It was a cold morning for the start of the Transwest Ford Henderson 250 race, the final race of the 2010 Best in the Desert racing season. Here we see Sam Berri on his second lap about race mile 3. His overall time was 4:02:00.63.
And yes this is called the Henderson 250, even though it is run in Jean NV. Land closures have forced Best in the Desert to choose a new piece of dirt for this race.
Motorcycles, Quads and UTVs left the line at 6:15am in the dark, the sun not quite above the horizon yet.
Their race was a 45 mile loop that they had to run 3 laps. After that at 8:15 Classes 1100, 1700, 1800. 2000, 3000, 3700, 4400, 5000, 6000, 7100, 7300, and 8100 ran an 80 mile loop for 3 laps.
Then the Big Dogs hit the dirt for the 3rd race of the day. Classes 1000, 1200, 1400, 1500, 7200, 8000 started at 12:30pm, again an 80 mile loop with 3 laps.
What makes this race unique is the drag race start where competitors start side by side and race through a series of turns before merging into one lane to head out on the rest of the course.
Since Sam Berri held the pole during time trials he actually got to leave the line all by himself. This seemed to be one of the factors to his overall win. With no one else’s dust to deal with you can go a lot faster.
Taking second and winning Trick Truck, only 2.5 minutes behind Berri, was Jason Voss with a time of 4:04:32.95.
Steve Sourapas & Andy McMillin in the Corona Extra #35 Trick Truck took 3rd overall with a time of 4:07:09.70.
#97 Las Vegas Native BJ Baldwin overcame some gremlins in his truck during time trials that didn’t let him finish, and finished the day 4th overall and 3rd in Trick Truck with a time of 4:14:10.64. This sealed his lead in points and he won the Trick Truck Championship for 2010.
Fifth overall we see another Class 1500 car, Travis Chase in the #1595 car also taking 2nd in class crossed the finish line with a time of 4:16:31.78.
6th place for the 3rd race went to Chris Kemp in the #1543 car. His overall time was 4:18:13.35.
Seventh place went to another Trick Truck driven by Lloyd Sproule in the #65 truck. His time was good for 4th in Trick Truck, 4:20:30.31.
Finishing 8th overall was one of the Riot Racing Trick Trucks, #68 driven by Marc Ewing. His time was 4:22:11.94.
Rock Racer turned Desert Racer, Shannon Campbell, had an impressive showing with a time of 4:25:28.46. Not bad for the 4WD tank he drives.
Rounding out our top 10 was another Class 1500 car driven by Chris Appleton. His time only 4:26:21.74.
Macrae Glass in the 8025 truck taking home the win in Class 8000 with a time of 4:47:40.95.
BJ Baldwin 2010 Trick Truck Champion
BJ Baldwin wins the Trick Truck class in the Best in the Desert series…CONGRATS
Brian Potts in the 1019 car wins Class 1000 with a time of 4:48:49.35.
ProTruck (Class 1200) winner Troy Vest finished with a time of 4:55:05.47 in his #1242 truck.
Class 7200 winner David Caspino drove his #7201 truck past the finish line in 5:04:12.31