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Best in the Desert: Laughlin Desert Challenge Preview
The second round of the 2020 Best in the Desert season sees the King Shocks Laughlin Desert Challenge moved up from last year’s October date all the way to February, just under a month after the season started for cars and trucks with the Parker 425. It’ll mark the first time this year that Trick Trucks and UTVs have competed together in the same event, as the latter kicked off the festivities in Parker in mid-January with the Parker 250.
In spite of the close proximity to the Mint 400, entries in Laughlin are fairly strong in some of the biggest classes. Defending UTV Turbo, UTV Production, and UTV Unlimited champions Mitch Guthrie Jr., Seth Quintero, and Michael Isom headline their class entry lists, respectively, as well over 70 UTVs are entered in the pro classes. Justin Lofton and Jason Voss will lead the Trick Truck battle, while legends Bob Lofton and Sam Berri head up Class 1500 and Kyle Jergensen looks to continue his win streak in Class 6100.
The Laughlin Desert Classic kicks off with the UTV Night Race on Thursday, before two full days of car and truck competition on Saturday and Sunday. Full race information can be found here.
Stadium Super Trucks: Adelaide Preview
Stadium Super Trucks makes its long-awaited return to Adelaide this weekend as part of the Superloop Adelaide 500, and a strong lineup of Australian drivers will join American series regulars in contesting the 2020 SST season opener.
Team Australia will feature the return of Toby Price, Greg Gartner, and former series champion Paul Morris, with Paul Weel, Luke Vanna, and Shae Davies also signed up to compete. Weel is making his competitive return after a 12-year layoff, while Vanna joins Morris’ Team Norwell after coaching him at a driving academy on Australia’s Gold Coast.
The rest of the 12-truck entry list hasn’t been completely revealed, but series founder Robby Gordon, two-time defending SST champion Matt Brabham, and SST regular Bill Hynes are all signed up to compete. Other series regulars in recent years that may be in the remaining seats include Jeff Hoffman, Gavin Harlien, and Cole Potts.