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Bluffton resident and former NASCAR Winston Cup driver Mark Stahl will come out of retirement Tuesday to race in the Tecate Score Baja 1000 off-road race in Ensenada, Baja California.'
This year's event marks the 40th anniversary of perhaps the most renowned off-road race in the world, which starts winds through the Baja peninsula and finishes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.'
Stahl is a previous three-time winner of the Baja 1000, with overall victories while driving solo in 1978 and 1980 and a third in his class in 1981. Stahl also has raced in what is today known as the NASCAR Nextel Cup series and the ARCA Re-Max Series. He retired from stock car racing in 2001.'
"I have always wanted to get back into off-road racing," Stahl said in a news release announcing his return to racing. "It is challenging and a test of endurance, but very rewarding. It is an accomplishment just to finish an off-road race, let alone win."'
Stahl is a San Diego native and has lived in the Lowcountry since 1991.