ANDY McMILLIN CAPTURES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF “VEGAS TO RENO” THE LONG WAY!
Starting 4th on Day One due to a great qualifying run , Andy McMillin finished Day One in 3rd place, but brought home the win on Day 2, with a total time of 8:36:02. Finishing in 2nd, just 8 minutes behind was Rob MacCachren, followed by Josh Daniel in 3rd, just 2 minutes behind MacCachren. Results below are unofficial, please check back for final results when they have been certified.
The 2016 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX, “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States!” is the 20th Anniversary of “Vegas to Reno” and was a huge success. What an adventure! We’d like to thank our race sponsors, General Tire, FOX, McMillin Racing, KC HiLites and our complete list of sponsors. Special thanks to our incredible staff and volunteers, those are the people that make all this happen.
Found – AT&T Flip Phone with red glitter back. Call 702-457-5775 if this is your phone.
Thank you notes – To Casey and Diane: Once again I feel I need to write and say thanks to you, your staff, and all of your volunteers for all the hard work putting on such a great event. I don’t like singling anyone out, but you need to know that the people you have at the check points, road crossings, pits, or any other post in the desert, are absolutely incredible. The encouragement you get from these people is awesome. The further into the race you are, the more they give. Speeding by or not, when you glance over and see a thumbs up, somebody clapping, or a fist waving in the air, it gives you that extra bump to get to the next check point, pit, and ultimately the finish line. In my opinion these folks deserve a standing ovation.The race went well. Day one was uneventful and I finished about 45min. Ahead of the fist truck. Day two, I wiped out off the get go. My hydration pack was nearly tore in two, and my bike had some superficial wounds including a busted clutch lever. Luckily that didn’t set the tone for the day. I rode nearly the whole distance between the start and pit 1 with no clutch lever, swapped it out and went on. The rest of the day went well. The first truck finally caught me between top gun and weeks, luckily they were spread out enough, I could keep a nice pace, and only four or five vehicles passing me before the Finnish. Going over the hill to Dayton, near the top, I did go down again and a rock managed to put some hurt to one of my ribs, and I made it to the finish without to much pain. All in all it was a great time for everyone. I came home with some great memories, great pics from event photography, 6th in my class, and a sore body. I’m happy with that, because at my age, you don’t know how your day is going to be, until you wake up in the morning. Thanks, and I will see you at the blue water challenge. ( TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, TOUGH GUYS DO ) – Ken Eldridge Jr lM # 064
RacingTrax Flyer – this is a new Satellite Tracking Company we are using for Cars, Trucks and UTV’s, it is mandatory for all these classes, CTU. The order form is on their website, www.RacingTrax.com, so log on today and order your mounting bracket and unit for “Vegas to Reno.” Motorcycles and Quads are not required to have the tracking unit. (This is replacing IRC) They are great guys to work with, order today! They only have 130 orders, LOG ON NOW TO ORDER YOUR TRACKER. www.RacingTrax.com
Entry List – just hit 342, great entry, we are so excited!!! 47 Trick Trucks, 17 Unlimited Cars, 32 Class 6100, 67 UTV’s, 36 Ironmen, 12 Open Pro’s – wow! Good luck to all our racers, it’s going to be an awesome two-days of racing! (updated 8/11/16) Lost some, gained some, don’t test hard, test slow!
to download the entire pit book, here is an overview of the Pits
Pit Crew – Insurance Release form. Bring this form with you with all of your racers and pit crew signatures, we’ll give you pit crew arm bands at registration
MCQ Light – mandatory to have this light on the back of every rider, we sale them at registration or order direct now to make sure you have one, we will check them at Tech
Fuel & Fluid Rule – mandatory, carpet in the pits
Stop in the Pits – mandatory stop
Tire Rule – do you leave your tires in the desert, penalty
Revised Contact info for Baja Pits – Contact Mary Hunt (619) 647-8256, Bajamary46@aol.com (7/6/16)
Lights ? – will you need lights? KC HiLites to be exact. MCQ probably not, only if you are having a lot of trouble. CTU, well, if you are having problems yes, if you’re having a great day, probably not. Sunset is 7:36 pm on Fri and 7:43 pm on Saturday. More so on Day 2, the CT leader should get to Dayton around 3:30 pm, that’s our prediction, so if you are having problems be prepared to put them on at Top Gun. The finish line is open until midnight, so yes, a lot of people will need lights!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – Draw Day for Start Positions, make sure your entry form is in to get a good start position. You will receive your FIP (Final Information Packet) after the draw, pit book, rules, info, etc…
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Time Trials for Trick Trucks and Class 1500, Registration Aliante Showroom, 8:30-10:30 am
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Registration, Technical Inspection and Contingency, Host Hotel Aliante
Friday, August 19, 2016 – McMillin Race Day 1 – Las Vegas (Alamo) to Tonopah
Saturday, August 20, 2016 – KC HiLites Race Day 2 – Tonopah to Reno
Sunday, August 21, 2016 – Awards Presentation, Sands Regency Hotel Casino, poolside
Past Winners – see who’s won and who to beat in “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States”
Team Ford Pole Award – see past winners of the Pole Award since 2006
2016 Hotel List – this is a complete list of hotels. Tonopah is SOLD OUT, but you can try to see if any apartments are available for rent, phone # on list. It will be a RV night, but to save gas you can leave in Tonopah and pick up on your way home. 5/12/16 > Food Vendor in Tonopah tba
MCQ Light – mandatory light for Motorcycle and Quad racers, hang on the back of your chest protector
Helicopter Registration – If you are having a helicopter follow you, you must fill out this reg form, email back to us and the pilot must attend the mandatory meeting with the BLM at 3 pm on Thursday, at the Aliante in the Showroom. Rule, Pilot must be a Licensed Commercial Pilot and Pilot must attend Helicopter Meeting, 3pm, Thursday 8/18, no exceptions.
Minor Form – 2016 form, if you are 17 years or younger you must fill out this form and have it notarized, bring it with you to registration on Thursday
Membership Form – 2016 Membership application, every person on or in a race vehicle needs to be a member of Best In The Desert, (BITD is the sanctioning body.) Please ONLY send in this membership application WITH AN ENTRY FORM, please don’t send separate, or at least put your race vehicle # on it, we need to know where to apply your membership
Pit Support – contact Mary Hunt (619) 647-8256, Bajamary46@aol.com, to order pit support. Baja Pits will be hosting #14 (all pits) full service pits. All vehicle, motorcycle, atv, utv classes are welcome. Our pits are fully stocked with all Lucas Oil lubricants, fuel, welders, generators, air tools, hand tools, compressed air, spares, tubes, filters, food, water, shelter and friendly experienced mechanics and crews. Carlos & Mary will also offer a one (1) pit fee. Pit 12 Rawhide is the remote pit and hard to get to. For BFG pits contact Nate Hunt 864-272-3177.
Kartek is offering a Special Bonus $500 gift certificate for each race to 6 different classes; VtoR Class 6000, Class 6100. Congratulations to all the winners of the Kartek Kash $500 Special Bonus Certificates!
Trophy Policy – please read this so you know how many trophies we give out. We trophy a Podium Finish, which is 1st – 2nd – 3rd Place, like the Olympics!