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General Tire Off-Road Weekly: June 23, 2020

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via SXS Sports LLC (2), The Mint 400 (3)

From the most grueling desert terrain in the world to the stop-and-go of your daily commute, Anywhere is Possible with General Tire! Here’s a look at the biggest news in the world of off-road racing this week:

Best in the Desert Silver State 300 Preview

Best in the Desert becomes the first major North American desert racing series to return to action on June 25-27 with the rescheduled VT Construction Silver State 300. In order to give racers who have been impacted by the pandemic-influenced changes to the season a title to compete for, BITD created the Adventure Championship Series to cover the remaining races of the season, while retaining the race’s typical double points status.

SCORE’s decision to postpone the Baja 500, originally planned for July, means a few big names that typically don’t run this race will be on site—with over 270 entries shattering the previous event record of 227. Luke and Dan McMillin, Bryce Menzies, and BJ Baldwin join Justin Lofton and Jason Voss in the Trick Truck class, while Dakar Rally motorcycle winner Ricky Brabec joins Sam Berri and Rhys Millen in Class 1500. Other classes with strong entry counts include 32 Class 6100 trucks and more than 90 premier UTV entries.

Time trials for Trick Truck and Class 1500 and 6100 vehicles will take place on Thursday, with tech and contingency on Friday and the race itself on Saturday.

SXS Sports Sprint National Preview

Short course off-road racing also makes its long-awaited return on Saturday, as the SXS Sports Monster Energy King of the Elements series heads to Dirt City Motorplex for the Spring National. The season opened in March with the Arctic Derby Dash in Eagle River, Wisconsin, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic forced mass shutdowns of events and businesses across America, but the second of four rounds on the calendar was postponed just three weeks from its original intended date of June 6.

Saturday’s race action will allow for fans on site, while factoring in responsible social distancing protocols. Pro Stock, Pro Mod, Sportsman, and SXS Mini classes will all take part in the event. Jimmy Henderson and Kyle Chaney split last year’s Pro Mod races from Dirt City, while Scott Wasz and Rodney VanEperen were the big Pro Stock winners. Fans on site will also have a chance to hop into the passenger seat with CJ Greaves thanks to Vision Wheel, with contest details to be revealed.

Mint 400 TV and 2021 Race Dates

The 2020 Mint 400 recap show will air on ESPN2 on Sunday at 11AM ET/8AM PT as part of ESPN’s World of X Games anthology series. The airing coincides with last week’s announcement that the 2021 Mint 400 will take place from March 3-7, with independent courses for two and four-wheeled vehicles, an expanded qualifying program that is open to the public, and expanded pits and spectator areas. In addition to the TV show, three expanded Mint 400 recap programs, focusing on motorcycle, limited, and unlimited class competition, will all be released in the coming weeks.

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