bitd-freitas-general-tire-8-16-13Fort Mill, SC – Noted as the longest off-road race in the U.S., the General Tire Vegas to Reno race provides a platform for General Tire to showcase their signature red letter GRABBER tire which was born from competition.  Originally developed in the desert, the GRABBER tire, and its technologies, transcend the race course and are available to consumers at dealerships across the country.  But it was a lengthy process, and labor of love, to bring the GRABBER to life.

“Once we began testing the GRABBER tire, we spent a couple years in the desert refining the technologies,” said Tony Talbert, tuning key account manager for General Tire.  “We modified the tire two to three times until it worked well in the desert before bringing it to the street.”

Testing on some of America’s toughest desert terrain was key to developing a tire that provides enhanced durability, puncture resistance and extended tread life.  Through silt, over rocks and an array of other obstacles, the GRABBER came to life and technologies such as Duragen, which provides enhanced strength and durability with even treadwear for longer mileage and confidence in challenging conditions, were born.  Technologies such as Duragen, combined with the patented strake and chamfer tread pattern, allow this extreme traction tire to provide exceptional off-road grip and durability while balancing it with on-road drivability.

BJ Baldwin and crew have been busy in the weeks leading up to the longest off-road race in the U.S., Best in the Desert’s, Vegas to Reno. Sure, there have been some road trips, some partying, and some photo shoots done during the break, but there were also many hours spent prepping the championship winning, Monster Energy Trick Truck, “Fedor.”

As usual, Johnny Nelson has done an excellent job on the truck and after a long day of shock tuning with King Shocks, Fedor is ready for war. Trick Truck #1 is loaded with a fresh powertrain, a new King shock package specifically tuned for speeds well over 140mph and a bank of Rigid Industries, LED lights to blaze a path through the darkness. When you bolt on the Method Race Wheels wrapped in 39 inch Toyo Tires, it all adds up to one serious weapon.

All the hard work has been warranted, the race traverses 535 miles of treacherous open desert in Northern Nevada; just the kind of course that BJ loves. It’s filled with High speed corners and rewards hammer down, wide open running with just enough pitfalls thrown in to punish anyone who dares to indulge in a momentary lapse of concentration.

Last week Best in the Desert held “The longest off-road race in the United States” in the TSCO Vegas to Reno. The race challenged competitors with 549 miles of rocky, silty Nevada desert.

BITD recently posted the official finishers of the race, confirming Steve Strobel’s overall win and first in the Trick Truck class. Finishing second overall and first in Class 1500 was Garrick Freitas. In the Open Pro Motorcycle class, Shane Esposito earned the overall win. Greg Stuart earned the win in the Quad Pro class, and Brandon Schueler took home first place in the Class 1900 UTV division.

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2011 BITD Vegas to Reno Qualifying

With the 2011 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno off-road race starting tomorrow morning, race teams were making final preparations with their crew and pit team for “the longest off-road race in the United States.”


Race teams also ran their vehicles through tech and contingency today, having BITD officials double-check that their vehicles are to spec. As of this afternoon, BITD told Off-Road.com that 292 drivers were registered for the race, up from the 270 racers announced earlier in the week. There could be over 300 once all the final registrations are in.


Yesterday, Class 1400 and 1500 vehicles qualified for starting positions by posting the fastest qualifying lap near this year’s Mint 400 course outside of Vegas. Kyle Conlon posted the fastest time ahead of Ray Griffith by a few hundredths of a second. For more on yesterday’s top qualifiers, check out the Top 30 racers here on Off-Road.com.

Dirt bikes and ATVs will leave the start line near Beatty, Nevada, at about 5:45 a.m., with cars and trucks leaving at about 9:30 a.m. Check back with Off-Road.com for more on the BITD Vegas to Reno race.