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Best In The Deserts Dual In The Desert

Posted in Events on December 20, 2016
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Best in the Desert Racing Association has started this year off with a bang! With the Laughlin race being the first of the new racing event style for the year, Best in the Desert kicked things off with the first race classes at six in the morning.

It was Tim Krauss, Keith Waibel, and Jeff Vetter in the 8100 class taking first overall. Todd Jackson, Michael Slater, Chris Haynes, and Aaron Adams took second overall in the 6000 class, with Edmundo Chantler and Steve Kirkby finishing out in third also in the 6000 class. It was the UTV class next and while there were many racers vying for a place on the podium, it was Marc Burnett and Fernando Flores who took first in the 905 vehicle, with Jacob Carver and Jack Defibaugh coming in second with the 936 vehicle and Branden Sims and Justin Krause rounding out third with the 913 UTV.

As the UTV’s were finishing, it was time for the third race of the day, including the 1000, 2400, and 7200 classes. Troy and Gary Messer had some incredible driving in the 7200 class and finished the weekend in first overall. Following the Messer team closely, also in the 7200 class, Devin and Mike Rumsey, Wesley Moser, and Paul Naufziger placed second. Jared Teague, Josh Beyer, Ryan McCoskey, and Cam Teague came in at third place, running in the 1000 class.

Contingency was a great start to the weekend in Laughlin, NV with hundreds of people milling about on Friday.

With the fourth race of the weekend finished up, Cody and Brian Parkhouse, along with Danny Fogle scooped up a first place win in the 1500 class. Sam Berri, also a 1500 class racer, was the second place winner and Harley Letner, Jimmy Hook, and Donald Gaunt, racing in the 1500 class, took home third overall.

As the weekend started coming to a close, it finished out with a crowd favorite: Trick Trucks, or as they are also known, trophy trucks. This was the race to watch, as it seemed like truck after truck had problems. Justin Lofton and his teammate Derek Balcunas had a roll over during the first day of racing and several other racers actually had to pull out of the second day of racing, due to mechanical failures. At the end of day two, Josh Daniel and Allen Hickerson stood victorious in first place. Jason Voss, James East, Rich Voss, and Rob Mills were in second overall and Eduardo Laguna and Damian Duran placed third.

Racers of all shapes and sizes were excited for the weekend to kick off but had to wait for the ok from tech.

They’ve switched up some things, starting off with the Parker 425 race. While announcing their racing schedule in a press release that was published August 13, 2015, Best in the Desert also announced that the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It would be replaced the Silver State “300” race. They would also make it a two day racing event.

This was not the only surprise that Best in the Desert had in store, for it was revealed that as a celebration for the 20th running of the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” event, presented by FOX, this year’s race would also be a two day racing event. The Bluewater Desert Challenge in Parker Arizona and a new race in Pahrump, Nevada that is replacing the Henderson location are also going to be two day races.

While the Dual in the Desert was a weekend that was plagued with unfortunate mishaps for some, overall the weather was gorgeous, the food delicious, and the racing one for the books!

Best in the Desert Racing Officials cheer on Ladd Gilbert Sr and Sean Gilbert as they pass on Lap 2 of Day 1.
Andrew Whitehead and Danielle Terzo throw dirt as they race to make up lost time.
Justin Lofton and his co-driver Derek Balcunas laugh during their post race interview on Day 1.
Overall winner, Josh Daniel speaking to the crowd after crossing the finish line in his Rockstar Energy Drink truck.
The track was tough, as Richard Nowlin and Michael Nowlin prove, driving their GoPro buggy off with only three wheels.
As a result of their big crash during Day 1, Justin Lofton and Derek Balcunas ran Day 2 with no covers.
Though competitors, many teams are friends. Here, members of the YouTheory and Householder Motorsports teams chat before the race.
Although the UTV’s looked like they might be the slowest, Jason Merrell and Jeremy Merrell were among many racers who proved that wrong as they came flying across the signature road gap.
It was a beautiful weekend with gorgeous weather and Clyde Stacy and Dakota Hopkins of RPM brought some skilled racing to the Dual.
Sam Berri tests the breaking point of his suspension in a Jimco buggy.
Eduardo Laguna and Damian Duran truly go off-road as they work to bridge the nearly seven second gap between them and second place, but were not successful in that regard.
It was hard to miss the Brenthel team, Jonathan and Jordan, as their highlighter yellow Rigid race truck went flying around the track.
Jason Voss and James East came flying through the whoops Section as they raced to bridge the 1-second gap between them and first place.

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