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Notes from SCORE Desert Challenge

January 29, 2002

Pit notes for some local racers competing in the eighth annual SCORE Desert Challenge:

Class 1/2-1600 - single-seat, limited motors, buggy frames

> 15-year-old David Scaroni of Heber took fifth place.

On Saturday he rolled his SMD Motorsports buggy and had to get out and help get it righted.

On Sunday he rolled it again but guys alongside the course were able to get him right-side-up quickly while he stayed locked in.

Scaroni, the youngest racer in the Desert Challenge, turned in the third best time in his class Sunday.

"I was pushing as hard as I could," he said.

> Gustavo Vildosola Jr. of Mexicali was disqualified after the first day of racing for running an illegal carburetor.

His total time for the two days of racing would have placed him second.

Vildosola said he disagreed with the ruling by SCORE judges since his time on the second day was better than his time on the first day with the illegal carb.


The Vildosola team is rejiggering the 1/2-1600 buggy for the SCORE San Felipe 250.

Class 1 (unlimited single or


> Shawn McCallum of Imperial took seventh place.

Trophy trucks (unlimited

production trucks)

> Gustavo Vildosola Sr. of Mexicali and his racing partner, Rodrigo Ampudia, owner of Ensenada's Papas & Beer, took sixth in Vildosola's white Ford F-150 prerunner.

The sixth-place finish was impressive considering the prerunner has windows, a tape deck and air conditioning.

Vildosola's Mexicana Logistics team raced the truck just to earn a few points in the marquee class of the SCORE series.

He plans to unveil a new trophy truck at the San Felipe 250.

Pro truck (limited production trucks)

> On the fourth lap of Sunday's race, a busted right rear set of shocks on Jeff Dickerson's bright orange Ford F-150 ended his team's racing day.

Saturday for the Brawley native was marred by two flat tires.

Dickerson's team would not comment on the brand of tires used over the weekend. It was a different brand then run in previous races.

> Matt Scaroni of Heber couldn't avoid a truck that had flipped on its side and crashed his black Ford pro truck on the second lap of Sunday's race.

Scaroni was unhurt.

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