When the 2012 Best In The Desert race season got underway at the Parker “425”, twenty of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers had signed up for the second annual Trick Truck Challenge. Each participating team kicked in a $6,000 fee towards bonus prize money to be paid out to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Trick Truck finishers in each of the six Best In The Desert races, plus a year-end bonus.

For 2012, Steve Sourapas walked away with the lion’s share of Trick Truck Challenge bonus money along with the beautiful trophy that goes to the overall winner. Going into the last race of the year, the Sourapas entry, driven by Rob MacCachren, sat eleven points behind the truck of Mark Weyhrich. In order to win the Trick Truck Championship and claim the top spot among the participating Trick Truck Challenge drivers, MacCachren had to finish first and have Weyhrich come in no higher than third place. When the checker flag fell at the end of the Henderson “250”, that’s exactly how they finished; Rob MacCachren first, Mark Weyhrich third. So when the total bonus money was added up, Steve Sourapas ended up the big winner, taking home $54,500 over the course of the year. Mark Weyhrich was second with $32,000. Other drivers that took home Trick Truck Challenge bonus money over the year included BJ Baldwin with $16,000, Juan Carlos Lopez with $7,000, and Adam Householder, Jason Voss, Rick D Johnson, and Steve Olliges each with $6,000.

There are just days remaining until the green flag drops on two full days of non-stop racing action at the exciting Blue Water Desert Challenge. As the event program went to press, there were already 128 entries. With additional entries taken up to the end of registration on Friday, over 150 competitors in 18 Best In The Desert classes are expected to take on the specially designed 26-mile course. Last year, at the end of the race, less than a minute separated Steve Sourapas & Andy McMillin from B.J. Baldwin in a two-day battle for supremacy in the coveted Trick Truck class, won by Sourapas & McMillin. And in the 1500 class, four minutes separated Loren Brown, the eventual winner, from the top 4 finishers. Will this year be as tight – or even tighter?

This race also marks the fourth event for the 2011 Best In The Desert Trick Truck Challenge Cup. To date, $63,900 has been paid out in Truck Challenge Cup bonus cash with three different drivers claiming first place in the three previous races. With two races remaining, that still leaves the ultimate battle for the year-end Cup wide open.

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