motorsports Ford F-150.
The sport’s newest dream team blew by a field of 237 starters in cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs for a victory margin of nearly 29 minutes. The starting grid included 31 starters in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
With the rugged course traveling on both sides of the peninsula, the world’s most famous desert race was a peninsula run, starting in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. With 10 checkpoints along the way, it was the longest course in race history for the race in the 21 years it started in Ensenada and finished in La Paz.
Finishing second overall and second in SCORE Trophy Truck to the desert dream team was the third-generation desert racing brother duo of Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif. and Dan McMillin, La Mesa, Calif. with a time of 23:00:08 (55.56mph) in their new No. 83 Mark Racing Ford F-150.
Completing the SCORE Trophy Truck podium and finishing third overall was the team of Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, Las Vegas, who covered the distance in 23:41:18 at an average speed of 54.29mph in the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Chevy Silverado. A veteran racer, who has raced and won his class in several classes, it was Steele’s first podium finish in SCORE Trophy Truck.
KAWASAKI MOTORCYCLE MAGIC
In the motorcycle competition, the storyline was the same as it has been for a decade and a half, who will beat Honda. A different ending was revealed this year.
After a close battle nearly the entire length of the peninsula, emerging with the overall motorcycle victory was the THR Motorsports team of Ricky Brabec, Oak Hills, Calif./Robby Bell, Glendora, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Max Eddy Jr, Barstow, Calif. Bell and Hengeveld are both veteran champion SCORE Baja racers riding previously for Honda.
The Brabec team rode the No. 4x Kawasaki KX450F to dethrone Honda for the preeminent position in SCORE Baja motorcycle racing, finishing in a time of 24:24:01 with an average speed of 52.36mph.
The Honda No. 1x team this year was Colton Udall, Oceanside, Calif./Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif., nearly 27 minutes behind the winners in a time of 25:0:59 at an average speed of 51.67mph) on their No. 1x Honda CRF450X.