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Jesse Jones and Johnny Angal Win Vegas to Reno Overall

Posted in News on August 20, 2018
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When you bring on a desert-racing veteran to help drive your Trick Truck in a race, you are going to get results! That is exactly what Arizona businessman Johnny Angal did. He brought on wheelman Jesse Jones to help pilot the longest off-road race in the United States. The team conquered the 2018 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race in 8 hours, 18 minutes, and 31 seconds. That is just 56 seconds under Jason Voss’ overall time. Voss has won Vegas to Reno multiple times in the past.

First off the starting line, top qualifier Rob MacCachren led the first 100 miles into the race. Over the next few hundred miles the race began to heat up with lead changes that included a 1500 class buggy in contention for 2nd place hot on the tail of the Trick-Trucks. When the thick Nevada dust settled on the 530-mile racecourse, finishers hit the checkered flag in Dayton for several hours—some with stories of barely making it. Their faces, dusty, dirty and tired but feeling accomplished.

Vegas to Reno turned 22 this year. Just as the race trucks have evolved over the years to get faster with newer technology, the need for safety has increased. Best in the Desert officials are taking safety very seriously. Medical staff secured three helicopters on standby in case of serious accidents. A mix of motorcycles and fast, unlimited-power Trick Trucks has been a recipe for tragedy in the past. This year, officials “timed out” slower motorcycles on the course. Motorcycles start several hours before faster race trucks. If riders have not arrived to a checkpoint by a certain time, their race is over and they are not allowed to continue for their safety.

A record 340 racers started Vegas to Reno. 234 racers finished the event. The rest went home with broken race vehicles, many vowing to come back next year and conquer the event.

Other class winners included:

    Brian Parkhouse- 1532
    Nick Mills- 6178 (TT Spec)
    Conner McMullen- 1020
    Jeff Proctor- 7209
    Phil Blurton- 944 (UTV Turbo)
    Dustin Grabowski- 5072
    Mike Avila- 6228
    Greg Bragg- 6012 (Trophy Lite)
    Ray Bulloch -1835
    Kevin Smith-8055
    Kevin Isom- 2939 (UTV Unlimited)
    Sam Collins- 4432 (Ultra-4)
    Brady Richard- 8159
    Scott Dzierzanowski- 3714
    Tim Martin-1772 (Jeep Speed)
    Todd Walter- 7122
    Chad Hall- 7330
    Pamela Hall- 2957
    Paul Ziegler- 4574
    Mike Shetler- 2798

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