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Desert Racing Icon Casey Folks Succumbs to Stroke

Posted in News on January 12, 2017
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Photographers: Shaun Ochsner

Founder of the Best in the Desert Racing Series Casey Folks died this morning in Las Vegas after suffering a major stroke on January 7 at a UTV racing event in Parker, Arizona. Folks was rushed to a hospital and later airlifted to Las Vegas for medical attention. Folks’ career in powersports and racing spans nearly five decades, beginning with the opening of Sporstman Cycle Sales in Las Vegas with racing partner and friend Tom Scales, becoming Las Vegas’ Husqvarna dealer. Folks became notorious in the desert-racing community as a fierce competitor, winning 16 championships in the course of his racing career and becoming the first to Ironman the Baja 1000 race and finish in 1980.

In 1988, Folks transferred responsibility for the dealership to his oldest son, Daryl, to focus his efforts full-time on the Best in the Desert Racing Association (BITD). The series was stared in 1984 for motorcycle racing. The series was opened up to cars, trucks, and quads in 1996 with the inaugural Vegas to Reno race.

Folks’ racing career included more than 30 races in Baja, as well as the Tunisia Rally in North Africa. Folks was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2012. He is survived by sons Daryl and Bryan Folks; wife Shari Folks; sister Joan Ragona-Suarez; granddaughters Adrianna, Morgan, and Marlee; and business partner Diane DeLauer.

Source: Best in the Desert Racing Association

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