The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts wrapped up the 2011 season Saturday with a yearend awards banquet at Michael Gaughan’s South Point Hotel Casino.

While the overall and class champions were honored for winning titles, yet another impressive award had to be SNORE’s late race heroics that saw the 43 year-old club hand out more than $34,000 in cash and prizes.

The gathering was the perfect way to kick off the 2012 season with $80,000 plus in cash that will be given at the annual Dusty Times Battle at Primm Feb. 24-26 south of Las Vegas. With an impressive six-race series, the SNORE schedule will also include the PCI Race Radio 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif.; the Dusty Times 250 June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif., south of Barstow; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump about 70 miles west of Las Vegas; and the Rage of the River Dec. 7-10 in Laughlin about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.

The banquet complete with the perfect setting along with a great crowd featured a buffet dinner and an efficiently-run awards ceremony that was concluded at about 9:15 p.m. before SNORE’s members danced the night away.

Among the class winners honored were Kyle Conlon, Class 1 and overall; Todd Wylie, Unlimited Truck; Kevin Ellis, Class 10; Cody Reid, Class 12; Steve Alexander, Class 5; Kenny Freeman, Class 1-2 1600; Mike Boone, Class 5/1600; Daniel Maurer, Class 18; Daniel Lutz, Class 9; Garrett Evans, Class 8; Russ Ramsey, Class 7; Robbie Cockrell, Class 7s;  Monte Tibbitts, Heavy Metal; Robert Johnson, Class 11; Jesus Galvan, Class 1450; Tony Scott, Class 1500; and Arturo Benavides, VORE.

Conlon, who is currently studying the idea of running a trophy truck for the 2012 season, complimented SNORE on 2011.

“They have been doing really well,” said Conlon, a 22 year-old lineman apprentice in the utility business in San Diego. “I ran all six races and we won three out of the six races. We got about $8,000 for winning the championship and it was well worth everything. For me, it’s more of a family thing anyway. My crew is happy and it’s all good.”

Conlon also saluted his father, Kent, who pays for all of his racing.

“These are times that this family will never forget,” said Conlon. “This was my first year of running SNORE and it was one of my better racing experiences that I have had so far.”

Conlon added that while his off-road racing might be deterred in 2012, he definitely plans to return to SNORE events in 2013

Special awards were given to Kenny Freeman, Sportsman of the Year and Driver of the Year; Cody Reid, Rookie of the Year; new SNORE President Brittany Burgos, the Denny Selleck/Don Dayton Award; Bryan Freeman, the Jimmy Schaefer/Al Perino Award; Bruce Fraley, Mechanic of the Year; Engine Builder of the Year, Wiks Racing Engines; Transmission Builder of the Year, Dave Folts Transmission; Race Sponsor of the Year, Butch’s Speed Shop; Hotel sponsor of the Year, Buffalo Bill’s in Primm; Pit Crew of the Year,  Freeman Racing; and Appreciation Awards, SNORE Tech Director Bill Shapley; the Laughlin Tourism Commission, MJ Smith; and Patrick’s Signs, Pat Dean.

“Jimmy Schaefer was a dedicated member of SNORE during its growth years and I’m truly honored to get the award,” said Bryan Freeman, who raced with his father, Kenny, during the 2011 year. “I won’t be racing this year and will be helping the club in various capacities. In a sense, I’ll be doing what Jimmy Shaffer did more than 30 years ago.”

Former SNORE President Kenny Freeman lauded the season while also speaking highly of what’s around the bend for the club.

“We overcame a lot – and that’s an understatement,” Freeman said. “With Brittany in charge, we’re all looking forward to a banner season.”

Burgos added "This has been a wonderful season and truly illustrates the strong SNORE family has become in its 43 years. We delivered what we promised and 2012 is going to be even better especially as it relates to our returning sponsors. I couldn't be more proud then now to call myself a SNORE member"

Long-time former SNORE member Bob Jensen, 88, who belonged to the club from the 1970s until the late 1980s, said SNORE was on the climb again.

“This is wonderful to see SNORE on the rise again,” said Jensen, who was such a dedicated member of the club that he drove an old school bus that was used for the timing crew at SNORE events. “The heart and soul of SNORE is now leading the club and there are good things ahead.”

 

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515: Arizona competitor Todd Wylie and his son, Wyatt, were honored for winning the Unlimited Truck Division points title.

 

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533: Freeman Racing won the Pit Crew of the Year Award at SNORE’s year-end banquet. From left, announcer Anthony Perucci; Brian Adams; Jessica Freeman; and CJ Hutchins.

 

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549: Bryan Freeman captured the Jimmy Schaefer Award at SNORE’s awards banquet.

 

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541: New SNORE President Brittany Burgos won the Denny Selleck/Don Dayton award. She is shown with past winner John Pellissier.

 

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554: Kyle Conlon, center, celebrates his 2011 SNORE overall and Class 1 titles with SNORE President Brittany Burgos and co-rider Cameron Butcher.

 

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555: SNORE danced the night away at its awards banquet Jan. 7 at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

 

Contacts: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, SNORE president, 702-325-9623

There was a rush on the city of Laughlin Dec. 9-11 when a throng of off-road racers, their fans and sponsors converged on the area for the annual Rage at the River, a Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) event that attracted some 250 competitors, their race machinery and fans from several states.

According to off-road experts, each off-road racer brings ten people ranging from mechanics to sponsors and fans. With Chamber of Commerce weather for the two days, Laughlin was a true playground; at least for racers who converged on the city about 90 miles south of Las Vegas.

“I couldn’t believe the amount of people at the driver’s meeting Friday night,” said Bill Shapley, SNORE’s race steward. “The tent had people wall-to-wall. There had to be at least 2,500 people there.”

Shapley’s statement fits perfectly with estimates for the Rage at the River, SNORE’s final race of the 2011 season. With two days of heat races over a 12.8-mile course just north of town, this race spectacular had everything from great action to a huge economic boost during what has been termed the worst recession since the Great Depression.

In a nutshell, off-road racers are a hearty group and the Rage at the River was proof of that. Not even economic meltdowns can keep off-roaders from traveling long distances to spend several days in the desert for good fun and good competition.

Racers loved the Rage at the River and so did the fans.

“It was really rough,” said Jason Coleman, a Southern California contractor who captured the 1600 class in a jam-packed field of 34 entries. “This was a lot of fun. I love being here.”

Coleman wasn’t alone in his assessment of the Rage at the River. Even those who weren’t quite as lucky agreed that off-road racing in Laughlin during December was the best possible therapy especially under glorious skies that produced shirt sleeve weather for the majority of each day.

“It was a great race,” said Las Vegas contractor Mark Hutchins, sitting in the back of his pickup while watching the action. “Everything was run on time both days.”

There was no question that the course included a combination of short-course and open desert. In what was a typical tough SNORE course, there are some who won’t forget the layout.

Among those who found the course especially challenging was Southern Nevada real estate executive Day Gang, who competed in the 1600 class.

“I ran hard all day and was running in fourth or fifth position on Saturday,” she said on Facebook after Saturday’s race. “On my last lap, I went for a pass on third place, caught a rut and rolled. I’m super bummed that I did not finish my last lap, but stoked that I ran as fast as I did today. My co-dog Charlene did awesome and stayed calm during a pretty scary roll.

“Thank you to the course workers that eventually got us back over and thanks, too, to Josh for getting the car ready for Sunday.”

Class winners included automobile executive Steve Olliges, Unlimited Truck; Terry Householder, Class 1 Unlimited; Michael Lapaglia, Class 10; Beau Rush, Class 12; Jordan Poole, Class 13; Ryan Desautels, Class 1450; Richard Blunk, Class 15; Chas Dana, Class 3000; Steve Alexander, Class 5; Raul Solano, Class 5-1600; Jason Rodriguez, Class 7; Joe Patelli, Class 8; Michael Ward, Class 9; Dan Unsicker,  Heavy Metal; Scott Wisdom, Stock Bug; Robert Roglin, Stock Full; and Jim Rossi, UTV Pro.

“Having a truck like this is really good in the rough stuff,” said Adam Householder, who drove the first day before turning over the driving duties to his father, Terry, on the second day. “The course is fun. It’s very fast and rough.”

The elder Householder said the family has been coming to Laughlin for many years.

“The race for us was trouble free,” said the 53 year-old Householder, a fire protection contractor in Orange, Calif. “We started on the fourth row Sunday and the dust was pretty bad for the first three laps. This is our third year with SNORE and overall we have been to Laughlin about six times.

“We will absolutely be back. My parents have been going to Laughlin since the 1970s.”

Kyle Conlon, who finished second in Class 1, knew Laughlin would be a good race. His second place finish in overall and Class 1 unlimited earned him the 2012 SNORE championship.

“For the most part, this track is pretty flat with some rough sections,” said Conlon. “It’s definitely a buggy track rather than a truck track. This is really one of those races where you push as hard as you can and you hope to win.  You don’t want to push too hard on the first day and just get to the next day.”

All parties agreed that the Rage at the River near the Colorado River was definitely a highly-successful event.

“The Laughlin Tourism Commission was thrilled to host SNORE’s season ending event,” said MJ Smith of the Laughlin Tourism Commission. “It falls on our second slowest tourism weekend of the year and we love the excitement 4,000 off-road enthusiasts bring to town.”

SNORE President Brittany Burgos concurred with the final result.

“Rage at the River is a race everyone puts on their schedules no matter what organization they race in, and I couldn’t be happier with the turnout for the 2011 RATR,” she said.

Hot off  a challenging but rewarding 2011 season, SNORE heads into the 2012 campaign complete with a long list of sponsors jumping on-board for what promises to be another stellar campaign.

The season kicks off with the Dusty Times Battle at Primm Feb. 24-26 followed by the PCI Race Radios 30 at Ridgecrest, Calif., April 13-15; the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Jean; before returning to Laughlin for the Rage at the River Dec. 7-9.

 

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HOUSEHOLDER:The team of Terry and Adam Householder teamed up to win overall and Class 1 titles during SNORE’s Rage at the River Dec. 10-11 in Laughlin, Nev.

 

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LAUGHLIN: SNORE’s Rage at the River drew about 250 entries while also providing the perfect backdrop of Laughlin, Nev. south of Las Vegas.

 

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CONLON: Kyle Conlon finished second in the overall and Class 1 Unlimited class at Laughlin to earn the 2012 SNORE points title.

 

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STARTING LINE: The staging area was jam-packed with vehicles all day long during SNORE’s Rage the River in Laughlin.

 

 

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

 

OVERALL

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UNLIMITED TRUCK

Todd Wyllie

CLASS 1

Kyle Conlon

CLASS 10

Kevin Ellis

CLASS 12

Cody Reid

CLASS 5

Steve Alexander

CLASS 1/2 1600

Kenny Freeman

CLASS 5/1600

Mike Boone

CLASS 18

Daniel Maurer

CLASS 9

Daniel Lutz

CLASS 8

Garrett Evans

CLASS 7

Russ Ramsey

CLASS 7s

Robbie Cockrell

HEAVY METAL

Monte Tibbitts

CLASS 11

Robert Johnson

 

Sportsman Points

 

CLASS 1450

Jesus Galvan

CLASS 1500

Tony Scott

VORE

Arturo Benavides

 

Pro Points  |  Sportsman Points

In its 42 years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – SNORE – has experienced its share of challenges and victories.

However,  SNORE’s latest accomplishment in a very short period of time ranks at the peak of victories as the club heads into its Rage at the River Dec. 9-11 in Laughlin, Nev. near the Colorado River.

Considering the sudden rally, most would agree SNORE is closing out one eventful season in glorious fashion while looking forward to what promises to be a record year in 2012.

With a field of entries expected to reach 250 at Laughlin, SNORE has done more than avoid a mild bump in the road to reach the final race of the year.

As an example, SNORE was hit with a suspension by the Bureau of Land Management in June following the running of the  2011 Mint 400 staged north of Las Vegas.

However, that challenge was handled through a revegetation project conducted by several members of SNORE during three consecutive weekends in October and November, and the club is now free of is suspension heading into the last race of the year.

With the suspension lifted and SNORE looking at a green light for the end of this year, sponsors have jumped on board for Laughlin and are lining up for the 2012.

Among the sponsors on board for the Rage at the River event are the Laughlin Tourism Commission; NAPA Chassis; John Calvin’s Dusty Times, Patrick’s Sign; and PCI Race Radios.

The 2012 season has already received strong praise considering repeat sponsorship from various businesses; with most sponsors from 2011 agreeing to participate next year. The club current provides nearly $30,000 in prize money; among the highest payouts in desert racing leading to the line “It Pays to Race SNORE.”

A key addition for six races in 2012 is the participation of Michael Gaughan’s South Point Casino, which will sponsor the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 at a yet to be named location.

Others returning with SNORE next year include Dusty Times, PCI Race Radio, KC HiLites and the Laughlin Tourism Commission.

“The club came together during some very challenging times,” said Kenny Freeman, a member of the SNORE board of directors. “At the revegetation, we had youngsters as young as seven and members in their 70s help us correct a bad situation.”

The Laughlin Tourism Commission is a proud sponsor of off-road racing and has partnered with SNORE to provide race teams new and interesting races to race.

“We look forward to another good year of off-road racing action in Laughlin,” Executive Director MJ Smith said. “Rage at the River continues to surprise us and we can’t wait to see the turnout this year.”
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.

“LTC cares about the community and will continue to dedicate our efforts to bring new and exciting events to Laughlin,” Smith added.

Laughlin sits on the banks of the Colorado River and 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 http://www.visitlaughlin.com/www.VisitLaughlin.com.

Freeman reiterated that SNORE appreciates the support that it receives from all of its sponsors.

“SNORE’s membership is comprised of good, dedicated people and this is proof of that. We are a true family.”

 

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Members of the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts participate in a revegetation program north of Las Vegas which enabled the club to be removed from suspension dealt by the Bureau of Land Management.

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

 

Matt Laughlin has a last name that is synonymous with Nevada. His grandfather, Don, is responsible for the creation of the city of the Laughlin, which he found in 1966 when the community consisted of a bankrupt bar on the Colorado River.

In addition, the younger Laughlin is known for his exploits in off-road racing, which he will showcase his talent Dec. 10-11 in a Class 12 entry when the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) present the wildly-popular Rage at the River over 12.8 mile laps beginning and ending at the Laughlin Events Park.

Now 26, the younger Laughlin is a native of the city with the same name. He works at the family owned L&M Food Service headquartered in Bullhead City, Ariz., supplying Laughlin and Las Vegas hotels with food service and janitorial supplies.

“My dad used to take me to off-road races in Parker when I was a little kid,” Laughlin said. “I’m a first-generation racer. The entire idea was for my dad, Ron, to co-drive with when we started the team almost two years ago.

“My dad is now my crew chief and I have about five buddies that we switch out as co-drivers.”

Laughlin, who graduated from UNLV with a degree in finance in 2007, could not wait to get back home after completing his education.

“All summer long we’re on the river here,” he said. “Then, during the winter, we’re playing in the desert. I love living in Laughlin.”

In the same breath, Laughlin also loves the sport of off-road race.

“Half the time, you can’t even see where you’re going,” he said. “When my dad used to take me to the races, I really enjoyed watching the competition. I guess you could say that I got addicted to the sport.”

Laughlin has done very well competing in the sport of off-road racing.

“The first year, we were just trying to figure out everything,” he said. “This year, we have done the entire SNORE schedule and we have finished in the top five several times.

“We’re going to go for the win this time. The course is in my own back yard and I feel that nobody is going to have more knowledge of the course than me. I am in no disadvantage when it comes to knowing the course. A lot of people look forward to coming here because of the availability of rooms along with the night life.”

Sponsorship for the Laughlin team is provided by his grandfather, who keeps his office at the Riverside Hotel and Casino; along with the family business.

Among Laughlin’s toughest competition is the Freeman family of Henderson which includes Cody and Bryan, last year’s SNORE points champion; along with the Reid family which includes Cody and Daniel Folts.

Sponsors and the city alike love the Rage at the River event considering that the race pumps up the local economy while also bringing another level of fun to the community situated about 70 miles south of Las Vegas.

Among those valuable sponsors who follow SNORE to Laughlin each year are NAPA Chassis; John Calvin’s Dusty Times, a publication that has concentrated on the sport for almost three decades; Patrick’s Sign, which is owned by long-time off-road racer Pat Dean of Las Vegas; and PCI Race Radios, spearheaded by Southern California Trophy Truck driver Scott Steinberger.

“The level of racing is incredible in Laughlin,” said Kenny Freeman, a member of the SNORE board of directors, a competitor in the 1600 class and the current SNORE point leaders. “It’s a combination of short course racing and desert all in one.

“In addition, this is an excellent way for our racers and crew members to end one year while getting ready for the next year. Also, the start-finish line is one block from the Colorado River; and the rooms are even closer. There are ten different properties competing for our business and the hotels there work hard to make us all feel welcome. The people of Laughlin love off-road racing and they want us there.”

Freeman went on to say that the 2010 Laughlin race was the largest special event economically in the area in December. SNORE had 260 entries last year and this year’s field is expected to be just as strong.

The field includes 26 Class 1 Unlimited drivers such as TJ Flores, Kyle Conlon and Terry Householder.

 

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Native Laughlin, Nev. resident Matt Laughlin will power his Class 12 entry in SNORE’s annual Rage at the River off-road event Dec. 11-12.

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

 

 

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The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts not only survived major obstacles recently but won in dramatic fashion following the presentation of the 42nd annual SNORE 250 Oct. 22 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

The event drew a field of 78 entries over a 45-mile laps while also attracting prominent names such as Las Vegas Trophy Truck driver Steve Olliges, who won the Unlimited Truck category; Southern Californian and Midnight Special winner Kyle Conlon, who finished second behind Erick Jacobs in Class 1;  Southern California competitor Cody Reid, who won Class 12; 1600 winner Jason Coleman of Southern California; and Las Vegas standout Steve Alexander, a long-time member of SNORE who won Class 5 at Ridgecrest which is about 215 miles south of Las Vegas near Bakersfield.  Read More

 


The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts not only survived major obstacles recently but won in dramatic fashion following the presentation of the 42nd annual SNORE 250 Oct. 22 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

The event drew a field of 78 entries over a 45-mile laps while also attracting prominent names such as Las Vegas Trophy Truck driver Steve Olliges, who won the Unlimited Truck category; Southern Californian and Midnight Special winner Kyle Conlon, who finished second behind Erick Jacobs in Class 1;  Southern California competitor Cody Reid, who won Class 12; 1600 winner Jason Coleman of Southern California; and Las Vegas standout Steve Alexander, a long-time member of SNORE who won Class 5 at Ridgecrest which is about 215 miles south of Las Vegas near Bakersfield.

Other class winners included Paul Berton in Class 10; Dallas Luttrell, Class 7; Garrett Evans, Class 8; Steve Marsee, NAPA Chassis 7S Challenge; Robert Johnson, Stock Bug; David Brigdon, Class 11; Mike Boone, 5-1600; Jordan Poole, Class 13; and Jesus Galvan, Class 1450;

Jacobs captured the overall win with an overall time of 4 hours, 4.34 minutes to beat Conlon (4:04.54); and Pat Dean (4:05.53).

Yet another interesting element with the SNORE 250 was the fact that two entries featured drivers who traveled thousands of miles to compete.

New Yorker Kenny Hamm flew to Bakersfield, rented a car and drove an hour before winning Class 9 in a car prepared by Southern California car builder and competitor Ryan Shank.

Add to that the appearance of a Heavy Metal driver Monte “Crazy Indian” Tibbitts, a veteran of SNORE races who made the trek all the way from Rapid City, South Dakota to compete.

“I have been racing with SNORE since 2003 or 2004,” said Tibbitts, “We figured that it was about 1,350 miles to Ridgecrest. When I started off-road racing, there was some short course racing in South Dakota, but that all stopped when the sponsorship dried up.

”?Tibbitts estimated the team used 140 gallons of fuel ranging in price from $3.78 to $4.30 a gallon.

“We had a lot of fun running the SNORE 250,” said Tibbitts, a 48 year-old maintenance mechanic for Indian Health Service Clinic who drives a Ford pickup with big block Chevrolet engine. “We pre-ran it and it didn’t seem that rough, but the race sure got a lot rougher as the day went on. We didn’t have any mechanical problems at all and didn’t have any flats either.”

The SNORE 250 culminated with a giant barbeque honoring the event’s top drivers at the start-finish line in Ridgecrest.. With a $3,000 bonus posted by Butch’s Speed Shop of Las Vegas, the overall purse reached about $35,000.

Butch’s Speed Shop also added $1,000 for the Class 1600 winner; while Race Fuel Energy Drink added $1,500 to be split between classes 12 and 9.

With even bigger things to come, SNORE is now preparing for the annual Rage at the River in Laughlin Dec. 9-11 over a 14-mile track just west of Edison Boulevard in the Laughlin Events Area.

And there couldn’t be a better way for SNORE to end the season considering that the 2010 Rage at the River event drew more than 270 cars. An awards banquet will follow the race at one of the hotel casinos in Laughlin.

Additionally, the 2012 SNORE schedule includes the Battle of Primm in February; a 300-mile event in Ridgecrest in April; a return to Caliente in June after a one-year absence; a combination promotion with Mohave Off Road Enthusiasts in Lucerne Valley, California in September; the 43rd annual South Point SNORE 250 in Jean in October; and the return of the Rage at the River event in December.

Long-time off-road writer John Calvin and his Dusty Times publication will sponsor the events at the Battle of Primm in February and the Caliente race in June.


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Monte “Wild Indian” Hibbitts journeyed 1,350 miles from Rapid City, S.D. to compete in the 42nd annual SNORE 250 Oct. 22 in Ridgecrest, Calif.


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