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Voss Is Again Trick Truck High Roller At 2017 Vegas To Reno

Posted in Events on September 21, 2017
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Photographers: Eric Minks

As its been with many Vegas to Reno races (remember Garrick Freitas beating Robby Gordon by 38 seconds in 2012?), things came down to the wire as Jason Voss took first Trick Truck by a mere 3.5-minutes over a charging Justin Matney at the 2017 General Tire/BITD Vegas To Reno. Fastest time overall actually was won by Ricky Brabec and his Honda mounted “Dream Team.” Voss completed the 550-mile course in 9:02:42 while Matney did it in 9:06:25. Hard luck award winner Bryce Menzies came home in an amazing 3rd spot with a time of 9:19:48. Amazing because he had nine (Count ‘em, nine!) flats during the race. That’s a lot of down time for a guy who finished only seventeen minutes behind the leader.

Voss, who is the reigning Best In The Desert series champ started 3rd due to his qualifying position behind Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies, but soon had the Trick Truck lead on-course and on-time. An expert at the balance between going fast and preserving the machine, Voss kept just far enough ahead of Matney to secure the win and bring home another V2R win for an astounding four out of the last five years.

Phil Blurton and the Can-Am X-Team put their Maverick X3 turbo into the winner’s circle with a time of 11:38:49, narrowly edging Sven Ellstrom for the Unlimited Turbo UTV by less than a minute and a half. The two finished in 45th and 46th place overall, and battled the whole race in what must have been a “brawl in the badlands.” Congratulations to them both on a great effort. As rider of record of the Monster Energy HRC Honda, Brabec had an all-star team behind him in Baja legend Johnny Campbell, ex-pro moto-crosser Andrew Short and Suave, France’s Michael Metge. No, that’s not a typo; a fast French guy literally lives in a town called Suave (Meh, he’s probably good looking too). They started fast and put a bike on top of everyone with a time of 8:56:22. Somewhere Casey is smiling.

Jason Voss winning the Vegas To Reno is becoming a bad habit for the competition as this marks 4 wins in the last five years.

At this point in the season, Voss is ahead on points with 442 and looking to repeat as Trick Truck champion. With the Silver State 150, Tonapah 250 and the Pahrump Nugget 250, there’s a lot of racing to come and being only 30 points up on Shawn Croll, Voss has his work cut out for him, but it sure is hard to bet against him when it gets to this part of the season.

Trick Truck
1-Jason Voss
2-Justin Matney
3-Bryce Menzies

Phil Blurton and his Can-Am battled Sven Ellstrom for the Unlimited Turbo UTV lead all race long and ended up winning by less than a minute and a half.

UTBO
1-Phil Burton
2-Sven Ellstrom
3-Logan Gastel

1000
1-Jared Teague
2-Peter Hajas
3-Jarod Sallenbach

1100
1-Kyle Cox

John Walker won the 1500 Class.

1500
1-John Walker
2-Sam Berri
3-Harley Letner

1700
1-Mark Kammerlohr

1900
1-Kristen Matlock
2-Russell Griffin
3-Gunner Savage

Kristen Matlock picked up the Class 1900 win in her Polaris RZR.

2400
1-John Hsu
2-Ryan Curtis

3700
1-Billy Bunch
2-Will Heaton

6000
1-Jeff Mortis
2-Brandon Arciero
3-Joshua Cobb

Steve Kovach won the 6100 Class in his Chevy.

6100
1-Steve Kovach
2-Carrie Smiley
3-Ryan Lewis

7200
1-Al Hogan
2-Michael Frye
3-Jeff Proctor

7300
1-Chad Hall

8100 S
1-Aaron Osborne
2-Richard Bailey
3-Dave Ackles

UNL P
1-Tony Riggs
2-Renee Hudson
3-Michael Isom

Leading a Honda cast of champions, Ricky Brabec put the Monster Energy HRC Honda into absolute first overall with a time of 8:56:22.

Motorcycles
1-Ricky Brabec
2-Jacob Argubright
3-Danny Cooper

Quads
1-David Scott
2-Don Higbee

Putting the party in high gear right away, contingency was held at the Fiesta Casino and Hotel.
This classic Ford may be too pretty to race!
Due to his fastest qualifying time, Rob MacCachren started first, but on-course troubles dropped him to 6th overall and 6th Trick Truck.
John Hsu captured first in class 2400.
Menzies was pushing hard but 9 flats during the race probably cost him the win.
The 550-mile course was a rough one, as Brett Sourapas found out. This section gave a lot or racers trouble and hairy landings were common.
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