Bryce Menzies claimed his second SCORE Baja 400 win. The victory sets Menzies up nicely with a leading starting position for the upcoming SCORE Baja 1000 in November. Starting positions for that race are determined by finishing order at the 400. Menzies qualified second behind Luke McMillin. McMillin had the lead for the first 60 miles of the race before Menzies made the leading pass. McMillin was down with a flat tire change. The two four-wheel drive Trophy Truck wheelmen stayed close for the entire race. Menzies even lost his four-wheel drive maneuverability halfway through the race but managed to keep the lead.
“We had a clean day. We started out pretty smooth, just trying to chase Luke (McMillin) down. He got a flat early at about race mile 65. We got him while he was changing a flat. And then from there we just held him behind us with about a two and half minute gap and just wanted to keep him there in case we had any issues,” said Menzies. “Overall, we just had one flat and my co-driver (Willie Valdez) changed it in 50 seconds, which is absolutely unheard of. Other than that issue we had a great run. It feels really good to win back-to-back SCORE Baja 400’s. We lost four-wheel drive at race mile 210. It tested my skills. I had to learn how to drive a four-wheel drive, then I had to re-learn to drive it with two-wheel drive. Overall, an epic day.”
Once all of the penalties were sorted out in the other classes, Christopher Polvoorde came out on top in the Trophy Spec Truck class. Polvoorde continues to lead the points in SCORE International and has just one more race to go with the class championship in sight. In Class 1, Brian Parkhouse a survived a missed VCP penalty to get a victory. Jose David Ruvalcaba took home a class 10 win.