San Diego, CA – When the Johnson name is mentioned in racing today it’s hard not to think of 5-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson. But for Jimmie and younger brother Jarit racing began in the deserts of southern California and Baja Mexico racing off-road. Nearly every weekend was spent either driving off-road race cars or working around the sport in some way. It’s what inspired Jarit to become an accomplished fabricator in addition to racing. Jimmie later paved the way to circle track racing and the family followed with a migration to North Carolina.

For the past thirteen years, Jarit Johnson has been climbing the NASCAR ranks as both a fabricator and race car driver. Through his fabrication business, he’s worked for some of the sports leading companies, teams and drivers, creating products such as race seats and specialty equipment. His driving career has placed him in the driver’s seat – starting races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and becoming known as a dominate winner at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway. Ned Jarrett once told Johnson that anyone who can win 12 races and 8 poles at Hickory can win races at any level at any track. For Jarit, it seemed he had left the dust behind for a life on the pavement. At least until a phone call came from his hometown of El Cajon, California.

There are just days remaining until the green flag drops on two full days of non-stop racing action at the exciting Blue Water Desert Challenge. As the event program went to press, there were already 128 entries. With additional entries taken up to the end of registration on Friday, over 150 competitors in 18 Best In The Desert classes are expected to take on the specially designed 26-mile course. Last year, at the end of the race, less than a minute separated Steve Sourapas & Andy McMillin from B.J. Baldwin in a two-day battle for supremacy in the coveted Trick Truck class, won by Sourapas & McMillin. And in the 1500 class, four minutes separated Loren Brown, the eventual winner, from the top 4 finishers. Will this year be as tight – or even tighter?

This race also marks the fourth event for the 2011 Best In The Desert Trick Truck Challenge Cup. To date, $63,900 has been paid out in Truck Challenge Cup bonus cash with three different drivers claiming first place in the three previous races. With two races remaining, that still leaves the ultimate battle for the year-end Cup wide open.