Its that time of year again. Just when you thought the holidays were over, SCORE is set to invade Laughlin, Nevada. For the 11th year in a row, this season opening race extends the holidays well into January for racers and fans alike. Set in the very southern tip at the Nevada-Arizona border, the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge brings thousands of people into the small river city for an exciting 2-day race format unlike any others. Opposite to the famed Baja endurance races, this race is only an 11 mile long course in which competitors complete from 2-4 laps depending on class.
Last years overall winner was Dale Ebberts and Ernie Castro in their former class 1 buggy. For this season they have a brand new Jimco class 1 racer. Backed by Inland Truss Inc. the cars first race was at the recent Erik Baumgartner Memorial Race in Plaster City. The race was used as a shakedown to find possible problems and fine tune the vehicle before Laughlin.
Last years Trophy Truck class winners, Mark Post and Jerry Wehchel of Riviera Racing will be sticking with their trusty Ford F-150 to bring them to the winners circle.
Robby Gordon will also be racing in this years LDC with his new Chevy K1500 Trophy Truck. The Red Bull paint schemed fullsize will be starting second to last which should be a sight to see, as the NASCAR circuit regular will try to fight his way through 23 others into the top position this year.
John Herders former class 1 ‘truggy’ recieved a new front half and some skin as it will leap into the Trophy Truck ranks in Laughlin. Originally built by Geiser Bros. Design and Development out of Phoenix, AZ in 2001, the uniquely designed vehicle underwent surgery of the front suspension and recieved some added body panels to resemble a full size Chevy.
Damen Jeffries and Herman Motorsports will be back in the desert with a brand new Porter built class 1 car. Herman Motorsports and Damen decided to go back to the class 1 ranks following 2-1/2 very successful seasons in the Trophy/Truck Truck class.
Pulling driving duties for 3 race vehicles per day, racer Rob MacCachren will have a busy and brutal weekend. Rob ‘Mac’ will share driving duties with Gus Vidosola in the Mexicana Logistics Trophy Truck, drive his 1/2-1600, and also pilot a class 12 (SCORE Lite). Needless to say, if there was someone who pull a feat like this off, it would be Rob himself.
Alan Pflueger will also split his driving time between his new Porter built Chevy Trophy Truck, and his Chevy Protruck.
This should be one of the most exciting desert races in quite some time. 24 Trophy Trucks are entered so far, and that number is rumored to jump to 26. Class 1 has 33 entered so far, which is the largest group in one class.
Action begins Thursday the 15th wit the famous Laughlin Leap at 6pm. Last years winner was Dale Dondel in his Nye Frank built Trophy Truck. Dale sailed an astonishing 130 feet to capture the win, we will see if anyone can top that this year. Friday will be tech and contingency starting at 9am and lasting till around 4pm. Saturday and Sunday is a full day of racing from 6:30am to 6:00pm. All races go by classes, one after the other. Stay tuned during race weekend as we will have pictures, video, and reports directly from desert. For more information on the race, visit http://www.score-international.com.
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