Best in the Desert Pahrump Nugget 250: Drivers to Watch

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by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
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It may not have some of the huge names on the Mint 400 or General Tire Vegas to Reno entry lists, but the Pahrump Nugget 250 still boasts a ton of big names as the 2018 Best in the Desert championship finale. With double points on the line, all of the top championship contenders in the sport’s top classes are due to line up tomorrow morning. Here are some of the top racers in the headline classes who will be looking to lock up the win or title on Saturday:

Trick Truck: Justin Matney

A 14th place class finish in Laughlin gave up a number of points to Tracy Graf, but Matney remains the Trick Truck points leader coming into Pahrump. Aside from finishes of third at the Parker 425 and fourth at Vegas to Reno, Matney was the first double points-race winner of the season in the Silver State 300.

Trick Truck: Tony Smiley

Smiley may be fourth in the championship, but he’s got two major things going for him. First, the top four in Trick Truck points are separated by only 10 points, which is nothing coming into a double points race. Second, he’s leading the Camburg Best in the Desert standings with an average speed of 56.26 mph.

Trick Truck: Jason Voss

He won’t make it three straight Camburg Best in the Desert titles after a DNF earlier in the season, but Voss has a little hope for the overall BITD crown. Last year’s Pahrump winner is at least mathematically eligible for the title at 61 points back of the lead.

UTV Turbo: Phil Blurton

Last year’s top rookie and UTV Turbo runner-up won’t have as close a battle coming into Pahrump this year as he did in 2017. After trailing Brandon Schueler by one point last season, Blurton holds a 37-point advantage over Branden Sims this time around.

UTV Production: Kaden Wells

Wells already earned the SCORE championship earlier this month with a podium at the Baja 1000, and will look to sweep both series’ titles on Saturday with a strong result in Pahrump. He’s got a 17-point advantage over Mike Deley, who he’s beaten four times out of six this season.

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