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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
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
(1974 thru 2003, voted by SCORE membership)
1977—NGK Spark Plugs
& Yokohama Tires
1990—Call Wells III
1977—Jules Auto Parts
1978—Tracy’s Party Ice
1979—Tracy’s Party Ice
1986—Barbary Coast Hotel
1987—Barbary Coast Hotel
1988—Barbary Coast Hotel
1989—Ford Motor Company
1990—Barbary Coast Hotel
1991—Barbary Coast Hotel
1993—Barbary Coast Hotel
1994—Barbary Coast Hotel
PIT SUPPORT TEAM
1985—TIE-Checkers & F.A.I.R.
1984—John Clark Gable
& Tom Dittfield
& Corky McMillin
1977—Ariz. Comp. Photos
1983—TIE-Chenowth & Raceco
(By Points since 2003)
(By Points since 2003)