Vegas-to-Reno-General-Tire-8-8-13Always keeping the safety of off-road racers in mind, Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert off-road racing association, and Steve Myers, from International Racing Consultants (IRC), today jointly announced Pass Alert, the latest development in safety equipment for off-road racing.  Folks heads up the largest off-road desert racing organization in North America. Myers is president of IRC, the company that provides tracking for most off-road racing operations globally. The Pass Alert system has been years in development, and will be in place for Best in the Desert’s landmark General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race August 15-17, 2013.

The way the system works is as a faster vehicle approaches a slower moving vehicle, a visual alert goes off letting the rider/driver know he is being approached from behind. At the same time, the Pass Alert system signals the driver of the faster vehicle that he is approaching a slower moving racer. Pass Alert systems will be placed on the fastest cars or trucks, and the slowest motorcycles, quads and UTVs.

Vegas-to-Reno-General-Tire-8-8-13An excited Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert, announced that more than 275 of the world’s fastest off-road racers have signed up to date for the Longest Off Road Race in the United States, The General Tire “Vegas to Reno”. Of particular note, this is the largest number of entries this early in history for this spectacular race.

Set up to be a landmark race, the 2013 running of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” race has the leading off-road race teams gathering in Las Vegas to challenge the treacherous terrain of the Nevada desert, that only Casey can create.

Racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete – with entries coming now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.

BITD-12-16-11The legendary Parker “425”, the historic Mint “400” and the panoramic Silver State “300”…what better way to start the 2013 Best In The Desert season. These great venues, along with the attention Casey Folks pays to make sure everyone in every class has the best racing experience possible, are just part of what makes “The American Off-Road Racing Series” so popular. Now mix in the world’s foremost desert racers, and you have the perfect formula for the tightest, most competitive and exciting racing that has taken place the first half of the 2013 season.

Super competitive is an understatement among the Trick Truck teams so far this year. With the first three races in the books, there have been three different winners. Jason Voss claimed the victory at Parker, Bryce Menzies took the top spot at the Mint, and TJ Flores grabbed his first Trick Truck win ever at last month’s Silver State “300”. This “anyone can take it” racing has really made for a fierce battle in the class points chase as well. Currently, Jason Voss and Gary Wheyrich are tied for first, with Steve Olliges sitting in second, only 22 points behind. Scott Whipple and Troy Vest are in great position as well, and are ready to shake up the chase should anybody stumble going into the second half of the season.

TrophyLite-Silver-State-300-5-9-13Ben Abatti III had a great race at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300. He drove the first half of the race and then turned his Trophylite over to his father Ben Abatti II to complete the race. They built an insurmountable lead on the rest of the field, taking the victory by over 11 minutes. If the story ended there, most would be happy but that is not the case. The team was penalized 15 minutes for a race incident. It’s safe to assume that Casey Folks does not like to hand out penalties to his racers but the problem with most rules, they don’t weigh intent and in order to be consistent they have to be held to the letter, which is not always fair. The Abatti’s drove a great race and took the news hard when they learned of the penalty at the awards ceremony.

“This race was important to us,” said Ben Abatti III, “My Dad has been racing for a long time. There is no way he would break the rules on purpose. We had a big lead; we didn’t need that fraction of a second off our time. We were unable to talk with Casey before the penalty was applied, we had no idea we did anything wrong. If we broke the rules then give us a penalty but why not ten minutes instead of fifteen so we can keep the win that we earned?” The 15 minute penalty dropped the Abatti’s back to third.

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.