The VT Construction Silver State 300 returns to the Best in the Desert schedule this weekend, with well over 200 entries signed up to take on this year’s event. The Silver State route kicks off north of Alamo and ends in Delamar Valley, taking racers through the high desert of eastern Nevada in a point-to-point race. This weekend’s race won’t only have major championship implications, it’ll also serve as a tune-up for the longest point-to-point race in America, General Tire Vegas to Reno, in August.
With podium finishes in both the Parker 425 and Mint 400, Brett Sourapas carries a 16-point advantage, 221 to 205, over Troy Herbst in the Trick Truck standings. They’re the only two racers who have really separated themselves in the class so far, as the span from Jason Voss in third to Tracy Graf in 10th is a meager nine points. Only 19 Trick Trucks are on the Silver State entry list, putting a maximum of just 95 points on the table for the winner—but a DNF could prove extremely costly for anybody who misses out on both finishing and race points.
Meanwhile, with Cody Parkhouse missing from the Class 1500 entry list, there’s a strong chance that Sam Berri or CJ Hutchins will leave Silver State with the points lead. They’re only six and eight points behind Parkhouse right now, respectively. Don’t count out Parker 425 winner Bob Lofton or James Dean, respectively, who have each taken a DNF so far this year, but are usually near the top of the finishing order when they make it home. In Class 6100, Brock Heger looks like a safe bet to continue his dominance after winning both the Parker 425 and Mint 400; he’s 16 points up on Taylor Mills and 19 ahead of Terry Householder.
Jason Murray headlines a tight UTV Turbo points battle, as each of the top 12 racers are within 35 points of one another. Murray holds a three-point advantage over Alex Nicholas and Randy Romo, with UTV World Champion Phil Blurton in fourth and Mint 400 winner Mitch Guthrie Jr. in fifth. All five are part of the class’s 46 entries for this weekend, and whoever finishes the best out of the group will likely find themselves in the points lead heading into the second half of the season.
In UTV Production, it’s Seth Quintero whose blistering start to 2019 has put him on top of the standings, as he holds a 27-point advantage over Bret Ward. They’ll resume their battle this weekend as part of a 22-entry field. Meanwhile,2 Michael Isom will lead the six UTV Unlimited entries competing at Silver State, as he hopes to increase a nine-point championship lead over Josh Shelton and Jeramiah Drew.
The VT Construction Silver State 300 will run on Saturday, while Trick Trucks, Class 1500, and Class 6100 will handle time trials to set their respective starting order on Thursday. The Best in the Desert schedule takes a three-month break after this weekend before resuming action with General Tire Vegas to Reno; after this week’s announcement that the Mint 400 and UTV World Championship will be independent events from 2020 forward, it’s possible that BITD will share news of any new or revived events sometime during the summer break.