Las Vegas, Nevada – Best In The Desert, the largest off-road desert racing organization in the world, is excited to announce that a record setting 306 entries have already signed up for the longest point-to-point race in the United States. With two weeks remaining before the drop of the green flag, that number is expected to grow to well over 315, as additional racer registrations will still be accepted up to the day before the race. This is the 16th year that Best In The Desert has promoted an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada. Starting north of Las Vegas, in Beatty and finishing in Dayton, just south of Reno, the race course traverses 534-miles of the most challenging terrain the great state of Nevada has to offer. From rocky trails dating back to the original “Pony Express” days, to vast silt beds, and climbing to elevations well in excess of 7200 feet, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” off-road race tests endurance of the two wheeled and four wheeled racers and their machines; and treats them to the most incredible adventure of their lives.

24 of the premier 800-plus horsepower Trick Trucks will take their shot at the overall win when the race gets underway. The strong field includes the likes of 2011 Trick Truck champion BJ Baldwin, Steve Sourapas, Rob MacCachren, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Adam Householder, Tim & Troy Herbst, Jason & Rich Voss, Kevin McGillivray, Chad Ragland, Rick D Johnson, Mark Weyhrich, Scott Whipple, Mastercraft’s Robbie Pierce and Jarit Johnson, little brother of NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson. Many of these same drivers will also be going for a piece of the $19,000 in bonus money paid out as part of the 2012 $120,000 Trick Truck Challenge.

29 of the fast and nimble Class 1500 unlimited buggies will also be shooting for the overall finish. Entries include current overall and class points leader Robby Gordon, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Ray Griffith, Mike Childress, Shelby Reid, Harley Letner, Garrick Freitas, Damen Jefferies, Pat Dean, TJ Flores, Justin Lofton, Todd Tuls and the list goes on.

Other large classes for the race include 24 Class 1000 cars, 18 Class 7200 Mini-Trick Trucks and 24 Class 1900 UTVs. The 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race features 19 Car and Truck classes, 3 UTV classes, 4 Quad classes and 10 Motorcycle classes. This is just another indication on how much interest this historic race draws and why it is on so many racers’ personal “bucket list.”

Activities leading up to the 2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race will officially get underway Wednesday, August 15th, when 53 Trick Trucks and open Class 1500 buggies get set to go head to head at the Time Trials for a shot at the coveted “Team Ford” Pole Award and the $1000 in bonus cash from Steve Olliges of Team Ford Lincoln that goes along with it. Best In The Desert is the only off-road desert racing organization that holds this type of qualifying format for every race on the schedule. The special format really allows the fastest race vehicles, regardless of car or truck, to compete on equal ground for the “dust-free” first starting position and a great shot at the overall four wheeled race victory.

Contingency and tech inspection kicks off Thursday, August 16th, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas. Race fans will have the chance to get up close to the race vehicles and drivers as well as check out all of the awesome race related products on display as they weave their way through the parking.

The 2012 edition of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race gets started early Friday morning, August 17th, in Beatty, NV, with the Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs starting at 5:45 AM. For safety purposes, after a roughly three-hour delay from the last UTV leaving the start line, the Car and Truck classes start at 9:30 AM. This is sure to go down in the books as another epic race in the storied history of “Vegas to Reno”, “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”

 2011 “Vegas to Reno” – Defending Class Winners

Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time

Class 1400             Steve Strobel/Dale Ebberts             Ford                         9:52:39

Class 1500             Garrick Freitas/Danny Freitas             Jimco                         9:57:41

Class 1200             Troy Vest/Geno Licitra                         Chevrolet             11:26:18

Class 1100             Bryan Folks/Rick Graf                         Ford                         11:40:38

Class 7200             David Caspino/Neal Mason             Ford                         11:43:18

Class 8000             Don German/Chris German             Chevrolet             11:50:20

Class 1000             Chad Giguiere/Cody Bullock             Custom                         11:59:37

Class 2000             Bryan Meyers/Kyle Hearold             Custom                         12:35:43

Class 3000             Mike Belk/Wendy Belk                         Seagroves             12:55:53

Class 6100             Jim Riley/Rick L Johnson                         TrophyLite             13:19:12

Class 8100             Randy Merritt/Chris Golding             Ford                         14:05:03

Class 1800             Jim Goff/Shane Baich                         Lothringer             14:48:10

Class 1700             Michael Vernak/Matt Vogler             Jeep                         16:33:17

Class 7100             Blake Henn/Freddy Paris                         Ford                         17:44:52

Class 4400             JT Stephens/Dave Cole                         Custom                         20:28:27

Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners by Overall Time

Open Pro             Shane Esposito/Chris Brown             Kawasaki             9:39:27

Open Exp             Justin Morrow/CarlMaassberg             Honda                         10:13:53

O-30 Pro             David Fry/Jason Trubey                         Honda                         10:36:02

250 Exp                         Ryan McManus/John Harbauer             KTM                         10:57:43

Quad Pro             Greg Stuart/Nicholas Granlund             Laeger                         11:06:39

O-30 Exp             Marc Jenkins/Greg Willitts                         Honda                         11:14:51

O-40 Pro             Scott Glimp/Tim Morton                         Honda                         11:20:41

O-40                         Exp Steven Fuller/Todd Abratowski             Honda                         11:30:49

IM Exp                         Jake Oswald                                     Honda                         11:48:54

Open Am             Greg Parker/William Williford             Honda                         12:00:40

O-50 Exp             Mike Mieras/Brad Kohler                         Husaberg             12:14:38

Quad Exp             Juan Dominguez/

Alonzo Dominguez                         Honda                         12:46:18

QIM Exp             Gerald Nunes                                     Honda                         13:02:19

Quad Am             Richard Goforth/James Ortiz             Can-Am                         13:11:41

250 Pro                         Jesse Canepa/Matt Canepa             Yamaha             13:20:43

IM Am                         Dennis Buckmeyer                         Kawasaki             13:32:00

QIM Am                         Norm Graham                                     Suzuki                         19:42:30

UTV Pro             Brandon Schueler/Chad Riccio             Polaris                         13:27:42

2012 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Schedule of Events

Wednesday – August 15, 2012
11:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Registration for Time Trials for Class 1400 & 1500 Only
Aliante Station, Scottsdale Ballroom

1:30 PM – Staging for Practice Lap
Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500
Time Trials will start immediately after the practice run

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Welcome Party & Time Trials Results
Cabo’s Bar, Casino Floor, Aliante Station

Thursday – August 16, 2012
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Drivers/Riders Registration – Scottsdale Ballroom, Aliante Station

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Car – Truck – Motorcycle – Quad – UTV
Contingency Inspection and Technical Inspection
Aliante Station Casino Hotel – Parking Lot

5:00 PM
MANDATORY Drivers/Riders/Pit Crew Meeting
Scottsdale Ballroom, Aliante Station Casino Hotel

Friday – August 17, 2012
5:15 AM
Motorcycle/Quad/UTV Staging

5:45 AM
1st Professional Motorcycle Leaves the Start Line

8:45 AM
Car/Truck Staging

9:30 AM
1st Professional Car/Truck Leaves the Start Line

Saturday – August 18, 2012
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Awards Presentation
Grand Sierra Resort Convention Center

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – Official Oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, American Beta – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

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