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From left to right Larry Roeseler, Reid Nordin, Todd Romano, Hans Waage. Winners of the 2009 Baja 1000 Sportsman UTV class in the 1803 DragonFire Racing / Kawasaki Teryx. Congrats from all of us at UTVUnderground.com


Baja 1000 from the drivers seat of a Teryx

By Reid Nordin (Team Green)

I’m finally home from the 27th annual Baja 1000 after nearly 10 days south of the border and boy does it feel good to be home. This year’s event would be one of the toughest Baja 1000’s ever. When the elite Trophy Truck class can only muster a 46MPH average you know it must have been tough. Just like any trip south of the border I have endless stories to tell from the trip down and back to the pre run let alone what happened during the race.

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Let me start off by saying thank you to those who made this such a memorable trip this year. The entire Dragonfire crew of Todd, Jack, Seth and Darren put together and outstanding program, Todd and Ross at Fox for a great suspension setting. Everyone at ITP for the bullet proof wheels and tires, Mike Lasher for being a great pre run partner and our communications expert and to my teammates, Hans Waage, Todd Ramano, And the Baja Legend, Larry Roeseler. Thank you all for making it happen!

The pre race activities and prep were running along smoothly when we developed an issue with the ITP car during our final tuning session. The Nessy 1 was already tuned and ready to go but now we needed to change our attention to fixing the issues with second car before we did any more prep or pre running. Luckily the team was fully prepared and we installed a new bullet in the 1801 ITP car and set off to tune the car a final time. Just when we thought the tuning was finished a second problem occurred. This meant another rebuild and another day lost to prep.

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The ITP car was finally up and running and we ran the start section in the 1803 car as a final shake down. We decided that night to do a visual on the valves just to make sure and we found the problem that caused the failure on the ITP car before it ruined our day. The valve spring retainer developed a crack and would have failed for sure had we left it alone. I wasn’t too worried as we still had about 18 hours before the start of the race.

Darren and Seth did a great job of swapping out some engine parts and we were back up and running the first thing the next morning. During the final assembly we didn’t fully tighten an oil line and when we ran the car down the highway she sprung a leak. Good news and bad. Good news, we found it before the race and bad news because staging was a mere 30 minutes away. How much more could go wrong before the race? That thought entered my mind for sure but I stayed calm and knew we could make it all work in the end. As it turned out we made the start with plenty of time to spare and my blood pressure and heart rate could return to normal in time to take the green flag.

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To say this race was brutal would be a gross understatement. The dust was so bad at one point I was forced to make forward progress only using my GPS to guide me. It sucked to be limited on Laguna Salada to a mere 30-40 MPH but when visibility was zero that was the best I could do. I drove the first 200 miles and I passed more broken and stuck cars ten you could imagine. Other then severe dusty conditions things seemed to be going smoothly for the Monster Energy Dragonfire Teryx Nessy. Both Todd and I got stuck in a bottle neck but he really got the short end of the stick as he had to sit motionless for over 30 minutes at RM573. My bottleneck was early and only lasted 5 minutes tops although it did seem like an eternity.

Hans drove the second section flawlessly and gave the car to Todd in perfect condition. We had already decided to do an air cleaner swap and a belt change at RM395 but as it turned out we did not need to do either but we did just to make sure. Todd finished the Mike’s section just as the sun was coming up and gave the car back to me. Lasher installed a new GoPro camera while I changed the pedal location (its hell being short). I handed the Teryx over to my hero, Larry Roeseler, who had already finished the race in his Norman Motorsports Trophy Truck. LR had his pre runner down there and needed to get it back to Ensenada so I jumped at the opportunity to get behind the wheel. We jointly decided that I should follow him up the course in case he ran into any trouble so I followed him to Santo Thomas before he headed east back to Ojos Negros and our final pit.

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LR ran a solid anchor leg with zero troubles and brought the car home for a class win and a finishing time that puts us in a great overall position. Not only did we finish well but we were faster then many classes that started before us. As it goes in Mexico, anything can happen and it is never over until you take the checkered flag. It could have been a disastrous event if we weren’t as prepared as we were. The Nessy has again proved her toughness and agility in the worst Baja could throw at her.

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This could not have been possible with out the following supporting cast: Dragonfire, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green, ITP tires and wheels, Fox Shox and the entire hard working crew that put it all together.


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Official Results Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Published on November 22 2009

Score - Official Results Tecate SCORE Baja 1000


Class and Overall Finisher List

42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 20-21, 2009—Final round of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (672.85 miles)

TOTAL STARTERS: 328 TOTAL FINISHERS: 185 (56.4 Percent)


Pro Cars & Trucks

Top Overall Finishers

1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 14:19:50 (46.95 miles per hour) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

2. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:52:27 (45.24 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

3. Rick D. Johnson/Brian Sallee, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:02:36 (44.73 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

4. Gus Vildosola Jr. /Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 15:12:05 (44.26 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

5. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 15:14:31 (44.14 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

6. Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 15:29:42 (43.42 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

7. Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 15:38:19 (43.02 mph) (Class 1)

8. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 15:52:02 (42.41 mph) (Class 1)

9. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 16:14:05 (41.46 mph) (Class 1)

10. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:15:25 (41.39 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

11. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix, GMC Sierra, 16:30:52 (40.74 mph) 9SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

12. Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 17:07:19 (39.30 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

13. Ron Whitton/Chas Danna, Mesa, Ariz./Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:20:43 (38.79 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

14. Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./John Marking, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:00:40 (37.36 mph) (Class 1)

15. Eric Duran/Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth, 18:10:57 (37.01 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)

16. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/LJ Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger, 18:11:20 (36.99 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)

17. Juan C. Lopez/Marco Martinez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150, 18:16:30 (36.82 mph) (Class 8)

18. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Adelanto, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:21:05 (36.66 mph) (Class 1)

19. Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 18:23:45; (36.58 mph) (Class 1)

20. Arnoldo Ramirez/Misael Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 18:25:46 (36.51 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)

21.Todd Welling, San Carlos, Calif./Chad Cummings, Palmdale, Calif./Phil Speet, Holland, Mich., Spectrum-Viper, 18:54:12 (35.59 mph) (Class 1)

22. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 19:05:15 (35.25 mph) (SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK)

23. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy, 19:09:07 (35.13 mph)

24. Corbin Harris/George Harris, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Thad Harris/Tanner Harris, Alpine, Calif., Romo, 19:10:30 (35.09 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)

25. Cody Robinson, Calexico, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 19:13:05 (35.01 mph) (Class 1-2/1600)



Pro Motorcycles

1.Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:27:50 (49.97 mph) (Class 22)

2. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Ryan Penhall/Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif./Destry Abbott, Peoria, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450, 13:30:47 (49.79 mph) (Class 22)

3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:10:10 (47.49 mph) (Class 22)

4. Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Noe Ibarra, Tijuana, Mexico, Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:27:38 (46.53 mph) (Class 22)

5. Ronnie Wilson, Canyon Country, Calif./Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 15:43:08 (42.81 mph) (Class 21)

6. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif., Beta 450RR, 16:11:00 (41.58 mph) (Class 22)

7. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Bob Johnson, San Diego/Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:13:31 (41.47 mph) (Class 40)

8. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:30:11 (40.79 mph) (Class 21)

9. Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif./Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:48:33 (40.03 mph) (Class 21)

10. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Eric McKenna, Sacramento, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:03:37 (39.44 mph) (Class 50)

11. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron/Robbie Clauss/Jack Massey, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 17:33:44 (38.31 mph) (Class 30)

12. Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Ricky Braber, Oak Hills, Calif./Clint Braun, Henderson, Nev./Robert Underwood, Coleville, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 530XCW, 17:37:48 (38.17 mph) (Class 22)

13. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Jason Trubey, Mojave Valley, Ariz./David Fry, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 17:40:40 (38.06 mph) (Class 21)

14. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Bakersfield, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 17:41:49 (38.02 mph) (Class 40)

15. Brad Turnidge, Willamin, Ore./Edd Price, Nyssa, Ore./Curtis Dice, Nampa, Idaho/Joel Ellis, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:55:47 (37.53 mph) (Class 40)



Pro ATVs

1.Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 16:54:52 (39.78 mph) (Class 25)

2. Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Jose Ramirez, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda TRX450R, 18:43:03 (35.95 mph) (Class 25)

3. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Amantilla, Ore.; Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Suzuki LTR450, 20:37:30 (32.62 mph) (Class 25)

4. Tom Wright, Tabernacle, N.J./Renaud Fortina/Pierre Yeves Deneault, Canada/Eric Gerber, Medford, N.J., 20:57:44 (32.10 mph) (Class 24)

5. Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez, San Quintin, Mexico/Norberto Acce Contreras, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 22:18:03 (30.17mph) (Class Sportsman ATV)

42nd Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Nov. 20-21, 2009—Final round of five-race 2009 SCORE Desert Series

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico (672.85 miles)

TOTAL STARTERS: 328 TOTAL FINISHERS: 185 (56.4 Percent)

OFFICIAL FINISHERS

(following complete data tracking review)

Pro Cars & Trucks

SCORE TROPHY-TRUCK (Unlimited Production Trucks)--1. Andy McMillin/Scott McMillin, National City, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 14:19:50 (46.95 miles per hour); 2. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 14:52:27; 3. Rick D. Johnson/Brian Sallee, Barstow, Calif., Ford F-150, 15:02:36; 4. Gus Vildosola Jr. /Gus Vildosola Sr., Mexicali, Mexico, Ford F-150, 15:12:05; 5. Robby Gordon, Charlotte, N.C., Chevy CK1500, 15:14:31; 6. Robbie Pierce/Mike Julson, Santee, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 15:29:42; 7. Mark McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Brian Ewalt, Bonita, Calif., Ford F-150, 16:15:25; 8. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rick Geiser, Phoenix, GMC Sierra, 16:30:52; 9. Tim Herbst/Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 17:07:19; 10. Ron Whitton/Chas Danna, Mesa, Ariz./Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, 17:20:43; 11. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 19:05:15; 12. Ed Stout, Irvine, Calif., Chevy C1500, 20:47:41; 13. Adam Householder/Terry Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 24:14:33; 14. Bobby Baldwin/Sandy Stewart/Danny Anderson, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado, 24:20:49; 15. Francisco Cervantes/Ramon Castro, Ensenada, Mexico, Chevy El Camino, 25:15:28; 16. 75 Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell/Steve Meyers, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 26:30:36.

(27 Starters, 16 Finishers)

CLASS 1 (Unlimited single or two-seaters)--1. Jerry Penhall, Costa Mesa, Calif./Dan Martin, Monrovia, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 15:38:19 (43.02 mph); 2. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif. (Denmark), Jimco-BMW, 15:52:02; 3. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Jeff Quinn, Irvine, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 16:14:05; 4. Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./John Marking, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:00:40; 5. Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif./Ron Brant, Oak Hills, Calif./Tommy Kirkmeyer, Adelanto, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 18:21:05; 6. Dale Lenk/Brett Lenk/Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 18:23:45; 7. Todd Welling, San Carlos, Calif./Chad Cummings, Palmdale, Calif./Phil Speet, Holland, Mich., Spectrum-Viper, 18:54:12; 8. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy, 19:09:07; 9. Chuck Sacks, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Gerald Longo, Alta Loma, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 19:55:26; 10. T.J. Flores/Pat Dean, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy, 23:11:54; 11. Brendan Fikes/Michael Glasscock, Midland, Texas, Porter-Chevy, 23:51:10; 12. Brad Fouvre/Coran Barker, Whittier, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 23:09:25; 13. Armin Kremer, Germany/Andreas Aigner, Austria, Jimco-Chevy, 25:13:43; 14. Eric Chase, San Diego/Stuart Chase, Burbank, Calif., Penhall-Chevy, 29:28:14.

(22 Starters, 14 Finishers)

CLASS 1-2/1600 (VW-powered, single or two-seaters to 1600cc)-- 1. Eric Duran/Hiram Duran, Tecate, Calif., Neth, 18:10:57 (37.01 mph); 2. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Calif./Sammy Ehrenberg, Las Vegas/LJ Kennedy, Orange, Calif./Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger, 18:11:20; 3. Arnoldo Ramirez/Misael Arambula, Ensenada, Mexico, Curry, 18:25:46; 4. Corbin Harris/George Harris, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Thad Harris/Tanner Harris, Alpine, Calif., Romo, 19:10:30; 5. Cody Robinson, Calexico, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo, 19:13:05; 6. Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Fraley, 19:41:02; 7. Samuel Ariaza, La Paz, Mexico/Federico Montes/Alejandro Guevara, Ensenada, Mexico, Fraley, 20:00:32; 8. Daniel McMillin/Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif., Jimco, 21:14:53; 9. Arturo Velazco/Abel Velazco/Stevie Cruz, Banning, Calif, Porter, 23:11:42; 10. Eliseo Garcia, San Ysidro, Calif./Hector Sarabia, Ensenada, Mexico, Garibay, 23:31:00; 11. 1606 Gerardo Iribe, Garden Grove, Calif./Carlos Iribe, Rosarito Beach, Mexico/Ely Yee, Bonita, Calif., Curry, 26:29.11.

(17 Starters, 11 Finishers)

CLASS 3 (Short Wheelbase 4X4)--1. Darren Skilton, Orange, Calif./Jon Krellwitz, Pomona, Calif./Clive Skilton, Orange, Calif., Jeep Wrangler, 24:11:29 (27.81 mph); 2. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif./Ken Moss, Marysville, Calif., Ford Bronco, 25:26:55.

(5 Starters, 2 Finishers)

CLASS 5 (Unlimited VW Baja Bugs)--1. Kevin Carr, San Diego/Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., 23:52:56 (28.13mph); 2. Vince Wavra, Brawley, Calif./Terry McClintick/Rick McClintick, Orovada, Nev., 23:57:05; 3. Carlos Albanez, El Centro, Calif./Scott Wagstaff, Victorville, Calif./Johnny Brockway, Upland, Calif., 25:49:40.

(7 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 5/1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bugs)--1. Marcos Nunez/Norberto Rivera, Ensenada, Mexico, 23:15:24 (28.93 mph) 2. Alonso Angulo, Ensenada, Mexico/Mario Reynoso, Tijuana, Mexico, 24:38:30; 3. Pedro Athie, Ensenada, Mexico/Faizel Diaz, San Diego/Ernesto Robles, Ensenada, Mexico, 28:35:37; 4. Erich Reisen/Ross Burden/Pete Ryznar/Glynn Fisher, Canada, 29:26:06.

(9 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 6 (Unlimited, production mini trucks)-- 1. Heidi Steele, San Clemente, Calif./Rene Bruger, San Diego, Ford Ranger, 20:30:22 (32.81 mph); 2. Steve Kovach, Chandler, Ariz./Chip Carr, Gilbert, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 22:17:28; 3. Marc Burnett, Chula Vista, Calif./Rick Johnson, Spring Valley, Calif., Ford Ranger, 26:52:21.

(8 Starters, 3 Finishers)

CLASS 7 (Open, production mini trucks)--1. Dan Chamlee/Tom Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger, 22:01:16 (30.55 mph); 2. Jose Gonzalez, Mexicali, Mexico/Roberto Anda, Tijuana, Mexico/Adal Ramones, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 27:15:45.

(9 Starters, 2 Finishers)

CLASS 7SX (Modified, open mini trucks)—1. John Holmes, Olivenhain, Calif./Mark Landersman, Temecula, Calif., Ford Ranger; 27:30:32 (24.46 mph) 2. Brandt Anderson,Ladera Ranch, Calif,/John Anderson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Sebastian Draeger, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 29:36:24.

(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)

CLASS 8 (Full-sized two-wheel drive trucks)--1. Juan C. Lopez/Marco Martinez, Tecate, Mexico, Ford F-150, 18:16:30 (36.82 mph); 2. Rodrigo Ampudia Jr., San Diego/Greg Adler, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Rodrigo Ampudia Sr., San Diego, Ford F-150, 20:59:38; 3. Glen Greer, Green Valley, Ariz./Tom Shaw, Glendale, Ariz., Dodge Ram1500, 23:28:30; 4. Dave Crinklaw/Mike Thurlow, Kingsburg, Calif., Ford F-150, Ford, 24:30:47; 5. 839 Clyde Stacey, Bristol, Va./Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Michael Powell, Bristol, Va., Chevy Silverado, 26:41:00.

(9 Starters, 5 Finishers)

CLASS 9 (VW-powered, Short wheelbase, single or two-seaters)—1. Pancho Bio/Cisco Bio/Pancho Guerrero, El Cajon, Calif., TubularDesign, 28:11:44 (23.86 mph).

(4 Starters, 1 Finishers)

CLASS 10 (Single or two-seaters to 1650cc)--1. Mike Lawrence, Banning, Calif./Blake Kirkpatrick, Hacienda Heights, Calif./, Lothringer-VW, 23:28:45 (28.66 mph); 2. Jose Lynch/Jason DeFalco, Tustin, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW, 23:33:29; 3. Alex Crosthwaite/Jose Gonzales, San Diego, Jimco-Honda, 23:38:00; 4. Scott Gailey/Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., GET-VW, 25:33:25.

(12 Starters, 4 Finishers)

SCORE LITE (VW-powered, Limited single-1776cc-or two-seaters-1835cc)-- 1. Brent Parkhouse/Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Molton, 19:30:22 (34.50 mph); 2. Luis Barragan/Luis Barragan Jr., Mexicali, Mexico, Garibay. 21:29:20; 3. Blaise Jackson, Fallbrook, Calif./Mike Williams, Prescott, Ariz., Meco. 22:20:46; 4. Rob Smith, Redondo Beach, Calif./Robert Morgan/Robert Harmon, Torrance, Calif., Chenowth, 22:29:33; 5. Lee Banning, Laveen, Ariz./Rick Graf, Scottsdale, Ariz./Lee Banning Jr., Litchfield Park, Ariz., Foddrill, 23:31:10; 6. Greg Gustin, Stevenson Ranch, Calif./Brent Gustin, Seal Beach, Calif., Penhall; 25:28:23; 7. Morgan Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Wade Kelsay, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mike Urbano, Long Beach, Calif., Penhall, 27:08:42; 8. John Padgett/Ryan Nakita, Canada, Kreger, 27:21:10; 9. Mark Fusting, Vista, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif./Kevin Derby, Solana Beach, Calif., SuspensionUnlimited, 27:25:27; 10. Scott Wisdom, Lake Forest, Calif./Brady Wisdom, Huntington Beach, Calif., Mirage, 27:36:17; 11. John Langley, Santa Monica, Calif./Bernie Carr, Solvang, Calif./Zak Langley, Santa Monica, Calif., Penhall; 28:21:28;

(14 Starters, 11 Finishers)

CLASS 11 (Stock VW Sedans)--

(5 Starters, O Finishers)

STOCK FULL (Stock, Full-sized trucks)--1. Chad Hall//Rod Hall, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 22:48:40 (29.50 mph) 2. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz./Gerald King, Peoria, Ariz./Paul Williamsen, Los Alamitos, Calif., Lexus LX570, 27:06:39; 3. Justin Matney, Bristol, Tenn./Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va./William Aylor, Union, Ky., Dodge Ram2500, 27:27:01; 4. Kent Kroeker, Valley Center, Calif./Jeremy Graczyk, Atkinson, N.H./Rudy Iribe, San Diego, Dodge Ram2500, 28:00:23.

(4 Starters, 4 Finishers)

STOCK MINI (Stock, Mini-sized trucks)—1. Rod Hall, Reno, Nev./Emily Miller, Encinitas, Calif./Mike Winkel, Reno, Nev., Hummer H3, 28:53:30 (23.28 mph); 2. Robert Ditner/Joe Nolan/Kez Ziesemer, Wittman, Ariz./Ivan Stewart, El Cajon, Calif., Toyota 4Runner, 29:02:09.

(3 Starters, 2 Finishers)

PROTRUCK (Limited, production trucks)--1. Rob Reinertson, Woodside, Calif./Rob Clouser, Kingman, Ariz., Ford F-150, 21:59:54 (30.59 mph); 2. Rob Kittleson, Palm Springs, Calif./Mike McNaughton, Denver, Ford F-150, 23:27:40; 3. Nils Castillo, Westlake Village, Calif./Joe Custer, Kanapolis, N.C./John Roth, Oxnard, Calif., Chevy Silverado, 27:07:31 ; 4. Gary Magness/Steve Knudson, Denver, Ford F-150, 29:26:33.

(4 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 17 (Class 3, Modified Jeeps)— 1. Eric Filar, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Jeep Cherokee, 28:47:49 (23.37 mph).

(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)

BAJA CHALLENGE (Subaru-powered, identically-equipped Baja touring cars)--1. Nick Baldwin, Mission Viejo, Calif./Brian Nix, Lakewood, Calif./Matt Cruson, Irvine, Calif./Nick Johnson/Tom Cook, Anaheim, Calif., 21:42:05 (31.00 mph); 2. Boris Said, Escondido, Calif./Tara Dakides, Oceanside, Calif., 23:15:40; 3. Jay Culbertson, Portland, Ore./Todd Clement, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Joe Baguio, Canby, Ore., 24:08:35; 4. Mike Cassling, Omaha, Neb./Craig Donaldson, Mission Viejo, Calif./Marco Guerrero, San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mike Mitten, Omaha, Neb., 24:14:10; 5. Christian Hammarskjold, Extgen, Pa./Dominic Fitzsimons/Conor Fitzsimons, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., 25:14:34; 6. Brian Valentine, Bellevue, Wash./Eric Lockard, Sammamish, Wash./Matt Swann/Pete Pigott, Seattle, 27:30:13; 7. Bill Weber, La Mesa, Calif./Garrett Golden/Joey Boyle, Virginia Beach, Calif./Steve Mackie, Brea, Calif./Bud Brutsman, Burbank, Calif., 27:58:45.

(7 Starters, 7 Finishers)

CLASS 2 (Limited, 2.2 Liter open-wheel car)—1. William Eriksen/Teddi Eriksen, Elizabethtown, Ky., PredatorX18, 27:30:13 (24.46 mph); 2. Rat Sult, Temecula, Calif./Drew Keys, San Clemente, Calif., PredatorX18, 27:30:44.

(2 Starters, 2 Finishers)

CLASS 4 (Unlimited, 2.2 Liter open-wheel car)—1. Jeff Offutt, Menifee, Calif., FullPotential-GM/Ecotec; 26:52:52 (25.03 mph)

(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)

CLASS 7-2 (Unlimited 2.2/2.4-Liter Truck)—1. Richard Cassey, Queen Creen, Ariz./Mike West, Tempe, Ariz., SCORETrophyLite-Chevy, 26:58:22 (24.95 mph)

(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)

PRO MOTORCYCLES

CLASS 22 (250cc or more)--1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Timmy Weigand, Santa Clarita, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 13:27:50 (49.97 mph); 2. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Oak Hills, Calif./Ryan Penhall/Connor Penhall, Corona, Calif./Destry Abbott, Peoria, Ariz., Kawasaki KX450, 13:30:47; 3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif./Brent Harden, Menifee, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:10:10; 4. Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico/Noe Ibarra, Tijuana, Mexico, Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Mike Childress, Wrightwood, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:27:38; 5. Cameron Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Craig Smith, Brawley, Calif./Kyle Corfman, El Centro, Calif./Aaron Tuck, Brawley, Calif./Steven Eugenio, Alpine, Calif., Beta 450RR, 16:11:00; 6. Adam Thissen, Reno, Nev./Ricky Braber, Oak Hills, Calif./Clint Braun, Henderson, Nev./Robert Underwood, Coleville, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., KTM 530XCW, 17:37:48; 7. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Mason Gillespie, Oceanside, Calif./Joe Desrosiers, San Marcos, Calif./Jesse Sharpe, Escondido, Calif./Jimmy Lopez, El Cajon, Calif./, Honda CRF450X, 19:04:10; 8. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala, Honda CRF450X, 19:59:23; 9. James Hall, Malibu, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 22:34:08; 10. John Kaisersatt, Los Osos, Calif./Peter Hardy, Pozo, Calif./Kyle Glasmeier, Atascadero, Calif./Rogelio Padilla, Lompoc, Calif., Honda XR650R, 23:53:57; 11. Jason Lulis, Brentwood, Calif., KTM 505XCF, 27:06:22; 12. Mark Bradford/Stephen Bradford/Ray Rasbeary, Los Angeles/Kelly Malobovich, Victorville, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 28:38:04.

(15 Starters, 12 Finishers)

CLASS 21 (126cc to 250cc)--1. Ronnie Wilson, Canyon Country, Calif./Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Brian Pinard, Sun City, Calif./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev./Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Gerardo Rojas, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 15:43:08 (42.81 mph) 2. Bill Boyer, Lomita, Calif./Stuart Goggins, Upland, Calif./Nicholas Blais, Chino, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:30:01; 3. Carlos Casas, Chula Vista, Calif./Chris Parker, Costa Mesa, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:48:33; 4. Jeremy Purvines/Ron Purvines, Henderson, Nev./Jason Trubey, Mojave Valley, Ariz./David Fry, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 17:40:40; 5. Dan Troy, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 29:11:54.

(5 Starters, 5 Finishers)

CLASS 20 (125cc)--1. Jesus Rios, Calexico, Calif./Joel Leal, Mexicali, Mexico/Cuauhtemoc Beltran, Calexico, Calif./Chris Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF250X, 19:33:18 (34.41 mph); 2. Manuel Reyes, Dulzura, Calif./Javier Ochoa, Tecate, Calif./Abraham Chavez/Ivanhoe Ochoa, Tecate, Calif., Yamaha WR250, 19:57:35; 3. Anna Cody, Simi Valley, Calif./Sarah Kritsch, Bakersfield, Calif./Roger Hurd, Crestline, Calif./Cathy Carter-Duncan, Los Alamos, Calif., Honda CRF250X, 21:34:11; 4. Tony Gurule, Farmington, N.M./Jim Guthro/Casey Richardson, Grand Junction, Colo., KTM 250XCF, 23:04:05.

(7 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 30 (Riders over 30 years old)--1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron/Robbie Clauss/Jack Massey, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda CRF450X, 17:33:44 (38.31 mph); 2. Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 18:29:19; 3. Sol Saltzman, Red Cliff, Colo./Tony Larese, Vail, Colo./Pete Schmidtmann, Nederland, Colo., Honda CRF450X, 21:19:16; 4. Jean-Paul Cyr/Randy Ploof, Milton, Vt., Honda CRF450X, 22:44:38; 5. Dean Selph, Arlington, Wash./Ace Nilson, Bend, Ore., Honda CRF450X, 23:43:30; 6. James Dickinson, Derwood, Mo./Kenneth Slater, Buckeye, Ariz./Daniel O’Leary, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 27:07:20; 7. Sean Bradley, Ridgecrest, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Lancaster, Calif./Kyle Abney, Albuquerque, N.M., Kawasaki KX500, 27:40:55; 8. Eric Alfaro, Bellevue, Wash., Honda CRF450X, 28:08:24.

(13 Starters, 8 Finishers)

CLASS 40 (Riders over 40 years old)—1. Scott Myers, Menifee, Calif./Brett Helm, Poway, Calif./Lou Franco, Sherman Oaks, Calif.,/Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Bob Johnson, San Diego/Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 16:13:31 (41.47 mph); 2. Brian Campbell/Bill Cotton, Bakersfield, Calif./Pete Cochran, Laguna Beach, Calif./Brian Sweeney, Bakersfield, Calif., KTM 530XCW, 17:41:49; 3. Brad Turnidge, Willamin, Ore./Edd Price, Nyssa, Ore./Curtis Dice, Nampa, Idaho/Joel Ellis, Reno, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 17:55:47; 4. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby, Temecula, Calif., KTM, 21:05:08; 5. Tom Vogt/Barry Lane, Mesa, Ariz./Ken Hughes, Gilbert, Ariz., Honda CRF450X, 24:27:35.

(6 Starters, 5 Finishers)

CLASS 50 (Riders over 50 years old)--1. Jim O’Neal, Simi Valley, Calif./Andy Kirker, Santa Ana, Calif./Dan Dawson, Agua Dulce, Calif./Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Craig Adams, San Clemente, Calif./Tim Withers, Pepeekeo, Hawaii/Eric McKenna, Sacramento, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 17:03:37 (39.44 mph); 2. Craig Wear, Carson City, Nev./Dennis McLaughlin, Reno, Nev./Rod Dunivent, Stateline, Nev./John Roberts, Minden, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 23:00:47; 3. Hugh Graffunder/Floyd Reves/Terry Bainbridge/Robin Muglich, Canada, KTM 525XC, 23:18:31; 4. Gary Barr, Grant, Ala., KTM 250XCF, 27:45:09.

(5 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 60 (Riders over 60 years old)--1. Richard Jackson, Acton, Calif./Mark Force, Bakersfield, Calif./Bill Nichols, Phoenix/Al Perrett, Canada, Honda CRF450X, 23:23:30 (28.77 mph).

(2 Starters, 1 Finisher)

PRO ATVs

CLASS 25 (over 251cc)--1. Wayne Matlock, El Cajon, Calif./Harold Goodman Jr., Brownstown, Mich./Wes Miller, Fallbrook, Calif./Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif., Honda TRX700XX, 16:54:52 (39.78 mph); 2. Greg Row, Alpine, Calif./Travis Dillon, Spring Valley, Calif./Jose Ramirez, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda TRX450R, 18:43:03; 3. Nick Nelson, Tehachapi, Calif./Brandon Brown, Amantilla, Ore.; Jason Greenhaw, Bakersfield, Calif./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash., Suzuki LTR450, 20:37:30; 4. Yuval Sharon/Tomer Wolf, Israel, Honda TRX700R, 26:54:30; 5. Maverick Bartlett/Ben Bartlett/Robert Hatton, Jackson, Wyo./Aaron Miller, Victor, Idaho, Honda TRX700XX, 27:56:05.

(7 Starters, 5 Finishers)

CLASS 24 (under 251cc)-- 1. Tom Wright, Tabernacle, N.J./Renaud Fortina/Pierre Yeves Deneault, Canada/Eric Gerber, Medford, N.J., 20:57:44 (32.10 mph); 2. Francisco Espinoza/Marco Cota, Mexicali, Mexico/Israel Gonzales, Guadolupe Victoria, Mexico/Jose Contreras, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 27:50.36; 3. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Steve Abrego, Covina, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Baltimore/Joe Bernal, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 29:18:10; 4. Luis Berumen/Luis Berumen, San Ysidro, Calif./Sergio Lopez/Adrian Cruz/Christian Valle, San Diego, Honda TRX450R, 30:56:33.

(9 Starters, 4 Finishers)

CLASS 26 (Limited, Utility)— 1. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo./ Benn Vornadakis, Rico, Colo./Jeff Hensen, Surprise, Ariz./Jason Wade, Austin, Texas., Arctic Cat, 30:19:53 (22.18 mph).

(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)

SPORTSMAN

OVERALL SPT CAR--Rory Ward, Mohave Valley, Ariz./Pete Vanrooy, Fort Mohave, Ariz., Chenowth-Chevy, 23:22:29 (28.79 mph).

(6 Starters, 2 Finishers)

OVERALL SPT TRUCK-- Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif./Will Wright/Benjamin Wright, Laguna Beach, Calif., Toyota SR5, 28:47:57 (23.36 mph).

(5 Starters, 1 Finisher)

OVERALL SPT UTV (660cc, 4-wheel utility vehicle)— Reid Nordin, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Hans Waage, Scottsdale, Ariz./Todd Romano, Park City, Utah/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Kawasaki Teryx, 24:32:37 (27.41 mph).

(4 Starters, 3 Finishers)


FIRST SPT M/C<250CC—Ricardo de la Pena, Jardines de Valle, Mexico/Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/ Johnathan Winkelman, San Marcos, Calif./Carlos Chavez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda XR650R, 20:56:10 (32.14 mph).

(15 Starters, 7 Finishers)

OVERALL SPT M/C>250cc--Brian Garrahan, Boulder Creek, Calif./John-Paul McMillen, Willitis, Calif./Joel Blocksom, Little River, Calif./Rick Ponts, Willits, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 19:35:02 (34.36 mph).

(36 Starters, 17 Finishers)

OVERALL SPT ATV--Fernando Amador, Ensenada, Mexico/Jorge Perez, San Quintin, Mexico/Norberto Acce Contreras, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 22:18:03 (30.17 mph).

(15 Starters, 6 Finishers)

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT - Dominic Clark, 702.735.7123





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Race Recap

By Hans Waage (Tatum)


Hey Joey,
Here is my version of the race as we raced and chased around the Track.We started the day by doing some last minute testing and tuning on the motor because we dicovered a motor issue thursday afternoon and had to change the heads on the car.
We rolled to the line and Reid said the car was running great.Headed out to Ojos Negros and reid was already from 3rd to 1st so we headed up to mile 80 and waited for him to hit the road and fill with fuel.Reid showed up and was still in first even after changing a flat,We put a new tire on the rack and sent him over the summit.
We next thing we heard was Reid was not moving at RM160 and found out he was stuck after hitting the silt and driving up on top of a bush and high centering.Lucky for us there were people right ther and he quickly got out got fuel and was on his way to Borego.There is a narly silt bed at the end of the lake bed and even though there were several people stuck in it the Teryx motored right through.
Reid handed the car to me at mile 260 and I was off to the south.The first ten miles of track was shared with people coming back around from the loop and was all whoops.I got past them and was off to the dry lake bed for about ten miles of cruising at half throttle at 60-65 mph.The lake was covered with what looked like fog but was just hanging dust and the led lights worked good and I could see the road sides but not very far ahead.
After the lake bed was some four foot holes filled with silt and it looked like a wave coming over the car,Next was a fuel Stop at RM 240 some sand wash and about 5 miles of good road before more gigantic silt holes that you just had to moto through with no vision and try not to get stuck.The next 100 miles were either real rocky roads or sand washes with giant rocks and whoops.
Got out of the car at RM 350 and handed the car to Todd still working awesome and off he went back to Borego were we met him at RM 400 for fuel and a scheduled belt change.Todd was up over the Mikes Sky Ranch loop only to run into people stuck in the mud and silt causing to half hour delays due to the track being blocked.After clearing the blockages he brought us the car at RM 500 and Reid got back in the car for 30 miles on the crossover road.
At RM 530 Larry Roeseler got in the car and headed for the beach section with Reid following him in Larrys prerunner truck.Got through the beach section with out a hitch and down the pavement to Santo Tomas and 40 miles of silt hills and nasty terain.We met Larry at RM635 for fuel and he was off to the finish line and we were off to try to beat him there.We got there just in time to see him come across the line and win the Baja 1000.It was definetly won of the coolest times in my life and Nessy ran flawless with no issues other than a couple of flat tires that didnt actually go flat due to the tire balls with 15psi in them.
Big thanks to Todd,Reid,Larry and Dragonfire crew.Also Mike Lasher for all the pit help and his phone worked so his dad was texting us updates almost the hole 24hrs which was a huge help.
 
Baja 1000 Champions

By Todd Romano DragonFire Racing



Baja 1000 Champions: DragonFire racing has had the opportunity to race for Team Green Kawasaki in DragonFire Built Kawasaki Teryx and win Both the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 this year. Documenting this process needs to start by thanking everyone.
Team Green Kawasaki for the unconditional support in vehicles, parts and patience to make sure we brought them another title. Reid Nordin and Larry Roeseler for being a part of this winning team, their input, testing, pre running and planning added both confidence and experience to our team. Hans Wagge for taking the time off twice a year to be part of this team, working countless hours to ensure everything is ready. Darren, Seth, Danny, and Goo for spending the last three months getting the pre runner, race cars, and race bikes ready. Their dedication and attention to detail surpassed any and all expectation. Jack, Kevin, Fugi, Jim Creegan and the entire Bi Polar crew for chasing our two race cars for over 30 hours, cold nights and dangerous roads.
My Sponsors: Team Green KAWASAKI, ITP Tires and Wheels, Fox Racing, Redline Webber, Jack Daniels, Lowrance, Ogio, Makita, Monster Energy, and DragonFire Racing.
The testing we did prior to racing and the support from our sponsors made this victory possible.
We showed up with over 40 people to support this race, 7 trucks and trailers, two teams, 6 pre runners, and several dirt bikes. All made it home, some a little banged up and broken but all home and all excited to take home another victory.
Baja 1000 Highlights:
The KAWASAKI Teryx Motors and Differentials ran no stop for over 24 hours, without an issue and zero down time. We were fortunate we caught a spring retainer failure while testing during the week and made the appropriate changes to make sure the motor would last running over 7500 RPM for the duration of the race.
DragonFire Nessie: this vehicle surpassed all expectations. We started almost dead last, and passed every vehicle and class both broken and moving. Our overall time has us beating Trophy Truck and Class 1 cars. But a bigger accomplishment is our time would have won or taken a podium in every other 4 wheel Vehicle Class. Here is the list we would have Podiums in: Class 3, Class 5, Class 5/1600, Class 6, Class 7, Class 7sx, Class 8, Class 9, CLASS 10, Class 11, Stock Full, Stock Mini, Pro Truck, Class 17. 4<SUP>th</SUP> in Baja Challenge, Class 2 Predator X18 and Class 7-2.
Both Nessie1 and Nessie2 Completed every mile Baja had to offer. All our pre run DragonFire Teryx’s ran flawlessly for almost 2000 miles.
The ability to have 4 wheel drive, 19 inches of travel, be small and nimble, made this the perfect car for the Baja 1000.
ITP for building the best Tires in the business, 2 Races now Won on the ITP BAJA Cross, and special thanks to ITP for the new race wheel they developed for us to race on. Nessie 2 finished the race on the wheels and tires it started on. Nessie 1 took out three wheels at the Borego Road Crossing, but beyond that had only one flat the entire race.
Fox for working with us on the new internal Bypass shocks that allowed us to pass Class 8 Truck in the whoops of San Felipe.
Our motor department for both designing and building motors in both our race cars that lasted the entire race.
Baja 1000 Challenges:
Valve Spring Retainers failing and costing us two motors
COLD COLD nights
Bottle necks that cost us about 2 hours of down time
Three of my good friends, acting like idiots and crashing while pre running. They all crashed in the same corner. Several Broken Bones and Dunlap tire marks left on all involved.
Many people only go to Baja to say they were able to finish the race, and to see the excitement the people have when their vehicle crosses the line is amazing. Only a few people start the day with a plan to win. We went to Mexico with only one intention and that was to win the Baja 1000. We came prepared and the preparation worked. We understood the limitation of the car and drove within them, we understood the challenges the course would provide and drove around them. We were strategic in our race and chase strategies and ran without challenge or Challenger. Baja is a love hate realationship, and I love hating the Baja.
Todd
 
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Dragonfire Racing Kawasaki Teryx™ Dominates at Baja 1000

Irvine, Calif. (November 30, 2009) – The Dragonfire Racing Kawasaki Teryx won its second Baja event of the year in the Sportsman UTV class, under the guidance four veteran drivers during the 42nd running of the Baja 1000. The RUV, piloted by Team Green™ Manager Reid Nordin, Hans Waage, Todd Romano, and Baja legend Larry Roeseler, was a stand out amongst its competitors, coming in ahead of several classes that had started hours before the Teryx.

Kawasaki Under the Tent

Year of the Teryx
After a dominating win at the Baja 500 in June, Kawasaki and Dragonfire teamed up once again for the big Baja 1000. Like their success at the Baja 500, the Teryx finished with time to spare in their allotted time to complete the race.

“All in all it was a pretty uneventful race,” said Nordin. “A lot can go wrong and we only had one flat. We did get stuck in some silt, but that didn’t really put us back too much. It was probably the roughest Baja I had ever seen. The average speeds were well below normal. Our time ended up being fast enough to podium in seven other classes, so we were really happy with how we ran overall.”

Teryx Is Up For The Challenge
With 2009 being the first year the Kawasaki Teryx has competed in Baja, the RUV has already made a name for itself amongst its competitors who have been racing for several years.

“Being that the Teryx is 4-wheel drive, it has assisted us in some of the more difficult sections like the "Summit" and the silt beds of Laguna Salada,” said Nordin. “The torque and durability of the V-Twin 750 engine has already proven its durability and has raised the bar once again. The Nessy (the teams name for the Teryx) is built on the Teryx chassis platform, so it certainly isn't a ground-up race car like most we beat in many other classes.”

Hard Work Pays Off
The team put in countless hours of preparation into running both the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 and the partnership between Kawasaki and Dragonfire Racing has been a victorious one.

“I am really proud of what we have accomplished this year,” said Nordin. “It has been great to work with the Dragonfire crew. We all worked really hard to make sure the Teryx was ready for a big challenge like Baja. I think we proved that the machine is the one to beat in 2010.”

Great Driver Combination
With winning drivers Nordin and Waage returning, and veteran Baja drivers Romano and Roeseler, the teams’ chances looked good from the start. The experience that all these drivers brought to the team helped make the win possible.

“We went to Mexico with only one intention and that was to win the Baja 1000,” said Todd Romano, Dragonfire owner. “Many people only go to Baja to say they were able to finish, but we went in with a plan to win. Baja is a love-hate relationship, and I love hating Baja.”

Support Vs. Driving
Nordin’s history with Baja goes back to the start of the event in 1967 when his father won his class with Nordin present. Since that start, he has been a part of numerous winning teams and now can add winning driver to his Baja resume.

“I have been fortunate to be involved with a lot of Baja victories,” said Nordin. “To win as a driver is a totally different feeling than as the support staff. My dad won a production two-wheeled drive class in 1967 and now I can be with him in the record books, so that is a cool feeling for me.”

Baja 1000
1. Dragonfire Racing Kawasaki Teryx – Sportman UTV- 24:32:37
 
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ITP BAJACROSS TIRES DOMINATE THE BAJA 1000!

There is no tougher test of man and machine than the SCORE Baja 1000. ITP has just aced that test by winning the 2009 event in the Sportsman UTV class on BajaCross tires and T-9 Pro Mod wheels. This class was dominated by the Team Green Kawasaki DragonFire Racing team, with Reid Nordin, Hans Waage, Todd Romano and Larry Roeseler at the wheel of their Kawasaki Teryx. This talented crew enjoyed a nearly flawless run, completing the 672-mile/1000-kilometer course in northern Baja in a time of 24:32:37, for an average speed of 27.41 mph over what many considered to be one of the most demanding Baja 1000 courses in some time. Of 328 starters, just 185 finished — only 56.4 percent! It was the second big win for the team this season, having captured the Baja 500 in June on BajaCross tires as well.

If not for some fuel-related technical issues, the second car fielded by this team could have had a real shot of making it a one-two performance. Driving duties in the DragonFire Racing-prepped ITP/Carlisle Teryx were handled by Dave Roberts, Bob Viau, Chris Koch, John McCarthy, Cody Currie and Fred Sutter, with backing from Black Rock off-road wheels and Ultimax performance belts. This entry was the fourth Sportsman UTV entry to cross finish line in Ensenada, but was just outside the official time limit. This was an outstanding performance for a team with limited experience in Baja, in a new car that was put together in a very short timeframe. Everyone agreed that it was a great adventure, and vowed to return.

Both teams benefited greatly from the durability and performance of their ITP BajaCross tires and new ITP T-9 Pro Mod spun aluminum wheels (with ITP T7 Beadlock rings). In an event that’s notoriously tough on tires, neither team suffered a single tire failure. The Roberts-led squad even ran the same set of tires and T-9 Pro Mod wheels they used for over 200 miles of pre-running in the weeks leading up to the event! It was an outstanding debut for the T-9 Pro Mod, proving their lightweight yet durable capabilities in the world’s most rigorous test lab.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this inspiring effort. You showed once again how tough it is to compete in the Baja 1000, and how ITP tires and wheels can stand up to the test!
 
Listen tonight guys! Show just started. Reid and Larry will be on the show talking about there UTV win in Baja! I heard our boy Pat Dailey with Fast Aid is co hosting but it says FISH with Race-Dezert.com is on!!!!!!

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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tblsbwq3ZWk]YouTube - Robby Gordon Off-Road 2009 SCORE Championship Season[/ame]
 
another! SICK!!

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zm6h-Ad_zc]YouTube - AGM - Part 19: Armin vs Himself at the Baja500 and Baja 1000.[/ame]
 
I was amazed at how detailed the course notes that AGM used were...I guess when your used to rally car, you make detailed notes!

We saw this dude crash about 100 yards from our pit at RM160. We were waiting on someone to eat it as there was a pretty nasty little whoop section here. This guy was a fresh rider and was haulin' into the whoops...BAM! Down and out. He rides off and the Score helo does about 3-4 flyovers looking for him. Weatherman traffic says he broke his shoulder. Tough guy if that was true!

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8OD3CWDv3c]YouTube - SCORE Baja 1000 2009 accident[/ame]
 

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