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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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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.

Dirt-Logo-Best-in-the-Desert-1-26-16Editor’s Note: BITD sent out this note regarding the health of Best in the Desert Director Casey Folks and the upcoming Parker 425.

January 9, 2017 – Thank you to everyone for your concerns, messages and prayers regarding Casey. We truly appreciate the support.

While we would like to speak with everyone about Casey, we are currently busy trying to make preparations for the upcoming Parker “425.” So please do not call the office at this time looking for updates on him.

Jesse-Jones-Fox-BITD-9-5-13In a joint announcement from Las Vegas and El Cajon, CA, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, and Brian Godfrey, FOX Marketing Manager, Off Road Division, announced FOX will become the presenting sponsor of one of Best In The Desert’s most revered off-road events in North America. This legendary race will now be named The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX.

“Casey and his dedicated team have been putting on the very best offroad races for years now. It makes only sense for us to align ourselves with them.  The Vegas to Reno race is one of the few marquee events in off road desert racing. We are excited to see its popularity and attendance continue to grow with our support”, said Brian Godfrey, FOX Marketing Manager, Offroad Division.

For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products.

McMurrough-Vegas-to-Reno-8-22-13After winning their last two races and months of preparation, McMurrough Racing and TJ Flores had their sights set on bringing another win back to the shop. Vegas to Reno, put on by Best In The Desert, is one of the only point to point off-road races that still takes place in the states. The racers and their vehicles compete in temperatures that can reach over 110 degrees, barrel through silt beds that swallow anyone that hesitates, and fly across long grated roads where trucks can reach speeds of 136 mph.

The events for Vegas to Reno began on Wednesday when over 50 Trick Trucks and Class 1’s lined up for qualifying. The 4.2-mile course was marked just on the outskirts of Las Vegas and the tight course would put two Class 1’s starting in top spots. The #80 McMurrough Racing Trick Truck would start Fridays race in the 6th place starting position. TJ would be the 3rd Trick Truck following right behind Jesse Jones and Bryce Menzies.

“We were excited for our starting position. We wouldn’t have too much dust to battle come race day and we just needed to set a good pace and let the race come to us.” -said driver, TJ Flores.

Impact-Mastercraft-off-road-8-14-13Best In The Desert (BITD) continues to set entry records with every race, and Impact by MasterCraft Safety has taken notice.  The ink is still drying on their commitment to be the presenting sponsor of the “BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Impact” for 2014 and beyond.  “We welcome Impact on board as the presenting sponsor of one of the most prestigious events in the world for desert off-road competition,” said BITD promoter Casey Folks recently.  “They join some of the leading brands in helping make our series the largest, entry-wise, of any long distance off-road series. Impact’s products help keep our racers safe – the number one priority in my world.”

Before the popular 2014 season opener in Arizona, the second half of the 2013 BITD schedule continues to play out starting with the upcoming Vegas to Race, August 15 thru 17. MasterCraft CEO Robbie Pierce will be racing with longtime teammate Will Staats in the Staats Racing Jimco Trick Truck as they take on the longest off-road race in the United States. Impact and MasterCraft Safety product representatives will also be manning the company’s booth at contingency and tech for this event at the Aliante Casino Hotel parking lot on Thursday, August 15th with a full assortment of their popular helmets, driving suits, seats, and more.