CRYSTAL SPRINGS, NEVADA – Team Toyo Off-Road’s “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin won overall in the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 held this past weekend near Crystal Springs, Nevada with a time of 5:25:56.  Winning Class 1500 (buggy) and finishing in third overall with a time of 5:26:22 was Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon.  Both drivers relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T-R tires for their overall podium finishes.

The Silver State 300 had 131 entrants and is the third stop of the six race Best In The Desert race series in 2012.  Situated more than 80-miles north of Las Vegas, the race course had a challenging mix of high speed desert, and mountain terrain.  After leaving the starting line area near Crystal Springs and the entrance to Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway, the course crossed the Delamar Valley and then traversed the mountains near the Delamar Ghost Town.  The north end of the course passed the historic mining towns of Panaca and Pioche while reaching more than 7,000 feet in elevation at its highest points.  The finish for the race was located at the remote Caliente Air Strip off of Highway 93.

Fort Mill, SC – Team GT is preparing for their next desert adventure as they take to the Las Vegas desert for the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 Saturday, May 5. Cupertino, California-resident Jason Voss is looking to put his Trick Truck back on the podium and improve upon a disappointing General Tire Mint 400 race, when he returns to the desert this weekend. Voss has battled mechanical issues and even rolled his truck during Mint 400 qualifying, but that’s not enough to keep him on the sidelines. He and his team have been working hard to overcome their demons and drive to the top of the podium. We sat down with Voss this week and asked a few questions about the upcoming race and here’s what he had to say:

Q: You’ve had several challenges the last couple races with mechanical issues.  What kind of preparations are you making to help ensure a strong finish at Silver State this weekend?

A: Yes, mechanical issues having been haunting us for about the last year and a half. We have been spending a lot of time out in the desert testing the race truck to ensure we are ready for the Silver State race. We are taking each mechanical setback one step at a time, to ensure we have a real able truck come race day.

No one gave Householder Motorsports much of a chance of winning last weekend’s Best In The Desert (BITD) Bilek Silver State 300, but that’s what makes off-road racing great. Anyone can win at any race. Adam Householder had never won a Trick Truck (BITD’s equivalent of SCORE’s Trophy Truck class) race and qualified 28th at the Silver State 300.  Despite the odds, Householder never let his confidence waiver.  “Qualifying was really tight, we were only 18 seconds back but that was enough to push us back to 28th.” Householder explained.  “We ran conservative in qualifying and saved our best for the race.”
Living up to the statement, Householder ran a flawless race to stun the racing community and prevail in a crowded field of 22 Trick Trucks, beating the heavily favored BJ Baldwin by less than a minute.  “This win was sweet for us, it was definitely long overdue,” an enthused Adam Householder explained after the race.  “We just ran our race, we rarely passed people under power but we never stopped.  We just tried to avoid mistakes. We had zero issues today, no flats from our BFGoodrich tires; the only time we pitted was for fuel.”

Irvine, Calif. – Lasher Motorsports Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Mike Lasher blasted across the Nevada desert in his Kawasaki Teryx™ to finish third in the Bilek Racing Silver State 300. Located 180-miles north of Las Vegas, Nev., near the town of Alamo, Round 2 for the UTV class of the Best in the Desert series proved to be a high-speed, action-packed race. The 305-mile course consisted of tough desert terrain packed with every type of obstacle imaginable. From wide-open fire roads to tight rocky mountain-trails, this diverse course even included two water crossings. Although the sky was clear and sunny, the weather was freezing cold the morning of race day, with temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The demanding race’s combination of speed and jagged terrain would take out two of Lasher’s tires and a wheel, before the end of the race. After almost eight hours speeding through the desert, Lasher and his co-driver outran 13 other UTV teams to finish on the podium in third place.

Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight
Since the last BITD event in Parker, Ariz., Lasher made some significant upgrades to his Kawasaki Teryx to ensure he would have the edge over the competition coming into the Silver State 300. Among the upgrades included a Muzzy-built motor, Billett King’s new rear-brake kit, EPI tuned clutches, PRP podium seats, and a fresh tuned XMF long-travel kit with Walker Evans shocks. The improvements paid off as Lasher finished the race in less than eight hours, despite having to repair two flats and a punctured wheel.

At last year’s Best in the Desert Bilek Racing Silver State “300” only 94 seconds separated the winner from 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap among the top 7 finishers.  This year will be a new challenge on a new course, only run in the opposite direction!

Late April is a perfect time of year for racing in the Eastern Nevada desert. The average temperature is 82 degrees during the day and 58 at night, so race vehicles and personnel are comfortable, and the average rainfall is just .014”.  Not too hot, not too cold, and it’s dry…except for a few new water crossings!  Come experience the Bilek Racing Silver State “300”, set for April 29-30, 2011!

With many pit locations once again being next to major roads you can literally “chase” the race and see some incredible action from the easy to access pit areas with dedicated spectator viewing areas – and it’s all FREE.  For those racers in the chase for points, this is the second race of the Best in the Desert race season for cars and trucks; but all classes are welcome including cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs.

Race headquarters will be in the exciting city of Las Vegas, at the incredible Aliante Station Hotel & Casino, close to US-95 and I-15,  just minutes from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Boasting the best of all worlds for hotels in Las Vegas, the sleek and modern accommodations provide a quiet retreat from the world outside.

What can be more exciting than to race on some of the most scenic desert land in our country? The Bilek Racing Silver State “300” offers not only scenic value, but a tremendous race course, with a mixture of high-desert mountains, sand-washes, and some of the most awesome panoramic views.

With locales rich in American history, the race will start in the Alamo area, a town established in 1901 and was an important area for cattle ranching, and still is today. Cattle ranching is alive and well in the deep green pastures of Pahranagat Valley. You will travel through Caliente, a town where in 1901 the Union Pacific Railroad and the Oregon Short Line claimed the same territory and the same set of tracks. The course also takes you to the Caselton area where silver was discovered in 1868 at the Prince Mine. The entire area is rich in history and the Bilek Racing Silver State “300” will give you an opportunity to go back in time and experience what it must have been like to live as a cattle rancher, a miner or a railroad man. This is not only a great race but a great event to bring your entire family to; remember Best In The Desert is about creating memories and the Bilek Racing Silver State “300” will definitely live up to your expectations. The Bilek Racing Silver State “300” is an experience, not just another race!

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, April 29, at the Aliante Station, and the race will take place on Saturday, April 30. The start line is in Alamo and the finish line will be south of the Alamo area. The race is a one approximately 300-mile loop. 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. Don’t miss out racing and experiencing a great course and seeing what this part of Nevada has to offer.