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Donald Jackson, Operations Director for Best in the Desert Racing Association, said the 2020 BlueWater Resort & Casino/Best in the Desert Parker 425 presented by Jimco was a big success.

“It was a spectacular weekend,” he said. “The weather was beautiful.”

This was the first time BITD had used a two-day format for the Parker 425. The slower and three-lap classes went out on Friday, Jan. 24, while the faster classes went out Saturday, Jan. 25. Both races began on California Avenue in downtown Parker in front of the Chamber of Commerce building.

The new format was adopted for safety reasons. With two starts in one day, some slower vehicles were still on the course when the faster vehicles set out. Jackson said there was also the consideration of racing in the dark after nightfall.

Jackson said the new format worked well.

“Everyone loved the two-day format,” he said.

When asked if this will be done again next year, he replied, “That’s the plan.”

Jackson said he wanted to thank the many entities that played a role in making the 2020 Parker 425 a success. These included the Town of Parker, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the BlueWater Resort & Casino, La Paz County Public Works, the Parker Police Department, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Land Management.

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