Coming off a win in his own truck at this year’s Mint 400, Justin Lofton jumped behind the wheel of Jeff Terzo’s Team Youtheory truck and returned to the top of the box in this weekend’s VT Construction Silver State 300, the latest round of the 2019 Best in the Desert season. The #37 Trick Truck completed the 300-mile point-to-point race in 5:15:11.428, earning the victory by more than 11 minutes after Jason Voss fell out of contention in the second half of the race.
General Tire driver CJ Hutchins claimed second overall, scoring the Class 1500 victory with a time of 5:22:05.906. Kyle Jergensen scored the Class 6100 win, finishing fifth overall and snapping points leader Brock Heger’s winning streak from the Parker 425 and Mint 400. Heger would finish seventh in class and 25th overall on Saturday.
In the premier UTV Turbo class, Phil Blurton returned to the top of the podium, scoring back-to-back victories after winning last month’s Polaris RZR UTV World Championship. Seth Quintero continued his absolute dominance of the UTV Production class in 2019 with another win, and Michael Isom extended his UTV Unlimited points lead with a victory of his own.
A number of big names suffered DNFs at Silver State, from Trick Truck polesitter and incoming points leader Brett Sourapas to UTV Turbo runner-up Alex Nicholas and 2018 UTV Production champion Kaden Wells. That won’t bode well in the championship for any of them, as Silver State was the first of just two races this season to offer double position points, and a DNF eliminates them from a 12-point bonus for finishing all races at the end of the season.
The chase for the 2019 Best in the Desert championship will resume in August with General Tire Vegas to Reno, the longest point-to-point off-road race in the United States. Johnny Angal scored a surprise overall victory in last year’s event, taking over the Trick Truck lead when Bryce Menzies suffered a heartbreaking mechanical failure within miles of the finish and holding off Jason Voss by just under a minute. Brian Parkhouse (Class 1500), Nick Mills (Class 6100), Blurton, Isom, and Ray Bulloch (UTV Production) are among the other defending class winners.