New dates and new sponsors have been announced for the 2019 Best In The Desert Racing schedule. Eight events are on the new schedule. Best In The Desert’s Operations Manager Donald Jackson had this to say regarding next year’s schedule, “While we still have a lot of great racing remaining this year, we’re also really excited about the impressive schedule we’ve got lined up for our Best In The Desert racers and fans to look forward to for next year.”
The 2019 season kicks off January 11 and 12 in Parker, Arizona, with the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals “Casey Folks” Parker 250 presented by Polaris RZR. This is a special memorial race to honor the name of Best In The Desert founder, Casey Folks. The race will mark the second anniversary of Casey’s passing and continues the tradition. This “Showdown in the Desert” is open to all motorcycle, quad, and UTV classes only.
Following the season opener is the famed BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by Impact on January 31 through February 3 in Parker, Arizona. “The Legend Lives On” for the car and truck classes to get their 2019 race season started. A special one-day Pre-Fun Run for the race will be held on Sunday, January 13.
Next on tap is the BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400. Known as “The Great American Off-Road Race,” it takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 7-10. The Mint 400 has gained popularity in race entries. For the first time in many, many years, the motorcycle classes are being added for this running of the race. The motorcycles were part of the inaugural Mint 400 in 1968.
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship returns to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 5-7. Titled “A Desert Race in a Class of Its Own,” this hugely popular event is open to desert and short-course UTV classes as well as motorcycles and quads. This event also includes a fun-filled Family Poker Run for UTVs only.
The VT Construction Silver State 300 presented by Method Race Wheels is scheduled for May 2-5. This point-to-point loop-style race starts north of Alamo, Nevada, and finishes at the “abandoned runway” just west of Caliente. “The American Adventure Continues” as the racecourse travels through incredibly scenic territory rich in Nevada’s cattle ranching and silver mining history. There will be a Pre-Fun Run for the race on April 20 and 21. Following the traditional short summer break, Best In The Desert racing gets back on track with its flagship event, the famous General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX. The 23rd annual running of “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” takes place from August 14-17. Starting north of Las Vegas and finishing just south of Reno, Nevada, this grueling 500-miles-plus, point-to-point racing adventure is open to all classes.
The season will close out with the Method Race Wheels “Laughlin Desert Classic” presented by Polaris RZR. This two-day race format “Duel in the Desert” will take place October 10-13. It features a 16-mile racecourse set up next to the Colorado River. The race is open to car and truck classes only. A popular 100% night race for UTVs is back Thursday, October 11. This race will have two separate groups, racing 10 laps over the 16-mile course, illuminated only by their onboard vehicle lighting.