Arroyo Grande, California – Rugged Radios is excited to announce an all new Rugged Radios Relay service for the entire 2016 Best In The Desert race season. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art, purpose-built Rugged Relay vehicle, the Rugged Team is equipped to provide the best race team communication support. When asked by Casey Folks, founder of BITD, how Rugged could help race teams stay connected, the Rugged Team jumped at the chance to exceed his expectations.
At the 2016 running of the Best in the Desert BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by Impact, racers will be greeted with an all new starting format. The day’s first race will feature classes 1000, 1100, 1200, 1700,1800, 2000, 2400, 3000, 3700, 6000 and 8100 This group of race vehicles will stage 5:15 AM Saturday morning, February 6th, at the “Parker Python”, adjacent to the main pit located just outside downtown Parker. These classes will then start the race, beginning at 6:00 AM. Some of these classes will compete for two laps, with the remaining classes running three laps. This first race will feature a Gran Prix Finish, which means when the overall leader receives the checkered flag, all others crossing the finish line after that will also receive the checkered regardless of how many laps they have completed.
With many Class Championships still on the line and waiting to be decided, a record turnout of 220 teams showed up to race the last running of Best In The Desert’s Henderson “250” presented by Supercross.com.
Deciding just a few days before the race, Tavo Vildosola entered the “Henderson 250” to wanting test a few things out on his Ford Trick Truck. He ended up qualifying 11th in Time Trials then went on to win the race. Vildosola finished a mere 58 seconds ahead of Tracy Graf after pole winner Josh Daniel dropped out of the race with rear end failure only six miles from the finish line.
With the race weekend rapidly approaching, 188 race teams have already signed up to take on the final BITD Henderson 250 presented by Supercross.com. Over 200 entries are expected to enter by the time driver’s and rider’s registration ends on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Included in the race field are 19 Trick Trucks, 13 Class 1500 unlimited desert cars, 16 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks and 28 UTVs.
Events officially get underway Thursday, December 3rd, at the Time Trials. 32 race teams hit the dirt at this unique qualifying session held for the combined Trick Truck and Class 1500 vehicles as they shoot it out to grab the coveted “Team Ford Pole Award” and $1,000 cash that goes along with it.
Anytime you have two trucks that finish on the podium after suffering rollovers, you know it was a wild race. The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race is always tough. This year’s event was more brutal than anyone could have imagined after Northern Nevada was pummeled with rain. The rains left standing water in some areas of the 545 mile course and washed away the top layer of dirt to expose sharp rocks sticking up everywhere. There were also trenches, washouts and ruts that pounded the drivers and their Trophylite race trucks.
Just prior to the weekend’s Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race, BITD announced its 2016 schedule. Among the notable changes is an update to the Vegas to Reno race, in which the race will be extended to 640 miles and be stretched out into a two-day format.
With just a few days remaining before the green flag drops on Best In The Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, 333 race teams have signed up so far for the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States”. The impressive list of entries includes 39 Trick Trucks, 24 Open Class 1500 Cars, 50 UTVs, 39 Ironmen Motorcycles and Quads, and 24 Class 6100 Spec-Engine Trick Trucks.
KC HiLites and owner Michael DeHaas was chosen by Chase Bank for a new series of print, broadcast TV and radio commercials, highlighting KC’s success, and Chase Bank’s support in helping KC grow. The series is running in select markets in the U.S.
Randy Merritt earned his third consecutive Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno win
The series of ads feature DeHaas discussing his commitment to furthering KC’s success in bringing innovative lighting products to the market, and his plans for the future.
Las Vegas, NV – The General Tire ATX Wheels Jeepspeed Series took on the longest off road race in the United States, the Best in the Desert General Tire Vegas to Reno race, (V2R). V2R starts in Beatty, Nevada and travels north for 543 miles to the finish in Dayton, Nevada. The mere distances involved are daunting but Mother Nature conspired to make it even more difficult. Many times the rain is a blessing; it can help hold the silt together making it easier to get through normally tough sections. This year’s course still had silt, rocks and ruts as usual but the heavy rains in some sections scoured the ground. It washed the top layer of dirt away to expose all the rocks below. In order to prevail, teams would need determination, guts and a little luck.
Jeepspeed Challenge race winner Todd Jackson had lots of all three. “We had a good race, we had a plan and we stuck to it,” says Todd, “We started third in our Grand Cherokee and eventually got past the other trucks out front. We opened up a big lead, about an hour, so we did some much needed service at pit 14. We changed the air filter, bled the brakes and changed the right front hub. I pulled out of our pit and 100 feet later the steering arm broke. We were lucky it happened right there. The crew had all their tools available to make a quick repair.”
On Friday, August 16th, Best In The Desert held the General Tire Vegas to Reno off road race. Known for being the longest point-to-point desert race in the United States, this highlighted event attracts a who’s who of very talented racers. Along with the ultra elite racing exotic “Trick Trucks” and high horsepower unlimited buggies, 260 brave challengers attempted to conquer nearly 550 miles of non-stop off road obstacles. In the end, it was Jason Voss from Northern California driving the #35 Truck equipped with King Shocks, who captured the quickest finishing time of 9 Hours, 10 Minutes and 13 seconds, more than 6 minutes ahead of second place.
It was a big win for Jason Voss and earned a bit of redemption. During Time Trials earlier in the week, Jason had nailed down the fastest time but was penalized for knocking over a cone in the very first corner. Without the penalty Voss would have timed in at first by 3 seconds, but with the 15 second mandatory penalty, Jason was given a 12th position start.