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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.

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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.

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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.

Mike-DeHaas-KC-HiLites-Chase-9-17-13KC 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.

Jeepspeed-Logo-1-4-13Las 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.”

Voss-King-Shocks-BITD-8-30-13On 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.

Jason-Voss-KC-HiLites-8-29-13The Best In The Desert General Tire “Vegas to Reno” is the longest off-road race in the United States. From deep silt beds to steep mountain trails, it covers nearly 550-miles of the toughest terrain the state of Nevada has to offer. The KC “Dirt Tribe” rose to the challenge and went home with 5 class victories including first overall by Jason Voss in his Ford Trick Truck.

KC Dirt Tribe driver Jason Voss got the race weekend started off by nearly claiming the pole starting position at the Time Trials on Wednesday. Voss had the quickest time by 3-seconds, but he received a 15-second penalty for clipping a course marking cone and that dropped him down to a 12th starting spot for the race. By the end of race day, Jason had beat out 59 other Trick Trucks and unlimited Class 1500 cars to take the overall victory and Trick Truck class win.

Mitchell-Motorsports-Off-Road-8-27-13LAS VEGAS, Nev. — On their 30-year anniversary of racing together, Mitchell Motorsports celebrated with a respectable finish at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race Aug. 16. In a time of 10 hours 48 minutes, the team crossed the finish line eighth in class and 19th overall out of 98 vehicles that completed the longest off-road race in the United States.

Owner and driver of the #1514 unlimited buggy Mike Mitchell began the milestone race weekend at time trials Aug. 14 where he qualified 23rd out of 57 unlimited trucks and buggies.

“We ended up around where we wanted to be for qualifying,” said Mitchell. “It was a good place to be for that long of a race.”

Voss-BFGoodrich-8-23-13Jason Voss piloted his trick truck to the overall win at the Best In The Desert “Vegas To Reno” race to capture his second desert race of 2013 and give BFGoodrich Tires its fourth Best In The Desert win of the season.

BFGoodrich Tires brought home all top 10 Trick Truck finishers and 11 of the top 12 overall finishers for another dominating run in desert racing. This season, BFGoodrich has claimed seven total desert race wins.

Voss started 12th after serving a penalty from qualifying and overcame the field of more than 50 unlimited vehicles and the grueling 550 miles in a final time of 9:13:10, more than six minutes ahead of the next finisher. His other win came earlier this year in the Best In The Desert Parker425.

Banning-Motorsports-Vegas-Reno-8-23-13Las Vegas, NV – Banning Motorsports takes another impressive win at the Best in the Desert General Tire Vegas to Reno race. The 1178 car brought home the gold for Banning Motorsports with a nearly perfect race. This is an incredible third win in a row at Vegas to Reno for the 1178 car and the fourth straight for Banning Motorsports. The team’s winning record at the longest off road race in the United States is simply incredible.

They were stuck in the silt one time in the #1178 car but otherwise, it was a perfect day. The Ford power plant ran flawlessly thanks to the NEO Synthetic Oil coursing through it and the General tires were spot on with no flats all day. The team’s FOX shocks with Eibach springs were smooth and crisp soaking up the rough spots on course. The Odyssey battery got the car fired in the morning and kept everything powered up all day long. KC Hilites furnished daylight brightness all the way to the finish line.