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Laughlin About to Erupt with the Sounds and Excitement of “Best In The Desert” Style Off-Road Racing

Posted October 10, 2018

Presented by Polaris – October 10-14, 2018

The Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Polaris kicks off October 10th with a nearly week-long series of exciting special events leading up to Thursday night’s first ever Best in the Desert’s UTV night race, and Saturday’s and Sunday’s multi-heat style races showcasing Best In The Desert’s Car, Truck and UTV classes. More than 200 race teams are expected to take on the special 16-mile racecourse.  From the new UTV Night Race sponsored by Baja Designs on Thursday, thru the Laughlin Leap competition sponsored by Fabtech, and the final heat race on Sunday, the action and excitement will never slow down.

The “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech” competition will be held on Saturday evening Oct. 13th at 7:00 pm. The “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech” is open to all car, truck and UTV classes with $10,000 in prize money and other awards up for grabs. This event is sure to elevate the level of excitement and spectacle for everyone in attendance.

Colbey Groom of race sponsor Method Race Wheels had this to say, “A contest of courage, skill and reaction time that goes back centuries. A true test of one’s gumption and willingness to put it all on the line in the name of sweet, sweet victory. While there aren’t any paces being counted or actual shots fired (only verbal nowadays) drivers and teams converge once again on Laughlin, Nevada for the third annual Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic Presented by Polaris aka ‘The Duel in the Desert’.

Colbey continued, “The festivities begin Thursday morning with Trick Truck, Class 1500 and Class 6100 drivers vying for the top qualifier position and the coveted Method Race Wheels pinstriped gold wheel trophy. Later on at 6:00 pm drivers, crew, family and friends are all invited out to the Pit Row Hospitality Tent for the Method Race Wheels Welcome Party. Come enjoy the night UTV races with a taco in one hand and a beer in the other. It’s all on the house.

Friday tech and contingency leads into two epic days of racing on Saturday and Sunday. As a halftime break, the famous Laughlin Leap jump competition will take place Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Be there. It will most certainly be epic. Thanks once again to Laughlin for hosting this band of misfits for the third glorious year in a row. We’re certainly stoked to be here and hope everyone in attendance has a killer time. Let’s go racing!”

More than 80 UTVs are racing in the Baja Design sponsored first-ever UTV Night Race on Thursday October 11.
30 high -powered Trick Trucks and 9 1500’s are set to dazzle spectators as they fly over the famed “Laughlin Leap”

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 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic sponsored by Polaris. Best In The Desert has worked tirelessly for more than a year to give off-road enthusiasts to race a superb 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 Bryan Folks, co-owner of Best in the Desert with his brother Daryl Folks.  He continued with, “I’m sure the  2018 Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Polaris will be an exciting event for the entire off-road racing community. The Laughlin Desert Classic will truly be a ‘Duel in the Desert’.”

Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Polaris
Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

6 PM to 8 PM – Registration for the Time Trials

Trick Trucks, Class 1500 & 6100 – River Lodge Riverview Room

5 PM to 9 PM – UTV Early Tech Hot Pit

Thursday, October 11, 2018 

7:45 AM Staging – 8:30 AM Meeting – 9 AM Escort Begins

One Escorted Practice Lap for the Time Trials – Time Trials Immediately follows

9 AM to 3:30 PM – UTV Tech & Contingency – Tropicana Parking Lot

10 AM to 3:30 PM – UTV Registration – River Lodge Riverview Room

4 PM – Mandatory UTV Driver’s Meeting – River Lodge Pool – Random 25 numbers will be called, be on time

6 PM – Method Race Wheels Welcome Party at Pit Row Hospitality Tent – Main Pit

5:45 PM – 1st UTV Staging 6:30 PM – UTV Night Race Start – Production & Spts/Rally & RS1

9:15 PM – 2nd UTV Staging 10:30 PM – UTV Night Race Approx. Start – Turbo & Unlimited

Friday, October 12, 2018 

10 AM to 5:30 PM – Drivers Registration – River Lodge Riverview Room

10 AM to 6:00 PM – Car, Truck, Contingency & Tech Inspection – Tropicana Parking Lot

Noon – UTV Awards – River Lodge Pool


River Lodge Pool – Random 25 Vehicle Numbers Called (Be on time!!) 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 

1st Race of the Day Starts at 6:00 AM

For More Info See Specific Race Schedule

5 PM – 6 PM – Leap Registration – BITD Box Van

6:30 PM – Laughlin Leap Stagin – Race Course Infield

7 PM – Laughlin Leap – Race Course Infield Infield

Sunday, October 14, 2018 

1st Race of the Day Starts at 6:00 AM

For More Info See Specific Race Schedule

7 PM – Awards Presentation – Harrah’s Laughlin Convention Center

Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.

2018 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – Official Truck, General Tire – Official Tire, Lucas Oil Products – Official Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels – Official Fuel, Rugged Radios – Official Communications, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Polaris RZR – Official UTV, KC HiLiTES – Official Light, Beta Motorcycles – Official Motorcycle, Method Race Wheels, Tactical Recovery Equipment, Trophy Tractor, R-N-R Steel, Dicks Racing Suspension, Slime, McKenzies, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Fall Advertising and True Travel Dynamics.

The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
Further information is available at:
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phone: (702) 457-5775

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Photos provided by Daniel Curiel, Harlen Foley, RnR Race Photos

Important notice:
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.

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