After lengthy discussions and the submission of a ground-breaking COVID-19 Safety Plan, the BLM is officially issuing the permit for the 24th Annual Best In The Desert Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox. The race will run as originally scheduled August 12 -15, 2020.
A record field of entries including all the top names from every segment of the sport will be competing, eager to win the famously-grueling 550 point-to-point race from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada, the longest off-road race in the United States.
“We are happy to report the race will run as scheduled,” said Best In The Desert CEO Daryl Folks. “We sincerely appreciate the work done by the Nevada BLM State Office and the Battle Mountain BLM District Office along with their hard-working team to help us arrive at this point.”
“It’s only fitting that the race named after our father and the founder of Best In The Desert will be run after all,” Daryl Folks continued. “In the end, it came down to the fact that we were able to prove that our racers know how to follow rules and will comply with the special measures we have put in place to make sure we run a safe race and respect the special COVID-19 safety protocol we’ve established.”
The BLM is granting the permit under the condition that Best In The Desert and its racers adhere to additional COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. These conditions will be spelled out in greater detail in an email to all racers entered in the event within the next couple of days.
“I too am very grateful for all the hard work and cooperation by the BLM,” said Best In The Desert CMO Bryan Folks. “I cannot stress enough how crucial it is for the racing community to follow the new COVID-19 guidelines that will be set forth in the next announcement.”
“The future of Best In The Desert depends on everyone putting aside their personal views and following what is being asked of us,” Bryan Folks continued. “I feel like this is an opportunity for the off-road community to come together and shine and prove that we can follow the rules. We want to thank our racers, sponsors, and staff for their support as we worked through this situation. Finally, we would like to thank our Nevada elected officials and for many other prominent voices for also supporting our event.”
With the 2020 Best In The Desert race season just past the halfway point, fans can expect some close racing as competitors challenge for series points championships and bragging rights as champion of this legendary off-road event.
“It has been challenging from all fronts to get the permit approved to run on the original date,” Best In The Desert Race Operations Manager Donald Jackson added. “There were many obstacles to overcome but ultimately it was a huge team effort that got us to this point.”
“I want to especially thank all those that took time to write letters of support, make phone calls, give medical advice and help us put together a solid COVID-19 mitigation plan especially Medical Director Doc Lippmann, Silver State Offroad Alliance (SSORA), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),” Jackson continued. “Without all of us collectively working together, we wouldn’t be able to see all the best off-road racers go head to head in the ‘Longest Off-Road Race in the United States.’”
Here are just a few of the top names that are entered into the 2020 Best In The Desert Vegas Tor Reno:
Trick Truck: 2019 Vegas to Reno Champion Bryce Menzies, Four-Time Vegas to Reno Champ Jason Voss, Rob MacCachren, Tracy Graf, Andy, Dan, and Luke McMillin, Justin Lofton, Adam Householder, Harley Letner, Kevin Thompson, BJ Baldwin, Steve Olliges, Cameron Steele, Steve Sourapas, Tim Herbst and Robby Gordon join a talent-laden field of 34 Trick Trucks for this year’s race.
Motorcycle: Defending champion Skyler Howes on Husqvarna, Johnny Campbell Racing’s Dakar Champ Ricky Brabec and Kawasaki’s Jacob Argubright will attempt the course solo while Beta is entering two factory teams lead by Joe Wasson and Chance Fullerton as well as the ever-threatening Hintz/Hunter team on KTM.
Class 6100: A huge field of 41 Class 6100 trucks led by frequent class winner Kyle Jergensen, Kyle Craft, Dustin Grabowski, Terry Householder, Ryan Hancock, and 3rd generation Herbst family racer Pierce & Thor Herbst are all ready to go.
Class 1500: Sam Berri, Ladd and Sean Gilbert, Brendan Gaughan, Brandon Bailey, and Cody Parkhouse lead the way of 11 entries in Class 1500.
UTV Turbo: A massive list of 59 entries in the UTV Turbo class will make this one of the most competitive classes of the weekend. Phil Blurton and Beau Judge will take on Brandon Schueler, Justin Lambert, Dustin Jones, Sierra Romo, Wayne Matlock, Austin Weiland, Mitch Guthrie Jr. and a host of other top racers will all compete for the UTV Turbo class championship.
UTV Unlimited: Michael Isom and Robert VanBeekum lead a stacked deck of 25 of the best UTV Unlimited class racers in the world. Racing should be fast and furious.
The 2020 Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox will be the 24th running of the annual event since legendary founder Casey Folks first organized the 550-mile challenge in 1996.
This year’s race also marks the second out of three races of the Maxxis Triple Crown which means there is $67,500 in additional prize money on top of the Best In The Desert money awarded to winners of the Unlimited Car/Truck, Limited Car/Truck, MC/Quad, and UTV classes.
The host hotels for the Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox, Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada and the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, are eager to welcome racers, fans, sponsors and organizers.
In order to move forward with a fun and safe race, Best In The Desert has adopted additional measures to protect its racers and Nevada natives including the following COVID-19 protocol in place for the Maxxis Tires “Casey Folks” Vegas to Reno Presented by Fox:
- Wear a face mask or face shield on-site at all times
- Practice social distancing by staying six feet apart
- Use hand sanitizer and wash hands often
- Park more than 10 feet away from neighbors
- Please stay home and consider attending a future event if you are considered at high risk or feeling any symptoms
- Please remain in pit area when not racing
- Refrain from wandering or visiting neighbors
- Leave no trace and pack out trash
- Avoid touching the face
- No camping at the start line or hotel parking lots
Fans can follow their favorite racer on race day on Best In The Desert’s website or by visiting RacingTrax. In addition, Best In The Desert will be posting a constant stream of posts from Time Trials and the race including extensive LiveStreams over Facebook of key action from the event.
An updated itinerary will be announced in the weeks ahead. As the off-road racing community looks forward to meeting again in the desert with engines roaring, Best In The Desert staff and race organizers are hard at work behind the scenes to coordinate the best Vegas to Reno event in years.