Which drivers truly stand out in the world of desert racing? Who’s having the best season out of anyone in the sport across all of this year’s events? Starting in 2020, we aim to answer those questions with Jim Beaver’s Desert Power Rankings, a comprehensive ranking system that factors in all of the sport’s major races to determine who’s really number one.
Jim Beaver’s Desert Power Rankings will recognize the following 2020 events:
- January 10-11: Parker 250 presented by Polaris RZR
- January 23-26: Parker 425
- January 31-February 9: King of the Hammers T1 Desert Invitational
- February 20-23: Laughlin Desert Classic
- March 3-8: Mint 400
- March 20-22: US Desert Scrambles Championship
- March 25-29: San Felipe 250
- April 30-May 3: Silver State 300
- June 3-7: Baja 500
- August 12-15: General Tire Vegas to Reno
- September 16-20: Baja 400
- September 24-27: Battle Born 250
- October 7-11: UTV World Championship
- October 22-25: BlueWater Desert Challenge
- November 16-21: Baja 1000
Jim Beaver’s Desert Power Rankings will track the following seven major classes:
- Trophy Truck/Trick Truck/Unlimited/T1 Truck
- Class 1/Class 1500
- Trophy Truck Spec/Class 6100
- Class 10
- Pro UTV Forced Induction/UTV Turbo
- Pro UTV Normally Aspirated/UTV Naturally Aspirated
- Pro UTV Unlimited
Jim Beaver’s Desert Power Rankings are scored as follows:
- Only the driver of record in each event will be scored.
- Class points are awarded based on finishing position and amount of starters, and are separated in 100-point margins. For example, if a class starts 20 vehicles, the winner will receive 2000 points, second place will receive 1900, and so on.
- All DNFs will receive 100 points, or the equivalent of last place. All disqualifications will receive 0 points. DNFs are determined according to the rules of the governing body running the event.
- A driver’s five best class finishes will count towards their final score, regardless of how many points were awarded. The higher-scoring event will be chosen in the event of a tie.
- In addition to class standings, all classes will be combined to produce an overall Desert Power Rankings list.
Here’s a look at what four different Trophy Truck racers would have scored in 2019. The number in parentheses next to each event is the amount of class starters, while the number in parentheses next to each finishing position is the racer’s score. The top five results for each driver are listed in bold, and complete their respective scores:
|Parker 425 (31)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNF (100)||DNS (0)|
|T1 Desert Invitiational (23)||DNF (100)||1st (2300)||2nd (2200)||6th (1800)|
|Mint 400 (42)||5th (3800)||12th (3100)||1st (4200)||DNS (0)|
|San Felipe 250 (37)||1st (3700)||5th (3300)||8th (3000)||14th (2400)|
|Silver State 300 (19)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)|
|Baja 500 (30)||1st (3000)||2nd (2900)||DNF (100)||4th (2700)|
|Vegas to Reno (30)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNF (100)||DNS (0)|
|Baja 400 (29)||2nd (2800)||12th (1800)||4th (2600)||5th (2500)|
|Laughlin Desert Classic (24)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)||DNS (0)|
|Baja 1000 (28)||13th (1600)||3rd (2600)||17th (1200)||1st (2800)|
Jim Beaver’s Desert Power Rankings will issue four updates, after results are declared official from the following races:
- Mint 400
- General Tire Vegas to Reno
- BlueWater Desert Challenge
- Baja 1000
Additional updates may be issued intermittently throughout the season.