By Mike Henle

Jean, Nev. -- Eighteen-year-old Southern Californian Matt Miller is off to a rip-roaring start in the world of off-road racing. Thanks to the many weekends he has spent playing the desert with friends and family for the past several years, he knew he loved the open air of the desert.

The Costa Mesa, Calif., resident, a recent high school graduate from Calvary Chapel High School, will enter the mechanical engineering program in the fall at Cal State-Long Beach, and it’s obvious that he’s on the fast track in off-road racing since he won his first-ever desert race Aug. 5 south of Las Vegas.

Driving a Class 10 entry in the SNORE KC HiLites Midnight Special Miller dove into a race that has been a huge challenge for the past 40-plus years. Started at 8 p.m., the event highlighted the dusk and the darkness that follows provides even more than the typical off-road racing since drivers start the event in the dusk before finishing late at night under the stars of the desert.

With decades-old sponsorship from KC HiLites, the Midnight Special has a little bit of everything and was created by the Southern Nevada Off-Road enthusiasts because the heat of the Nevada desert is way too warm during the summer months.

While the event is a major challenge, it was seemingly a piece of cake for Miller, who teamed with several friends and family members to tame the desert during a debut that might be tantamount to another teenager throwing a shutout in his first-ever major league baseball game.

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By Mike Henle

JEAN, Nev. -- In the old days of SNORE’s continuously-running schedule that dates back to its beginning in 1969, the desert heat was more than a mild challenge. The heartiest of souls can’t handle the desert when daytime temperatures peak at more than 120 degrees from June through September.

So some of the old-timers of SNORE including Denny Selleck, Jon Block, Bob McCachren, Bert Vaughan, Ken Freeman Sr., and Don Dayton swore they were going to find a way to race without having to buck the brutal desert that prompts people to think about going to the beach this time of year.

Surely, there was a way to keep SNORE’s drivers from melting while cruising across the desert at 100 miles an hour. The key was being able to run the race at night, but the ingredient was headlights so that the drivers could see where they were going after the sun disappeared over the mountains to the west.

Selleck, the ultimate showman of off-road pioneers, was a PT Barnum-like entrepreneur whose weekdays were spent working for developers and whose weekends were saved for other outdoor festivities that ranged from fishing to building guzzlers for the Nevada Department of Wildlife and off road racing.

So when it was finally understood that off-road racing could not possible be held in the desert during the summer, Selleck did what all former soldiers do when it’s time to make things happen.

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts brought the annual SNORE Knotty Pine 250 here June 10 again and a good old-fashioned shootout occurred.

Thirty-one year-old Joe David won the Overall and Unlimited categories by just 43 seconds over Class 10 charger Justin Davis. David’s victory added to his family’s off-road collection of impressive victories since his dad, Tom Koch, won the legendary Mint 400 in the 1980s.

“I started fifth and passed the first two cars in front of me in the first 20-30 miles,” explained David. “Pat Dean had lower control problems. Then, I passed the other car on mile marker 40 on the third lap.”

In traditional form, the Caliente course was extremely challenging for the field of almost 100 entries. David hadn’t run the event for five years, so the all-new layout was a special challenge for the hard-running competitor.

“It offered everything and reminded me of Mexico,” David continued. “Some of the places on the course were very narrow. I was able to crawl through it without hurting the car and I was really worried wondering if I was going to get caught in a bottleneck. I had to be very careful because you cannot go that fast in the corners.”

With David and Davis running so closely throughout the Knotty Pine 250, there was an unusual communication that enabled David to keep track of his nearest competitor.

“Justin and I both run Checkers, so I could hear his chatter on the radio,” David explained. “I knew he was close to me and running hard. I just tried to keep the same path.”

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By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. – A strong field of more than 100 entries along with an all-new course layout will welcome the SNORE Knotty Pine 250 here Friday and Saturday.

Always a favorite, the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts event again promises to present a wide variety of challenges with everything from trees to your typical whoops and bumps that are so typical of SNORE events.

In addition, what is referred to as “Oh my God Hill” sits waiting for off-road competitors headed for the start-finish line south of town.

The wildy-popular event will also feature women competitors including Jessica Freeman in Class 12; Journee Richardson in the very competitive Class ½ 1600; Gina Colosimo in Class SXS Limited; Noelani Austin, Heather Herrmann, Bree Cloud and Tammie Gubler, all in Limited Sportsman.

A competitor who works in sales, Richardson won’t soon forget the 2016 event which was dominated by heavy rains. She is ready for this year’s event.

“I will have a couple of co-riders this year in Caliente,” she said. “Ashley Rossall (17) and Harley Hendrickson, whose brothers prep my car, are also going to ride with me.”

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By Mike Henle

Henderson business owner / carpet layer, Kenny Freeman never really sat out SNORE’s off-road races. He just cut back his schedule to serve as president for the past three years, so that he could deal with the day-to-day elements related to promoting the organization’s six-race Patrick’s Signs / McKenzie’s series.

When Freeman’s friend, John Pellissier, took over the leadership of SNORE earlier this year, the 60-year-old Freeman gladly re-took the role of racer and promptly captured the Class 1600 title during the Motion Tire Motorsports 300 April 7-8 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Freeman’s entire family has been involved in SNORE’s races dating back to 1970 when his dad, Ken Sr., and mom, Marian, attended their first club meeting at John Herda’s old Sawdust Saloon on Highland Avenue in Las Vegas.

“Yeah, I’m back in the driver’s seat of my 1600 and I had a great time,” said the younger Freeman, who captured a nearly four-minute victory over Raul Solano over the terrain about 3 ½ hours from Las Vegas not far from China Lake Naval Base. “The rush we all get from off-road racing is unmatched, especially when we return to Ridgecrest each Spring. The country there is breathtaking, the people are absolutely awesome and we respond by filling the city with residents in every hotel or motel room available.”

Freeman applauded the supporters of the Motion Tire Motorsports 300 event.

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By Mike Henle

RIDGECREST, Calif. – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – otherwise known as SNORE since its inception in Las Vegas in 1969 – has been concentrating on events presented out of town for the past several years.

And without missing a beat, the club will return to this beautiful little city the weekend of April 7-8 for the annual running of the Motion Tire Motor Sports 300 about 3 ½ hours west of Las Vegas.

Ridgecrest has provided a stop on the SNORE annual series for the past ten year, and for good reason. Especially during the spring when the weather is literally perfect complete with flower shows and other outdoorsy-type of events, off-road racing fits in like a ball in a glove.

For good reason, the Motion Tire Motor Sports 300 has everything ranging from friendly people to ground-thundering off-road vehicles to terrain highlighted by huge boulders that can be seen for miles.

In fact, if you study the entire scenario, the area situated a few miles east of Ridgecrest has a picturesque setting perfectly-suited for either an off-road race or even a scene out of a movie highlighting the wild, wild west. The series sponsored by Patrick’s Signs and McKenzie’s is pedal to the metal as SNORE head’s into its second race of the year.

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Global Speed Index is uniting Athletes, Gear, and Technology on The World’s Virtual Racetrack from mobile, wearables, and external GPS hardware devices; and sends collected data to “The World’s Virtual Racetrack” platform and beyond to external world‐wide networks for competition, recreation, community, brand marketing, organizational marketing, and social media engagements.

Venice, California, March 23, 2017 ‐ Global Speed Index (GSI) ANNOUNCES A Strategic Partnership with SNORE – Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts. SNORE and GSI have partnered to enhance, unite, and add value to race experiences for Drivers, Sponsors, and Spectators World‐Wide.

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GREENVILLE , SC (Feb 14, 2017) - On behalf of BFGoodrich® Tires, Jackson Motorsports Group is pleased to announce a commitment to support Southern Nevada Off-Road Racing Enthusiasts (SNORE) for the 2017 racing season. SNORE racers are genuine, authentic, rugged off-roaders and dedicated to their craft. Many have been racing and winning on BFGoodrich® tires purchased through Jackson Motorsports for years. We appreciate their support and have decided to express this by offering the following:

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By Mike Henle

PRIMM, Nev. – California charger Dan Myers wrapped up the overall and Class 1 victories in the annual King Shocks Battle at Primm Feb. 10-12 as SNORE launched its 48th season here in near-perfect conditions.

For Myers, the event was a huge success. The fixed operations director for Toyota of Escondido in Southern California decided at the last minute to compete in event.

“This is my third SNORE race,” said the 38-year-old Myers. “I had no problems whatsoever. The car ran beautifully. I think that I will run the rest of SNORE’s races for the season. We’re building a spec Trophy Truck and I should be racing at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000 along with the Mint 400.”

Myers praised SNORE’s event adding that the Battle at Primm produced excellent wheel-to-wheel racing.

“I think this was one of the most professional races that I have raced,” he said. “I really like what SNORE has been doing, so I decided at the last minute to run the Primm race.”

Off-roading is a natural especially considering Myers’ affiliation with the Toyota dealership that is owned by his father.

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By Mike Henle

PRIMM, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts head into their 48th season, this Thursday through Sunday, with the running of the King Shocks Battle at Primm.

With a field of almost 175 entries, the Battle at Primm kicks off a year filled with promise, along with numerous new faces and a president who is taking over the reins for the second time.

“I am really excited about the 2017 season,” said SNORE President John Pellissier, who headed SNORE in 2006-2007 and was vice president from 2012-2014. “We have several new people in key positions and I really feel good about the season!

“I actually felt that it was my calling to be president of SNORE again this year.”

A competitor who has several class championships in the past, Pellissier is giving up the competition to guide SNORE in a six-race series that is again sponsored by Patrick’s Signs, which is hooking up with SNORE for the second consecutive year and will co-sponsor the season with McKenzie’s.

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