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“THE LEGEND LIVES ON” 216 Race Teams To Date Ready To Take The Green Flag At This Weekend’s BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” Presented by Impact

Posted January 31, 2018

A strong field of 52 Trick Trucks headline the rapidly growing number of race teams that have already entered the 2018 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” Presented by Impact. Walk-in race sign-ups are being accepted until the end of day Friday, and over 225 entries are expected when the first start of the race gets underway at 6:00 AM Saturday morning.
Race related events officially kick off at 11:00 AM Thursday morning, February 1st  when the traditional “Time Trials” qualifying session takes place for the  combined Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars shoot it out for the first spot on the starting grid along with the $1,000 “Team Ford” Pole Award. A separate qualifying session will also be held for the Class 6100 Spec Engine Trick Trucks.
Following Time Trials, the 9th annual Parker “425” Downtown Experience will get underway at 2:30 PM. The Downtown Parker “425” Experience features all the race vehicles from both qualifying sessions on display in the middle of Parker along with live entertainment throughout the entire afternoon. This is always an extremely popular and festive event for race fans as well as the local residents of Parker.
The BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” Presented by Impact race weekend continues Friday morning, February 2nd, as contingency and technical inspection take place in the parking lot of the BlueWater Resort & Casino. With the beautiful Colorado River as a backdrop, race fans have the chance to check out hundreds of race vehicles up close as they weave their way through the hundreds of companies on display in contingency row. Plus, they’ll be able to see first hand the latest off-road and racing accessories from the industry’s top manufacturers.

52 Trick Trucks are among the field of 216 race teams that are set to take on the challenging desert race course outside Parker, Arizona this weekend. They will be included in the field of faster class race vehicles that are featured in the second start on Saturday.


The 2018 edition of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” presented by IMPACT will again feature a staggered 2-start format beginning Saturday morning, February 3rd.  There will be two (2) starts, the early morning start will be for limited class, lighter weight desert cars and trucks, and the 2nd afternoon start will be for the open class, heavier weight vehicles.

The Jeepspeed classes will be among the limited class cars and trucks that make up the first starting group,.

Even if you can’t make it to Parker this weekend for the race, you can still take in the action. DirtLive2 will be providing live streaming of the race and RacingTrax will offer real-time satellite tracking of the race vehicles.

DirtLive2 will have three camera crews positioned to provide race action beginning approximately 8:00 AM Saturday morning (Mountain Standard Time). One will be located to catch the action taking place in the “Parker Python”.  Another camera will be placed near a high speed section where the race course passes under the highway bridge and heads up along the banks of the Colorado River. The third one will be located at the “Ford Mesa” in the parking lot of the BlueWater Resort & Casino where George Antill will be interviewing the finishing race drivers and updating the action out on the course.

From exciting race action to finish line interviews, George Antill brings it to you in his unique and entertaining way directly on your home computer, tablet or mobile device.

DirtLive2 live streaming link:

For RacingTrax satellite tracking, log onto: www.RacingTrax.com.

BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425”
presented by Impact
Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 1
––  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM  ––
Registration for the Time Trials – Trick Trucks, Class 1500 & Class 6100
Mohave/Hopi Rooms – BlueWater Resort & Casino

––  9:45 AM Staging – 10:45 AM Meeting  ––
–– 11:00 AM Escort Begins  ––
One Escorted Practice Run for the Time Trials
Time Trials Immediately follows the escorted lap

––  2:30 PM to 4:30 PM – Vehicle Display –
9th Annual Parker “Downtown Experience”
Display of Time Trial Vehicles

Friday, February 2
––  9::00 AM to 5:30 PM  ––
Drivers Registration
Mohave/Hopi Room, BlueWater Resort & Casino

––  9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ––
Car & Truck Contingency & Technical Inspection
North Parking Lot – BlueWater Resort & Casino

––  6:30 PM  ––
BlueWater Resort & Casino Bingo Room

Saturday, February 3 – Race Day
––  1st Start – 5:00 AM Staging – 6:00 AM Start  ––
Car & Truck Staging for 1st Start Classes
Starts at the Main Pit

––  12:00 Noon Staging – 1:10 PM Escort to Start Line  ––
Car & Truck Staging and Escort for 2nd Start Classes

––  2nd Start – 1:30 PM Start (Approximate Time)  ––
Car & Truck Starting
BStarts on California Avenue, Downtown Parker

––  8:00 PM  ––
After-Race Party
Dig Lounge – BlueWater Resort & Casino

Sunday, February 4
––  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ––
Awards Presentation
Mohave/Hopi Room – BlueWater Resort & Casino

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