Las Vegas, NV (05/11/2015) – RT Pro’s Logan Gastel claimed a top ten finished 2015 Best in the Desert Silver State 300.
Gastel and his co-pilot Josh Lucerno were near the back of the pack off the start in the number 37 starting position. “Our plan was to try to stay on pace with the leaders and make a big push at the end,” said Gastel.
The conditions were tough since the trophy trucks started before the SxS classes but Gastel was ready for it. “It was definitely rough. It was rougher than the Mint 400. The silt was really deep, and there were a lot of rocks. We were running the RT Pro Long Travel kit and that really helped with the handling out there,” said Gastel.
Gastel was making good time and was gaining on the leaders. “We were about seven minutes off the leader. We were pushing really hard and about eight miles from the finish; I hit something in the silt and got a flat. I had to stop and change it, and we ended up ninth. We were hoping for a little better before the flat,” Gastel said.
This is Gastel’s first season racing in the BITD series and he is currently seventh in Pro UTV points. Gastel is looking forward to making the switch the Can-Am Maverick Turbo at Vegas to Reno run in August. “Right now we are running RT Pro suspension and few other parts, but when we got to the Vegas to Reno race, we are going to debut a new turbo car with a fully built RT Pro chassis with the RT Pro long travel kit and gussets. They are basically building it from the ground up. The long travel kit stretches the suspension back a bit, and give me the wheelbase of a four-seater, but in a lighter vehicle,” Gastel explained.
“We have been very happy with the RT Pro products. We have been using them for two years now and have never had a failure. We are really excited to step up to the Best in the Desert series this year as a part of RT Pro. It’s been real exciting for us to be here running with all these guys that we always read about and to be out here competing with them is amazing for us,” said Gastel.
The next round of the 2015 Best in the Desert series is the General Tire Vegas to Reno run, the longest off-road race in the United States, which will be held on August 13-15, where Logan Gastel will be going for the podium.