Parker 425

The two big off-road races in Parker, the Parker 425 and the Parker 250, are among the most prestigious in the sport. This scene is from the start of the 2020 Parker 425. Unlike in years past, the Parker 425 will be held first this year and the Parker 250 will be held later.


Off-road racing fans in Parker should note that Best in the Desert Racing Association has reversed the order for the two Parker races at the start of their season. The Parker 425 for cars, trucks and buggies will be held in January, while the Parker 250 for motorcycles, quads and utility terrain vehicles will be held in February.

Since BITD began organizing races in Parker in 2003, the Parker 250 had been in early January, while the Parker 425 had been in late January or early February.

The BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 presented by Jimco will be run Jan. 13-16. The time trials will be Wednesday, Jan. 13. Contingency and Technical Inspection will be Thursday, Jan. 14. That is also the same day the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has scheduled the Downtown Experience, a street fair and “show and shine” in downtown Parker.

The race itself will be held over two days. On Friday, Jan. 15, the two-lap and slower classes will run, while the faster classes, including the Trick Trucks, will run on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The 2021 Tensor Tire Parker 250 will be run Feb. 18-21. This event is for motorcycles, quads and UTVs. Registration, technical inspection and the event expo will be held Thursday, Feb. 18. Youth and short course races will be run Friday, Feb. 19. Race day will be Saturday, Feb. 20. In the past, the motorcycles and quads have gone out in the morning and the UTVs have gone out in the afternoon.

Many of the details on these events are still being worked out. The BlueWater Resort & Casino has been very involved in these events in the past, but, due to coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, all special events have been cancelled until further notice.

More details on these events will be published as they become available.

In other BITD news, the annual season awards ceremony set for Dec. 5 has been cancelled. In a statement on their website, BITD said this came about due to new restrictions on mass meetings from the State of Nevada due to the recent increase in coronavirus cases.

“This disappointment is overwhelming as our racers worked their tails off all year to achieve their goals and we looked forward to honoring their accomplishments in the presence of their families, friends, media, teammates, crews, and peers,” the BITD statement read. “We made it through an entire season on one hurdle after another to only come up short at the end. Needless to say, it is very disappointing. Our racers proved they have the champion qualities that will not go unnoticed. We will update everyone once we have more news to share regarding future plans for the event and how we are going to manage the distribution of awards and prize monies.”


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