Some new dates, some new sponsors, a racer favorite returns and great racing adventures scheduled for 2018. It may still only be summer of 2017, but Best In The Desert is moving forward and illustrating once again why they are the premier and most popular desert racing organization with the announcement of their nine-event 2018 race schedule. Best In The Desert’s Operations Manager Donald Jackson, had this to say regarding next year’s schedule, “While we still have a lot of great racing remaining this year, we’re also really excited about the impressive schedule we’ve got lined up for our Best In The Desert racers to look forward to for next year.”
As is the tradition, the 2018 season kicks off January 5th and 6th in Parker, Arizona. However, this year’s event will have a great new name and meaning. The GMZ UTV Winter Nationals “Casey Folks” Parker 250 presented by Polaris will become a special memorial race to honor the name of beloved Best In The Desert founder, Casey Folks. The race will mark the first anniversary of Casey’s passing and introduce a new tradition. This “Showdown in the Desert” is open to all Motorcycle, Quad, and UTV classes only.
Following the season opener is the famed BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by Impact on February 1st thru 4th in Parker, Arizona. “The Legend Lives On” as the Car and Truck classes get their 2018 race season started in full force at this storied event along the majestic Colorado River. A special 1-day Pre-Fun Run for the race will be held on Sunday, January 7th.
Next on tap is the Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race”, it takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 8 thru 11, 2018. Ever since this race was added to the Best In The Desert race schedule in 2013, “The Mint 400” has gained immensely in both popularity and race entries. This is a points race for the Car, Truck and UTV classes only.
Following The Mint 400, the Polaris RZR UTV World Championship returns to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 6th and 7th. Titled “A Desert Race in a Class of Its Own”, this hugely popular event is open to desert and short-course UTV classes as well as Motorcycles and Quads. No Car or Truck classes for this race. This event also includes a fun-filled Family Poker Run for UTVs only.
The Motion Pro Nevada 200 Trail Ride is a non-competitive event that takes place from April 13th to 15th. This is a no-points, Motorcycle only trail ride. “An Epic Motorcycle Off-Road Adventure” that is held in the picturesque mountains surrounding Caliente, Nevada. Call Best In The Desert for information on invitations
After a two-year hiatus, and back with a new sponsor, the racer favorite VT Construction Silver State 300 presented by Polaris makes it’s return on the Best In The Desert race schedule, May 3rd thru 6th. This point-to-point loop style race starts north of Alamo, Nevada and finishes at the “abandoned runway” just west of Caliente. “The American Adventure Continues” as the racecourse travels through incredibly scenic territory rich in Nevada’s cattle ranching and silver mining history. The race is open to all Best In The Desert classes and pre-race festivities will take place in Las Vegas. There will be a Pre-Fun Run for the race on April 21st and 22nd.
Following the traditional short summer break, Best In The Desert racing gets back on track with its flagship event, the famous General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX. For 2018, the 22nd annual running of “The Longest Off-Road Race In The United States” takes place from August 15th to 18th. Starting north of Las Vegas and finishing just south of Reno, Nevada, this grueling 500-miles plus, point-to-point racing adventure is open to all classes.
For 2018, the Method Race Wheels “Laughlin Desert Classic” presented by Canidae Tap It moves into its new slot on Best In The Desert’s race calendar. This 2-day race format “Duel in the Desert” will take place October 11 thru 14. With a special 16-mile racecourse set up next to the playground of the Colorado River, the race is open to the Car and Truck classes only. The popular Family Poker Run event for UTVs also returns.
2018 will again close out the season with the Pahrump Nugget 250 presented by Polaris in Pahrump, Nevada, on November 29th to December 2nd. Competitors will “Race for the Gold” as they take on the challenging 250-mile single loop desert race course for their last crack at a possible season ending Class Championship. This is a points race for the Car, Truck, and UTV classes only. There will be a special 1-day Pre-Fun Run for the race on Wednesday, November 28th.
With the schedule set, the 2018 Best In The Desert race season will undoubtedly be another promising year for “The American Off-Road Racing Series” and all of its devoted racers. It’s not too early to start your planning now.
BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION
2018 OFF-ROAD RACING SCHEDULEGMZ UTV WINTER NATIONALS “CASEY FOLKS” PARKER “250” presented by Polaris
JANUARY 5, 6, 2018 – (Race in Parker, AZ)
MOTORCYCLE, QUAD & UTV POINTS ONLY – NO PRE-FUN RUN
BLUEWATER RESORT PARKER “425” presented by IMPACT
FEBRUARY 1, 2, 3, 4, 2018 – (Race in Parker, AZ – Time Trials February 1, 2018)
CAR & TRUCK POINTS ONLY – 1-DAY PRE-FUN RUN ON SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2018
POLARIS RZR MINT “400” presented by BFGoodrich Tires
MARCH 8, 9, 10, 11, 2018 – (Race in Las Vegas, NV – Time Trials March 8, 2017)
CAR, TRUCK & UTV POINTS ONLY – NO PRE-FUN RUN
POLARIS RZR UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
APRIL 6, 7, 2018 – (Race in Laughlin, NV)
MOTORCYCLE, QUAD & UTV POINTS ONLY – FAMILY POKER RUN / UTVs ONLY
MOTION PRO NEVADA “200” TRAIL RIDE
APRIL 13, 14, 15, 2018 – (Trail Ride in Caliente, NV – Non-Competitive Event)
MC ONLY / TRAIL RIDE EVENT – NO POINTS – CALL FOR INVITATIONS
VT CONSTRUCTION SILVER STATE “300” presented by POLARIS
MAY 3, 4, 5, 6, 2018 – (Race Starts North of Alamo, NV – Time Trials May 3, 2018)
POINTS FOR ALL CLASSES – PRE-FUN RUN APRIL 21, 22, 2018
GENERAL TIRE “VEGAS to RENO” presented by FOX
AUGUST 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018 – (Race on Friday – Time Trials August 15, 2018)
POINTS FOR ALL CLASSES – NO PRE-FUN RUN
METHOD RACE WHEELS LAUGHLIN DESERT CLASSIC presented by CANIDAE TAP IT
OCTOBER 11, 12, 13, 14, 2018 – (2-day race / Race in Laughlin, NV – Time Trials May 11, 2018)
CAR & TRUCK & ONLY – FAMILY POKER RUN / UTVs ONLY
PAHRUMP NUGGET “250” presented by POLARIS
NOVEMBER 29, 30, DECEMBER 1, 2, 2018 – (Race in Pahrump, NV – Time Trials November 29, 2017)
CAR, TRUCK & UTV POINTS ONLY – 1-DAY PRE-FUN RUN ON WEDNESDAY, NOV 28, 2018
Schedule as of 8/1/17 (Subject to change, please check Best In The Desert website periodically)