Archive for Best in the Desert (BITD)

BFGoodrichPARKER, Ariz. (Jan. 30, 2014) – As the weekend quickly approaches, drivers and crews are preparing for the opening race of the 2014 Best In The Desert series, which launches the year’s desert racing season. The festivities and race will take place in the town of Parker, Arizona. This race will showcase the competition for the year, including drivers relying on BFGoodrich® Tires and its unmatched support, such as BITD Overall 2013 Champion, Jason Voss.  Read More→

Jason Voss and King Shocks Trick Truck Champions!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

King Shocks - Jason VossGARDEN GROVE, CA – DECEMBER 17, 2013 – Off Road Desert Racing in America means one thing. If you want to race at the top level against the sport’s elite competitors, than you race the Best in the Desert. The series attracts some of the largest fields of the super exotic unlimited Trick Trucks. After an exciting season and a close 3-way battle, Jason Voss has won the coveted Best in the Desert Championship. Read More→

  • Find out what it takes to win the General Tire Vegas to Reno race here.
  • Team GT will rely on red letter GRABBER’s to get them to the finish line.

Garrick Freitas won the 2012 General Tire Vegas to Reno race on 35" DOT approved GRABBER's.Fort Mill, SC – August 16, 2013.  Noted as the longest off-road race in the U.S., the General Tire Vegas to Reno race provides a platform for General Tire to showcase their signature red letter GRABBER tire which was born from competition.  Originally developed in the desert, the GRABBER tire, and its technologies, transcend the race course and are available to consumers at dealerships across the country.  But it was a lengthy process, and labor of love, to bring the GRABBER to life.

“Once we began testing the GRABBER tire, we spent a couple years in the desert refining the technologies,” said Tony Talbert, tuning key account manager for General Tire.  “We modified the tire two to three times until it worked well in the desert before bringing it to the street.” Read More→

Test fit a MasterCraft Safety race suit at Vegas to Reno.

Best In The Desert (BITD) continues to set entry records with every race, and Impact by MasterCraft Safety has taken notice.  The ink is still drying on their commitment to be the presenting sponsor of the “BlueWater Parker 425 Presented by Impact” for 2014 and beyond.  “We welcome Impact on board as the presenting sponsor of one of the most prestigious events in the world for desert off-road competition,” said BITD promoter Casey Folks recently.  “They join some of the leading brands in helping make our series the largest, entry-wise, of any long distance off-road series. Impact’s products help keep our racers safe – the number one priority in my world.” Read More→

General Tire Celebrates BITD Championships

Monday, December 17th, 2012
  • Macrae Glass and Jim Riley post back-to-back class championships.
  • Banning wins 1100 championship with Bryan Folks.

12bitd_ss300_teamgt_web_043Fort Mill, SC – December 17, 2012.  As the 2012 Best In The Desert (BITD) season came to a close at Henderson, Nevada, General Tire celebrated three class championships with members of Team GT.  For the second straight year, Jim Riley topped the points in the 6100 Class with his Azunia Tequila Ford.  Riley battled the rugged deserts of the southwest to post three wins in 2012, including a win at the coveted General Tire Mint 400.  Through it all, it was the “team” mentality that helped Riley to the class championship.

“BITD puts together a variety of tough races throughout the year, the only way to win a championship is to be consistent and never give up,” said Riley.  “As a team we focus on structure, discipline, perseverance, persistence, luck, and the TEAM. Read More→

Racers will use Geolandar® tires to tackle ‘the longest off-road race in the U.S.’

FULLERTON, CA. – (Aug. 14, 2012) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored Cameron and Heidi Steele – the husband and wife team known as “off-road racing’s power couple” – will be back in action at the Best in the Desert’s 534-mile “Vegas to Reno” race, August 16-18. Cameron and Heidi will tackle “the longest off-road race in the U.S.” on Geolandar® tires.

Heidi, whose five off-road season championships include a 2008 Best in the Desert title, will be competing in her second race this year after becoming a mother in March. She placed second in June’s Baja 500 in a Ford Ranger equipped with off-the-shelf Geolandar M/T+® tires. She’ll be competing on the same tires in the 7200 Class at the Vegas to Reno contest. Read More→

  • Mikey Childress places third in class and sixth overall.

  • Macrae Glass captures first 2012 class win for General Tire.

Parker 425Fort Mill, SC – February 7, 2012. The Best In The Desert (BITD) Series kicked off at the “Parker 425” over the weekend in Parker, Arizona and Team GT started the 2012 season off on the right foot. Following a 12th-place qualifying effort, Mikey Childress fought through a course that over time; became rougher and tougher to navigate. The California-native worked his way through traffic to finish third in class 1 and sixth overall with a time of 7:37:51. A solid start to the season for the Team GT veteran. Read More→

Jagged-X Set to Campaign 2 Polaris UTV’s in 2012

Jagged-X #1919 Polaris RZR XP900

Phoenix, AZ – 12/26/11 -With the 2011 Best In The Desert (BITD) season complete, Brandon Schueler and the Jagged-X desert off-road race team fell just a few points short of capturing their 5th Pro-UTV championship in as many years. Despite falling short, Brandon and the factory sponsored Polaris racing team Jagged-X, still viewed the season as a success. The team managed to win their 5th consecutive Vegas-to-Reno race, currently the longest race in North America and by far the most difficult in the BITD series. The team also managed to collect 2-1st place and 3-2nd place finishes on the season. Read More→

Tim Casey and La Paz Racing on their way to another victoryIn an environment notorious for destroying equipment and drivers’ will, La Paz Racing has found the secret to success in the desert.  “Drive the vehicle you have, not the vehicle you wish you had,” La Paz driver Tim Casey shares.  This philosophy has provided Casey with not just a rock solid finish rate, but an unprecedented nine class victories in the last two years,  including SCORE International’s 2010 Baja 500.  Most recently La Paz Racing won Best In The Desert’s (BITD) Henderson 250 to secure the Class 8100 title for the second consecutive season.  Read More→
General Tire Presents The Mint 400The world-renowned General Tire Mint 400 was recently acquired by The Martelli Brothers – partners in the nationally recognized marketing/production group Mad Media – who have since formed a multi-year partnership with Casey Folks of Best in the Desert to manage the event.  The Mint will now be part of The Best in the Desert American Off-Road Racing Series, but will remain open to privateers.  Hundreds of race teams will compete in twenty different classes of race vehicles at next year’s Mint 400, which will take place the weekend of March 23rd – 25th 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read More→
  • “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin wins Best in The Desert Trick Truck championship.
  • Macrae Glass wins Best In The Desert Class 8 championship on General Tires.

Fort Mill, SC – December 7, 2011. “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin entered the final race of the 2011 Best In The Desert (BITD) Series with one goal, to win the Trick Truck championship. And he did just that. Following a strenuous Henderson 250 full of ups and downs, Baldwin edged out Steve Strobel for the championship. The Trick Truck championship marks his second in as many years. Read More→

Adam Householder Takes The Trick Truck Victory In Henderson

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Adam Householder on his way to his second BITD win of the seasonAdam Householder just keeps getting faster and faster.  After starting 28th off the line at Best In The Desert’s (BITD) Silver State 300 earlier this season, Householder shocked the competition and brought home his first Trick Truck win (BITD’s equivalent of SCORE Trophy Trucks).  Since that time Householder has consistently put the No. 24 Householder Motorsports Ford near the top of the standings in both BITD and SCORE International; the only driver to earn Top Five season standings in the most elite class of each of these series. Read More→