Bryce Menzies lead all 400 miles of the SCORE Baja 400 and cruised to an easy finish. Menzies started out front after qualifying a hundredth of second in front of Luke McMillin. Menzies was careful not to get any penalties, running the course in eight hours, twenty-six minutes, 59 seconds. Luke McMillin finished in second place, three minutes behind Menzies.
“We came away from San Felipe with a win and then we had some issues while we were leading the SCORE Baja 500. We have qualified both times this year and our game plan was to play it smart. We put a little gap on Luke (McMillin) and I just wanted to keep it there all day, but then towards the finish I started making small mistakes. I don’t know what was going on; I just wasn’t in it, and he started catching me. I actually got stuck in a really tight section and had to back up. When you back up a four-wheel drive vehicle, it only goes into two-wheel drive, so I almost got stuck and I started to panic. But my main man over here (navigator Willie Valdez Jr) called every single corner, every single note, really coaching me and helped me get to the finish line. This one was technical. A lot of turns, a lot of technical sections, I really had to pay attention to every single corner. My hats off to my team,” said Bryce Menzies at the finish line.
Jason McNeil scored another win in the spec truck class and Cody Parkhouse came away with a Class 1 win. Finishing positions at the SCORE Baja 400 will determine the starting grid for this year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
Photos: Daniel Curiel Photographic