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Best in the Desert: Parker 425 Recap
Multi-time Best in the Desert champion Jason Voss kicked off his quest to regain the top spot in the series on a high note with a win in last weekend’s Parker 425, the first event for cars and trucks on the 2020 BITD schedule. Voss dominated Saturday’s action in Parker, beating fellow Trick Truck racer Tracy Graf by more than 25 minutes in the overall running order. Class 1500 winner Brandon Bailey was third overall, just ahead of fellow Class 1500 racer Brian Parkhouse and Trick Truck veteran Justin Lofton.
Qualifying for the season opener was brutal, as multiple trucks—including teammates Andrew Whitehead and defending champion Jeff Terzo—suffered incidents that prevented them from starting the race. The DNF list in Class 1500 was double the amount of finishers, while only 15 Trick Trucks finished the race. Class 6100, won by Kyle Jergensen, had the most success of the top classes, with 30 of 40 starters making it to the finish line.
167 total entries started the event across two days of racing on Friday and Saturday, with defending Class 1000 champion Conner McMullen the big winner on the first day of action with the third-fastest time of the weekend. The Best in the Desert season continues on February 20-23 with the Laughlin Desert Challenge, kicked off by the UTV Night Race on Thursday, February 20 and two days of racing for cars and trucks on February 22-23.
King of the Hammers Preview
It’s grown into one of the premier off-road events in North America over the last few years, and last year’s addition of T1 trucks has made Johnson Valley, California the place to be in February for King of the Hammers. This year’s entry lists will include the best of the best in the sport, from T1 legends like Rob MacCachren and Andy McMillin to nearly 150 registered UTV racers.
But King of the Hammers is an Ultra 4 event, and so Class 4400 will rightfully be the true stars of the show. Jason Scherer will be back to look for yet another victory, while Erik Miller will look to avenge his loss to Scherer in this event last year. The Campbell family can never be counted out, as Wayland Campbell’s brand new ride has made plenty of waves across the internet. And if all that wasn’t enough, Casey Currie returns to Ultra 4 action after becoming the first American to win the prestigious Dakar Rally in a four-wheel class (SSV) earlier this month.
Hammertown opens this Friday, with UTV qualifying on Saturday and racing on Sunday. Class 4400 qualifying will take place next Tuesday in preparation for their race day on Friday, February 7, while the Desert Invitational for T1 trucks will run next Thursday.