By Mike Henle

Fritz Kroyer is renowned in off-road racing circles all over the world.

Measure this: He won the first-ever SNORE 250 on the grounds of what is now the plush Spanish Trail 50 years ago although he rolled the car on the first lap of the race.

The car rolled right-side-up and Kroyer went to work winning the SNORE 250 in a Funco two-seater converted into a single-seater.

Even more impressive is that Kroyer –now 75 – recorded back-to-back Mint 400 titles in 1971 and 1972.  The Mint is known world-wide as the toughest race of its kind.

In true off-road-racer tenacity, if you want an interview with the colorful off-road racer/race car engine builder, you had better be ready for an early start considering that Kroyer arrives at his shop early every morning at Kroyer Racing Engines on the grounds of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Kroyer is the picture of the Iron Man competition since he works out three or four times a week. A true example of today’s rugged senior citizen, the man is not interested in retiring.

After his racing days subsided in the mid-80s, the colorful Kroyer went to work creating and building off-road machinery, as well as guiding younger drivers in a sport where only the strong survive.

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Please join us at the SNORE monthly membership meeting on December 11, 2018.

Meeting Place: Pole Position Raceway (Skybox Room, upstairs) 4175 South Arville Las Vegas, NV 89103

Time: 7:00PM (Membership Validation opens at 6PM.)

The nominees for the 2019-2020 term are listed below.

*Please note, you MUST be a paid SNORE member to participate in voting.

**Absentee and electronic ballots are not accepted.

***One ballot per paid member.

Click Here to register as a SNORE member.

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Congratulations to all the winners of the PCI Race Radios 49th Annual SNORE 250. Thanks to Instant Images Photography for the photos.

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Congratulations to all the winners at this years KC HiLites Midnight Special. Thanks to Instant Images Photography for the photos.

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. -- Fifty-five-year-old Fred Hatch and a tightly-knit group of family members have reason to celebrate after the team captured Class 10 and overall titles June 9 in the annual Knotty Pine 250.

A veteran of motorcycle desert racing, Hatch and his team of three pit crew members mounted a lean and mean monumental charge at this venue about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Hatch, an air conditioning contractor who owns Modern Air Conditioning in Palos Verdes, Calif., has enjoyed the transition to four wheels especially considering that one accident three years ago during a District 37 motorcycle race at Glenn Helen, Calif., left him with 14 broken ribs, a broken shoulder and a punctured lung resulting in two weeks in the intensive care unit of Loma Linda Hospital. “Over the years, I broke a total of 33 bones, and just told myself that once I recovered from the surgery, I was done.”

It was time for a change, according to Hatch.

“At that point, I knew that I simply couldn’t put my family through the agony any longer,” said Hatch. “I came to the reality that I could no longer compete in motorcycle desertracing. I had raced motorcycles for 40 years.”

Knowing full-well that any kind of motorsports can easily become addictive, Hatch went to work looking for other forms of racing with fewer dangers and the idea of off-road racing led him to 30-year friend Randy Wilson, who owned a Class 10 car.

“Randy suggested that I buy his Class 10 car,” said Hatch, who is a father of five. “Ibought it about two years ago and decided this year that I was going to compete in every SNORErace that I could.”

Needless to say, the decision to leave behind the two-wheelers in favor of the four- wheelers provided the perfect fit. Hatch roared into the SNORE series last year turning in excellent performances at the Rage at the River, Ridgecrest and the SNORE 250, where he missed an overall win by only 54 seconds.

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE -- The Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts – SNORE -- is bringing its annual Knotty Pines 250 off-road race here Friday and Saturday complete with about 120 race cars and competitors in what has become a blockbuster gathering.

From the students of Caliente Elementary to fans and the racers, the railroad town about 150 miles northeast of Las Vegas looks forward to the annual SNORE event for several reasons.

With Las Vegas temperatures expected to soar to about 110 degrees during the weekend, most everyone is looking for a cooler climate and Caliente is expected to be much cooler. 

Then there’s the history of the town complete with old railroad houses and great scenery and a collection of businesses. 

However, Caliente also provides a fascinating collection of challenges for off-road racers ranging from the traditional desert terrain to trees and water to a stretch heading back into town that racers refer to as “Oh My God Hill” that tests the talent of a every off-road competitor in the event.

In the eyes of an off-road racer and his or her co-riders, the Knotty Pine 250 has it all including a bridge that has no walls.  There is no room for what is commonly known as “brain fade” when accepting the challenges affiliated with the Knotty Pine 250.

In addition, SNORE ties a meet and greet session at Caliente Elementary School each year and the students love the interaction with the drivers, according to principal Sharon Dirks, a native Las Vegan who has lived in Mesquite for 16 years.

“The kids really enjoy it,” Dirks said of the meet-and-greet that will be presented from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday.  “They love getting the autographs of the drivers. Our school started ending earlier and the students still go to the meet and greet. SNORE has always been very generous to the kids.”

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Date: January 17, 2018
Time: The meeting starts at 5PM, you don't have to be there at 5 but by 6:30PM to sign up to comment. The comments start at 7PM. You have 3 minutes MAX to get your point across.
Location: Heritage Park Senior Facility, 300 S. Racetrack Road, Henderson, NV.


1. The secretary of the interior Stated on his 1st day of office that there needs to be more access on public lands for recreation and all Plans offered in the RMP restrict public access to public lands.

2. None of the plans have any mitigation plans for loss of public land that was used by OHV recreation.

3. None of the RMP plans have added any OHV open areas or expanded open areas for OHVs . OHV recreation is the fastest growing outdoor recreation and areas need to be set aside now for future use.

4. Changing trails from existing to designated would reduce OHV access and OHV opportunity's and be in conflict with the direction of the secretary of the interior.

5. Reducing OHV opportunity's would put more pressure on other areas and could have a negative impact on areas.

6. OHV recreation is an 11 billion dollar industry and creates jobs. Reducing OHV opportunity's by reducing trails , closing areas and reducing seasons would have an negative economic effect.

7. Solar farms on public lands add to habitat destruction of the desert tortoise and should be built outside of tortoise habitat.

8. Large solar farms add to the island heat effect with a large dark footprint.

9. Solar is much belter suited for roof top installations and is more efficient than massive solar farms miles from the power need.

10. At this time the USFW can not prove that any of the current ACECs have increased wildlife population. Adding more would not be in the public's best interest.

11. With over 85% of Nevada government owned closing off lands for wilderness would be a burden on Nevadans and counter productive.

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By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- There was a time here several years ago when employees of the gaming industry would shudder each December because business would decrease dramatically during the Christmas holidays.

However, thanks in part to some hearty souls who refused to give up when the gettin’ got tough, December is a very successful month in Las Vegas and Laughlin.

For the record, the National Finals Rodeo right-sided a miserable time of year in Las Vegas; and the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts turned around a similar challenge in Laughlin along the Colorado River about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.

In a sense, bucking broncos in Las Vegas and ground-pounding high-horsepower off-road cars once again spelled the difference between ho-hum times without a paycheck and happier families with Christmas celebrations in Laughlin.

To borrow an often-used statement, “activity breeds activity” and that’s again what happened in Laughlin where more than 400 off-road cars of various sizes and horsepower ratings rattled the earth and once again kept cash flow figures in the black.

The annual visit to Laughlin Dec. 8-10 started off with qualifying and tech inspection on Friday before two days of solid competition over a 12-mile course west of the city dominated the valley. In typical fashion, the Rage at the River was highlighted by endless action that started early and went on until late in the day. 

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By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN -- As the story goes in this part of the country, legendary real estate mastermind Don Laughlin saw a gold mine from the air back in the 1960s when he spotted a broken-down fishing village during an airplane ride over the Colorado River.

Located some 100 miles south of Las Vegas, Laughlin purchased the land and turned it into another adult playground that also turned into the home an off-road race each December when the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts bring a record field to town for the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River to the city.

SNORE’s 2017 Rage at the River is scheduled for Dec. 8-10 and like Don Laughlin many years ago, SNORE found promise in this city by landing its Patrick’s Signs/McKenzie’s Championship Series in this city.

Key to SNORE’s presence is that the group brings with it more than 400 race cars and hundreds of support members who fill hotel rooms and patronize various tourist-oriented venues for several days.  The idea was turned into reality about nine years ago when SNORE officers went hunting for a new home and as luck would have it, the marketing geniuses of Laughlin were looking for more business during what can be a slower time of year.

Indeed, the McKenzie’s Rage at the River is a win-win for all involved.

Historically, the second week in December was the second-slowest time of the year with regards to gaming and occupancy. However, SNORE’s invasion of the city changed those numbers and you won’t find an employee anywhere in Laughlin who isn’t tickled to death since the roar of auto racing equipment equates to more hours for the employees of the city.

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By Mike Henle

The“Weatherman” Memorial PCI Race Radios 48th Annual SNORE250 is in the books after being highlighted Oct. 6-8 in Beatty, Nev., about two hours north of Las Vegas.

Together with significant silt and the rest of the challenges that usually accompany an off-road race, this particular event featured a field of about 63 entries including overall winner Travis Chase, who borrowed a truck to compete in the fifth race of the 2017 Patrick’s Signs/McKenzie’s Championship Series.

Chase, of Glendale, Calif., won the event with a two lap time of 4 hours, 2.25 minutes. A 38-year-old plumbing contractor, Chase said he borrowed the truck from Brian Shaleen, a fellow off-road racer and owner of Fusion Off-Road.

“I have been trying to sell my Class 1 car,” explained Chase, adding that the SNORE 250 marked the first time he had competed in a Trophy Truck (or 6100). “Since I didn’t want to use the Class 1 car, I asked Brian if he’d loan me his 6100 truck and it worked out really well, especially since SNORE had a $2,000 bonus for winning the overall title.”

While Chase agreed that the silt was very thick on a day with no wind, the challenge actually worked out for him.

“The silt actually helped us because we were the first truck off the line and we didn’t see much of the dust until the second lap,” he explained. “The dust was very thick especially without any kind of breeze.”

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