BITD-12-16-11Casey Folks announced today that 254 entries, including 41 Trick Trucks, 29 Class 1500 cars, and 30 Class 1000s are signed up for the General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris. Plus, he said only a limited number of spots remain to enter the race. Hundreds of race teams from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe will converge on Las Vegas, Nevada for “The Great American Off-Road Race” and to compete in twenty-one different classes of off-road desert race vehicles at this year’s General Tire Mint 400, which will take place from March 20th – 24th, 2013.

So who’s coming? Only the top off-road racers in the world! Names like Rob MacChacren, Cameron Steele, BJ Baldwin, Adam Householder, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Shawn & Ray Croll, Jason Voss, Curt LeDuc, Kyle Conlon, Brandon Arthur, Bryce Menzies, Kevin McGillvray, Ryan Poelman, Jesse Jones, TJ Flores, Steve Strobel, Mark & Gary Weyhrich…and the list goes on and on.

Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that over 160 entries have already signed up for the 2013 Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”. Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We’re well on our way to having a record-breaking entry for this year’s race. The interest has been overwhelming in this legendary event and I feel 2013 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 Parker “425” in Parker, AZ, February 1-3 kicks off the Best In The Desert’s 2013 six-race schedule for the car & truck classes.

The race weekend actually gets underway on Thursday, January 31st, with the Time Trials where the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 cars go head-to-head on a specially designed course to determine the first overall starting position and claim the coveted $1,000 Team Ford “Pole Award”. Directly following the Time Trials, participants will parade their vehicles to the center of town for the “Downtown Parker Experience”. The “Downtown Parker Experience” features all the Time Trials vehicles on display for race fans and local residents to check out up close along with live entertainment all afternoon long.

When the 2012 Best In The Desert race season got underway at the Parker “425”, twenty of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers had signed up for the second annual Trick Truck Challenge. Each participating team kicked in a $6,000 fee towards bonus prize money to be paid out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Trick Truck finishers in each of the six Best In The Desert races, plus a year-end bonus.

For 2012, Steve Sourapas walked away with the lion’s share of Trick Truck Challenge bonus money along with the beautiful trophy that goes to the overall winner. Going into the last race of the year, the Sourapas entry, driven by Rob MacCachren, sat eleven points behind the truck of Mark Weyhrich. In order to win the Trick Truck Championship and claim the top spot among the participating Trick Truck Challenge drivers, MacCachren had to finish first and have Weyhrich come in no higher than third place. When the checker flag fell at the end of the Henderson “250”, that’s exactly how they finished; Rob MacCachren first, Mark Weyhrich third. So when the total bonus money was added up, Steve Sourapas ended up the big winner, taking home $54,500 over the course of the year. Mark Weyhrich was second with $32,000. Other drivers that took home Trick Truck Challenge bonus money over the year included BJ Baldwin with $16,000, Juan Carlos Lopez with $7,000, and Adam Householder, Jason Voss, Rick D Johnson, and Steve Olliges each with $6,000.

The Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, AZ, October 12-14, hosted by the Blue Water Resort & Casino, is the fifth event in the six-race 2012 Best In The Desert “American Off-Road Racing Series”. Unlike all of the other Best In The Desert long distance races that are either a long loop race, or a point to point course, as is the Parker “425” or the recent General Tire “Vegas to Reno” courses, the Blue Water Desert Challenge is a 2-day multi-race format that features Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes running both days for combined results to determine the winners.

Held along the picturesque Colorado River, this is the third year running of the Blue Water Desert Challenge, and it is quickly becoming a classic event welcoming in the fall season. As soon as the dust settled at the “Vegas to Reno race”, racers started telling each other, “I’ll see you in October at Parker.” The unique format still allows competitors to log in 150-miles of challenging desert racing over the course of two days. It also offers the racers to make adjustments and fine tune their vehicles for the second day of shoot-out style competition.

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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Casey Folks announced today that only 40 spots remain to enter The Mint 400 presented by General Tire. With entries limited by Best In The Desert to a maximum of 300 for this prestigious race, Folks encouraged racers to get their entries in now, as once those 40 spots are gone – they are gone forever. Hundreds of race teams from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe will converge on Las Vegas, Nevada for “The Great American Off-Road Race” and to compete in twenty-three different classes of off-road desert race vehicles at this year’s General Tire Mint 400, which will take place the weekend of March 23rd – 25th, 2012.

The BLM has already approved the Casey Folks designed course located south of Las Vegas, Nevada. The brutal 400-mile, multi-loop race course features rocky washes, silt beds, high-speed graded roads, rock gardens, and the giant rolling jumps that The Mint 400 has become famous for. Additionally, racers will start side-by-side (two at a time), making “turn one” a new exciting aspect of the race. Prize purses have increased, including the addition of Oakley “Bomb Awards” for the fastest lap, plus the “Team Ford” Pole Award and Trick Truck Challenge bonus money. Additionally, Folks commented there will now be five designated, limited space, free viewing areas that will accommodate several thousand spectators, so fans can witness first-hand the incredibly thrilling action of high-speed desert racing.

Thousands of spectators and race fans can also soak up the spectacle of The Mint 400 at the Fremont Street Experience when contingency and tech inspection kicks off Friday, March 23rd on Fremont St. in downtown Las Vegas from 11:30 AM until 7:30 PM. Here they’ll have the chance to get up close to the race vehicles and drivers as well as check out all the awesome products on display as they weave their way down the street lined with hundreds of race related manufacturers and vendors. This spectacular event is made possible through the sponsorship of the entire Downtown Las Vegas/Fremont Street Group.

Twenty of the 33 Trick Trucks entered in the 2012 Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”, February 3rd thru 5th, have signed up to take part in this year’s Trick Truck Challenge. This will be the second year for the Trick Truck Challenge that saw over $134,000 in bonus money paid out in 2011. To be eligible for the year-long Challenge, Trick Truck teams must be signed up by the Parker “425” race.

Casey Folks, Director of Best In The Desert, announced, “As of January 25th, 20 of the top Trick Truck teams in the world have signed up for the second year of the exciting Best in the Desert $120,000 Trick Truck Challenge. That’s right – one hundred and twenty thousand dollars paid back 100% to the racers. A special bonus purse will be paid out to the top three participating Trick Truck finishers at each of the six Best In The Desert races as well as the year-end bonus. The special Trick Truck Challenge Cup Trophy will also be awarded at the end of the year to the overall winning team.” Folks continued, “No other off-road racing organization has a program like the Best in the Desert Trick Truck Challenge. I’ve always said, either lead, follow or get out of our way and Best in the Desert is in the lead!”

$10,000 will be paid to 1st, $6,000 to 2nd and $3,000 to 3rd for each of six races for a total of $19,000 per race. An additional $10,000 will go to 1st place, $4,000 for 2nd and $2,000 for 3rd in the final year-end standings. Plus another $44,000 in year-end bonus has been posted from sponsors TSCO, Camburg Engineering, Jimco Racing, Geiser Bros., MasterCraft and Racer Engineering.

The world-renowned General Tire Mint 400 was recently acquired by The Martelli Brothers – partners in the nationally recognized marketing/production group Mad Media – who have since formed a multi-year partnership with Casey Folks of Best in the Desert to manage the event.  The Mint will now be part of The Best in the Desert American Off-Road Racing Series, but will remain open to privateers.  Hundreds of race teams will compete in twenty different classes of race vehicles at next year’s Mint 400, which will take place the weekend of March 23rd – 25th 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Martelli Brothers and Folks have already begun to improve the event by reinstating popular features from The Mint’s glory days (late 1970’s) – and by adding new components to make it even more exciting for spectators and race teams.  Casey has designed a new (brutal) 400-mile course located in Jean, Nevada, that will feature a high-speed passing zone near a dedicated spectator area, as well as rocky washes, silt beds, high-speed graded roads, rock gardens, and the giant rolling jumps The Mint is famous for.  Additionally, racers will start side-by-side (two at a time), making “turn one” a new exciting spectacle of the race.  Prize purses will increase, including the addition of Oakley “Bomb Awards” for the fastest lap.  And each driver of record will also receive a complimentary gift bag with sponsor gifts.

Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks announced today that more than 270 entries have already signed up to compete in the epic TSCO Vegas to Reno race on August 18-20. With more entries continuing to come in, close to 300 are expected by race day. The steadily growing field features big numbers in several classes. Three of the fastest classes have a total of 87 entries so far. There are 27 800+ horsepower Trick Trucks; 39 Class 1500 unlimited buggies, and 21 Class 7200 Mini Trick Trucks. On the powersports front, there are 15 UTVs, 22 quads, and 75 motorcycles registered.

The entry list reads like a “who’s who” of the world’s foremost off-road racers. B.J. Baldwin, Chad Ragland, brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, Larry Roeseler, Mark McMillin, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Jason Voss, Will Staats, Mastercraft’s Robbie Pierce, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jesse Jones, Roger Norman, Mark Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and Scott Whipple are among the ranks of the Trick Truck racers. The long list of Class 1500 drivers include 2010 defending class champion Chris Kemp, Gary Weyhrich, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Shannon Campbell, Mike Childress, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores and Steven Appleton.

At 549 miles in length, the Best In The Desert TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race is certifiably “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States. It also marks the midway point for the five-race 2011 Best In The Desert season featuring the car and truck classes and is one of the most popular events on the schedule. The challenge and adventure of competing in such a long distance “point to point” race always brings out the top off-road race teams. Not only is this going to be a big event but it’s also the 15th running of TSCO “Vegas to Reno.”

Open to all Best In The Desert classes – cars, trucks, UTVs, quads and motorcycles, following is a list of the 2010 TSCO “Vegas to Reno” defending class winners:

2010 Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time

Class 1400            Rick D Johnson/Brian Salee                              Ford                        9:10:42

Class 1500            Chris Kemp/Darron Moore                               Jimco                     9:20:35

Class 1200            Troy Vest/Geno Licitra                                       Chevrolet              10:55:09

Class 1000            Chad Giguiere/JJ Schnarr                   Custom 11:03:18

Class 7200            Al Hogan/Pat Bell                                               Ford                        11:11:47

Class 8000            Macrae Glass/Michael DeHaas                        Ford                        11:35:12

Class 1100            Lee Banning Sr/Lee Banning Jr                        Banning                 11:36:59

Class 2000            Kevin Smith/Brian Smith                  Mirage                   11:50:50

Class 5500            Earl Desiderio/Christian Hammerskjold         Custom 12:14:48

Class 7300            Jayson Strachan/James Burman     Ford                        13:11:12

Class 8100            Tim Casey/Mike Tuba                                       Ford                        13:18:00

Class 4400            Dave Cole/Jason Scherer                   Custom 13:30:51

Class 7100            Steve Rose/Robbie Cockrell                              Ford                        13:31:07

Class 1700            Bob Standage/Kyle Standage                          Jeep                        13:56:44

Class 1800            David Kincaid/Mark Johnson                          Custom 14;41:16

Class 5000            Todd Davis/Mark Bowman                              Jimco                     16:12:08

Class 6000            Louis Chamberland/Jim Riley                          TrophyLite            21:18:10

2010 Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners by Overall Time

Open Pro               Quinn Cody                                                          Honda                   9:21:18

Open Exp              Robert Patterson/Jesse Canepa/

Clint Braun                                                           Yamaha                9:56:37

O-30 Pro                Michael Johnson/Rex Cameron                       Honda                   9:57:21

4-Stk Exp              Robert Hunter/Kyle Hucklebridge/

Max Eddy Jr                                                         Custom 10:00:01

4-Stk Pro               Zach Watson/Rex Mike                                     Kawasaki              10:21:58

Quad Pro               Greg Stuart/Nicholas Granlund                         Custom 10:26:30

O-30 Exp               Bill Witt/Kevin Johnson/Allan Ashely             Honda                   10:33:07

O-50 Exp               Doug Smith/Dave Potts/Bill Boyer Honda                   11:04:43

250 Pro Lucas Garcia/Justin Criner                                KTM                      11:14:39

Ironman Exp        Leonard Baca                                                      Kawasaki              11:32:51

Open Am               Donald Stark/Peter Marzano/

F Buccovich                                                         Honda                   11:38:02

O-40 Exp               Larry Brown/Lance Horton                              Honda                   11:41:34

Quad Exp              Ken George/Trent Kendall/Joe Ramos           Yamaha                12:07:21

250 Am                 Scott Jacobson/Garrett Tolman/

Eric Caudillo                                                         Honda                   12:16:01

QIM Exp               Gerald Nunes                                                        Honda                   12:17:17

250 Exp                 Jeremy Purvines/Jason Trubey/

Ron Purvines                                                        Honda                   12:18:43

Ironman Am        Sam Longson                                                       Yamaha                12:10:22

4 Stk Am               William Banuelos/Matt Banuelos/

Rigo Navarro                                                        Honda                   12:43:33

O-40 Am               Stephen Orton/Daniel Burkart                          KTM                      13:25:04

O-40 Pro                John Intile/Brett Burkitt                                     Husaberg               14:08:02

125 Exp                 Larry Perkins/Thomas Flores                            KTM                      15:39:31

Quad Am              Michael Zelenka/John Zelenka                        Yamaha                23:24:36

Class 1900            Brandon Schueler/Chad Riccio/West/

VanDeLoo                                                            Polaris                    14:09:18

Class 1900S      Rocker Head/Gary Peterson                   Kawasaki          16:08:24

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” schedule:

Thursday, August 18th – Registration, Contingency and tech inspection, Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas.

Friday, August 19th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Event Center.

Saturday, August 20th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The weekend gets started Wednesday, August 17th, for Trick Truck and Class 1500 open class buggy racers as they qualify in the Time Trails to determine their starting positions and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best opportunity for the overall finishing spot.

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” marks the third race of the year for the 2011 Trick Truck Challenge. The Challenge features 23 of the world’s top Trick Truck race teams shooting for a share of the $134,000 in bonus cash and year end trophy. To date, $42,600 has been paid out for the Parker “425” and Silver State “300” top finishers.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Station Resort & Casino in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, was overjoyed to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles North America was the new “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert. Casey stated, “Husqvarna has a great and storied history in off-road desert racing and we’re extremely proud to have them on board.” Folks also has a personal and long history with Husky as well. Not only did Casey race and win on them for years, he and his motorcycle dealership, Sportsman Cycle Sales, are the fifth oldest Husqvarna dealer in the U.S. He even has eight fully restored vintage Huskies on display at Sportsman Cycle Sales in Las Vegas. Casey went on to say, “To have Husqvarna join us to reestablish their incredible desert racing heritage is really something special to me.”

Corey Eastman, National Marketing Manager for Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, said, “We are excited to be associated with the leading desert race series in the United States, Best In The Desert. Husqvarna has had tremendous success over the last several decades with podium finishes in major events worldwide.” More than $12 million in contingency awards is available at racing events throughout the country this season. He continued, “Husqvarna is committed to those who choose to ride Huskies. The “Ride More” concept creates an overall racing program that supports both top Pros and average Joes, which was our main goal for 2011! Our “Ride More” concept has found a new home with the racers and fans of the Best In The Desert races.”

Husqvarna’s first event as the “Official Motorcycle” of Best In The Desert will be the upcoming TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race, August 18-20, 2011.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.