Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies, San Diego’s Andy McMillin and his cousin Luke McMillin, three of the top guns in all of desert racing, were the top three qualifiers Thursday among nearly 280 racers expected to start Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 34th SCORE San Felipe 250, presented by Ford.
Held over a 4.77-mile course south of downtown Menzies, 33, powered his way in a time of six minutes, 5.746 seconds averaging 46.95 miles per hour in his No. 7 all-wheel drive Mason-built Ford Raptor SCORE Trophy Truck. He was fastest of the 26 SCORE Trophy Trucks out of 35 entries in the class that attempted to qualify.
“Qualifying was good, the course is super chewed up, really sandy, big bumps, lots of places to make mistakes, so my plan was to just be smart but be fast,” Menzies said. “We pushed a little bit but wanted to be safe.”
“We feel confident in where we ran today,” Menzies continued. “This is probably the gnarliest qualifying course I’ve even been on in my life. It made it interesting; I don’t think I’ve ever breathed that hard turning back and forth at the wheel. Good time. Great way to kick off the SCORE San Felipe 250.”
Andy McMillin, 33, finished second in qualifying, completing the qualifying course in 6:10.226 (46.38mph) in his No. 31 Mason-built Chevy Silverado. Andy McMillin won the last SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2019 as the 2020 was cancelled because of the health pandemic.
Andy’s cousin Luke McMillin, 28, whose older brother Dan McMillin, 33, finished 11th in qualifying, completed the qualifying course in 6:16.041 (45.67mph) in his No. 83 Mark Racing Racer-Built Ford F-150.
Fastest qualifier in Class 1 was Broc Dickerson, 19, Brawley, Calif., turning in a hot lap of 6:52:607 while averaging 41.62 mph in the No. 123 Ford-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car.
Top qualifier out of a SCORE-record 36 entries in the Trophy Truck Spec class was Kyle Jergensen, 25, Phelan, Calif., with a time of 6:19.836 (45.21mph) in the No. 227 Brenthel-built Ford Raptor.
Fastest in the SCORE TT Legend class for SCORE Trophy Truck racers over 50 years old was Nick Vanderwey, 57 of Phoenix, subbing for regular driver Clyde Stacy, in a time of 7:12.974 (39.66mph).
SCORE Trophy Truck, SCORE TT Legend, Class 1, and Trophy Truck Spec were the only four classes required to qualify for starting positions as the other start positions in the various classes were determined by a drawing.
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