Offroad Racing

Dale Dondel Takes The Mint 400 Pole

Early this morning the best off-road racers in the world arrived in Jean to battle it out for a top start position at The Greatest Off-Road Race in America™. The 3.4 mile qualifying loop had a mix of graded roads, sand washes, rutted out turns, and fast straight aways.

Usually your first step into Off-road Racing is something you can afford, hence the popularity of the 1450 class. This class became so popular it was divided into leaf sprung trucks and linked trucks and so was born the Class 2000 for leaf sprung trucks. One of the leaders in this class is TPF Racing’s Class 2000 Tacoma.

In a joint announcement from Las Vegas and El Cajon, CA, Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, and Brian Godfrey, FOX Marketing Manager, Off Road Division, announced FOX will become the presenting sponsor of one of Best In The Desert’s most revered off-road events in North America. This legendary race will now be named The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX.

An excited Casey Folks, director of Best in the Desert, announced that more than 275 of the world’s fastest off-road racers have signed up to date for the Longest Off Road Race in the United States, The General Tire “Vegas to Reno”. Of particular note, this is the largest number of entries this early in history for this spectacular race.

Prerunner Maniac coverage of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 Off Road Race 2013.

LOS ANGELES—After nearly four decades of leadership in the sport he loves so much and nurtured as a parent would a child, iconic race producer Sal Fish announced today that he has sold his SCORE International desert racing organization that includes the SCORE Desert Racing Series to Roger Norman effective immediately. Fish, the CEO/President of Los Angeles-based SCORE International has set the pace for the sport of desert racing since shortly after it’s forming by the late Mickey Thompson in 1973.

The Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, AZ, proved to be more challenging than most thought. The heat was blistering for October and this 2 day short course race tested the endurance and durability of these racers vehicles.

September, 2012 – Las Vegas, NV

The Blue Water Desert Challenge in Parker, AZ, October 12-14, hosted by the Blue Water Resort & Casino, is the fifth event in the six-race 2012 Best In The Desert “American Off-Road Racing Series”. Unlike all of the other Best In The Desert long distance races that are either a long loop race, or a point to point course, as is the Parker “425” or the recent General Tire “Vegas to Reno” courses, the Blue Water Desert Challenge is a 2-day multi-race format that features Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes running both days for combined results to determine the winners. 

Last Friday (8-17-2012) racers headed out on the "Longest Off Road Race in America", the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race. At 9:20am all the car/truck classes left the line for one of the most epic races of the 2012 season. Garrick Freitas took the overall win in his #1572 Class 1500 car with a time of  9:01:20.

A lot of new racers in desert racing get their start after being exposed to it since their childhood, and 16 year old Brandon Arthur is no different. His self-built bright yellow F-100 1450 truck and the unique sound of his V-8 motor gets your attention, then you see how well this young guy can drive.

The day started early for the MX, Quad and UTV racers, around 5:30 in the morning. For the truck and car classes they got to sleep in with the first racer leaving the line at 9:30.

The Mint 400 is probably one of the most iconic desert races of all time, and thanks to Mad Media and their partnership with Best in the Desert they are keeping this race alive.

Here is a sneak peak of our coverage of the Mint 400 2012. This is Jon Walker in the #1589 buggy at mile 9.5

The SNORE Battle at Primm 2012 put a whole new meaning to "Going for Broke". With such a short course to race most racers kept the skinny pedal to the floor, and the results was a great weekend of racing with a lot of DNFs.

Here is the 8011 Class 8 truck built by Ford to test the new Raptor. This shot was taken at the Best in the Desert Henderson Desert Classic Race in 2009

The first race in 2012 for the Best in the Desert racing series is the infamous Parker 425. This race runs through the Parker Arizona desert and proves to be one of the toughest off-road races here in the U.S.

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