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 http://www.visitlaughlin.com/www.VisitLaughlin.com.

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)



 


By Mike Henle

To most auto racing journalists, off-road racing would have to be considered one of the toughest assignments. Considering the logistical challenges along with the fact that the sport is based on individual times, the sport is unique.

However, to the late John Calvin who died at the age of 81 July 29, off-road was the best assignment of all for the man who racked up thousands of miles covering events in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico.

Thus, the John Calvin Memorial SNORE 250 scheduled Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. in Jean, Nev. has aptly been named in honor of the man.

Calvin didn’t just attend off road races. His love of the sport and the field of journalism combined to make him a huge part of the off-road industry. He could commonly be seen giving out copies of Dusty Times at tech inspections throughout the Southwest; and when the green flag dropped to start a race, you could be sure that he would be near the start-finish line getting quotes for the next edition of Dusty Times.

Racers, their friends and every pit crew member within many miles knew that Dusty Times was the Bible of off-road racing. Until only recently, the newspaper was published monthly before finally going on-line at www.dustytimes.net.

Journalism and off-road racing were definitely in the man’s blood. A quiet gentleman who wasn’t one to talk about his own personal successes in various arenas, Calvin worked day-in and day-out doing what he loved – following off-road racing and the people who make the sport so wildly-popular.

When Jean died more than a decade ago, John Calvin carried on in spite of the fact that he had just lost his best friend.

“He was always happy to be in the shadows,” said his wife, Pat, “except when he was story telling. He was always extremely proud of Jean and all of her accomplishments.

“In fact, John raced cars about 50 years ago,” Pat added. “Many people didn’t realize that John was multi-talented.

“Dusty Times was Jean’s innovation and she was the one who nurtured it and made it what it is today.”

John carried on the legacy of the publication.

“He did so much for off-road racing,” said Bill Shapley, tech director for SNORE and an enthusiast of off-road racing since 1974. “Off-road racing simply does not get a lot of credit when it comes to the traditional media; and John filled a huge void. It is true that off-road racing requires a special kind of person and John was that person the sport needed.

“He was definitely passionate about off-road racing. He covered every major off-road racing sanctioning body and he didn’t play any favorites; he was good to all of us.”

Shapley said SNORE’s board of directors decided to name its oldest race after John Calvin not long after the man’s death.

“It was the fitting thing to do,” said Shapley adding that the race will draw about 100 entries from several states.

In fact, a flyover has been scheduled at the race with Calvin’s ashes being spread where Jean’s were spread several years ago. The plane will waggle its wings over the race course to pay tribute to SNORE and all of those attending.

Bekki Wikel has worked for Dusty Times since 1994.

“John was more than a boss,” Wikel said. “He was my neighbor and a friend of our family for 37 years.

“John took great pleasure in helping others. If it was in his power, he would assist his friends. He often talked (and bragged) about his off-road family like they were his children. They were all the best, the smartest, the fastest. I will forever miss his knack of story telling. His memory was like none other.”

Former Mint 400 Race Director KJ Howe said Calvin was as instrumental as anyone when popularizing the sport of off-road racing.

“His reportage of every race was a significant factor in gleaning publicity for drivers, sponsors and manufacturers,” Howe said. “Along with his late wife, Jean, an Off-Road Motorsports Hall Of Fame inductee, they seemed to be everywhere. Their presence was felt in every race of any significance throughout the years.”

Now in its 44th year, the SNORE 250 hosted by the Gold Strike Hotel and Casino will be staged behind Gold Strike about 30 miles south of Las Vegas.

CAPTION: John Calvin, left, was a huge proponent of off-road racing and the 44th annual John Calvin SNORE 250 Saturday in Jean has been named in his memory. (Photo courtesy of Trackside).


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

 
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This is the second in a series of SNORE old-timers.

Today: Ken Freeman, Sr.

 

By Mike Henle

Ken Freeman may be the best-ever example of a desert rat who for decades not only lived in the open spaces, but raced in them, too.

While the 81 year-old native of Riggs, Ida. is now living more than 200 miles away from his old stomping grounds in Las Vegas, his home on State Route 14 east of Cedar City is filled with memories of the old days of SNORE.

When the man ran in off-road races, no one was more determined to win. One photo shows him flying high over a Highway 93 road crossing north of Apex. Yesteryear can be seen throughout the house and a garden in front of the home is flush with every conceivable vegetable.

Only a few miles south of his home is a Southern Utah cabin that is utilized with friends and family during the spring, summer and fall before the cold winters send the man down the hill for State Route 14. Freeman bought his house in 2003 before the boom and the bust and he’s undoubtedly one of the happiest men on earth.

The man doesn’t want anything to do with computers and while he has a cell phone, you’re going to have a tough time getting him to answer it. He loves the quiet life and doesn’t miss Vegas although he will attend an occasional off-road race in the area.

While serving as a fan of off-road racing back in the 1960s, the energetic Freeman caught the bug. The next thing he knew, he had left the sidelines and jumped behind the wheel of a Class 9 entry in a sport that may look easy, but is very difficult to master.

All of Freeman’s competitors remember him as a fierce competitor and a good-hearted man, too.  From the early days of SNORE when the club was founded in 1969, the man was part of a dedicated group that also included Denny Selleck, Don Dayton, Bert Vaughan, Charlie Crunden, Walt Lott, Ray Potter, Bob and Ruthe Jensen and Bob MacCachren, among others. 

In fact, one of his favorite stories revolves around the time he escaped to the desert in his dune buggy; only to be seen by the local law enforcement which never caught him. One of the founders of SNORE, Freeman may not attend each of the races nowadays, but he still reigns as one of the toughest-ever drivers who has a houseful of stories.

“They never caught me,” laughed Freeman of law enforcement officers.

His own story might be the off-road version of “Smokey and the Bandit.”

If Freeman wasn’t foot-to-the-floor in his off-road car, he was telling anyone and everyone about the sport and its benefits. He’d work hard to beat his competition before joining those same people at SNORE meetings to keep the club alive. 

The old Mint 400 used to run near his home in Vegas and Freeman couldn’t wait for the race. The legendary Parnelli Jones ran out of water in his race truck near the Freeman home and Ken responded by providing the badly-needed water. 

“He was really thankful for helping him out,” Freeman recalled. “He had someone fly us a case of beer to our house.”

MacCachren, who has lived in Las Vegas since 1961, still operates Nevada Off Road Buggy, a 33-year-old business with endless stories about the sport of off-road racing. Once he jumped into an off-road buggy, he didn’t want anyone beating him, especially the young kids.

“Ken was a very competitive gentleman,” said MacCachren, whose son, Rob, is now one of the nation’s top Trophy Truck drivers. “He was very aggressive and he didn’t take very well to losing.

“The entire Freeman family was very tight knit. They were a terrific family.”

Indeed, the Freeman family has been one of the reasons for SNORE’s long existence dating back to the club’s formation in 1969. While many others living in the desert escape to other parts of the country, the Freeman family has been either competing in the sport or volunteering to run hundreds of race events for more than 40 years.

“My dad is really something,” said Freeman’s son, Kenny, who gave up the sport for the past two years to become race steward for the club. “He’s a wonderful inspiration and Lord knows, he’s also one of the toughest men on earth.

SNORE has survived its share of ups and downs over the years and it has most definitely created memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

“Those of us now involved with SNORE now are really thankful to our parents who paved the way for us to be involved,” said the younger Freeman. “We all have jobs and responsibilities and I know that every one of us is thankful for our parents who combined to start SNORE more than 40 years ago.”

Ken Freeman Sr., 81, shown at his home just east of Cedar City, Utah, remains one of SNORE’s all-time greats.

 

 

 
This years event will be held on October 19th in Primm, NV. More details are available in the Make A Wish Ride menu in the left column underneath the Midnight Special menu.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to The Dusty Times family and his wife Pat, his longtime companion, for the passing of a true off road racing legend, friend, promoter and off road icon, John Calvin. Owner, chief editor and publisher of the Dusty Times News. John was always one of the biggest fans and promoters of SNORE from the beginning. His face and friendship will forever be missed at all of our future events! Rest In Peace John

By Mike Henle
www.mikehenle.com
 
The annual Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts KC HiLites 250 presented south of Las Vegas near Jean June 8 presented the typical challenges that one would find in an off-road race especially considering that the event was run during the evening hours to offset the heat of Southern Nevada.
 
But the heat was even worse for the 2013 event since temperatures soared ten degrees above normal in the first week of June. In fact, it was more than 100 degrees when SNORE officials dropped the green flag for an 8:30 p.m. start.
 
However, though it all there were two winners that being (a) overall winner T.J. Flores in an Unlimited Truck and (b) SNORE, which capitalized by drawing a good field of 80 entries for an event that many years ago was the brainchild of the late SNORE President Denny Selleck.
 
Racers are undoubtedly a hearty breed, as evidenced by the strong turnout that gathered in SNORE’s third event of the year in a prestigious chase for the $25,000 season-ending bonus money provided via the Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage fund.
 
Even with conditions so hot that even the reptiles seemed to be missing from the environment, the likeable Flores and his co-driver Jesse Gerlach ran roughshod over the rest of the field.
 
Flores, a native of Southern Nevada and a graduate of Rancho High School in North Las Vegas, was the first off the line and the first competitor to run five laps to get the checkered flag. The victory was his second straight after capturing the Silver State 300 in May.
 
“We literally didn’t do anything with the truck for this race,” said Flores, beaming with a smile that has become his trademark after taking the ID Designs Chevrolet to the huge victory. “We won the Silver State race and brought it here from the shop.”
 
Flores lapped all but two drivers in his Unlimited truck for an overall time of 4 hours, 53.14 minutes to finish about 51 minutes ahead of UT runner up Dallas Luttrell of Salt Lake City over a 54-mile course that featured a great combination of new layout combined with some of the old stuff.
 
Adding even more to his resume’ was the fact that Flores also finished about 22 minutes ahead of overall runner up and Class 10 winner Bryan Freeman, a Henderson, Nev., who has long been known for his consistent and well-timed talents.
 
“We had no issues at all,” said Flores, who will next run the Vegas to Reno event Aug. 15. “The course was very rough. It was dusty and rocky and a true desert race.”

 
Flores said co-driver Stephanie Reynolds rode the first lap while Jesse Gerlach rode the last four laps.
 
“They both have ridden with me in the past, so they’re used to my driving style,” said Flores, who added that the team also received sponsorship help from Vision X Lighting, McMurrough Racing, King Shocks, Kroyer Racing Engines, Champions Race Works, Magnum Ink, BF Goodrich and Jugz Eyewear.
 
Other winners included Richard Boyle of Ridgecrest, Calif., Class 1; Randy Jones of Simi Valley, Calif., Class 12; Mike Montes of Las Vegas, Class 13; Josh Taylor Logandale, Nev., Class 1450; Kelly Suiter of Henderson, Class 15; Justin Smith of Capistrano Beach, Calif., Class 1600; Colton Gubler of Caliente, Nev., Class 18; Kevin Mc Keown of Henderson, Class 2000; Daryl Kysar, Class 3000; Michael King of Menifee, Calif., Class 3000; Keith Minnicks, of Irvine, Calif., Class 7; Nick Lantz of Las Vegas, Class 7S; Derek Bradley, Las Vegas, Class 8; Corey Torres of Las Vegas, Class 9; Steve Bertrand of Las Vegas, Stock Bug.
 
The event also featured bonuses including the following:

  • $1,000 KC Lights Cash to the first vehicle to finish with KC Lights and decals.
  • $500 KC Lights Cash to first official finisher of combined classes of 9, 5/1600 or $1,800 to finish with KC Lights and decals.
  • $1,000 KARTEK cash to the first winner in Class 1/2 1600 with KARTEK stickers.
  • $1,000 Drykef Cash to first in Class 9 with Drykef stickers.

 
SNORE KC HiLites 250 off road race Results of Saturday, June 8 At Jean, Nev.

  • Overall: 80 TJ Flores, Las Vegas, 4:53.14.
  • Unlimited – 1. 80 TJ Flores, Las Vegas, 4:53.14; 72 Dallas Luttrell, Salt Lake City 5:44.38; 93 Eric Palacious, 6:07.53.
  • Class 1 – 188 1. 188 Richard Boyle, Ridgecrest, Calif., 5:43.37; 2. 130 Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz., 4 laps.
  • Class 10 – 1. 1002 Cody Freeman, Henderson, 5:15.39; 2. 1021 Rick Boyer, Bakersfield, Calif., 5:21.02; 3. 1087 Gary Messer, Kingman, Ariz., 6:10.56; 4. 1016 Tim Pangborn, Las Vegas, 6:10.56.
  • Class 12 – 1. 1216 Randy Jones, Simi Valley, Calif., 6:40.12; 2.1210 Jason Peterson,, Granite Bay, Calif., 4 laps; 3. 1255 Kyle Cox, Caliente, Nev., 3 laps; 4. 1244 Eric Palacious, 3 laps.
  • Class 13 – 1. 1360 Mike Montes, Las Vegas, 4:00.16; 2. 1388 Dustin Hellstrom, Las Vegas, 4:03.23; 3. 1380 Bill Shapley, Las Vegas, 5:54.48; 4. 1307 Richard Robinson, Sandy Valley, Nev., 5:59.54; 5. 1378 Dave Nelson, Henderson, 6:59.26.
  • Class 1450 – 1. 1484 Josh Taylor, Logandale, Nev., 4:03.42. 2. 1448 Jeremy Deakins, Norco, Calif., 4:52.17; 
  • Class 15 – 1. 1503 Kelly Suiter, Henderson, 4:27.15; 2. 1551 Samantha Richard, Las Vegas, 2 laps.
  • Class 1600 – 1. 1619 Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., 5:52.15; 2. 1612 Blaine Conrad, Las Vegas, 5:52.51; 3. 1663 Christopher Adamik, Las Vegas, 7:03.52.
  • Class 18 – 1. 1801 Colton Gubler, Caliente, 1 lap; 2. John Pellissier, Las Vegas, 1 lap.
  • Class 2000 – 1. 2028 Kevin Mc Keown, Henderson, 5:01.50; 2. 2055 Derek Tenney, Las Vegas, 5:57.44; 3. 2015 Kenneth Leavitt, Santa Paula, Calif., 6:32.04.
  • Class 3000 – 3079 Darryl Kysar, 6:18.04, Oxnard, Calif., 6:18.04.
  • Class 5-1600 – 1. 555 Michael King, Menifee, Calif., 1 lap.
  • Class 7 – 1. 7234 Keith Minnicks, Irvine, Calif., 6:19.43.
  • Class 7S – 7177 Nick Lantz, Las Vegas, 5:54.31.
  • Class 8 – Derek Bradley, Las Vegas.
  • Class 9 – 1. 989 Corey Torres, Las Vegas, 5:28.49; 2. 928 Kyle Vizzo, Barstow, Calif., 5:39.05; 3. 966 Jeff Johnsen, 5:47.12.
  • Stock Bug: 1. 1180 Steven Bertrand, Las Vegas, 5:43.00.
TJ Flores, right, and his co-driver Jesse Gerlach celebrate their overall and class victories after SNORE’s annual KC HiLites 250 June 8 near Jean, Nev., south of Las Vegas.

The world of off-road racing can be very serious as evidenced by a stout $25,000 purse generated by Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage.

Highly-respected Justin “Bean” Smith, 28, could race just about anywhere, but the native of San Clemente, Calif. is headed for Saturday’s KC HiLites 250 scheduled south of Las Vegas.

Smith, a hard-charging Class 1600 driver, has a five-point lead heading into SNORE’s third race of the year. Knowing full well that second place Class 10 driver Cody Freeman of Henderson is clamoring for a chance to overtake him in the run for the money.

With Southern Nevada suddenly facing a heat wave about 10 degrees above normal, SNORE’s event will provide several challenges considering that the race starts at 8:30 p.m.

Between the heat and the night driving, Smith knows first-hand that while he could be most anywhere, he needs to be at SNORE’s race considering the big-time money generated by the prominent Herbst family.

“No question about it,” said Smith, who grabbed the 1600 victory at Ridgecrest, Calif. April 13, before quickly heading off to a wedding. “I need to be there no matter what the challenges or other events.

“The points fund is really good and one of the reasons I’m running SNORE all year long. I’m a self-funded racer, so I race off what I win. It can be a make or break for us.”

Smith is highly-recognized for his talent in the desert. He’s also involved in the construction and repair of off-road racing equipment.

Smith competed in the X Games as the FMX rider in 2003 and moved into off-road racing in 2004. He has more than 30 victories and five championships.

“I keep fighting for more and more wins,” he said. “But with the KC HiLites race, we still have a little bit of an uphill battle simply because this course is in the backyard of racers like Brian and Cody Freeman.

“It’s going to be a rough course.”

With all of the challenges, Smith feels good about his night racing talents.

“I feel really good about racing at night,” he said. “I have good vision.”

Smith said his 1600 car is ready for the race.

“It’s looking perfect,” he said. “Major Performance went through the motor and JG Transworks got us ready to go. We’re set up and planning a light test before the race Thursday.”

Justin Smith of San Clemente, Calif., has a narrow five-point lead heading into Saturday’s KC HiLites 250 presented by SNORE south of Las Vegas.




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