2019 SCORE BAJA 500: ON THE PODIUM Results
Monster Energy, Can-Am teammates the Murray Bros. and Marc Burnett had a neck and neck battle all day (and night) around a grueling Northern Baja loop. The race came down to seconds as they finished at the Estero Beach Resort just South of the Ensenada. In the end after 13 hours and 23 minutes (it’s that close). Polaris/4 Wheel Parts head honcho, Craig Scanlon kept his RZR-TurboS4 on track all day to capture his best finish sneaking in between the two Can-Am drivers on time. After penalties were assessed the Murray car was docked giving the win to Scanlon. This is a big win for the team. This years turbo class had 25 entries. Regular front runner and Score overall points champion for 2018, Wayne Matlock (POL), elected to take a rear start and ended up getting stuck behind too much slower traffic to contend for the win and finished 45 minutes back.
2019 SCORE BAJA 500: ON THE PODIUM
- Craig Scanlon…Polaris RZR TurboS
2. Marc Burnett…Can-Am Maverick X3
3. Jason & Derek Murray…Can-Am Maverick X3
PRO UTV FI (two-seat Forced Induction, OEM engine UTVs)
CRAIG SCANLON, No. 2931 (First in class; Solo driver) – – It was a blast. It was a long day. We thought we were going to be in the car for about 12 and a half hours and it was just that. I drove start to finish. I had a backup driver, but that was the deal this year. It was a long day. The rear stabilizer bars went out three times, but nothing catastrophic and it’s a little dirty, but what the heck.
MARC BURNETT, No. 2095 (Second in class) – – The course was gnarly, completely hard. We put it on the side right here in the wash six minutes ago. It was awesome, but we had to replace a hub, had to do a clutch. Earlier in the day it looked pretty bad, we were probably 20th, but we moved all the way up and I’m surprised we brought it back in. I’m just happy making it here. I know we are leading the points now, which is very nice.
JASON MURRAY, No. 2917 (Third in class; Jason Murray start to 230; Derek Murray 230-finish) – – About 50 miles to the finish, we had a 10 mile lead, but got stuck in a silt bed and put the car on its side and had to get pulled out and set us back. This Can Am Maverick pushed hard to the end.
WAYNE MATLOCK, No. 2971 – (Fourth in class) – – The course was brutal, and it was a long day. We worked for this one, the hardest I’ve ever fought for a 4th place. The start was gnarly, it was a little tight, silty. The finish was just miserable and tough.
CORY SAPPINTON, No. 2904 (Fifth in class; Scott Sappinton start to 230; Cory 230 to 380; Ryan Johnson 380 to finish) – – It was a great race, an awesome SCORE Baja 500. I loved the course; I loved the roughness and technicality. I loved every bit about it, thank you SCORE. We only had one broken shock. Start wasn’t bad for us, the four-wheel drive UTVs can plow through that stuff no problem. The end was a little soupy and fast, so we just held the throttle down and let it steer itself. It was fun.
PRO UTV NA (two-seat Normally Aspirated, OEM engine UTVs)
KRISTEN MATLOCK, No. 1954 (Second in class) – – I had a great time, it was a really fun course. I just had some mechanical issues throughout the day that slowed me down. I had a great start and I think I was up to 4th overall in the UTVs physically at one point. After that, unfortunately, my race went a little bit south and I couldn’t get the car going well enough to get back up there. We figured it out at the very end, so I had fun on the way to the finish line. It is part of racing and I still really enjoyed myself and we got second even after all of that. I’ve gotten a first and a second so I’m sitting pretty good for the championship.
ADRIAN ORELLANA, No. 1985 (Third in class; drove solo) – – The first 30 miles at the beginning were a heck of a challenge. It was good to use a UTV to our advantage and use the four-wheel drive and just be able to get around a lot of stuff. The rest of the course was fun. Mike’s Sky Ranch was excellent. Going into the coast was beautiful, as always. Coming into the last 30 miles it definitely looks different at night. It was a lot of fun.