Just two races into the Best in the Desert season, we already have some serious points battles as well as new leaders. Silver State starts windy and technical but quickly turns into a wide open rally style race with long fast graded road sections that make for exciting racing.
2014 overall points champion Jason Voss has had an unusually rough start to the year, especially coming off such a dominant previous year. Justin Lofton and Gary Weyhrich are both coming off huge wins at the Parker 425 and the Mint 400. Gary holds the points lead in TSCO Racing’s brand new Trophy Truck built in house under the watchful eye of veteran crew chief John Vance. But young rising star Luke McMillin is only a mere four points behind.
Mr. Off-Road, Rob MacCachren sits only seven points back. With Vegas to Reno the next race after Silver State, any advantage in the first part of the season could save the entire year. The length, heat and treachery of Vegas to Reno has stopped many cars. Silver State may be a short relatively easy race, but it could literally determine your fate in the points championship.
Lofton, who moved up the Trick Truck class this year, has been on fire with his new JIMCO. He was second fastest qualifier at Parker, leading for some of the race, and winning the overall against the most stacked field in off-road racing at The Mint 400.
Gary Weyhrich is no slouch. He may not be the fastest racer, but he is consistent. He has raced off-road from his early childhood. He consistently qualifies well and runs his pace, knowing that pushing too hard can mean inevitably succumbing to mechanical failure.
Behind them you have an angry mob of highly qualified off-road racers and that’s just for the overall. With over twenty classes the class battles in Best in the Desert are like no other series.
Class 1, UTV’s, 10 Cars, Jeep Speed, 6100, all have stacked fields. In Class 1500, Cody Parkhouse and Sam Berri are separated by one point after 825 miles of racing. Eighteen year old Garett Allred is leading in Jeep Speed points in his rookie season.
The heat is on in Class 1000. The 20+ car deep field is up for grabs between Steve Melton and Chip Prescott who remain dead even in points. The next generation of the Sourapas family are dominating the 6100 class with two back to back wins. Brett and Christian Sourapas are going to be hard to beat all year.