BITD Silver State 300Fort Mill, SC – August 20, 2013 – It’s the longest off-road race in the United States.  The General Tire Vegas to Reno race, put on by Best In The Desert (BITD), is not for the faint of heart.  For nearly 550 miles, teams navigated the harsh terrain of the Nevada desert from Las Vegas to Reno and more than 95 teams attempted to claim victory.  It was CJ Hutchins who took the top spot for Team GT finishing first in Class 1500 and fourth overall completing the race in 9:34:58.  The win marked Hutchins best finish in the famed race.

“Congratulations to CJ and his entire team on their 1500 win and fourth-place finish overall at Vegas to Reno,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire.  “To have four wins with CJ (Hutchins), Steve (Alexander), Banning and Randy (Merritt) – who has now won three times in a row at Vegas to Reno – all on red letter GRABBER’s is amazing.  Vegas to Reno is a demanding 550 miles and I’m proud of each and every one of our teams for finishing.”

There’s nothing like starting something off with a perfect record. That’s exactly what Coleman Motorsports did at the Baja 500. Drivers Jason Coleman and CJ Hutchins along with other members of the team have been to Mexico before but this was the first time as Coleman Motorsports and the first time driving south of the border for Jason. On a team where both drivers have championships to their credit and a crewchief like Jason “Bizkit” Brisco who was voted SNORE, mechanic of the year in 2010, the victory comes as no surprise to anyone but is impressive nonetheless.

Jason and navigator Mike Hill left the line in the 5th spot but immediately began picking off slower cars so that by the time they reached Ojos Negros they held a slim lead over Cory Boyer in 2nd. It would be nice to report that the rest of the day was flawless and they won easily but that’s not what happened. Heading up the summit on a remote section of the course Jason got a sharp piece of wood shoved through one of the tires causing them to pull off to change it. Boyer caught and passed them but that was not the worst of it. With no spare now and 60 miles to go until their next pit, Jason had to back it way down to get through this rough section without further problems. His reduced speed let four more cars get past, which was hard for Jason. “It was tough letting those cars go by but you have to run smart, not just fast,” said Jason. He hit the next pit for fresh tires and then got back in the hunt. By the time he got to Borrego, he was third on the road.