By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. – If ever an off-road racer had reason to celebrate; it was competitors like charger James Ford, who captured the highly-competitive Class 10 category in the annual running of the Knotty Pine 250. 

Presented on June 8 about 180 miles north of Las Vegas in what could be termed “The God’s Country of Motorsports,” Ford clicked off four consecutive laps for what was nothing less than a rendition of “Get Out of Vegas” weekend.  

The event played host to more than 100 entries – far more than expected – in the hills of Caliente, a small-town atmosphere highlighted by a level of peace and quiet until residents annually greet the throng of competitors with open arms for another Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts spectacular.

“This one was a great event,” said SNORE President Kenny Freeman, who spends his weekdays installing carpet and his weekends spreading the word of SNORE. “Everyone was happy, including both the town and the racers that have combined efforts to become a spectacle of the area each time.

As is the case with every SNORE event in Caliente, this particular race once again was presented with special challenges not usually found in an off-road race, which this year also included a series of running water after a wet spring season.

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The annual Knotty Pine 250 in Caliente is always a huge challenge, especially because of the special challenges the race presents.

By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. -- For the last 50 years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts have ridden through the ups and the downs of the sport.

If it’s history that fascinates your soul, go no further than a crash course in SNORE, which has ridden wave-after-wave through five decades of celebrations and challenges.

The original group was highlighted by stops for meetings at the old Las Vegas watering hole the Sawdust Saloon, which was owned by a legendary group headed by Sawdust owner John Herda, who donated the space and the time as SNORE rapidly went from a tiny club of enthusiasts to the longest-consecutive running off-road racing entity in the country.

Other illustrious names include the Freeman family, whose current concentrations embrace SNORE during some of the most challenging times. Good old-fashioned hospitality that has seen the group continue to present consistent off-road events in various states that encompass Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona.

The six-race season series heads for Caliente this weekend for the Knotty Pine 250 presented by Pirate’s Cove Resort. The event has become an annual showdown of racing equipment, talent and scenery. This year’s course encompasses obstacles of high water, intimidating trees, a very challenging bridge and a wild terrain that even includes what is called “Oh My God Hill” heading into the south-end if the town.

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GREENVILLE, SC (Feb. 11, 2019) – On behalf of BFGoodrich® Tires, Jackson Motorsports Group is pleased to continue its support of the Southern Nevada Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (SNORE) for the 2019 racing season. We are proud that we are in our THIRD year supporting this series and these racers. SNORE racers are genuine, authentic, rugged off-roaders and dedicated to their craft. Many have been racing and winning on BFGoodrich® tires purchased through Jackson Motorsports for years. We appreciate their support and have decided to express this by offering the following:

Jackson Motorsports will offer a $400 Tire Bucks Voucher at each of the six SNORE racing events in 2019. One winner will be randomly selected from the eligible class for each event. The winner of that class will win the tire voucher. Although preferred, the winner does not have to compete on BFGoodrich® tires to be eligible for the tire voucher, which can be used for any tire sold through Jackson Motorsports. Winners will receive standard Racer Program pricing.

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By Mike Henle

Jean, Nev. – It goes without saying that dust is usually a major challenge in the sport of off-road racing.

However, the challenges of the 50th annual PCI Race Radios SNORE 250 here Feb. 15-16 didn’t include as much dust as usual, thanks to unusually wet winter storms that were socked into Southern Nevada while generating a completely different element.

This time, it was water that dominated the world of off-road racing south of Las Vegas that drenched the desert prior to the start of the race the morning of Feb. 16. 

The dry lake bed that can be seen from I-15 is anything but dry this year. However, the typical SNORE 250 layout did claim its share of drivers who failed to heed the advice of the race director who warned that patience was a “must” to survive the annual event.

The Dean family was well-represented in the 100-plus field of entries considering that James Dean won the Class 1 championship while father Pat Dean ran to Unlimited Truck and overall title.

James Dean was quick to thank his many sponsors for their help. Among the sponsors Patrick’s Signs, Ultra Wheel, Vision X, King Shocks, BJ Goodrich Tires, Weddle Transmissions, Fydaq Co. and Grandpa Butch.

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By Mike Henle

Fritz Kroyer is renowned in off-road racing circles all over the world.

Measure this: He won the first-ever SNORE 250 on the grounds of what is now the plush Spanish Trail 50 years ago although he rolled the car on the first lap of the race.

The car rolled right-side-up and Kroyer went to work winning the SNORE 250 in a Funco two-seater converted into a single-seater.

Even more impressive is that Kroyer –now 75 – recorded back-to-back Mint 400 titles in 1971 and 1972.  The Mint is known world-wide as the toughest race of its kind.

In true off-road-racer tenacity, if you want an interview with the colorful off-road racer/race car engine builder, you had better be ready for an early start considering that Kroyer arrives at his shop early every morning at Kroyer Racing Engines on the grounds of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kroyer is the picture of the Iron Man competition since he works out three or four times a week. A true example of today’s rugged senior citizen, the man is not interested in retiring.

After his racing days subsided in the mid-80s, the colorful Kroyer went to work creating and building off-road machinery, as well as guiding younger drivers in a sport where only the strong survive.

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Please join us at the SNORE monthly membership meeting on December 11, 2018.

Meeting Place: Pole Position Raceway (Skybox Room, upstairs) 4175 South Arville Las Vegas, NV 89103

Time: 7:00PM (Membership Validation opens at 6PM.)

The nominees for the 2019-2020 term are listed below.

*Please note, you MUST be a paid SNORE member to participate in voting.

**Absentee and electronic ballots are not accepted.

***One ballot per paid member.

Click Here to register as a SNORE member.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the PCI Race Radios 49th Annual SNORE 250. Thanks to Instant Images Photography for the photos.

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Congratulations to all the winners at this years KC HiLites Midnight Special. Thanks to Instant Images Photography for the photos.

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. -- Fifty-five-year-old Fred Hatch and a tightly-knit group of family members have reason to celebrate after the team captured Class 10 and overall titles June 9 in the annual Knotty Pine 250.

A veteran of motorcycle desert racing, Hatch and his team of three pit crew members mounted a lean and mean monumental charge at this venue about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Hatch, an air conditioning contractor who owns Modern Air Conditioning in Palos Verdes, Calif., has enjoyed the transition to four wheels especially considering that one accident three years ago during a District 37 motorcycle race at Glenn Helen, Calif., left him with 14 broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a punctured lung resulting in two weeks in the intensive care unit of Loma Linda Hospital. “Over the years, I broke a total of 33 bones, and just told myself that once I recovered from the surgery, I was done.”

It was time for a change, according to Hatch.

“At that point, I knew that I simply couldn’t put my family through the agony any longer,” said Hatch. “I came to the reality that I could no longer compete in motorcycle desertracing. I had raced motorcycles for 40 years.”

Knowing full-well that any kind of motorsports can easily become addictive, Hatch went to work looking for other forms of racing with fewer dangers and the idea of off-road racing led him to 30-year friend Randy Wilson, who owned a Class 10 car.

“Randy suggested that I buy his Class 10 car,” said Hatch, who is a father of five. “Ibought it about two years ago and decided this year that I was going to compete in every SNORErace that I could.”

Needless to say, the decision to leave behind the two-wheelers in favor of the four- wheelers provided the perfect fit. Hatch roared into the SNORE series last year turning in excellent performances at the Rage at the River, Ridgecrest and the SNORE 250, where he missed an overall win by only 54 seconds.

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE -- The Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts – SNORE -- is bringing its annual Knotty Pines 250 off-road race here Friday and Saturday complete with about 120 race cars and competitors in what has become a blockbuster gathering.

From the students of Caliente Elementary to fans and the racers, the railroad town about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas looks forward to the annual SNORE event for several reasons.

With Las Vegas temperatures expected to soar to about 110 degrees during the weekend, most everyone is looking for a cooler climate and Caliente is expected to be much cooler. 

Then there’s the history of the town complete with old railroad houses and great scenery and a collection of businesses. 

However, Caliente also provides a fascinating collection of challenges for off-road racers ranging from the traditional desert terrain to trees and water to a stretch heading back into town that racers refer to as “Oh My God Hill” that tests the talent of a every off-road competitor in the event.

In the eyes of an off-road racer and his or her co-riders, the Knotty Pine 250 has it all including a bridge that has no walls.  There is no room for what is commonly known as “brain fade” when accepting the challenges affiliated with the Knotty Pine 250.

In addition, SNORE ties a meet and greet session at Caliente Elementary School each year and the students love the interaction with the drivers, according to principal Sharon Dirks, a native Las Vegan who has lived in Mesquite for 16 years.

“The kids really enjoy it,” Dirks said of the meet-and-greet that will be presented from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday.  “They love getting the autographs of the drivers. Our school started ending earlier and the students still go to the meet and greet. SNORE has always been very generous to the kids.”

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