Parker, AZ – When Jeepspeed racers lined up for the Best In The Desert series season opener in Parker, Arizona, they all must have had the same strategy – run flat out and leave the competition in the dust. The Parker 425 is not typically thought of as a sprint race, the course is very challenging, but a new format made a big difference on how the race played out. The limited classes, like Jeepspeed, would run their own race in the morning and the high dollar exotic vehicles would start later in the day. Instead of racing through the ruts and holes caused by 800 horsepower and 39 inch tires, Jeepspeed racers had a smooth course ahead of them. When combined with a certain ease in the air and less concern about the rear view mirror, speeds increased along with calculated risks.
Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, announced that more than 200 race teams have already signed up for the 2016 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by IMPACT. With just days remaining to sign up for the race, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert said, “We now have 49 Trick Trucks, 27 Class 1500 unlimited cars, 38 class 1000s and 28 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks registered to race.” Casey continued to say, “We had over 550 racers and pit crew members take part in our Pre Fun Run. The interest has been overwhelming in this legendary event and I know 2016 is going to be an awesome year for not only us, but also for all of our great and loyal racers.” The Legend Lives On as the annual BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by IMPACT in Parker, AZ, February 4-7 kicks off the Best In The Desert’s 2016 six-race schedule for the car & truck classes.
At the 2016 running of the Best in the Desert (BITD) BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by Impact, racers will be greeted with an all-new starting format. The day’s first race will feature classes 1000, 1100, 1200, 1700,1800, 2000, 2400, 3000, 3700, 6000 and 8100 This group of race vehicles will stage 5:15 AM Saturday morning, February 6th, at the “Parker Python,” adjacent to the main pit located just outside downtown Parker. These classes will then start the race, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Some of these classes will compete for two laps, with the remaining classes running three laps. This first race will feature a Gran Prix Finish, which means when the overall leader receives the checkered flag, all others crossing the finish line after that will also receive the checkered regardless of how many laps they have completed.
The second race of the day will feature the Trick Truck class, along with classes 1500, 6100, 7200 and 8000. These racers will stage at 12 noon at the “Parker Python.” From there, they will be escorted to the starting line located on California Ave. in the middle of downtown Parker. The winner of the Time Trials will get the solo green flag start at 1:30 PM. The rest of the field will start one at a time at 30-second intervals following that. All of these racers will compete for three laps with no Gran Prix Finish.
The SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck was quick from the start of qualifying on Thursday to the conclusion of the 425-mile lap race on Saturday. Gordon qualified second behind pole winner Rob MacCachren, which resulted in him starting the race one minute behind MacCachren. With an impressive start, Gordon caught and passed MacCachren within 20 minutes. Gordon talked to his crew about transmission heating issues after pushing the truck hard for the first 18 miles. MacCachren stayed within 10 seconds of Gordon for a few miles until Gordon eventually ran away from him. Gordon would then battle with Jason Voss, the fourth place starter, for the lead; Voss would stay within a few minutes of Gordon on corrected time until the second lap. At that point, Gordon’s crew made an incredible pit stop at mid-way. The SPEED Energy crew changed two tires and filled the No.77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck with fuel in just 57 seconds. When the two drivers reached Lap 3, Gordon had pulled ahead of Voss by nearly 6 minutes and 32 seconds physically but only 4 minutes and 32 seconds on corrected time. Gordon would maintain that lead for the final lap, carefully passing slower vehicles on the course. He was the first Trophy Truck to cross the finish line, resulting in a memorable and flawless race for Gordon and navigator Charlie Holbrook.
Best In The Desert, the world’s largest off-road desert racing organization, today reported that a ground-breaking record number of Trick Trucks for any off road race – 45, have entered the upcoming legendary Blue Water Resort and Casino Parker “425”. The Parker race has been around for decades, but never have so many unlimited trucks entered this race, or ay off-road race. More than $20 million dollars in the highest performing 800+ horsepower Trick Trucks will be leaving the line Saturday morning, February 2nd.
Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, announced that 179 vehicles, and 600 extremely excited racers turned out for the Pre Fun Run last Sunday. Casey Folks said, “The Fun Run was well attended by some of the biggest names in off-road racing, and the big guns from the BLM. June Shoemaker – Chief for Renewable Resources and Planning out of the BLM Arizona State Office, Jayson Barangan – Assistant Field Manager, and Kim Liebhauser – Field Manager from the Bureau of Land Management along for the ride. They were ecstatic at how well it ran, how professional the racers were, and they are as fired up to see the race take off as I am!” He continued, “I am also proud to announce that Ford Motor Company, our great sponsor, is bringing out a huge 80’ trailer filled with the latest in Performance Parts, racing gear, new offerings from FORD, and the chance to sign up to win a brand new Mustang. It will be on display in contingency at the Blue Water Casino parking lot.”
Fort Mill, SC – The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series kicked off at the “Parker 425″ over the weekend in Parker, Arizona and Team GT started the 2012 season off on the right foot. Following a 12th-place qualifying effort, Mikey Childress fought through a course that over time; became rougher and tougher to navigate. The California-native worked his way through traffic to finish third in class 1 and sixth overall with a time of 7:37:51. A solid start to the season for the Team GT veteran.
On the heels of his class 8 BITD championship, Macrae Glass started his 2012 season on top of the podium. Glass posted a first-place finish in class 8 as he begins his bid for back-to-back championships.
“General Tire is excited to start the 2012 BITD season with two podiums,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “There’s still a lot of racing this season and we think Team GT has an excellent chance for more podiums and championships.”
Fans can join in the conversation on Twitter (@teamGT), Facebook (facebook.com/generaltire) and YouTube (youtube.com/teamgeneraltire).
With the 2011 BlueWater Resort Parker “425” coming up at the start of February, Casey Folks announced a large payout for the Trick Truck class at the race.
“To date, more than 23 of the best Trick Truck teams in the world have signed up for an exciting new racing challenge we just created – The Best in the Desert $134,000 Trick Truck Challenge Cup,” Folks said. “That’s right – one hundred and thirty thousand dollars paid back 100% to the racers. Most of the leading Trick Truck teams from all over the world have already signed up to participate in this exciting inaugural program for 2011. The coveted Trick Truck Challenge Cup Trophy will be awarded at the end of the year to only One Team.”
Here are the details….
1) Each Trick Truck team must pay $5,000 before the BlueWater Resort Parker “425”
2) The $5,000 is 100% paid back to the Trick Truck class
3) 10% of the $5,000 will go towards the year-end Trick Truck Challenge Cup Bonus Money.
4) The Challenge Cup money will be paid out 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place, per race for five (5) races.
• $12,000 to first • $6,000 to second • $3,600 to third ($21,600 Per Race!)
5) The Year-End bonus money will be paid out 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place.
6) Only the trucks that sign up for the Trick Truck Challenge Cup by the BlueWater Resort Parker “425” are eligible for the challenge cup money.
7) Additional Sponsor Funds dedicated to an additional Bonus Money payout at year end includes:
1) Jesse Jones – $5,000
2) TSCO – $5,000
3) Jimco – $2,000 – plus an additional $2,000 bonus if a Jimco truck wins 1st Overall year-end
4) Geiser Bros. – $2,000 – plus an additional $2,000 bonus if a Geiser bros. truck wins 1st Overall year-end
5) MasterCraft – $2,000 – if the Trick Truck Overall year-end Winner is running MasterCraft seats
Racers Signed up as of 1-18-2011
1) Steve Sourapas #6
2) Jesse Jones #76
3) Kevin McGillivray #56
4) Steve Olliges & John Swift #28
5) Jerry Zaiden #75
6) Rick D. Johnson #71
7) Mark Weyhrich #9
8) Rich Voss #35
9) Steve Strobel #94
10) Gerg Nunley #10
11) Marc Ewing #68
12) Jimmy Nuckles 48
13) Craig Potts #59
14) Ed Stout #13
15) BJ Baldwin #1
16) Shawn Croll #32
17) Steve Croll #33
18) Tim Herbst #19
19) Troy Herbst #49
20) Lloyd Sproule #65
21) Charley McDowell #72
22) Rob MacCachren #30
23) Rick Thomas #53
24) Scott Whipple #95
Folks continued, “No other off-road race organization has a program like the Best in the Desert Trick Truck Challenge Cup. As The American Adventure Continues, watch for more exciting announcements for 2011. I’ve always said, either lead or get out of our way and Best in the Desert is in the lead!”
Recognized by racers and fans alike as the best-run off-road racing series in America, stay tuned to Best In The Desert at www.bitd.com for more details. 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, KTM – official motorcycle, FabTech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.
Next event is the BlueWater Resort Parker “425” February 4-6, 2011, in Parker, Arizona.
Further information available from: www.bitd.com