SNORE’s four key leaders and a new sponsor combine for big expectations for a sparkling 2013 racing season
- Created on Thursday, 24 January 2013 02:38
By Mike Henle
LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts head into a promising year in 2013 capitalizing on a pair of key components.
First, four SNORE members who spearheaded the club’s vibrant success in 2012 will return for the 2013 season.
And second, the club has capitalized on the fact the series has a new sponsor, that being Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage which will headline the year.
With the Terrible Herbst sponsorship comes an added $10,000 to the SNORE points fund, while also giving the overall champion nearly $20,000 based on entries from 2012.
The return of the four leaders coupled with the addition of Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage undoubtedly adds even more stability and promise for the SNORE, which was founded in 1969.
Key players returning to the SNORE governing body are President Brittany Burgos, Vice President John Pellissier; Treasurer Debbie Burgos and Race Director Kenny Freeman.
With each return of member leadership came an obvious level of dedication, as SNORE continues a climb that spiraled into prominence en route to a sparkling 2012 season. In true family form, the four leaders joined forces to rally the club into the right direction.
With each member, a commitment had to be made for what will be a long and exciting season.
In Freeman’s case, the decision to return as race director was bitter sweet, since 2013 will mark the second straight year in which his own racing will suffer so that he can spend time helping direct SNORE.
“I definitely miss not being able to get into the car as much as I used to,” explained Freeman. “Off-road racing definitely gets in your blood, especially since I’ve been racing for about 40 years.”
However, Freeman isn’t getting out of competition all together.
“I’m going to pick and choose the events I run in during 2013,” Freeman explained. “I’ll get into the 1600 car at events run by other sanctioning bodies when time permits.
“And besides, we still have several Freemans competing in SNORE events, and that’s particularly satisfying to me, too. I have been fortunate to see my kids race and now I want to see my grand kids race, too.”
Pellissier, who doubled as one of SNORE’s premier Champ Car drivers last year before finishing fourth overall in the standings, concurred with Freeman.
“We laid the ground work last year,” explained the 45 year-old Pellissier, a native Southern Nevadan who makes his living as an air conditioning repairman at the World Market Center in Las Vegas. “We are headed in a very positive direction and I want to see it through.
“We don’t have any egos in this group and we all enjoy seeing what has transpired in the last year. We all have different strengths and that makes us stronger as a team.”
Debbie Burgos, the mother of the SNORE president, comes from a family dedicated to the sport of off-road racing. A goal-oriented member of the sport who works in the legal profession, she is also vitally important considering her position as treasurer of the group.
“I made the decision to remain as treasurer and volunteer coordinator to support my daughter as SNORE president and Race Director Kenny Freeman’s heroic efforts to keep SNORE alive and thriving in the future. SNORE has done an amazing job considering all of the adversities it has faced; and it is still considered to be one of the premier off-road racing organizations in the country.
“Our family loves the off road sport, and more importantly, the people involved in the sport. So in order to see our sport continue, we have to step up and make sacrifices, not only with our time but also with our hearts.”
While the sport of off-road racing requires extreme dedication, the rewards are well worth it, Burgos added.
“There are days when it gets extremely frustrating and I would like to just quit, but as soon as the checkered flag drops and the dust settles, the satisfaction from what has just accomplished by our little group of volunteers makes it all worth it.”
The younger Burgos took over the presidency after a tumultuous 2011 season; promising to help bring unity and stability along with direction to SNORE.
“I knew it would be a huge task, but I love SNORE,” said the 2006 graduate of Centennial High School in Las Vegas. “We accomplished a lot in 2012, but only because we banded together to perform as a very strong team.
“Now, we’re going to reach even higher levels in 2013.”
SNORE opens the 2013 season with the Battle at Primm Feb. 22-24 south of Las Vegas.
Four key officers with the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts have committed to lead the club again in 2013. From left, Vice President John Pellissier; President Brittany Burgos; Treasurer Debbie Burgos; and Race Director Kenny Freeman.
Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, President, Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts, 702-325-9623;