The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race, (V2R) is the longest off-road race in the United States. This year’s event was run over two days and included an additional 100 miles of brutal Nevada desert terrain.
Valcourt, Quebec/Canada – Can-Am / Murray Racing pilot Jason Murray piloted the brand new Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle to the UTV Unlimited Pro class victory at the 2016 Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno race in Las Vegas, Nev. The all-new, bold Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R side-by-side vehicle won its debut race just four short days after its worldwide unveiling in Orlando, Fla.
A record number of 343 race teams lined up Friday morning not far from Alamo, Nevada, to begin Race Day One of the General Tire Vegas to Reno The Long Way!!! presented by FOX. Race Day One, sponsored by McMillin Racing, stops overnight in Tonopah, Nevada. Race Day Two, sponsored by KC HiLiTES, resumes in Tonopah Saturday morning and heads north and finish in the town of Dayton, just south of Reno, Nevada.
After holding public hearings and accepting thousands of comments and letters from interested parties on both sides of the controversy surrounding the proposed racecourse through sections of the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, the BLM granted full approval to go ahead with the race last Friday, August 12.
There’s just a little over two weeks remaining before the green flag drops on Best In The Desert’s 20th Anniversary General Tire Vegas to Reno The Long Way!!! presented by FOX and 335 race teams have already signed up to take on the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.” The impressive list of entries includes 48 Trick Trucks, 19 Unlimited Class 1500 Cars, 33 Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks, 65 UTVs, and 33 Ironman Motorcycle and Quad riders.
Rugged Radios will be on site and ready to support the 2016 General Tire Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno The Long Way Sponsored by Fox off-road desert race. Supporting the 20th anniversary and inaugural two-day race, Rugged will be stationed at Tech & Contingency, starting line, mid-point at Camp Adventure in Tonopah, and the finish line. Bringing the best race support possible, the Rugged team is outfitted with all communications needs for the racecars, teams, fans, and race officials.
Casey Folks, director of the World’s Leading Off Road Racing organization Best in the Desert, announced that this year’s 20th Anniversary Vegas to Reno is going to be HUGE. In order to make the 20th running of the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” even more exciting, Folks has turned this iconic race into a two race-day event, that could feature more than 300 of the world’s fastest off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their favorite events, the General Tire Vegas to Reno The Long Way presented by FOX, runs August 17-20, 2016.
Reno, NV – Race four of the General Tire Jeepspeed Series presented by KMC Wheels and Premier Chrysler-Jeep was the Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race. It’s always a huge challenge. The race mileage traversed through Northern Nevada is over 540. Rain squalls the week before the race made it rougher than ever but had no effect on the deep silt beds that trapped everyone at least once. The unlimited cars and trucks create big holes, ruts and deep powdery silt on the course. Jeepspeed racers start later in the day. With 33 inch tires and limited suspension travel, they run a course that is as bad as it gets. That’s why Jeepspeed racers have a special camaraderie unlike any other class of racing. Every team that shows up takes on the challenge willingly and should be commended. The competition was so tight during the race, that the top 4 cars through the first 4 pits had only a 40 second to 1 minute split leaving each pit.
Chandler, AZ – Rather than striking out, the third time proved to be a charm as Team DragonFire/AZ West/Rockstar Racing’s Lacrecia Beurrier won the infamous Vegas to Reno off-road race this past weekend. Billed as the longest point-to-point off-road race in the country, Buerrier beat the odds after the ignominy of a DNF the last time out to win not only the 545-mile race, but also clinch the 2015 Best In The Desert Pro Unlimited UTV title. It wasn’t as easy at it may have looked though!
Anytime you have two trucks that finish on the podium after suffering rollovers, you know it was a wild race. The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race is always tough. This year’s event was more brutal than anyone could have imagined after Northern Nevada was pummeled with rain. The rains left standing water in some areas of the 545 mile course and washed away the top layer of dirt to expose sharp rocks sticking up everywhere. There were also trenches, washouts and ruts that pounded the drivers and their Trophylite race trucks.