Desert racing fans have gotten used to seeing the name Sourapas towards the top of the rankings in Trick Truck competition over the years, so it’s no surprise that Brett Sourapas added another trophy to the family mantle on Saturday.
Sourapas took his first career Trick Truck victory in Saturday’s BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425, the first event of the 2019 Best in the Desert season for truck and car competitors. After taking the lead around race mile 20, he never looked back, beating Cole Potts to the finish line by nearly two minutes. Troy Herbst, running a special throwback paint scheme in honor of family patriarch Jerry Herbst, completed the podium.
This year’s Parker 425 was marked by incredibly high attrition, as a number of top teams and contenders for the win suffered DNFs. The first race saw a close battle in Class 1000, won by Phoenix’s Chase Warren by nearly three minutes over Christian Fessler and Brent Fox. In Class 7200, General Tire athlete Jeff Proctor took his second straight victory in Parker for the Honda Off-Road team.
Only 16 Trick Trucks managed to complete every lap of the second race, alongside seven Class 1500 racers and 19 Class 6100 teams. Trick Trucks posted nine of the top 10 overall times in the second race, with Class 6100 winner Brock Heger in 10th the lone exception. Heger, whose 2018 season saw him take the BITD Class 1000 and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series P1000 UTV titles, moved up to 6100 this offseason and won in his debut in the class despite starting last. Adam Ray Lunn, who partnered with RJ Anderson in Parker, took second in class, while Heath Shoup was third.
The Class 1500 winner, meanwhile, was a familiar face from off-road’s rich history. Bob Lofton, a multi-time Baja 1000 winner with over three decades of racing experience, backed up a runner-up finish in Pahrump in December with a class victory in Parker on Saturday. He beat Sam Berri, one of 2018’s top title contenders, by nearly 12 minutes for the class win, while Brad Etter completed the class podium.
The 2019 Best in the Desert season continues on March 6-10 with The Mint 400 in Las Vegas. After splitting off UTVs, quads, and motorcycles with the Parker 250 earlier in January, the Mint represents the first BITD race of the season where all classes face off. Motorcycles will make their return to the Mint for the first time since 1976, with multiple modern and vintage bike classes scheduled to compete.