Parker, AZ – The Best In The Desert racing series visits Parker Arizona two times a year. They hold a 425 mile desert race to kick off their season and come back in the fall for the BlueWater Desert Challenge, a two-day short course style event. The terrain in Parker is very demanding on the racers. It includes rocky sections, deep silt and shifting sands. The 425 mile race demands patience, the BlueWater is a sprint race. Regardless of the challenge, Banning Motorsports always does well in Parker.
The weekend actually began on Thursday when the 1023 qualified for starting position. Unfortunately, they qualified 18th out of 19 class 1000 cars. Gary Williams, Chris Godfrey and Bradley Mcfarlin would have their work cut out for them. Qualifying requires going ten tenths on a short, technical course. The pressure is intense and crashes are common. There is no prize for throwing the car away before the race even starts. Lee Banning Sr. was unable to drive due to eye surgery so Gary Williams was behind the wheel.