The Henderson 250 kicks off December 6-8 in Jean, Nev. according to Best in the Desert (BITD) racing association.
It is the last race of the season and determines who are the champions in each class. Over 50 teams will be competing for the title of Best in the Desert.
Most teams have been preparing for this event as it comes to an end. Some of these race teams have garage built race trucks and other teams have half a million dollar race trucks that are sponsored by companies such as BFGoodrich Tires, Ford, and Lucas Oil Products inc. and many others. These trophy trucks, pre-runners, and buggies are divided into classes varying on rules made by the BITD rule book such as engine sizes, chassis design, and suspension limitations.
There are also UTV’s (Utility Terrain Vehicles), dirt bikes, and quads that will be competing during the race as well.
The official race is on Dec. 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. The Bluewater Desert Challenge TV show will be aired on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
“I am very excited for this race,” says Gabriel Olmos, 23, a Automotive technician student at Cypress College. “The point standing are really close and anything can happen during the race”
There are very strict points rules for those who are competing in the race. BITD requires every race team that is competing in the points championship . “You must have started every race to be eligible for the VERY PRESTIGIOUS BEST IN THE DESERT CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!”, mentions BITD on their website.
Jerry Zaiden, co-founder of Camburg Engineering in Huntington Beach, has been in a very close race for points throughout the season. “It’s been good season for us so far. We just finished testing in Barstow last weekend and the race truck is fully prepped again. We’re ready for the last race.”
Camburg Engineering is one of the leaders in off-road suspension systems and also has a “Best in the Desert” challenge award for competitors during the season. This award goes to the fastest average speed for every mile of every race.
Manuel Sanchez, 26, from Buena Park will be competing on a dirtbike during the race. “Even though i’m a privateer i think we can still be competitive with factory riders and big teams. We’re not doing it to try and win, but mainly for fun and the whole experience.”
With the last race getting closer and closer, many race teams and riders are preparing for the ultimate showdown of “Best in The Desert”.