When most racers enter the grueling Vegas to Reno off-road race, their main goal is simply to cross the finish line in one piece. There’s one driver sets out to do more than just finish and his name is Jason Voss. Voss feels right at home in the middle of the Nevada desert with the blistering heat and harsh rocky and sandy terrain, and he proved that again by picking up the win at the 2017 running of the 550-mile race. As if that isn’t impressive enough, this happens to be Voss’ fourth overall victory of the Vegas to Reno is just the past five years.
While there may be a bit of luck involved with off-road racing in the sense of mechanical failures and flat tires, winning 4 out of 5 races takes a lot more than just luck. It’s a grueling battle for each and every mile and it seems like Jason Voss has figured out how to win a great majority of those battles. A lot of it comes down to the machine, which is where Jimco Racing comes into play. A while back I featured a spec TT built by Jimco and I quickly learned that they take off-road racing very very seriously. They have helped drivers like Jason Voss and Justin Lofton become some of the most dominant racers in the sport.
Voss finished the race with a time of 9:02.27 which was just three minutes ahead of the second place driver, Justin Matney. Finishing out the top 3 was Bryce Menzies who finished 14 minutes behind Matney. Even being a hardcore off-road enthusiast who has literally dreamed of being behind the wheel of a top level Trophy Truck, I can’t even imagine how brutal it must be to battle the combination of the terrain and the heat for over 9 straight hours. It takes a level of mental toughness that most people can’t even fathom. Granted, even with the brutal terrain, the Trophy Trucks are so amazing that if you ask most drivers they will say it’s more like driving Cadillac due to the massive amount of suspension travel.