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Robby Gordon Under Investigation for Cheating

By Alton Parker-Norman Motorsports

SAN FELIPE, Mexico (March 15th 2009) — How far are you willing to go to win? is a question frequently asked in off-road racing. In a difficult and dangerous sport, it takes heroic amounts of dedication and commitment to compete at a professional level. The SCORE racing series in Baja, Mexico is considered one of the most difficult off-road racing series in the world - its roster of competitors boast such racing heroes as Ivan Stewart, Parnelli Jones, and more recently NASCAR legend Robby Gordon.

On Saturday, March 14th at the 2009 Baja 250, several top racing teams filed a formal complaint against Robby Gordon for illegally shortcutting the course approximately 4 miles in order to pass Trophy Truck competitor Ed Herbst who has signed an appeal having witnessed the action.

Its common for off-road racers to use the shortest paths through difficult terrain, but it is another thing entirely to deliberately leave the course and re-enter at another location. The sport can be said to effectively operate on an honor system and it is often difficult to track the vehicles and enforce rules between the established checkpoints.

In the most remote part of the course at race mile marker 132.5 Gordon veered off course and drove down a cliff to bypass a difficult section and pass Herbst. He was discovered by a pit crew known as the Baja Fools who had set up a pit stop in that section of the course. They had thought that Gordon was broken down on an earlier section until the radio confirmed that Gordon had finished in second place. On investigation, two sets of Toyo tire tracks were found re-entering the course at ~ mile 136. Gordon had clearly premeditated the deviation and had practiced the maneuver once before.

Appeals were filed with the SCORE International race officials and they are currently investigating. Gordon may be facing possible probation.

 

SCORE Trophy Truck Points
  1. Robby Gordon 54
  2. Cameron Steele 48
  3. Ed "Clyde" Stout 44
  4. Adam Householder 41
  5. Roger Norman 39
  6. Greg Nunley 38
  7. Mark Post 37
  8. Damen Jefferies 21
  9. BJ Baldwin 20
  10. Travis Coyne 19
  11. Brian Collins 18
  12. Gus (Tavo) Vildosola, Jr 17
  13. Bill McBeath 16
  14. Jesse James 15
  15. Bobby Baldwin 14
  16. Justin Lofton 13
  17. Robbie Pierce 12
  18. Larry Roseler 11
  19. Rusty Stevens 10
SCORE Class 1 Unlimited Points
  1. Harley Letner 48
  2. Randy Wilson 44
  3. Ronny Wilson 41
  4. Enrique Bujanda 39
  5. Julio Herrera 38
  6. Richard Boyle 37
  7. Brian Parkhouse 36
  8. Rick Romans 35
  9. Dale Lenk 34
  10. Dale Ebberts 18
  11. Byron Ashley 17
  12. Armin Schwarz 16
  13. Josh Rigsby 15
  14. Brenden Gaughan 14
  15. John Herder 13
  16. James Scott 12
  17. Kory Halopoff 11
  18. John Harrah 10
  19. Pat Dean 0
SCORE Class 1/2-1600 Points
  1. Adam Pfankuch 53
  2. Brian Burgess 47
  3. Cody Robinson 43
  4. Brian Wilson 40
  5. David Caspino 38
  6. Mario Gastelum 37
  7. Justin Davis 36
  8. Eric Duran 35
  9. Justin Smith 34
  10. Rick Boyer 33
  11. Hiram Duran 32
  12. Mike Simpson 31
  13. Joe Sheble 30
  14. Samuel Araiza 29
  15. Brad Wilson 28
  16. Sparky Wilbur 12
  17. Arturo Velazco 11
  18. Eric Hefley 10
SCORE Class 10 Points
  1. Robert McBeath 43
  2. Mikey Lawrence 37
  3. Scott Gailey 33
  4. Larry Job 15
  5. Sergio Salgado 13
  6. Adam Wik 12
  7. Brian Freemal 11
  8. Jesus Gonzalez 10
SCORE Lite Points
  1. Rick St. John 43
  2. Michelle Bruckmann 37
  3. Brent Parkhouse 33
  4. Dan Worley 30
  5. Matthew Kupiec 28
  6. Jake Jones 12
  7. Justin Davis 11
  8. Robert Encinas 10
SCORE Class 5 & 5/1600 Points
  1. Kevin Carr 40
  2. Carlos Albanez 34
  3. Shaun Dunbar 15

CLASS 5/1600

  1. Alonso Angulo 40
  2. Brent Shermak 19

 

SCORE Class 6 Points
  1. Heidi Steele 40
SCORE Class 7/ 7SX Points
  1. Dan Chamlee 41
  2. Jose Canchola, Jr 35
  3. Heidi Steele 31
  4. Chris Taylor 13
  5. AJ Rodriguez 11
  6. Brandon Walsh 10

CLASS 7SX

  1. John Holmes 40
SCORE Class 8 Points
  1. Greg Adler 40
  2. Clyde Stacy 34
SCORE Stock Mini/ Full Points
  1. Gavin Skilton 40

STOCK FULL

  1. Justin Matney 25

CLASS 3

  1. Donald Moss 40
SCORE Sportsman Points
  1. Rory Ward 40
  2. Louie Serna 19
  3. Peter Lang 15

SPORTSMAN TRUCK

  1. Gary Messer 45
  2. Rob Anderson 39
  3. Chris Shive 35
  4. Reid Rutherford 32
  5. Nick Tonelli 30
  6. Joe Aguayo 29
  7. Patrick Sutalo, Jr 13
  8. Jonathon Libby 12
  9. Cody Stuart 11
  10. Gregg Hempel 10

 

 

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