By Mike Henle
Henderson business owner / carpet layer, Kenny Freeman never really sat out SNORE’s off-road races. He just cut back his schedule to serve as president for the past three years, so that he could deal with the day-to-day elements related to promoting the organization’s six-race Patrick’s Signs / McKenzie’s series.
When Freeman’s friend, John Pellissier, took over the leadership of SNORE earlier this year, the 60-year-old Freeman gladly re-took the role of racer and promptly captured the Class 1600 title during the Motion Tire Motorsports 300 April 7-8 in Ridgecrest, Calif.
Freeman’s entire family has been involved in SNORE’s races dating back to 1970 when his dad, Ken Sr., and mom, Marian, attended their first club meeting at John Herda’s old Sawdust Saloon on Highland Avenue in Las Vegas.
“Yeah, I’m back in the driver’s seat of my 1600 and I had a great time,” said the younger Freeman, who captured a nearly four-minute victory over Raul Solano over the terrain about 3 ½ hours from Las Vegas not far from China Lake Naval Base. “The rush we all get from off-road racing is unmatched, especially when we return to Ridgecrest each Spring. The country there is breathtaking, the people are absolutely awesome and we respond by filling the city with residents in every hotel or motel room available.”
Freeman applauded the supporters of the Motion Tire Motorsports 300 event.
By Mike Henle
RIDGECREST, Calif. – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – otherwise known as SNORE since its inception in Las Vegas in 1969 – has been concentrating on events presented out of town for the past several years.
And without missing a beat, the club will return to this beautiful little city the weekend of April 7-8 for the annual running of the Motion Tire Motor Sports 300 about 3 ½ hours west of Las Vegas.
Ridgecrest has provided a stop on the SNORE annual series for the past ten year, and for good reason. Especially during the spring when the weather is literally perfect complete with flower shows and other outdoorsy-type of events, off-road racing fits in like a ball in a glove.
For good reason, the Motion Tire Motor Sports 300 has everything ranging from friendly people to ground-thundering off-road vehicles to terrain highlighted by huge boulders that can be seen for miles.
In fact, if you study the entire scenario, the area situated a few miles east of Ridgecrest has a picturesque setting perfectly-suited for either an off-road race or even a scene out of a movie highlighting the wild, wild west. The series sponsored by Patrick’s Signs and McKenzie’s is pedal to the metal as SNORE head’s into its second race of the year.
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By Mike Henle
PRIMM, Nev. – California charger Dan Myers wrapped up the overall and Class 1 victories in the annual King Shocks Battle at Primm Feb. 10-12 as SNORE launched its 48th season here in near-perfect conditions.
For Myers, the event was a huge success. The fixed operations director for Toyota of Escondido in Southern California decided at the last minute to compete in event.
“This is my third SNORE race,” said the 38-year-old Myers. “I had no problems whatsoever. The car ran beautifully. I think that I will run the rest of SNORE’s races for the season. We’re building a spec Trophy Truck and I should be racing at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 along with the Mint 400.”
Myers praised SNORE’s event adding that the Battle at Primm produced excellent wheel-to-wheel racing.
“I think this was one of the most professional races that I have raced,” he said. “I really like what SNORE has been doing, so I decided at the last minute to run the Primm race.”
Off-roading is a natural especially considering Myers’ affiliation with the Toyota dealership that is owned by his father.
By Mike Henle
PRIMM, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts head into their 48th season, this Thursday through Sunday, with the running of the King Shocks Battle at Primm.
With a field of almost 175 entries, the Battle at Primm kicks off a year filled with promise, along with numerous new faces and a president who is taking over the reins for the second time.
“I am really excited about the 2017 season,” said SNORE President John Pellissier, who headed SNORE in 2006-2007 and was vice president from 2012-2014. “We have several new people in key positions and I really feel good about the season!
“I actually felt that it was my calling to be president of SNORE again this year.”
A competitor who has several class championships in the past, Pellissier is giving up the competition to guide SNORE in a six-race series that is again sponsored by Patrick’s Signs, which is hooking up with SNORE for the second consecutive year and will co-sponsor the season with McKenzie’s.
By Mike Henle
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Jan. 7, 2017) – About 50 years ago, Las Vegas was a different world. Water wasn’t a concern, developers were just starting to notice that the desert could create wealth and the corporate world had not discovered the city.
In 1969, as Elvis Pressley was filling the showroom at the old International Hotel on Paradise Road, the population was about 125,000 and an off-road racing group was being formed by a group of hearty souls in the back of the Sawdust Saloon on Highland Avenue south of Sahara Avenue.
Legendary singer BB King was headlining Caesars Palace; and so was the legendary Frank Sinatra.
During the same period, SNORE was hosting its year-end banquets at the tiny Sheriff’s Jeep Posse near Washington Avenue and Bruce Street while attracting big shots such as Nevada Sen. Richard Bryan, Clark County Commissioner Manny Cortez and a growing list of sponsors that wanted to become part of one of America’s newest motorsports sanctioning bodies.
By Mike Henle
LAUGHLIN, Nev. --The Southern Nevada Off Road enthusiasts wrapped up its 47th season here Dec. 8-11 and in the same breath, Class 1 Unlimited kingpin Harley Letner pocketed a very impressive payday of $7,512 for capturing overall and class victories.
Indeed, Laughlin and SNORE go together like wine and cheese to end the year with the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River, a wildly-successful and popular off-road racing event that drew more than 300 entries this year for participation over a tight 12-mile course just north of the city.
In a region with a spectacular backdrop of hotels and the Colorado River, the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River lived up to the hype while Letner also lived up to his billing as a hard-driving veteran of a sport that is generally eager to bend metal, brake parts and wipe out half of the field long on any given day.
By Mike Henle
LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- At the age of 31, Laughlin, Nev. native Matt Laughlin is having the time of his life. Now assistant general manager of the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino along the Colorado River about 100 miles south of Las Vegas, he’s preparing to run a new 6100 truck in the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River scheduled Thursday through Sunday.
Presented by the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE), the event will be run over a course that covers approximately 12 miles long in the Laughlin Events Center. With a tight layout surrounded by the mountains and the backdrop of the hotel-casinos at water’s edge, the atmosphere that includes red-hot machinery and the Colorado River is breath-taking.
Laughlin, whose 85-year-old grandfather, Don, has become renowned for spotting the city from an airplane in 1964 before taking it to what it is today, is ready to go in a very impressive-looking truck.
“We originally had a Class 12 car that we converted to a 10 car,” said Matt, who earned a degree in finance from UNLV in 2007. “Then, my parents’ house burned down in May of 2013 and the fire pretty much took everything we had including the race car, our pre-runner, the tools and the rest.
“We didn’t go racing for a while. I had wanted to go back to Class 10. I had been racing for three years, so we took some time off.”
Laughlin is ready now, especially for a race that traditionally draws a huge field of trucks that work fit perfectly in the terrain not far from the Riverside. The Class 61 truck is sleek-looking and besides, it’ll run about 100 miles an hour in the open desert.
LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts Christmas holiday tour is entering Laughlin this weekend for the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River Thursday through Sunday.
A strong field of more than 300 entries will tackle a tight 12-mile course at the Laughlin Event Center. With heat races starting Saturday and Sunday scheduled to start at 6:46 a.m., the action promises to be full-speed-ahead during an event that has now been a part of Laughlin since 2009.
Laughlin is the perfect venue for SNORE to wrap up each year and in the same breath, off-road racing is perfect for this city situated about 100 miles south of Las Vegas along the Colorado River. Hotels are packed with racers and pit crews during an off-road extravaganza that highlights the six-race 2016 Patrick’s Signs & Butch’s Speed Shop Championship Series.
Heading into Laughlin, class points leaders include Ron Whitton (Unlimited Truck), Ross Mattox (1), Justin Davis (10), Colton Gubler (12), Sarah Koeth (13), Kevin Thompson (1450), John Morgan (15), Curt Geer (1600), Austen Sieracki (2000), James Ford (3000), Blade Hildebrand (5), Travis Baldwin (5/1600), Michael Frye (7), Jordon Poole (6100), Jasen Harmon (8), Tyler Peterson (9) and Tommy Bradley (Heavy Metal).