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SCORE Awards Banquet

SCORE MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic Clark (702) 735-7123

December 11, 2004

BFG Tires, Honda, Ed Herbst, Andy McMillin
Big Winners at SCORE DESERT SERIES Awards

PRIMM, Nev.—BFGoodrich Tires, a staple of desert racers world-wide, captured two major honors Saturday as SCORE International officially concluded the five-race 2004 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night at the Primm Valley Resort in Primm, Nev..

The evening was also a celebration of 31 years of SCORE championship desert racing.

With its 19th straight overall four-wheel victory in the season-ending legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 in November, BFG Tires was honored as both the 2004 SCORE Contingency Company and the 2004 SCORE Pit Support Team of the year. The Off-Roadsman awards are determined by the vote of more than 2,500 members of Los Angeles-based SCORE International.

It was the 17th time BFG Tires has been voted the top Contingency Company and 18th time it has been honored as the premier pit support team.

Southern Nevada racer Ed Herbst was also among the top honorees. Ed Herbst, 43, the eldest of the three racing Herbst brothers, was honored for the first time as the SCORE Person of the Year and the family’s Terrible Herbst Motorsports team was voted the SCORE Entry Sponsor of the Year for the third consecutive year. Herbst and his younger brother Tim, 41, have combined for 11 career race wins and four season titles in the 11-year history of the features SCORE Trophy-Truck division while the youngest brother Troy Herbst, 38, has earned six career unlimited Class 1 season point titles.

Ed Herbst, as president of the Terrible Herbst business group, approved a special $40,000 bonus purse for this year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Terrible Herbst has provided a $40,000 bonus purse for one SCORE race each of the last three years. After Troy Herbst was the overall winner in the race, the family donated its $20,000 portion of the bonus to the City of Hope Cancer Research Center in the name of the Martin Collins, a Southern Nevada developer, former desert racer and father of SCORE Trophy-Truck driver Brian Collins, who passed away recently.

“I am very humbled to be honored like this, but like everything we do as a team, I accept it on behalf of the entire Herbst family,” Ed Herbst said in a prepared statement. “My father started in this sport over 30 years ago and my brothers and our kids will be in this sport for a long time to come. We anticipate being announced as SCORE Trophy-Truck champions at this banquet next year.”

American Honda was voted SCORE Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year for the 16th time and the eighth consecutive year.

“BFGoodrich Tires has been a continuing support to all of desert racing, especially SCORE, for over 25 years,” said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO/President since shortly after it was founded in 1973. “To win the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 once is a major feat, but to capture the world’s most prestigious desert race 19 straight years is unbelievable. BFG Tires are the most dominant desert-racing tires in the world and we are privileged to honor them. Their grassroots support of desert racers is unparalleled.”

John Hoffman, crew chief for the Pflueger Racing SCORE Trophy-Truck team, was voted the 2004 SCORE Mechanic of the Year for the first time in his career.

Brian Jeffrey, Acton, Calif., was honored as the 2004 SCORE Overall point champion as he and co-driver Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., captured Class 1-2/1600 in a Dunrite-VW with one win and four more podium finishes. It was the third career class point championship for Jeffrey and it was Pfankuch’s second straight. It was also the first SCORE Overall point crown for both of them.

Jeffrey also received the $10,000 Kartek Off-Road bonus purse that the Southern California aftermarket company posted for the 2004 SCORE Overall point champion.

Mike Julson, 46, of Santee, Calif., who is a SCORE regular in Class 1, saw his Jimco open-wheel desert race cars are the most prominent in the sport, winning three of the four open wheel classes in the 2004 SCORE Desert Series. Jimco won the 2004 SCORE Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer point championship by a wide margin.

High School student Andy McMillin of Poway, Calif., was voted the 2004 SCORE Rookie of the Year after racing with his father Scott in the unlimited Class 1 in a Jimco-Chevy. The McMillins finished fourth in Class 1 for the year, just two points behind Mark McMillin, Andy’s uncle and Scott’s older brother.

A rugged group of 20 SCORE racers were also honored as 2004 SCORE Toyota Milestone Award winners after finishing all 2,092.61 race miles during the season.

Three of them were also honored as winners of this year’s $12,000 SCORE Toyota True Grit Awards presented to the Toyota Milestone receipts who won their respective non-factory supported 2004 SCORE Class point championships. The SCORE Toyota True Grit Award winners this year who will split the $12,000 bonus purse are Brian Jeffrey, Acton, Calif. (Class 1-2/1600, Dunrite-VW), Steve Myers, Newport Beach, Calif. (Class 10, Jimco-Toyota) and Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif. (SCORE LIte, Jimco-VW).

Winning the 2004 Engine Builder point championship was Greg Aaronson and Ron Fleming and their FAT Performance company.

Judy Smith, of Hot VWs Magazine and Dusty Times, was honored for the 12th time (seventh consecutive time) as SCORE Journalist of the Year, while Los Angeles’ Trackside Photo earned Photographer of the Year honors for the 15th time overall and third straight.

SCORE opens its five-race 2005 SCORE Desert Series Jan. 13-16 in Southern Nevada with the 11th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge.

SCORE International, founded in 1973 by the late Mickey Thompson and headed by Sal Fish since 1974, continues today as the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 16 Pro and two Sportsman classes for cars and trucks in the U.S. with seven additional Pro and three more Sportsman classes for motorcycles and ATVs competing in the races in Mexico. SCORE races in the U.S. average 175 entries while the average in Mexico, with motorcycle and ATV classes running as well as the cars and trucks is 250.

Current SCORE official annual sponsors are BFGoodrich Tires-official tire, Southern California Ford Dealers-official vehicle, Centrix Financial, CL Bryant Racing Fuel-official fuel. Associate sponsors are: Tecate Beer, Coca-Cola of Mexico, Herbst Gaming, Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Laughlin Tourism Council, Primm Valley Resorts, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Fram, Autolite, Prestone, Bilstein, Signpros, P.C.I. Race Radios, McKenzie’s, and Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2003 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2004 SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year Award Winners
Contingency Company—BFGoodrich Tires
Motorcycle Manufacturer—American Honda
Mechanic—John Hoffman, Pflueger Racing
Entry Sponsor—Terrible Herbst Motorsports
Pit Support Team—BFGoodrich Tires
Journalist—Judy Smith, Hot VWs & Dusty Times
Photographer—Trackskide Photos
Rookie of the Year—Andy McMillin, McMillin Racing
Person of the Year—Ed Herbst, Terrible Herbst Motorsports
*Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer—Jimco
*Engine Builder—FAT Performance

*Determined by points, others by membership vote

All-time SCORE Off-Roadsman Award Winners
Current Awards
(1974 thru 2003, voted by SCORE membership)

CONTINGENCY COMPANY
1977—NGK Spark Plugs
1978—Pennzoil
1979—BFGoodrich Tires
1980—Rough Country
1981—Bridgestone
1982—BFGoodrich Tires
1983—BFGoodrich Tires
1984—BFGoodrich Tires
1985—TIE-BFGoodrich Tires
& Yokohama Tires
1986—Yokohama Tires
1987—BFGoodrich Tires
1988—Yokohama Tires
1989—Yokohama Tires
1990—Yokohama Tires
1991—Yokohama Tires
1992—Yokohama Tires
1993—BFGoodrich Tires
1994—BFGoodrich Tires
1995—BFGoodrich Tires
1996—BFGoodrich Tires
1997—BFGoodrich Tires
1998—Duralast Batteries
1999—BFGoodrich Tires
2000—BFGoodrich Tires
2001—BFGoodrich Tires
2002—BFGoodrich Tires
2003—BFGoodrich Tires
2004—BFGoodrich Tires

MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURER
1974—Husqvarna
1975—American Honda
1976—Husqvarna
1977—Husqvarna
1978—Husqvarna
1979—Husqvarna
1980—Yamaha
1981—American Honda
1982—American Honda
1983—American Honda
1984—American Honda
1985—American Honda
1986—American Honda
1987—American Honda
1988—American Honda
1989—Kawasaki
1990—Kawasaki
1991—Kawasaki
1992—Kawasaki
1993—Kawasaki
1994—Kawasaki
1995—Kawasaki
1996—Kawasaki
1997—American Honda
1998—American Honda
1999—American Honda
2000—American Honda
2001—American Honda
2002—American Honda
2003—American Honda
2004—American Honda

MECHANIC
1974—Scott McKenzie
1975—Dick Russell
1976—Jim Fueling
1977—Scott McKenzie
1978—Scott McKenzie
1979—Scott McKenzie
1980—Bill Stroppe
1981—Tom Strong
1982—Bill Stroppe
1983—Bill Stroppe
1984—Bill Stroppe
1985—Bill Stroppe
1986—Randy Anderson
1987—NONE SELECTED
1988—Jon Nelson
1989—Russ Wernimont
1990—Call Wells III
1991—Ivan Scoppertone
1992—Russ Wernimont
1993—Russ Wernimont
1994—Russ Wernimont
1995—Curt LeDuc
1996—Steve Silverthorn
1997—NONE SELECTED
1998—Mike Smith
1999—Mike Smith
2000—Mike Smith
2001—Mike Stapleton
2002—Barry Beacham
2003—Mike Smith
2004—John Hoffman

ENTRY SPONSOR
1977—Jules Auto Parts
1978—Tracy’s Party Ice
1979—Tracy’s Party Ice
1980—MHM Racing
1981—Mike Moore
1982—Pernod
1983—BFGoodrich Tires
1984—BFGoodrich Tires
1985—BFGoodrich Tires
1986—Barbary Coast Hotel
1987—Barbary Coast Hotel
1988—Barbary Coast Hotel
1989—Ford Motor Company
1990—Barbary Coast Hotel
1991—Barbary Coast Hotel
1992—BFGoodrich Tires
1993—Barbary Coast Hotel
1994—Barbary Coast Hotel
1995—BFGoodrich Tires
1996—BFGoodrich Tires
1997—BFGoodrich Tires
1998—BFGoodrich Tires
1999—Terrible Herbst
Motorsports
2000—Tecate Beer
2001—Duralast Batteries
2002—Terrible Herbst
Motorsports
2003—Terrible Herbst
Motorsports
2004—Terrible Herbst
Motorsports

PIT SUPPORT TEAM
1977—Checkers
1978—F.A.I.R.
1979—Checkers
1980—Budweiser
1981—Budweiser
1982—BFGoodrich Tires
1983—Checkers
1984—BFGoodrich Tires
1985—TIE-Checkers & F.A.I.R.
1986—Spirit Racing
1987—BFGoodrich Tires
1988—BFGoodrich Tires
1989—BFGoodrich Tires
1990—Sage Council
1991—BFGoodrich Tires
1992—BFGoodrich Tires
1993—Checkers
1994—BFGoodrich Tires
1995—BFGoodrich Tires
1996—BFGoodrich Tires
1997—BFGoodrich Tires
1998—BFGoodrich Tires
1999—BFGoodrich Tires
2000—BFGoodrich Tires
2001—BFGoodrich Tires
2002—BFGoodrich Tires
2003—BFGoodrich Tires
2004—BFGoodrich Tires

ROOKIE
1974—Frank Vessels
1975—Carroll Ditson
1976—Jackie Thomison
1977—Jerry Boone
1978—Jim Jacobus
1979—Dixie Hawkins
1980—Ray Encabo
1981—Malcolm Vinje
1982—Roger Mortenson
1983—Mike Falkosky
1984—John Clark Gable
1985—Rob Tolleson
1986—Brian Stewart
1987—Robby Gordon
1988—Doug Fortin
1989—Scott Reams
1990—Charlie Townsley
1991—Dan Smith
1992—Brian Goodrich
1993—Ricky Johnson
1994—Tom Rusich
1995—Jimmy Johnson
1996—TIE-Chuck Harris
& Tom Dittfield
1997—John Herder
1998—Bekki Freeman
1999—Jared Hardin
2000—Jeremy Spirkoff
2001—Jason Hunter
2002—Alan Pflueger
2003—Brian Ickler
2004—Andy McMillin

PERSON
1974—Walt Lott
1975—Doc Sauers
1976—Ivan Stewart
1977—Jim McCullick
1978—Quico Santana
1979—Hal Harris
1980—Malcolm Smith
1981—Joe MacPherson
1982—Athene Karis
1983—Walker Evans
1984—Ivan Stewart
1985—Frank DeAngelo
1986—Walker Evans
1987—Bob Steinberger
1988—Walt Lott
1989—Evans Evans
1990—Michael Gaughan
1991—Peri Comb
1992—Dan Newsome
1993—Michael Gaughan
1994—Jimmy Smith
1995—Danny Hamel
1996—Dan Newsome
1997—Joe MacPherson
1998—Dan Newsome
1999—Larry Roeseler
2000—Bob Steinberger
2001—Debbie Dickerhoof
2002—Jeff Quinn
2003—TIE-Mike Julson
& Corky McMillin
2004—Ed Herbst

JOURNALIST
1975—Jean Calvin
1976—Sam Wilshire
1977—Sam Wilshire
1978—Judy Smith
1979—Steve Kassanyi
1980—Judy Smith
1981—Jean Calvin
1982—Judy Smith
1983—Jean Calvin
1984—Jean Calvin
1985—Jean Calvin
1986—Jean Calvin
1987—Jim Short
1988—Jean Calvin
1989—Jean Calvin
1990—Jean Calvin
1991—Judy Smith
1992—Judy Smith
1993—Tony Tellier
1994—Jean Calvin
1995—NONE SELECTED
1996—Judy Smith
1997—Jean Calvin
1998—Judy Smith
1999—Judy Smith
2000—Judy Smith
2001—Judy Smith
2002—Judy Smith
2003—Judy Smith
2004—Judy Smith

PHOTOGRAPHER
1975—Dave Cody
1976—Trackside
1977—Ariz. Comp. Photos
1978—Trackside
1979—Trackside
1980—Trackside
1981—Action Photo
1982—Trackside
1983—Trackside
1984—Trackside
1985—Trackside
1986—Trackside
1987—ESPN
1988—Trackside
1989—Trackside
1990—Carrera
1991—Carrera
1992—Carrera
1993—Carrera
1994—Carrera
1995—NONE SELECTED
1996—Carrera
1997—Carrera
1998—Carrera
1999—Carrera
2000—Trackside
2001—Carrera
2002—Trackside
2003—Trackside
2004---Trackside

ORIGINAL BUGGY
CHASSIS MANUFACTURER
1974—Funco
1975—Hi-Jumper
1976—Chenowth
1977—Chenowth
1978—Chenowth
1979—Funco
1980—Funco
1981—Funco
1982—Raceco
1983—TIE-Chenowth & Raceco
1984—Raceco
1985—Raceco
1986—Raceco
1987—Raceco
1988—Chenowth
1989—Chenowth
1990—Chenowth
1991—Chenowth
1992—Jimco
1993—Mirage
1994—Chenowth
1995—Jimco
1996—Jimco
1997—Jimco
1998—Jimco
1999—Jimco
2000—Jimco
2001—Jimco
2002—Jimco
(By Points since 2003)
2003—Jimco
2004—Jimco

ENGINE BUILDER
1974—Lee Leighton
1975—Brian Skipper
1976—Lee Leighton
1985—FAT Performance
1986—Keith Black
1987—Louis Unser
1988—Mike Evans
1989—Mike Evans
1990—FAT Performance
1991—FAT Performance
1992—Major Performance
1993—FAT Performance
1994—Wik’s Racing
1995—FAT Performance
1996—FAT Performance
1997—FAT Performance
1998—Wik’s Racing
1999—Wik’s Racing
2000—Wik’s Racing
2001—Wik’s Racing
2002—Dave Smith
(By Points since 2003)
2003—Major Performance
2004—FAT Performance

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