By Mike Henle

The Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts conducted its 45th annual Gold Strike SNORE 250 Nov. 1 near Jean and as usual, the event drew its share of competitors who had to drive long distances to compete.

However, the race’s overall winner Jonathon Libby made every other journey seem like a short hop, step and a jump considering that he made the trip from Dillingham, Alaska. He arrived on Wednesday before arriving at the track on Thursday.

Libby, 28, powered his Unlimited Truck to a four lap time of 3 hours, 51.24 minutes to win the event touring the typically challenging layout with an average speed of 64.4 mph. Sponsored by CBM Motorsports, ODR Motorsports Engineering and Sway Away, the friendly Libby drove his 2001 Toyota Tundra truck like he had stolen it right from the drop of the green flag recording a first-lap effort of 51.33 minutes.

“My family is from Alaska and I commercial fish up there now,” said Libby adding that the trip to Vegas covered about 4,000 miles. “I kind of grew up in the desert atmosphere. I have racing since 2007. Year before last, we won a championship in the 1400 series, but we needed to step up our competition so we got into a Trophy Truck.”

A part time Californian who lives primarily in Alaska, Libby isn’t afraid of long, challenging trips to compete in off-road racing events.

“We wanted to cover every race with SNORE in 2014,” Libby said. “It was really a lot of fun to be a part of the Mint 400 course that also included a lot of sand. There was a lot of running in the sand washes. It was a very enjoyable race and it didn’t beat you up too much.”

On the second lap Libby and his co-rider Roy Tompkins of Mentone, Calif., had to change a flat rear wheel. Other than that setback, it was smooth race.

“We will definitely be at Laughlin,” said Libby. “I like both the Laughlin race and the Battle of Primm because I like the two day format.”

Tech Director Bill Shapley praised the event saying everyone had an enjoyable time.

“We even had kids down there trick or treating,” said Shapley, 58. “We had a great time.”

With the kids having the times of their lives in the desert with Halloween on Friday night Mother Nature added the perfect addition to the field of entries.

‘The rains kept the dust down for at least the first lap,” analyzed Shapley, adding that the lead-footed Libby wasted no time at all tackling the Nevada desert for record runs.

Once Libby dropped the hammer, SNORE’s fifth race in the six-race 2014 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Garage Series became a blur for many watching the talented driver.

“He was hauling ass, that’s for sure,” said Shapley. “His truck is very fast. When I was at Checkpoint 1 at Night Ranch Road, he didn’t let off and I’d swear he was going 100 miles an hour.

Other winners included Victor Gruber in Class 1 with a time of 4:10.46, almost three minutes quicker than runner up Kelly Mathers; Geoffrey Cooley, whose Class 10 victory with a time of 3:59.28 was also good enough for a second place in the overall standings; Justin Buckley, whose 5:20.04 headed Class 12; Richard Robinson, whose three lap time of 3:43.35 topped Class 13; Justin Oquendo, the Class 1450 winner with a time of 3:2817; John Morgan, who captured Class 15 with a 3:26.26; Michael “Bud” Ward, 4:44.27 for the win in the 13-car 1600 class; Colton Gubler, Class 18; Justin Anderson in Class 2000; Darryl Kysar in Class 3000; Jon Lee in Class 7; Corey Torres in Class 9; and Ed Mahoney in the Stock Bug Class.

Shapley also lauded the efforts of Cooley, a Southern California charger whose Class 10 buggy spent more time with its wheels off the ground than amongst the rocks and the dirt.

“He was awesome,” analyzed Shapley. “He came through the road crossing and never let up. I couldn’t believe it. He hit so hard that the car went up its side and I really thought he was going over.”

Shapley said the course was rough and took out several cars.

“Everyone said it was a fun course,” he said. “But it was also very tough, too.”

SNORE will round out the season with the always popular Rage at the River in Laughlin Dec. 12-14.

“That’s all anyone could talk about at the awards,” Shapley added. “Laughlin is always a very tough race and it’s great for spectators, too.”

Gold Strike Director of Slot Operations Sean Holden said the event was well received.

“Everybody at SNORE is such a pleasure to work with,” said Holden, who has worked at the Gold Strike 14 years and with MGM Properties for many more than 24 1/2 years. “I worked with them last year as well. There is no drama when working with SNORE. Everyone takes everything in stride and takes care of things one thing at a time.”

Considering that the race has been rumored to be moving to Kingman, Ariz. Because of the high fees dictated by the Las Vegas Bureau of Land Management, Holden is hoping the race returns to Jean in 2015.

“It’s been around so long that it would be a shame if it were to move to Kingman and out of Nevada,” said Holden. “We would love to see it return to Jean and the Gold Strike.”

Alaskan Jeremy Libby captured the 45th running of the Gold Strike SNORE 250 Nov. 1 near Jean, Nev., south of Las Vegas.

CONTACT: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483,

By Mike Henle

For the past 44 years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – otherwise known as SNORE – has highlighted each season with the running of the SNORE 250.

This year’s 45th annual Gold Strike SNORE 250 set for Nov.1 near Jean south of Las Vegas promises to be bigger than ever before for an event that is entrenched in history. Known as the Racer’s Race, the event is scheduled to attract a field of about 80 competitors.

From the first event won by the legendary Fritz Kroyer on the land of what is now the posh golf course community called Spanish Trail in the southwest Las Vegas valley, SNORE has always signaled excellence with the SNORE 250.

And you an bet that the 2014 SNORE points leader Corey Torres is eager to jump on the list of talented racers who have recorded victories in an event that stretches back more than four decades.

Driving a Class 9 entry, Torres has had a strong 2014 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Garage Series season. Through the first four races of a six-race series that will conclude with the Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev. Dec. 12-14, the 32 year old Las Vegas native Torres has mounted his points lead behind a series of strong performances.

Torres got off on the right foot by winning the Class 9 competition in the series opening Battle at Primm. He then followed with another victory in the Motion Tire Ridgecrest 300 before collecting fourth places in the Cedar City Grand Prix and the Midnight Special in Johnson Valley, Calif.

With a Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage points series generating thousands of dollars to the winner of SNORE’s six-race schedule, Torres has his eyes on the money heading into the next event.

As is the case with every off-road competitor, a dedicated crew has played a huge part in the success this year.

Among those on the Torres crew are his father, Victor, who builds the engines; John Houlton of RC Transmissions; fellow racer Ed Mahoney, who not only helps the team but also leads the Class 11 standings; and Warren Messick of M&T Race Cars in Barstow, Calif.

“Anyone who has competed in off-road racing knows that your crew is absolutely invaluable,” Torres said. “There is not a lot of reward for the people who help me and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate them.”

Yet another important supporter is Ute Construction, Torres’s employers who work with during a busy racing season.

While the 2014 season has been a good one to say the least and Torres is already making plans for next year. Even with in a class that seems to change dramatically each race, Torres has been able to gain class and overall points leads.

“I used to run 1600 and I’m planning to go back to that class next year,” he said.

Torres’s past accomplishments have included SNORE Class 9 titles in 2004 and 2007 along with MORE championships in 2006 and 2007. He finished second overall in the 2004 SNORE points and second overall in 2007.

He also won the overall MORE title in 2006 finished runner up for the racing body a year later.

Race officials said about 80 cars are expected for the event. Along with Kroyer past winners have included Bob Gordon, Robby Gordon, Brian Collins, Troy Herbst, Rod Hall, Walker Evans, Manny Esquire, Rob McCachren, Tommy Bradley and Casey Folks.

An interesting side note to this year’s running of the SNORE 250 is that the race may be ending its long run in Nevada. Fees for the 2014 event rose from $20,000 to almost $30,000 and interest to move the race to Kingman, Ariz., is a definite possibility.

“The movers and shakers in Kingman really want the race,” said club president Kenny Freeman, “and with the ways things are going with the BLM nowadays, the SNORE 250 may be moving in 2015.”

Corey Torres currently leads the SNORE points standings heading into Saturday’s Gold Strike SNORE 250 in Jean.

CONTACT: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483,

BLM’s Southern Nevada District Office has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft RMP/EIS would replace the existing 1998 Las Vegas Field Office RMP. The planning area encompasses approximately 3.1 million acres of public land administered by the BLM Southern Nevada District in Clark and Southern Nye counties, Nevada. The RMP/EIS describes and analyzes four alternatives to direct the management of the planning area. Alternative 1 is the “no action” alternative; Alternatives 2, 3, and 4 propose varying levels of resource use and conservation. Alternative 3 is the “preferred alternative” under the RMP/EIS.

OHV travel management is one of the issues impacted by the RMP/EIS. Currently, public land in the planning area is designated as “open” to cross-country OHV travel, “closed,” “limited to existing routes” or “limited to designated routes.” The RMP/EIS is proposing to change OHV designations under the preferred alternative as follows:

Current OHV Designations/Proposed OHV Designations under the Preferred Alternative
Open to Cross-Country Use: 26,563 acres/15,880 acres
Closed: 319,408 acres/181,617 acres
Limited to Existing Routes: 1,633,067 acres/0 acres
Limited to Designated Routes: 1,136,598 acres/2,912,805 acres
A more comprehensive look at proposed actions for individual sites within the planning area can be found under section “ Travel and Transportation” in the RMP/EIS.

Comments must be submitted by January 7, 2015. It is important that OHV enthusiasts get involved in the designation process by contacting BLM staff. Comments may be submitted: online; by email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by fax: 7025155023; or by mail: BLM Southern Nevada District Office, Las Vegas/Pahrump Field Offices Draft RMP/Draft EIS, 4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130.

Additional Information
Full Text of RMP/EIS and Maps
Federal Register Notice

For further information, please contact Lee Kirk, RMP Team Lead, at 7025155026 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By Mike Henle

CEDAR CITY -- The Cedar City Grand Prix off-road race scheduled May 31 has a pair of firsts tied to the event set for Three Peaks Recreation Area northwest of here.

First off, the event promoted by the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts marks the first time that off-road racing has been presented in the city about 65 miles north of St. George.

Second, the race also marks the first time that the entire TJ Flores family has competed in the same off-road event. The Champion Race Works/McMurrough race team from North Las Vegas will certainly be well-represented when Cedar City rolls out the red carpet for the sport of off-road racing.

TJ Flores, 36, will power his Ford Raptor Trophy Truck in the Unlimited Class while wife Kristine Flores will drive the No. 1943 UTV while his sister-in-law Christine Flores will co-pilot the No. 1940 UTV with her sister Amy Lance.

Making the entire family angle even more interesting is the fact that Kristine’s father, Andy Kisner will ride co-pilot with his daughter in No. 1943.

Christine’s sister, Amy Lance, will be the driver of record in the No. 1940 UTV.

“My brother, Brian, and I were out at Lake Mead in early May and decided that we should let the women race the UTVs,” TJ Flores explained. “Normally, the wives help out in the pits watching the kids and make sure we have water. They’re usually our cheerleaders.

“This time we wanted the women to enjoy what we do. This will be their inaugural off-road race as competitors and we think they’re going to have a good time.”

To make sure that the five children are still supervised, TJ and his team will baby-sit the youngsters while the women are racing in the morning. The roles will reverse when TJ and co-driver Jesse Gerlach are competing in the afternoon.

“This very well could be the beginning of a new career for the girls,” TJ said.

Pre-run and tech-inspection are set for Friday. The pre-run is scheduled for noon while tech inspection is set for 3 p.m.

A driver’s meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday.

The race Saturday begins at 7 a.m. and will include 1-2 1600, 9, Unlimited Sportsman Buggy, Sportsman Truck, UTV and Stock Bug.

The afternoon session starts at 1:30 p.m. and will include Unlimited Truck, Unlimited Buggy, 10, 8 and 1450. The race will include a 37-mile lap with the faster classes running six laps and the slower cars doing three laps.

About 80 entries are expected. The race has received great response.

“I have heard quite a bit of buzz about the event,” said Roger Olcott, a Farmers Insurance agent in Cedar City. “It’s getting the town fired up.

The Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau has been especially excited.

“SNORE events typically bring about 1,000 to 2,000 spectators to their races with an average visitor spending $131 per day,” said the bureau’s Maria Twitchell. “Cedar City should see a very positive impact from this race.”

The race was moved to Cedar City after SNORE lost its date in Caliente when the Bureau of Land Management in Ely, Nev., the area to only two off-road events a year.

Making the trip to the Cedar City Grand Prix May 31 will be, from left, Christine Flores, TJ Flores and his wife Kristine Flores. TJ will drive the No. 80 Unlimited truck while the women will compete in UTVs.


TJ Flores of North Las Vegas will compete in the Unlimited truck Division of the Cedar City Grand Prix May 31.

CONTACTS: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; TJ Flores, Champion Race Works/McMurrough, 702-468-1192; Bonnie Char Hallman, Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau, 435-865-5351

Usually after one of our races, SNORE typically would quickly post an article boasting about the event, giving kudos to the racers, thanking all of our volunteers and sponsors and give highlights of the weekend’s event but this race was different. We felt that time needed to pass in order to reflect, wounds to start to heal, and we needed to take a moment to pause out of respect for Jeff’s family and friends. Yes, it was a weekend of great racing, huge spectating crowds and excitement, but tragically, reality about how dangerous our sport can be and how lives can be changed in an instance, came to be that Saturday afternoon when race car #3002 crashed during Saturday’s afternoon heat.

As soon as the call for the air ambulance came and as you watched it circle around the course to land, you could feel the mood change and actually sense the concern that everyone had for their fellow fallen racer. The focus had changed from enthusiastically watching racers get big air at the dyke jump to one of concern and prayers for the two racers who had crashed in a single car accident on the course. The driver suffered a severe laceration and was taken by ambulance to the hospital but his dear friend and co-driver, suffered injuries so severe, that a few days later, he succumbed to those injuries and tragically passed away on February 28, 2014 with family and friends by his side.

The off road community immediately responded when called upon to assist Jeff’s family and donations from all over the country poured in and within only a few days, over $24,000 had been raised and the amount keeps on increasing because of extremely generous people like you, the off road community. Many of you have never met Jeff or his family, but because he was a fellow off road racer, it didn’t matter, you knew you had to help because of his love for the desert. Fast Aid, an organization that assists racers families has been very instrumental in helping the family as well so helmets off to them for their great work.

Instead of writing about details about the race weekend’s events, we felt that it would be much more important to let you know a little more about Jeff Johnson, the racer who lost his life competing in the sport that all of us love and hold so dear to our hearts. Please read below a note from Jeff’s lovely wife, Kristi, (Posted on the go fund me page)

At age 43, our beloved Jeff enjoyed his last earthly adventure in an off road desert race on Sat., February 22 in Primm, Nevada. Seven days after an accident during the race, Jeff came to rest in I.C.U. surrounded by loved ones on Friday, February 28th. From an early age, Jeff lived life with gusto. He enjoyed working and playing with dune buggies, 4x4 rigs, participating in the annual cornfield race, and his true passion, hunting & fishing. In 2000, Jeff took over his dad's business, Johnson & Sons Excavating, and loved his work as an excavator. In 2006, Jeff and wife Kristi moved from Whatcom County, WA to Harpster, ID and built their dream haven in the hills. In beautiful Idaho, they enjoyed hunting, fishing, and "living off the land", and were blessed with spending a winter month or two in Arizona pretending they were retired. Jeff was admired by many, being a hard working, intelligent, honest, loyal, friendly, and common sense kind of guy. Jeff is survived by his loving wife Kristi Johnson, adoring parents Bob & Barb Johnson, son Jarod Johnson, sisters Tammy Rounds & Bobbie (Marty) Silves, grandparents Bill & Luz Wegley, granddaughter Karmen Johnson, the Barter, Pfullmann, Bailey in-laws (AKA "outlaws"), as well as 4 nieces, a nephew, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, many loving friends, and good 'ol Maggie dog. In a final gesture of kindness, Jeff donated his heart, liver and kidneys to help others. He will be greatly missed, but will live on in our hearts forever. Memorial service & reception will be held at the Deming Log Show museum (3295 Cedarville Rd., Bellingham WA 98226) on Sunday, March 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Contributions to assist family may be made at any US Bank branch or

Our hearts and prayers go out to Kristi Johnson and Jeff’s family and friends. Forever, Jeff and his loved ones, will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Photos courtesy of DezertWife Photography.

The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts will enter its 45th year with a strong field and a renewed sponsorship promising to make the series one of the sport’s richest payoffs.

Again bolstered by the added points series money of $10,000 provided by Terrible Herbst SNORE’s six-race series kicks off with a bang Feb. 21-23 with the annual Bee Hive Sports Bar Battle at Primm about 30 miles south of Las Vegas. With a field of about 260 entries, the event will be conducted over 13-mile laps adjacent to Buffalo Bill’s.

In fact, response to the event has been so strong that SNORE President Kenny Freeman said room counts have been running extremely high. Just the 1460 class had 62 entries by the first week of February.

“Primm provided a room block of 500 rooms and 60 percent of those rooms were booked in the first few days,” said Freeman, who became SNORE’s president for the third time. “The only thing going on the weekend is the off-road race since there is no concert or slot tournament, so that illustrates the power of not only our club but the sport of off-road racing, too.

“We anticipate that SNORE will fill about 700 rooms by race day.”

SNORE handed out nearly $30,000 last year with overall points champion Cody Freeman of Henderson, Nev., getting about half of the money.

A highly-regarded group founded by several early members of SNORE in 1969, the club has a strong 2014 schedule that also includes the Ridgecrest 300 April 12-13 in Southern California; the inaugural Cedar City Grand Prix May 30-31 about 40 miles north of St. George in Southern Utah; the annual KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 20-21 in Johnson Valley, Calif. the SNORE 250 Nov. 1-2 in Jean, Nev.; and the Rage at the River Dec. 12-14 in Laughlin, Nev.

The move to Cedar City has been met with open arms; and so have ideas of SNORE expanding even more in future years.

“The people in Cedar City our outdoorsy types of people anyway,” Freeman explained, “and this event will give the racers and their families the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful country in the country. Zion National Park is only a few miles south and Duck Creek is about 30 miles to the east.

“We are encouraging our fans and competitors to make a weekend out of the experience. They’ll never forget the time spent and the country viewed.”

Among those planning to race in Primm is Mike Montes, who returns after winning the 2013 SNORE Sportsman category.

“We’re doing things a little different this year,” said Montes, 46. “On Saturday, my wife, Tami, and our crew chief Noel Wytko are racing while on Sunday I will run with Austin Wytko before he leaves for the United States Air Force.

Las Vegan Mike Montes, who won the 2013 SNORE Sportsman championship, returns to action Feb. 21-23 in annual Battle at Primm Feb. 21-23 south of Las Vegas.

Battle at Primm
FEB 21-23
Primm, NV 

MAY 30-31     
SEPT 20-21     

SNORE 250                         
NOV 1-2      
Rage at the River
Dec 12-14
Laughlin, NV

Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Kenny Freeman, SNORE President, 702-232-6296

By Mike Henle

The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – better known in the world of off-road racing as SNORE – wrapped up a banner 2013 season with a yearend banquet recently at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

The 44 year-old group of heart souls doled out about $30,000 at the banquet while promising that 2014 will be even bigger with a six-race schedule kicking off with the annual Battle at Primm Feb. 21-23 in Primm.

Just as was the case with the past season, the 2014 season will again be sponsored by Terrible Herbst.

Off-road racing doesn’t get any better than the SNORE schedule and the past season featured a down-to-the wire battle that saw young Class 10 driver Cody Freeman of Henderson collect 4,140 points to capture the overall title by only 53 points over Class 1-2 1600 driver Justin Bean Smith.

Rounding out the top ten overall drivers were Kyle Vizzo, Class 9, 3727; Michael Brenner, Class 11, 3,720; Randy Jones, Class 12, 3,718; Corey Torres, Class 9, 3,588; Richard Boyle, Class 1, 3,455; Keith Minnicks, Class 7, 3,444; Jeff Johnson, Class 9, 3,337; and John Pellissier, Class 18, 3,261.

Freeman pocketed almost $12,000 in cash. In addition, he will receive free entries to all of SNORE’s races this year for a value of about $3,700.

Ken Freeman, who will be president of SNORE for the third time this season, predicted that SNORE will experience an even bigger year.

“Next season is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Freeman. “We’re already receiving great response from additional sponsors and in addition, the sponsorship will be even bigger.”

Freeman also pointed out that SNORE’s teaming with MORE (Mojave Off Road Racing Enthusiasts) for two events will again prove a win-win for all involved.

“We have teamed up with them the past two years at Lucerne and we’re now starting to see more drivers from Southern California wanting to run our events,” Freeman said. “It’s a great relationship.”

Freeman also said he has some big shoes to fill considering that he’s succeeding Brittany Burgos, who served as president of SNORE for the past two years.

“Brittany really did a tremendous job and I’m sure I am speaking for all of SNORE when I say how much we appreciate what she has done for us,” Freeman said adding that the club gave Burgos several special awards. “We are all very appreciative for what she accomplished for SNORE.”

Others receiving special awards included Dan Bradley, Jimmy Schaeffer/Al Perino Award; Tech Director Bill Shapley, President’s Award and Engine Builder of the Year; Justin Bean Smith, Mechanic of the Year; Dave Folts, Transmission Builder of the Year; Daniel Maurer, Denny Selleck/Don Dayton Award; Bill Burgos, Volunteer of the Year; Keith Minnicks, True Grit Award; Buffalo Bill’s, Hotel Sponsor of the Year; Kartek, Race Sponsor of the Year, Kartek;

SNORE averaged more than 100 cars per race in 2013.

2014 SNORE Terrible Herbst schedule

Feb. 21-23 – Battle at Primm, Primm, Nev.
April 12-13 – Ridgecrest 300, Ridgecrest, Calif.
May 30-31 – Cedar City Grand Prix, Cedar City, Utah.
Sept. 20-21 – KC HiLites Midnight Special, Johnson Valley, Calif.
Nov. 1-2 – SNORE 250, Jean, Nev.
Dec. 12-14 – Rage at the River, Laughlin, Nev.


Cody Freeman pocketed about $12,000 for winning the 2013 SNORE Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage Series. He is shown being crowned recently at SNORE’s yearend banquet at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.


Justin Bean Smith grabbed the 1-2 1600 title and finished runner up in the 2013 SNORE Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage Series.

Contacts: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Kenny Freeman, 702-736-6355.

By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (Dec. 15, 2013) – Talented Class 10 driver Cody Freeman always competes with a heavy foot, but he won the 2013 SNORE Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage championship here Dec. 13-15 with a heavy heart.

Heading into the season’s final event about 100 miles south of Las Vegas along the Colorado River, Freeman held off a late-season charge by Class 16 driver Justin Bean Smith to win Class 10 and finish behind Class 1 finishers Pat Dean and Ryan Mattox in the overall results in SNORE’s sixth race of the season.

The victory was bittersweet considering that only minutes before getting ready to climb into his race car for Sunday’s competition, Freeman learned of the passing of his grandmother, Toni, who had died unexpectedly in Henderson. After first thinking that he would bypass the final round Sunday, Freeman climbed in his Freeman Carpet sponsored car and captured the Class 10 victory by more than two minutes over runner up Richard Glaszczak.

Freeman’s heroic effort on a sad day wrapped up his first overall championship while also earning praise from his fellow racers and racing friends.

Brother Bryan Freeman, who was also the 2007 overall champion, was the first to praise his little brother.

“I want to congratulate my brother for winning class 10 and clinching the SNORE Overall Points Championship this weekend,” Bryan Freeman said. “Sunday was the most courageous display of driving I have ever witnessed. About 25 minutes before Cody had to stage, we found out that our grandma had unexpectedly passed away. With tears in his eyes he gathered himself up and took the green flag, knowing that our grandma would want him to finish the race. Not only did he finish, but he drove like a champion. I know my grandma was watching with Granny, and Papa Freeman, cheering him on, and proud as can be.”

Long known for its dedication to the sport of off-road racing, the Freeman family suffered another heartbreaking setback earlier in December when Cody’s grandfather, Ken, passed away while living east of Cedar City, Utah.

The event drew more than 200 competitors in several classes. Other winners included Jim Riley, Unlimited Truck; Daniel Folts, 12; Jordan Poole, 13; Jonathon Libby, 1450; Scott Rasmussen, 15; Curt Geer, 16; Tammie Gubler, 18; Braden Abatti, 3000; Billy Gereghty, 5 Unlimited; Raul Solano, 5/1600; Jason Rodriguez, 7; Robert Cockrell, 7S; Don Herbert, 8; Jimmy Taranto, 9; Michael Brenner, Stock Bug; Dave Morrison, Stock Full; Adam Bosch, TrophyLite; and Travanon Ash, VORE VC.

Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts
2013 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Garage Series
Rage at the River unofficial results

Dec. 13-15
Two-day totals
Laughlin, Nev.

Overall – 1. No. 125 Pat Dean 10 laps, 1 hour 54.59 minutes; 2. No. 123 Ryan Mattox, 10 laps, 1:57.44; 3. No. 1002 Cody Freeman, Henderson, 1:57.50.578.

Unlimited Truck – 1. No. 61 Jim Riley, 10 laps, 2:11.09; 2. No. 29 Kevin Lyons, 10 laps, 2:13.42; No. 11 Nick Tonelli, 10 laps, 2:45.54.

Class 1 Unlimited – 1. No. 125 Pat Dean, 10 laps, 1:54.59; 2. No. 123 Ryan Mattox, 10 laps, 1:57.44; 3. No. 102 Tom Mather, 10 laps, 1:58.51; 4. No. 170 Kevin Thompson 2:03.34; 5. No. 156 Richard Boyle, 10 laps, 2:08.55.

Class 10 – 1. No. 1002 Cody Freeman, 5 laps, 1:57.50; 2. No. 1073 Richard Glaszcak, 5 laps, 2:00.41; 3. No. 1021 Jay Watson, 5 laps, 2:06.40; 4. No. 1087 Troy Messer, 5 laps, 2:07.46; 5. No. 1005 Todd Stemmerman, 10 laps, 2:17.07; 6. No. 1040 David Norris 2:19.27; 7. No. 1081 Jason Saran, 5 laps, 2:25.23; 8. No.1022 Hyles Hersley, 10 laps, 2:30.31.

Class 12 – 1. No. 1268, Daniel Folts, 10 laps, 2:10.31; 2. No. 1216 Randy Jones, 10 laps, 2:11.20; 3. No. 1227 Justin Buckley, 10 laps, 2:24.03; 4. No. 1238 Stuart Baxter, 10 laps, 2:28.38;

Class 13 – 1. No. 1300 Jordan Poole, 8 laps, 1:57.32; 2. No. 1360 Mike Montes, 8 laps, 2:00.58; 3. No. 1307, Richard Robinson, 8 laps, 2:03.20; 4. No. 1375 Michael Brister, 8 laps, 2:08.38; 5. No. 1378 Dave Nelson, 8 laps, 2:13.10; 6. No. 1380 Billy Shapley, 8 laps, 2:13.22.

Class 1450 – 1. No. 1406 Jonathon Libby, 8 laps, 1:45.26; 2. No. 1448 Ryan Aguis, 8 laps; 1:53.34; 3. No. 1424 Mavrick Gaunt, 8 laps, 1:54.06; 4. No. 1470 Robbie Cockrell, 8 laps, 1:54.52; 5. No. 1405 Nick Isenhouer, 8 laps, 1:55.47; 6. No. 1453 Spenser Smith, 8 laps, 1:55.59; 7. No. 1443 Jeremy Deakins, 8 laps, 1:56.10; 8. No. 1444 Josh Taylor, 8 laps, 2:03.52; 9. No. 1416 Kevin Knight, 8 laps, 2:07.06; 10. No. 1479 Chris Freas, 8 laps, 2:08.40; 11. No. 1413 Sal Gomez 8 laps, 2:12.52.

Class 15 – 1. No. 1565 Scott Rasmussen, 8 laps, 1:43.42; 2. No, 1545 John Morgan, 8 laps, 1:47.41; 3. No. 1505 Kelly Suiter, 8 laps, 1:58.39; 4. No. 1522 Travis Howard, 8 laps, 2:03.55; 5. No. 1509 Johnny Burns, 8 laps, 2:07.52; 6. No. 1551 Samantha Richard, 8 laps, 2:14.16.

Class 1600 – 1. No. 1634 Curt Geer, 10 laps, 1:07.04; 2. No. 1616 Cory Boyer, 10 laps, 2:17.42; 3. No. 1614 Andrew Neal, 10 laps, 2:18.33; 4. No. 1632 Fernie Padilla, 10 laps, 2:19.14; 5. No. 1617 Mattox Ross, 10 laps, 2:22.33; 6. No. 1664 Jonathan Burnworth, 10 laps, 2:26.16; 7. No. 1685 Vince Viola, 10 laps, 2:29.16; 8. No. 1620 Matt Ferrato, 10 laps, 2:29.31; 9. No. 1663 Chris Adamik, 10 laps, 2:33.30; 10. No. 1669 Mario Iannucci, 10 laps, 3:08.40.

Class 18 – 1. No. 1866 Colton Gubler, 8 laps, 2:12.03.

Class 2000 – 1. No. 2083 Trevor Messina, 8 laps, 2:09.47; 2. No.2028 Kevin McKeown, 8 laps, 2:14.50; 3. No. 2055 Derek Tenney, 8 laps, 2:23.43.

Class 3000 – 1. No. 3060 Braden Abatti, 10 laps, 2:28.21; 2. Dana Dague, 10 laps, 2:51.00.

Class 5 Unlimited --- No. 522 Billy Gereghty, 10 laps, 2:29.23.

Class 5 – 1. No. 554 Raul Solano, 8 laps, 2:04.34; 2. No. 558 Brent Shermak, 2:08.35; 3. No. 562 Jerry Fisher, 8 laps, 2:10.45; 4. No. 575 Chuck Eichelberger, 8 laps, 2:22.07; 5. No. 555 Michael King, 8 laps, 2:23.53; 6. No. 556 Leroy Lozano, 8 laps, 2:26.12.

Class 7 – 1. No. 7209 Jason Rodriguez, 10 laps, 2:22.58.

Class 7S – 1. No. 7129 Robert Cockrell; 2. No.7149 Steve Jacketti.

Class 9 – 1. No. 996 Jimmy Taranto, 8 laps, 2:01.14; 2. No. 989 Corey Torres, 8 laps, 2:01.23; 3. No. 928 Kyle Vizzo, 8 laps, 2:07.08; 4. No. 918 Travis Staley, 2:08.30; 5. No. 990 Matt Creveling, 8 laps, 2:20.51; 6. No. 910 Thomas McAdams, 8 laps, 2:30.43; 7. No. 966 Jeff Johnson, 8 laps, 2:35.49.

Stock Bug – 1. No. 1179 Michael Brenner, 6 laps, 1:51.44; 2. No. 1168 Cory Vandermark, 6 laps, 1:52.16; 3. No. 1100 Robert Johnson, 6 laps, 6 laps, 1:52.55; 4. No. 1189 Ed Mahoney, 6 laps, 1:56.27; 5. No. 1125 Michael Cote, 6 laps, 1:59.49; 6. No. 1166 Ryan McCrory, 6 laps, 2:08.52.

VORE – 1. No. VC41 Travanon Ash, 8 laps, 2:02.34; 2. No. VC40 Reginald Buck, 8 laps, 2:04.19.

Southern Nevada Class 10 driver Cody Freeman captured the 2013 Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage series with a spirited performance during the annual Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev. (Trackside Photo)


Las Vegas driver Pat Dean captured overall and Class 1 titles during SNORE’s annual Rage at the River Dec. 13-15 in Laughlin south of Las Vegas (Trackside Photo).

Contacts: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, SNORE president, 702-325-9623; MJ Smith, Executive Director, Laughlin Tourism Commission, 702-298-2214 or 702-298-0459.

By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts will round out a banner season here Dec. 13-15 with the annual running of the Rage at the River.

Expected to draw more than 200 entries, the Rage at the River will be highlighted by two days of heat races beginning at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 14-15 at Laughlin Events Park.

Classes will include 1300, 1500, 7s, 5, 5-1600, 1450, 2000, VORE, 1600, 10, 12, 3000, TL, Unlimited Truck, 8 and Heavy Metal.

Sponsored by the Laughlin Tourism Commission, the Rage at the River is considered a valuable shot in the arm to this city situated about 100 miles south of Las Vegas along the Colorado River.

The 2012 Rage at the River was dominated by Southern California contractor Josh Daniel, who powered his 700 horsepower Danzio Performance Engineering Class 1 entry to fast time and heat race and overall victories.

The event is the sixth race in the Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage season which has also included the BeeHive Sports Bar Battle at Primm Feb. 22-24; the Motion Tire Ridgecrest 300 April 12-14 in Ridgecrest, Calif.; the KC Hilites 250 June 7-9 in Jean and Primm; and the John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 Nov. 1-3 in Jean.

Currently leading the overall points chase are a pair of Southern Nevada drivers including Class 10 driver Cody Freeman and 1600 charger Justin Smith. Freeman holds a 3,623-3,587 lead heading into the season finale which will see drivers competing over a 13.5-mile course.

Fans will be able to watch the race from on top of the hill along with the rhythm section.

The LTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing tourism in Laughlin. Comprised of the Edgewater Casino Resort, Colorado Bell Hotel Casino, Tropicana Laughlin, River Palms Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget Laughlin and Harrah’s Laughlin, LTC contributes more than $30 million in economic impact through events.

Laughlin attracts thousands of outdoor enthusiasts each year who flock to its shores to enjoy the water and relax with all the amenities of a resort destination.  From riding the waves on jet skis, to relaxing on a scenic cruise, there is something for everyone on the waters of the Colorado. For more information, go to

SNORE’s annual Rage at the River off-road event will culminate the 2013 Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage season Dec. 13-15 in Laughlin. Among the top competitors in the event will be Class 1 charger Richard Boyle of Ridgecrest, Calif. (Trackside Photography).

Contacts: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, SNORE president, 702-325-9623; MJ Smith, Executive Director, Laughlin Tourism Commission, 702-298-2214 or 702-298-0459.

By Mike Henle

JEAN, Nev. -- Utilizing a storyline that has become almost commonplace for the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts, the 44th annual John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 established another milestone here about 35 miles south of Las Vegas on Nov. 2.

Established in 1969, SNORE overcame challenges related to the government shutdown to draw a good field while also boosting the Gold Strike Hotel Casino in Jean.

Driving home its always-consistent effort, SNORE about 80 entries from several states to a tough desert layout dominated by Unlimited Truck and overall winning TJ Flores of Las Vegas.

Every successful off-road race requires intense planning and dedication on the part of the promoting body and the SNORE 250 wasn’t any different although the government shut down before the race made the challenges even tougher to overcome.

However, the end result was a happy hotel casino that appreciated what the event did for its bottom line.

Long-time Southern Nevada hotel executive Curt Thompson, who serves as executive director of both the Gold Strike and Railroad Pass hotel casinos in Southern Nevada, wanted the event badly – and he showered praise at what the event did for the Gold Strike.

“We were delighted with the final result,” said Thompson, whose days in off-road racing stretch back to the Mint 400 and Frontier 500 in the 1970s and 1980s. “The race was very good for us and we booked about 100 rooms even with the threat of the government shutdown.

“Considering the first weekend of November when all of Southern Nevada is usually a little soft, we did well. We’d absolutely love to have SNORE back again.”

From the tech inspection the day before the race to the main event Saturday and the awards on Sunday, the response was very positive.

“We had rave reviews from everyone,” Thompson added. “I even spoke with some of the people with the Bureau of Land Management; and they said there were no problems at all. We also own two gas stations and two convenience stores and they were busy all weekend. Special events especially during weaker dates are important to hotel casinos and this one was excellent.”

Thompson also had good things to say about the Gold Strike personnel that enthusiastically embraced the race and its competitors, pit crews and sponsors.

In a nutshell, the event was a true team effort on every conceivable front.

While the dedicated members of SNORE worked behind the scenes to deliver a homerun, the drivers in the event gladly accepted the challenging course. In particular, Flores roared to a four-lap time of 3 hours, 53.04 minutes in a performance that saw the native Southern Nevadan continue a sparkling career.

Pat Dean of Las Vegas captured Class 1 Unlimited and was second overall with a time of 4:00.53 while Cody Freeman of Henderson shot to the Class 10 and third overall spot with a time of 4:08.30.

Flores also captured the KC HiLites 250 last June in Jean.

Other John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 class winners included Michael Duenas, 12; Mike Montes, 13; Darren Parsons, 1450; John Morgan, 15; Justin Smith, 1600; John Pellissier, 18; Trevor Messina, 2000; Eric Trondle, 3000; Ben Swift, 5; Michael King, 5/1600; Jason Cobb, 7; Nick Lantz, 7S; Arturo Benavides, 8; Kyle Vizzo, 9; and Ed Mahoney, Stock Bug.

“We did three laps,” said Montes. “We led the entire race from start to finish although we did have a spare tire issue on the second lap and on the third lap we had a flat.”

The 45 year-old Montes, a former stock car racer, said he’s enjoying his new career in off-road racing.

“I really like the camaraderie of the sport,” said Montes, a native Las Vegan. “When we had our challenges this past weekend, there were members of other teams coming over to help us at. That’s the biggest thing I like about he sport.”

Montes said he’ll be back for the Rage at the River in December.

“The people who race off-roading must be dedicated,” said Montes. “This isn’t anything like stock car racing, that’s for sure.”

The event was also the 44th running of the SNORE 250 for the off road auto racing group that was founded in 1969.

The race was the fifth of six events in the Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage Series. SNORE will wrap up the season Dec. 13-15 with the Rage at the River in Laughlin.

Race Director Kenny Freeman said the always-popular Rage at the River race would probably draw about 200 entries.

Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiast
John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 race results
Saturday, at Jean, Nev.

Unlimited Truck – 1. No. 80 TJ Flores 3:53.04, four laps, first overall; 2. No. 61 L Smiley 4:26.18, four laps; 3. No. 86 Gregg Hempel 5:11.22.

Class 1 Unlimited – 1. No. 157 Pat Dean 4:00.53, four laps, second overall; 2. No. 151 Mike Mitchell 4:09.50, four laps; 3. No. 156 Richard Boyle 4:09.50, four laps; 4. No. 166 Billy Worthing 5:09.36, four laps; 5. No. 192 Allen Cluck 6:03.43, four laps.

Class 10 – 1. No. 1002 Cody Freeman 4:08.30, four laps, third overall; 2. No. 1048 John Hsu 4:23.38, four laps, 4:23.38; 3. No. 1022 Keith Waibel 5:01.42, four laps; 4. No. 1015 Ken Flippin 5:40.23, four laps; 5. No. 1047 Joseph Gunning 5:52.40, four laps,

Class 12 – 1. No. 1298 – Michael Duenas 4:53.28, four laps; 2. No. 1216 Randy Jones 4:55.29, four laps; 3. No. 1227 Justin Buckley 4:59.13, four laps; 4. No. 1215 Michael Benedict 5:50.46, four laps.

Class 13 – 1. No. 1360 Mike Montes 4:09.21, three laps; 2. No. 1336 Bree Cloud, 4:15.41, three laps; 3. No. 1307 Richard Robinson 4:23.16, three laps.

Class 1450 – 1. No. 1447 Darren Parsons 3:30.30, three laps; 2. No. 1444 Josh Taylor 3:47.17, three laps; 3. No. 1413 Sal Gomez 6:11.56, three laps.

Class 15 – 1. No. 1545 John Morgan 5:42.10, three laps; 2. No. 1551 Samantha Richard 6:08.21, three laps; 4. No. 1529 Steve Carbone 6:24.56, three laps.

Class 1600 – 1. No. 1619 Justin Smith 4:52.50, four laps; 2. No. 1685 Vince Viola 5:08.34, four laps; 3. No. 1621 James Dean 5:25.01; 4. No. 1641 Robbie Madison, 5:27.20, four laps; 5. Lucas Knecht 5:35.46, four laps.

Class 18 – 1. No. 1800 John Pellissier 3:59.52, three laps; 2. No. 1802 Anthony Perrucci 4:15.52, three laps; No. 1877 Thomas Morales 5:30.22, three laps.

Class 2000 – 1. No. 2083 Trevor Messina 4:18.57, three laps; 2. No. 2028 Kevin McKeown 4:26.05, three laps; No. 2015 3. No. 2015 Ken Leavitt 6:54.56, three laps.

Class 3000 – 1. No. 3003 Eric Trondle 5:35.32.

Class 5 Unlimited -- 1. No. 555 Ben Swift 6:02.02, four laps.

Class 5/1600 – 1. No. 555 Michael King 4:40.37, four laps; 2. No. 566 Nicholas Gross 5:31.58, three laps.

Class 7 – 1. No. 7277 Jason Cobb 5:39.05.

Class 7S – No. 7177 Nick Lantz 6:23.35, three laps.

Class 8 – 1. No. 809 Arturo Benavides 2:50.24, two laps.

Class 9 – 1. No. 928 Kyle Vizzo 4:09.45, three laps; 2. No. 989 Corey Torres 4:16.42; 3. No. 966 Jeff Johnson 4:42.14, three laps.

Stock Bug – 1. No. 1189 Ed Mahoney 3:50.24, two laps; 2. No. 1179 Michael Brenner 6:08.38, two laps.

Next race – Rage at the River, Laughlin, Nev., Dec. 13-15.


The 44th John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 drew a good field of about 80 entries along with a huge welcome sign at the Gold Strike Hotel Casino in Jean, Nev. The race Nov. 2 was won by Unlimited Truck racer TJ Flores of Las Vegas.


Mike Montes of Las Vegas powers to the Class 13 victory during the Nov. 2 running of the 44th annual John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 at Jean, Nev. (Phil Kaos photography)


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