SNORE, Primm execs team up to make the KC HiLiTES Midnight Special off-road race a reality

 

By Mike Henle

 

PRIMM, Nev. -- The 2011 SNORE KC HiLiTES Midnight Special presented here July 29-30 is now history, but it goes without saying that the end result is undoubtedly what could be termed one of the true miracles in the history of motorsports.

 

Thanks to last-minute team work on behalf of the 42 year-old Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts and a hearty group of hotel-casino executives, the event brought attention to this city 30 miles south of Las Vegas while also attracting a field of about 100 race vehicles and their crews.

 

A very unique event that usually begins at dusk before running well past midnight to escape the heat of the desert, the race included two nights of competition over an 8.6 mile layout that started and finished behind Buffalo Bill’s hotel casino just east of I-15.  Read More >

 

SNORE, Primm execs team up to make the KC HiLiTES Midnight Special off-road race a reality

 

By Mike Henle

 

PRIMM, Nev. -- The 2011 SNORE KC HiLiTES Midnight Special presented here July 29-30 is now history, but it goes without saying that the end result is undoubtedly what could be termed one of the true miracles in the history of motorsports.

 

Thanks to last-minute team work on behalf of the 42 year-old Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts and a hearty group of hotel-casino executives, the event brought attention to this city 30 miles south of Las Vegas while also attracting a field of about 100 race vehicles and their crews.

 

A very unique event that usually begins at dusk before running well past midnight to escape the heat of the desert, the race included two nights of competition over an 8.6 mile layout that started and finished behind Buffalo Bill’s hotel casino just east of I-15.

 

With SNORE discovering only a few weeks ago that their original venue of the Moapa Indian Reservation north of Las Vegas wasn’t possible, a call to Primm saved the event while also bringing business to the city formerly known as Stateline. This was a timely boost as SCORE had cancelled their August Primm event and headed south.

 

While there were certainly both winners and losers in the race, the key component was the fact that the race was a plus for Primm following the late exit by SCORE promoter Sal Fish who pulled the plug on the Terrible’s Primm 300 only weeks earlier before moving his race to Baja, Mexico.

 

Kyle Conlon, a 22 year-old electrician from San Diego, captured the overall win in a Jimco 1 with two-day, eight-lap total time of 2 hours. 21.05 minutes. His consistent times were highlighted by a best of 11:29.547 minutes on the third lap Saturday night.

 

“In my first heat, I broke the sway bar and ran the entire race without it,” said Conlon, who is running in his second year of competition. “Then, in the second heat, the alternator went out, but we had enough juice to make it to the finish.

 

“I would have to say that the high point of the race for me was just getting to the finish line. I hadn’t been able to get a first out of the car prior to this race. I’m really happy to both finish and get a win at the same time.”

 

Todd Wyllie, a 45 year-old real estate executive from New River, Ariz., north of Phoenix, took the Unlimited Truck win over prominent Las Vegas automobile dealer Steve Olliges of Team Ford.

 

“We wanted to run the overall strong” said Wyllie, who has been racing since 2003. “We had electrical issues on the final lap the first night. The course was toughest in the silt bed after you left the infield.”

 

In a statement echoed by just about everyone, Wyllie added “Considering the time that SNORE had to work with this, it was a mad scramble. All things considered, they did a great job. Them putting on this race any place was a Mission Accomplished, for sure.”

 

Olliges, a 48 year-old veteran who has been off-road racing since he was 18, said the race was a good shakedown event for the Best in the Desert Vegas-to-Reno event scheduled Aug. 18-21.

 

“It was great seeing everyone out there,” said Olliges, whose family has been in the car business for decades. “Then, too, it’s good getting the extra seat time.”

 

Justin Davis of Chino Hills, Calif., captured Class 10 although he, too, had his own challenges.

 

“We had a good weekend although our wiring railed on us Saturday,” said Davis, who is in the landscaping business. “Overall, I think the race went very well. I like the Grand Prix style where you just get out there and run as fast as you can. I think SNORE did an awesome job.”

 

Kenny Freeman, a member of SNORE’s board of directors and also the winner of Class 1600, predicted that the KC HiLiTES Midnight Special was the first of many off- road races in Primm.

 

“There were things that we could have done differently, but overall it was a good event,” said Freeman. “We received incredible help from the good people of Primm Valley Resorts and had it not been for them, there probably would not have been a Midnight Special this year.

 

“I think there will be even bigger off-road racing events in Primm in the future.”

 

Danny Fraire, a spokesman for the Location’s Racing Class 8 truck No. 8006, said “We didn’t have our lights aimed for the really tight sections on Friday. We adjusted for Saturday night and our driver Rick Harrah went for it and captured our first win.”

 

John Whitlow, the car chief for the NAPA Chassis No. 7155 truck driven by Peter Garfinkle, said “It must have taken a ton of coordination with the Primm property people to make the race happen.”

 

SNORE Race Director Robert Gross said racer support was strong for the race.

 

“We appreciate all the racers that supported our Midnight Special, especially after the venue chaos leading up to this event,” Gross said. "The majority of comments has been very positive and indicates the racers awareness of the many challenges we faced in putting this event together in less than three weeks.

 

“I hope to see all of you at our SNORE 250 in Ridgecrest CA in October.”

 

Race Registration Director Brittany Burgos added “The staff at Primm Valley Resorts was certainly gracious and extremely helpful in meeting our needs in the short timeframe we were forced to adhere to.

 

“Primm is always a great destination for a SNORE event and the racers love it.”

 

SNORE Director of Marketing Lawton Shank said the new format utilized added to the event.

 

“This year’s KC HiLiTES Midnight Special was interesting in that it consisted of two nights of heat racing rather than one long night event,” Shank explained. “This gave the drivers and spectators an opportunity for two nights of action for racers running with lights.

 

“The famous ‘Dike Jump’ became even more of a challenge for competitors at night, and was a great viewing area for spectators both nights.”

 

The praise of the race was also echoed by the staff of Primm Valley Resorts.

 

“We were thrilled with the Midnight Special results at Primm Valley this year,” said Stuart Richey, assistant general manager of Primm Valley Resorts and Casinos. “Congratulations to SNORE for an excellent event and to the hard-working teams that surpassed the rain and early hours for a tremendous victory. We look forward to another competitive run in the near future.”

 

Other winners include Justin Davis, Class 10; Cody Freeman in Class 12; Chris Wright in Class 13; Ryan Desautels, Class 1450; Tony Scott, Class 15; Daniel Maurer, 18; Kyle Ahrensberg, 3000; Steve Alexander, 5; Cody Agee, 5/1600; Dana Dague, 7; Rick Harrah, 8; Giti Gowland, 9; Robbie Cockreel, 7S Challenge; Joshua Starr, NAPA Chassis 7S Challenge; Dave Cote, Stock Bug; Adrian Diaz, StockFull; Steve Hengeveld, Trophy Lite; and Arturo Benavides, VORE-VC.

 

SNORE’s next race is 42nd annual SNORE 250 Oct. 21-23 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

 

CONTACT: Lawton Shank, SNORE, 702-351-6666; Val Moon, Primm Valley Resorts, 702-679-5467; Mike Henley, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

 

ABOUT PRIMM VALLEY RESORTS: Situated about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, Primm, Nev. is the home of Primm Valley Resorts and Casinos and is situated on the Nevada-California state line. It consists of three hotel casinos, a large outlet mall; and a multitude of recreational activities including two championship Tom Fazio designed golf courses. Hotels include Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino; Buffalo Bill’s Resort which features a 6,000 arena for concerts and events; and Primm Valley Resort and Casino; with 21,000 square feet of outstanding convention space; http:www.primmvalleyresorts.com/index.php.

 

Primm Valley Resorts is operated by Affinity Gaming LLC.

 

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The annual KC HiLites Midnight Special run July 29-30 in Primm has been deemed a big success. The event run 30 miles south of Las Vegas consisted of two nights of competition over an 8.6 mile course. (Photos courtesy of Troy Van Mourwerik/Dusty Lenz Photography).

 

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – July 18, 2011 – The unusual and spectacular scene of high-speed off-road racing at night will take place at Primm NV on Friday July 29th and Saturday, July 30th. Each evening’s events will kick-off with the first of four heat races starting at 9:00 p.m., followed by three more heats lasting well into the early morning hours.

 

This two-night event is sponsored by KC HiLites, a pioneer in development and innovation in the field of specialized high output driving lights for rough and severe vehicle lighting demands. The event is sanctioned by SNORE, a Las Vegas based racing organization, and is one of their six races to determine SNORE 2011 champions.

 

Over 130 entries in 18 classes will compete in one of the four different heats, and overall winners are determined by results of the two evenings racing. In addition to the natural desert terrain, racers must face the extra challenge of darkness combined with dust and limited visibility.

 

Vehicles competing will range from 130 mile-per-hour Unlimited Trucks and buggies down to older stock VW sedans. Different classes will be grouped in heats according to their projected average speeds for this course at night.

 

One of the exhilarating parts of the course for the racers will be the famous “Dike Jump”, where racecars at high speed launch off the earthen dike and fly a great distance before landing to continue racing. This is always a great spectator spot, and will be outstanding to view at night.

 

Spectators are welcome and there is no admission fee either night. Special areas have been set- aside for excellent spectator viewing. The entire course is located behind Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, and there is parking in the area.

 

SNORE (Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1969 and based in Las Vegas NV. The group sanctions a series of off-road races each year that include both professional and sportsman desert racers. SNORE produces the legendary Mint 400 off-road race that annually draws the elite who’s-who of off-road racing to this Southern Nevada event. Today, SNORE is one of only three major long-distance off-road racing organizations in North America.

 

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Lawton Shank, Director, Marketing

SNORE Off-Road Racing

702.351.6666

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Recent events have prompted me to draft this message to the individuals affected by our industry. Whether it is internal disagreements or external influences, SNORE has been substantiating its role in desert racing for over forty years.  For ten years now I have dealt head on with this very sophisticated thing called desert racing, and for many years SNORE has pushed for quality over simply being a marginal performer. Ironically, it has changed the industry and placed it on (I believe) a very desirable path.    Read More

 

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Please state how this will affect your business if this race permit, and permits for future races are denied. Also, how it will affect your family, the families of people that work for you and the community that you live in. Also, what negative economic impact will loss of racing cause. We need 7000 letters in about 80 hours so they can be included with our appeal.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – May 15, 2011 – The Riot Racing #68 Unlimited Truck, piloted by Josh Daniels, totally demolished the competition at the inaugural Dethrone SoCal 250 in Plaster City, CA. His overall winning time was just 32 seconds shy of being one full hour ahead of the second place Unlimited Truck driven by Gregg Hempel.

 

Daniels, of Canyon Lake, CA, completed the 250-mile race in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 32 seconds for an average speed of 65.2 miles per hour. Even though the course conditions deteriorated as the race wore on, he continued his blistering pace the entire distance.

 

Kyle Conlon, in the #108 Class 1 Buggy, finished 3 minutes, 33 seconds behind Daniels for second overall at an average speed of 64.1 mph. Chris Kemp followed him in third. They also were first and second respectively in the Class 1 Unlimited Buggy category.

 

Several of the pre-race favorites including Terry Householder, sponsored by Dethrone, encountered minor problems early dropping them off the pace. Others, including TJ Flores of Las Vegas suffered engine problems resulting in DNF’s.

 

At the start line, 185 vehicles rolled out two at a time at 20-second intervals. The official finisher count was 96 for 51.9%. Faster classes ran five laps with slower cars running four laps and Stock Bugs only required to run three.

 

Class 1600, the largest field in the race, was led home by Blaine Conrad, of Las Vegas NV in #1612 with an average of 50.0 mph. He was followed just over 2 minutes later by #1600 Jason Coleman, the reigning SNORE 1600 Champion. Joe Laff, a pre-race favorite, finished third. Next came #1617 Ross Mattox, #1657 Ramsey El Wardani and #1601 Kenny Freeman. Less than eight minutes separated the first six finishers. A total of 17 Class 16 cars were official finishers.

 

In Class 12 a total of 20 cars started the race and #1226 Paul Keller emerged the victor, with a winning margin of just over 7-1/2 minutes over second place #1249 Shawn McCallum. #1268 Cody Reid was third. Nine cars completed the full distance.

 

Class 10 saw 13 cars on the start and #1001 Kevin Ellis came home the Class 10 winner, crossing the finish 30 minutes ahead of #1029 Tom Bjorstrom, who finished second. #1097 Terry Tolbert rolled in 13 minutes later for third in class.

 

Pre-runner trucks, Class 1450, had 24 entries off the line, and #1471 Jerry Larimore roared to the checker in 3:58:52 for the class win with an average speed of 50.4 mph. Cary Jones, in #1496, was next home 20 minutes later. # 1429 Dan Vance rounded out the top three.

Class 7s, the NAPA Chassis Challenge Class was an easy drive for #7100 Kyle Milligan, the SNORE 2010 Class 7s Champion. He bested second place #7130 Rick Doetsch by over an hour and 20 minutes. Josh Starr rounded out the top three. Class 7 trucks saw only two finishers out of nine starters, with #7217 Russ Ramsey coming home the winner followed by Matt Borden..

 

Other Class Winners:

Class 13: 1st Billy Shapley III, 2nd Henry Vasquez

Class 15: 1st Eddie Zeller, 2nd Brian Coneen, 3rd Tony Scott

Class 18: 1st Daniel Maurer

Class 3000: 1st Jack Moreno

Class 5: 1st Steven Hall

Class 5/1600: 1st Mike Boone, 2nd David Herrera, 3rd Trevor Anderson

Class 8: 1st Joe Patelli

Class 9: 1st Bradley Looney, 2nd Adam Sarver, 3rd Jack Hettinger

Class HM: 1st Monte Tibbitts

Stock Bug: 1st Steve Patton, 2nd Jason Gutzmer, 3rd Robert Johnson

VORE: 1st Arturo Benavides

 

Heavy, gusting wind and tremendous dust was the order of the day. At times visibility was near zero on parts of the course, and silt beds became traps for some of the racers as they struggled with these harsh conditions.

 

SNORE race personnel faced last-minute major wind related problems with course marking. The entire 50-mile course was completely marked earlier in the week and deemed complete and ready for the event. Friday evening before the race, word came that extremely high, late afternoon winds had destroyed markings on a majority of the course. An emergency plan was immediately put in place and key race personnel were out on the course at 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning repairing damage prior to the 8:00 a.m. race start.

 

This was the first off-road race held in Southern California in several months, and enthusiasm and entries for the event was tremendous.  It is also the first time SNORE has “gone on the road” with their professional race operations to this southernmost area of California.

 

SNORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1969 and based in Las Vegas NV. The group sanctions a series of off-road races each year that include both professional and sportsman desert racers. SNORE produces the legendary Mint 400 off-road race that annually draws the elite who’s-who of off-road racing to the event.

 

In addition to the Mint 400, SNORE also produces the only long-distance desert night race in the United States. Other SNORE sanctioned races include the very popular multi-day events at Primm and Laughlin, NV. Today, SNORE is one of only three major long-distance off-road racing organizations in North America.

 

For complete Dethrone SoCal 250 Results click here.

 

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Contact:

Lawton Shank

Director, Marketing

SNORE Off-Road Racing

702.351.6666

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