Team Competitive finished in 5th place out of 17 cars in class-10 this weekend at the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 in Nevada.  Starting just north of Alamo, Nevada The grueling 300 mile timed race travels from the desert floor up to mountain peaks through some of the toughest off road terrain in all of Nevada.Class 10 Car Photo

It was the first ever race in class 10 for driver/owner Greg Parker and the first in nearly 3-years for car builder John Cooley.  Navigating the newly built Alumi Craft car for both drivers was veteran co-driver Greg Atherton.  Cooley piloted the car for the first 148 miles.  Starting 7th he drove methodically through the desert terrain turning the car over to Parker near the halfway mark.

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.

Minneapolis – The field for the Best in the Desert Silver State was impressive, with more than 20 side-by-sides staging to challenge this 300-mile, single loop race.  Matt Parks drew a very good fifth starting position with Brandon Schueler starting just behind in the eighth spot.  Bill Schueler and Craig Scanlon lined their nearly-stock, 1991 RZR XP 4 sportsman entry at the very back of the field.

This year’s course was very fast with lots of smooth sections where top speed was a true advantage. There were plenty of rocky sections to keep every driver on their toes. Schueler, in the 1919, was able to get off to a good start and make his way to the front of the pack early where he would lead for a good part of the race. Parks also was in the hunt and running near the front but had a mechanical issue which cost some valuable time. In the end, Mark Holz in the Coastal/HRP RZR XP 900 would take checkered flag and Schueler would take a much-needed second place. Parks and the 1932 finished in mid-pack in ninth position.

Fort Mill, SC – General Tire’s off-road contingency of drivers descended on the Nevada desert to tackle the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300. This year’s course was fast and dusty and the competition was fierce. Just eight minutes separated the top 10 entries for the overall win with Team GT occupying three of those 10 spots. Cupertino, California-resident Jason Voss led the way for Team GT finishing fifth overall and third in class 1400. A huge victory for the stand-out driver who’s hit a patch of bad luck as of late.

“We had a good strong day of racing for the No. 35 Voss Motorsports, General Tire Trophy Truck,” said Voss following the weekend’s race. “However, so did our competition. The wind was blowing the dust off course, which created a very competitive race. We gave it all we had and came up a few minutes short for the win. The course was much faster than we anticipated and we didn’t have enough gearing to reach the top speeds that we needed.”

As for the next off-road race, Voss is confident he can continue his momentum stating, “We learned what we need to improve and took home a lot of valuable information from this race. We will be better prepared to put the No. 35 truck on top of the podium at the next race because of it. Overall it was great day of racing.”

Best In The Desert Racing Association’s Silver State 300 was held Saturday May 5, 2012 near the small towns of Alamo and Caliente NV.  The 3rd race of the series was looking to be a show down in the desert for most classes and Class 7200 or the V6 Unlimited class was no exception.

Saturday morning’s start was about 10 miles outside of Alamo NV and the weather was clear and breezy. As the racer’s lined up, the team of Mongo Racing did their final checks on the KC HiLiTes General Tire TNC Ford truck numbered 7281. The first vehicle off the start line was at 9:30 am.

Randy Merritt, driving the KC HiLiTes General Tire TNC Ford truck, started the BITD Silver State 300 at 10:20 am and headed out into the harsh Nevada desert. This was Merritt’s second race in the new state of the art chassis designed by Tracy Rubio at TNC Machine and starting 4th out of 16 in class meant he would be in the heat of the battle at the start of the race.

Casey Folks recently announced that he expects more than 200 racers to challenge the Canidae Tap It Silver State “300” course. Robby Gordon appears to have the US desert courses dialed in, having grabbed wins at Parker and the Mint, the first two Best in the Desert Events of 2012. But he’s going to have some fast company trying to grab the top podium finish from him. Here’s the breakdown: Two of the fastest classes have nearly 50 entries: there are Twenty-Four Class 1400 600+ Horsepower Trick Trucks, and Twenty-Four Class 1500 Unlimiteds.   Watch out Robby – some very fast and professional racers are chasing you down!  The Time Trials, set for Thursday May 3rd, will certainly impact how this race unwinds.

Who’s racing? Only the fastest, most prestigious list of racing names in off-road competition – that’s who!  Trick Truck features racers like Baldwin, Nunley, Lopez, Householder, Olliges, Swift, Croll, Voss, Whitton, Staats, Pierce, Nuckles, Horvath, Sourapas, MacCachren, Johnson, Zaiden, Whelchel, Weyhrich, and Canidae’s Whipple. In the 1500 class, look for Gordon, Jacobs, Hovey, Davis, Keysar, Baldi, Berri, Jergensen, Griffith, Boyle, Childress, Bilek, Reid, Letner, Freitas, Dean, Flores, Lofton, Walker, Curtis, Langley, Chase, Bask, Graf, and the list goes on! The leading racers in the world of off-road racing run with Best in the Desert!

Folks was quoted, “There is simply no race like a Best in the Desert event. At last year’s Silver State “300” only two minutes separated the winner and 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap between the top 5 finishers.  With this many extremely fast and professional racers signed up – the 2012 Canidae Tap It Silver State “300”  will be another one for the record books. Plus with a high temperature of 75 degrees and sunny predicted for race day – it’s going to be a great race!”

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, May 4th, at Aliante Station, and the race will take place on Saturday, May 5th. Best in the Desert again worked closely with the Bureau of Land Management to develop a course with minimal impact, and in fact, has moved the start and finish lines for this year’s event to avoid any potential issue with desert tortoise. The start line is 15 miles north of Alamo and the finish line will be north of the Alamo area. The race is a one approximate 300-mile loop.

Best In The Desert is also fortunate to have some of the best companies in the off-road world as our sponsors.  I’d like to thank Ford Motor Company, General Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Lucas Oil, KC HiLites, FabTech, John Deere, Beta Motorcycles, McKenzies, Azunia Tequila, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner, Sportsman Cycle Sales.  Also, a special thank you to our Title Sponsor, Canidae Natural Pet Food and Tap It Brewing Company. A special thank you to Scott Whipple and his great team of people for their continued support of off-road desert racing!

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Minneapolis – Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race is the longest and toughest, off-road desert race in the U.S., and Polaris RANGER RZRs were out in full force. In the starting field of 14 for the 553-mile race, was the four-time defending champions, Jagged X in their No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 and Polaris Regional Sales Manager, Matt Parks in his Holz Racing RANGER RZR 4 800. When the dust settled, Jagged X would have their fifth consecutive Vegas to Reno win with Parks finishing second. With only five Side-by-Sides finishing, RANGER RZRs would sweep the podium with a RANGER RZR XP 900 also finishing third.

The Jagged X team dedicated most of their summer race break preparing and fine tuning the No. 1919 RANGER RZR XP 900 race car. The XP has performed well since its debut at the Silver State 300 in April, but the team has been working on small refinements and adjustments to make this machine the best it could be. Jagged X, with much help from Chad Riccio of CR Designs, stepped up their game on the support side of things with two completely equipped chase vehicles.

All this work combined with some great drivers and co-drivers paid off when the flag dropped early Friday morning. The No. 1919 driven By Brandon Schueler with Mike West in the navigation seat took no time to take their seventh starting spot to the front of the pack. By Pit 4, they found themselves chasing the always-consistent Polaris RANGER RZR 4 of Matt Parks, watching for any chance to get out front for some fresh air. The two RANGER RZRs swapped the lead several times in the first 350 miles with both teams being plagued by minor problems. With an elapsed time of 13 hours, 27 minutes and 42 seconds the Jagged X RANGER RZR XP 900 finished 52nd overall out of 99 car and truck finishers proving just how tough Polaris off-road vehicles are. The win moves Brandon Schueler into the points lead for the 2011 BITD championship series with two races left to go.

Parks and co-driver Jason Spiess were fortunate enough to draw the first starting position and had a clean run and had a nice lead at the half way point in the race when Mark Holz and his co-driver Rob Utendorfer took over. Holz held the lead until he noticed that battery was losing voltage and at the next pit stop, they pulled the hood to get more air to the rectifier and returned to the race in second place. Holz and Jagged X swapped the lead several times and the top two cars were running nose to tail 425 miles into the race and still hadn’t been caught by the Trophy Trucks and unlimited buggies.  Unfortunately, the car had a rear A-arm bolt snap which took them out of contention for the win. They patched the car together to get him to a pit with the proper parts and Holz was on his way to the finish line.

“We came into Vegas to Reno with the points lead and knew that we had to finish this 553 mile race in order to stay in the hunt for the championship,” said Parks.  “We had a blast racing out front and dicing with the Jagged X guys.  Without the more than three hours of down time, we might have had a shot for the win, but honestly I am super stoked to finish this race and to get second.”

Matt Parks is sponsored by Holz Racing Products, Walker Evans Wheels and Shocks, Kroyer Racing Engines, Maxxis Tires, Tire Balls, OMF, Pure Polaris Lubricants, Valley Cycle, Utendorfer Graphic Design, Desert West Off Road Race Prep, Muzzy’s.

Jagged X is sponsored by Polaris Industries, Cutting Edge Manufacturing, Vision X Lighting, BF Goodrich Tires, Wicked Built, CR Designs, Summers Brothers, Simpson, OMF, Affordable Powdercoating, Mountain States Contracting, Total Auto Pros, Walker Evans, Elka Suspension, UTV Underground

Mike Childress and THR Motorsports came to the Best In The Desert (BITD) Biltek Silver State 300 (SS300) with high expectations after winning the prestigious Mint 400.  With less than a month to prepare Childress’ Porter/ES Motorsports buggy for the Silver State 300, there was little time to celebrate their victory at the Mint.  Childress qualified 14th at the SS300, finishing less than eight seconds behind the fast time in an extremely tight field of 24 Class 1500 (the equivalent of SCORE’s unlimited Class 1) buggies and 22 Trick Trucks.


When the green flag dropped, the wind made dust less of an issue than it was in qualifying and Childress was able to reach speeds up to 137 mph in the #1565 THR Motorsports buggy.  By the first pit Childress was in the top ten overall and advancing on the competition, but brake issues slowed his progress.  With no visible leaks, the THR Motorsports pit crew was unable to determine the cause of the brake issue, so Mike Childress continued on at a conservative pace.  Still, he was the fourth physical finisher in the race.  When all of the times were compiled, Mike Childress and THR Motorsports finished third in Class 1500 and in sixth place overall, less than one second from a Top Five finish!

Simi Valley, CA – Coming off of a second place finish at the 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers Tony Pellegrino and the GenRight team were ready to get back in the seat and go racing again.  As race day grew closer the anticipation continued to grow.  It all started with the results from the starting position draw where Tony drew the first starting position.  This was great way to start the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 considering how far in the back of the pack they had started at the King of the Hammers.

When the green flag dropped on race day there were 32 Ultra 4 cars that started the race.  Being the first Ultra 4 car off of the line was a huge advantage for the GenRight team, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition and not have to worry about passing in the dust.  The team was able to run a flawless day with no issues on the car and only having to stop in the pits for fuel and a cold drink of water.  Tony Pellegrino and co-driver Tony Fiori navigated the GenRight Ultra 4 car through a variety of terrain on race day that included high speed desert sections, tight mountain roads, water crossings, power line roads, washes, fresh cut trails and miles and miles of the infamous Nevada silt beds.

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.”