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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
– When Jeepspeed racers lined up for the Best In The Desert series season opener in Parker, Arizona, they all must have had the same strategy – run flat out and leave the competition in the dust. The Parker 425 is not typically thought of as a sprint race, the course is very challenging, but a new format made a big difference on how the race played out. The limited classes, like Jeepspeed, would run their own race in the morning and the high dollar exotic vehicles would start later in the day. Instead of racing through the ruts and holes caused by 800 horsepower and 39 inch tires, Jeepspeed racers had a smooth course ahead of them. When combined with a certain ease in the air and less concern about the rear view mirror, speeds increased along with calculated risks.

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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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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 2016 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by IMPACT. With just days remaining to sign up for the race, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We now have 49 Trick Trucks, 27 Class 1500 unlimited cars, 38 class 1000s and 28 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks registered to race.” Casey continued to say, “We had over 550 racers and pit crew members take part in our Pre Fun Run. The interest has been overwhelming in this legendary event and I know 2016 is going to be an awesome year for not only us, but also for all of our great and loyal racers.” The Legend Lives On as the annual BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by IMPACT in Parker, AZ, February 4-7 kicks off the Best In The Desert’s 2016 six-race schedule for the car & truck classes.

BITD-12-16-11At the 2016 running of the Best in the Desert (BITD) 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 a.m. 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.

The second race of the day will feature the Trick Truck class, along with classes 1500, 6100, 7200 and 8000. These racers will stage at 12 noon at the “Parker Python.” From there, they will be escorted to the starting line located on California Ave. in the middle of downtown Parker. The winner of the Time Trials will get the solo green flag start at 1:30 PM. The rest of the field will start one at a time at 30-second intervals following that. All of these racers will compete for three laps with no Gran Prix Finish.

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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.

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Best in the Desert kicked off their 2015 car/truck season with the prestigious Parker 425 in Parker, AZ this past weekend.  The challenging terrain was both a proving and testing ground in the early stages of 2015, as racers battled over four hundred miles with one of the most competitive fields in recent Parker history. Justin Lofton debuted his #41 Trophy Truck in promising fashion after a third qualifying position and holding a lead for part of the race but it was the JIMCO Class 1500 racers that put four vehicles in the top ten overall.

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Parker, AZ – New teams or old, everyone got an equal pummeling in Parker, Arizona. As each lap of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 went by, the course got progressively worse. Despite the punishing terrain, Trophylite teams ran a relentless pace for the entire 425 miles. Unwilling to yield, some even ran door to door despite huge rocks and endless square edged bumps. Half way through the race there were 4 or 5 trucks that were in the hunt for the win. At the finish, it was the Premiere Garage Trophylite of Todd Jackson with the win, his second Parker win in a row. Braden Abatti and Brother Ben Abatti III finished a close second in their Baja Farms Trophylite followed by Andrew McLeod in the Southwest Boulder Trophylite. McLeod made a charge to close in on Jeff Proctor’s Metro Honda / Metro Acura Trophylite on the last lap; overtaking him for the final position on the podium.

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Minneapolis, October 13, 2014
– Polaris Factory Racers would be out in force at the Bluewater Desert Challenge this past weekend. The race, different than the other Best in the Desert Races, would be two days of three 25-mile laps, with results based on times from both days, so it not only takes great strategy but a fast car.

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October 7 , 2014, San Diego, CA – UTVUnderground.com has teamed up with Mad Media and the Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association to create the first ever UTV World Championship.