It may come as a slight surprise to longtime fans of Best in the Desert racing, but Jason Voss will start today’s General Tire Vegas to Reno presented by FOX from the 10th position.
That’s because Voss isn’t only a multi-time defending BITD champion, but he’s also won Vegas to Reno in four of the past five years—2013 through 2015, and once again last year.
The Voss Motorsports Trick Truck has been a consistent force at the top of the results in BITD events for a number of years now, owing to the second-generation driver’s consistency behind the wheel and unrelenting focus on the championship. Like so many other future racing stars, Voss grew up racing motorcycles as a kid before first stepping into a truck in 2005 alongside his father Rich. In fact, for a number of years through his early 20s, father and son would either race two pro trucks together or split driving duties at longer events.
Voss scored his first two victories in 2010 in the Silver State 300 and Henderson 250. But 2013 was the breakthrough year for the young driver, as he scored his first career BITD championship in Trick Truck. After losing the title in 2012 by a single point to BJ Baldwin, Voss kicked off his 2013 campaign by scoring a victory at the Parker 425, later adding his first Vegas to Reno victory and fourth-place runs at the Mint 400 and Silver State 300. He even found himself leading early at the SCORE Baja 500, taking the first spot in the running order after an early spin for Robby Gordon on a wet course.
2014 was another championship-winning season for Voss, whose triumphs included repeat victories at Parker and Vegas to Reno, plus Silver State and Henderson wins. The hat trick bid in 2015 fell short to off-road legend Rob MacCachren, as he was able to clinch the title due to a short field in Henderson that mathematically eliminated Voss before the start of the race. But Voss rebounded in 2016 and 2017 to regain, and then retain, the number 1 plate.
Making it five out of six this year, in both the race and the championship, won’t be easy. The drivers of record in front of Voss today include top qualifier MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and his all-new TT7, a slew of veterans like Justin Lofton and Tim Herbst, and current Trick Truck points leader Brett Sourapas. In fact, Voss sits eighth in the standings, 39 markers back of the lead.
But if there’s any one driver who can mount a charge back into this championship chase, it’s Voss. And with one of his best events about to go green, now just might be the weekend that he gets back on top of the box and regains that championship lead.