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Stadium Super Trucks at Road America Preview
After six long months of patience (or maybe impatience), Stadium Super Trucks finally returns to the track this weekend as part of NASCAR Xfinity Series action at Road America. It’ll be a new-look lineup for the series, which will see four newcomers join full-timers Robby Gordon, Matthew Brabham, and Bill Hynes, part-time regulars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and former series champion Sheldon Creed, and the return of John Holtger.
The biggest name on the newcomer list is a familiar one, as Gordon’s son Max finally makes his SST debut just five months after crossing the finish line first in the UTV Production class at the Mint 400. (The entry was later disqualified due to a rules violation.) Zane Smith, Creed’s GMS Racing teammate in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series and another stock car racer who came from an off-road background, will also compete for the first time, as will open-wheel convert Zoey Edenholm and SCCA Trans-Am veteran Barry Boes.
Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno Confirmed
In spite of a delay in permit signatures on the 2020 edition of Vegas to Reno, Best in the Desert confirmed earlier this week that the event will run as scheduled on August 12-15. America’s longest point-to-point desert race had faced the possibility of a postponement after the Bureau of Land Management waited to submit final approvals in the face of increasing COVID-19 reports in the state of Nevada.
Nearly 400 entries will contest this year’s event, including nearly 40 of the premier class Trick Trucks, well over 100 pro UTVs, and even a single snowmobile entry. Bryce Menzies won last year’s Vegas to Reno, avenging a late-race mechanical issue in 2018 in the debut of his all-wheel drive Trick Truck, while CJ Hutchins (Class 1500), Kyle Jergensen (Class 6100), and Phil Blurton (UTV Turbo) are among the other defending winners.
SCORE Baja 1000 Update
Earlier this week, the city of Ensenada signed an official agreement with SCORE to host this year’s 53rd Baja 1000 on November 17-22, ending rumors of a possible location change. This year’s event will be a single loop that starts in the city for the 46th time in history, and ends there for the 27th time.
The Baja 1000 retains its spot as the finale of the SCORE World Desert Championship, which was cut to just two races this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the first race, the 52nd SCORE Baja 500, will take place in San Felipe on September 23-27. Trophy Truck driver Andy McMillin is the defending overall SCORE World Desert Champion, but 2019 class runner-up Alan Ampudia was last year’s Baja 1000 winner.