The anticipation is building as Best In The Desert brings their high level of desert racing excitement to Laughlin, Nevada next week as their Car and Truck Classes take center stage with four days of spectacular special events and fun-filled activities beginning Thursday, May 11. All the festivities lead up to a full slate of non-stop racing action on Saturday and Sunday.
Donald Jackson, Operations Manager for Best in the Desert said, “We’re extremely excited and anxiously looking forward to next week’s Laughlin Desert Classic. This marks our second year working along with the Laughlin Tourism Commission to present this incredibly exciting event for our racers and everyone involved. Laughlin is the perfect location for this specially formatted race and all the activities associated with it. The Laughlin Desert Classic proved last year to be an extraordinarily competitive ‘Duel in the Desert’ and we expect this year’s edition to be even better.”
Laughlin is a wonderful location for off-road desert racing. Hotels, restaurants and entertainment establishments are all close to the heart of the racing action. The Laughlin Tourism Commission is known for its impressive list of year-round special events, and the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It has already become another “must attend” star on their calendar.
The fun and excitement kicks off Thursday, May 11, with the Time Trials for Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars to see who is the fastest and claim the $1,000 “Team Ford” Pole Award. Next up is the Parade of Champions. This is an ultimate display of “eye candy” as exotic race vehicles fire up their high-powered engines and rumble down Casino Blvd., shaking the pavement beneath them along the way. Thursday wraps up with the great Method Race Wheels Welcome Party.
Friday, May 12, brings another full day of race related activities starting off with the Family Poker Run. Drivers’ registration gets underway Friday morning at the Aquarius Casino Resort. Just down Casino Blvd. from the Aquarius, Tech & Contingency will take place in the Tropicana Laughlin parking lot. This is where race fans and locals will have the opportunity to check out all of the race vehicles as they weave their way through contingency row, plus take in first hand the hottest off-road and racing accessories on display from the industry’s top manufacturers.
Racing roars into two full days of seemingly nonstop incredible wheel-to-wheel competition, Saturday and Sunday. Multiple heats of races will run based on the different vehicle classes. Racers will battle the challenging terrain and each other over the specialized 16-mile course. Race fans can capture all the action from the designated free spectator area adjacent to the Laughlin Off-Road Park. Here they’ll be able to witness and feel the high power energy of the side-by-side drag race style starts, deep switch-backs, the famous Laughlin Leap, and so much more.
The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It also marks the third leg in Best In The Desert’s 2017 Trick Truck Challenge featuring 16 of the world’s top Trick Truck drivers, including Jason Voss, Rob MacCachren, Andy McMillin, Lalo Laguna, Justin Lofton, Steve Olliges, Clyde Stacy and more. With $96,000 up for grabs over the span of the year, the Trick Truck Challenge is a special “side bet competition” within the regular Trick Truck class series. A special thanks goes out to Trick Truck Challenge sponsors Mastercraft, Geiser Bros., Jimco Racing, Racer Engineering, Bunderson Racing, FOX, King Shocks, KC HiLiTES, Kroyer Racing Engines, Patton Racing Engines, and Dougans Racing Engines.
Don’t miss out on any of the excitement of Best In The Desert’s Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap it as you take in the endless fun under the sun in beautiful Laughlin, NV, May 11 thru 14.
Live Streaming Coverage Saturday and Sunday
You don’t have to miss out on any of the race action if you find yourself unable make it to Laughlin. Dirt Live 2 will be broadcasting live streaming coverage of the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap all weekend.
From the racing to finish line interviews, George Antill will bring it direct to you in his unique and entertaining way on your home computer, tablet or mobile device. From the first race each day until the last, the live coverage will feature the action from three infield cameras plus an addition one focused on the famous Laughlin Leap and of course, the finish line driver interviews.
Check out the link available on the Best In The Desert website prior to the race, www.bitd.com. Or log onto the broadcast at: https://livestream.com/accounts/11377457/events/7353073.
Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Canidae Tap It
Tentative Schedule of Events:
Parade of Champions – Casino Blvd.
Method Race Wheels Welcome Party – Main Pit
Family Poker Run
Drivers Registration – Aquarius Pavilion
Tech & Contingency – Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino – Back Parking Lot
Saturday & Sunday – Race Days
For complete race day schedule, long onto: http://bitd.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017_Laughlin_Schedule_Rev.pdf
Sunday – Awards Presentation – Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino
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, Team Ford Lincoln Las Vegas, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.
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Laughlin Leap and Infield racing photos provided by Steve August
Parade of Champions photo provided by MWilsonPhoto.com