Las Vegas, Nevada – Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Casey Folks announced today that more than 225 racers have already signed up to challenge the Bilek Racing Silver State “300”. This record setting entry is featuring some big numbers in several classes. Two of the fastest classes have 61 entries: 24 800+ Horsepower Trick Trucks, 27 Class 1500 unlimited buggies and an incredible 35 Class 4400 Ultra 4 rigs.
Who’s racing? The fastest, most prestigious list of racing names in off-road competition! The Trick Trucks include names like defending class champ B.J. Baldwin, Parker 425 winner Jesse Jones, Chad Ragland, Greg Nunley, Ed Stout, Adam Householder, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Shawn & Steve Croll, Jason Voss, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Ron Whitton, Marc Ewing, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Mark & Gary Weyhrich, Scott Whipple. Class 1500 features names like Chris Kemp, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Todd Jergensen, Shannon Campbell, Steve Appleton, Mike Childress, Mike Bilek, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores.
This race also features the largest field of Class 4400 Ultra 4 racers to ever enter a Best in the Desert event. Ultra 4 racers from across the United States and Canada are coming to Las Vegas to take on the challenging Silver State “300” course as they attempt to qualify for the 2012 “King of the Hammers” event.
The Silver State “300” course starts at an elevation of 3500 feet and climbs as high as 7400 feet as it winds its way across some of the roughest and most beautiful terrain eastern Nevada has to offer. Many races have stated that it is this extremely challenging course and perfect time of year that has made this race so attractive to them and their competitors.
Folks was quoted, “As I have always said, there is no race like a Best in the Desert event. At last year’s Bilek Racing Silver State “300” only 94 seconds separated the winner and 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap between the top 7 finishers. With this many extremely fast and professional racers signed up – the 2011 Bilek Silver State 300 will be one for the record books. Plus with temperatures in the low 60s and partly cloudy predicted for race day – it’s going to be another great race!”
Time Trials for Classes 1400 and 1500 along with a shot at the Team Ford “Pole Award” will be held Thursday, April 27th. The qualifying order will be announced and the $1000 Pole Award will be presented 7 PM Thursday evening at Camacho’s Cantina inside the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino.
Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, April 29, at the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas, and the race will take place on Saturday, April 30! The start line is in Alamo, Nevada and the finish line will be about 20 miles south of the Alamo area. The race is a single loop consisting 303 miles. Remember, life is short, you need to live your life to the fullest each day and grasp all of the excitement and the challenges live has to offer. Don’t miss out racing and experiencing a great course and seeing what this part of Nevada has to offer.
Starting order for class 1900 UTVs:
- 1920 Lansky
- 1913 Hand
- 1904 Sappington
- 1919 Schueler
- 1932 Parks
- 1924 Lasher
- 1905 Palhegyi
- 1915 Raber
- 1917 Murray
- 1911 Martinez
- 1935 Head
- 1930 Cook
- 1931 Kohrell
- 1943 Reynolds
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