“Life is an Adventure. Come live your adventure with Best In The Desert!” Casey Folks


Posted October 10, 2018


Presented By POLARIS RZR
$10,000 and Other Prizes Up For Grabs
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 9th, 2018)– Best in the Desert, the largest off-road race series in North America, today confirmed for the first time since 2011 the world famous “Laughlin Leap ” will be held at the upcoming Method Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic by Polaris scheduled for Oct. 11-15, 2018 in Laughlin, NV. Suspension leader Fabtech has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech”, which will be held on Saturday evening Oct. 13th at 7:00 pm. The “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech” is open to all classes and with $10,000 in prize money and other awards up for grabs, it’s sure to elevate the level of excitement and spectacle for everyone in attendance.
For the UTV, car and truck race itself, more than 210 race teams have signed up to compete in this exciting event.
“We are very excited for the 2018 Method Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic presented by Polaris,”  said BITD Operations Manager Donald Jackson. “With exciting new activities like the UTV Night Race by Baja Designs and after being dormant for nearly a decade, the return of the Laughlin Leap by Fabtech for the Car/Truck/UTV community, I think this year’s event will be spectacular in all aspects. Our racer’s talents and vehicles will be on display, as well as the entire Best In The Desert organization for everyone to enjoy. Our goal is to provide a great venue for fun family activities throughout the entire week in Laughlin.”
The competition will be bracket style with jump-offs for the first two rounds and the third and final round determining the winner by longest distance. The “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech” is open to all classes but limited to 32 entries on a first come first serve basis. Brackets will be determined at registration through a random draw process. It will be similar to NCAAM basketball tournament brackets with winners advancing to the next round. Once the top eight finalists are determined, the contestants will take one final jump with the longest jump determining the winner. For bracket competition it doesn’t matter what class vehicles compete against each other; contestants will compete against the number drawn at registration. “We are very proud to help bring this exciting event back”, said Fabtech CEO Dave Winner. “We are passionate enthusiasts and racers ourselves and since our company is dedicated to building the best suspension systems possible for off-road enthusiasts, what could be a better fit. We look forward to seeing everyone in Laughlin.”

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.”

Bring your family and friends, and for a small donation to the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, see the superstars of the sport showcase their talents and magnificent vehicles. 

The “Laughlin Leap by Fabtech” will be held in the infield track section in the main pit area.  Staging is set for 6:30 pm Saturday night with competition starting at 7:00 pm. Safety suits and helmets required. Passengers are optional. Open to all Car, Truck and UTVs.

Entry forms can be found on the BITD website on the Method Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic by Polaris Event Info page.

FOR SERIES INFORMATION: Contact Liz Marshall at Best in the Desert at bitd@bitd.com or by calling 702-457-5775

FOR MARKETING/SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Contact Scot Harden at scot.harden@harden-offroad.com or by calling 951-491-1819

Race fans have the chance to check out the race vehicles up close and see the latest racing and off-road accessories on display in contingency row in the Tropicana Parking Lot.

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

6:30 PM – Car Truck Meeting – MANDATORY – DRIVERS / PIT CREW MEETING  Random 25 numbers will be called, be on time

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018 

1st Race of the Day Starts at 6:30 AM

For More Info See Specific Race Schedule

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

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

7 PM – Laughlin Leap – Race Course Infield

Sunday, October 14, 2018 

1st Race of the Day Starts at 6:30 AM

For More Info See Specific Race Schedule

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

You can also 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.

Life is an Adventure.
Come Live Your Adventure with Best In The Desert…
Further information is available at:
email: bitd@bitd.com
phone: (702) 457-5775Media Contact:
email: mediabitd@fallads.com
Laughlin Leap racing photo provided by Steve August
Contingency photo provided by DirtFocus.
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.

Thanks to our sponsors!

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