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Big Changes Coming to Best in the Desert in 2016

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unnamedFor the past five years, Best in the Desert has led off-road racing as the premier race series in the sport.  With entries growing each year, BITD has held strong to a six-race format with the addition of The Mint 400 in 2012.  However, their staples in the Parker 425, Silver State 300, Vegas to Reno, Blue Water Desert Challenge and Henderson 250 have gone relatively untouched in these years.

Announced today by BITD Race Director, Casey Folks, in front of hundreds of media, sponsors and industry leaders, the 2016 Best in the Desert race schedule looks everything but standard.   Folks has spent years working to better not only Best in the Desert but the off-road racing community as a whole. Here’s a look at the new 2016 Best in the Desert Racing Association race schedule.  

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2016 Best in the Desert Racing Association Season Schedule
January 8th – 9th 2016 – THR Motorsports Parker “250” presented by Polaris
February 4th – 7th 2016 – Bluewater Resort Parker “425” presented by Impact
February 18th – 20th 2016 – Polaris RZR UTV World Championship
March 10th – 13th 2016 – Polaris RZR Mint “400” presented by General Tire
April 1st – 3rd 2016 – Motion Pro Nevada “200” Trail Ride
May 5th – 8th 2016 – *Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It
August 17th – 20th 2016 – *General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way!!! presented by FOX
October 6th – 9th  2016 – *Bluewater Desert Challenge presented by Polaris
December 1st – 4th 2016 – Pahrump Nugget “250” presented by Supercross.com

While the Parker 425, The Mint 400 and Bluewater Desert Challenge are guaranteed hits, here’s a run down on the new races and changes the 2016 BITD Vegas to Reno:
2016 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” the Long Way!!! presented by FOX ~ 20th Anniversary
“The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States”

Wednesday, August 17 2016 – Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Tech Inspection, Contingency Row & Registration
Friday, August 19, 2016 – Day # 1 sponsored by McMillin Racing
Saturday, August 20 2016 – Day # 2 sponsored by KC HiLites
Sunday, August 21 2016 – Sunday Awards Presentation, Sands Regency Hotel Casino

Vehicles: Motorcycles, Quads, Cars, Trucks and UTVs
Entries Expected: Approximately 300
Race Course & Mileage: One-way, 640 total miles
Title Sponsor: General Tire
Presenting Sponsor: FOX
Day Sponsors: McMillin Racing Day 1 & KC HiLites Day 2
Host Hotels: Las Vegas Host Hotel – Aliante Casino Hotel | Reno Host Hotel – Sands Regency Hotel Casino
Total Number of Pits: Fourteen (14) plus (1) remote pit for Motorcycles & Quads Only

McMillin Racing Day 1 – 293 Miles
Overnight stop in Tonopah, NV
Day 1 Start – Alamo, NV
Day 1 Finish – Tonopah, NV
Day 1 Six (6) pits plus (1) remote pit for Motorcycles & Quads Only

KC HiLites Day 2 – 347 Miles
Day 2 Start – Tonopah, NV
Day 2 Finish – Dayton, NV
Day 2 Eight (8) pits

2016 Method Race Wheel Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It
“Duel In The Desert”
Wednesday, May 4th – Parade of Champions – Show & Shine | Pit Stop Challenge – Welcome Party
Thursday, May 5th – Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500 | Time Trials Celebration Party
Friday, May 6th – Family Poker Run (UTVs only) | Tech Inspection, Contingency Row, Registration
Saturday, May 7th – Race Day # 1
Sunday, May 8th – Race Day # 2, Awards Presentation Vehicles Cars, Trucks and UTV’s

Entries Expected: Approximately 200
Course: Short Loop, Multiple Laps
Course Mileage: 16 mile loop
Number of Races: Five (5) races per day – 4 laps each race (64 miles per day)
Number of Pit Stops: One (1) Hot Pit
Event Title Sponsor: Method Wheels
Event Presenting Sponsor: Canidae Tap It
Pre-Fun Run: Friday, May 6, 2016 – One day only – Family Poker Run (UTVs only)
Host Hotel: TBA by Laughlin Tourism Commission
Special Events: Parade of Champions Family Poker Run | Pit Stop Challenge Time Trials | Welcome Party Time Trials Celebration Party

2016 Pahrump Nugget “250” presented by Supercross.com
“Race for the Gold”
Thursday, December 1st – Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500
Friday, December 2nd – Friday Tech Inspection, Contingency Row, Registration
Saturday, December 3rd – Saturday Race Day
Sunday, December 4th – Sunday Awards Presentation

Vehicles: Cars, Trucks and UTVs
Entries Expected: Approximately 175
Course: One-Way Loop
Course Mileage: 242 miles
Number of Pit Stops: Seven (7) Pit Stops
Event Title Sponsor: Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino
Event Presenting Sponsor: Supercross.com
Pre-Fun Run: One day only – November 26, 2016

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