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SCORE Journal Issue - OCTOBER 2017

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THE KID SHOWS HOW IT'S DONE BROC DICKERSON LEADS THE REST OF THE FOUR-WHEEL CLASSES WITH A THIRD CLASS 10 VICTORY IN A ROW By Dan Sanchez Photography By Get Some Photo Adding another “three-peat” finish is Broc Dickerson, who took home the Class 10 victory in Tijuana and finished fourth overall. At age 16, Dickerson is the youngest competitor in SCORE this season and looks to wrap up a Class 10 Championship with his dad Jeff. “It was fun,” said Dickerson. “When we’d get by cars we’d have a big section to get on the gas and try and catch the next one. We had another big issue with dust but other than that it was a good race.” Class 10 remains to be very competitive with seven starters in Tijuana. The number 1000 team of Rafael Navarro IV came in second, followed by the 1092 team of Reinaldo Varela. The Class 8 team of Noah Ostanik and David Dinsmore won their class in the number 844 Ford F-150. Ostanik finished first in San Felipie, and second at the SCORE Baja 500. This first place finish pushes them to a championship season in the class. “It was a good day, nice and smooth,” said Ostanik. “The two days [of racing] was a lot of fun. We just had a great time and we’re ready for the Baja 1000 now.” Cesar Fiscal earned the victory in Class 1/2-1600, with the help of co-drivers Carlos Suarez and Romo Foddrill. SCORE Lites had the team of Rafael Aguirre and Felipe Martinez, finish first while in Class 5, Mark and Perry McNeil won their class in their number 501 Unlimited VW. In Class 7, Mark Johnson in the number 719 Honda Ridgeline won the class with the help of co-drivers Norris Brown and John Lee. The Best UTV Teams Battle While the competition was tough for the UTV categories in Tijuana, with many racers competing to earn points towards a championship season. The UTV racing action had fans cheering on their favorite racers including Rhys Millen, who was competing in the Pro UTV FI class with the likes of Brandon Schueler, Marc Burnett, Derek Murray, Alonzo Lopes and others. After two days of battling, on the course, Marc Burnett overcame some problems and still managed to earn an important victory, putting him at the top of the points race towards a 2017 Championship season. “We had an axel go bad on the first lap,” said Burnett. “We had another problem in the rear too but we kept it quiet. This first win with CanAm means a lot, and it’s so emotional for us. We’ve had so many close calls. We lost at the San Felipe 250 because we ran out of fuel five miles from the and I broke my wrist. It was pretty emotional for that and just getting here was a big deal for us. To get the win was awesome.” Burnett and his team now prepare for the 50th Anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000. “We know there a lot of things we need to fix,” said Burnett. “We won this race but we still have a lot of work to do. I’m pumped for the 1000 and am going to race Ironman. I’ll probably be the only one in the UTV class. It’ll be the last time I ironman a race. I’m looking forward to it and I would love to get a win in ironman because it would be a big story out there. It would be quite a way to go out.” Finishing the class in second place was Millen, in a Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo co-driven by Tony Hartley. Brandon Schueler and co-driver Pat Stone finished in third place in their Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, followed by Scott Sappington and Jason Flanders in a Can-Am Maverick X3 who finished fourth in class. In the Pro UTV Normally Aspirated class, Kristen Matlock finished first in class among a large field. “I just tried to set the fastest possible lap I could set,” said Matlock. “I finally caught the dust and had to slow down. It was a great race all the way through.” Out of a field of seven in this class, Matlock was the only one to finish and kept her Polaris RXR XP4 free from damage to finish the race. This win pushes Matlock closer to the top of the points lead towards a 2017 championship in the class. Racers Prepare For The 50th Now that the 21st Tijuana Desert Challenge is in the books, racers prepare to take on the 50th Anniversary of the SCORE Baja 1000 in November. SCORE expects this race to be one of its largest in recent history. The race takes place November 12-18. This year’s race will be a peninsula run, consisting of a 1,134.40-mile course that will start in Ensenada, Baja California Norte and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur. SJ

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