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RIP Casey, I bet your gonna fill the house, ones impact can be measured by the amount of people you've touched.. I can tell you reached out and changed a lot of lives.. racing won't be the same without you.


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2015 V2R was a highlight for me. Had a great time and finished the race safely. RIP Casey

Wendell #527

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Godspeed, Casey. From the time you came looking for me and my wife to wish us happy anniversary to the time you helped us fix our broken ride, you were always a class act and we will miss you. God bless your family


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Sad news, he will be missed be missed by his and the off road family


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RIP Casey Folks. Casey had a huge impact on my life over the last 13 years in desert racing. I maybe met him briefly one time at the BWDC in Parker. The most hardworking person I've ever known. How he put together these huge desert racing events together year after year is beyond me. I just wanted to send out my condolences, thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Casey you will be greatly missed. You were amazing!


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Godspeed! It sucks when the good ones go too early. You are and will be missed.


The Nevada 2000 was epic because of the vision and determination of Casey Folks. I have many great memories thanks to him and I hope his family appreciates just how many lives he has touched. Prayers to his family, but they should know that he made many a stranger a friend and lover of off-road racing.


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The rally community sends to the off-road community and to the Casey Folks family our deepest sympathy. I only met Casey Folks once at the Mint 400 when we had a rally car exhibition there. He talked to me a few minutes about how he loved rallying and watched it on TV when he had a chance since he is a busy guy at that time when we spoke. He was very nice and to take the time to talk to me was a great experience I will never forget....I learned a lot from watching afar how he could run a series as I run a small sanction body in rallying...it is his passion as he told me while we talk that he loved putting on his events to make off-road a house hold name and to help off-road teams enjoy a weekend among dirt off-road sports minded people. So as I see it:

Casey Folks
God Speed...

The king of off road that just wants to send
A here's mud in your eye to all
My good buddies and friends

You will be missed Casey...

Denise McMahon
Co-President - Organizers HP Rally Group - OHPRG
Series Director SPN Performance Southwest RallyCup Series
Organizer - Tri-State Rally, Desert Storm Rally, Seed 9 Rally
Promoter - World UTV RallyCross Championship


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Thanks for being there at the Start and Finish for everyone. Going to miss you Mr. Folks..

Lance Jergensen


RIP Casey Folks, it's a sad day in the off-road family. One of my favorite memories of Casey was when Tuba and I went on the Parker 425 prerun two years ago in my basically stock Toyota 4Runner. Like always Casey was there to shake our hands at the finish and when we pulled up he asked, "You guys went around the whole course in this thing?!? Booyaa!" You never forget your first booyaa from Casey, and you'll never forget Casey the legend. His passion for our sport is what helped bring it to the next level, and myself and many others owe thanks to him for being able to make a living doing what we love in this sport. Race in peace....


NTR Films media guy

we never forgot Casey, we meet him at 2004 at the Parker 425, flash forward to 2015 and got a small talk about be ON TIME for staging at the mint, later that day, they stop to shake our hands and congrats us for finish and podium the MINT.

Thank you Casey... You will be greatly missed but never forgotten.#BOOYAH



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God Speed Casey
Rest in Peace

With a sad heart, Best in the Desert announces the passing of our leader on January 12, 2017. Casey suffered a massive stroke on the morning of January 7th in Parker, Arizona. He was doing what he loved, living his passion for off-road racing, getting ready to drop the flag on the latest UTV race event. He was rushed to a hospital and transported by air to Las Vegas for care. Despite efforts by the best doctors in Las Vegas, Casey succumbed to the effect of a stroke this morning.

Casey lived a life most of us only dream about. He was a participant, promoter and friend to the off-road racing industry. An ardent competitor, Casey raced motorcycles between the ages of 21 and 45. He won 16 championships in his career and in 1980, was the first to Ironman the Baja 1000 and finish. He was the only person to finish every Barstow to Vegas race.

In 1968, Casey opened Sportsman Cycle Sales with his racing partner and friend, Tom Scales. The dealership opened as a Husqvarna Dealer with only two motorcycles. One was Casey's race bike and the other was Tom's race bike. Many stories were told Monday mornings after a race about Casey and his Chippewa Charley's (boots) moving another competitor out of the way. Casey didn't gain many friends by this but it sure created a buzz about the guy from Sportsman Cycle. Over the next few decades Sportsman Cycle grew into the premier motorcycle racing shop in Las Vegas. Through Casey's guidance and support, Sportsman Cycle birthed and nurtured many racers that went on to have very successful racing careers. In 1988, Casey passed the baton to his oldest son Daryl so he could focus on his next passion in life: the Best in the Desert Racing Association.

He started Best in the Desert in 1984 for motorcycles. Then he introduced the “Vegas to Reno” race in March of 1996, adding for the first time cars, trucks and quads to his races. Due to Casey’s drive and strengths, Best in the Desert grew into North America’s largest and most prestigious off-road racing organization, aptly named “The American Off-Road Racing Series”.

Casey competed in almost every type of off-road event throughout the Western United States. His portfolio included over 30 races in Baja, Mexico, and the Tunisia Rally in Northern Africa. He served as the American Consultant for the Incas Rally in Peru and was the event coordinator for the Nevada Rally, representing the company “Acerbis Adventure” based in Italy.

Casey was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2012, joining the ranks of off-road racing’s greatest legends and honored by off-road racers worldwide.

His many friends at the Bureau of Land Management had respect and trust in Casey’s judgment and stated that Casey’s high standards established the rules for safety in off-road desert racing.

He is survived by the love of his life Diane DeLauer, son Daryl Folks and his wife Sheri Folks, his son Bryan Folks, his sister Joan Ragona-Suarez, and 3 beautiful granddaughters: Adrianna, Morgan, Marlee.

Casey created memorable moments for thousands and thousands of people. We thank him for a lifetime of dedication to the sport we all love. As life goes on, and we continue to experience the passion of off-road racing, his legacy will live on. Remember the words he lived by, “Life is an Adventure. Come Live Your Adventure with Best in the Desert”. Casey’s life was truly an adventure, and we will always treasure our memories of him.

He will be greatly missed.

David Nehrbass

Motorsports Safety Solutions
Dave, I know it's early, but do you know if there will be a memorial service for Casey between now and the 425? Let us know if you hear anything. Thanks.


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Dave, I know it's early, but do you know if there will be a memorial service for Casey between now and the 425? Let us know if you hear anything. Thanks.
Bobby the plan is 2nd or 3rd week of Feb in Las Vegas. The venue is the only stumble block as there is a feeling that thousands may come pay their respects to this legend

David Nehrbass

Motorsports Safety Solutions