With nearly 240 race teams in the car, truck, UTV and motorcycle divisions expected to compete for top honors at this weekend’s Best in the Desert (BITD) VT Construction Silver State 300 presented by Method Race Wheels, claiming victory in the series’ top divisions can all come down to a great qualifying effort.
One of the sport’s most consistent stars answered the call once again as Jason Voss of Cupertino, California piloted his No. 1 King Shocks Ford Trick Truck (pictured above) to the top of the Silver State 300 timing charts against a field of 30 unlimited trucks and buggies. Voss’ time of 3m58:04s over the rough 3.2-mile course was just over four seconds quicker than the second place No. 41 Fox Racing Shox Trick Truck of Brawley, California’s Justin Lofton. Third place belonged to Justin “Bean” Smith of Las Vegas, driving Tracy Graf’s No. 58 Ford Trick Truck. All of the top three drivers were on BFGoodrich tires.
The day’s fastest time for unlimited open-wheel buggies was the No. 1527 General Tire Custom-Chevy of CJ Hutchins (pictured above), who beat fellow Las Vegas resident Pat Dean in his No. 1575 Bunderson-Chevy by just over a second. In the highly competitive 6100 category for limited Trick-Trucks, the No. 6183 Youtheory Mason-built machine (on Toyo tires) of Irvine, California’s Andrew Whitehead (pictured below) took top honors, topping Eastvale, California’s Bryce Yarbrough by just over two seconds.
Tomorrow’s race marks a return for the BITD series to the popular Silver State event, which starts 15 miles north of the historic Nevada town of Alamo. The unique racecourse offers competitors a fun but demanding challenge as it winds through high mountain passes, sand washes and panoramic views, as well as old mines and vast ranches.
Live race tracking can be enjoyed beginning Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 a.m. Pacific for bikes and quads, 11:00 a.m. PT for the four-wheel classes by visiting www.bitd.com. A race wrap-up and complete results will also be posted here at RACER.com.