BARSTOW — With the Adelanto Grand Prix and the National and Hound race already behind us, the 2017 motor racing season is in full swing.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the cars and drivers of the Barstow based Mojave Off Road Enthusiasts turned out to hold their season opener, the Slash X Ranch Duel In The Desert, in the Stoddard Valley Off Highway Vehicle Area just outside Barstow, with the famous bar and restaurant marking the main pit and start finish line spectator area.

More than 70 entries turned out for the race, which was run under an increasingly popular new format for off-road races. Multiple smaller laps were run rather than the traditional few long laps, with the day divided into morning and afternoon races. The morning race was for the limited classes and the afternoon session showed off the unlimited racers. This makes the races much more fan friendly as the racers pass by the spectator areas more often during the race.

The morning race included classes 1900, 9, 2000, 5/1600, 1300 and 1350, with the goal being to complete six laps of the 20-mile course. The first to finish was Kent Perkins, who brought his Class 1900 buggy home in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 6 seconds to capture both the overall and class victory. Tyler Peterson finished second overall and first in Class 9 with a time of 2:41:24.

Brandon Hearn captured the Class 2000 victory, while Brain Baxter took Class 5/1600, Felipe Anguiano won Class 1350 and Graydon Smith grabbed the Class 1300 win.

The afternoon race featured the big guns of the pro classes, including Class 1 unlimited buggies. They had to run eight laps and the fastest was Joe David, who took the Class 1 and overall win with a time of 2:38:01, beating out second-place finisher Jerry Larimore by 27 seconds.

David Norris captured the Class 10 honors while Bob Depew took the Class 12 win, Chris Lazenby took Class 5, Mark Crum took the Class 1400 win and Jeremy Craig took the Class 1600 title.

The MORE schedule for 2017 includes seven races, all to be run in the Barstow and Lucerne Valley areas. The next race is the Transaxle Engineering Challenge on March 18 near Barstow. For more information on the races or the series see