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“The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” is on track for its scheduled running in mid-August, as the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race returns. Contrary to some misinformation you may have read or heard, the Vegas to Reno great race and tradition will be held as originally planned. Our awesome, 20th Anniversary, two-day staged event will go on as scheduled August 17th to 20th, 2016!

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San Diego, CA – Motorsports production powerhouse Mad Media, led by directing team “The Martelli Brothers,” announced the premiere date for their documentary-style TV program covering The 2016 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

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The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It kicks off this week with a nearly week-long series of exciting special events leading up to Saturday’s and Sunday’s multi-heat-style races showcasing Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes.

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Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that more than 200 race teams have already signed up for the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It, running May 4-8, 2016.  With just days remaining to sign up for the race, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We now have 30 Trick Trucks, 14 Class 1500 unlimited cars, 15 class 1000s and 26 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks registered to race. The UTV classes combined have 54 entries.” Casey continued to say, “This Inaugural Laughlin race will be one for the record books. Interest is high in competing in this special racecourse.  The racecourse will feature several miles of new desert terrain that has never before been utilized in a Laughlin racing event. From the “Parade of Champions” on Wednesday, May 4, thru the final heat race on Sunday May 8, the action and excitement will never slow down. If you are part of the off-road racing nation, you don’t want to miss out being a part in this new chapter of desert racing history.

DON’T MISS THE PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
Starting Wednesday, May 4th, around 4 pm we will kick off the event with a Parade of Champions! Some very awesome race vehicles will be parading down Casino Blvd. Then at the end of the Parade, the Method Race Wheels World Championship Pit Stop Challenge will take place at the Golden Nugget front parking area. We invite you to come to this exciting race weekend in May. The weather will be perfect, and the town is a great place to help us celebrate a new race! Come to Laughlin early to participate in all of the early race festivities!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/GETSOMEphoto.com

Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

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.

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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.