Best In The Desert Sets New Record for "Vegas to Reno" Drawing
Continuing Best in the Desert's torrid 2018 first half record setting performance, Daryl Folks, Best in the Desert's co-owner with Bryan Folks, said, "We are ecstatic that over 350 race teams signed up for the drawing for this year's 22nd running of the General Tire "Vegas to Reno" presented by Fox. Surpassing our previous record represents the support the off-road racing community continues to give Best in the Desert."
The ever popular General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX long distance off-road desert race is almost upon us. Scheduled for August 15 through 18, this will be the 22nd running of this epic event. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX also represents the unofficial kick-off to the second half of the Best In The Desert 2018 race season.
“Vegas to Reno” was an absolute favorite of Best In The Desert founder Casey Folks. It marked his first race where he added car, truck and quad race vehicle classes to his already established motorcycle classes. Operations Manager Donald Jackson, who worked side-by-side with Casey for over 14 years and follows in his footsteps, said, “This legendary event is absolutely the ultimate desert racing adventure. It is our flagship event and we are all fully dedicated to making sure “Vegas to Reno” will always continue in the great tradition and spirit that Casey would want.”
Terry Householder holds a slim 2 point lead in the Class 6100 -Spec Engine Trick Trucks
The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX race has everything a racer dreams about; a long distance point-to-point course, extreme elevation changes and every kind of challenging terrain imaginable. That’s why the most famous names in off-road racing have flocked to this great event for over 20 years. Today, “Vegas to Reno” remains on virtually every off-road racer’s “bucket list”.
For 2018, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX is a traditional single race day format. At over 540 miles in length, the race will start in Beatty, Nevada and end just south of Reno, in Dayton, Nevada, home of Nevada's first gold discovery. Elevations along the course vary from around 3,000 ft. to over 7,200 ft. Temperatures will range from the high 90’s during the day to the low 40’s at night through the higher elevations. From Beatty, the course travels north past many towns that were rich in Nevada’s silver and gold rush mining history, including Goldfield, Tonopah, Hawthorne and Rawhide.
With over 350 car, truck, UTV, motorcycle and quad race teams expected, entries from the U.S. and around the world will gather to compete in this year’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX. Race related events get started Wednesday, August 15, when the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars face off for starting order at Time Trials. Here they’ll compete head-to-head for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award” and the chance to be the first vehicle off the line and a dust-free shot at the coveted top overall finish position.
More than 25 Class 1000 and Over 100 UTVs will take the start on August 17th.
“Vegas to Reno” activities continue in Las Vegas on Thursday, August 16, for Racer Registration, Technical Inspection and Contingency. Best In The Desert thanks our host hotel Texas Station where these proceedings will take place. Contingency will be located in the parking lot of the Texas Station and race fans will have the chance to see the most unbelievable collection of high-tech desert Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs specially built for racing. Plus hundreds of the off-road and racing industry’s top manufacturers will have their latest products and accessories on display for everyone to check out.
Brody Honea Open Pro Motorcycle points leader
The 2018 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX will start early Friday morning, August 17, in Beatty, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. First off the line will be the Motorcycles followed by the Quads. After a substantial delay for safety reasons, the Car, Truck and UTV classes will head out on their quest to reach the finish line at the Dayton Events Center with hopes of a class victory. Due to the long distance of the racecourse, a 24-hour time limit has been set, so racers may still be coming across the finish line well into Saturday morning August 18. The Awards Presentation will take place Saturday evening at the Sparks Nugget in Reno, Nevada.
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX important dates to remember:
• Wednesday, August 15, 2017 – Time Trials for Trick Trucks, Class 6100 and Class 1500.
• Thursday, August 16, 2017 – Registration, Technical Inspection and Contingency, Host Hotel Texas Station.
• Friday-Saturday August 17-18, 2017 – Race Day, finish line closes Saturday morning.
• Saturday, August 18, 2017 – Awards Presentation, Sparks Nugget.
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About Best In The Desert
Best In The Desert is recognized as the largest professional desert off-road racing organization in North America holding multiple off-road desert races. The philosophy of the organization is to provide top quality, World Class Off-Road Racing events, and more importantly to make those events exciting, spectacular, fun, different, well paying, and most of all, affordable. Based on over three decades of experience, and on years of sponsoring and promoting successful local and national events, Best In The Desert has achieved new levels in the sport of off-road desert racing. Best In The Desert, along with its racers and sponsors, enjoys recognition and exposure that sets it apart as “The American Off-Road Racing Series”.
About General Tire
For over 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of the Automobile Club of America (ARCA), Best in the Desert Racing Association (BITD), Major League Fishing (MLF), Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), King of the Cage, Lucas Oil – Off Road Racing Series, Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling League, Modified Series, Drag Boat Racing Series and ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series; Expedition Overland, FreestyleMx.com Tour; Zero One Odyssey, and JeepSpeed. Team GT includes: CJ Hutchins, Jim Beaver, Jeff Proctor, Doug Fortin, Eric Fitch, Cory Winner, Ray Griffith, Lee Banning Sr., Jerett Brooks, Camburg Racing, Chase Motorsports, Stan Shelton, Skeet Reese, Edwin Evers, John Crews, Britt Myers, Mark Rose and Bill McDonald.
About FOX FACTORY
For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for snowmobiles, mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, off-road cars, trucks, and SUVs. FOX equipped vehicles and racers have stood atop podiums in every sport we have competed in — from the sands of Baja, to USA deserts to the dunes of Dakar. Our team of engineers perform rigorous tests with our athletes year round. The data we collect from performance testing and our application of that knowledge to our product is what separates FOX from every other suspension company.
2018 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – Official Truck, General Tire – Official Tire, Lucas Oil Products – Official Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels – Official Fuel, Rugged Radios – Official Communications, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Polaris RZR – Official UTV, KC HiLiTES – Official Light, Beta Motorcycles – Official Motorcycle, Method Race Wheels, Tactical Recovery Equipment, Trophy Tractor, R-N-R Steel, Dicks Racing Suspension, Slime, McKenzies, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Fall Advertising and TrueTravel Dynamics
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