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Silver State 300 Results

The 3rd race in the schedule brings us back to on of our favorite races, the Silver State 300. And for the first time this race would be the TrophyLite National Championship Race bringing the National and Regional series together in a showdown. This year 14 trucks took the green flag making it the most entires we have ever had for the 3rd race of the season in the past 6 years. Josh Cobb, Greg Bragg would battle early, Cory and Ryan Winner, rental truck driver and road racer Joe Fitos got in the mix. But when the dust settled Ryan Winner would hold onto the win. After getting passed by a man on a mission by the name of Greg Bragg, Jim Rossi was able to stay close enough to steal 2nd place on corrected time and landing the 6012 in third. Wyatt McMurray would overcome some serious issues on course and still make it to the finish line winning him the Vision Hype Hard Charger Award. Congratultions and Thank you to all racers.
Next up:
Regional Series: KC Hilites Midnight Special
August 3-4, 2018 - Lucerne Valley, CA
National Series: Vegas to Reno
August 15-18, 2018 - Nevada

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Race number 2 is in the books for the 2018 race season and 50th running of the legendary MINT 400 sure didn't disappoint. The field was stacked once again with 18 trucks to take the green flag at the 6am start. Out of the gate quick Josh Cobb made his way to the front and was holding solid but on lap 2 issues with the driveline would sideline him for some time. This let Spitz take over the lead position where he would stay to the finishline. Greg Bragg, who had been running up front early but rolled on lap 1 and was set back several positions. The 6012 would battle back to finish 2nd on the day. Cory Winner rounded out the top 3 with a consistent pace which kept him close as some of the lead trucks would develop probelms from the brutal MINT course.

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Ryan Winner WINS in Parker February 5, 2018

The first race of the season is a wrap but WOW what a race! 17 TrophyLite teams started this race that had Craig Spitz out in front early and being chased by Josh Cobb but mechanical issues would strike these two. This opened the door for Ryan Winner who came through on the 3rd lap to take the win followed by Greg Bragg in 2nd and Cory Winner to round out the top 3. Spitz Motorsports addressed their issues and continued on to finish 4th. Kyle Ahrensberg and Adrian "Wildman" Cenni teamed up to take the Vision Hype #6061 to a top 5 finish.

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TrophyLite is so very proud to announce that Yokohama Tire Corporation has become the official tire for the TrophyLite R4 series for 2018 and 2019 with an option for a 3rd year in 2020. We will be running exclusively on the brand new Geolander MT 33X12.50R15 which, according to Yokohama is lighter (7lbs) and stronger than what we are using currently.

Another way Yokohama has invested in TrophyLite is with a $20,000.00 contingency program exclusive to TrophyLite. This is cash, not product, not gift certificates but real U.S. currency!!! Thank you Yokohama!

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We are excited to announce that TRAYCO body washers and hood pins has become the official body washer and hood pin of the TrophyLite R4 Series. While not mandatory, Tracy and the staff at Trayco have stepped up big time to offer the following contingency program for the 2018-2020 seasons. Each race of the National Race Series, TRAYCO will put up $550 for podium finishers with exclusive use of their product and decals. The payout breakdown has $250 for 1st, $200 for 2nd and $100 to 3rd place.
TRAYCO is also putting up money for the championship as well for teams using their product at all 6 races of the National Series. The champion will pick up an extra $1000, 2nd gets $750 and 3rd will grab $500. How COOL is that?

YOU can pick up the TRAYCO body washer kit exclusively from TrophyLite for just $64!

2018 Schedule Released November 21, 2017

The Yokohama Tires TrophyLite Race Series will be broken up in to two different categories. The National Series that will run the Best in the Desert Schedule and the Regional Series that will run three SNORE races and one BITD race. Both series will go head to head at the Silver State 300 or also known as the TrophyLite World Championship featuring double points and HUGE prizes for TrophyLite finishers.

Plans are to have a progressive payout, meaning if Driver 1 wins Vegas to Reno and that is the only race Driver 1 has raced, then that driver wins 100% of the purse. If Driver 2 wins V2R and has competed in the 3 previous races, Driver 2 will win the 100% plus 20% for each race completed prior to V2R taking the purse up to 180%. 2018 is shaping up to be an awesome season!

Baja 1000 Update November 18, 2017

Ensenada, Baja, MX - Unfortunately all 3 teams that took on the challenge of Baja didn't make it to the finish this year so here is the run down.

The Vision Hype team brought took the 6061 to an early lead but at RM271 smashed a rock removing the right front wheel along with suspension components connected to it. Everyone is OK after the wreck and the Vision Hype will be in prep & repair mode to get ready for Rage at the River.

Team Israel was running strong and taking on the issues as they would arise like flat tires, digging out of silt beds and sand washes. But around RM720 the 6099 began to experience fuel delivery issues with clogged fuel filters. After clearing that up and back on course at RM745ish the team lost the transmission in the early morning hours and chose to call it.

Team Cobb took over the lead after the 6061 was unable to continue. They were moving along well, dealing with flats and getting stuck but still making progress regardless. However at RM798 the 6066 rolled and they were unable to restart the engine thus ending their race as well. Everyone is OK after the incident just frustrated and disappointed about missing the chance to win the 50th Baja 1000.

Trophylite would like to thank all of our friends, families and sponsors and everyone who helped our 3 teams make the trip for a chance to race this epic event.

Reno, NV - Just when the 2017 TrophyLite Race Series comes back to life after the short summer break, Jeff Mortis and Chris Wacker turn up the heat at the famous Vegas to Reno event. As if the 110° temps were not enough, the 6048 Challenge Motorsports team would put the pressure on the field to run a flawless race to keep pace all of the way to Dayton, NV nearly 550 miles after the start in Beatty. Through nearly every imaginable terrain, the TrophyLite competitors fought tirelessly throughout the day and night to achieve a 72% finishing ratio for the longest race of the year.

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Laughlin, NV - 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. The Method Wheels Mother’s Day Madness featured various prizes to be won along with CASH over the 2 days of racing. The intensity was high heading into this race as teams are chasing the points leaders and employing all options to position themselves for a run at a championship.

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TL Throwdown presented by the folks at KC HiLites featuring a preview of the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic coming up May 11 - 14th. Gene Addison stops by TrophyLite HQ and spends a few minutes catching up with Rick L. Johnson to talk about fantastic CASH and PRIZES that will be handed out to the finishers and of course those who finish on the podium.

Amazing prizes from Method Race Wheels, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Metro Honda/Acura, Challenge Financial Services, Agave Hotel & Cantina, Currie Enterprises, Children of the Dirt, Jake's Fabworks, Southwest Boulder & Stone, Tanimura & Antle Produce! Contingency Awards from General Tire, BFGoodrich, Fox Racing Shox and Kartek Off-road. Best in the Desert is giving away a free entry to Vegas to Reno where all Laughlin finishers will be entered in the drawing to win!

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TrophyLite - 2017 BITD MINT 400

Las Vegas, NV - 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. 2016 Winner Todd Jackson would lay it all on black and test his luck against the TL series best, just 4 weeks after his third place finish at the season opener in Parker, AZ.

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TL Throwdown Podcast from the Mint 400 Contingency. 16 teams made the trip to Las Vegas just to take part in this legendary event.

List of interviews include Rick L. Johnson, Todd Jackson, Jeff Mortis, Brandon Arciero, Mike Szlauko, Gregg Bragg, Roland Silva, Kyle Ahrensberg, John Slavic, Kevin McKeown, Tony Sato and a great interview with King of the Hammers, Dave Cole.

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Mint 400 Race Update March 5, 2017

TrophyLite - 2017 BITD MINT 400

Las Vegas, NV - The 2017 MINT 400 was a brutal race through the Nevada desert just outside of Vegas. 17 registered trucks looked to try their luck at what some consider one of the toughest courses in the Best in the Desert series. Racing began with Louis Chamberland taking his opponent off the line and would lead the TrophyLite class into the desert. Midway through lap 1 Brandon Arciero would jump into the lead and stay there for almost 2 full laps but Todd Jackson, Jeff Mortis and Tony Sato were not far behind. Just 20 miles before the end of lap 2 the 6017 would bust up their flywheel leaving them stranded waiting for a tow to main pit. The always fast 6001 would take the lead and stay there to win the Mint 400, two years in a row. Jeff Mortis finished 2nd and Tony Sato found the podium as well in 3rd.

TrophyLite - 2017 BITD Parker 425

Parker AZ, - 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.

This first event of the year would see several new faces join the ranks of the 6000 class, including Mike Szlauko ...

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TL Throwdown Podcast from the Parker 425 Contingency. 15 teams battle the Parker desert and each other! We have another amazing list of interviews ahead for you featuring Rick L. Johnson, Jeff Mortis, Craig Spitz, Larry Roeseler, Josh Cobb, Brandon Arciero, Tony Sato, Doc Chantler, Kyle Ahrensberg, George Mortis, Mike Szlauko, Gregg Bragg, Austin McKnight and John Ferrari of

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