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Rob MacCachren

The stage is set for the longest off-road race in the United States with today’s qualifying for Saturday’s Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno race.

Truck Vs UTV

This video shows the incredible differences between how various vehicle platforms handle the same bump in this race course.

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Heading into the middle of August, off-road desert racers are gearing up for the 2017 Best in the Desert “Vegas to Reno” event. Scheduled for August 16 through 19, this will be the 21st running of this ambitious event, billed as the longest off-road race in the United States.

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– General Tire has renewed their partnership with the Best in the Desert (BITD) off-road racing series in a multi-year agreement.  General Tire originally partnered with BITD back in 2009 and will continue its role as “The Official Tire” of the series and title sponsor of the crown jewel race event, “Vegas to Reno” held every August.

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With 136 race teams already signed up, 27 Trick Trucks, 22 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks and 16 Class 1000 Cars represent some of the bigger class entries heading to Laughlin, Nevada this weekend. The entire field of racers will be geared up and ready to duel each other over the exceptionally challenging desert terrain for bragging rights at Best In The Desert’s Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It.

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The anticipation is building as Best In The Desert brings their high level of desert racing excitement to Laughlin, Nevada next week as their Car and Truck Classes take center stage with four days of spectacular special events and fun-filled activities beginning Thursday, May 11. All the festivities lead up to a full slate of non-stop racing action on Saturday and Sunday.

Donald Jackson, Operations Manager for Best in the Desert said, “We’re extremely excited and anxiously looking forward to next week’s Laughlin Desert Classic. This marks our second year working along with the Laughlin Tourism Commission to present this incredibly exciting event for our racers and everyone involved. Laughlin is the perfect location for this specially formatted race and all the activities associated with it. The Laughlin Desert Classic proved last year to be an extraordinarily competitive ‘Duel in the Desert’ and we expect this year’s edition to be even better.”

UTV WC photos
The 2017 UTV World Championship race took place over the weekend in Laughlin Nevada and this event was another one of the books.  Check out five of our favorite photos from the event below.

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Best In The Desert will once again bring their extremely high level of desert racing excitement to Laughlin, Nevada, as their Car and Truck Classes take center stage for four days of spectacular special events and activities for everyone. All the festivities lead up to a full slate of non-stop racing competition on Saturday and Sunday as the grand finale.

Harley Letner Save
Harley Letner is the driver of the number 1570 Class 1 car in the Best in the Desert off-road racing series.  At this year’s Mint 400 during time trials, Letner got a little too close to the edge of the envelope and it nearly came back to bite him. He managed to pull out a huge save!

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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert will live stream the “Celebration of Life” in honor of Casey Folks tomorrow. Check out the release on the event below, which also has a link to the stream.

Casey Folks touched the lives of thousands of people in the off-road community. If you are unable to join us for this special occasion in honor of him, you can still be part of it.