Arroyo Grande, California
– Rugged Radios is excited to announce the new purpose-built Rugged Relay Vehicle. The Rugged Radios Relay Vehicle is designed to provide the best race communication relay services to teams and drivers competing in the Best In The Desert off road racing series.

With 24 different vehicle classes at The Mint 400, there is a class for everyone. Jeeps were some of the first off-road vehicles raced in the late ’60s and early ’70s. The Jeepspeed Class is the evolution of those early off-road machines.

Parker, AZ
– If there was a recurring theme for Jim Riley’s Azunia Tequila Racing team at the Best In The Desert series season opener in Parker, Arizona, it would have to be “new.” The Parker 425 had a new, two-race format, The Azunia Tequila R8 race truck had a new paint scheme and graphics to showcase their new main sponsor General Tire, (General has been a sponsor for 5 years now), and their new wheel sponsor Method Race Wheels who join existing sponsors Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Lucas Oil, GQ-6, MSD, Red Kap, KREED, Magnaflow, and Rugged Radios.


Dan McMillin

Parker, AZ – McMillin Racing started 2016 with a strong showing at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 race in Parker, Arizona. McMillin Racing’s Dan and Luke McMillin have a simple goal this season. They are going all out for wins. That doesn’t mean their goal is easy, it’s just simple. No counting points or cruising around to get a finish, they are committed to one thing; running as hard as they can. They reached that goal in Parker on the pounding 425 mile course.

Photo: Art Eugenio/

Photo: Art Eugenio/

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.

2014 BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge
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.

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo:

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo:

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

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 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.