It's one of the most legendary off-road races in motorsport history, still going strong 40 years after its founding. Of course, we're talking about the Baja 1000, a grueling test of driver skill and endurance and an equally challenging feat for the race vehicles. For the second year in a row, B.J. Baldwin took first place in the race, and with his Baja 1000 victory, also took the points lead in the SCORE Trophy Truck series, edging out fellow Las Vegan Bryce Menzies.
Southern Californians and Nevadans dominated the Top 10 finishers at this year's Baja 1000, with eight of the top 10 being residents of Southern California or Nevada, and nine if Southern California native Robby Gordon is included. Gordon currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to B.J. Baldwin, second-place finisher Rob MacCachren and third-place finisher Bryce Menzies call Las Vegas home, and fifth-place finisher Troy Herbst also hails from the desert oasis. Southern California residents Heidi Steele, Cameron Steele, and Dan McMillin took sixth through eighth places, with Robby Gordon finishing ninth overall, and Mexico's Gus Vildosola taking 10th.
In manufacturer representation, Ford and Chevrolet were evenly split, each fielding five vehicles in the top 10. Chevrolet vehicles took first, fourth, sixth, seventh, and ninth places, while Ford took second, third, fifth, eighth, and tenth.
In other Baja 1000 news, the Quigley 4x4 van entered in the race successfully completed three-quarters of the race with no incidents. The front skidplate on the race van was repaired at mile 209. The chase van ran the course with minimal modifications. The team decided to call it off at mile 673, with a distant prospect of finishing within the race's closing time. Although the team didn't finish, everyone got home safely and the vans had no major mechanical issues.
Source: SCORE International, Quigley 4x4