Attention all 1400, 1500 and 6100 Silver State 300 Competitors:


Rescue Director
As most are aware, at the Mint 400, one of our racers was burned as a result of a fire during qualifying. Through the investigation into the facts of the event, several things stood out that Best in the Desert and Motorsports Safety Solutions will work on to improve. One of those key areas will be compliance with several safety related areas of our rule book prior to qualifying.

Our first step will begin this race with a check of occupants to ensure compliance with the following areas of the Best in the Desert rule book. There are no changes in the book, simply an enforcement of the rules / standards established 2 years ago before you qualify the vehicle. Either one of my team, or a BITD official will make sure you have a proper suit, helmet and HNR on before you are allowed to start. While we will not be checking undergarments, I strongly encourage each and everyone of you to never ever wear nylon undergarments of any sort. Yes it will be hot out there but nylon melts and adheres to the skin. BITD rules make it very clear it is not permitted at any time.

In addition to the items that will be focused on below, each and every team that races should take five minutes in their prep schedule and do some maintenance on your fire extinguishers. Make sure they can easily be removed from he truck for use. Make sure before every race you ensure the powder is not compacted by turning it over and giving it some taps with a mallet / deadblow. to move the agent around(Dry Chem Only). Lastly, make sure the extinguisher is charged and get them serviced each year or just simply buy a replacement.


Helmets must be of approved by one of the following with the appropriate approval decal attached; Snell SA2010 or SAH2010 / SA2015. Straps must have D-ring fasteners only. No snaps or velcro will be permitted. The interior and exterior areas of the helmet must be free of defects (i.e., the padding must be in good condition and the exterior of the helmet must not be damaged). Open face helmets are permitted. Beginning with the 2017 Best in the Desert Racing Season, the SA2005 rated helmets are no longer be permitted.


One-piece fire suits are mandatory. Two-piece suits are not permitted. The suits must cover from the neck to the ankles and to the wrists. The suits must not have any holes, rips, and tears or be worn thin. The suits must also be free from any petroleum-based contaminants. All suits must be manufactured from fire resistant material and shall bear a minimum of an SFI 3.2A/5 or higher manufacturer’s certification label. Fire retardant gloves and footwear rated to the SFI 3.3 standard are very highly recommended. Best In The Desert Racing Association also highly recommends that each fire suit be labeled on the upper right chest with the entrant’s full name, blood type, allergies or other important medical information.


The use of petroleum based and other synthetic blends of undergarments such as the athletic or compression style close-fit garments (common used for the cooling, moisture wicking, and quick drying features) are not permitted. Synthetic fibers such as nylon, elastane, and polyester melt when ignited and for this reason they will not be permitted. Best in the Desert strongly recommends the use of a fire retardant long sleeve tops, and long bottom undergarments as well as fire retardant socks rated to the SFI 3.3 specification.


Best in the Desert Racing Association will require that any and all persons driving or riding in any class race vehicle wear a frontal head restraint (FHR) bearing the SFI Foundation’s 38.1 manufacturer’s certification label. All head restraints must be replaced or re certified 5 years from month and date of manufacture.

These are some of the first steps we will be taking. We have several other items are in the works that I think will benefit everyone in the sport from new participants to seasoned vets.

See you all out there!