LAS VEGAS, NV (Dec. 29, 2021): There’s not much lead time between the end of one Best In The Desert racing season and the next! The series is busy getting ready for the much-loved, highly-anticipated Parker 250, this year sponsored by Shock Therapy, the premier suspension tuning company in the off-road industry, and presented by BlueWater Resort Hotel and Casino.
The Shock Therapy Parker 250 Presented by BlueWater Resort Hotel and Casino will run from Jan. 6, 2022, to Jan. 8, 2022, open to Motorcycle, Quad, and UTV Classes. For the first time ever, Best In The Desert will be qualifying the motorcycle Open Professional Class, as well as the UTV professional classes. The UTV classes will be combined in Time Trials, therefore racers will start where they qualify regardless of class.
The race will run 250 miles of challenging, yet scenic terrain along the Colorado River. Racers can expect the same challenges as years past like the Osbourne Wash, Midway, and The Rock Pile. Also for the first time ever, the Shock Therapy Parker 250 Presented by BlueWater Resort Hotel and Casino will run the entire 125-mile race course in reverse, an exciting and demanding change for veteran competitors and spectators.
Best In The Desert has also finalized a three-year deal with CBS Sports Network to air select events. Thus, the Shock Therapy Parker 250 Presented by BlueWater Resort Hotel and Casino will air on the CBS Sports network no more than two weeks after the conclusion of the event. Stay tuned for an air date.
Big names already registered include Dustin Jones, Ryan Piplic, Bruce Binquist, Seth Quintero, Brandon Simms, Jason Murray, Justin Lambert, Vito Ranuio, PJ Jones, Sierra Romo, and Justin Smith in the Pro Turbo Class; Michael Pascarella (founder of Desert Vets Racing), teen superstar Dallas Gonzalez, and Josh Row in the Pro NA Class; Chris Blais, Dan Fisher, Jim Beaver and Jonathan McVay in the Trophy Unlimited Class; Series Champ Hayden Hintz and the Factory Beta team racers in the Open Pro Class
This year will see new UTV rules and the Best In The Desert UTV Classes organized as such:
- UTV Sportsman Rally
- UTV Super Stock
- UTV NA Production
- UTV Trophy Unlimited
- UTV Turbo Production
The new 2022 UTV Rules can be found here.
The first two events in the Best In The Desert 2022 Series, the Parker 250 and the Parker 425, take place in Parker, Arizona, one of the Association’s favorite race venues. The people of Parker are great supporters of off-road racing, always eager to welcome Best In The Desert fans, racers, and staff with open arms. Everyone at Best In The Desert is excited to return and start the year strong in the Arizona desert.
Shock Therapy Parker 250 Event Schedule
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022:
- 12-5 PM: Time Trials for MC Open Pro, Pro NA, & Trophy Unlimited
- Registration on Site
Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
- 9 AM- 5:30 PM: Registration, Contingency, Tech Inspection, and Event Expo
- 12-5:45 PM: Youth Races
- 6-8 PM: Meetings and Youth Awards
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022
- 7 AM: Motorcycles and Quads Race
- 12:15 PM: UTVs Race
For a full event schedule, go here.