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Parker 425 Finishes Big - Local Economy Thankful

IN THE PHOTO: The first vehicle off the starting line for the 2010 BlueWater Resort & Casino/Best in the Desert Parker 425 was No. 1549, a Jimco rail. Here, BITD President Casey Folks gives final instructions to driver Sam Berri of Murphys, Calif.

The 2010 BlueWater Resort & Casino/Best in the Desert got underway in the early morning hours of Saturday with a start on California Avenue in downtown Parker. The first vehicle out was No. 1549, a rail driven by Sam Berri of Murphy's Calif. He set out at approximately 7:15 a.m.

More than 200 vehicles left the starting line. The last one didn't head out onto the course until 9 a.m.

The race went on Saturday until well into the evening hours. The awards ceremony will be held Sunday at 9 a.m. in the BlueWater Resort & Casino Bingo Room. Off-Road1.com





Crowds flock downtown for Parker 425 "Show and Shine"

From Friday, February 5, 2010 9:09 AM MST

IN THE PHOTOS: Off-road racers and fans filled downtown Parker Thursday afternoon for the BlueWater Resort & Casino/Best in the Desert Parker 425 Downtown Experience Show and Shine.

Upper left: Race vehicles are lined up along Joshua Avenue, ready to be checked out by race fans.

Upper right: This was the scene on Joshua Avenue.

Lower left: This was the scene on Arizona Avenue between California and Kofa Avenues.

Lower right: Parker Mayor Steve Madoneczky (left) presented Best in the Desert President Casey Folks with the "Key to the City."

The streets of downtown Parker were filled with off-road vehicles, racers and fans Thursday afternoon for the BlueWater Resort & Casino/Best in the Desert Parker 425 Downtown Experience Show and Shine street party.

A part of their participation in the time trials, racers in the Parker 425 were required to come downtown so fans could get up close and personal with them and their vehicles. In addition to racers and fans, there were many vendors and a live band provided music.

The event recalled the days when SCORE International ran the race. Contingency and technical inspection were held in downtown Parker.

With the BlueWater now serving as the host and a major sponsor of the race, contingency and technical inspection are held there the Friday before the race.

Randy Hartless, director of the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, addressed the crowd late in the afternoon. He thanked everyone for attending, and he thanked Chuck Baker of Charles Baker & Associates and La Paz County Sheriff's Lt. Linc Gilbert for their roles in organizing the event. Baker is the owner of the Joshua Street Mall, which was the center for the event. In his off-time, Gilbert is an off-road racer.

Parker Town Councilman Dan Beaver also addressed the crowd. He praised the organizers of the event, and he praised town residents for their support of off-road racing. He also praised Best in the Desert President Casey Folks for running a fine organization. Beaver noted he had been an off-road racer for many years himself.

"I have worked with every promoter there is in this sport," he told the audience. "Casey is the best."

Parker Mayor Steve Madoneczky presented the "Key to the City" to Folks. Folks thanked him, and thanked all the local officials and agencies who helped organize the race.

"They've all been great," he said.

Folks also thanked the people of the Parker area for their support for off-road racing.

"The heart of off-road racing is here in Parker, Arizona," he said.

The Parker 425 gets underway early Saturday morning with a start in downtown Parker. The racers will be escorted from the BlueWater to downtown at 6:45 a.m. The first vehicle will head out onto the course at 7:15 a.m., with each vehicle leaving in 30-second intervals.

This is the second of four races BITD has planned for Parker in 2010. The next will be the BlueWater Gran Prix in May. A new event, the BlueWater challenge is set for October.


Local Stories and Pictures Courtesy Parker Pioneer

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Qualifying was Thursday morning and a group of over 70 Trick Trucks and Class 1500’s showed up to try and start Saturdays race on the pole. Andy McMillin, named later that night, "Driver of the Year" driving the #6 Corona Trick Truck looked to be the fastest of the day, but in a rookie move got high centered 4 feet from the finish and had to settle for a slower time.


Just some notes from Thursday, TT #71 General Tires, Johnson, blew the motor and did not qualify for the Parker 425, this year.

Sam Berri will start in the front for tomorrow's 2010 BITD season opener. Top qualifiers are as follows:

1. Sam Berri
2. Ray Griffiths
3. Pete Sohren
4. BJ Baldwin
5. Steve Strobel
6. Chuck Hovey
7. John Herder
8. Smilley
9. Loren Brown
10. Croll
11. Tim McDonald
12. Troy Herbst
13. Tim Herbst
14. Sproule



Qualifying Results LISTED BELOW: MORE LOADING>>>


Race Qual Car # Name Time Diff Off 1st
Start Start
1 5 1549 Berri 5:10.328 -- --
2 11 1553 Griffith 5:14.421 04.093 04.093
3 2 Pistol Pete 5:19.859 05.438 09.531
4 71 97 Baldwin 5:26.265 06.406 15.937
5 4 94 Strobel 5:26.890 00.625 16.562
6 8 1518 Hovey 5:27.734 00.844 17.406
7 42 1526 Herder 5:28.296 00.562 17.968
8 9 1558 Smiley 5:31.812 03.516 21.484
9 16 1578 Brown 5:32.562 00.750 22.234
10 69 1586 Croll 5:33.000 00.438 22.672
11 55 1515 McDonnell 5:36.343 03.343 26.015
12 49 Herbst 5:37.390 01.047 27.062
13 6 19 Herbst 5:38.406 01.016 28.078
14 66 1516 Sproule 5:38.512 00.106 28.184
15 40 1503 Gaughan 5:38.546 00.034 28.218
16 21 1595 Chase 5:39.171 00.625 28.843
17 59 1570 Letner 5:39.265 00.094 28.937
18 49 8 Norman 5:40.343 01.078 30.015
19 14 68 Ewing 5:41.140 00.797 30.812
20 51 1585 Croll 5:41.343 00.203 31.015
21 50 1574 Wood 5:42.562 01.219 32.234
22 13 24 Householder 5:42.609 00.047 32.281
23 70 1525 Melton 5:43.593 00.984 33.265
24 1575 Dean 5:43.656 00.063 33.328
25 44 1561 Wood 5:45.812 02.156 35.484
26 18 1539 Householder 5:46.765 00.953 36.437
27 12 1572 Freitas 5:48.328 01.563 38.000
28 3 1538 Patten 5:48.671 00.343 38.343
29 48 57 Kincaid 5:48.675 00.004 38.347
30 19 65 Sproule 5:48.718 00.043 38.390
31 38 18 Rubio 5:48.781 00.063 38.453
32 29 60 Voudouris 5:51.765 02.984 41.437
33 58 39 Whitton 5:55.109 03.344 44.781
34 47 1559 Appleton 5:55.125 00.016 44.797
35 1 1566 Rockhill 5:55.593 00.468 41.172
36 56 1522 Cooley 5:55.671 00.078 41.250
37 53 13 Stout 5:56.343 00.672 41.922
38 25 15 Beaver 5:58.671 02.328 44.250
39 68 1530 Lenk 5:59.843 01.172 45.422
40 60 1546 Raskett 6:01.375 01.532 46.954
41 39 1531 Pfankuch 6:01.421 00.046 47.000
42 64 1543 Kemp 6:02.671 01.250 48.250
43 33 1579 Gibbs 6:06.484 03.813 52.063
44 61 1563 Boyle 6:07.515 01.031 53.094
45 57 1547 Tucker 6:11.890 04.375 57.469
46 26 45 Bonestroo 6:12.218 00.328 57.797
47 72 96 Baldwin 6:15.437 03.219 1:01.016
48 46 1567 Bilek 6:16.343 00.906 1:01.922
49 65 1532 Bourman 6:18.578 02.235 1:04.157
50 45 1573 Sharman 6:23.093 04.515 1:08.672
51 32 1511 Jacobs 6:25.875 02.782 1:11.454
52 2 1542 Nimmo 6:26.696 00.821 1:12.275
53 28 35 Voss 6:34.406 07.710 1:19.985
54 17 1545 Galewick 6:35.250 00.844 1:20.829
55 34 56 McGillivray 6:39.515 04.265 1:25.094
56 73 95 Whipple 6:39.562 00.047 1:25.141
57 37 1583 Wingerning 6:53.156 13.594 1:38.735
58 15 42 Staats 7:38.265 45.109 2:23.844
59 36 1552 Pulse 7:54.890 16.625 2:40.469
60 7 6 Andy/Sourapas 8:28.543 33.653 3:14.122
61 20 11 Jacobson 27:22.484 53.941 22:08.063
62 27 71 Johnson dnf
63 41 1529 Mecham dnf
64 43 1501 Flores dnf
65 62 1591 Rigsby dnf
66 75 1528 Cobb dnf




























Draw Order for 2010 BlueWater Resort Parker "425"

Draw Order by Class (Not Starting Order for Vehicles)
Starting Order for all Classes will be announced at the Driver's Meeting
Class 1100
Class 2000
1
1178
Williams
1
2030
Smith
2
1136
Derby
2
2007
Geer
3
1132
Jackson
3
2061
Nirschl
4
1148
Cook
4
2052
Reichman
5
1123
Banning Sr.
5
2088
Dyer
6
1116
Velasco
6
2032
Acuna
7
1102
Greenberg
7
2034
Ferruzzo
8
1151
Plowman
8
2008
Winter
9
1191
Lenocker
9
2019
Mattox
10
1142
Fusting
10
2078
Kurz
11
1197
Martin
11
2009
Perez
12
1156
Shaw
12
2095
Richey
13
1101
Jones
13
2059
Potts
14
1107
Godde
15
1133
Williams
Class 1200
Class 3700
1
1205
Hardin
1
3711
Land
2
1220
Staats
2
3704
Mamer
3
1253
Marasco
3
3736
Holt
4
1213
Paulsen
4
3710
Barnett
5
1265
Backus
5
3797
Krellwitz - 2nd R
6
1263
Blower
6
3747
Rather - R
7
1242
Vest
Class 1700
Class 4400
1
1772
Martin
1
4406
Usnick
2
1736
Coan
2
4401
Schneider
3
1719
Nissley
4
1716
Thorvick
5
1720
Heynen
Class 5000
6
1706
Hartman
1
5016
Griffith
7
1708
Helgeson
2
5023
Bird
8
1713
Malburg
3
5010
Anderson
9
1712
Jackson
4
5008
Bruckmann
10
1771
Vander Tuig
5
5011
Belk
11
1730
Wacker
6
5025
Heitritter
12
1725
Standage
7
5013
Martin
13
1705
Shaffer
8
5012
Ollis
14
1748
Helton
9
5021
Johnson
15
1709
Stobaugh
10
5090
Lazenby
16
1777
Hunt
17
1767
Bunch - R
Class 5100
1
5103
Harris
Class 1800
1
1811
Finke
Class 6000
2
1858
Smiley
1
6077
Antle
3
1827
Kincaid
2
6048
Finchum
4
1844
Hunt
3
6040
Riley
5
1874
Blume
4
6084
Finchum
6
1836
Galles
5
6017
Messer
7
1815
Moore
6
6021
Scherrer
8
1848
Munoz
7
6057
Wells
8
6088
Fiorino
9
6001
Johnson - 2 R
10
6050
Friesen - R
Class 7100
1
7109
Day
2
7124
Severson
3
7123
Baker
4
7150
Holmes - R
Class 7200
1
7267
Bozzano
2
7222
Herling
3
7226
Hogan
4
7207
Kovach
5
7206
Giordano
6
7291
Lawrence
7
7266
Sims
8
7241
Burke
9
7231
Jones
10
7265
Backus
11
7229
Rosenthal
12
7214
Ruhman
13
7244
Lovell
14
7276
Ruane
15
7240
Borden
16
7205
Dixon
17
7297
Skilton
18
7211
Karakas
19
7201
Caspino
20
7253
Yarbrough
21
7221
Helm
7277
7277
McNeil
Class 7300
1
7399
Johansen
2
7310
Rowley
3
7301
Walch
Class 8000
1
8025
Glass
2
8044
Szlauko
3
8041
McFarland
4
8002
McCarthy
5
8007
Crinklaw
Class 8100
1
8115
Roglin
2
8108
Casey
3
8105
Beaver
4
8181
Merritt - R

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