Press Release

20th Anniversary Best In The Desert General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way Presented by FOX

August 17 – 20, 2016


Casey Folks, director of the World’s Leading Off Road Racing organization Best in the Desert, announced that this year’s 20th Anniversary “Vegas to Reno” is going to be HUGE. In order to make the 20th running of the “Longest Off-Road Race in the United States” even more exciting, Folks has turned this iconic race into a two race-day event, that could feature more than 300 of the world’s fastest off-road racers. Deemed by racers as one of their favorite events, the General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX, runs August 17-20, 2016.

Since Best in the Desert’s previous memorable staged events, The Race Into the Millennium, the 2000 Nevada “2000”, the 2002 Nevada “1000” and the 2005 McMillin Nevada “1000” and the last 2009 “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way, people have done nothing but talk about those events and ask, “When are we going to promote a staged event again?”

It’s very hard to do; emotionally, mentally and physically, but Best In The Desert is up to the challenge and we hope you are too! Remember, you need to race this event now because you never know when you will have the opportunity to do it again; 2016 is the year for a great two-day staged event! This is the chance to join an elite group of off-road desert racers and the entire Best In The Desert crew to race the General Tire “Vegas to Reno”- The Long Way!!! presented by FOX. Come celebrate our freedom, our sport, and the privilege to race over 600 miles across the State of Nevada!

The 2016 running of the 20th Anniversary General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX has the leading off-road race teams gathering in Las Vegas as they prepare to match their skills against some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world. Hard to believe but this marks 20 years for Best In The Desert promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, to Northern Nevada, Reno. It will feature an extremely challenging point-to-point course that only Casey Folks can create.

Racers from the U.S. and around the world are set to compete. Day one of this exciting two-day off-road desert racing event is sponsored by McMillin Racing. Day two is sponsored by the lighting leader in off-road racing, KC HiLiTES.

The race gets started Wednesday, August 17, for the Trick Trucks and Class 1500 Unlimited Cars when they qualify for their starting positions at the Time Trails and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”.

Race festivities continue in North Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, August 18, at the Aliante Casino & Hotel. There, racers will continue signup and head through contingency and vehicle technical inspections where race fans will see the most unbelievable collection of high-tech cars, trucks, motorcycles, quads and UTVs that are specially built for racing today.

The 2016 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX will start early Friday morning, August 19th near Alamo, Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas. First off the line will be the Motorcycle classes followed by the Quads. After a substantial delay for safety reasons, the Car, Truck and UTV classes will head out to reach the finish line in their quest for a victory.

Race Day One, sponsored by McMillin Racing, stops overnight in Tonopah, Nevada. Race Day Two, sponsored by KC HiLiTES, resumes in Tonopah Saturday morning, August 20th, and heads north and finish in the town of Dayton, just south of Reno, Nevada. So mark your calendar now for August 17 to 20, as the 20th Anniversary General Tire “Vegas to Reno” The Long Way presented by FOX will be one for the record books.
After having taken their race vehicles from the rugged desert to the high elevations of the Nevada mountains, raced back down to the dusty desert floors, crossed over dry lake beds at over 100 MPH, and raced in some of the most tight and twisty sand washes in the world, competitors will then celebrate their accomplishments and share stories, as they gather at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino Sunday morning for a poolside awards ceremony.

Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.

2016 Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas – official oil, Sunoco Race Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, Polaris RZR – official UTV, Beta Motorcycles – official motorcycle, Fabtech – official Suspension, Rugged Radios – official communications, 212 Performance Gloves – official gloves, Method Race Wheels, McKenzies, Kartek, Sportsman Cycle Sales, Rockwell Watches, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Fall Advertising and Prerunner Maniac.

The American Off-Road Racing Series…Best In The Desert!
Further information is available at:
phone: (702) 457-5775


Copyright © 2016 Best In The Desert Racing Association. All rights reserved.