Between the lines
It’s true in off-road racing just like it is in any form of racing – sometimes you have to go slow to go fast… we’ve said it before, there’s a fine line between wide open and overkill, and sometimes you have to slow the pace down in order to keep the vehicle together and make it to the finish. Oh, and it might help if you can keep it between the lines. Check out this off-road racing video where the line gets blurred.

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Gustavo Vildosola earned the win at Henderson. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

With many Class Championships still on the line and waiting to be decided, a record turnout of 220 teams showed up to race the last running of Best In The Desert’s Henderson “250” presented by Supercross.com.

Deciding just a few days before the race, Tavo Vildosola entered the “Henderson 250” to wanting test a few things out on his Ford Trick Truck. He ended up qualifying 11th in Time Trials then went on to win the race. Vildosola finished a mere 58 seconds ahead of Tracy Graf after pole winner Josh Daniel dropped out of the race with rear end failure only six miles from the finish line.

BITD-11-29-11Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that more than 220 entries have already signed up for the 2014 Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”. Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We now have 39 Trick Trucks, 48 Class 1500 and 39 class 1000’s registered to race….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 know 2014 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 BlueWater Resort & Casino& Casino Parker “425” presented by Impact in Parker, AZ, January 31 – February 2 kicks off the Best In The Desert’s 2014 six-race schedule for the car & truck classes.

The race weekend actually gets underway on Thursday, January 30th, 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.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — In one of the last races when SCORE Trophy Truck raced as its own series, enjoy one of Ivan Stewart’s patented victories in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 when in the 1997 classic race comes out of the historical vault and to be aired this week on SCORE Throwback Thursday, one of Roger Norman’s new Internet creations, the presentation of another memorable race this week. Norman’s latest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.

Thursday’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 1997 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 which has been the second-most popular desert race in the world since it began in 1974.

Off-Road-Expo-Logo-10-2-12POMONA, Calif. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will invade the Pomona Fairplex Saturday, October 5 through Sunday, October 6, with everything off-road including new vehicles, thousands of parts and accessories, Toyota off-road test drives, racing demos from the King of the Hammers and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and more. This year’s expo features more than 350 of the industry’s leading manufacturers, dealers and distributors, showcasing all the latest off-road toys, technologies, parts, gear and accessories.

Off-road manufacturer representatives will be on-site to demonstrate and educate attendees on all the latest vehicles and accessories. In addition to the line-up of trucks, Jeeps, UTVs, ATVs, side-by-sides, dirt bikes, sand rails, rock crawlers, parts and accessories on display, the expo will come to life with exciting features and entertainment including:

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.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Las Vegas second generation racing brothers Ed and Tim Herbst along with second-gen SoCal racer Mark Post will grab some more airtime during SCORE Throwback Thursday, one of Roger Norman’s new Internet creations,and the presentation of another memorable race this week—the 1997 SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. Norman’s latest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.

Thursday’s night’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 3rd annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, a very popular season-opening race that SCORE produced from 1995 through 2012.

Norman’s new Internet show is another part of the inventory of his new Dirt Live productions which produces the weekly Dirt LiveHD studio show each Tuesday as well as the expanded race-week coverage for his SCORE and HDRA racing organizations.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has reaffirmed its support for the AMA Legends Weekend — and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013 — by returning as banquet sponsor of the Induction Ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, Friday, Oct. 18.

The gala event will officially welcome the Hall of Fame class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA roadracing champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“Kawasaki has a great history with motorcycling, and especially with one of our 2013 Hall of Fame inductees, Ricky Carmichael, who enjoyed factory support through the company’s Team Green program as an amateur, as well as support as a professional on the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross circuits,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “Kawasaki was part of many amateur and pro championships for Carmichael, and we’re proud to have the company’s support as they help us honor all of the members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013.”

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.

SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — Roger Norman’s newest Internet creation–SCORE Throwback Thursday will present another memorable race tomorrow—the 2001 Tecate SCORE Baja 500 desert race. Norman’s newest program showcases classic SCORE race footage primarily produced as television shows.

Thursday’s night’s episode at 7 p.m. (PT) will be the telecast of the 2001 Tecate SCORE Baja 500, one in a series of 45 races that are among the most popular in all of motorsports.

Norman’s new Internet show is another part of the inventory of his new Dirt Live productions which produces the weekly Dirt LiveHD studio show each Tuesday as well as the expanded race-week coverage for his SCORE and HDRA racing organizations.