King Shocks’ Jason Voss Wins Best in the Desert’s Bluewater Desert Challenge
King Shocks Takes Overall Wins in Trick Truck, Class 1500 and Class 10
Jason Voss was the man to beat at this years Best in the Desert Bluewater Desert Challenge in Parker, AZ. Coming in to the weekend nine points ahead of King Shocks teammate Lalo Laguna, the win marks his first of 2016 and sends him well on his way to earning yet another Best in the Desert Overall Points Championship.
Voss qualified fifth fastest, setting up a head-to-head start off the line with King Shocks teammate, Brett Sourapas. The two dumped in to the throttle and rocketed out in to the desert hot on each other heels. The two were pinned along Shea Road in the first three miles of the race course, inching along each other and clenching on to any position they could gain.
Voss eventually won the battle and quickly jumped up to second truck on the road by RM17 on the first of three 26 mile laps where he would remain at the end of day 1. On corrected time however, Voss ended +00:00:25 ahead of Justin Lofton. With wide open air on day two, Voss extended his lead and finished +00:05:37 ahead of second place finisher, Shawn Croll.
“We had two flawless days of racing,” commented Voss at the finish line. “In low mileage, multi day/lap races, it’s all or nothing. My King Shocks gave me the confidence to push through the dust and get myself to towards the front to battle Lofton on day 1. It was pretty dusty out there but we stayed out front the entire day 2 to get to the finish first.”
King Shocks teammate Harley Letner was a contender for the overall after day one in Alpha #1570 car dubbed #TTDestroyer. Letner finished sixth overall on the day and held down the lead in Class 1500 by +00:00:43 over Cody Parkhouse. Having won the Bluewater Desert Challenge in 2014, Letner was a clear favorite to pull off the multi-day race. On day two, Letner pushed the pace in the front pack and ended fourth place overall and first in Class 1500.
“I wasn’t racing for the class win. I was racing for the overall,” said Letner. “We were right up there but a flat put me back a bit on day one so I fell back a few spots. My YouTheory Racing #1570 car ran flawless all weekend. King Shocks allowed me to hammer down and push its limits all weekend and that really made the difference. 4th overall and 1st in Class 1500? I’ll take it.”
Shane Earn put King Shocks on top the podium in Class 10. Earn was fastest both days but not without intense battles up front with the top four. Day one ended with four drivers within forty-two seconds of each other and Earn putting +00:00:35 on #1068 Blade Hildebrand. Earn immediately fell back +00:00:20 after the first lap on day two but stayed out front of Hildebrand on corrected time by +00:00:10 on lap two and +00:00:07 on lap three, taking the Class 10 win by just forty-two seconds after two days of racing. Earn came in two the Bluewater Desert Challenge 17 points ahead of Peter Hajas in the overall points standings and has now extended that lead with one remaining Best in the Desert race in the 2016 season.
Next up is the notorious SCORE-International Baja 1000 on November 16th-20th in Ensenada, Baja California, MX.
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