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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By Mike Henle

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Jan. 7, 2017) – About 50 years ago, Las Vegas was a different world. Water wasn’t a concern, developers were just starting to notice that the desert could create wealth and the corporate world had not discovered the city.

In 1969, as Elvis Pressley was filling the showroom at the old International Hotel on Paradise Road, the population was about 125,000 and an off-road racing group was being formed by a group of hearty souls in the back of the Sawdust Saloon on Highland Avenue south of Sahara Avenue.

Legendary singer BB King was headlining Caesars Palace; and so was the legendary Frank Sinatra.

During the same period, SNORE was hosting its year-end banquets at the tiny Sheriff’s Jeep Posse near Washington Avenue and Bruce Street  while attracting big shots such as Nevada Sen. Richard Bryan, Clark County Commissioner Manny Cortez and a growing list of sponsors that wanted to become part of one of America’s newest motorsports sanctioning bodies.

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By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN, Nev. --The Southern Nevada Off Road enthusiasts wrapped up its 47th season here Dec. 8-11 and in the same breath, Class 1 Unlimited kingpin Harley Letner pocketed a very impressive payday of $7,512 for capturing overall and class victories.

Indeed, Laughlin and SNORE go together like wine and cheese to end the year with the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River, a wildly-successful and popular off-road racing event that drew more than 300 entries this year for participation over a tight 12-mile course just north of the city.

In a region with a spectacular backdrop of hotels and the Colorado River, the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River lived up to the hype while Letner also lived up to his billing as a hard-driving veteran of a sport that is generally eager to bend metal, brake parts and wipe out half of the field long on any given day.

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By Mike Henle

LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- At the age of 31, Laughlin, Nev. native Matt Laughlin is having the time of his life. Now assistant general manager of the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino along the Colorado River about 100 miles south of Las Vegas, he’s preparing to run a new 6100 truck in the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River scheduled Thursday through Sunday.

Presented by the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE), the event will be run over a course that covers approximately 12 miles long in the Laughlin Events Center. With a tight layout surrounded by the mountains and the backdrop of the hotel-casinos at water’s edge, the atmosphere that includes red-hot machinery and the Colorado River is breath-taking.

Laughlin, whose 85-year-old grandfather, Don, has become renowned for spotting the city from an airplane in 1964 before taking it to what it is today, is ready to go in a very impressive-looking truck.

“We originally had a Class 12 car that we converted to a 10 car,” said Matt, who earned a degree in finance from UNLV in 2007. “Then, my parents’ house burned down in May of 2013 and the fire pretty much took everything we had including the race car, our pre-runner, the tools and the rest.

“We didn’t go racing for a while. I had wanted to go back to Class 10. I had been racing for three years, so we took some time off.”

Laughlin is ready now, especially for a race that traditionally draws a huge field of trucks that work fit perfectly in the terrain not far from the Riverside. The Class 61 truck is sleek-looking and besides, it’ll run about 100 miles an hour in the open desert.

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LAUGHLIN, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts Christmas holiday tour is entering Laughlin this weekend for the annual McKenzie’s Rage at the River Thursday through Sunday.

A strong field of more than 300 entries will tackle a tight 12-mile course at the Laughlin Event Center.  With heat races starting Saturday and Sunday scheduled to start at 6:46 a.m., the action promises to be full-speed-ahead during an event that has now been a part of Laughlin since 2009.

Laughlin is the perfect venue for SNORE to wrap up each year and in the same breath, off-road racing is perfect for this city situated about 100 miles south of Las Vegas along the Colorado River.  Hotels are packed with racers and pit crews during an off-road extravaganza that highlights the six-race 2016 Patrick’s Signs & Butch’s Speed Shop Championship Series.

Heading into Laughlin, class points leaders include Ron Whitton (Unlimited Truck), Ross Mattox (1), Justin Davis (10), Colton Gubler (12), Sarah Koeth (13), Kevin Thompson (1450), John Morgan (15), Curt Geer (1600), Austen Sieracki (2000), James Ford (3000), Blade Hildebrand (5), Travis Baldwin (5/1600), Michael Frye (7), Jordon Poole (6100), Jasen Harmon (8), Tyler Peterson (9) and Tommy Bradley (Heavy Metal).

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By Mike Henle

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. – Each year, a strong field of off-road racers travel to this isolated area east of Victor Valley in western San Bernardino County to compete in an event known for tough terrain and competitive fields of drivers.

Now in its 47th season, the SNORE 250 – this year with strong support from sponsor PCI Race Radios and assistance from MORE – the field of about 150 entries didn’t let anyone down in the creation and running of the fifth race of the year Sept. 23-24 in the highly-respected 2016 Patrick’s Signs and Butch’s Speed Shop Championship Series.

No SNORE race is easy, starting with the King Shocks Battle at Primm in February and culminating with the McKenzie’s Rage at the River in December in Laughlin, Nev. along the Colorado River.  Through bad economies off the track and bumps in the road on the track, races like the most recent PCI Race Radios SNORE 250 turns the desert into a weekend gathering that tests the talents of some of off-road racing’s finest competitors.

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LAUGHLIN – In what has become a very popular traveling off-road racing show, SNORE has been presenting its popular programs for 47 years; and as development curtailed usage of land in the Las Vegas area, the hearty group of off-road enthusiasts has found itself journeying further away from its home base of Las Vegas.

In this small city along the Colorado River about 100 miles south of Las Vegas, SNORE will again present the McKenzie’s Rage at the River Dec. 9-12. With a field of more than 350 entries in several classes, the red carpet is rolled out to end the off-road schedule each year.

Highly-respected business people in small communities love seeing the invasion of vehicles that each SNORE race brings – and it’s no different in this community, once a bankrupt fishing village that legendary hotel executive Don Laughlin spotted from an airplane before deciding to resurrect the area back in the 1960s.

Off-road racing has been good to Laughlin and the city has the ideal venue called Laughlin Event Center where a 12 mile course has endless action especially for those sitting atop the surrounding hills. 

The setting for a season-ending race couldn’t be any better and neither could the 2016 Patrick Signs Championship Series.

SNORE is returning for the seventh year, according to club president Kenny Freeman.

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By Mike Henle

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif., -- The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts will present the annual PCI Race Radios SNORE 250 here Sept. 23-24. For the past 46 years, the SNORE 250 has been a historic off-road race and the 47th event is expected to carry on the tradition.

The PCI Race Radios SNORE 250 marks the return of the event east of Victor Valley in western San Bernardino County. A field of about 150 entries is expected to compete.

Since the inaugural SNORE 250 presented on the grounds of what is now the Spanish Trail Country Club in southwest Las Vegas, the event has become a staple in the world of off-road racing. Since the first event won by the legendary Fritz Kroyer, the event has been presented at various other venues. 

However, while the scenery has changed depending on the location of the start-finish line, competitors like PCI Race Radios President, Scott Steinberger remains dedicated to SNORE and its consistent off-road racing events now stretching back almost five decades.

In a sport where communications are so vital, PCI Race Radios has become not only a member of SNORE’s overall race team, but also a highly-recognized invaluable source. Since 1972, PCI Race Radios has provided radio communications for some of the best in the sport including Bill Stroppe, Joe MacPherson and Walker Evans.

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By Mike Henle

Back in the late 1960s, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts — otherwise known as SNORE — was born at the Sawdust Saloon on Highland Drive south of Sahara Avenue.

Owned by prominent businessman John Herda, the Sawdust was the perfect venue to launch SNORE, an off-road race group that is still going strong in its 47th year.

Ever since SNORE threw its first green flag, it has hosted some of the sport’s best-known names such as Fritz Kroyer, who won the SNORE 250 before also capturing the legendary Mint 400, and Rob MacCachren, who has won more than 200 championships during his racing career.

MacCachren won the 2009 SNORE points title and earned the top spot in theBaja 1000, the CORR Pro-2, the SCORE International, SODA Off Road Racing, Best in the Desert and three BorgWarner World Championships.

He currently drives the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Trophy Truck in SCORE events and the Rockstar Energy Drink Pro 2 Unlimited in the Lucas Off Road Racing Series.

A native Las Vegan, MacCachren won the 1600 class of the 2009 Mint 400 and finished seventh overall.

“During that period of his career, Rob was honing his skills in the SNORE series,” SNORE President Kenny Freeman said. “Driving the 1600 car increased his level of intensity and helped him with the rest of his career.”

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By Mike Henle

SNORE’s history of KC HiLites off-road racing events stretches back to the mid-1970s. With a big gap in the schedule because of the heat, SNORE representatives determined it was time to present a night race during the summer months in Southern Nevada.

Thus, the return of the annual KC HiLites Midnight Special July 30 south of Las Vegas in Jean, Nev. With about 100 entries, the event drew a good field that has consistently carried on for the past four decades.

Founded in 1969, SNORE undoubtedly took what might have sounded like a strange idea and turned it into a brilliant off-road racing endeavor especially considering that the Midnight Special is presented smack-dab during the hottest summer month in Southern Nevada.

“SNORE added the night race because there was a big hole in the schedule from the spring until the fall,” explained long-time member and president Kenny Freeman, Jr. “The only way to fill the void was to run at night, so the Midnight Special was born.”

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