Toyo Tires Win the Vegas to Reno Off-Road Race Overall
August 19, 2019
Toyo Open Country tyres powers Bryce Menzies to victory in the Best In The Desert series Vegas to Reno off-road race.
RENO, NEVADA – Bryce Menzies and Toyo Tires have won the Best In The Desert series Vegas to Reno off-road race overall this last weekend. Menzies finished in a time of 08:10:35.985, more than 8-1/2 minutes faster than the second-place finisher. His all-wheel-drive #7 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Ford Trick Truck relied on Toyo Open Country tyres to help achieve his win.
Menzies started the weekend by qualifying first, placing him at the front of the field for the start of the race. This represents the first win for Menzies as a Team Toyo® driver, having joined earlier this year. It is also the first time Menzies has won the Vegas to Reno overall and is the first win ever for his new-era all-wheel-drive truck.
At approximately 550-miles in length, the Vegas to Reno is considered “the longest off-road race in the United States” and this year’s event was held over a single day, rather than being run in two stages like in the years prior. The high-speed course provided extra challenges after a rainstorm exposed jagged rocks in many areas. The start of the race was located outside the remote town of Beatty, NV. It paralleled the Nevada Test Site and then crisscrossed State Hwy 95 before arriving near the town of Dayton, NV which is on the outskirts of Reno.
Menzies is a three-time SCORE Baja 500 winner, former SCORE International® Series Champion and two-time Mint 400 winner in the Best In The Desert series. Also proficient in short course off-road racing, Menzies won the TORC Series Pro2 class championship three years in a row, 2011 – 2013. He has also competed successfully in the Pro 2 and Pro 4 classes of the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
With this weekend’s win by Menzies, Toyo Tires has been on a streak in both desert and short course off-road racing. Andy McMillin has won both the 33rd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 and the 51st SCORE Baja 500 with his #31 Red Bull / Toyo Tires / KMC Wheels / Rigid / Fox Chevrolet Silverado SCORE Trophy Truck to take the early lead in the 2019 SCORE points championship.
In the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series, Kyle LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 Pro 4 class Ford truck is well in the lead of the 2019 championship points and has the potential to win his sixth championship with Toyo Tires at the end of the season.
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