Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16With the spectacular growing popularity of the Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks, Best In The Desert recognized the need for an equivalent class for open-wheeled race vehicles. This new class will allow owners of older or newer  unlimited Class 1500 compliant cars to run in an extremely competitive class without being faced with the expense of having to maintain a very high cost unlimited engine.

The new Class 6200 has been in development by Best In The Desert for over a year and represents a concentrated effort to move forward in technology when considering new race vehicle classifications.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16As Casey Folks would have wanted, Best In The Desert is forging ahead with scheduled 2017 events and developing plans for the 2018 season.

The family of Casey Folks has put Best In The Desert Operations Manager Donald Jackson in charge of race management and supervision. Donald was extremely close to Casey and has been his second in command for 13 years. He knows exactly how Casey would have handled anything.

Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert reported this morning that Director Casey Folks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Below is the press release sent out this morning.

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God Speed Casey
Rest in Peace

With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey Folks suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event.  He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16Editor’s Note: BITD sent out this note regarding the health of Best in the Desert Director Casey Folks and the upcoming Parker 425.

January 9, 2017 – Thank you to everyone for your concerns, messages and prayers regarding Casey. We truly appreciate the support.

While we would like to speak with everyone about Casey, we are currently busy trying to make preparations for the upcoming Parker “425.” So please do not call the office at this time looking for updates on him.

Max Gordon feature
We’re not sure what you were doing at 8 years of age, but we certainly weren’t piloting an Arctic Cat Wildcat UTV through hundreds of miles of grueling desert.  But that’s exactly what 8-year-old UTV racer Max Gordon, son of off-road racer Robby Gordon, did just this past weekend at the BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge.  We know racing is in this kids blood, but after watching this video we think it’s safe to say he’s got a future in motorsports.

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The Desert Toyz / Can-Am Maverick Turbo team of Cory Sappington and his brother Scott Sappington notched impressive finishes on both days at the Best In The Desert (BITD) BlueWater Desert Challenge race to capture both the side-by-side overall win and the Pro Production Turbo class victory. The Desert Toyz tandem is the first team in history to win both days at this event.

Never Lift feature
It takes a certain level of courage, a lot of guts and maybe one or two loose screws in the head to be willing to drive off-road vehicles like they were meant to be driven. This video of Jerry Larimore embodies the phrase “never lift.”  In fact, Jerry “never lifts” so well that his spare parts can’t even hold on any longer! Check out the video below.

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Last month’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” the Long Way presented by FOX saw a record entry of over 342 competitors taking on the famed long distance endurance race. Now racers will have to shift their driving styles and strategies as they switch from the longest off-road race on the Best In The Desert 2016 schedule, to the all-out sprint race of the BlueWater Desert Challenge presented by Polaris RZR, October 6-9.

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– Polaris RZR continues to show sheer dominance in the Best in the Desert Racing Series (BITD), winning 11 of the top 12 Pro UTV finishes and the top two overall in the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX.

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– Can-Am / Murray Racing pilot Jason Murray piloted the brand new Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle to the UTV Unlimited Pro class victory at the 2016 Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno race in Las Vegas, Nev. The all-new, bold Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R side-by-side vehicle won its debut race just four short days after its worldwide unveiling in Orlando, Fla.