TrophyLite Event Coverage

2017 Laughlin Desert Classic

The small riverside town of Laughlin has played host to hundreds of off-road races over the years and in just its 2nd year as the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic the Best in the Desert race has yet to disappoint. It also happens to fall on Mother’s Day weekend which has made it difficult to attend in the past but this year saw 13 TrophyLite entries, the most ever for the 3rd race of the TrophyLite Race Series and this year would feature 4, 16 mile laps.

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2017 MINT 400

Just thirty minutes north of the California, Nevada state line, lies a desert oasis that plays host to the mecca of off road races in the United States. Surrounded by deserts, the Vegas area is the hotspot of desert racing in the southwest. The famous Freemont Street would play host to two days of festivities before the 16 TrophyLite teams took on the grueling 116 mile loop that the Best in the Desert crew had laid out to challenge the racers.

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2017 Parker 425

After a short off season, 15 TrophyLite teams made the trek to the first race of the 2017 Best in the Desert season. Nestled alongside the Colorado River, the small desert town of Parker had received large amounts of rain in the prior weeks leading up to race day. The moist dirt would provide great side by side racing throughout the day as the ever brutal Parker course would start to deteriorate.

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2016 Pahrump Nugget 250

The BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge is notorious for ramping up the emotions within the ever competitive TrophyLite class. 16 TrophyLite Spec trucks made the trek to beautiful Parker, AZ for stop number 5 of 6 in the 2016 TrophyLite Race Series. This course, notorious for its deep and continuous sand and big holes did not disappoint yet again in the fight to the checkered flag.

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2016 BlueWater Desert Challenge

The BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge is notorious for ramping up the emotions within the ever competitive TrophyLite class. 16 TrophyLite Spec trucks made the trek to beautiful Parker, AZ for stop number 5 of 6 in the 2016 TrophyLite Race Series. This course, notorious for its deep and continuous sand and big holes did not disappoint yet again in the fight to the checkered flag.

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2016 Vegas to Reno

Trophylite 2016 Laughlin Desert Classic

The young gun Joshua Cobb did an amazing job executing the game plan, a plan put in place by his father Jason. As the last few miles clicked off for the KC HiLites backed TrophyLite, Josh had his sights set on his first series win. The 17 year old from Phoenix Arizona is enjoying his first year behind the wheel of a TrophyLite Truck and showing that he has the talent to run with the series veterans. Making his way to the top of the podium would not prove to be the easiest of tasks at this race. Two brutal days of nasty silt that the 2016 Vegas to Reno course had to offer.

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2016 Laughlin Desert Classic

Trophylite 2016 Laughlin Desert Classic

New to 2016, the inaugural BITD Laughlin Desert Classic was a hit with all of the TrophyLite teams that chose to make the trek to the Colorado River based tourist destination. A fast 17 mile course was laid out to test man and machine against Mother Nature and fierce competition. The skies would open up Friday evening, creating a virtually dust free day one of racing Saturday. A flawless team of Jackson in 2016 season was to butt heads with series regulars such as Ed “Doc” Chantler, Jeff Mortis, Brandon Arciero, John Clark, Craig Spitz, Russ McKnight, Joshua Cobb and Larry Schmueser.

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2016 Mint 400

Trophylite 2016 Mint 400

Several TrophyLite teams made the trek to kick off the race week festivities by participating in the 10 mile drive down the ‘Vegas Strip’ on Wednesday afternoon. After quite the journey to get to the race, Chris Hutton and his team from Australia behind the wheel of the 6009 house rental truck would win the furthest distance traveled ever of a Trophylite team. A close runner up would be the 6061 Fast Line Driving School rental of Luiz Facco and his navigator Humberto Ribeiro from Brazil. John Boyd and his team would fly in from Austin, Texas in another house rental to take on the brutal Mint 400 course.

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2016 Parker 425

Trophylite 2016 Parker 425

The Best in the Desert Parker 425 kicked off the 2016 TrophyLite race schedule with a dozen trucks ready to challenge the sandy Parker desert. The pre-race festivities kicked off with technical and safety inspection on Friday, which let several new teams display their 2016 liveries. For the first time in its 8 year history, TrophyLite produced the first KC HiLites TrophyLite Throwdown podcast which featured driver and team member interviews showing some insight to what it was that got them into desert racing.

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2015 Henderson 250

Trophylite 2015 Henderson 250

Henderson, NV - All bets were off at the final race in the General Tire Trophylite racing series; the Best In The Desert, Henderson 250 in Henderson, Nevada. The season long points chase appeared to be locked up by Andrew McLeod who was leading PJ Guglielmo by a tight but seemingly unsurmountable points tally. Guglielmo would need a perfect storm in Henderson to overtake McLeod. He would have to win the race and McLeod would have to dnf, (did not finish).

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2015 BlueWater Desert Challenge

Trophylite 2015 Blue Water Casino

Parker, AZ - The battle up front on both days was between one of the newest Trophylite builds containing all the latest and greatest technology, driven by Todd Jackson and the very first Trophylite truck built, chassis number one, driven by Chris Hall. When the dust settled, it was Hall who came out on top in Trophylite and second overall in heat two after Jackson lost a motor while leading on Sunday.

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2015 Vegas to Reno

Trophylite 2015 Vegas to Reno

Reno, NV - Anytime you have two trucks that finish on the podium after suffering rollovers, you know it was a wild race. The Best In The Desert series, Vegas to Reno race is always tough. This year’s event was more brutal than anyone could have imagined after Northern Nevada was pummeled with rain. The rains left standing water in some areas of the 545 mile course and washed away the top layer of dirt to expose sharp rocks sticking up everywhere.

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2015 Silver State 300

Trophylite 2015 Silver State 300

Alamo, NV - The Best In The Desert Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 takes place in some of the most beautiful scenery in the west. Huge valleys, juniper covered hills, Joshua trees, spectacular rock formations, it has it all. When it comes to challenging terrain, it has that too. The course is only one lane wide for miles and the dust is thick making passing difficult. Despite the tough conditions, the entire Trophylite field made it to the finish.

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2015 Mint 400

Trophylite 2015 Parker 425

Las Vegas, Nv - “The Mint 400 is a big race,” said PJ Guglielmo, “We wanted our truck to be loud; maybe a little obnoxious.” Guglielmo was referring to the gold foil vehicle wrap that made his Trophylite look as if it was made of polished gold. It’s not easy to stand out at the Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by General Tire. Even the drawn out name has been snatched up by Polaris and General Tire who, like everyone else, wants to be a part of the largest off-road racing happening of the season.

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2015 Parker 425

Trophylite 2015 Parker 425

Parker, Az - New teams or old, everyone got an equal pummeling in Parker, Arizona. As each lap of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 went by, the course got progressively worse. Despite the punishing terrain, Trophylite teams ran a relentless pace for the entire 425 miles. Unwilling to yield, some even ran door to door despite huge rocks and endless square edged bumps. Half way through the race there were 4 or 5 trucks that were in the hunt for the win.

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Trophylite 2014 Henderson 250

Henderson, Nv - When Ben Abatti III lined up to take the green flag at the final Best In The Desert race of 2014, the Henderson 250, his fate was in his own hands. He was sitting in third place in the Trophylite standings but because it was a double points race, the entire top five all had a legitimate shot of taking the championship. Ben knew he would have to stay ahead of the contenders if the title was to be his.

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Trophylite 2014 Bluewater Desert Challenge

Parker, Az - After two solid days of intense Trophylite competition at the Best In The Desert Bluewater Desert Challenge in Parker, AZ. the margin of victory was razor thin. After Saturday’s heat race, Louis Chamberland, driving Jeff Mortis’ truck, had only seconds over 2nd place finisher Todd Jackson and 3rd place Logan Holladay. Chamberland set the fastest lap of the weekend on his way to the win and picked up the bonus money that goes with it.

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Trophylite 2014 Vegas to Reno

Las Vegas, NV - You would think that the longest off road race in the US, Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno (V2R), would be won by a measured, conservative pace. Due to the level of competition in the Trophylite Racing Series, that wasn’t the case. After a long day of racing that included numerous lead changes, the eventual winner was determined after a desperate sprint for the finish.

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Race #4 of the TrophyLite Short Course Series sent us to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino Ca. Surprisingly cool weather in the middle of July made for some great practice and qualifying sessions and an even better main event under the lights. Qualifying 1st was Jeff Mortis with a 1:02.398, nearly a full second faster than Braden Abatti and brother B3. The main event would have Ben Abatti III slicing his way through the TrophyLite pack and taking the win followed by Jeff Mortis and Braden in 3rd.

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TrophyLites got down and dirty this past weekend at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park. 5 trucks battled it out to see who would emerge atop the podium at the second short course race of the season, the first of which in Southern California. Of the 5 drivers it was P.J. Guglielmo who flew over the finish line first with Ben Abatti III coming in 2nd place by less than 1 second. Coming in 3rd would be Braden Abatti followed by Jeff Mortis for 4th and Mike Meachum in 5th to round out the class for the day.

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The countless twists and turns that make up the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 course, round 3 of the General Tire TrophyLite race series, were somewhat overshadowed by the twists and turns of fate that took place in the closing miles of the race. After hours of flat-out running, the top five TrophyLite trucks all had a shot at the win. Keith Sato had the speed to come out on top winning by only seconds.

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There are two schools of thought in off-road racing; you can out think your competition or just flat outrun them. At the General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris, Ben Abatti III and defending champ PJ Guglielmo chose the latter. The Mint 400 is run outside Las Vegas, Nevada in some rather nasty desert terrain. It’s known for chewing up race trucks and drivers.

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The Best In The Desert, BlueWater Parker 425, presented by Impact is a tough way to start the year. 425 miles of just about everything Mother Nature can throw at an offroad racer. Deep sand, silt beds, rocks and huge boulders all make up the Parker course. This year was free from the flash floods and mud seen a couple years back but the lack of precipitation yielded choking dust instead.

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The General Tire Trophylite Race Series is known for its highly competitive racing. Any driver in the field has the potential to take the victory on any given day. As they headed into the final race of the season, the Best in the Desert Henderson 250, PJ Guglielmo, Ben Abatti and Perry Coan were all within striking distance of the championship title. Guglielmo was up 8 points over Abatti who had a narrow 3 point lead over Coan in third.

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The Best In The Desert, BlueWater Desert Challenge is an intense two day event that forces drivers to push hard on a challenging course that varies from deep sand to rocky hard pack. As the laps click off, the course gets even rougher. Trophylite hosted a great BBQ and party Saturday night with a margarita bar from Azunia Tequila but aside from that, it was all business for the Trophylite teams.

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Trophylite teams put in countless hours of hard work and sacrifice to compete in the longest off road race in the United States, Best in the Desert’s General Tire Vegas to Reno (V2R). The V2R course traverses 550 miles of varied terrain. It rises high into the mountains and navigates the many washes that cut through the lowest valleys. Like the course, teams fortunes can rise and fall during the race as well.

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