SCORE International and BITD Series Crowns Same Rookie of the Year

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The SCORE Rookie of the Year honors have gone to some of the top drivers in desert racing history, including NASCAR driver Robbie Gordon and 2006 NASCAR champion Jimmy Johnson. In 1993, Motocross and Supercross legend Ricky Johnson also received the award. Garron Cadiente of G&R Racing joined this elite group of world class drivers when he was named 2006 SCORE International Rookie of the Year at the 2006 SCORE Awards Night.

Cadiente added this recent award to his Best in the Desert Rookie of the Year Trophy. “Winning both series honors is a great privilege,” said Cadiente. “It’s been an exceptional season.”

Garron Cadiente at Parker, Arizona in 800hp Ford Tough Trophy Truck
Garron Cadiente at Parker, Arizona in 800hp Ford Tough Trophy Truck
The 30-year-old Mesa, Arizona native had his first two victories within weeks of each other in 2006 at the SCORE San Felipe 250 and the Best in the Desert Terrible’s Town 250. Cadiente calls his driving style ambitious. “I charge hard when the track is wide open so I can go fast,” he said. “Sometimes we reach speeds of 130 mph on the dirt. That’s really moving, but it depends on the race. At San Felipe we dealt with a constant barrage of three to four foot bumps. Our average speed there was 62 mph and that is about as fast as you can get on that type of terrain. We were constantly rocking our shocks.”

Garron Cadiente at Laughlin, NevadaGarron Cadiente at Laughlin, Nevada
“Cadiente led a strong field of race teams this season. He also dominated Curt LeDuc by becoming the 2006 Best in the Desert Trick Truck Champion. That series catapulted Cadiente to the top of the points.

“We put together some solid performances and our team has done a tremendous job,” said Cadiente. “We have also overcome many of the difficult obstacles associated with off road racing.”

G&R Racing uses K&N Engineering Products. “We depend on K&N Air and Oil Filters in this harsh terrain,” said Cadiente. “During our pit stops we never have to change our K&N Filters. They keep the dirt, dust and silt out of our engines. We depend on K&N in this difficult sport and will use K&N Products again in 2007.”

Cadiente said he plans to go after the SCORE Championship next year. His next race will be the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge on January 20th at Nevada.”

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