Overall and Class Points Chases Heating Up
Heading Into Best In The Desert’s “Double Points”
2010 TSCO “Vegas to Reno” Race
August 19-21, 2010
With two races in the books for Best In The Desert’s five-race “American Off-Road Racing Series” championship for its car and truck classes, key overall points, along with individual class points chases are beginning to take shape with the epic TSCO “Vegas to Reno” off-road race looming on the horizon.
With 184 points, Chris Appleton of Boise, Idaho leads the overall standings as well as sitting at the top of Class 1500. He is followed closely by fellow Class 1500 racers Garrick Freitas and Steve Croll at second and third in both the overall and Class 1500 standings. Not far behind are Vince Galewick (fourth), Shawn Croll (fifth), Travis Chase (sixth), and Adam Pfankuch (seventh) as Class 1500 racers dominate the top ten overall points standings. This is due largely to the tight competition and huge fields of open Class 1500 cars that Best In The Desert attracts for its popular series.
With his overall victory at the season opening Parker “425” and a third in class finish at the Silver State “300”, Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin comes in at eighth overall in points as well as leading the Class 1400 “Trick Truck” ranks. Tied for ninth overall at 148 points each is Marc Ewing, currently second in Class 1400, and Class 1000 leader Corey Keysar.
Rounding out the top ten overall is also a tie between “Trick Truck” driver Steve Sourapas and Class 7200 points leader Alan A. Hogan, both with 147 points.
Other Best In The Desert class points leaders include Lee Banning Sr. (Class 1100), Troy Vest (Class 1200), Jim Hunt (Class 1700 JeepSpeed), Kevin Smith (Class 2000), Dave Schneider (Class 4400 Utra 4),
Gary Messer (Class 6000 Trophylite), Blake Henn (Class 7100), Kellon Walch (Class 7300), and Tim Casey (Class 8100).
Having won every race in 2009 and coming off back-to-back wins so far in 2010, Dr. Macrae Glass sits atop Class 8000 for open pickups in his KC HiLiTES Ford F-150.
Having a banner year so far, Chris Appleton not only leads the overall points standings, he’s also in the top spot for the coveted “Rookie of the Year” award with 184 points. Not far back, in second place with 164 points is Travis Chase. Both are Class 1500 drivers.
With over 300 entries from across the U.S., Canada and Europe expected, plus this being a DOUBLE POINTS race, a lot will be riding on the line toward the year end points tally when the green flag drops on this year’s TSCO “Vegas to Reno”. This is by far the flagship event and one of the most popular races on Best In The Desert’s schedule. Could there be big points standing shake ups looming or will the leaders begin to separate themselves from the rest of the field? That’s what makes TSCO “Vegas to Reno” such a grand adventure. It’s certifiably the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States at nearly 550 miles in length with tough, challenging terrain, extreme elevation changes, and a monumental battle of the top racers in the sport.
Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Station Resort & Casino in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center, where this year spectators will be able to view the actual high speed finish. Red Bull is also supporting the Vildosola #21 Ford Trick Truck race team, driven by proven competitor Gustavo Vildosola, Jr., aka Tavo.
Best in the Desert is providing LIVE internet video coverage of contingency and race day, plus LIVE tracking of every car, truck, and UTV team, sponsored by General Tire and Team Ford – the number one Ford dealer in Las Vegas. Reasonably priced sponsorships of the coverage are available for interested parties, contact Don Fall at 619-258-6225 or email: email@example.com.
TSCO “Vegas to Reno” schedule:
Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Registration, Contingency and tech inspection, Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas
Friday, August 20, 2010 – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Event Center with viewable high speed finish from the grand stands
Saturday, August 21 – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort
The 2010 “Vegas to Reno”…If you’re a racer, you don’t want to miss out on this epic “battle of the best”. If you’re a race fan, you don’t want to miss the chance in a lifetime adventure.
Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Arctic Cat – official UTV, KTM – official motorcycle, Banks Power – official Power System, FabTech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, Werdco BC Inc., PCI Race Radios, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.
The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
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