As the saying goes, “If ya ain’t first, you’re last!” Dan McMillin demonstrating his best no-lift technique at Parker 425 qualifying and unfortunately it came back to bite him.
KC Dirt Tribe racer Jason Voss entered his first race of 2014 wearing the big number 1 on his truck and hopes of defending his 2013 Trick Truck championship. Facing a field of 42 Trick Trucks and 48 Class 1500 open desert cars, Jason had his work cut out for him at this huge event. The brutal Parker course consisted of three 142-mile loops of some of the toughest desert terrain that Arizona has to offer. Starting in the middle of downtown Parker as the sun was about to rise, the race quickly started taking its toll on competitors. Normally on a long distance race like this, racers try to establish a moderate pace to begin. However, that strategy seemed to vanish almost instantly as the lead pack pushed each other hard from the get go.
Alumi Craft racers Andrew Meyers and Ross Savage took their second win of 2013 beating 36 other class 1000 cars on a brutally tough Parker, Arizona racecourse. The Parker course is comprised of deep never-ending sand interrupted by harsh rocky sections that pound the cars for 425 miles.
“Ross drove the first part of the race,” said Andrew Meyers, “He was the 32nd car to leave the line and passed 18 other cars in the first 30 miles. On the second lap, we went 180 miles without stopping which put us into 5th. After a quick two minute driver change and a full tank of gas, we ran trouble free to the finish. Our Alumi Craft is so predictable in the corners and was working great in the high speed sections; we were able to put the hammer down.”
The broadcast of the Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425 off-road race will be shown on the Lucas Oil Motorsport Hour this Saturday at 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time, 1:00 P.M. Pacific Time on the VERSUS Network. See the thrilling and close racing that Best in the Desert is famous for, as the top off-road racers in the world take on the challenges of the desert along the beautiful Colorado River to begin their quest for the 2011 championship season.
Seasoned camera crews from the Lucas Oil Motorsports Studios captured all the action from the ground, and in the air, to bring you a show unlike any other. The Memorial Day weekend is famous for television coverage of the best racing events the sport has to offer … so what better way to kick it off than with the Best in the Desert Parker 425 on Saturday. Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, KTM – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.
For more information on the BITD series, visit www.BITD.com.
Parker, Az – In three short weeks, PMC Racing will launch their two-truck team assault in the Arizona desert in search of victory during round one of Best in the Desert Racing Association’s five round series. PMC Racing will be looking to carrying momentum over from their 2010 victory at the inaugural BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge late in the year to help weather a storm that has kept them from finishing the Parker 425 the last two years.
PMC Racing took advantage of Best in the Desert’s pre-run last weekend and returned home with high hopes of success. “The pre-run was very successful and we came away from it with more knowledge to help our team strategize for the race. The course is still fast in some portions as it has been in the past, however some sections are definitely rougher then they have been in the past and these sections are the ones that will change the outcome of the race,” commented Trent Beaver driver of record for PMC Racing’s #8105 stock full.
The PMC Racing team has been hard at work since the BlueWater Desert Challenge performing ground up race preparation on each truck to start the 2011 season off with great success for both trucks. As preparation for both trucks finish up this week, PMC Racing will then put the trucks through a hard testing session trying to simulate race conditions before starting their final preparation before the race.
Race weekend for PMC Racing will start on Thursday, February 3rd when Jim Beaver driver of record for the PMC Racing Ford Trophy Truck #15 will take on a field of over 50 of desert racing’s best in hopes of putting the PMC Racing Trophy Truck in the pole position for that weekend’s race. Friday, February 4th is a resting day for the team and also gives fans a chance to mingle with the drivers during technical inspection and contingency. The 2011 Parker 425 will start at day break on Saturday, February 5th and will run into the early morning hours of February 6th before concluding with awards presentations on February 6th as well.
PMC Racing would like to thank all of their current sponsors for their continued support: Parker Motor Company, Ford Trucks, KC HiLites, Ringer’s Gloves, Goodyear Tires, King Shocks, Reily’s Race Wire, MSD Ignition, Mogi Trans., Penn Neon Sign, NAPA Auto Parts, and Carrillo Farms.