Ray Griffith Finishing On Three Wheels Parker Jason Voss pulled off a feat at the 2014 Parker 425 that’s never easy in off-road racing: He won the same race two years in a row.
Voss and his father, Rich Voss, and their co-riders James East and Rob Mills, drove truck No. 1 in the Trick Truck class to a first overall finish in the three-lap classes at the 2014 BlueWater Resort & Casino /Best in the Desert Parker 425 presented by IMPACT. The race was run Feb. 1.
At the awards ceremony Sunday, Best in the Desert Racing Association President Casey Folks remarked that he had earlier praised Voss as one of the rising stars of the sport. After this second win in Parker, Folks said that is no longer the case.
“He’s no longer a rising star,” Folks said. “He’s now the man to beat.”
Jason and Rich Voss are from Cupertino, Calif. East is from San Jose, and Mills is from Sheridan, Calif. They brought in truck No. 1, a Ford, with a time of 7:18:01.732.
Folks announced at the awards ceremony there were no injuries during the race, although it had its usual level of attrition. Of the 225 vehicles which started the race, only about half finished it.
Folks said he saluted those drivers who accepted the challenge of the Parker race.
“Of the racers who finished, I guess about half of them said, ‘Man, that course was rough!’” Folks said. He noted, as he has in the past, that the Parker course is deceptive in that it appears smooth and fast. He added that, on a loop course like the one in Parker, the course gets rougher with each succeeding lap as more and more vehicles pass through.
Folks also reported at the awards ceremony that he’d received a message from the Bureau of Land Management that BITD did an outstanding job of operating the race. They said BITD did everything they asked for, and went above and beyond what they expected.
Complete race records were not available at the awards ceremony but should soon be available on Best in the Desert’s website, http://www.bitd.com.
In the three-lap classes, there were two La Paz County teams that won their classes. Rick Poole of Ehrenberg, Mike Malloy of Henderson, Nev. and Andrew Neal of LaVerne, Calif. won the 1100 class and placed 68th overall. They brought in their custom-built rail, No. 1160, at a time of 11:03:20.064. Their sponsors include Poole Farms LLC, Woody’s II, Hooked up Motorsports, and Pirate’s Den.
Jasper Dyer, Justin Brinkerhoff and Cole Sieber of Parker and Bill Shaw of Henderson, Nev. won the 2000 class and placed 75th overall. They brought in No. 2026, which was custom-built, at a time of 11:34:09.984. Their sponsors include Mike’s Contracting, The Bar, AG Air and Rawhide Western Town. The RER/RAWHIDE 2026 car started third off the line with Jasper Dyer as the driver and Bill Shaw as co driver. They maintained their position the first lap setting a steady pace to insure us a chance for the win.
After a quick pit stop and driver change it was Justin Brinkerhoff as driver and Cole Sieber as co driver. They ran a great lap and took over the lead at mile marker 68 and stretched their lead to over 10 minutes.
The final lap it was Dyer as driver and Brinkerhoff as co driver. Dyer drove a very tough final lap bringing home the win for the RER / RAWHIDE 2026 race team and a great start to the season.