Rob MacCachren Claims the Overall Victory at
SCORE’s Second Round of Racing at the Laughlin Desert Challenge
The No. 20 Rockstar Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires Driver sits Second in SCORE Points
With 190 career victories and 20 series championships, Rob MacCachren has demonstrated that you cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do, but instead what you have already done. Given MacCachren’s impressive resume of successes and extensive collection of trophies, it would be difficult for anyone to imagine that he has anything left to prove – except maybe to himself. Adding another trophy and victory to his collection during the second round of SCORE International racing this past weekend, Rob MacCachren once again proved to himself and others he is a force to be reckoned with.
This past weekend’s season opener of the 2012 SCORE International desert racing series held in Laughlin, Nevada hosted a field of 22 elite unlimited class trucks all vying for the top spot in two separate rounds of racing. For the first time in the 18 year history of the Laughlin Desert Challenge the two day event was scored as two separate races, firmly setting the stage for the SCORE Trophy Truck points battle heading into the MasterCraft Safety San Felipe 250 race in March.
Finishing the 2011 SCORE International season second in points in the premier SCORE Trophy Truck class, Rob MacCachren had set the bar high the previous year and arrived in Laughlin with his sights set on improving his 2011 showing in his No. 20 Rockstar Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires Jimco-built Trophy Truck. Putting down the second fastest qualifying time with an average speed of 57.25mph on the 6.25-mile course, MacCachren started behind fellow Las Vegas competitor B.J. Baldwin for Saturday’s event. By the fifth lap, Rob was leading the race by ten seconds on corrected time when a rare misstep into a berm threw the tire from the bead necessitating a tire change with just three laps remaining in SCORE’s first round of racing in the 2012 season. “I knew I had to go out there and put the truck out front so I had a good starting position on Sunday,” remarked MacCachren. “Fortunately, we were able to pull off a ninth place finish even with the tire change and that still gives a great shot at staying up front in points.”
Not one to let Saturday’s finish discourage him from dominating the following day, Rob lined up mid-pack on Sunday for the second round of SCORE International desert racing and quickly turned up the heat on the competition. Averaging 55.28mph MacCachren methodically picked off the field of 21 remaining starters for Sunday’s race and earned himself his tenth SCORE Trophy Truck career win. “Everything just came together today with the Jimco truck and the team. I couldn’t be happier with my crew and partners like MasterCraft Racing and Rockstar Energy Drink that helped me get this win today. The Fox Racing Shox and BFGoodrich Tires did their job on the rough course and the truck was working great,” said Rob Mac after the race. Claiming the overall victory with an elapsed time of 54 minutes and 16 seconds, MacCachren finished an astonishing 1 minute and 12 seconds ahead of the second place finisher and accumulated his 190th career victory in off-road racing.
Currently sitting second in points in the 2012 SCORE Trophy Truck class, Rob MacCachren heads to the MasterCraft Safety San Felipe 250 race looking to defend his previous year’s overall win at this event. In addition to claiming the victory at last year’s 25th Anniversary of the San Felipe 250 in March, MacCachren followed up his domination just six months later and bested his previous overall time on the same racecourse by more than five minutes and beat out the second overall competitor by more than nine minutes. Claiming three of his ten career SCORE Trophy Truck victories in just the last ten months under the MasterCraft Racing banner, Rob Mac is looking to build upon his recent successes and has his sights firmly set on the SCORE Trophy Truck championship as the season heads into it’s third race of the year in March.
Round three of the SCORE International desert racing series continues with the 26th annual MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 race on March 9 – 11, 2012 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. For more information regarding this and other SCORE events visit: www.score-international.com.
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Rob MacCachren and MasterCraft Racing are sponsored by:
Impact by MasterCraft Safety • ROCKSTAR Energy Drink • BFGoodrich Tires
Fox Racing Shox • Walker Evans Racing • Rancho Drivetrain
KC HiLites • FK Rod Ends • MasterCraft Safety • Palomar Communications
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Lead Action Image: Peter Brock
MacCachren and Cisco Bio Images: Kelli Willmore
About Rob MacCachren:
Rob MacCachren possesses a rare combination of talent that ranks him among the elite of off-road racing, regardless of the venue. His 25-year racing career includes an unmatched 190 race victories and 20 series championships in both short course and open desert racing, which also earned him a spot in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011. Amongst those victories are 5 SCORE Baja 500 wins and 5 SCORE Baja 1000 victories in the desert, the crown jewel of which was MacCachren’s domination at the 1296 mile run down the Mexican peninsula at the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000. Good things come in threes for MacCachren in short course racing, as the talented driver has won three consecutive series championships, three consecutive Borg Warner Cup races, three Governor’s Cups, and been named to the Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association Auto Racing All-America First Team three times in his career.
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