Jason Voss returned to the top step of the Best in the Desert podium on Sunday after taking the victory in the season-ending Laughlin Desert Classic, the two-day, eight-lap race that concluded the 2019 BITD season. Voss’s overall time of 2:04:47.521 was good enough to beat runner-up Jeff Terzo by more than three minutes, while Anthony Terzo completed the Trick Truck podium. However, the difference wasn’t enough for Voss to reclaim the BITD title, as Terzo’s 17-point advantage over Voss coming into the race proved too much to overcome.
Adam Householder took the Class 1500 victory by just under two minutes over CJ Hutchins, as Hutchins locked up the 2019 class title. Hutchins’ championship season included victories at both the Silver State 300 and General Tire Vegas to Reno, and additional podiums in Laughlin and at the Mint 400. Scott Rasmussen completed the podium.
In the always-exciting Class 6100, Kyle Jergensen and Brock Heger battled tooth and nail throughout the weekend, with Jergensen faster than Heger on Saturday and Heger posting the better Sunday times. In the end, Jergensen came out on top by just over eight seconds in one of the closest battles of the season, with Ryan Hancock rounding out the podium. Heger’s incoming championship lead was a slim three points, but by virtue of Travis Chase’s fifth place finish and Adam Ray Lunn’s DNF, Heger earned the 2019 class championship.
As was the case last year, UTV action from Laughlin took place on Thursday night with a single-day, eight-lap event. Mitch Guthrie Jr. took the victory and the UTV Turbo class title with a winning time of 2:27:06.528, coming in ahead of Branden Sims and title rival Jason Murray. Adrian Orellana’s victory ended Seth Quintero’s bid for a perfect season, but Quintero nonetheless held onto his first UTV Production title. Michael Isom, the lone UTV Unlimited finisher, also locked up his class crown with the win.
With the season now complete, Best in the Desert racers will reassemble at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nevada on December 21 for their year-end awards banquet. The first races of a revamped 2020 BITD schedule will take place in Parker, Arizona in January, with motorcycles, quads, and UTVs running the Parker 250 on January 10-11 and cars and trucks running the Parker 425 on January 23-26. Stay tuned for a full wrap-up of the 2019 season!