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Best in the Desert: Parker 425 Preview
The first round of the 2020 Best in the Desert season for cars and trucks will see the series remain in Parker, Arizona for the Parker 425. Just two weeks after motorcycles, quads, and UTVs opened their campaign with the Parker 250, off-road fans will see 27 Trick Trucks, 13 Class 1500 cars, and more than 40 Class 6100 spec trucks take to the course.
Jeff Terzo will kick off his 2019 championship defense leading the Trick Truck class, but he’ll have plenty of competition with Jason Voss, Justin Lofton, and Tim Herbst just a few of the other names on the entry list. Bob Lofton will return to defend last year’s Class 1500 win, while Brock Heger will team up with Ryan Hancock in Class 6100. Former Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button is also on the entry list in Class 6100, looking to return to action after a DNF at last year’s Baja 1000.
Wednesday will see time trials and the Parker 425 Downtown Experience, while registration, tech and contingency, and the driver’s meeting will happen on Thursday. Most classes will race on Friday, but the premier classes—led by Trick Truck, Class 1500, and Class 6100—will compete on Saturday.
Carlos Sainz held off Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel to win his third career Dakar Rally last week, conquering the first edition of the iconic event to be run in Saudi Arabia in his second try with Mini. He was joined on the top step of the podium by quad winner Ignacio Casale, truck winner Andrey Karginov, and two Americans—motorcycle winner Ricky Brabec and SSV winner Casey Currie.
Americans had a number of solid performances at this year’s Dakar beyond just Brabec and Currie. Privateer Skyler Howes and Husqvarna factory rider Andrew Short placed ninth and 10th in the motorcycle class, respectively, while AJ Jones’ Dakar debut saw him place eighth in the SSV class. And although neither was scored as an official finisher in the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team’s debut, Dakar sophomore Blade Hildebrand and rookie Mitch Guthrie Jr. scored two stage wins apiece.
For in-depth coverage of this year’s Dakar Rally, click here.