More Than 300 of the World’s Best Off-Road Racers Expected for 19th Running of the
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX
– August 13 – 15, 2015 –
Casey Folks, director of the world’s largest desert off-road racing organization Best In The Desert, announced that early interest in this year’s Vegas to Reno, the Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, indicates this iconic race could feature more than 300 of the world’s best off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their “must be there” events, the 19th General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX, runs August 13-15, 2015.
After the short summer break, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX marks the beginning of the second half of the Best In The Desert 2015 schedule. Off-road race teams will be gathering in Las Vegas as they prepare to match their skills against some of the most unforgiving terrain Nevada has to offer. This year’s event celebrates 19 years for Best In The Desert promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada. It will feature an extremely challenging 545-mile point-to-point course that only Casey Folks can create.
Jason Voss will be looking for his third consecutive overall victory at this year’s “Vegas to Reno”.
Racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete – with entries coming now from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.
The race weekend gets started Wednesday, August 12, for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars when they qualify for their starting positions at the Time Trails and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best shot at the coveted overall finishing spot.
Race festivities continue in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, August 13, at the Aliante Casino & Hotel. There, race fans will see the most unbelievable collection of high-tech cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs that are specially built for racing today as they parade through contingency and tech inspection.
The 2015 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX will start early Friday morning, August 14th near Beatty, Nevada, about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. First off the line will be the Motorcycle classes followed by the Quads. After a substantial delay for safety reasons, the Car, Truck and UTV classes will head out on their quest to reach the finish line and hopefully a victory. The race finishes south of Reno, Nevada in the town of Dayton. Due to the extreme distance of the racecourse, a 24-hour time limit has been set, so racers will still be coming across the finish line well into Saturday morning.
The team of Ricky Brabec and Robby Bell claimed the Open Pro and overall Motorcycle victory at last year’s race. Their winning time was only bettered by the Trick Trucks of Jason Voss, Dale Dondel and Gary Weyhrich.
After having taken their race vehicles from the rugged desert to the high elevations of the Nevada mountains, raced back down to the dusty desert floors, crossed over dry lake beds at over 100 MPH, and raced in some of the most tight and twisty sand washes in the world, competitors will then celebrate their accomplishments and share stories, as they gather at the Grand Sierra Resort Saturday evening for a BBQ dinner and the awards ceremony.
Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX schedule of events:
Wednesday, August 12th – Time Trials
Thursday, August 13th – Driver Registration, Contingency and Tech Inspection at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas
Friday, August 14th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Events Center
Saturday, August 15th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort
Who won last year?
2014 “Vegas to Reno” Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time:
Class 1400 – Jason Voss, 8:29:28
Class 1500 – Justin Lofton, 9:00:12
Class 1000 – Cody Freeman, 10:03:21
Class 6100 – Tony Smiley, 10:03:29
Class 7200 – Jeff Horsley, 11:01:24
Class 1100 – Steve Melton, 11:17:41
Class 8000 – Macrae Glass, 11:56:28
Class 6000 – P.J. Guglielmo, 12:06:57
Class 3000 – Cole Pfister, 13:07:20
Class 2000 – Max Hanberg, 14:15:31
Class 4400 – Mel Wade III, 14:48:12
Class 1800 – Dwayne Reinert, 15:08:29
Class 1700 – Jeff Sherrill, 19:57:12
Class 8100 – John Webster, 22:14:52
2014 “Vegas to Reno” Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners Winners by Overall Time:
Open Pro – Ricky Brabec, 8:54:52
O-30 Pro – Ryan Dudek, 9:25:24
Open Exp – Ed Sellers Jr., 10:02:45
IM Exp – Tony Gera, 10:20:23
250 Pro – Jeremy Purvines, 10:34:31
O-40 Exp – Trevor Pacheco, 10:35:51
Quad Pro – David Scott, 10:47:42
O-50 Exp – Lance Horton, 11:14:26
1900 UTV Pro – Scott Kiger, 11:18:03
O-30 Exp – Joseph DeLucie, 11:19:53
Quad Exp – Gilbert Davila, 11:30:55
Open Am – Kimberly Bussing, 11:46:31
250 Exp – David Watts, 12:28:20
SR1 UTV Pro – Matt Krimple, 14:55:12
850 UTV Pro – Dave Lytle, 16:24:26
Quad IM Am – Clark Marcy, 18:45:42
Quad IM Exp – Daniel Pirrie, 20:24:29
Quad Am – Chris Dunn, 21:07:04
Best in the Desert holds 6 races annually for their car and truck classes, attracting the leading off-road teams from around the world.
Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.
2015 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Rockwell Watches, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.
The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
Further information is available at:
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phone: (702) 457-5775
Top masthead photo inset of CJ Hutchins provided by MikesRacePhoto.com
Jason Voss photo provided by Str8illphotos
Ricky Brabec photo provided by DirtFocus.com