Just .508 seconds separated the top four qualifying drivers for Saturday’s BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425, the first round of the 2019 Best in the Desert season for car and truck competitors. When the dust settled, it was veteran Trick Truck racer Justin Lofton who took the pole with a time of 6:07.560, a razor-thin .007 seconds better than 2018 Parker 425 runner-up Brett Sourapas in second.
Third was General Tire athlete CJ Hutchins, the top Class 1500 qualifier and defending class winner, who was .309 seconds behind Lofton. Troy Herbst, running the retro Terrible Herbst colors for this weekend, was fourth overall, and Class 1500 driver Cody Parkhouse completed the top five, 3.020 seconds behind Hutchins and 3.329 behind Lofton for the overall top spot.
Jason Voss and Tracy Graf completed the Trick Truck class top five, while Sam Berri, Joe David, and James Dean were third, fourth, and fifth in Class 1500. Dean replaces his father Pat for the family team this year, after supporting the team’s runner-up finish in this event last season. In Class 6100, Adam Ray Lunn’s top time of 7:04.078 gave him more than three seconds on Troy Messer for the pole; none of the other 33 trucks to attempt to qualify in that class were within 10 seconds of the pole time.
Other notables in Parker 425 qualifying included 2018 General Tire Vegas to Reno Jesse Jones in 11th overall (9th in Trick Truck), 2018 Pahrump Nugget 250 winner Kevin Thompson in 14th overall (12th in Trick Truck), 2018 Parker 425 Class 6100 winner Andrew Whitehead in 23rd (15th in Trick Truck). Down And Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR host Jim Beaver returned to Trick Truck for the first time since 2016, qualifying just behind defending Best in the Desert Trick Truck champion Justin Matney in the overall standings.
The BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 continues on Friday with registration, tech, and contingency, as well as the driver’s meeting. The race itself will take place on Saturday, with 33 Trick Trucks, 20 Class 1500 cars, and 46 Class 6100 trucks among those entered.