The 50th Baja 1000, by the numbers

The 50th Baja 1000, by the numbers

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The 50th Baja 1000, by the numbers

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While much of the racing world focused its attention on the overwhelming overall victory of 22-year old Mexican racer Carlos “Apdaly” Lopez and his father Juan Carlos Lopez at the 50th anniversary BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000, for 404 other teams, individual class victories (like those taken by Casey Currie, above) and just outright finishes in what many consider one of the toughest races in recent memory were just as significant.

There were 405 total starters and 238 official finishers (58.77 percent) racing in Pro and Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, UTVs, motorcycles and quads. Racers came from 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories and 27 countries for the elapsed-time race that covered a rugged 1,134.40-mile course. With a 48-hour time limit to become an official finisher, the course officially closed at 1:43 p.m. PT last Saturday as racing for the motorcycles and quads started Wednesday at midnight PT followed by the start of the car/truck/UTV classes at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday morning in Ensenada.

Included in the 405 official starters in the elapsed-time race were 300 cars/trucks/UTVs and 105 motorcycles/quads. The total number of entries was the third-most in the 50-year history of the SCORE Baja 1000 and the second-most in the 21 years it has finished in La Paz.

It was also the most number of finishers in the storied 50-year history of the oldest and most prestigious desert race in the world. Here are the official Top 10 and four-wheel class victories. Congratulations to all the class winners and those hard-working teams that earned an official finish in one of motorsports ultimate endurance races.

2017 BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000
Top 10 Overall (Four Wheel)

1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 43, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 19:53:36 (57.02 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

2. 16 Cameron Steele, 49, San Clemente, Calif./Pat Dean, 49, Las Vegas/Cody Stuart, 32, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Shane Robinson, 43, Dolan, Ariz./Mike Craft/Bobby Pecoy, 53, Anaheim, Calif./Rene Brugger, San Diego, Chevy Silverado, 20:52:45 (54.33 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

3. 23 Dan McMillin, 29, La Mesa, Calif./Gary Weyhrich, Boring, Ore., Ford F-150, 21:13:10 (53.46 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

4. 15 Billy Wilson, 32, Corpus Christi, Texas/Chad Bunch, 41, Glendale, Ariz., Ford Raptor, 21:22:41 (53.06 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

5. 40 Chris Miller, 43, LaJolla, Calif./Jimmy Nuckles, 50, Brawley, Calif., Toyota Tundra, 22:20:09 (50.79 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

6. 91 Troy Herbst, 51, Las Vegas/Brett Sourapas, 21, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Tim Herbst, 54, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 22:23:14 (50.67 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

7. 83 Luke McMillin, 24, San Diego/Larry Roeseler, 62, Martinez, Calif., Ford F-150, 22:36:24 (50.18 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

8.1068 Cody Reid, 24, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Rick St. John, Carlsbad, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/Brian Bowles, Fullerton, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 22:42:53 (49.94 mph) (Class 10)

9. 7 Bryce Menzies, 30, Las Vegas/Jesse Jones, 51, Phoenix/Pete Mortensen, Las Vegas, Ford Raptor, 22:58:32 (49.37 mph) (SCORE Trophy Truck)

10. 250 John Langley, 74, Santa Monica, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 23:34:54 (48:11 mph) (Trophy Truck Spec)

2017 BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000
Class Winners (Four Wheel)

SCORE TROPHY TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)
#1 Carlos ‘Apdaly’ Lopez, 22, Tecate, Mexico/Juan C. Lopez, 43, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Rally Truck, 19:53:36 (57.02 miles per hour)

SCORE TT LEGEND (Unlimited Production Trucks, Drivers over 50 years old
#21L Gustavo Vildosola, Sr, 64, Mexicali, Mexico/Rodrigo Ampudia Sr, Ensenada, Mexico/Scott Bailey, 57, Riverside, Calif., Ford Raptor, 23:43:38 (47.81 mph)

CLASS 1 (Unlimited open-wheel single or two-seaters)
#189 Jon Walker, 51, Tamuning, Guam/Joe Black/Jim Reos/Joey Black, Kreger-Chevy, 23:55:52 (47.40 mph)

CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)
#1068 Cody Reid, 24, Apple Valley, Calif./Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif./Rick St. John, Carlsbad, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/Brian Bowles, Fullerton, Calif., Alumi Craft-Chevy, 22:42:53 (49.94 mph)

TROPHY TRUCK SPEC (unlimted Truck/SUV, stock, sealed V8s)
#250 John Langley, 74, Santa Monica, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Kash Vessels, Bonsall, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 23:34:54 (48:11 mph)

HAMMER TRUCK UNLIMITED (Unlimited Rock Crawler/Hammer Truck)
4422 Casey Currie, 33, Corona, Calif./Cody Currie, 31, Anaheim, Calif./Aaron Quesada, 35, Riverside, Calif., Jeep Wrangler JK, 25:39:47 (44.20 mph)

CLASS 1/2-1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)
#1601 Roberto Romo, 36, Mexicali, Mexico/Cesar Fiscal, Tijuana, Mexico/Francisco Villa Gomes, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico/Ramon Perez, Mexicali, Mexico/Luis Martines, Mexicali, Mexico/Pedro Morquecho, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo-VW, 26:39:24 (42.56 mph)

CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)
#511 Kevin Carr, 46, San Diego, Volkswagen Bug, 32:27:12 (34.95 mph)

CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)
#801 David Westhem, 57, Tahoe City, Calif./John Swift/Tony McCormack/Randy Salmont, Chevy C1500, 29:30:45 (38.44 mph)

CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)
#726 Al Hogan, 65, Columbus, Mont./Bob Brunken, 57, Tempe, Ariz./Dr. Macrae Glass, 47, Kingman, Ariz./Dave Baesken, 56, Hesperia, Calif./Chad Baesken, 24, Hesperia, Calif./Jim Sizelove, 47, Hesperia, Calif., Ford Ranger, 29:36:18 (38.32 mph)

SCORE LITES (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)
#1206 Freddie Willert, 48, El Cajon, Calif./Tex Mitchell, 47, San Marcos, Calif./Stan Potter, 57, San Marcos, Calif./Dan Worley, 58, Encinitas, Calif., Jimco, 29:33:16 (38.38 mph)

HEAVY METAL (Open Production Trucks, V-8 engines)
#8001 John Maine, 50, Corvallis, Ore./Dave Jollif, 49, Albany, Ore./Derek Scheele, 21, Albany, Ore./ Casey Ullian, 19, Corvallis, Ore./Nancy Maine, 50, Corvallis, Ore./Lydia Maine, 21, Corvallis, Ore., Jeep CJ, 43:58:22 (25.80 mph)

CLASS 3000 (Short wheelbase open-wheel car, 2.2/2.4-Liter Ecotec engine) — #3010 Reid Rutherford, 49, Montrose, Colo./Steve Rudd, 48, Boulder City, Nev./Benn Vernadakis, 49, Rico, Colo./David Caspino, 52, Tarzana, Calif./Robert Johnson, 50, Cocoran, Colo./Travis Kettle, 38, Montrose, Colo., Chevy Colorado, 35:32:07 (31.92 mph)

PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)
#2919 Brandon Schueler, 28, Phoenix/Miles Martin, 29, Peoria, Ariz./Pat Stone 48, Payson, Ariz./Mitch Guthrie, 21, Glendora, Ariz./Matt Park, 54, Newport Beach, Calif./Jason Spiess, 37, Peoria, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 27:43:45 (40.91 mph)

PRO UTV (Naturally Aspirated, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)
#1939 Dan Fresh, 50, Santa Ana, Calif./Mike Kim, 35, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 29:44:04 (38.15 mph)

PRO UTV UNLIMITED (Unlimited, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)
#1888 Earl Berg, 63, Mexico City (Canada)/Eduardo Tello, Mexico City/Sergio Aroyo, Los Cabos, Mexico/Jorge Macias, Los Cabos, Mexico/Cody Berg, Canada, Can-Am Maverick X3, 44:30:43 (25.49 mph)

PROTRUCK (Limited Production Trucks)
#1377 Jason Vandenborn, 43, Canada/Kendall Ballentine, 30, Canada, Ford F-150, 45:49:47 (24.75 mph)

CLASS 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)
#578 Gustavo Avina, 45, Ensenada, Mexico/Faisal Diaz, 47, Ensenada, Mexico/Gabriel Avina, 25, Ensenada, Mexico/Erik Rivera, 32, Ensenada, Mexico/Eduardo Escobedo, 36, Ensenada, Mexico/Pablo Tapia, 33, Ensenada, Mexico, 32:40:02 (34.73 mph)

CLASS 3 (short wheelbase 4X4)
#302 Donald Moss, 54, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, 50, Bishop, Calif./Dave Grundman, 46, Elk Grove, Calif., Ford Bronco, 31:21:11 (36.18 mph).

BAJA CHALLENGE (Spec, Subaru-powered Baja Touring Cars)
#BC1 Brian Finch, 47, Hermitage, Tenn./Bill Weber, 39, Medford, Ore./Bob Bower, 72, Lake Forest, Calif./Lance Clifford, 45, Hurricane, Utah/Kyle Tucker, 48, Mooresville, N.C./Lawrence McRae, 54, St. George, Utah/Brad Lovell, 40, Colorado Springs, Colo., 31:09:57 (36.40 mph)

STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized Trucks)
#8101 Rod Hall, 79, Reno, Nev./Chad Hall, 54, Reno, Nev./Frank DeAngelo, 60, Greenville, S.C./Austin Hall, 30, Sparks, Nev./Chris Woo, 43, Truckee, Calif., Hummer H1Alpha, 37:05:08 (30.59 mph)

CLASS 7SX (Open, production mini trucks)
#757 Rodrigo Martinez, 50, El Centro, Calif. (San Ignacio, Mexico)/ Rodrigo Martinez Liera, 22, San Ignacio/Ronaldo Martinez Liera, 19, San Ignacio, Mexico/Francisco Verdugo, 26, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 39:12:48 (28.93 mph)

CLASS 17 (Jeep Speed Challenge)
#1788 Mark Murrell, 55, Grand Junction, Colo./Jason Hutter/Paul Blangsted/Shelby Bates/Jake Maness/Mar Gasham, Jeep Wrangler, 45:15:49 (25.06 mph)

CLASS 11 (stock VW sedan)
#1118 Pancho Bio, 58, Ensenada, Mexico/Cisco Bio, 35, Ensenada, Mexico/Ramon Bio, 18, Ensenada, Mexico/Pancho Guerrero, 36, Ensenada, Mexico, 41:58:54 (27.02 mph)

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