In a race full of ‘SCORE Super Teams’, admired as the G.O.A.T. in desert racing, Las Vegas’ Rob MacCachren was the driver of record for San Diego’s budding youthful superstar Luke McMillin rose above the rest in a field of 299 starters Friday to win the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck title in the legendary season-ending BFGoodrich Tires 54th SCORE Baja 1000, presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
Starting second physically on the road in the elapsed-time race and splitting the driving in McMillin’s Big Blue M racing machine all-wheel-drive 4 Wheel Parts/BFGoodrich Tires No. 11 Chevy Silverado, the dynamic duo patiently worked their way to the front of the pack and finished the beautifully bodacious 1,226.35-mile race down Mexico’s majestic Baja peninsula in a stunning time of 20 hours, 45 minutes and 59 seconds with an astonishing average speed of 59.05 miles per hour.
This year’s Granddaddy of All Desert Races was a peninsula run of 1226.35 masterful miles down Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula, starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in La Paz, Baja California Sur. It started and finished under strict BioSecurity health and safety protocols in both Mexican states.
One of several ‘Super Teams’ competing in this race primarily because of the length of the course, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee MacCachren, 56, stabled his aging two-wheel drive thoroughbred when invited to join the Big Blue M race team for this historic race and drive Luke McMillin’s AWD Chevy Silverado built by Mason Motorsports.
Using Luke McMillin’s No. 1 SCORE Trophy Truck, the McMillin family decided to give the popular Mac Attack a shot at winning another SCORE Trophy Truck season point championship.
MacCachren entered the race just two points behind Larry Roeseler so the McMillins graciously allowed MacCachren to be the driver of record and run MacCachren’s No. 11 on the No. 1 truck of the McMillins.
A third-generation desert racer, Luke McMillin, 28, and venerable veteran ‘Rob Mac’ started second behind another ‘Super Team’ of Las Vegas’ Bryce Menzies and Luke McMillin’s cousin Andy McMillin, also of San Diego.
With A. McMillin at the wheel, the motor let go over just before race mile 700 in the grueling race in the No. 7 AWD SCORE Trophy Truck. The No. 7 started first and was being following closely by the No. 11 truck of MacCachren/L. McMillin.
Stalking their prey like a hungry jaguar, MacCachren stayed the course, with L. McMillin taking over the wheel around race mile 700, quickly taking the lead from A.McMillin/Menzies, and never looking back the rest of the way to La Paz.
Luke’s brother Daniel, who won the 2019 SCORE Baja 500 fell out of the race as the result of damage from a significant rollover in the first 175 miles with Las Vegas’ Justin B. Smith at the wheel.
With an enduring legacy started by the late family patriarch Corky McMillin, Luke McMillin added to the Big Blue M rich history with his second career victory in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division.
With his victory, McMillin also earned a US$40,000 contingency bonus from long-time SCORE sponsor and race title sponsor BFGoodrich Tires offered to the winner of this year’s race. The victory also marked the 32nd overall victory in this race for vehicles equipped with BFGoodrich Tires.
Besides his late grandfather Corky, Luke McMillin’s champion family members include his brother Daniel McMillin, his dad Mark McMillin, his uncle Scott McMillin, and his cousins Andy McMillin and Jessica McMillin. As a family, the McMillin’s now have earned a race-record 14 overall victories in the SCORE Baja 1000.
While Luke McMillin earned his second (straight) SCORE Baja 1000 overall, his father Mark has five as does his cousin Andy and his uncle Scott has two overalls in this storied race.