ITP Racers Go 1-2 at Vegas
To Reno Desert Race
Riggs wins UTV Unlimited
Class On ITP Ultra Cross® R Spec tires
Franklin, TN (8/25/2017) - Outfitted
with ITP Ultra Cross R Spec tires, Tony Riggs
piloted his Polaris RZR side-by-side vehicle to
the UTV Unlimited class overall win at the 2017
Best In The Desert (BITD) Vegas To Reno race this
past weekend in Nevada.
"The largest class in the Best In The Desert
racing series is now UTVs, so selecting the right
tires and wheels is critical for surviving these
long endurance races over such difficult terrain
and demanding conditions," said Rhett Turpin,
Head of ITP Sales at The Carlstar Group. "Whether
it's more serious UTV race teams, like Tony Riggs,
or recreational customers looking to take on challenging
environments with their off-road vehicles, ITP
continues to prove it's the brand to you can count
Sparta Racing team of Tony Riggs, Kyle Melville
and Travis DeMeester competed at the 2017
Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno race this
past weekend in Nevada. They piloted the
No. 2912 Polaris, dressed with ITP Ultra
Cross R Spec tires, to the overall win in
the UTV Unlimited class.
Riggs, the driver of record, was coming off an
eighth-place finish at the Baja 500 and was looking
to continue his team's recent success in his No.
2912 Polaris. Along with co-pilots Kyle Melville
and Travis DeMeester, Riggs did just that at the
Vegas To Reno event, which is known as the longest
off-road race in the U.S. at roughly 540 miles.
The team finished the race with a time of 13:41:32.992
to win the UTV Unlimited class. Riggs armed his
vehicle with dependable 8-ply, 32-inch (32 x 10R-15)
ITP Ultra Cross R Spec tires. This specific radial
off-road tire features an openly spaced tread
pattern and is a proven option for desert terrain.
The runner-up finisher in the UTV Unlimited class
went to Renee Hudson, who ran ITP SD Series Beadlock
wheels on the No. 2911 Polaris RZR. Hudson and
co-pilots Ritchie Hudson and Mathew Goade put
down a time of 14:15:10.245 to score a podium
Gastel (Can-Am / Rugged Radios / ITP) finished
the entire Best In The Desert Vegas To Reno
race on the same set of 31-inch ITP Ultra
Cross R Spec tires, despite the unforgiving
terrain. He came away with a solid third-place
finish in the UTV Turbo class.
In the UTV Turbo class, which consisted of 50
total competitors, Logan Gastel drove his No.
969 Can-Am Maverick, dressed in 31-inch (31 x
9.50-14) ITP Ultra Cross R Spec tires, to a strong
third-place finish. Co-pilots Adam McKinney and
Steve Amrine helped navigate the vehicle through
the dusty, rocky, and silt-filled course, which
forced 97 other competitors to suffer a DNF within
the B division of the race.
"Without the strength of reliability of the
ITP Ultra Cross R Spec tires, it would not have
been possible [to finish this demanding course],"
stated Gastel. "We finished with the same
four tires we started with."
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