ROCKSTAR MAKITA RIVIERA RACING DRIVERS TAKE SECOND PLACE IN TECATE SCORE BAJA 500
In what will likely go down in history as one of the most classic battles in desert racing history, solodriver B.J. Baldwin held it all together for 441.15 miles of the rugged Baja peninsula to capture theOverall 4-Wheel victory Saturday by a mere seven seconds over Rockstar Makita Riviera Racing\'s Mark Post and Rob MacCachren at the 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Driving the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado SCORE Trophy-Truck, Baldwin, of Las Vegas,covered grueling desert race course in nine hours, 10 minutes, 47 seconds, averaging 48.06 miles perhour to win the closest overall 4-wheel vehicle finish in the 40-year history of the second oldest desertrace in the world.
Post of Laguna Beach, Calif. and Las Vegas\' MacCachren, the reigning SCORE Trophy-Truck point champions finished first physically in the elapsed-time race but the corrected-time results revealed their second place finish as Baldwin started 60 seconds behind Post/MacCachren No. 1 Rockstar Makita Riviera Racing Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck, but came into the finish line just 53 seconds after MacCachren had crossed it.
"Mark had some flat tires," MacCachren added, But it doesn\'t matter if you get them or not. Ultimately, it\'s like a chess game. You\'re cruising along trying to stay somewhere near the front of the pack and pick your battles at the end. The course was torn up a little bit."
"I\'d like to have made it here eight seconds faster," said Post whose Rockstar Makita Riviera Racing team now has two second-place finishes in 2008 following a rare did-not-finish in the season opener. "I was 40 seconds behind B.J. when I gave the truck to Rob, so we got back on the pace. I had three flats otherwise we would have had a nice truck today. That was a heck of a run. It\'s the SCORE Baja 500, a technical race. It\'s just a great race."
Check out Rockstar Makita Riviera Racing\'s next race as they head to Primm Valley for the SCORE Terribles Primm 300 September 5-6.