With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, the 2018 racing season is complete for almost all major series worldwide. Only a handful of events of any significance are run in December, but this past weekend may have been one of the most exciting all year as the southwest exploded with top-tier events. Here’s a look at some of the drivers who closed out the year on a high note on Saturday and Sunday:
Best in the Desert: Phil Blurton
Two titles in two years have made Blurton the racer to beat in Best in the Desert’s UTV Turbo class. The No Limit SXS driver ended the 2018 season on Saturday with a victory in the Pahrump Nugget “250,” further expanding his championship lead over Branden Sims to do so. Blurton, who went back-to-back in the UTV World Championships and General Tire Vegas to Reno over the past two seasons, improved on a fourth place finish in this event from last season.
Stadium Super Trucks: Matt Brabham
Back-to-back runner-up finishes at Robby Gordon’s Off-Road World Championships on the motocross track at Glen Helen locked up Brabham’s first career Stadium Super Trucks title. The third-generation racer was the overall weekend winner on average finish, and completes the 18-race season with five victories and 12 podiums, including six top-three results in the final seven rounds of the year. The former Indianapolis 500 competitor expanded his off-road pursuits this year with a Baja 1000 appearance.
25 Hours of Thunderhill: Flying Lizard Motorsports
Flying Lizard’s two teams finished first and fourth overall in the annual endurance race from California. It marked the fourth year in a row that a car prepared by the current World Challenge team crossed the finish line first, as Charlie Hayes finished the race out in the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The fourth-place car, an Audi R8 LMS GT4, was staffed by all female drivers, including two-time IMSA champion Christina Nielsen, who met up with Hayes on track so the cars could cross the finish line together.