Over 350 Race Teams Expected
to Take On Best In The Desert’s
General Tire “Vegas to Reno”
Presented by FOX
With just a week to go before the green flag drops on “The Longest Off-Road Race In The United States”, 346 race teams have already signed up to participate in this year’s epic running. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX long distance off-road desert race continues to be one of the most popular events on Best In The Desert’s schedule, drawing homeland and international racers in all classes of Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. From high-dollar race teams to individual privateers, “Vegas to Reno” is one of those adventures of a lifetime that is marked on everyone’s calendar.
Operations Manager Donald Jackson had this to say about the great turnout for the race so far, “I am ecstatic with the entry approaching 350 vehicles. With 47 Trick Trucks and another record breaking 88 UTVs for ‘Vegas to Reno”, I couldn’t be happier with the early entry numbers. Speaking of numbers, we are presenting some of the best course sections ever compiled for Vegas to Reno in 2017. We have some sections that have not been raced on since 2007 and have not just 1, but 4 mountain passes that we traverse at over 8,000 feet. We have pulled out all the stops for this year’s event and I am so excited for the 21st annual running of “Vegas to Reno”.”
Currently sitting at second in Trick Truck points, Steve Olliges hopes to gain ground on points leader Jason Voss at “Vegas to Reno”.
For 21 years, Best In The Desert has been promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, to Northern Nevada, Reno. “Vegas to Reno” was the favorite of Best In The Desert founder Casey Folks as it marked his first race where he included car, truck and quad race vehicle classes to the already established motorcycle classes. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX is a fantastic race that has everything a racer could dream about; from high elevations of the mountains to vehicle swallowing washes of the dusty desert floor and 100-mile per hour dry lakebeds. In fact, racers will even be crossing over parts of the famous “Pony Express” route. “Vegas to Reno” features every kind of challenging terrain imaginable. Few sports require so much of an athlete – physically, intellectually and emotionally as “Vegas to Reno”. Just to finish this incredible race provides tremendous personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.
A record number of 88 UTVs have already signed up for this year’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR RACE TEAMS
Construction is taking place on Highway 95 between Pit 7, Millers and Pit 9. Redlich. Pit crews can expect a 30-minute delay, possibly longer due to race traffic. It is a 55 MPH Speed Zone and Esmeralda County Sheriff’s office will be out in force on the lookout for speeding violators. 300 speeding tickets were given out just last week. The Pit 8 layout will be different than in the Pit book. There is a revised version available on the BITD website. There will be no access for trailers or motorhomes. 4 wheel drive vehicles are suggested to get into Pit 8. The Nevada DOT is asking racers to only use Pit 8 for emergencies, or if your vehicle cannot make the distance between Pit 7 & 9. Pit Crews; please think first, don’t rush, stay safe, and use extreme caution through this stretch of road before attempting to pass a vehicle.
The anticipation is building and the race vehicles are getting their final prep and being dialed in. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX is just about to launch. Once again it’s time to present “The Longest Off-Road Race In The United States”.
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX Schedule of Events: Wednesday – August 16 8:30 AM to 10;30 AM
Registration for Time Trials for Classes 1400 & 1500 Only
Houston Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
10:45 AM Staging for Escorted Lap – 11:30 AM Escorted Lap Starts
Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500
Time Trials will start immediately after the escorted lap
Garage Bar, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
Thursday – August 17 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Dallas Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contingency Inspection and Technical Inspection for All Race Vehicles
Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel – Parking Lot
MANDATORY Drivers/Riders/Pit Crew Meeting
Dallas Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
Pre Race Party – Live Performance by Crown Avenue
South Padre Showroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
Friday – August 18 5:15 AM
Motorcycle / Quad Staging
1st Professional Motorcycle Leaves the Start Line
Car / Truck / UTV Staging
1st Professional Car / Truck / UTV Leaves the Start Line
Saturday – August 19 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Host Bar & Hors d’oeuvres (7-8) – Sponsored by the Nugget Hotel Casino
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Awards Presentation
Ballroom B, Nugget Casino Hotel (Racer’s and/or support crew’s armbands required to enter area)
After Race Party
Game-On Sports Bar, Nugget Casino Hotel
Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.
About Best In The Desert
Best In The Desert is recognized as the largest professional desert off-road racing organization in North America holding multiple off-road desert races. The philosophy of the organization is to provide top quality, World Class Off-Road Racing events, and more importantly to make those events exciting, spectacular, fun, different, well paying, and most of all, affordable. Based on over three decades of experience, and on years of sponsoring and promoting successful local and national events, Best In The Desert has achieved new levels in the sport of off-road desert racing. Best In The Desert, along with its racers and sponsors, enjoys recognition and exposure that sets it apart as “The American Off-Road Racing Series”.About General Tire
For over 100 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of the Automobile Club of America (ARCA), Best in the Desert Racing Association (BITD), Major League Fishing (MLF), Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), King of the Cage, Lucas Oil – Off Road Racing Series, Late Model Dirt Series, Pro Pulling League, Modified Series, Drag Boat Racing Series and ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series; Expedition Overland, FreestyleMx.com Tour; Zero One Odyssey, and JeepSpeed. Team GT includes: CJ Hutchins, Jim Beaver, Jeff Proctor, Doug Fortin, Eric Fitch, Cory Winner, Ray Griffith, Jim Riley, Lee Banning Sr., Jerett Brooks, Camburg Racing, Chase Motorsports, Stan Shelton, Skeet Reese, Edwin Evers, John Crews, Britt Myers, Mark Rose and Bill McDonald.About FOX FACTORY
For over three decades, FOX has been an industry leader in the design and development of high performance shock absorbers and racing suspension products for snowmobiles, mountain bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, off-road cars, trucks, and SUVs. FOX equipped vehicles and racers have stood atop podiums in every sport we have competed in — from the sands of Baja, to USA deserts to the dunes of Dakar. Our team of engineers perform rigorous tests with our athletes year round. The data we collect from performance testing and our application of that knowledge to our product is what separates FOX from every other suspension company.
Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, Sunoco Race Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Slime, Team Ford Lincoln Las Vegas, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.
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