By Mike Henle

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2012) – With a field of 160 entries for the annual KC HiLites Midnight Special here Saturday, there was no question that the event was destined to be a blockbuster.

The area here about 30 miles south of Barstow was turned into a city with a steady stream of motorhomes and trailers turning the desert into a rush of everything from Class 1 power plants to the strong field of Class 11 buggies.

With 73-mile laps awaiting the field, the KC HiLites Midnight Special had more variables than any form sports considering the 100-degree temperatures to open the event; the darkness that fell a couple of hours after the start; and the incredible dust that lingered through the entire event thanks to the fact that there was literally no wind.

In what was a picture-perfect field of drivers who obviously like more than a mild challenge, the KC HiLites Midnight Special had everything from temperatures of about 100 degrees to start the race along with the rest including darkness, dust, rough racing conditions and mechanical issues that are inherent with the classic sport of off-road racing.

A co-production of the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) and the Mojave Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE), there was certainly no shortage of entries (160 started the race) in a scene with motorhomes and trailers that could be seen for miles in every direction.

Off-road racers and their fans have always been known for their dedication to the sport; and this particular production was certainly evidence of the fact. Drivers, crew members and fans came from several states to be a part of the KC HiLites Midnight Special.

Among the drivers savoring the experience was talented Costa Mesa, Calif., resident Jason Coleman, a 28 year-old SNORE champion (2010) who captured the victory in the highly-competitive Class 1-2 1600 category.

Winning SNORE races is certainly nothing unusual for Coleman, whose victories have also been recorded in the SNORE 250 and Rage at the River events.
 
“It was very rough out there,” said the personable Coleman, who makes his living as a general contractor. “Our car was fabulous and the crew was awesome.”
 
Coleman had never raced in Lucerne before.

“I’m in the points chase so this was important to me,” he said. “Racing at night is something that we don’t get to do very often and it’s a whole different thing. It’s always a good time.”

Most everyone agreed with Coleman’s analysis that the course was rough and one fellow driver said earlier, “It’s so rough out there are Class 1 cars stuck all over the course.

“It’s Barstow rough.”

SNORE, which has soared in popularity at each race this year, continues the saga of the rich 2012 KarTek points series Oct. 26-28 with the running of the annual SNORE 250.
 
 
Jason Coleman, left, is pictured with co-driver Jeremy Munyon after winning Class 1600 Saturday in the Midnight Special south of Barstow.
 
High-flying California driver Jason Coleman won the Class 1-2 1600 competition during the annual MORE/SNORE KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 8 in Lucerne Valley, Calif. (Trackside photo)
 
A great following of drivers and fans at the annual SNORE/MORE Midnight Special Sept. 8 in Lucerne Valley, Calif., included a huge turnout of competitors during the drivers meeting prior to the race.

 

Cody Reid roared to the Class 10 victory during the huge MORE/SNORE Midnight Special Sept. 8 in Lucerne Valley, Calif.
 
 
SNORE/MORE KC HiLites Midnight Special
Saturday, Sept. 8
Lucerne Valley, Calif.

Class 1 – 1. 3 Chris Kemp, 6:47.30, five laps; 2. 1563 Richard Boyle; 7:15.48, five laps; 3. 22 Rick Romans, 7:17.02, five laps;  4. 155 Brian Wyborny, 7:25.09, five laps; 5. 51 Steve Olliges 7:31.07, five laps;  6. 144 Jim Knox 7:36.50, five laps;   7. 179 Eric Harp, 7:45.00; five laps; 8. 158 Daniel Wingering 7:52.30; five laps; 9. 157S Tom Koch 8:03.04, five laps.

Class 1-2 1600 – 1. 1623 Jason Coleman, 6:17.24, four laps; 2. 1631 Bryan Myers 6:36.16, four laps; 3. 1691 Joey Westhoff, three laps; 4. 1628 Daniel Bellefontaine, three laps; 5. 2055 Scott Boyd, three laps; 6. 1650 Chad Baeskens, three laps; 7. 1631 Will McCool, three laps; 8. 1673 Mike Ward, three laps; 9. 1601 Matt Ferrato, three laps.

Class 10 – 1. 1068 Cody Reid, 5:52.02, four laps; 2. 1067 Roger Starkey, 5:56.49, four laps; 3. 1092 Cody Jeffers, 6:11.09, four laps; 4. 1036 Bill Zolg, 6:24.18, four laps; 5. 1019 Karl Scanlan, three laps; 6. 1096 Allan Lindsey, three laps; 7. 1077 Randy Ellis, three laps; 8. Sammy Ehrenberg, three laps; 9. 1014 Blain McDonald, three laps; 10. 1017 Jeff Krantz , three laps; 11. 1006 Hector Garcia, three laps; 12. 1021 Kathy Kirkmeyer, three laps.

Class 11 – 1. 1138 Chris Anderson, 4:42.54, two laps; 2. 1179 Michael Brenner, one lap; 3. 1100 Robert Johnson, one lap; 4. 1127 David Gunn, one lap.

Class 12 – 1217 Ralph Potts 6:12.02, four laps; 2. 1281 Danny Savant, three laps; 3. 1271 Keith Rogovin, three laps; 4. 1212 Greg Crew, three laps; 5. 1215 Michael Benedict, three laps.

Class 13 – 1. 1368 Jordan Poole, 5:04.17, three laps; 2. 1367 Evan Dixon, two laps; 3. 1307 Adam Spitz, two laps; 4. 1331 Bryon Reid, two laps; 5. 1336 Bree Cloud, two laps.

Class 1400 – 1. 1447 Darren Parsons, 5:04.55, three laps; 2. 1401 Bryson Hope, 5:55.23, three laps; 3.1417 Jason Wadsworth, three laps; 4. 1407 Josh Williams, three laps; 5. 1413 Sal Gomez, three laps; 6. 1416 Kevin Knight, three laps; 7. 1423 Jeff Musgrave, three laps; 8. 1412 Daniel Fertel, three laps.

Class 1450 – 1. 1490 Chris Amrein, 4:38.50, two laps; 4:38.50; 2. 1428 Kevin McKeown 5:01.38, two laps; 3. 1474 Kenny Flowers, 5:23.38, two laps; 3, 1496 Rhonda Koch Parkhouse, 5:39.20, two laps.

Class 1700 – 1. 1721 George Mortis 2:45.14, one lap; 2. 1709 Austin Stobaugh, 4:16.10, one lap.

Class 18 – 1. 1801 Cody Freeman 6:57.34, three laps; 2. John Pellissier, two laps.

Class 3000 – 1. 3088 Jay Wallick, 6:28.44, four laps; 2. 3060 Braden, three laps; 3. 3009 John Gould, three laps; 4. 3019 Dan Pfister, three laps.

Class 5-1600 – 1. 569 Guy Savedra, 5:18.27, three laps; 2. 570 Larry Antuna, 5:26.27, three laps; 3. 559 Marc Deshane, three laps.

Class 7U – 1. 7242 Brian Simmer, 5:05.38, three laps; 2. 7299 Keith Smith, one lap.

Class 8 – 1. 8002 Joe Patelli, 5:42.43 three laps.

Class 9 – 1. 996 Jimmy Taranto, 5:53.58, three laps; 2. 984 George Ventura, 6:08.13, three laps; 3. 904 Tyler Peterson, 6:18.22, three laps. 924 Mike Brown, 6:20.54, three laps.

Next race: Oct. 26-28, SNORE 250.

Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

By Mike Henle


LAS VEGAS -- At the age of 44, John Pellissier is having the time of his life after taking a year off from off-road racing. The 3 ½ year employee of the World Market Center in Las Vegas returned full-time to with renewed life and enthusiasm and the combination is obviously paying off.


Heading into the annual KC HiLites Midnight Special set for Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif., in season’s fourth event, Pellissier has recorded three Class 18 victories during the rich 2012 SNORE KarTek schedule. He leads his class and sits second in the overall standings behind Class 10 driver Roger Starkey.


Starkey, a California competitor, has 1,974 points, only four ahead of the hard-charging Pellissier, a native of Las Vegas who graduated from Bonanza High School in 1985.


“This is my 25th year with SNORE,” said Pellissier, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineer with the World Market Center. “My old boss Darren Wilson had race cars in the shop and I helped him on the pit crew. We ran SNORE races along with the Parker 400 back in 1986.


“My best friend Rich Sibelrud asked me to help him build a Class 9 car in 1988 and I have been hooked ever since.”


Pellissier finally met long-time SNORE member Kenny Freeman in 1994. He co-rode with Freeman for six years, joined the board of directors in 2001, finally became sergeant at arms from 2003-2005 and was president in 2006-07.


During his tenure on the board of directors, Pellissier also raced to a championship in the Limited Sportsman class. Needless to say, he has been a busy man especially considering that he also plays bass in a band performing all over Southern Nevada.


“I guess you could say that I’m pretty good at multi-tasking,” laughed Pellissier, whose co-driver Robby Guevera also doubles as a Legend Car driver at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


The 2012 season has certainly seen its share of good times. Pellissier won the Dusty Times Battle at Primm Feb. 25-26; the PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest April 14; the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente June 9.


“I actually enjoyed the Ridgecrest race most of all,” Pellissier said of an event staged north of Barstow, Calif. “It was a very rough and technical race.”


However, the entire season has been an absolute thrill for Pellissier, who is now the vice president of SNORE.


“This has been surreal,” said Pellissier. “When you get hooked on off-road racing, it becomes very addictive. In fact, this is actually a childhood dream-come-true considering that I used to go to all of the Mint 400 races in the late-1970s. In those days, we all cut school to spend the day out at the Mint 400 watching some very well-known drivers like Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, Walker Evans, Roger Mears, Ivan Stewart and Mickey Thompson.


“These guys were our heroes back in those days and to a degree, I feel as though I now understand why all of them competed in the sport. Off-road racing provides a huge thrill whether you’re one of the big boys or someone like me. It’s just a great adrenalin rush whether you’re in the car or standing in the desert watching the vehicles go by.


“If the sport of off-road racing doesn’t get your blood going, nothing will.”


Pellissier praises the competitors, officers and volunteers with SNORE.


“SNORE is still rising during a tough economy,” Pellissier said. “We’re strong and steady thanks to the racers, the volunteers and our officers who have shown incredible dedication. Our president Brittany Burgos has done a great job of rallying everyone together.”


SNORE’s next race on the KarTek schedule is the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.


2012 SNORE KarTek Point Series


Overall standings: 1. Roger Starkey, Class 10, 1,974. 2. John Pellissier, Las Vegas, 1,970; 3. Blaine Conrad, Class 1-2 1600 1,932; 4. Jason Coleman, Class 1-2 1600, 1,888; 5. Greg Crew, Class 12, 1,725; 6. Jeff Bruner, 1-2 1670; 7. Robert Johnson, Class 11, 1,628; 8. Giti Gowland, Class 9, 1,612; 9.Michael Benedict, Class 12, 1,555; 10. Hunter Buettner, Class 10, 1,520.


Sportsman – 1. Jordan Poole, LTD Sport, 2,123; 2. Darren Parsons, 1450, 1,958; 3. Jeremy Smeltzer, 1450, 1,686; 4. Billy Shapley, LTD Sport, 1,612; 5. Breanna Cloud, LTD Sport, 1,310; 6. Evan Dixon, LTD Sport, 1,159; 7. Mike Montes, LTD Sport, 1,090; 8. Eric Trondle, UNL Sport, 1,055; 1,067; 9. Kevin McKeown, 1450, 1,055; 10. Jack Bassett, LTD Sport, 995.

 

Native Las Vegan John Pellissier, left, now leads the Class 18 points standings in SNORE’s 2012 KarTek points standings; and also sits runner up in the overall standings after three events. He is shown with co-driver Robby Guevara at the Caliente Dusty Times 250 June 23.

 

Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

By Mike Henle

LAS VEGAS -- With the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts at the halfway point of the 2012 SNORE KarTek season, Southern California Class 10 competitor Roger Starkey is on the gas.

After mounting 1,974 points to hold a narrow four-point lead over Las Vegas Class 18 driver John Pellissier, Starkey is coming off a fourth-place class finish in the Dusty Times 250 run in Caliente, Nev. June 23 after taking victories in the Battle at Primm in January and the PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest, Calif., in April.

In addition, the 28 year-old Starkey has a 454 point lead over Hunter Buettner in the Class 10 standings after taking class triumphs at the Battle of Primm in January and Ridgecrest in April.

For Starkey, it was first-things first when it came to off-road racing. Now involved in medical device sales for St. Judes Medical, he can concentrate on two careers.

“I got back into the sport about three years ago,” said the resident of Burbank, Calif., adding that he took eight years off from the sport to get his college education. “I went to college at Arizona State University majoring in business; and then went to the University of South Carolina for my graduate degree.”

With his education now firmly tucked under his belt, Starkey can follow a family tradition of off-road racing that was started by his father, Roger, Sr.

“Our parents encouraged us to get our college degrees,” explained the younger Starkey, who began off-road racing in high school. “My two older sisters also got their degrees. Our grades were always No. 1 in our family. It wasn’t a choice.”

Now sporting a new Class 10 car, off-road racing with SNORE could also prove profitable if Starkey scores class and overall titles this year.

And besides, there is nothing like getting out in the desert and planting his foot to the floor. Friendships made while racing with SNORE last for decades.

With a crew that includes his dad; along with his sister, Michelle Eyman and her husband, Zach; along with several friends the SNORE series is a great family experience.

“We love it out there,” Starkey said. “There is a huge adrenalin rush that you get for 4-6 hours. We love the fact that we can bring good equipment and put ourselves through a real test.”

In the same breath, Starkey is enthusiastic about running the SNORE KarTek series.

“This is my first year running full-time with SNORE,” he said. “It’s an awesome experience. We’re going to try hard to win the championship. I’m a super-competitive guy.”

Starkey broke a tie rod in Caliente in a car that actually started out as a Class 12 before the team added modifications.

“Hopefully, we won’t have too many problems,” Starkey said. “It would be nice if I could add that extra notch and win the SNORE title.

“It would definitely be icing on the cake.”

SNORE’s next race is the Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne Valley, Calif.

 

2012 SNORE Kartek Point Series

Overall standings: 1. Roger Starkey, Class 10, 1,974. 2. John Pellissier, Las Vegas, 1,970; 3. Blaine Conrad, Class 1-2 1600, 1,932; 4. Jason Coleman, Class 1-2 1600, 1,888; 5. Greg Crew, Class 12, 1,725; 6. Jeff Bruner, 1-2 1670; 7. Robert Johnson, Class 11, 1,628; 8. Giti Gowland, Class 9, 1,612; 9.Michael Benedict, Class 12, 1,555; 10. Hunter Buettner, Class 10, 1,520;

 

ROGERPHOTO

Roger Starkey of Burbank, Calif., has powered his Class 10 car to the overall 2012 SNORE KarTek points lead after three events.

 

Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. – Native Nevadan and high-flying Class 1 driver TJ Flores headed northwest to this legendary railroad town Saturday, June 23 bringing back a great event before heading home with yet another victory in this classic old railroad town about 150 miles north of Las Vegas.

Native Nevadan TJ Flores powers Valley Performance- Prepared powerplant to Class 1 and overall victories

Native Nevadan TJ Flores powers Valley Performance-Prepared powerplant to Class 1 and overall victories

 

SNORE’s annual Dusty Times 250, which didn’t return in 2011, came back in force this year and the tiny town with beautiful history and scenery welcomed the sport of off road racing with open arms as Flores led the field around a 56-mile course en route to a four-lap time of 5 hours, 4:28.062 minutes in the Valley Performance-prepared powerplant.

Kevin Colan finished runner up to his friend with a time of 6:03.30, while Nils Castillo was third with a time of 6:41.39.

“This is my sixth win in Caliente,” said Flores, a 34 year-old whose bright smile can be seen for miles. “We really had to be patient all day long. I didn’t have any flats and we didn’t hit any trees.”

In fact, Caliente is always a favorite both for its hospitality and a challenging course than included four water crossings, a tight and windy layout and endless trees happy to gobble up any driver who missed the line before veering off the road.

Throw in the steep drop of “Oh My God Hill” on the heading for the finish line and the Dusty Times 250 had enough going for it to create memories that will last a lifetime.

When you throw in the sights of long trains running alongside the SNORE timing trailer right in the heat of action, the setting was not only picturesque but action-packed from the time the flat dropped until Flores led the field around for his victory.

And SNORE’s third race of the rich 2012 Kar Tek season attracted a strong field of 81 vehicles and its crews that packed any available room within 60 miles – while generating an estimated $4 million to the local economy.

“The race is always great for us,” said 64 year-old Bud Sanders, the owner Knotty Pine Casino which hosted the signups prior to the race and awards afterwards. “Everything works well together when SNORE is in town. This is always one of the town’s biggest weekends of the year and I wish we had them every weekend.”

Sanders who has owned the Knotty Pine for 23 years, moved to the community from Las Vegas where he had been a dry wall taper. A native of Oklahoma who was raised in Oregon before moving to Las Vegas in 1973, you won’t find a happier resident especially when SNORE comes to town.

“Caliente is a really friendly community with the old southwest atmosphere,” he said. “People help one another and also talk to one another. Then, too, the weather is good year around and it’s just a very nice community.”

Sanders has been friends with SNORE’s Kenny Freeman since the two were friends in the sport of off-road racing.

“We work their checkpoints for SNORE each year,” said Sanders. “I also met a great team from Arizona called Patent It. The driver is actually a patent attorney. People in off-road racing are fun people; they like to party and have fun.

“We just make it a party weekend and were on Checkpoint 10 this year. The Knotty Pine did well and I’m sure the whole town did well, too.”

While the Knotty Pine and all of Caliente profited with the Dusty Times 250, the big field of drivers also had it share of winners.

Other class winners in the event included Tony Scott, Unlimited Truck; Clay Flippin, Class 10; Vic Bruckman, Class 10;  Jordon Poole, Class 13; Darren Parsons, Class 1450; Steve Carbone, Class 15; Blaine Conrad, Class 16; John Pellisier, Class 18; Bill Dobbs, Class 5/1600; Steve Albrecht, Class 7; Kyle Cox, Class 9; Mark Murrell, Stock Bug; and Steve Scott, UTV.

Poole, another native Nevadan, captured Class 13 with a three-lap time of 4:33.57 in a one-minute victory over former stock car racer Mike Montes; while World Market Center employee John Pellissier scored his third Class 18 triumph of the year with a two-minute victory over Chuck Harvey.

SNORE’s next race on the Kar Tek schedule is the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.

 

Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts

Dusty Times 250

Caliente, Nev.

Final results, June 23

 

Overall – TJ Flores, 5:04.28.

Class 1 – 1. TJ Flores., 5:04.28; 2. Kevin Colan, 6:03.30; 3. Nils Castillo, 6:41.39.

Unlimited Truck – 1. Tony Scott, 6:13.00.

Class 10 – 1. Clay Flippin, 5:33.07; 2. Hunter Buettner, 6:29.06; 3. Blain McDonald, 6:43.06; 4. Roger Starkey, 6:44.41.

Class 12 – 1. Vic Bruckmann, 5:48.46; 2. Ken Tappert, 5:56.16; 3. Bob Dziurawiec, 5:57.07; 4. Greg Crews, 6:37.15; 5. Steve Waters, 7:05.52; 6. Michael Benedict, 7:38.00.

Class 13 – 1. Jordan Poole, 4:33.57; 2. Mike Montes, 4:34.57; 3. Emilee Almberg, 4:48.09; 4. Evan Dixon, 5:07.14; 5. Tom High, 5:37.10; 6. Bree Cloud, 5:37.38.

Class 1450 – 1. Darren Parsons, 4:54.21; 2. Kevin Mckeown, 5:24.24; 3. Andrew Leavitt, 5:49.26; 4. Frank Napoli, 6:15.10; 5. James Hall 6:59.40.

Class 15 – 1. Steve Carbone, 7:17.14.

Class 1600 – 1. Blaine Conrad, 5:32.52; 2. Jason Coleman, 5:41.00; 3. Jeff Bruner, 6:03.52; 4. Steve Cossey, 7:23.44.

Class 18 – 1. John Pellissier, 4:30.50; 2. Chuck Harvey, 4:32.56.

Class 5-1600 – 1. Bill Dobbs, 6:57.11.

Class 7 – 1. Steven Albrecht, 7:10.06.

Class 9 – 1. Kyle Cox, 4:58.08; 2.Giti Gowland, 5:06.14; 3. Troy Gentry, 5:52.59.

Stock Bug – 1. Mark Murrell, 6:00.32; 2. Steven Bertand, 6:02.07.UTV—1. Steve Scott, 2:14.30.

 

Next race: Sept. 7-9, KC HiLites Midnight Special, Lucerne, Calif.

 

With four water crossings, the annual Dusty Times 240 in Caliente northeast of Las Vegas had a long list of challenges for the 81-car field. (Trackside photo)

 

Southern Nevada native TJ Flores took the overall and Class 1 victories in the Dusty Times 250 June 23 northeast of Las Vegas.

 

Jordan Poole ran to the victory in Class 13.

 

Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

 

CALIENTE, Nev. – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) returns to the site of an all-time sentimental favorite on the 2012 Kartek schedule with the Dusty Times 250 Saturday north of Las Vegas.

After a one-year hiatus, the popular event will kick off its festivities with a meet and greet at Caliente Elementary Friday from at 8-9:30 a.m. The gathering has been a favorite of both the students and race teams since 2005.

The history of the event is equally as interesting based on the fact that it was originally was pioneered by legendary off road promoter and racer Bert Vaughan, who launched the race in the mid-1970s.

"We are very happy with the amount of entries," said SNORE Vice President John Pellissier, who doubles as a competitor in the Champ Car class. "There has been a surge in the past few weeks and we're expecting entries to continue through the rest of this week.

"We are hoping for 80 entries."

The 56 mile course will offer a long list of special challenges of terrain including four water crossings.

"The last of the crossings is about two feet deep," said Pellissier, 44. "If your engine is not water-proof, there's a chance that it could shut down. This is a very unusual characteristic that drivers normally don't face in off-road racing. If you have ever raced this event, you never want to miss another one."

In addition, a steep drop called "Oh My God Hill" heading back into Caliente provides incredible action in a twisty, but fast final mile.

Just as important is that this small town situated about 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas opens its arms to SNORE.

"The people of Caliente love the race," Pellissier said.

Saturday's race begins at 8 a.m. with the fastest professionals going four laps; others going three laps and the Class 11s will go two laps.

TJ Flores and his driving partner Las Vegas chiropractor Dr. Kevin Colan combined for the victory in the 2010 Caliente 250 in a Class 1 entry.

Class 10 competitor Roger Starkey leads the rich 2012 SNORE Kartek Championship Off Road Series points standings with 1,385 points followed by Class 9 driver Brian Caudill (1,292); Class 11 driver Robert Johnson (1,258); Pellissier (1,251) and 1600 driver Jason Coleman (1,251).

The top ten also includes Champ Car competitor Greg Crew (1,150), 3000 driver John Gauld, 1600 driver Jeff Bruner (1,075) and Champ Car competitor Michael Benedict (1,060).

The Sportsman standings are paced  by Jordan Poole (1,411); Billy Shapley (1,247), Darren Parsons (1,222), Jeremy Smeltzer (1,121), Eric Trondie (1,067), Dan Defreze (934), Steve Olliges (835), Breanna Cloud (760), George Rosenbaum (708) and Mark Brister (691).

SNORE kicked off the 2012 season with the Dusty Times Battle at Primm Jan. 24-26 before running the PCI Radios 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif. 

 

MEETGREET

A meet and greet with Caliente Elementary students will kick off SNORE’s Caliente 250 pre-race festivities Friday beginning at 8 a.m. The race Saturday begins at 8 a.m.

 

OHMYGOD

Oh My God Hill heading back into Caliente is considered one of the favorite parts of the 56-mile layout that will be utilized in SNORE’s Caliente 250 Saturday northeast of Las Vegas.

 

2012 SNORE Kartek Points Standings

Pro – 1, Roger Starkey (10) 1,385; 2. Brian Caudill (9) 1,292; 3. Robert Johnson (11) 1,258; 4. tie between John Pellissier (18) and Jason Coleman (1600), 1,251 each; 6. Blaine Conrad (1600) 1,201; 7. Greg Crew (12) 1,150; 8. John Gauld (1600) 1,108; 9. Jeff Bruner (1600) 1,075; 10. Michael Benedict (12) 1,060.

Sportsman – 1. Jordan Poole (LTD Sport) 1,411; 2. Billy Shapley (LTD Sport) 1,247; 3. Darren Parsons (1450) 1,222; 4. Jeremy Smeltzer (1450) 1,121; 5. Eric Trondie (UNL Sport) 1,067; 6. Dan Defreze (UNL Sport) 934; 7. Steve Olliges (1450) 835; 8. Breanna Cloud (LTD Sport) 760; 9. George Rosenbaum (1450) 708; 10. Mark Brister (LTD) 691.

 

Next race: Saturday, Dusty Times 250, Caliente, Nev.

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

 

We would like to announce due to unforeseen circumstances, SNORE will be taking over all of the responsibilities of the 2012 SNORE DUSTY TIMES 250 to be held in Caliente, Nevada on June 22 & 23rd. SNORE is very excited to be back in Caliente! Although historically this race is not one of our biggest, it is certainly one of our racers’ favorites! It isn’t one of our richest either, but we believe that everyone involved feels the “economic boost” we give to the wonderful town of Caliente is reward enough! Thank you to the Bonneville Off-Road Racing organization for all of their help in leading up to this event and we look forward to working with you in the future!!! Racers, please consider attending this race because it will definitely be a memorable experience!

 

Ridgecrest, Calif. -- It has been said that good things happen to people who refuse to give up, so when Mike Voudouris of Austin, Tex., won the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 here April 14, the performance was proof that teamwork pays off.

The friendly Voudouris extended his long history with SNORE to win the event near China Lake and immediately thanked the crew at Collins Motorsports in Las Vegas for a victory captured during what proved to be a true horserace during SNORE's second race of the 2012 season.

"We had very few problems today," said Voudouris, who also thanked his father, John, for what was a true teamwork effort. "I can't thank Collins Motorsports enough for what they have done."

Voudouris didn't finish the Mint 400 earlier in the year, so he called on Collins Motorsports to recharge his Ford Trophy Truck heading into SNORE's second race of the year. This time on a rough and rugged course, the Zorba team had just one flat on a day when tires and wheels were destroyed time and time again.

Collins delivered the product and Voudouris responded by sticking his foot to the floor in machine that purred so loudly you could hear him for miles throughout the day. SNORE's rich prize money included a $2,000 payday for the overall winner with a total of $7,000 shelled out to the top finishers.

In country reminiscent of the Wild West, Vidouris piloted his Ford Trophy Truck to the overall victory with a time of five hours, 18.50 minutes. He wasn't far ahead of the next two finishers during a weekend that had everything from near-freezing temperatures and snow before winding up with temperatures in the 60s on race day.

In typical SNORE style, Ridgecrest featured plenty of action especially considering the victory mounted by Voudouris, who once sought imformation about off road racing out West when he called former SNORE president and the late Denny Selleck decades ago.

Voudouris heeded Selleck's advice to head West and this time finished ahead of spirited efforts by Kelly Mather and her husband, Tom; and Adam Householder, who finished second and third overall in the race run more than 200 miles west of Las Vegas. In atmospheric conditions that featured cold and wind the day before the race along with higher temperatures on race day, the PCI Radios 300 had a little for everyone including a rocky course that gobbled up tires and wheels.

"We joke that we get a divorce two times during each race,"  said Mrs. Mather laughed while adding that the course was very rough.

Married for about a year, the Mathers finished with a time of 5:20.09 while the Householders recorded a of 5:21.50 in what was a true down-to-the-wire horserace finish.

Mrs. Mather said she grew up around the sport of off-road racing. Proof that her family knows what it's doing when competing in the desert, her father, Richard Boyle, finished fourth in Class 1.

"This sport provides a real adrenalin rush and I love the speed," she said.

Las Vegas competitor Steve Olliges, who drove a UnlimitedTruck in the event, returned to Ridgecrest after winning in 2011.

"We were the fourth-fastest overall after the first lap," said Olliges, the president of Team Ford. "We had a great run and turned it up a notch to start making a move. Halfway through the second lap, we smelled something burning and it was engine oil. We made it to the pits our engine builder told us to turn it off.

"It was a great race. The town of Ridgcrest really welcomes the racers. The hotels and the restaurants were very accomodating. To have the start-finish line 10-15 minutes down the road is really cool. Those rock formations are unbelievable."

In virtually every corner, SNORE received praise for its efforts.

"When SNORE goes on the road, we intend to provide the area with a storybook event," said club president Brittany Burgos, who is in her first year of running the group. "We had a tremendous following in Ridgecrest and hope the people of the city enjoyed the race.

"We'll be back for as long as the people of Ridgecrest want us," she added.  "This is a wonderful venue and we love taking the show on the road to this city."

Race director Kenny Freeman said the race was very smooth.

"Nearly every driver I spoke with said this race was either the toughest or one of the toughest ever," said Freeman, a 54 year-old long-time member of SNORE. "One guy told me that next to the historic old Mint 400 course, this one was as tough as they come.

"Everyone from the sheriff's department to the BLM was happy with the final result."

Freeman also lauded the support recieved from SNORE's course workers adding "we are an all-volunteer organization and every went beyond the call of duty to make this happen."

SNORE's next race of the rich 2012 season will be June 23 in Caliente, Nev. about 150 miles north of Las Vegas.


SNORE PCI Radios 300

Official Final Results

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ridgecrest, California


Overall: 1. No. 60 Michael Voudouris, 5:18.50; 2. No. 105 Kelly Mather 5:20.09; 3. No.124 Adam Householder, 5:21.27.

Unlimited Truck: 1. No. 60. Michael Voudouris, 5:18.50; 2. No. 51 Steve Olliges (one lap).

Class 1 Unlimited: 1. No. 105 Kelly Mather, 5:20.09; 2. No. 124 Adam Householder, 5:21.27; 3. No. 102 CJ Hutchins 5:49.25; 4. No. 156 Richard Boyle 5:55.04; 5. No. 121 Rick Boyer 5:57.53.

Class 10: 1. No. 1067 Roger Starkey 5:30.38; 2. No. 1014 Blain McDonald 5:55.55; 3. No. 1011 Mike McGee (three laps).

Class 12:  1. No. 1226 Paul Keller 6:24.04; 2. No. 1297 Kevin Martin (four laps); 3. No. 1212 Greg Crew (four laps); 4. No. 1228 Jeff Farshier (four laps); 5. No. 1215 Michael Benedict (four laps).

Class 13: 1. No. 1368 Jordan Poole 4:10.54; 2. No. 1300 Billy Shapley 4:17.19; 3. No. 1367 Evan Dixon 5:53.46.

Class 1450: 1. No. 1447 Darren Parsons 4:17.15; 2. No. 1410 Jeremy Smeltzer (three laps); 3. No. 1450 James Fuhs (one lap).

Class 15: 1. No. 1594 Frank Hines 4:25.05; 2. No. 1504 Dean Defreze (one lap); 3. No. 1509 Eric Trondie (one lap).

Class 1600: 1. No. 1612 Blaine Conrad 6:13.25; 2. No. 1677 Andy Grider 6:22.53; 3. No. 1690 Steve Achey (four laps); 4. No. 1623 Jason Coleman (four laps); 5. No. 1681 Todd Winslow (four laps).

Class 18: 1. No. 1803 John Pellisier 6:18.24; 2. No. 1801 Craig Williams (two laps).

Class 3000: 1. No. 3009 John Gould 5:44.45.

Class 5-1500: 1. Tom Bird.

Class 7: 1. No. 7270 Cronus Dillard 5:54.54; 2. No. 7288 Steve Albrect  (two laps).

Class 9: 1. No. 923 Brian Caudill 4:58.15; 2. No. 992 Giti Gowland 5:15.50; 3. No. 919 Brandon Holly 5:16.27; 4. No. 997 Brandon Wright 5:34.40.

NAPA Chassis 7S Challenge: 1. Steven Marsee.

Stock Bug: 1. Robert Johnson.

 

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Mike Voudouris of Austin, Tex. powered his Ford Trophy Truck to the overall victory during the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 April 13 in Ridgecrest, Calif., driving a vehicle prepared by Collins Motorsports in Las Vegas. (Trackside photo)

 

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The husband and wife team of  Kelly and Tom Mather of Ridgecrest, Calif., took Class 1 and second overall in the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 April 13. Kelly drove the entire race for the couple, which has been married for about a year. (Mike Henle photo).

 

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

 

Points leader Luke McMillin of San Diego, Calif., will head the field of competitors when the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts travels to Southern California for the second race of the season April 13-15 with the annual running PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest.

The five-lap event will include 60-mile laps between Bakersfield and Barstow. Fifteen classes of vehicles will run in the event in SNORE’s fifth return to Ridgecrest.

McMillin rounded out a strong finish in the season-opener Feb.25-26 at the Battle at Primm driving a Class 1600 entry. He now leads the points with 797.

Currently trailing McMillin in the $20,000 SNORE Kartek points are Eric Muller, Class 9, with 730 points; Curt Geer, Class 1600, 729; Dave Cote, Stock Bug, 714; tie between Bryce Menzies, Unlimited Truck, and Shawn Mecham, Unlimited, 710; Richard Starkey, Class 10, 705; Brady Wisdom, Class 12, 693; Justin Smith, Class 1600, 685; and John Pellissier, Class 1800, 675.

The 2012 schedule also includes the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept.7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump; and the Rage at the River Dec. 7-9 in Laughlin.

 


Luke McMillin of San Diego currently leads the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts points standings heading into the PCI Radios 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

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