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.
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.
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.
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.
Las Vegas, NV – They say there is no test tougher than desert off road racing. When you think of the toughest races in off road, one that ranks at the top has to be Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno, (V2R). V2R is the longest off road race in the United States traveling over 530 miles through some of the worst terrain in Northern Nevada. It is a race that no team takes lightly. Taking a brand new car here is gutsy; taking that car to a second place podium finish is incredible. Coleman Motorsports beat all but one of the 28 other competitors at V2R in their first race with a newly constructed Jimco Class 10.
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Qualifying for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 was held today just outside Las Vegas in Jean, Nevada, on the site where the old Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino once stood.
Minneapolis, Jan. 15, 2014– Polaris RZRs kicked off the Best in the Desert race season with a win at the THR Parker 250, in Parker, Ariz. 2013 Best in the Desert UTV Champions, Jagged X and the No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900, with Jagged X’s Brandon Schueler and Blake Van de Loo would take the checkered flag, and Coastal Racing’s No. 1934, with Scott Kiger and Mark Holz, taking second.
The inaugural race of the year for BITD saw the largest UTV entry yet with 33 side-by-sides entered. Schueler and Van de Loo would start in thirteenth position. Thanks to some great driving and a trouble-free day, they were able to work their way to the front and pass the No. 1934 Coastal car for the win.
On a bitter cold December day that barely got out of the twenties, mixed in with blustery winds, rain, sleet, snow, and a little sunshine, the Henderson 250 featured super hot racing for KC Dirt Tribe athletes.
The Henderson 250 was the final event on the 2013 Best In The Desert calendar and things really started heating up at the Time Trials on Thursday before the race. KC Dirt Triber Rob MacCachren needed to have a great starting position and an even better race to have even a remote shot at the Trick Truck Championship. On the other hand, fellow Dirt Tribe athlete Jason Voss needed to just finish the race to cap off his incredible year with the Championship. But Jason didn’t hold anything back at qualifying as he grabbed the second starting spot by edging out Rob’s time by a scant .163 of a second. That set the stage for the race with the two drivers starting side-by-side on the second row.
When the flag dropped, MacCachren got the hole-shot on Voss off the line and immediately set his sites on the pole sitter. Near the beginning of lap three, Rob finally chased down and passed the race leader. Once he was out front, he continued his blistering pace, trying to put as many positions as possible between himself and Jason Voss. At the end, MacCachren came in first overall, beating out the second place finisher by just under 40 seconds. Jason Voss managed to come in fifth overall, fourth in class. His finish was good enough to seal up the 2013 Trick Truck Championship. In fact, KC Dirt Tribe athletes took the top three spots in the final Trick Truck standings with Rob MacCachren coming in second and Steve Olliges third.
Jean, NV – Chip Prescott’s victory at the Best in the Desert, Henderson 250 clinched the rookie of the year title for the Alumi Craft racer. Chip took three wins in the six race season finishing first at the Mint 400, Silver State 300 and the season finale in Henderson. He also took a second place podium at what many think was the toughest race in years, Vegas to Reno.
At the finish line after the Henderson 250, Chip was ecstatic when asked about the race. “It’s been fantastic; a bit rough though. We had an unscheduled stop in the pits. I got a flat tire that wrapped around the brake caliper. The crew told me they couldn’t get it off. I said you gotta get it off! It was a rough day but we made up the time.” Chip started 10th out of 11 cars. He charged through the field and made up all the time spent in the pits with the flat tire to take the win.
The last race on the Best In The Desert’s 2013 calendar is turning out to be a real challenge amongst competitors, with so many season class championships riding on it. Multiple car and truck class championships will be decided at the end of the day when the dust settles on this last race of the season. The Henderson “250” is also a “double points” race, so anything can happen in the final points shuffle.
The race course is in compliance and meets all of the environmental concerns by the BLM. We work very hard at Best In The Desert to comply with the rules and regulations and we appreciate our racers doing the same; we all must protect our environment and respect the rules.
A number of Trick Truck drivers still have a shot at taking the season championship crown. Coming into this race, Jason Voss holds a 47 point lead over Steve Olliges, with Scott Whipple hanging just 23 points behind Olliges. Not far back and ready to challenge should something happen to the top three, are Troy Vest, Rob MacCachren, Gary Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and TJ Flores. It comes down to whichever driver and team that can put together the perfect race for the win, probably goes home with the championship.