Best In The Desert American Off-Road Racing Series
General Tire Vegas-to-Reno presented by Fox
Courtesy of ITP Tires
BEATTY, NV, AUG. 15, 2015
ITP team member Justin Lambert and his Cognito Motorsports/ Fox/ ITP team piloted the number-1918 Polaris RZR XP1K, dressed with 30-inch ITP UltraCross tires, to victory at the Best In The Desert Vegas-to-Reno off-road race in Nevada. The Can-Am/ ITP/ Murray Racing tandem of Derek & Jason Murray took second in Class 1900, behind Lambert, to give ITP a one-two finish on the class podium.
“Our Best In The Desert racing teams continue to outgun the competition this year,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “We kicked off 2015 with an epic win in the series opener, won the Mint 400, took a podium sweep at the Silver State 300 and now a one-two finish from Justin Lambert and the Murrays at the very challenging Vegas-to-Reno race. Our highly talented drivers, when matched with good vehicles and the proven eight-ply, 30-inch ITP UltraCross tires, are hard to beat. Lambert’s win was wonderful, considering the challenges this year, but to have three teams finish in the top five at America’s longest – and most difficult – desert race is huge!”
The BITD Vegas-to-Reno race had more than 50 side-by-side vehicles (and more than 40 Pros) spread out in three classes, and they had to deal with deep silt, jagged rain and wash ruts from earlier storms, blinding dust clouds, and, for the first time in the series’ history, they raced at the same time as the four-wheel, full-sized buggies and trucks.
The longest off-road race in America kicked off in Beatty, Nevada, and ended 545 miles later at the finish line in Dayton, Nevada. It took Lambert, the Class 1900 winner, more than 13 hours to complete the course, averaging 41.8 mph. The Cognito Motorsports/ Fox/ ITP Polaris took 59th in the category.
The Murrays finished just less than eight minutes behind Lambert to record yet another BITD Vegas-to-Reno podium finish. In fact, it was their fifth time on the 1900 Class box in the last six years. The second-place run in the Can-Am Maverick MAX X ds Turbo also extended Derek & Jason Murray’s class finishing streak to 36 consecutive races.
ITP-backed racer Johnny Angal, who carried the class points lead into round five, competed with an all-new Polaris Turbo, running UltraCross tires. Angal’s racing career really began last year, and he put his name on the SxS map with a 2014 Baja 1000 win. He had a good race in Nevada, finishing fifth in class and 77th overall, which means he maintains his points lead heading into the next round.
ITP racing teams Dodge Poelman, on the number-1962 Supercross.com Polaris, and Logan Gastel, on the number-1969 Rugged Radios Can-Am, also finished the race – a feat in and of itself – in seventh and ninth, respectively.
Another ITP team, the S3 Powersports Can-Am team of Dustin Jones & Shane Dowden, started 38th but had moved into the lead by the 100-mile marker. The team, which held the overall lead and had extended it to more than a 20-mile advantage over the class, appeared to be headed to another win, but they eventually had to drop out with just 19 miles to go.
ITP scored another win in the Pro Unlimited class, as Lacrecia Beurrier drove her number-2909 DragonFire/ AZ West/ Rockstar Racing Polaris to victory in Nevada. The win also secured the class championship for Beurrier, who completed the race in just over 16 hours, took 100th overall, and was the first woman to finish the challenging desert course.
The next BITD race, the BlueWater Desert Challenge, is slated for October 8 through 11 in Parker, Arizona.
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[For more from this event, please see “Francisco Arredondo Teams Up with Shane Esposito to Win Vegas-to-Reno Overall” and “Murray Racing Second at BITD Vegas-to-Reno”… Editor]