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King Shocks Dominates San Felipe 250

Located on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja peninsula, the quiet little fishing town of San Felipe is the idyllic setting for the first Baja race of SCORE International’s 2009 desert race series.  Known for its extreme and varying terrain conditions, the San Felipe 250 features a whooped out course leading into rocky and technical conditions followed up by the treacherous sand washes of Matomi, Azufre and Huatomote.  The entire 232.4 mile race course is unforgiving and the correct suspension and shock set-up is an essential element to finishing and winning the race.

Overall Winner and Trophy Truck Class Win, Brian Collins, Collins Motorsports

Piloting the No. 12 Collins Motorsports Mopar Dodge, Brian Collins dominated the Trophy Truck class by finishing the race in just three hours, 47 minutes, 49 seconds and averaged an astonishing 61.21 miles per hour.  Winning the 2009 SCORE San Felipe race earned Collins the second overall title for the same race two years running.  Attributing the 2008 and 2009 San Felipe overall wins to his team’s preparation Collins commented, “I have to hand it to my crew chief, Robbie Goerke and the team.  Every inch of the truck was prepped and the suspension and shocks were dialed in perfectly!  The King Shocks soaked up everything the course handed us and we were able to run consistent and fast – even beating the bike times at this race.”

Class 1 Win and Third Finisher Overall, Current Class 1 SCORE Points Leaders Ronny and Rick Wilson of Wilson Motorsports
Brothers before they were racers, Ronny and Rick Wilson of Wilson Motorsports, not only captured a class win in their Jimco-Chevy unlimited Class 1 but also finished third overall with a time of  4:05:43 and an average speed of 56.75mph.  Combining the class win at the San Felipe 250 with the second place finish at the Laughlin Desert Challenge secured Wilson Motorsports the points lead in Class 1 in SCORE International’s Desert Racing series.  “It was rough course but we did quite a bit of testing and tuning beforehand.  We were able to get on top of the whoops and go through the technical stuff with amazing speed thanks to the performance and tuning of the King Shocks.  The shocks never faded and we ran strong all day.  We couldn’t be happier with the product and the customer support we have received from Iribe and Lance King,” remarked Ronny Wilson on his win and the support he received from King Shock tuning specialist, Geraldo Iribe.

Class 3 Win, Second Consecutive SCORE Win in 2009 and
Current SCORE Class 3 Points Leader,  Don Moss of Moss Brothers Racing

When asked about his grueling day out on the course, Don Moss remarked, “The short wheel-base and limited front travel the 4WD suspension design provides in the Class 3 makes for a long day!  Precise damping is essential to not only finishing but also winning.  Our King Shocks dominate the Baja terrain and allow us to win!” Running in the production, limited wheel-base SCORE Class 3 in his nearly indestructible Ford Bronco, Don Moss from Moss Brothers Racing, impressed everyone by winning the seventh out of the last eight attempts at the San Felipe 250.  The class win at San Felipe coupled with the first place class finish at the Laughlin Desert Challenge secured Moss as the undefeated  points leader for the 2009 SCORE Desert Racing and earned him an extraordinary 30th career win at a SCORE race.

Class 5 Win, Second Consecutive Class Win at a SCORE race in 2009,
Current SCORE Class 5 Points Leader, Kevin Carr

Finishing first in class in his Class 5, VW Baja Bug at both the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge and San Felipe 250 has earned Kevin Carr the points lead in the SCORE series just two races in.  With three races remaining in the series, Kevin was certain the King Shocks would continue to play a vital role in his performance by commenting, “Class 5 is such a competitive class and the technology keeps evolving.  Thanks to our King Shocks we are able to get incredible wheel travel and maintain unheard of speeds in a VW Bug!  We worked closely with King for both Laughlin and San Felipe and we were able to come up with a winning combination for both races.”

SCORE Lite Class win in San Felipe, Third Consecutive Race Win during 2009, Rick St. John and Adam Pfankuch
After sewing up the class win at the Laughlin Desert Challenge and repeating the performance a few weeks later at Best in the Desert’s Parker 425 race, Rick St, John and Adam Pfankuch further proved they were a force to be reckoned with by taking home the class win in the SCORE Lite Class at the San Felipe 250.  Earning their third consecutive race win during the 2009 season in both SCORE and Best in the Desert, St. John attributed much of their success to King Shocks commenting,  “Anyone who raced the Parker 425 and the San Felipe 250 will tell you how grueling and harsh both of those courses were suspension wise – especially in this class (SCORE Lite)!  Our King Shocks worked hard all day and never let us down.  We owe a lot of our 2009 race successes to the superior shocks King offers!”

Stock Mini Class Win and Second Consecutive SCORE Race Win in 2009 Season, Gavin Skilton in the Honda Ridgeline
Taking home the trophy in the Stock Mini class and earning his second consecutive SCORE race win was Gavin Skilton in his Honda Ridgeline.  “In a race truck, the suspension is everything, if the truck cannot handle the bumps then you don’t have a chance.  When I first started building the Ridgeline, King Shocks was our natural choice for the shock set-up.  Nothing like this had ever been built before so we obviously wanted to work with one of the most well-respected shock companies out there.  Lance King was always supportive of our project and even built us a prototype strut using a 3-inch shock body.  King’s continued support is a very important ingredient to our racing program and success,” commented Skilton.

Class 10 Win, Second Consecutive SCORE Podium Finish in 2009,
Current SCORE Class 10 Points Leader, Mikey Lawrence

Trading up from his usual two wheel desert joy-riding for his four wheel Lothringer-VW equipped Class 10, Mike Lawrence fought hard to earn the “Checkers” at the San Felipe 250 race.  Finishing in second place at the Laughlin Desert Challenge and earning the highest position on the podium in San Felipe has secured Mikey the current points lead in the SCORE Desert Racing Series.  “Whether you are racing a dirt bike or a running a Class 10, the shocks and suspension make all the difference.  It is great working with a company that understands the importance of their product and it overall impact on our ultimate results.  With Iribe and Lance King’s help we were able to get our shocks set-up perfectly and take home a class win for our team and sponsors,” commented Mikey Lawrence.     

Class 8 Win, Dave Crinklaw in his Ford F-150“When I was building this truck I asked around and kept hearing good things about the King Shocks.  After racing nearly 250 miles through the Baja desert I can definitely attest to the impressive performance and abuse these shocks can take,” commented Dave Crinklaw on his San Felipe 250 class win in his unlimited stock full Ford F-150.

Class 7 Win and Current SCORE Points Leader for Class 7,
Jose Canchola Jr. in his Ford Ranger

Mexicali, Mexico native, Jose Canchola Jr., gave Heidi Steele, the recently named “Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year“, a run for her money by earning a class win at the San Felipe 250 and his second podium finish at a SCORE race in the 2009 race season.  Finishing second at the Laughlin Desert Challenge and taking home a class win in the unlimited mini pick-up class has secured the current points lead for Jose Canchola Jr. in Class 7 for the SCORE Desert Racing Series.

Class 7SX Win, Norman Turley in his Ford Ranger

Racing in the modified mini truck class, Norman Turley earned his first finish and class win of the 2009 race season.  Capturing the SCORE San Felipe 250 class win, Turley currently sits in the second place points position in the SCORE Desert Racing Series.  “Racing in the 7SX class is a lot like riding a bull during the technical and rocky sections and riding a see-saw in the whooped out areas of the course.  The King Shocks make up for the limited wheel travel and give us the competitive edge,” remarked Norm Turley.   


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