2020 Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox Important Race Update

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 30, 2020): The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in various states across the country, including Nevada, has given the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) pause in making the final decision to sign the permit application for Best In The Desert’s 2020 Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox.

The event is still planned for August 12-15, 2020 as originally scheduled, but may be postponed until a later date to allow coronavirus cases to subside.

Best In The Desert is sharing this news with its loyal racers, sponsors, and fans to keep them informed and up-to-date on all the details affecting the status of the race. While Best In The Desert staff and organizers have been working tirelessly to plan a safe event following CDC guidelines, positive COVID-19 cases have recently peaked in several southern states including Nevada. Even though cases are currently trending downwards we all must wait to see if the trend continues.

“We were informed of the BLM’s concerns about the COVID-19 status and the permit situation on Friday, July 24,” said Best In The Desert CEO Daryl Folks. ”In the time since, we have been working around the clock with Nevada’s highest elected officials, Silver State Off-Road Alliance, and the local governments of the small rural Nevada communities that are impacted by this decision to convince the BLM to move forward with the event. All want to see the event take place. The rural communities in which the event is held are not being impacted by COVID-19 and our mitigation efforts proved successful at the Silver State 300 where not one case of COVID-19 was reported in Lincoln County following the event. This decision to not move forward would have very negative impacts on a big portion of rural Nevada that is already devastated by the shutdown and lack of commerce.”

Best In The Desert CMO Bryan Folks added, “Their apprehension really caught us by surprise especially since the BLM has approved off-road events as late as this past weekend. Our event passes through some of the least populated areas of our state and through these rural Nevada communities in just one day. We are adhering to all the social distancing, masks, and safety protocols outlined by the CDC. Having said this, we will continue to keep working on the event and have been told by the BLM that it could potentially still be held on its original date. To be clear, we plan to hold Vegas to Reno. We will send out daily emails to the registered driver of records as well as post on social media to keep everyone up to date.”

“This situation is very fluid,” states Best In The Desert Race Operations Manager Donald Jackson. “We wanted to let everyone know so they can plan accordingly but make no mistake, we are burning the midnight oil to hold the Maxxis Tire ‘Casey Folks’ Vegas to Reno presented by Fox on its original date. We are currently in discussions with the BLM and monitoring the situation. An event of this stature must go on and we are confident it will. We just ask for patience.”

In the event Best In The Desert must postpone the event it will honor requests for entry refunds but in the short-term is asking racers to be patient as organizers work with the BLM State Director, Nevada politicians, and city officials to keep the event moving forward.

Everyone is looking forward to the event from fans to loyal racers to the rural communities where the race runs through and understands that Best In The Desert is doing everything in their power to hold the event.

With COVID-19 closing businesses throughout Nevada, specifically in Las Vegas and Reno, the entire state is experiencing similar obstacles. 2020 has been a challenging year and while bureaucratic decisions are frustrating, the off-road racing community is resilient.

Updates will be sent out daily through email and social media posts on the status of the event. Please do not call the office with race questions.

Anger Issues

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Well if this race gets pushed too far off, maybe some teams will come up to Utah for the BOR 200 mile night race (Aug 22)! You can park those swamp coolers by my pit Dan :cool: I just googled the distance at 406 miles from Vegas!! (6 hrs 14 mins, if you go the speed limit!).

It's only 43 miles past the NV border at Wendover, and I heard they don't make 3.2 beer anymore for Utah!

There is another thread on RDC about this race.
 

J Prich

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When does BITD usually put out their next year schedule? Is it usually around V2R? Memory is foggy in my old age.

So many variables at this point but given SCORE dropped theirs, it’ll be interesting to see what BITD is thinking for 2021.
 

ndvalium

Rescue Director
When does BITD usually put out their next year schedule? Is it usually around V2R? Memory is foggy in my old age.

So many variables at this point but given SCORE dropped theirs, it’ll be interesting to see what BITD is thinking for 2021.
typically it comes out the week of Vegas to Reno. A few times that has been like a press release party at the event to get everyone pumped for the next year.

dates are currently being worked for 2021 and I know communication has been worse than cold molasses from some places they regularly deal with. Tribal is still completely shut down in Parker Until at least the end of August so I would not expext anything for the entire year until mid September. Permits for 250 and 425 have already been filed though.
 

ht racing

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typically it comes out the week of Vegas to Reno. A few times that has been like a press release party at the event to get everyone pumped for the next year.

dates are currently being worked for 2021 and I know communication has been worse than cold molasses from some places they regularly deal with. Tribal is still completely shut down in Parker Until at least the end of August so I would not expext anything for the entire year until mid September. Permits for 250 and 425 have already been filed though.
so bluewater us up in the air still at this point?
 

MTPyle

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I think Bluewater permits are already done. Navajo nation opened up At Lake Powell a week ago. So it seems like the Indians think the worst is behind them. They got hit pretty hard early on.

Mike
 

ndvalium

Rescue Director
so bluewater us up in the air still at this point?
I think Bluewater permits are already done. Navajo nation opened up At Lake Powell a week ago. So it seems like the Indians think the worst is behind them. They got hit pretty hard early on.

Mike
currently Parker as far as CRIT is still on stay at home order with Casino closed. BITD has already had many talks with the Tribal representatives though and they are still expecting to have the event in October. 250 and 425 dates are pretty firm as well.

There is a possibility of the casino still being closed in October. They just extended their closure to a min of Aug 30th.

Yeah this year is just a mess at this point. I’m still hoping we get things back going. Like many of you I am watching my company get destroyed month by month.
 

ht racing

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currently Parker as far as CRIT is still on stay at home order with Casino closed. BITD has already had many talks with the Tribal representatives though and they are still expecting to have the event in October. 250 and 425 dates are pretty firm as well.

There is a possibility of the casino still being closed in October. They just extended their closure to a min of Aug 30th.

Yeah this year is just a mess at this point. I’m still hoping we get things back going. Like many of you I am watching my company get destroyed month by month.
not good............ this covid thing is not just going away we have to deal with it and keep going not shut it all down and make it worse
 

green787

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I'm not wanted by any race org...... (because of political beliefs)..... Sometimes I feel like a Jewish refugee in a Barbara Streisand movie......


You have to watch it to the end to see her playing to an empty theater and then the Corona Virus takes over the screen..... !!!!! Epic... Prophetic...!!!!
 
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J Prich

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I'm not wanted by any race org...... (because of political beliefs)..... Sometimes I feel like a Jewish refugee in a Barbara Streisand movie......


You have to watch it to the end to see her playing to an empty theater and then the Corona Virus takes over the screen..... !!!!! Epic... Prophetic...!!!!
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