e1353346403 MasterCraft Racing Wins The Battle Against The Desert, But Baja Wins The War“Every mile of every race there are situations that can end your day,” Rob MacCachren reflects from La Paz.  “Crashes, fires, booby traps… Baja demonstrates this every year.”  With 1121 treacherous miles to cover in the 45th Annual SCORE Baja 1000 and three dozen Trophy Trucks fighting to etch their names into history, there is little margin for error.  Unfortunately for MacCachren and his teammates campaigning the No. 20 ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck, luck was not on their side. 
Despite weeks of preparation the team lost first gear and reverse in their transmission early in the race.  The transmission was swapped at Viscaino by the dedicated chase crew, but the setback would erase the fresh air MacCachren enjoyed by starting third off the line in Ensenada.  “This race encompasses so many elements: Man versus man, man versus nature, and in our case man versus machine.” Robbie Pierce reflected.  Pierce drove the middle leg of the race through the cold darkness of the desert night.  “That is the siren song of Baja though.  I am thoroughly exhausted right now; there is nothing left in the tank.  Overcoming all of those elements will call me back here though.”
Pierce became stuck at Race Mile 822, teetering on the edge of a cliff in the middle of the night.  While other racers including Ken Losch and Robby Gordon generously tried to recover the No. 20 Jimco truck, the situation was just too dangerous.  Pierce watched the team’s victory pass them by as he waited for his chase crew to recover the truck.  MacCachren took the reins again in Loreto and poured the coals to the ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / BFGoodrich Tires / MasterCraft Safety truck in an effort to secure the SCORE season championship.
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Unfortunately with the loss in time, the Pacific tide was coming as MacCachren hurtled towards La Paz.  The truck became soaked in salt water, causing the ignition to go into limp mode with under 50 miles remaining.  As they continued to fight and claw towards the finish line, the power steering belt surrendered to the elements.  MasterCraft Racing was not willing to make the same concessions though, and less than 20 miles from the checkers they replaced the belt and repaired the ignition for the final push to La Paz.  24 hours, 31 minutes, and 49 seconds after leaving the starting line in Ensendada MacCachren limped the No. 20 Trophy Truck across the line as the 20th four wheel finisher and 16th in class.  Over 40% of the field would never be greeted by Sal Fish in La Paz, instead scattered about the Baja peninsula.  While victory eluded the team this time, MasterCraft Racing’s spirits were not dashed knowing that they had made the best effort possible and did not let the wilds of Baja overcome their goal to reach the finish line.
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Pierce is the owner and CEO of MasterCraft Safety and Impact; companies that provide life-saving race and military products through real-world and laboratory testing.  Pierce purchased a ProTruck in 2005 and his first race as driver-of-record was the 2005 BITD Vegas to Reno race.  Proving to be a quick study, Robbie finished second in class in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500. After a mere three races in ProTruck Pierce moved up to the marquee Trophy Truck class, a completely unlimited class considered the pinnacle of off-road racing.  His first race in his current No. 30 Jimco Trophy Truck was the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in 2008, where he finished 5th overall.  His best finish to date is second place at the Terrible’s SCORE Primm 300 in 2010, just a mere three weeks after a horrific race crash that left him with two broken collarbones and broken ribs.  Robbie finished sixth in SCORE Trophy Truck season points in 2009 and fourth in SCORE Trophy Truck season points in 2010.  The 2010 season is also the year that Pierce received SCORE’s distinguished honor of “Person of the Year.”
Rob MacCachren possesses a rare combination of talent that ranks him among the elite of off-road racing, regardless of the venue.  His 25-year racing career includes an unmatched 201 race victories and 20 series championships in both short course and open desert racing, which also earned him a spot in the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2011.  Amongst those victories are 5 SCORE Baja 500 wins and 5 SCORE Baja 1000 victories in the desert, the crown jewel of which was MacCachren’s domination at the 1296 mile run down the Mexican peninsula at the 2007 SCORE Baja 1000.  Good things come in threes for MacCachren in short course racing, as the talented driver has won three consecutive series championships, three consecutive Borg Warner Cup races, three Governor’s Cups, and been named to the Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association Auto Racing All-America First Team three times in his career.

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