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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert will live stream the “Celebration of Life” in honor of Casey Folks tomorrow. Check out the release on the event below, which also has a link to the stream.

Casey Folks touched the lives of thousands of people in the off-road community. If you are unable to join us for this special occasion in honor of him, you can still be part of it.

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– Team Toyo driver Andy McMillin and Toyo Tires won first overall and first in the Trick Truck class during the Best In The Desert BlueWater Resort Parker 425 race this past weekend. McMillin’s #31 Toyo Tires,  Fox, Method Race Wheels Ford truck relied on 39-inch Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires to help deliver his win over the three-lap course.

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Parker, AZ –
The 2016 season was a development year for Jeff Proctor’s Team Honda Racing Ridgeline team. They had great success in unusually demanding conditions during the SCORE International series Baja 500 and iconic Baja 1000 race in Mexico, but were hit with minor issues at the Mint 400 race in Nevada. With thousands of race miles under their belts, and a dialed in race truck, the team is anxious to hit the 7200 class at the Best In The Desert series Parker 425 race in Parker, Arizona.

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Can’t make it to one of the Best In The Desert races? Then follow the live streaming coverage on most of the races, including this week’s BlueWater Parker “425” presented by Impact at Dirt Live 2.

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The BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 Presented by Impact kicks off the 2017 Best In The Desert race schedule for the car and truck classes and, with still a week and a half to enter, nearly 200 race teams have already signed up to run. The race field so far includes 52 Trick Trucks, 29 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Tricks and 36 Class 1000 Cars.

Casey Folks
It’s always tragic when the off-road community loses one of our own, but even more so when it’s someone who’s had such an impact on so many people within the industry. Casey Folks was so much more than a race promoter, and the off-road community has shown just how much he was loved in the short time since his passing. Below are just a few of the many inspirational stories that show why this man was loved by so many.

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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert recently sent out information regarding a gathering to celebrate the life of Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks. See below for event information.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16As Casey Folks would have wanted, Best In The Desert is forging ahead with scheduled 2017 events and developing plans for the 2018 season.

The family of Casey Folks has put Best In The Desert Operations Manager Donald Jackson in charge of race management and supervision. Donald was extremely close to Casey and has been his second in command for 13 years. He knows exactly how Casey would have handled anything.

Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert reported this morning that Director Casey Folks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Below is the press release sent out this morning.

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God Speed Casey
Rest in Peace

With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey Folks suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event.  He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.

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A record number of 343 race teams lined up Friday morning not far from Alamo, Nevada, to begin Race Day One of the General Tire Vegas to Reno The Long Way!!! presented by FOX. Race Day One, sponsored by McMillin Racing, stops overnight in Tonopah, Nevada. Race Day Two, sponsored by KC HiLiTES, resumes in Tonopah Saturday morning and heads north and finish in the town of Dayton, just south of Reno, Nevada.