Casey Folks recently announced that he expects more than 200 racers to challenge the Canidae Tap It Silver State “300” course. Robby Gordon appears to have the US desert courses dialed in, having grabbed wins at Parker and the Mint, the first two Best in the Desert Events of 2012. But he’s going to have some fast company trying to grab the top podium finish from him. Here’s the breakdown: Two of the fastest classes have nearly 50 entries: there are Twenty-Four Class 1400 600+ Horsepower Trick Trucks, and Twenty-Four Class 1500 Unlimiteds.   Watch out Robby – some very fast and professional racers are chasing you down!  The Time Trials, set for Thursday May 3rd, will certainly impact how this race unwinds.

Who’s racing? Only the fastest, most prestigious list of racing names in off-road competition – that’s who!  Trick Truck features racers like Baldwin, Nunley, Lopez, Householder, Olliges, Swift, Croll, Voss, Whitton, Staats, Pierce, Nuckles, Horvath, Sourapas, MacCachren, Johnson, Zaiden, Whelchel, Weyhrich, and Canidae’s Whipple. In the 1500 class, look for Gordon, Jacobs, Hovey, Davis, Keysar, Baldi, Berri, Jergensen, Griffith, Boyle, Childress, Bilek, Reid, Letner, Freitas, Dean, Flores, Lofton, Walker, Curtis, Langley, Chase, Bask, Graf, and the list goes on! The leading racers in the world of off-road racing run with Best in the Desert!

Folks was quoted, “There is simply no race like a Best in the Desert event. At last year’s Silver State “300” only two minutes separated the winner and 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap between the top 5 finishers.  With this many extremely fast and professional racers signed up – the 2012 Canidae Tap It Silver State “300”  will be another one for the record books. Plus with a high temperature of 75 degrees and sunny predicted for race day – it’s going to be a great race!”

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, May 4th, at Aliante Station, and the race will take place on Saturday, May 5th. Best in the Desert again worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management to develop a course with minimal impact, and in fact, has moved the start and finish lines for this year’s event to avoid any potential issue with desert tortoise. The start line is 15 miles north of Alamo and the finish line will be north of the Alamo area. The race is a one approximate 300-mile loop.

Best In The Desert is also fortunate to have some of the best companies in the off-road world as our sponsors.  I’d like to thank Ford Motor Company, General Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Lucas Oil, KC HiLites, FabTech, John Deere, Beta Motorcycles, McKenzies, Azunia Tequila, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner, Sportsman Cycle Sales.  Also, a special thank you to our Title Sponsor, Canidae Natural Pet Food and Tap It Brewing Company. A special thank you to Scott Whipple and his great team of people for their continued support of off-road desert racing!

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San Luis Obispo, CA – The Canidae Off Road Racing team qualified in 34th place out of more than 270 entries at this year’s Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno offroad race. The 34th place starting position put them 19th off the starting line in their Trophy Truck class. Driving hard and powering through the rugged terrain, co-drivers Scott Whipple and Scott Gailey kept pushing the truck throughout the race to finish a strong 5th in their class, only 21 seconds off 4th place, and only 7 minutes shy of a podium finish. The Vegas to Reno race is over 500 miles long and the Canidae Team turned in a 10 hour, 19 minute and 10 second time on course.

The event was blogged live at the team’s website and Facebook fan page and attracted more visits and comments then any other race in the team’s history. “Reports and pictures kept coming in from Canidae as we watched the live tracking at Best in the Desert. We saw them making their way forward through the pack, doing better and better as the race went on. They even lost a cylinder part way through and just kept right on making great time and passing other teams. It was exciting and we’re all really happy for the crew,” said Marlon Coffman, long time supporter of the team.

Driver Whipple started the race with navigator Patrick Gailey. They managed to turn in a smooth and consistent performance, battling through the pack and gaining on the leaders despite a flat fire. At mile 289 co-driver Scott Gailey took over for Whipple and despite a dead cylinder on the team’s 800 HP 454 Dougan small block, he managed to push the truck hard and claim a top 10 finish and a 5th place in class.

Gailey found himself battling not only the course and the other drivers, but also the sun as the team made the decision earlier to not take the additional pit time to attach their normal night-time lighting. As the sun drew closer to the horizon, the team wasn’t sure Gailey would be able to cross the finish line before the lack of proper lighting became an issue. Fortunately, he beat the sun and crossed with time to spare.

At the end of race day, Whipple commented, “What an awesome day. We have the best crew who worked together as a team flawlessly. Interviews are over and we’re loading up so we can celebrate! Thanks to all of you who support us and cheered us on!”
Next up for Canidae Racing is the BlueWater Desert Challenge on October 14 to 16 in Parker, AZ.

Canidae Racing is supported by Canidae Pet Foods, Lucas Oil, BFGoodrich Tires, Magnaflow Exhaust, KC HiLites, Torco Race Fuels, Tap It Brewing, JE Pistons, Fox Race Shox, Geiser Bros. Design & Development, K&N Air Filters, Racepak, CalTex Freight, McKenzies, Specialty Fasteners, XRP Hoses and Fittings, Norco Tires, and GET Performance.

Photo credit Mike Wilson Photography.