Matlock Claims SCORE Overall Desert Crown


ENSENADA, Mexico — Veteran desert racer Wayne Matlock drove solo for the entire 1,802.68 desert miles to become the first UTV racer to win the SCORE Overall Point season championship.

Tied in the SCORE overall point’s race with eventual SCORE Trophy Truck season point champion Rob MacCachren entering November’s season-ending 51st SCORE Baja 1,000, Matlock capped his remarkable season with his solo drive to the SCORE Overall and Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class.

Matlock, 40, whose wife Kristen finish third in points with two race wins this season in the Pro UTV NA (Naturally Aspirated) class, won the first and last races of the year as well and finishing second in both the SCORE Baja 500 and the SCORE Desert Challenge to earn 434 points to break the tie with MacCachren in the hunt for the SCORE Overall season point championship as well as winning his Pro UTV FI (Forced Induction) class championship.

A champion SCORE quad racer earlier in his career, Matlock drove solo in the No. 2971 Polaris RZR XP Turbo UTV in his amazing championship season. While earning his class title, Matlock edged out MacCachren by just nine points to earn his first SCORE Overall season point crown.

Matlock’s Pro UTV FI season title was also his sixth SCORE season class point title.

To climb the ladder to the pinnacle of the sport, Matlock had to first overcome 23 starters in his class in the season-opening 32nd SCORE San Felipe 250 and cap the season by defeating a field of 29 starters in the 51st SCORE Baja 1000 in his Pro UTV FI class. He also finished second out of 35 starters in the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 500 and second out of 19 starters in the Lucerna Hotels & Resorts Tijuana 22nd SCORE Desert Challenge in the middle of the four-race 2018 SCORE World Desert Championship.

While Matlock and MacCachren finished at the top of the SCORE leader board, third in overall points and finishing second in SCORE Trophy Truck was veteran Cameron Steele. Steele, an action sports TV announcer, drove the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins Geiser-built Chevy Silverado.

Racing in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division since 2005, Steele earned his first win in the featured division at the recent SCORE Desert Challenge in Tijuana and capped his stellar season by earning the victory in the season-ending SCORE Baja 1,000 as well.

Trophy Truck Spec racers finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the 2018 SCORE Overall point standings.

Winning the season point championship in Trophy Truck Spec with two race wins and 404 season points was Bryce Swaim. Swaim won his class in this year’s 50th SCORE Baja 500 over 25 starters and the 51st SCORE Baja 1,000 over 29 starters in his No. 242 TSCO-Chevy truck. He was also second in class in the season opener in San Felipe and sixth in Tijuana.

Second in Trophy Truck Spec and fifth in SCORE Overall points with two race wins in his class were the combination of William Hedrick Jr. and Vicente Guerrero. Third in Trophy Truck Spec and sixth in SCORE Overall points in 2018 was Elias Hanna.