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There’s just a little over two weeks remaining before the green flag drops on Best In The Desert’s 20th Anniversary General Tire Vegas to Reno The Long Way!!! presented by FOX and 335 race teams have already signed up to take on the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.” The impressive list of entries includes 48 Trick Trucks, 19 Unlimited Class 1500 Cars, 33 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks, 65 UTVs, and 33 Ironman Motorcycle and Quad riders.

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.

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After sweeping the SCORE International Desert Racing series last year and helping put champion racers back on the podium, BFGoodrich® Tires is poised to continue its string of seven consecutive overall SCORE desert race wins at the Bud Light SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico, starting Saturday, June 6.

The outstanding run of successes last year included overall wins at the SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000, and coincided with the introduction of the latest in desert race tire technology with the BFGoodrich Tires Baja T/A® KR2. The tire has been adopted by race teams in various classes and now has amassed 11 overall desert race wins.

Menzies Looks To Make History
BFGoodrich Performance Team member Bryce Menzies captured last year’s SCORE Baja 500 after missing an opportunity to claim three in a row in 2013. Nonetheless, Menzies, who will drive the No. 77 Red Bull Ford F-150, has claimed the overall win in three of the last four years in this race and looks to join an elite group of just five racers who have four overall SCORE Baja 500 wins.

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In a time when off-road racing is becoming more and more competitive each year, Jason Voss continually proves that the #1 JIMCO Trophy Truck is the one to beat in the desert.  Voss’s win at this weekend’s Best in the Desert Henderson 250 sealed the deal for a second consecutive points championship in the Best in the Desert Series.  With previous wins at the Parker 425, Silver State 300 and Vegas to Reno, Voss stamped a fourth victory in his championship quest.

The second-fastest qualifying spot would go to Jason Voss, who did his best to launch his Jimco into orbit.

The second-fastest qualifying spot would go to Jason Voss, who did his best to launch his Jimco into orbit.

STORY AND PHOTOS BY ART EUGENIO, GETSOMEphoto.com

Qualifying for the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 was held today just outside Las Vegas in Jean, Nevada, on the site where the old Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino once stood.

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– Armed with a performance tire portfolio designed to conquer the hard corners of road racing to the grueling desert terrain of the Baja peninsula, BFGoodrich Tires closed out its 2013 motorsports season with 20 season championships and placed drivers on their respective podiums at a higher rate than a year ago.

Using its industry leading engineering and trackside support programs, BFGoodrich unveiled new race products and an unprecedented race support program in 2013. A new DOT legal race tire, the latest 37 and 39 inch desert race tires and revolutionized customized grooving–from slick to race ready- of its Mud-Terrain KR2 for short course racing, brought continued success to those racing with the brand.

BITD-12-16-11When the 2013 Best In The Desert race season got underway at the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”, twenty-four of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers had signed up for the third annual Trick Truck Challenge. Each participating driver kicked in $6,000 with a guaranteed100% payback going towards the bonus prize money to be paid out to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place Trick Truck finishers in each of the six Best In The Desert races, plus a year-end bonus.

When the dust settled from the final race of the year at the recent Henderson “250”, Jason Voss claimed the 2013 Trick Truck Challenge title and the beautiful trophy that goes along with it. Jason also collected the largest share of the total bonus money paid, taking home $41,000 over the course of the year. Jason Voss had an incredible season, the kind that many racers can only dream about. In six races he captured two first place Trick Truck finishes, a second place, two thirds and one fourth. For the entire year, Jason never finished out of the bonus money pay out. Other top drivers that took home Trick Truck Challenge bonus money over the year included Rob MacCachren with $30,000, TJ Flores with $19,000, Gary Weyhrich with $14,000, Steve Olliges and Mark Weyhrich with $10,000 each, and Steve Strobel and Jesse Jones with $6,000 each.

Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert, said, “This was our third running of the awesome Trick Truck Challenge, and I congratulate all the drivers on a great year.” He went on to say that he expects 2014 to be a banner year for Best In The Desert and the Trick Truck Challenge to become even bigger. The 2014 season is just around the corner, beginning with the legendary BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” in Parker, AZ, January 31st thru February 2nd as “The Legend Lives On” along the beautiful Colorado River.

Participating drivers for the 2013 Trick Truck Challenge:
Adam Householder, #24
BJ Baldwin, #97
Dale Dondel. #7
Gary Weyhrich, #98
Greg Nunley, #10
Jason Voss, #35
Jesse Jones, #76
Juan Carlos Lopez, #18
Ken Losch, #34
Kevin Curtis, #92
Kyle Conlon, #5
Mark Weyhrich, #9
Mike Walser, #67
Rich Voss, #36
Rob MacCachren, #6
Robbie Gordon, #77
Ryan Hancock, #29
Scott Schovajsa, #45
Scott Whipple, #95
Shawn Croll, #32
Steve Olliges, #27
Steve Strobel, #94
TJ Flores, #80
Tracy Graf, #58

2013 Trick Truck Challenge Winners:
Parker “425”
1st Place             Jason Voss                              $10,000
2nd Place           Gary Weyhrich                        $  6,000
3rd Place            Robbie Gordon                       $  4,000
4th Place             Steve Strobel                          $  2,000

Mint “400”
1st Place                Mark Weyhrich                        $10,000
2nd Place               Rob MacCachren                    $  6,000
3rd Place               Jason Voss                              $  4,000
4th Place               Gary Weyhrich                          2,000

Silver State “300” 
1st Place                 TJ Flores                           $ 10,000
2nd Place               Gary Weyhrich                   $  6,000
3rd Place                 Steve Strobel                    $  4,000
4th Place                 Jason Voss                        $  2,000

Vegas to Reno           
1st Place                   Jason Voss                      $10,000
2nd Place                 Jesse Jones                      $  6,000
3rd Place                   Steve Sourapas                $  4,000
4th Place                  Steve Olliges                     $  2,000

BlueWater Desert Challenge        
1st Place                   Rob MacCachren               $10,000
2nd Place                  Jason Voss                         $  6,000
3rd Place                     Steve Olliges                    $  4,000
4th Place                   TJ Flores                            $  2,000

Henderson “250”    
1st Place                    Rob MacCachren           $10,000
2nd Place                   TJ Flores                           $  6,000
3rd Place                 Jason Voss                          $  4,000
4th Place                    Steve Olliges                      $  2,000

2013 Trick Truck Challenge Year-End Bonus (based on final Trick Truck points standings):
1st Place            Jason Voss                      $  5,000
2nd Place            Rob MacCachren           $  4,000
3rd Place            Steve Olliges                  $  2,000
4th Place            TJ Flores                          $ 1,000

Trick Truck Challenge 2013 Contributing Sponsors:
Jimco
Geiser Bros.
MasterCraft
Racer Engineering
Bunderson Racing
KC HiLiTES
FOX
King Shocks
Kroyer Racing Engines
Patton Racing Engines
Dougans Racing Engines
Wiks Racing Engines
Rockwell Watches
For his Trick Truck Challenge championship, Jason Voss also collected an extra bonus from each of these contributing sponsors:
Jimco – $2,000
KC HiLiTES – $500
King Shocks – $1,000
Kroyer Racing Engines – $1,000
Rockwell Watches – a $1,000 watch

Best In The Desert is fortunate to have some of the best companies in the world as our sponsors. Thanks to Ford Motor Company, General Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Lucas Oil, KC HiLiTES, Fabtech, John Deere, Beta Motorcycles, Rugged Radios, Slime, McKenzies, Azunia Tequila, Kartek, Rockwell Watches and Sportsman Cycle Sales. Also Impact, presenting sponsor of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”, and FOX, presenting sponsor of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno.” The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert! Visit www.bitd.com for more information.

Voss-King-Shocks-BITD-12-19-13Off Road Desert Racing in America means one thing. If you want to race at the top level against the sport’s elite competitors, than you race the Best in the Desert. The series attracts some of the largest fields of the super exotic unlimited Trick Trucks. After an exciting season and a close 3-way battle, Jason Voss has won the coveted Best in the Desert Championship.

Before the season ending event; the Henderson 250 – “A Race for Champions” Jason shared his outlook. “With the Championship being within reach, I just need to drive smart. This is a rough course and weather will play a factor.” Voss’s foreshadowing was well conceived, as he was able to get out in front early and stay ahead of the other title challengers.  Jason raced three 80-mile loops, for a total of 240 miles in just over 4 hours, worthy of the 4th place finish and more than enough to award the 2014 Best in the Desert Championship.