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20th Annual BITD Vegas to Reno Off-Road Race Set For August 17-20

The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States

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There are less than three weeks to go before the 2016 Best in the Desert (BITD) Vegas to Reno race gets underway, and the excitement for this year’s race is palpable. With 335 race teams registered to run the longest off-road race in the United States, including 48 Trick Trucks, 19 Unlimited Class 1500 cars, 33 6100 trucks, and plenty of other desert eating machines, this year’s two-day race will have plenty of action.

The 2016 General Tire Vegas to Reno race will cover more than 650 miles of brutal Nevada desert as racers make there way north battling the clock. This year’s running will be a two-day race with Day One starting just north of Las Vegas and stopping in Tonopah, Nevada for an overnight stay. Day Two will start bright and early as racers pin the skinny pedal as they head north toward the finish line in Dayton, Nevada, just south of Reno.

With four days of awesome off-road action from time trails to the actual race, this is the flagship BITD race every fan should check out. Since this is the 20th anniversary of the Vegas to Reno race, BITD director Casey Folks wanted to do something special for the racers and the fans by presenting a multi-day long distance event. This year will provide plenty of tough off-road racing across two challenging days that will be highly entertaining.

Check out the 2016 schedule of events below and for more information on this year’s race, visit bitd.com.

2016 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX
Wednesday - August 17, 2016
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM – Time Trials Registration
Trick Triucks & Class 1500, Access Showroom, Aliante Casino Hotel

10:00 AM Staging for Escorted Lap – 11:00 AM Escorted Lap Starts
Time Trials for Trick Trucks & Class 1500
Time Trials will start immediately after the escorted lap

8:00 PM – Welcome Party
The Salted Lime Bar, Casino Floor, Aliante Casino Hotel

Thursday - August 18, 2016
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Drivers/Riders Registration
Access Showroom, Aliante Casino Hotel

8:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Car – Truck – Motorcycle – Quad – UTV
Contingency Inspection and Technical Inspection
Aliante Casino Hotel – Parking Lot

5:00 PM
MANDATORY Drivers/Riders/Pit Crew Meeting
Scottsdale Ballroom, Aliante Casino Hotel

Friday - August 19, 2016
5:15 AM – Motorcycle / Quad Staging
5:45 AM – 1st Pro Motorcycle Leaves the Start Line

8:30 AM – Car / Truck / UTV Staging
9:30 AM – 1st Car / Truck / UTV Leaves the Start Line

Saturday - August 20, 2016
5:30 AM – Motorcycle / Quad Staging
6:00 AM – 1st Pro Motorcycle Leaves the Start Line

8:45 AM – Car / Truck / UTV Staging
9:45 AM – 1st Car / Truck / UTV Leaves the Start Line

Saturday, racers will start in the order that they finished on Friday with the exception of Jeepspeed & Sportsman’s Class 8100

Sunday - August 21, 2016
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Breakfast Buffet 8:00 AM – Awards 9:00 AM
Sands Regency Hotel, Poolside