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.

 

 

Racers, please take the time to read this document throughly.

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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.


CAPTION:

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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We will be starting our revegetation project this Saturday October 29th at 9am. We will be meeting at pabco road at the 2nd road crossing. 

On this day we will be putting in the required fence and pulling weeds. If you are able to join us this weekend please bring if possible gloves, rakes, and shovels. Please wear a long sleeve shirt as well due to the large tumble weeds that will be needed for removal. 

If you have any questions regarding the revegetation please dont hesitate to ask. 

 

DAY ONE: 

SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th - 9am  Tumble Weed pulling and installing fence. As much help as possible will be needed in order to get done in a timely manner.

Location: Pabco Road 2nd  road crossing meet up, overflow parking will be at S/F off of Pabco road since we need to carpool into the area as much as possible.Items needed: Gloves and long sleeve shirts will be needed since weeds need to be pulled out by root not dug out.

DAY TWO:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th  Reseeding, this will be done with a small group of individuals, as this will not require as many hands to operate the machine being used.

DAY THREE:

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12th - Planting at  9am This day will require as much help as possible due to the high volume of plants being planted.

Location: will be Pabco road S/F area for parking and we will car pool in to reveg area.tems Needed: will be gloves and shovels for planting.

 

Thank you.
Brittany Burgos 702-325-9623

 

 

There has been a lot of concern regarding the lawsuit that was recently filed. This suit was filed prematurely and was a result due to the recent issues involving SNORE’s sale of the Mint 400 name.  The SNORE Boards of Directors and several current Members were concerned that the sale of the Mint 400 was unfair and not in SNORE’s best interest. The purpose of the lawsuit was to momentarily stop the sale and allow it to go before the entire SNORE membership for a vote on whether to continue forward with the sale.  Since the news of the lawsuit many members have voiced their opinions and therefore we have decided not pursue this matter further and have withdrawn the complaint.  We understand your concern and appreciate your interest in this matter.  We feel this decision is in the best interest of SNORE and its future.  SNORE will continue to move forward and provide great races that you all have come to enjoy.  

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you all at Ridgecrest this weekend,  if not we hope to see you at Rage at the River.

 

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By Mike Henle

 

The first winner of the SNORE 250 may not be driving an off-road racing car anymore, but he is as entrenched in the sport as ever. With the 42nd annual event scheduled Oct. 21-22 in Ridgecrest, Calif., the memories of the old days still linger.

Fritz Kroyer won the 1970 SNORE 250 in southwest Las Vegas to kick off a storied career that also included winning back-to-back Mint 400 in the next two years at the Mint Gun Club in the northwest portion of Las Vegas Valley.

Now 68, the Danish-born Kroyer is a prototype fabricator for Kroyer Racing Engines on the grounds of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He stepped away from the sport of off-road racing in 1985 after competing in an event in Mohave, Calif.

“His talent is absolutely unbelievable,” said son Kevin, a partner with hotel-casino owner and former off-road competitor Michael Gaughan in Kroyer Racing Engines. “His original nickname from our Walker Evans days was ‘the original Bad Ass” because there is nothing he cannot do.

“He is at the gym every morning while I’m still sleeping.”

The elder Kroyer is at the gym every day by 4 in the morning. He can’t imagine starting his day any other way.

“I didn’t work out like this when I was racing,” he said. “I just feel better going to the gym and I can tell the difference when I don’t start my day out by going to the gym.”

The win in the first SNORE 250 was a story in itself for Kroyer, who rolled his unlimited single-seat custom made Funco on the first lap.

“We were running somewhere near what is now Spanish Trail,” Kroyer recalled with a  huge smile. “It was a drag race start with two cars starting side-by-side. I had to make a hard right hand turn coming out of the gravel pit and landed on my wheels.

“I was so embarrassed because I rolled right in front of a bunch of fans. When I got to the pit, we replaced a couple of wheels. The only way I could redeem myself was by winning the race.”

Times have certainly changed as it relates to off-road racing.

“You could run anywhere in the desert in those days,” Kroyer recalled. “It’s not even wide-open racing in Mexico anymore.”

However, even during a struggling economy not to mention other issues that the sport now endures, competitors are keeping Kroyer Racing busy.

“Many people in off-road racing have successful businesses,” Fritz said. “In some cases, when business slows down, they simply look at the slowdown as a time to do more racing.”

The off-road business remains good to the Kroyer family especially considering its recent success with drivers like Trophy Truck drivers Rob MacCachren, BJ Baldwin and Bryce Menzies; all of whom have taken major victories.

Among Kroyer’s customers is SNORE Class 1 charger and Southern California resident Kyle Conlon, who is currently the Class 1 leader and second overall in the points behind Class 1-2 1600 veteran Kenny Freeman.

“The sport is very time-consuming and very expensive,” Kroyer said. “You don’t race out of your back yard anymore. There is a lot of dedication that goes into the sport now. Just going to the race is tough considering how much equipment you need to take with you. Then, you have a truck and tools and people to help. There are huge expenses anymore."

“When I worked for Roger Mears, we figured out one time that it cost $50,000 to go to Mexico—and that was 10 years ago. I think we’re going see more and more closed-course racing in the sport. It’s getting so tough now especially when you consider the insurance and the fees involved with the sport.”

Kroyer has great memories of SNORE even after all the years.

“SNORE has done a very good job,” he said. “They have been around for decades and that shows a definite will of the people who are involved. Just look at the Freeman family which sill has several family members who are active in the sport.”

“SNORE has provided a great outlet for so many people.”

KJ Howe, the former race director of the Mint 400, has vivid memories about Kroyer.

“I raced in the Mint in 1971 and 1972 and Fritz went by me so fast that I suddenly realized that I had better learn a little more about off-road racing because it sure was different from the sports car racing that I was used to,” said Howe, now 72. “Fritz had an unbelievable ability to read the terrain and find the proper line through the rough areas so that he could go faster than anyone else.

“Plus, he was able to keep a car together until the end. He knew how to finish and that is the name of the game in off-road racing. He once told me that you have to first finish before you can finish first” which was a term later uttered to me by Parnelli Jones.”

Howe said he became close friends with Kroyer, who prepared the Mint-sponsored unlimited two-seater from about 1975-1982.

“Fritz had a company named Race Prep in the San Fernando Valley,” said Howe. “He knew suspensions, transmissions, shock setup and he had an outstanding reputation for preparing an off-road racing car. He prepared cars for a lot of off-road racers and was really respected for his ability to build and maintain race cars.”

Howe said Kroyer once did the stunt driving for a movie and jumped over the Berlin Wall.

“He had to go to Germany and they made him jump over a wall that was supposed to be the Berlin Wall,” said Howe. “He did stunt driving as well as racing while also prepping cars. He raced stadium races and the long-distance races like Baja so that just goes to show how versatile he was.”

SNORE’s top entrants headed into the SNORE 250 include Kenny Freeman, 2,921; Kyle Conlon, 2,906;  Blaine Conrad, 2,897; Kevin Ellis, 2,713; Cody Freeman, 2,651; Terry Householder, 2,622; Mike Boone, 2,616; Daniel Maurer, 2,612; and Cody Reid, 2,593. The club’s final race will be the Rage at the River in Laughlin, Dec. 10-11.

 

CAPTION:

Fritz Kroyer, right, won the first SNORE 250 in 1970. He is shown with his son, Kevin, at the Kroyer Racing Engines at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Contact: Mike Henle, 702-279-3483

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