Inaugural Method Race Wheels LAUGHLIN DESERT CLASSIC
Presented by Canidae Tap It – May 4-8, 2016
The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It kicks off this week with a nearly week-long series of exciting special events leading up to Saturday’s and Sunday’s multi-heat style races showcasing Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes. 203 race teams are already signed up to take on the special 17-mile racecourse. The racecourse will feature several miles of new desert terrain that has never before been utilized in a Laughlin racing event. From the “Parade of Champions” on Wednesday, May 4, thru the final heat race on Sunday May 8, the action and excitement will never slow down.
Colbey Groom of race sponsor Method Race Wheels had this to say, “Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls…it’s high time we revisit a town that has brought many off road moments of greatness, albeit mostly airborne. That’s right, we’re invading the fine city of Laughlin, Nevada and it’s time to race! Laughlin has brought some drivers to greatness and others to their mortal knees begging for mercy. The 2016 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It is sure to provide all that and then some.” Colbey added, “With the two-day race format, fans are in for a treat having the opportunity to watch their favorite teams race not only on Saturday, but Sunday as well. Best In The Desert has done an incredible job of putting together a new course that will also include the Laughlin Leap made famous by so many off-road legends in the past.
Best In The Desert director, Casey Folks has not only brought back the famous Laughlin Leap, but also added new exciting sections to the race course such as The Dragon’s Trail, The FOX Gauntlet and Proving Grounds, The Devil’s Playground, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, and The Fly Over where race vehicles leap completely over highway 162.
The city of Laughlin is anxiously looking forward to this exciting event as well. MJ Smith of the Laughlin Tourism Commission said, “On behalf of the Laughlin Tourism Commission and the Laughlin resorts, I would like to welcome racers and race fans to the inaugural Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic. Best In The Desert has worked tirelessly for more than a year to give off-road enthusiasts to race a new course in one of their favorite locations.”
“At Best In The Desert, our goal is to make certain that everyone’s experience with us is nothing short of exceptional. We strive to make sure that racers’ participation in the sport of off-road racing meets the level of professionalism they expect and deserve,” said Casey Folks. He continued with, “I’m sure the all-new 2016 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It will be a great and exciting event for the entire off-road racing community. The Laughlin Desert Classic will truly be a ‘Duel in the Desert’.”
Latest Special Announcements:
> $1000 Bonus, presented by Honda Racing, paid to 1st place in Class 7200.
> Zero One will be renting Polaris XP1000 RZRs for the Tensor Tire Family Poker Run. Call Kirk or Michelle at 702-361-9100 (9-5pm) for information.
Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
4:00 PM – Parade of Champions
5:00 PM – Method Race Wheels World Championship Pit Stop Challenge
Golden Nugget Front Parking Lot – Azunia Tequila, Camburg Pit Crew Challenge
Awards Party – immediately following – Golden Nugget Pool
Thursday, May 5, 2016
11 AM to 1:00 PM – Registration for the Time Trials
Trick Trucks & Class 1500 – Edgewater E CENTER (Big White Tent)
1:15 PM Staging – 1:45 PM Meeting – 2:00 PM Escort Begins
One Escorted Practice Run for the Time Trials – Time Trials Immediately follows
Friday, May 6, 2016
8:00 AM to 9:30 PM – Must leave start line by 10 AM
Tensor Tire Family Poker Run Registration
at Method Race Wheels Tent in Racers’ Main Parking Area
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Drivers Registration – Edgewater E Center (Big White Tent)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Car, Truck, UTV Contingency & Technical Inspection
Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall – Front Parking Lot
MANDATORY – DRIVERS / PIT CREW MEETING
Edgewater E CENTER (Big White Tent)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Race Day 1
First Race of the Day Starts at 6:00 AM
Sunday, May 8, 2016 – Race Day 2
First Race of the Day Starts at 6:00 AM
Harrah’s Laughlin Convention Center
2016 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, Sunoco Race Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.
The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
Further information is available at:
phone: (702) 457-5775
Photos provided by Bink Designs, DirtFocus.com, MikesRacePhoto.com, MWilsonPhoto.com, RnR Photos, Steven August.
THE USE OF DRONES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED AT ANY BEST IN THE DESERT EVENT. Please be aware, Drones are VERY DANGEROUS to the safety of all concerned, both people in the air and on the ground.