A Best in the Desert racer comes through a mountain road around the 80-mile mark of the 300-mile race last Saturday. Photo by Dave Maxwell

A Best in the Desert racer comes through a mountain road around the 80-mile mark of the 300-mile race last Saturday. Photo by Dave Maxwell

Jason Voss not only started first – he finished first just like he did last year – at the Best in the Desert Canidae Tap It Silver State “300” May 2.

Rob MacChacren finished just under 3 minutes behind Voss in the Car and Truck Class. Other notable wins include the Class 1500 win going to C.J. Hutchins, who finished just 38 seconds ahead of Cody Parkhouse.

Over 200 entries were involved in the various classifications of the race.

The 28-year old Voss, of Cupertino, California, ran the 300-mile course in his Ford vehicle in 5 hours, 18 minutes and 36 seconds. Second place MacChacren of Las Vegas was timed in 5:21:00.981.

The first five finishers were all within nine minutes of one another. Hutchins of Las Vegas took the Class 1500 in a time of 5:24:33.728 and Parkhouse of Long Beach, California, was second in 5:25:11.586.

Ricky Brabec of Hesperia, California and Robby Bell of Menifee, California won the motorcycles and quad class in 5:37:19.228.

Jacob Carver of Prescott, Arizona and Jack Defibaugh of Chino Valley, Arizona won the UTV class in 6:41:28.911.
Local Best in the Desert volunteer Vern Holaday said, “Everyone had a good time, only a couple of minor injuries. No one had to be helped by anyone other than given on site medical attention.”

He also said the race each year has a big economic impact for businesses in the county. “These drivers bring a lot of support staff and vehicles with them. They fill up all the motel rooms in the towns for both Friday and Saturday. Many of crews have an average of 10-20 people behind the scenes, and the bigger teams have upwards of 70 people, and most all have between 3-5 support trucks with each race vehicle, and they all need gas and food. It’s a well run, well managed event.”