Justin Lambert and co-driver Victor Herrera were the first UTV racers to make it to the finish in Saturday’s BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts, the final round of the 2019 SCORE World Desert Championship. Herrera started the 800-mile race and handed off to Lambert at mile 340, and Lambert brought the #2918 Polaris RZR home in just over 21 hours to top both the Pro UTV Forced Induction class and the overall UTV standings.

“Victor handed it off to me around race mile 340 in about fourth or fifth place, only about 13 minutes behind the leader, and it was exactly what our plan was,” Lambert explained. “What a brutal course. This Cognito/Monster Polaris held together. This thing is tough. This will be my first SCORE Baja 1000 win. It’s a dream come true.”

“Justin gave me the privilege of starting the race,” added Herrera. “We started 13th and I did what he asked me to do which was bring it to him in one piece. That was our objective and we accomplished it. The car was flawless, we had no problems. It ran all day and did what we asked it to do. It’s been a long time since I won a SCORE Baja 1000 so it’s awesome to be back and win it.”

In Pro UTV Normally Aspirated, Kristen Matlock scored her first Baja 1000 victory with a remarkable ironwoman drive. Matlock’s time of 21:55:41 bested all but two of the Forced Induction entries.

“It’s really special,” she admitted. “I had tears coming down my face as I drove in here to the finish. This is my fourth attempt at it and I’ve ironwomaned it every single time, and this is probably the toughest one yet. This was more grueling, wet, and muddy, with lots of terrain changes. I thought that I knew Baja really well until the rain hit and changed everything. I had a great time and I appreciate SCORE for putting on such a great event.”

Full results from the BFGoodrich Tires 52nd SCORE Baja 1000 presented by 4 Wheel Parts are as follows:

PRO UTV FI (two-seat Forced Induction, OEM engine UTVs)

1. 2918 Justin Lambert, 44, Bakersfield, Calif./Jesus Navarro, 35, Bakersfield, Calif./Victor Herrera, 48, Menifee, Calif./Adrian Orellana, 35, Escondido, Calif., Polaris XP4 Turbo, 21:00:43 (38.10mph)

2. 2971 Wayne Matlock, 41, Alpine, Calif./Josh Row, 30, El Cajon, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 21:19:24

3. 2948 Matt Burroughs, 50, Norco, Calif./Dan Lewis, 54, Jurupa, Calif./Cody Beeson, 33, San Clemente, Calif./Jason  LaFortune, 40, Upland, Calif., Can-Am X3, 22:40:40

4. 2989 Wes Miller, 49, Henderson, Nev./Donny Powers, 31, Morgan Hill, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4Turbo, 22:54:56

5. 2919 Brandon Schueler, 30, Phoenix/Pat Stone, 50, Payson, Ariz./Miles Martin, 31, Peoria, Ariz./Jake Carver, Prescott, Ariz., Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo, 23:23:18

6. 2905 Marc Burnett, 48, Lakeside, Calif./Simon Terzian, 30, Valencia, Calif./Fernando Flores, 37, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am X3, 24:23:36

7. 2926 Christine Giampaoli Zonca, 26, Redondo Beach, Calif. (Italy/Spain)/Paul Kraus, 48, Los Angeles/Jason Farrel, 40, Las Vegas/Matteo Roncari, 29, Italy/Billy Gear, 44, Las Vegas, Can-Am X3, 25:02:40

8. 2931 Craig Scanlon, 45, Helena, Mont. (Yorba Linda, Calif.)/Keith Redstrom, 51, Glendale, Ariz./Brandon Sims, 33, Prescot Valley, Ariz., Polaris RZR Turbo, 25:07:42

9. 2917 Jason Murray, 36, North Tustin, Calif./Derek Murray, 39, Yorba Linda, Calif., Can-Am X3, 26:42:43

10. 2979 Julio Garza, 40, Guadalajara, Mexico/Alejandro Diaz, 46, La Paz, Mexico/Santiago Diaz, 50, Los Barilles, Mexico/Cesar Vela, 39, Guadalajara, Mexico/Jorge Vela, 46, Guadalajara, Mexico, Can-Am X3, 31:39:09

11. 2902 Jason Stewart, 41, Brooks, Ga./Chad Lindsey, 39, Woodruff, S.C./Zach Martin, 34, Cochran, Ga./Jason Luburgh, 36, Zanesville, Ohio, Can-Am Maverick, 31:47:01

12. 2925 Victor Rojas, 33, Tijuana, Mexico/Octavio Sanchez, 38, Tijuana, Mexico/Carlos Vasso, 30, Tijuana, Mexico/Arturo Aguilera, 35, Tecate, Mexico/Alejandro Aguilera, 32, Tecate, Mexico/Guilberto Perez, 41, Mexicali, Mexico, Polaris RZR Turbo, 32:37:57

13. 2955 Ubaldo Reyes, 43, Guadalajara, Mexico/Ignacio Moreno, 57, Zapopan, Mexico/Alejandro Flores, 37, Zapopan, Mexico/Luis Sanchez L., 45, Zapopan, Mexico/Luis Sanchez R., 16 Zapopan, Mexico/Javier Aicardo, 35, Zapopan, Mexico, Can-Am X3, 33:53:09

14. 2930 Sean Cook, 53, Twain Harte, Calif./Matt Davis, Twain Harte, Calif./Ross Bohlin, Australia/Alex Baker, Sparks, Nev./Eric Cook, Folsom, Calif., Nev., Can-Am X3, 33:59:25.

(27 Starters, 14 Finishers)

PRO UTV NA (two-seat Normally Aspirated, OEM engine UTVs)

1. 1954 Kristen Matlock, 39, Alpine, Calif., Polaris RZR XP4 1000, 21:55:41 (36.51mph)

2. 1995 Kaden Wells, 21, St. George, Utah/Ivan Gutierrez, 33, San Felipe, Mexico/Travis Wells, 47, St. George, Utah/Rory L’Hommedieu, 36, Mesquite, Nev./Corbin Wells, 22, St. George, Utah/Alonso Castro, 21, Ensenada, Mexico, Polaris RZR XP1000,  22:48:07

3. 1902 Trent Backus, 32, Canada/Tyler Backus, Canada/Shane Hanson, Canada, Polaris RZR XP1000, 24:07:26

4. 1944 Christopher Boyle, 41, Truckee, Calif./Charles Bryan, 47, Tahoe City, Calif./John Brown, 48, Tahoe City, Calif./John Crus, 45, Tahoe City, Calif., Polaris RZR XP1000, 25:58:11

5. 1908 John Andrew Entwistle, 21, Austin, Texas/Daniel Matthews, 29, Round Rock, Texas/Andrew Entwistle, 60, Austin, Texas (New York)/Moses Smith, 43, Cresson, Texas, Textron XX, 30:00:31

6. 1956 Joe Bolton, 62, Corona, Calif./Dana Jones, 62, Scottsdale, Ariz./Austin Bolton, 23, Corona, Calif./Steve Buckley, 58, Canyon Lake, Calif./Bill Boyer, 60, Lomita, Calif., Polaris RZR XP41000, 32:02:46.

(12 Starters, 6 Finishers)

PRO UTV UNLTD (two-seat unlimited UTV open-displacement)

1. 1851 Herman Johnson, 47, Rio Rancho, N.M./ Austin Johnson, 22, Albuquerque, N.M./Dustin Dugan, 40, Las Lunas, N.M./Sean Lynch, 45, Los Lunas, N.M./Shiloh Dugan, 35, Las Lunas, N.M./Carlos Arce, Ensenada, Mexico, Can-Am XRS Turbo X3, 27:42:36 (28.89mph)

2. 1857 Al McBeth, 40, Canada/Cam Rains, 27, Canada, Polaris RZR Turbo, 30:41:36

3. 1850 Jesus Mendez, Jr, 22, Mexicali, Mexico/Felix Garcia, 20, Mexicali, Mexico/Jorge Vigil, 43, El Centro, Calif./David Mayoral, 27, El Centro, Calif./Jesus Mendez Sr, 52, Mexicali, Mexico/Francisco Pimental, 38, Mexicali, Mexico, Can-Am XRS, 32:18:35.

(5 Starters, 3 Finishers)


1. 3955 Mike Cafro, 49, Fallbrook, Calif./Jamie Kirkpatrick, 39, Olympia, Wash., Polaris XP, 23:22:15 (34.25mph).

(3 Starters, 1 Finisher)

Words by: Chris Leone // UTVUnderground.com
Photos via: Ernesto Araiza // UTVUnderground.com


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