Mitchell-Motorsports-Off-Road-8-27-13LAS VEGAS, Nev. — On their 30-year anniversary of racing together, Mitchell Motorsports celebrated with a respectable finish at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race Aug. 16. In a time of 10 hours 48 minutes, the team crossed the finish line eighth in class and 19th overall out of 98 vehicles that completed the longest off-road race in the United States.

Owner and driver of the #1514 unlimited buggy Mike Mitchell began the milestone race weekend at time trials Aug. 14 where he qualified 23rd out of 57 unlimited trucks and buggies.

“We ended up around where we wanted to be for qualifying,” said Mitchell. “It was a good place to be for that long of a race.”

High Desert Racing Association’s, (HDRA) “Rockin on the River” race held Nov. 9-11 in Laughlin, Nevada will cover 16.5 miles each lap on a unique course that hits every feature that racers and fans have come to love in Laughlin. Racers will cross Needles Highway and head out into the hills before jumping the big road-crossing coming back in. The high school jumps are there and the moon bumps will be run downhill. Gravity will be pushing them even faster through the bumps so picking the right line will be more critical than having big horsepower; a move that will add even more excitement in the limited classes. “We made sure the course would be as fun and challenging as possible,” said Robert Gross of HDRA, “We designed it to take in everything possible and added a few more surprises of our own.”

Several tough points battles will be settled at the race. Mike Mitchell will be going for three wins in a row and the Class 1 title. Josh Quintero looks to wrap up the Class 7 championship after three straight wins. Brandon Arthur will be putting the final stamp on his Class 1400 title and racing his new Open Truck that he will compete in next season.

In this world of information overload, it’s rare when the final product lives up to the hype. Looking back at the HDRA, Eldorado, Fireworks 500 race in Reno, Nevada the event delivered much more than promised.

The pre-race activities on Virginia Street which included the Fueled by Monster Energy Freestyle MX and Ninja stunt team show with live DJ, the Great American barbecue festival, the car show atmosphere and the live bands were an enormous hit with everyone in attendance. First time visitors to the Reno area were treated to countless recreational opportunities including fishing, hiking, fireworks, gambling and dining that surpassed expectations.