Different race courses have different challenges. San Felipe is known for miles and miles of brutal whoops. The old Mint 400 course is rough and rocky. The Best in the Desert, Silver State 300 course is mostly flat but that does not mean it’s easy. The long straight stretches of flat terrain have their own set of challenges. Most of the course is wide-open, high speed running with tight technical sections and deep silt beds mixed in. You need plenty of damping control but precise handling is also critical. The course is narrow and when the corners come up, you can’t afford to lose time slowing way down to get around them.

During the Silver State race, BJ Baldwin was racing at the front with Robby Gordon and Rob Mac. After over five hours of flat-out racing he was able to take the overall victory by a mere 14 seconds. When the racing is that tight, you need to be confident in the handling of your vehicle. “We spent time fine-tuning our King shocks in San Felipe to the point where the truck isn’t just super fast, it’s comfortable to drive” said BJ, ” The truck is now better than it has ever been. I can run wide open with total confidence.”

Fort Mill, SC – “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin entered the final race of the 2011 Best In The Desert (BITD) Series with one goal, to win the Trick Truck championship. And he did just that. Following a strenuous Henderson 250 full of ups and downs, Baldwin edged out Steve Strobel for the championship. The Trick Truck championship marks his second in as many years.

Dr. Macrae Glass walked away with the 2011 BITD Class 8 championship, marking back-to-back championships for this Team GT driver as well.

“Everyone at General Tire is excited about our second straight Trick Truck championship with Baldwin Motorsports,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “We were also fortunate enough to have Macrae Glass capture the Class 8 championship which is fantastic. We’re extremely proud to have General Tire on top of the podium for two straight years in two different classes.”

For more information on the Best In The Desert Series visit www.bitd.com.

If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt

Best In The Desert is proud to announce that the Trick Truck Challenge has been a huge success for the 2011 racing season.  Twenty-Two (22) of the best racers in the country put in an additional $5000 for prize money to be paid out to the top 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place Trick Truck winners in each of the five Best In The Desert races. The prize money added up to $108,000 paid out and another $18,000 will be paid out as a Year-End Bonus to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place year-end winners. Now that is some serious money to take home by racing Best In The Desert; plus the Best In The Desert payback class money, any way you look at it the Trick Truck 1st Place winner is going home with a lot of money!

The Trick Truck race is still up for grabs and will be one of the closest races ever followed by all race enthusiasts.  In Best In The Desert a racer must start all five races, but can throw out their lowest points. This means that the Trick Truck race is actually a battle to the end, this is how it plays out after you have dropped the racers lowest scores going into the TransWest Ford Henderson “250”:

Fort Mill, SC – (Oct. 11, 2011) – General Tire and Mad Media took home an EMPixx Award for their fast-paced commercial “Ballistic,” featuring world champion of off-road racing, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin. The EMPixx Awards, sponsored by the American Pixel Academy, honors excellence in the areas of five moving pixels, including television commercials.

While the viewers may only see a 30-second clip, an enormous amount of work goes into its production. General Tire works off the principle that no detail should be spared, and that’s why it’s chosen to work with some of the best photographers and producers in off-road footage – Mad Media.

The commercial features Baldwin in his off-road truck fitted with General’s Grabber competition tire – the ultimate off-road, high-performance tire, tested in some of the world’s most treacherous conditions and most rigorous terrain.

“Less than one percent of the earth is paved,” says the narrator as Baldwin’s truck mounts rocky hills. “Go attack the rest.”

As the intense, 30-second spot comes to a close, the narrator ends with, “General Tire. Anywhere is possible.”

The spot was produced by Mad Media of Oceanside, Calif., and was filmed in the torturous terrain of the Nevada desert. Check out the video here:

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No one gave Householder Motorsports much of a chance of winning last weekend’s Best In The Desert (BITD) Bilek Silver State 300, but that’s what makes off-road racing great. Anyone can win at any race. Adam Householder had never won a Trick Truck (BITD’s equivalent of SCORE’s Trophy Truck class) race and qualified 28th at the Silver State 300.  Despite the odds, Householder never let his confidence waiver.  “Qualifying was really tight, we were only 18 seconds back but that was enough to push us back to 28th.” Householder explained.  “We ran conservative in qualifying and saved our best for the race.”
Living up to the statement, Householder ran a flawless race to stun the racing community and prevail in a crowded field of 22 Trick Trucks, beating the heavily favored BJ Baldwin by less than a minute.  “This win was sweet for us, it was definitely long overdue,” an enthused Adam Householder explained after the race.  “We just ran our race, we rarely passed people under power but we never stopped.  We just tried to avoid mistakes. We had zero issues today, no flats from our BFGoodrich tires; the only time we pitted was for fuel.”

RENO, NV – Roger Norman was in the front pack for the entire 2011 SNORE Mint 400 finishing 3rd in the Trophy Truck class, 5th overall. After a qualifying run that had everyone talking, the #8 Crystal Bay Casino trophy truck took the second starting position.  Norman maintained the second place position for the first lap, gained the lead in the second lap but then fell back to finishing third after an hour long on course repair.  “It was rocky and dusty and tires played a huge role in the race, our BFGoodrich tires really withstood the beating,” said Roger Norman.

Qualifying on Thursday was fast and a wild ride. Norman glided the #8 Crystal Bay Casino Trophy Truck at the notorious jump with a little bit of a rough landing.  “We landed in a hole and G’d out.  It took out the front bumper so we slowed down a little bit to not cause any additional problems.”  He qualified second fastest at 4:06.5, between fastest qualifier BJ Baldwin and father Bobby Baldwin.

The Mint 400 was a four lap race, which meant that not only was a good start important, but that lap traffic would play a role in the final outcome regardless of position.  Roger Norman and co-driver Eric Branstrom started the race with the same strategy as last year when they started and finished First: to have no mistakes or issues and keeping a close eye on where everyone is in the race. The first lap and a half were solid and uneventful.  During the second lap, Roger caught up to BJ in the rock garden, slowed to give a bump to pass, but BJ took off.  “Not long after, BJ blew a corner and pelted me with rocks, we had to try and get the rocks out of the foot well that kept going under the brake and throttle pedal for over 90 miles, but more devastating was all the rocks that went into the engine compartment.  After another lap of jostling around, they started to destroy the belts,” said Norman.  “Belts are not easily replaced on these trucks, so it took about an hour for us to replace them.”  Once back on course he kept pace and tried to make up the downed time.  By the final lap, he was about an hour behind the winner, but still placed 3rd in the Trophy Truck class and 5th overall.

Roger Norman will compete in his first ever Rock Crawling competition this weekend with the Torchmate Racing Team at the W.E. Rock Western National in Tucson, AZ.

Photos Credit:  Mike Canter

Roger Norman Website: www.RogerNormanRacing.com

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