Voss Is Again Trick Truck High Roller At 2017 Vegas To RenoPosted in Events on September 21, 2017
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.
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.