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20 Best In The Desert Trick Trucks Signed Up For $120,000 2012 Trick Truck Challenge

20 Best In The Desert Trick Trucks Signed Up For $120,000 2012 Trick Truck Challenge

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 27, 2012
20 of the 33 Trick Trucks entered in the 2012 Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”, February 3rd thru 5th, have signed up to take part in this year’s Trick Truck Challenge. This will be the second year for the Trick Truck Challenge that saw over $134,000 in bonus money paid out in 2011. To be eligible for the year-long Challenge, Trick Truck teams must be signed up by the Parker “425” race.

Casey Folks, Director of Best In The Desert, announced, “As of January 25th, 20 of the top Trick Truck teams in the world have signed up for the second year of the exciting Best in the Desert $120,000 Trick Truck Challenge. That’s right – one hundred and twenty thousand dollars paid back 100% to the racers. A special bonus purse will be paid out to the top three participating Trick Truck finishers at each of the six Best In The Desert races as well as the year-end bonus. The special Trick Truck Challenge Cup Trophy will also be awarded at the end of the year to the overall winning team.” Folks continued, “No other off-road racing organization has a program like the Best in the Desert Trick Truck Challenge. I’ve always said, either lead, follow or get out of our way and Best in the Desert is in the lead!”

$10,000 will be paid to 1st, $6,000 to 2nd and $3,000 to 3rd for each of six races for a total of $19,000 per race. An additional $10,000 will go to 1st place, $4,000 for 2nd and $2,000 for 3rd in the final year-end standings. Plus another $44,000 in year-end bonus has been posted from sponsors TSCO, Camburg Engineering, Jimco Racing, Geiser Bros., MasterCraft and Racer Engineering.

The 20 trucks entered to date in the 2012 Best In The Desert Trick Truck Challenge are:

  • Adam Ashcraft, # 78
  • Adam Householder, # 4
  • BJ Baldwin, # 1
  • Cameron Steele, # 16
  • Clyde Stacy, # 58
  • Greg Nunley, # 10
  • Jason Voss, # 35
  • Jerry Zaiden, # 75
  • Jesse Jones, # 76
  • Jimmy Nuckles, # 48
  • Kevin McGillivray, # 56
  • Gary Weyhrich, # 98
  • Mark Weyhrich, # 9
  • Rich Voss, # 36
  • Rick D. Johnson, # 71
  • Ron Whitton, # 39
  • Scott Whipple, # 95
  • Steve Olliges / John Swift, # 28
  • Steve Sourapas, # 6
  • Will Staats, # 42

2011 was the first year for the Trick Truck Challenge that saw many different winners throughout the course of the season. The enthusiasm over the success of last year’s Challenge by the Trick Truck teams was the driving force behind bringing it back for 2012.

2011 Trick Truck Challenge results:
Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425”

1st Place         Jesse Jones

2nd Place        Tim Herbst

3rd Place         Steve Sourapas


Bilek Racing Silver State “300”

1st Place         Adam Householder

2nd Place        BJ Baldwin

3rd Place         Rick D. Johnson


TSCO “Vegas to Reno”

1st Place         Steve Strobel

2nd Place        BJ Baldwin

3rd Place         John Swift / Steve Olliges


Blue Water Desert Challenge

1st Place         Steve Sourapas

2nd Place        John Swift / Steve Olliges

3rd Place         Steve Strobel


TransWest Ford Henderson “250”

1st Place         Adam Householder

2nd Place        Marc Ewing

3rd Place         Jerry Zaiden


Year-End Trick Truck Challenge Trophy

1st Place         B.J. Baldwin

2nd Place        Steve Strobel

3rd Place         John Swift / Steve Olliges

The Trick Truck Challenge only adds to the ever growing excitement for the upcoming Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425” that has already seen 33 Trick Trucks, 48 Class 1500 cars, 32 Class 1000 cars, and 22 Class 7200 trucks entered into the race. It all gets underway Thursday, February 2nd as the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 cars shoot it out head-to-head at the time trials for the $1,000 “Team Ford Pole Award” and the first overall starting position.


Best In the Desert Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker “425” schedule of events:


Thursday, February 2, 2012

11:30 AM  ––

Practice Run for the Time Trials, Time Trials Immediately follows practice run


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM  ––

Show & Shine – Downtown Experience / Downtown Parker – Display of Time Trial Vehicles, Street Fair


6:00 PM to 7:00 PM  ––

Results & Time Trials Party

Reception hosted by McKenzies Performance Products, Dig Lounge – Blue Water Resort & Casino


Friday, February 3, 2012

9:30 PM to 6:00 PM  ––

Car & Truck Contingency & Technical Inspection, North Parking Lot – Blue Water Resort & Casino


Saturday, February 4, 2012

7:15 AM  ––

1st Car/Truck Starts – California Avenue – Downtown Parker


Sunday, February 5, 2012

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM  ––

Awards Presentation – Bingo Room – Blue Water Resort & Casino


Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – Official Oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, American Beta – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Bullet Liner and Sportsman Cycle Sales.


The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!


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