On a bitter cold December day that barely got out of the twenties, mixed in with blustery winds, rain, sleet, snow, and a little sunshine, the Henderson 250 featured super hot racing for KC Dirt Tribe athletes.

KC-HiLites-Dirt-Tribe-12-30-13The Henderson 250 was the final event on the 2013 Best In The Desert calendar and things really started heating up at the Time Trials on Thursday before the race. KC Dirt Triber Rob MacCachren needed to have a great starting position and an even better race to have even a remote shot at the Trick Truck Championship. On the other hand, fellow Dirt Tribe athlete Jason Voss needed to just finish the race to cap off his incredible year with the Championship. But Jason didn’t hold anything back at qualifying as he grabbed the second starting spot by edging out Rob’s time by a scant .163 of a second. That set the stage for the race with the two drivers starting side-by-side on the second row.

When the flag dropped, MacCachren got the hole-shot on Voss off the line and immediately set his sites on the pole sitter. Near the beginning of lap three, Rob finally chased down and passed the race leader. Once he was out front, he continued his blistering pace, trying to put as many positions as possible between himself and Jason Voss. At the end, MacCachren came in first overall, beating out the second place finisher by just under 40 seconds. Jason Voss managed to come in fifth overall, fourth in class. His finish was good enough to seal up the 2013 Trick Truck Championship. In fact, KC Dirt Tribe athletes took the top three spots in the final Trick Truck standings with Rob MacCachren coming in second and Steve Olliges third.

KC-HiLites-NORRA-Mexican-1000-12-3-13(Agua Dulce, Calif.,) With pre-registration for the fifth annual General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 set to take place on New Year’s Day, KC HiLites is celebrating 2014 a bit early by announcing its return as “Official Light” of the vintage-themed off-road rally. Based in Williams, Arizona, KC HiLites’ involvement with the Mexican 1000 began in 2012 – a year that saw several major automotive aftermarket companies join NORRA’s growing family of corporate partners.

Scheduled for May 10-14, next year’s General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is expected to attract a record number of entries from around the globe. For the first time in its history, the 2014 edition of the popular rally will begin in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico and includes a new format with separate routes for two and four-wheel vehicles in the interest of enhancing competitor safety.

Rob-MacCachren-KC-Hilites-12-2-13KC HiLiTES is proud to announce the hiring of Considine Sales & Marketing to represent them in the Midwestern States. Founded in 1971 by Jim Considine, Jr, Considine Sales & Marketing, Inc. (CSM) is an independent manufacturers representative agency with over 200 years of combined experience in the specialty automotive aftermarket industry.

KC Hilites is the leading brand of auxiliary lighting, providing lighting solutions for a multitude of applications including competition, street, off-road, rally, industrial and more. Michael DeHaas, President of KC said, “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Considine Sales & Marketing to represent us in the Midwest states. I’ve known and respected their abilities for years. Welcome to the team!”

KC-HiLites-Terrible-Herbst-11-12-13KC HiLiTES is proud to welcome Tim and Troy Herbst of Terrible Herbst Motorsports as the newest members of our ever-growing KC “Dirt Tribe”. Terrible Herbst Motorsports is the most winning off-road racing team in Baja history. When they line up their two Trophy Trucks to take the green flag at this year’s SCORE Baja 1000, Friday, November 15th, they’ll now be armed with the night shattering power of KC-POD HIDs

Recently, KC President & CEO, Michael DeHaas attended a test session in the desert outside Las Vegas as the Herbst team prepped for the upcoming race. Starting earlier in the afternoon to check the set up on the King shocks and try out some new BFG tires, the team worked well into the night where they had the opportunity to get the new lights precisely aimed and compare their performance to what they were running previously.

Mike-DeHaas-KC-HiLites-Chase-9-17-13KC HiLites and owner Michael DeHaas was chosen by Chase Bank for a new series of print, broadcast TV and radio commercials, highlighting KC’s success, and Chase Bank’s support in helping KC grow. The series is running in select markets in the U.S.

Randy Merritt earned his third consecutive Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno win
The series of ads feature DeHaas discussing his commitment to furthering KC’s success in bringing innovative lighting products to the market, and his plans for the future.

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.

Jason-Voss-KC-HiLites-8-29-13The Best In The Desert General Tire “Vegas to Reno” is the longest off-road race in the United States. From deep silt beds to steep mountain trails, it covers nearly 550-miles of the toughest terrain the state of Nevada has to offer. The KC “Dirt Tribe” rose to the challenge and went home with 5 class victories including first overall by Jason Voss in his Ford Trick Truck.

KC Dirt Tribe driver Jason Voss got the race weekend started off by nearly claiming the pole starting position at the Time Trials on Wednesday. Voss had the quickest time by 3-seconds, but he received a 15-second penalty for clipping a course marking cone and that dropped him down to a 12th starting spot for the race. By the end of race day, Jason had beat out 59 other Trick Trucks and unlimited Class 1500 cars to take the overall victory and Trick Truck class win.

Mongo-Racing-Off-Road-8-22-13Randy Merritt and Tracy Rubio won the 2013 Best In The Desert Racing Association’s Vegas to Reno billed as the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.”  What makes this even more remarkable is this is their 3rd consecutive class win at this event in 2 different classes. Randy and Tracy teamed up in 2011 for this event in Randy’s 2011 Class 8100 ECO Boost powered F-150 built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Fab in Kingman, Arizona and then they returned in 2012 in Randy’s new Class 7200 Unlimited also built by Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine and they drove it to their 1st Class win.

Randy was looking forward to the 2013 Vegas to Reno with anticipation, knowing that most of his team was unchanged and the truck was ready. Since the 2012 BITD Vegas to Reno, Randy has only missed finishing in the top 2 in class twice.

TJ-Flores-Baja-500-6-11-13Last-minute decision making is something that most off-road racers have to be skilled at, but making a last minute call to race the #80 McMurrough Racing Unlimited Truck, was an easy decision for TJ to make. Coming fresh off their Silver State 300 win, the truck was ready to go for another round of racing.

The SNORE KC HiLites 250 took place this past Saturday night in Jean, NV. Running part of the Mint 400 course, this course made for a great desert race. With massive rocks, deep rolling whoops, and limited visibility due to dust and the race occurring at night, drivers were put to the test and over half of the entries were forced out.

The #80 Unlimited Truck was first off the line and the first to light up the 53mile course. A flawless first lap brought TJ and Stephanie back to the main pit in just 58 minutes where they would do a quick co-rider change and top off fuel. Just 5 miles into their second lap the #80 Unlimited Truck started to catch the slower classes. Patience was key to passing in the night, not wanting to go off course or hit any fellow racers, TJ picked his way through the field and laid down an even faster lap of 57minutes.

Area-BFE-Del-Albright-3-12-13March 11, 2013 – Del & Stacie, Team Albright and AreaBFE announced today that Team Albright of Mokelumne Hill, California has signed on as an Official Landuse Ambassadors of the AreaBFE Off Road Park near Moab Utah. Team Albright will work closely with the group that established the park in 2004 to ensure the private land remains open to all, 365 days a year. In addition to helping promote AreaBFE’s world class venue year-round, Del & Stacie plan to be on site for the annual Easter Jeep Safari.

Del Albright said: “ We are committed to helping preserve the outdoor recreation activities offered at AreaBFE, and honored to join the ranks of off road organizations such as BFGoodrich Tires, Superchips, Full-Traction Suspension, MasterPull, Yukon Gear & Axle, KC Hilites, Epic Addictions, and Advance Adapters. Stacie added, “The great folks at AreaBFE support landuse and keeping all our trails open, and we plan to commit our time to helping them spread the landuse word.”

“We are honored that Del & Stacie, Team Albright have stepped up to support our efforts here at AreaBFE!” said Olaf Kilthau, Managing Member at AreaBFE. “We host numerous events throughout the year, catering to variety of outdoor activities, and having Del & Stacie on our team brings a unique credibility and knowledge to our operation.” Olaf went on to say, “We want our recreational park to serve as a national example of responsible and fun outdoor activities, where everyone is welcome to have some fun, yet also help us keep our outdoor sports alive, and our trails open. We support landuse and access wholeheartedly, and are thrilled to have Del & Stacie join our team.”

Serving in their Official Landuse Ambassador capacities, Del & Stacie will provide environmental conservation, education, and landuse advice and assistance to the park, and be available to help promote the outdoor activities available at AreaBFE. Team Albright will orchestrate and manage the staffing of the annual Landuse Team Booth at AreaBFE during Easter Jeep Safari.

AreaBFE is a 320 acre recreational park that facilitates many different outdoor activities. The park was developed by a group of guys who had a vision in 2004; “Create a place where people could go without the threat of being kicked-off of a fun little playground and insure that people will always have a place to recreate!” Since then, the AreaBFE staff and volunteers have been working to make trails, camping areas and many other fun destination points on the property. This project has reassured faith in the OHV community and the values these people hold close to their hearts. Learn more about AreaBFE at AreaBFE.com

More on Team Albright at http://www.delalbright.com.