Bryce Menzies made up for last year’s heartbreak by scoring the overall victory in Friday’s General Tire Vegas to Reno, the longest point-to-point desert race in the United States. Menzies wheeled his all-wheel-drive Trick Truck to the finish in 8:10:35, just under 10 minutes quicker than class runner-up Jason Voss. Sam Baldi completed the Trick Truck podium.
“Wow is all I can say,” Menzies said on Instagram after crossing the finish line. “My dad thought this whole truck up in his mind and made it happen. He’s my idol for everything in life, (and) my team never gives up. I’ve done a lot in my life, but wow does this feel good. Thank you to everyone for believing in me and sticking behind me in the bad times. All I can say is, we did it!”
Menzies came into the weekend still searching for his first big win of the 2019 Best in the Desert season, after finishing 19th in the Mint 400 in March. He had led most of last year’s Vegas to Reno in the debut of his AWD truck before freak issues within miles of the finish cut his day short. Voss, meanwhile, may have fallen short of his fifth Vegas to Reno win in the past seven years, but claimed his second BITD podium of the season after finishing third at the Mint.
General Tire athlete CJ Hutchins’ Class 1500-winning time of 8:19:01 was good for second overall, while Cody Parkhouse and Bill Wingerning completed the class podium. In Class 6100, it was Jerry Zaiden’s Camburg Racing truck, primarily wheeled by Kyle Jergensen, that scored the victory over Travis Chase and Jason Coleman.
Phil Blurton scored his third consecutive UTV Turbo victory at Vegas to Reno with a time of 9:37:28, followed by Jason Murray and Austin Weiland. Seth Quintero’s perfect UTV Production season in Best in the Desert competition continued with a win of more than 40 minutes over Kolton Hustead, while Michael Isom extended his UTV Unlimited points lead with his class-leading third win of 2019.
Down and Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR host Jim Beaver scored a 23rd place finish in UTV Turbo after drawing the 58th starting spot in the #915 Polaris RZR. Beaver and co-driver James Hill handed the car off to Trent Beaver and Bryant Shontz at the Millers pit stop, while Jim Beaver returned to the driver’s seat at the Top Gun pit to finish off the race.
Only one race remains on the 2019 Best in the Desert calendar, October 10-13’s Laughlin Desert Classic. The series will then undergo a makeover for 2020 with the removal of the Mint 400 and UTV World Championship, with plans for new events in Tonopah, a third race in Parker, Arizona, and