Competition was fierce at last weekend’s Best In The Desert (BITD) Blue Water Desert Challenge, with 17 Class 1400 Trick Trucks battling for season points and the overall win at the two-day event. Steve Olliges and co-driver Jason Bateman were 13th off the line on Saturday in the No. 28 BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety Trick Truck. Despite heavy dust resulting from triple digit temperatures and no wind, Olliges was able to pass enough competitors to move up to fourth place on in Saturday’s standings. “I backed off when the dash lit up like a Christmas tree, but our Dougan Racing Engine never let us down after running in the red hour after hour,” Olliges shared.
Sunday, John Swift and Daniel Llewelyn strapped into the No. 28’s MasterCraft 3G seats for the final day of racing. John was not only able to maintain Steve’s strong position, but move the BFGoodrich / MasterCraft Safety truck up to third place in Class 1400 and third place overall. “Visibility was bad out there and I was passing blind at times,” Swift explained after the race. “The Trailready wheels and BFGoodrich tires took a pounding, but they never let us down.” This is the team’s second third-place finish in as many BITD races; their consistency has rewarded Swift/Olliges with a second place overall standing in the $134,000 Trick Truck Challenge Cup with one race remaining for the season.