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But Peralta, who was at Friday's race, said he welcomed more help from BLM officials and thought most races would be allowed to move forward.
The point-to-point nature of the Nevada race -- touted as the longest off-road race in the country -- means people in one place will see vehicles drive by just once unless they make their way to a different pit area to see them go by again.
Leo Drumm, who oversees off-highway vehicle racing in Nevada, said less than 200 spectators who aren't affiliated with the 800 racers are expected.
"It's really not a spectator event," Drumm said. "It's a completely different type of race."
Folks said perhaps 2,500 to 3,000 people, including drivers, crews, volunteers and BLM officials, would watch the race.
Folks said each of about 230 vehicles was outfitted with a radio and tracking device to allow race officials to keep tabs on every vehicle as they make their way across the hot, windy landscape.
Temperatures were expected to be in the 90s with winds gusting to more than 20 mph.
BLM officials planned a sweep of the course before the race began. Drivers across 23 divisions started one-by-one, spread one minute apart at the starting line just south of Beatty, 130 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
Along the way, drivers were expected to be tracked by more than 400 volunteers, including people stationed along the course, helicopters on standby if someone gets hurt and communications personnel along four mountaintops directing radio traffic.
Condit said that a few vehicles rolled over or broke down by mid-afternoon Friday, but there were no incidents with spectators.
The fastest trucks and open-wheel vehicles were expected to finish the race Friday afternoon but the last drivers wouldn't reach Dayton, just west of Carson City, until after midnight, Folks said.
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