Best in the Desert Blue Water Desert Challenge Qualifying

Oct. 13, 2012 By Josh Burns, Photos by Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto
BJ Baldwin qualified fastest in Trick Trucks.

Nearly 170 racers are entered in the Best in the Desert Blue Water Desert Challenge from Parker, Arizona. The unique format of the BITD Parker race combines the results from two days of racing on the rough course.

Robby Gordon posted the fastest qualifying time in Class 1500.

Robby Gordon still holds the overall Class 1500 lead followed by Garrick Freitas. In the Trick Truck class Mark Weyhrich holds a small lead over Steve Sourapas. In Class 1000 there’s a close race between Philip Heynen the two races tied in second place in Carrie Smiley and Cody Reid.

In Class 1100, Bryan Folks holds a commanding points lead. Troy Vest sits atop the points in Class 1200. Hank Winter holds a slim two-point lead over Ryan Mattox in Class 2000. Steve Alexander has a large lead in Class 5000, while Troy Messer has really dominated the TrophyLite class this year.  The action in Class 7200 is tight, with Al Hogan lading the points up to Parker. Dr. Macrae Glass holds the lead in Class 8000. Tim Casey has Class 8100 pretty much in the bag.

Chuck Hovey qualified fifth in Class 1500.

Parker Qualifying
Class 1400
1. BJ Baldwin – 3:03:353
2. Steve Sourapas – 3:03:395
3. Shawn Croll – 3:09:244
4. Jason Voss – 3:11:380
5. Mark Weyhrich - 3:12:513
6. Justin Davis – 3:14:460
7. Juan Carlos Lopez – 3:15:009
8. Ryan Poelman – 3:15:445
9. Adam Householder  - 3:16:688
10. Steve Olliges – 3:17:297

Class 1500
1. Robby Gordon – 3:02:466
2. Ray Griffith – 3:04:013
3. Justin Lofton – 3:04:417
4. Mike Childress – 3:06:941
5. Chuck Hovey – 3:08:229
6. Garrick Freitas – 3:09:964
7. Johnny Greaves – 3:15:292
8. Sam Baldi – 3:15:558
9. Shelby Reid – 3:15:817
10.  Levi Rockhill – 3:19:062

Class 1100
1. Rick Poole - 4:01:035
2. Bryan Folks - 4:09:122
3. Lee Banning - 7:30:132

Class 1000/7200
1. Steve La Roza - 3:27:771
2. Mike Johnson - 3:27:850
3. Al Hogan - 3:28:975
4. Michael La Paglia - 3:30:365
5. Dale Dondel - 3:31:325
6. Rick Bachus - 3:31:407
7. Sean Bachus - 3:34:366
8. Tony Smiley - 3:34:661
9. Jeff Holmes Jr. - 3:38:774
10. Michael Deardorff - 3:41:479

Some light reading during tech.

If you gotta go, you might as well have a plan.

Juan Carlos Lopez qualified seventh.

Micheal Deardorff qualified in the top 10 Class 1000/7200 qualifying.

Wilson Motorsports at tech in Parker.

Randy Merritt

Mark Porter

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