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BEST IN THE DESERT
Pahrump Nugget 250
December 3, 2016

Best in the Desert Racing - BITD Series

BITD Pahrump Nugget 250 UTV Race Report
Justin Lambert & Branden Sims Take Class Wins & Championships

BEST IN THE DESERT
Pahrump Nugget 250
Pahrump, NV (12/9/2016) - Justin Lambert and Branden Sims capped off their championship seasons as the Best in the Desert Series held its season finale with a return to Pahrump for the Nugget 250. Cognito’s Justin Lambert won a BITD record seventh consecutive race in the SXS Pro Production Class, completing a sweep of the entire season in his Polaris RZR. LSR / ITP’s Branden Sims, who needed only a top 10 to clinch the SXS Pro Turbo title, drove a conservative race and ended up with a victory, handing Polaris its second victory of the weekend and both Pro BITD UTV titles.
Justin Lambert - BITD UTV Racing
Cognito's Justin Lambert claimed a history making 7th straight BITD win in 2016 to go undefeated for the Pro UTV Championship

Best in the Desert racing returned to Pahrump this year after an eight-year absence. While the vehicles may have changed, one thing remained consistent: The tough, silty and rock-filled course. The event was run on a 255-mile continuous-loop circuit featuring long silt-covered straightaways and rocks. High winds on Friday died down before the race on Saturday, but breezy conditions helped clear out the dust on the desert course.

In the end, the story of the day was Lambert. He dominated the event. Along with his unprecedented seventh class victory, he earned his fourth overall victory, finishing ahead of some fast turbo cars. For his efforts, Polaris Industries presented him with a custom-made broad sword to symbolize his “slaying” of the competition. Robert VanBeekum finished second in the Production Class, ahead of Adam Warren.

Justin Lambert - BITD UTV Racing
ITP's Justin Lambert battled with the elements & trucks at the BITD Pahrump Nugget 250 to hold the overall lead shortly after the start

“This is our first championship, so this is definitely sweet,” exclaimed Lambert. “It made it sweeter to get the sweep. We batted a thousand this year. The track was fast, but very silty and rocky. It was amazing how fast it was. Once we got behind some slower trucks and buggies, we realized that they were slowing us up. With four-wheel drive we were faster in the softer stuff. These RZRs, they kick butt.

Justin Lambert - BITD UTV Racing

“The key to our success this year was our consistency,” added Lambert. “We played it smart. We knew when to take it easy and when to go fast. There is a fine line between the two.”

Lambert will bring that consistency to the Turbo Class next season. While he was pleased to beat out the turbo cars four times this season, he sees the faster cars as the future of BITD SXS racing.

Justin Lambert - BITD UTV Racing
FOX's Justin Lambert went undefeated to clinch the Pro UTV Championship & for 2017, Lambert is making the move to the BITD Turbo UTV Class

“We’re building a turbo car to run the Turbo Class next year,” said Lambert. “We think it’s going to be tough to compete with so if we don’t move up, we’ll be left in the dust. We’re partnering with SYR Racing and we’re learning some things with them. Hopefully it gives us a head start on a new car without even racing.”

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