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56 Racers Up For 2023 Rod Hall Milestone Award Presented by Toyota Escondido  A record 56 racers competing during the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship Season, completed a total of 2451.78 miles to earn a prestigious 2023 Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by Toyota Escondido. “SCORE is privileged to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers and riders,” said Jim Ryan, SCORE Vice-President of Marketing and Sales. “For nearly four decades, SCORE has been very humbled to honor racers with the Rod Hall SCORE Milestone Awards, presented by Toyota Escondido. SCORE racers are the toughest, most rugged racers on the planet. This most prestigious award has become iconic in our sport. It is also a distinct privilege for us to continue to honor the memory of one of the greatest desert racers of all time in having Rod Hall’s name on this unique and wonderful award.” Recipients Include: 
Bryce Menzies, SCORE Trophy Truck Luke McMillin, SCORE Trophy Truck Andrew Myers, SCORE Trophy Truck Roberto Romo Jr, SCORE Trophy Truck Larry Roeseler, SCORE Trophy Truck Gustavo Vildosola Sr, SCORE TT Legend Cody Reid, Class 1 Al Torres, Class 1 Jason McNeil, Trophy Truck Spec EJ Herbst, Trophy Truck Spec Travis Williams, Trophy Truck Spec Mason Cullen, Trophy Truck Spec Brent Fox, Trophy Truck Spec Oliver Flemate, Trophy Truck Spec David Ziegler, Trophy Truck Spec Santiago Creel, Trophy Truck Spec Joe Delucie, Trophy Truck Spec Francisco Vera, Class 10 J. David Ruvalcaba, Class 10 Justin Buckley, Class 10 Brock Heger, Pro UTV Open Justin Lambert, Pro UTV Open Cayden MacCachren, Pro UTV Open Mike Cafro, Pro UTV Open Kaden Wells, Pro UTV Open Jason Murray, Pro UTV FI Rickey Arslanian, Pro UTV FI Carlos Quezada, Pro UTV FI Jesus Mendez Jr, Pro UTV FI Oscar Alvarez, SCORE Lites Joe Bolton, Pro UTV NA Lawrence Janesky, Pro UTV NA Eric Pavolka, Class 1/2-1600 Jorge Cano, Pro UTV Stock Antonio Mendez, Pro UTV Stock Oliver Flemate, Class 11 Juan Carlos Salvatierra, Pro Moto Unlimited Ciaran Naran, Pro Moto Unlimited Adrian Ortiz, Pro Moto Unlimited Eric Holt, Pro Moto Unlimited Jano Montoya, Pro Moto 30 David Smith, Pro Moto 30 Fernando Beltran, Pro Moto Limited Ely Ramirez, Pro Moto Limited Steven Abrams, Pro Moto Limited Alirio Amado, Pro Moto 40 Robert Creemers, Pro Moto 50 Fabricio Fuentes, Pro Moto Ironman Kurt Steever, Pro Moto Ironman Kevin Ward, Pro Moto 60 Nicolas Velez, Pro Quad Jose Castro, Pro Quad Jose Armando Ortiz, SPT Motorcycle Sergio Jimenez, SPT Quad Francisco Valle, SPT Quad Eva Hernandez, SPT Quad SCORE AWARDS GALA The 2023 SCORE Awards Gala will take place Saturday January 20, 2024 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum at the historic Balboa Park, in San Diego, California. The event will commemorate the 2023 SCORE World Desert Championship and the first 50 years of the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Organization. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. PT for admission into the museum, followed by a pre-awards reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and presentations starting at 7:30 p.m. Online tickets are available for the event priced at $89 per adult, a table for eight at $712, and children under 12 years old at $69.  Ticket sales will close at 5 p.m. PT on Friday, January 12, 2024. There will be no ticket sales at the door. GET TICKETS FROM THIS LINK, or contact Shannon Lund SCORE Registration and Membership Director at 775.852.8907. SCORE MOURNS PASSING OF MIKE STAPELTON Mike Stapleton, legendary mechanic and crew member of SCORE multi-time champion Wilson Motorsports, passed away on December 1, 2023. Stapleton worked for more than 20-years with one of the greatest families in the history of motorsports before passing after a lengthy battle with cancer. Stapleton was well-known and well-respected in the desert racing community, and was a three-time SCORE Mechanic Of The Year (2001, 2009, 2012). Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and everyone at Wilson Motorsports. “Mikey was a remarkable individual whose kindness, humor, and generosity touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him,” said the Wilson Motorsports team in a post. “He had an ability to bring joy and laughter to any situation, and his genuine and caring nature made him a true friend to many.” Gabriel Garcia Honored SCORE Live Stream announcer, and Podio Media MX reporter Gabriel Garcia, was honored recently as Ensenada Sports Writer Of The Year. He was presented an award by Ensenada Mayor Armando Ayala at the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center in Ensenada, Mexico. Garcia has covered all types of sports events for more than 20-years, through the El Viga Newspaper, his own Podia Media website, and most recently as SCORE Social Media correspondent, and co-announcer duties with Rat Sult, during SCORE races.

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