Duel In The Desert 2020: By The Numbers

477 – Total entries that raced the 2020 Duel in the Desert over the 3 classes that participated, which is a record.

567 – Total pre-entries and entries for the 2020 Duel in the Desert.

178 – 178 competitors that attended the 2019 Duel came back to race in 2020.

90 – Number of competitors that had originally registered to run the Duel in 2020, but did not show up.

233 – Modified entries that raced the 2020 Duel in the Desert. Increase of 30 (203) compared to 2019.

132 – SportMod entries that raced the 2020 Duel in the Desert, which is a record. Increase of 30 (102) compared to 2019.

112 – Stock Car entries that raced the 2020 Duel in the Desert, which is a record.

365 – Modified and Sportmod entries that raced the 2020 Duel in the Desert, which is a record.  Increase of 60 (305) compared to 2019.

$44,000+ – Over $44,000 was added to the purse for the 2020 Duel compared to 2019.

10 – It has been 10 years since the Stock Cars last participated at the Duel before 2020.

24 – Number of states represented at the 2020 Duel in the Desert: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

1 – Number of Canadian provinces represented at the 2020 Duel in the Desert: British Columbia. “Sir” Lawrence O’Connor made the trip down from Vancouver Island, picked up a brand new Modified in Wisconsin, and raced the Duel. After he got back, he started a 14-day quarantine (customary for crossing the border). Thank you for your dedication, Sir Lawrence!

3 – First Time Duel Winners in 2020: Ricky Thornton Jr., Zane DeVilbiss, and Austen Becerra claimed their first Duel wins.

142 – Number of people that were gracious enough to make a donation to a charity for the 2020 Best Appearing races.

$21,641.77 – Amount of money raised through the Best Appearing link for the various drivers and charities represented in the Best Appearing races.

225 – Number of races held over the 4 days of competition.

2,048 – Number of laps that were scheduled for competition throughout the 2020 Duel.

11 – Terry Phillips had made 11 straight Duel features in the Modifieds. That streak was broken this year as he failed to make the Duel.

6 – Michael Johnson had made 6 straight Duel features in the SportMods. That streak was broken this year as he failed to make the Duel.

5 – The new longest consecutive streak for making the Duel feature in the Modifieds, held by both Ricky Thornton Jr. and Tim Ward.

4 – The new longest consecutive streak for making the Duel feature in the SportMods, held by both Jason Nation and Jake Sachau.

7 – First time qualifiers for the Duel in the Modified division – Troy Foulger, Scott Bloomquist, PJ Egbert, Clay Money, Chris Nieman, Casey Delp, and Dylan Thornton.

11 – First time qualifiers for the Duel in the SportMod division – Austen Becerra, Ryan Peery, Tyler Blankenship, Jason Bannister, Taylor Kuehl, Brian Baker, Cody Williams, Justin Erickson, Dakota Girard, Phillip Shelby, and Brett Berry.

2 – Christy Barnett claimed her 2nd “Legends” race victory, becoming the 2nd to go back-to-back. She will try to duplicate the three-peat that Bill Brack achieved in 2016-18.

1998 – The winner of the inaugural Duel in the Desert in 1998 was Joe Antonetti, who made an appearance in the SportMod division in 2020.