Rick D. Johnson takes home first in Trick Truck and first overall for Team GT at 2010 BITD Vegas to Reno


LAS VEGAS, NV – (August 23, 2010) – Team General Tire’s Rick D. Johnson stole the show with an incredible victory at the 2010 Best In The Desert Vegas to Reno Race Aug. 20, landing him not only first in Trick Truck, but first overall.

Rick D. Johnson at 2010 BITD Vegas to Reno.

The dust did more than soar for Johnson’s opponents at Friday’s heart-pounding BITD race – it consumed them. The Team General Tire Trick Truck driver left his contenders in a cloud of dust as he took an incredible 3-mile lead. He held his position strong, battling through the desert’s rugged terrain and remaining at the head of the pack at mile marker 355.

“This was an awesome race,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “This was a dominating race for Rick; he took the lead early on and his determination to finish on top never wavered. For everyone here at BITD Vegas to Reno, it was an incredible show! We’re so proud of Rick and we’re thrilled to have him as part of Team GT.”

Johnson has a winning track record as the overall winner at the 2008 BITD Vegas to Reno race, first place at 2009 SCORE Baja 500 and third at the 2010 SNORE Mint 400.

Johnson takes first in Trophy Truck and first overall.

“The General Tire Grabbers hooked up all day and the crew did an awesome job setting up the truck and running flawless pits,” said Rick Johnson, driver/owner, Team 71. “Vegas to Reno is definitely my race. This race in 2008 was my first big win and I am so happy to repeat as overall winner again.”

General’s Grabber competition tires are designed in size 37×12.50R17 for class 8 and trophy truck/trick truck and 35×12.50R17 for class 1, 6, 7, 7 S, stock mini and Protruck. All teams that run General Tires receive free pit support from Baja Pits.

General Tire also has a complete line of Grabber tires for the passenger and light truck market, including the new Grabber DOT-approved off-road tire; the Grabber HTS, which delivers the perfect synergy of comfort, durability and performance; theGrabber UHP, which sets a whole new standard in performance and ride quality for SUVs, light trucks and crossover vehicles; and Grabber AT2, designed for aggressive all-terrain traction in all weather conditions.

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For more than 90 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late- Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, Boost Mobile FreestyleMx.com Tour, Spec Tire of Trophylite and Pro Truck. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including BJ Baldwin, Carl Renezeder, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell, Jason/Rich Voss, Scott Steinberger, Ed “Clyde” Stout, Ted Hunnicutt, Marc Burnett, Kent Kroeker, Mikey Childress, Carey Hart, Josh Merrell, Robby Woods and Jeff “Ox” Kargola.

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