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2008 Dakar Rally Off Road - Off-Road Race Results

Posted in Events on May 1, 2008
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Photographers: David Kennedy

It is that time of year again - the slow season. With most all of the race series drawing to a close or already having completed their season, we are left wondering what to do. This is the perfect time to get out and work on that truck of yours, maybe get it ready to race next season instead of just watching from the sidelines. It would be a good time to break out those desert-racing DVDs you have been meaning to watch. Or you could choose to ignore all of this and go to a race because by the time you read this, the new racing season will have already begun. However you choose to use your time, we hope you had a great off-season and didn't have too bad of racing withdrawals!

Dakar 2008
The year 2008 marked the 30th annual running of the Dakar Rally from Lisbon to Dakar which was set to take place January 5-20 and cover more than 9,000 kilometers. We say that it was set to take place because on the morning of January 4, one day before the race was set to begin, the A.S.O. called a press conference and announced that the 2008 Dakar Rally had been cancelled. The A.S.O. cites terrorist threats against the Rally and its participants as the reason for cancelling this yearly event. With the safety of the competitors, their teams, and the spectators being the top concern of the A.S.O., everybody felt that the right choice was made, and while obviously unhappy, still holds a deep respect for the A.S.O. for having the courage to put safety above all else. We all look forward to the 2009 running of the Dakar Rally.

For more information on the Dakar Rally, visit

As the calendar year winds down, so does the desert race season. Last month we showed you the final races in the SCORE, CORR, and MDR 2007 race series. This month we have results from the final races of the Best in the Desert and M.O.R.E 2007 race series and results from the 4th Annual Baja Cup Challenge from Glen Helen Raceway Park. Have a specific race series you would like for us to feature results from? E-mail Jason Gonderman at

To see more complete race results, exclusive photos, videos, and schedules from all the big sanctioning bodies, click on over to!

Mdr Bud Light Dash
December 31, 2007
The final race in the 2007 Mojave Desert Racing (MDR) Superstition Series was a 200-mile dance with the Southern California desert. The race had a good turnout with 162 vehicles entered in the race. Of those entered, 128 took the green flag, and 74 took the checkered. Scott McMillin took the overall win in just under four hours.

For more information about the Mojave Desert Racing Superstition Series, visit

Class 1 - Buggy1. Shawn McCallum - #100
2. Darren Hardesty - #150
3. Mark McMillin - #101

Class 1450 - Sportsman Truck
1. Skip Edwards - #1498
2. Jim Holt - #1490
3. Travis Bartlett - #1481

Class 1/2-1600 - Buggy
1. Steven Eugenio - #1627
2. Caleb Sanden - #1688
3. Daniel McMillin - #1649

M.O.R.E. Kartek dash
January 19, 2008
The good folks at Mojave Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts brought us the first desert race of 2008 with the 2008 season-opening Kartek Dash held in Barstow, California. Turnout was good for this first race of the season with 70 vehicles entered. It was a hard-fought battle, but in the end, Sean Dunn took the overall victory by only 52 seconds over Second Place Joe Willardsen. The second race of the M.O.R.E. 2008 season will take place March 15 in Barstow.

For more information about M.O.R.E., visit

Class 1 - Buggy
1. Sean Dunn - #123
2. Joe Willardsen - #125
3. Jennifer Clemison - #132

Class 1400 - Ultra Truck
1. Robert Ledsinger - #1427
2. Jim Bradbury - #1407
3. Chris Russell - #1405

Class 1450 - Sportsman Truck
1. Shawn Walters - #1469
2. Mike Hobbs - #1466
3. Mitchel Pederson - #1477

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