Crazy Nevada Desert Races Never Disappoint


It’s comforting to know that desert bombing, speed-crazy, competitive lunatics roar through the Nevada desert pretty much year-round.

What’s the desert our there without gear shattering, lithium grease-soaked good times, sponsored by people with a whole lot of money, raced by people with a high-powered sense of sport, adventure and glory?

There are nine prominent races run in the Mojave from winter and into summer. Most recently, the Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno race, billed as the “longest, hottest, silt infested off-road race in the United States,” wrapped. The course traverses some of the meanest terrain in Nevada along routes where nobody would want to be stranded.

Last year, Jason Voss won his second consecutive Vegas to Reno, maintaining a blistering average speed of 62.8 mph over more than 500 miles. Voss clocked in at 00:15:12 ahead of second place finisher, Dale Dondel. And he did it again this year. Voss has taken the win at the Best in the Desert with a time of 8:52:32, the overall fastest time. This means Voss is a three-time winner of this iconic event. Close to 300 racers participated this year.

The Best In The Desert race has classes of Trophy Trucks, buggies, motorcycles, and Quads. This year’s event celebrated 19 years for Best In The Desert promoting an off-road desert race in the U.S. over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada to Northern Nevada. 

Racers from the U.S. and around the world were set to compete – with entries coming from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay and 25 U.S. states.

The 2015 General Tire “Vegas to Reno” wrapped with an award ceremony Aug 21. The race began near Beatty, about 100 miles north of Vegas and finished south of Reno, in the town of Dayton.