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.

It is said that one of the most famous races in the world is limited to 33 entries. That of course is the Indy 500. Well, one of the most famous off-road desert races in the world also has a limited entry. That being The Mint 400, “The Great American Off-Road Race” which is limited to just over 300 entries. What these two legendary events share in common is the prestige of just having the opportunity to be included and compete against the best and fastest racers in the world.

The premier 800-plus horsepower Trick Truck field includes the likes of BJ Baldwin, Steve Sourapas, Rob MacCachren, Cameron Steele, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Adam Householder, Tim & Troy Herbst, Jason & Rich Voss, Kevin McGillivray, Chad Ragland, Marc Ewing, Rick Geiser, Rick D Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jerry Whelchel, Mark & Gary Weyhrich and so many more.

The fast and nimble Class 1500 unlimited buggy entries include Clyde Stacy, Robby Gordon, Dale Dondel, Chuck Hovey, Adam Pfankuch, Sam Berri, Ray Griffith, Mike Childress, Shelby Reid, Harley Letner, Garrick Freitas, Kory Halopoff, Pat Dean, TJ Flores, Justin Lofton, Todd Tuls and the list goes on.

For 2012, The Mint 400 field is now complete and the racers fortunate enough to be part of it are ready to take on the challenge of a lifetime. It will get started Thursday morning, March 22nd when 35 Trick Trucks and 50 open Class 1500 buggies get set to go head to head at the Times Trials for a shot at the coveted “Team Ford” pole award and the $1000 in bonus cash from Steve Olliges of Team Ford Lincoln that goes along with it. In a new twist this year, the Class 1100 limited displacement buggies will also have a shot at their own Times Trials that will determine their overall starting order along with a $1000 cash award for the fastest qualifier generously sponsored by Banning Motorsports and Drake Supply Company.

Contingency and tech inspection kicks off Friday, March 23rd from 8:30 AM until 7:30 PM on Fremont St. for the Fremont Street Experience. Race fans will 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.

Mad Media and the Martelli brothers are coproducing the Mint 400 along with Best In The Desert. “We’ve expanded the reach of The Mint for 2012 dramatically by increasing the coverage with our TV partner FUEL TV and by partnering with Race-Dezert.com for live tracking and web coverage during the race,” said Joshua Martelli.  “We’ve also just pulled the trigger on a new Mint 400 social media package that includes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We will be producing a ton of new video content prior to and during the race – and distributing it through these channels to all of our fans.  We’re going to elevate The Mint 400 back to being the most important motorsports event in the world, one year at a time.”

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – Official Oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, American Beta – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Best In The Desert is proud to announce that the Trick Truck Challenge has been a huge success for the 2011 racing season.  Twenty-Two (22) of the best racers in the country put in an additional $5000 for prize money to be paid out to the top 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place Trick Truck winners in each of the five Best In The Desert races. The prize money added up to $108,000 paid out and another $18,000 will be paid out as a Year-End Bonus to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place year-end winners. Now that is some serious money to take home by racing Best In The Desert; plus the Best In The Desert payback class money, any way you look at it the Trick Truck 1st Place winner is going home with a lot of money!

The Trick Truck race is still up for grabs and will be one of the closest races ever followed by all race enthusiasts.  In Best In The Desert a racer must start all five races, but can throw out their lowest points. This means that the Trick Truck race is actually a battle to the end, this is how it plays out after you have dropped the racers lowest scores going into the TransWest Ford Henderson “250”:

John Swift and Steve Olliges knew that competition would be tough for the 2011 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno race when over 250 drivers tossed their hat in the ring. The entry list for the longest desert race in America included 27 competitors in the marquee Trick Truck class, all vying with the No. 28 BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety truck of Swift and Olliges.  The event started with tech and contingency, where the biggest buzz was not about their unlimited Trick Truck, but Olliges’ beautiful ’79 Ford F150 that will be campaigned in Best In The Desert’s Class 8 starting at the Bluewater Desert Challenge in October.   “The truck really resonates with people, young and old, who appreciate desert racing’s rich heritage,” Olliges noted.

Swift and Olliges qualified 37th for Vegas to Reno, demonstrating that the present day competition is blistering fast.  In order to finish well in the 549-mile race across the harsh Nevada desert, Swift and Olliges would have to run a nearly flawless race; and when the green flag dropped that is just what they did.  Steve Olliges set a fast pace from the start with Jason Bateman navigating.  An electrical issue was addressed early on by their expert pit crew, and Steve handed off the truck to Jonathan Swift and Daniel Llewelyn who opened up the new Dougan Racing Ford engine to turn the 39-inch BFGoodrich Project tires as fast as possible, taking turns picking off competitors and marching forward in the crowded field.

Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks announced today that more than 270 entries have already signed up to compete in the epic TSCO Vegas to Reno race on August 18-20. With more entries continuing to come in, close to 300 are expected by race day. The steadily growing field features big numbers in several classes. Three of the fastest classes have a total of 87 entries so far. There are 27 800+ horsepower Trick Trucks; 39 Class 1500 unlimited buggies, and 21 Class 7200 Mini Trick Trucks. On the powersports front, there are 15 UTVs, 22 quads, and 75 motorcycles registered.

The entry list reads like a “who’s who” of the world’s foremost off-road racers. B.J. Baldwin, Chad Ragland, brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, Larry Roeseler, Mark McMillin, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Jason Voss, Will Staats, Mastercraft’s Robbie Pierce, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jesse Jones, Roger Norman, Mark Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and Scott Whipple are among the ranks of the Trick Truck racers. The long list of Class 1500 drivers include 2010 defending class champion Chris Kemp, Gary Weyhrich, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Shannon Campbell, Mike Childress, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores and Steven Appleton.

At 549 miles in length, the Best In The Desert TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race is certifiably “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States. It also marks the midway point for the five-race 2011 Best In The Desert season featuring the car and truck classes and is one of the most popular events on the schedule. The challenge and adventure of competing in such a long distance “point to point” race always brings out the top off-road race teams. Not only is this going to be a big event but it’s also the 15th running of TSCO “Vegas to Reno.”

Open to all Best In The Desert classes – cars, trucks, UTVs, quads and motorcycles, following is a list of the 2010 TSCO “Vegas to Reno” defending class winners:

2010 Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time

Class 1400            Rick D Johnson/Brian Salee                              Ford                        9:10:42

Class 1500            Chris Kemp/Darron Moore                               Jimco                     9:20:35

Class 1200            Troy Vest/Geno Licitra                                       Chevrolet              10:55:09

Class 1000            Chad Giguiere/JJ Schnarr                   Custom 11:03:18

Class 7200            Al Hogan/Pat Bell                                               Ford                        11:11:47

Class 8000            Macrae Glass/Michael DeHaas                        Ford                        11:35:12

Class 1100            Lee Banning Sr/Lee Banning Jr                        Banning                 11:36:59

Class 2000            Kevin Smith/Brian Smith                  Mirage                   11:50:50

Class 5500            Earl Desiderio/Christian Hammerskjold         Custom 12:14:48

Class 7300            Jayson Strachan/James Burman     Ford                        13:11:12

Class 8100            Tim Casey/Mike Tuba                                       Ford                        13:18:00

Class 4400            Dave Cole/Jason Scherer                   Custom 13:30:51

Class 7100            Steve Rose/Robbie Cockrell                              Ford                        13:31:07

Class 1700            Bob Standage/Kyle Standage                          Jeep                        13:56:44

Class 1800            David Kincaid/Mark Johnson                          Custom 14;41:16

Class 5000            Todd Davis/Mark Bowman                              Jimco                     16:12:08

Class 6000            Louis Chamberland/Jim Riley                          TrophyLite            21:18:10

2010 Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners by Overall Time

Open Pro               Quinn Cody                                                          Honda                   9:21:18

Open Exp              Robert Patterson/Jesse Canepa/

Clint Braun                                                           Yamaha                9:56:37

O-30 Pro                Michael Johnson/Rex Cameron                       Honda                   9:57:21

4-Stk Exp              Robert Hunter/Kyle Hucklebridge/

Max Eddy Jr                                                         Custom 10:00:01

4-Stk Pro               Zach Watson/Rex Mike                                     Kawasaki              10:21:58

Quad Pro               Greg Stuart/Nicholas Granlund                         Custom 10:26:30

O-30 Exp               Bill Witt/Kevin Johnson/Allan Ashely             Honda                   10:33:07

O-50 Exp               Doug Smith/Dave Potts/Bill Boyer Honda                   11:04:43

250 Pro Lucas Garcia/Justin Criner                                KTM                      11:14:39

Ironman Exp        Leonard Baca                                                      Kawasaki              11:32:51

Open Am               Donald Stark/Peter Marzano/

F Buccovich                                                         Honda                   11:38:02

O-40 Exp               Larry Brown/Lance Horton                              Honda                   11:41:34

Quad Exp              Ken George/Trent Kendall/Joe Ramos           Yamaha                12:07:21

250 Am                 Scott Jacobson/Garrett Tolman/

Eric Caudillo                                                         Honda                   12:16:01

QIM Exp               Gerald Nunes                                                        Honda                   12:17:17

250 Exp                 Jeremy Purvines/Jason Trubey/

Ron Purvines                                                        Honda                   12:18:43

Ironman Am        Sam Longson                                                       Yamaha                12:10:22

4 Stk Am               William Banuelos/Matt Banuelos/

Rigo Navarro                                                        Honda                   12:43:33

O-40 Am               Stephen Orton/Daniel Burkart                          KTM                      13:25:04

O-40 Pro                John Intile/Brett Burkitt                                     Husaberg               14:08:02

125 Exp                 Larry Perkins/Thomas Flores                            KTM                      15:39:31

Quad Am              Michael Zelenka/John Zelenka                        Yamaha                23:24:36

Class 1900            Brandon Schueler/Chad Riccio/West/

VanDeLoo                                                            Polaris                    14:09:18

Class 1900S      Rocker Head/Gary Peterson                   Kawasaki          16:08:24

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” schedule:

Thursday, August 18th – Registration, Contingency and tech inspection, Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas.

Friday, August 19th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Event Center.

Saturday, August 20th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The weekend gets started Wednesday, August 17th, for Trick Truck and Class 1500 open class buggy racers as they qualify in the Time Trails to determine their starting positions and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best opportunity for the overall finishing spot.

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” marks the third race of the year for the 2011 Trick Truck Challenge. The Challenge features 23 of the world’s top Trick Truck race teams shooting for a share of the $134,000 in bonus cash and year end trophy. To date, $42,600 has been paid out for the Parker “425” and Silver State “300” top finishers.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Station Resort & Casino in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday, April 26, 2011: Casey Folks announced today that more than 225 racers have already signed up to challenge the Bilek Racing Silver State 300. This record setting entry is featuring some big numbers in several classes. Two of the fastest classes have 61 entries: 24 800+ Horsepower Trick Trucks, 27 Class 1500 unlimited buggies and an incredible 35 Class 4400 Ultra 4 rigs.

Whos racing? The fastest, most prestigious list of racing names in off-road competition! The Trick Trucks include names like defending class champ B.J. Baldwin, Parker 425 winner Jesse Jones, Chad Ragland, Greg Nunley, Ed Stout, Adam Householder, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Shawn & Steve Croll, Jason Voss, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Ron Whitton, Marc Ewing, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Mark & Gary Weyhrich, Scott Whipple. Class 1500 features names like Chris Kemp, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Todd Jergensen, Shannon Campbell, Steve Appleton, Mike Childress, Mike Bilek, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores.

This race also features the largest field of Class 4400 Ultra 4 racers to ever enter a Best in the Desert event. Ultra 4 racers from across the United States and Canada are coming to Las Vegas to take on the challenging Silver State 300 course as they attempt to qualify for the 2012 King of the Hammers event.

The Silver State 300 course starts at an elevation of 3500 feet and climbs as high as 7400 feet as it winds its way across some of the roughest and most beautiful terrain eastern Nevada has to offer. Many races have stated that it is this extremely challenging course and perfect time of year that has made this race so attractive to them and their competitors.

Folks was quoted, As I have always said, there is no race like a Best in the Desert event. At last years Bilek Racing Silver State 300 only 94 seconds separated the winner and 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap between the top 7 finishers. With this many extremely fast and professional racers signed up – the 2011 Bilek Silver State 300 will be one for the record books. Plus with temperatures in the low 60s and partly cloudy predicted for race day – its going to be another great race!

Time Trials for Classes 1400 and 1500 along with a shot at the Team Ford Pole Award will be held Thursday, April 27th. The qualifying order will be announced and the $1000 Pole Award will be presented 7 PM Thursday evening at Camachos Cantina inside the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino.

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, April 29, at the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas, and the race will take place on Saturday, April 30! The start line is in Alamo, Nevada and the finish line will be about 20 miles south of the Alamo area. The race is a single loop consisting 303 miles. Remember, life is short, you need to live your life to the fullest each day and grasp all of the excitement and the challenges live has to offer. Dont miss out racing and experiencing a great course and seeing what this part of Nevada has to offer.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company official truck, General Tire official tire, Lucas Oil official oil, VP Racing Fuels official fuel, KC HiLiTES official light, John Deere official UTV, KTM official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

The No. 28 BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety Unlimited Truck of Steve Olliges and Jonathan Swift bested a field of 11 other competitors last weekend to take the win at SNORE’s Battle at Primm in the premier Unlimited Truck class and second overall.  Jonathan Swift, son of racing legend and Ford Rough Riders driver John Swift, drove on Saturday and put the team’s new Geiser Brothers truck second in class, erasing any doubts about whether he inherited the racing gene from his father.  “Our MasterCraft Safety 3G suspension seats and Impact! by MasterCraft harnesses kept me secure over the rough course and really let me focus on just driving the truck,” Swift commented after the race.