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By Mike Henle

LAS VEGAS -- With the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts at the halfway point of the 2012 SNORE KarTek season, Southern California Class 10 competitor Roger Starkey is on the gas.

After mounting 1,974 points to hold a narrow four-point lead over Las Vegas Class 18 driver John Pellissier, Starkey is coming off a fourth-place class finish in the Dusty Times 250 run in Caliente, Nev. June 23 after taking victories in the Battle at Primm in January and the PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest, Calif., in April.

In addition, the 28 year-old Starkey has a 454 point lead over Hunter Buettner in the Class 10 standings after taking class triumphs at the Battle of Primm in January and Ridgecrest in April.

For Starkey, it was first-things first when it came to off-road racing. Now involved in medical device sales for St. Judes Medical, he can concentrate on two careers.

“I got back into the sport about three years ago,” said the resident of Burbank, Calif., adding that he took eight years off from the sport to get his college education. “I went to college at Arizona State University majoring in business; and then went to the University of South Carolina for my graduate degree.”

With his education now firmly tucked under his belt, Starkey can follow a family tradition of off-road racing that was started by his father, Roger, Sr.

“Our parents encouraged us to get our college degrees,” explained the younger Starkey, who began off-road racing in high school. “My two older sisters also got their degrees. Our grades were always No. 1 in our family. It wasn’t a choice.”

Now sporting a new Class 10 car, off-road racing with SNORE could also prove profitable if Starkey scores class and overall titles this year.

And besides, there is nothing like getting out in the desert and planting his foot to the floor. Friendships made while racing with SNORE last for decades.

With a crew that includes his dad; along with his sister, Michelle Eyman and her husband, Zach; along with several friends the SNORE series is a great family experience.

“We love it out there,” Starkey said. “There is a huge adrenalin rush that you get for 4-6 hours. We love the fact that we can bring good equipment and put ourselves through a real test.”

In the same breath, Starkey is enthusiastic about running the SNORE KarTek series.

“This is my first year running full-time with SNORE,” he said. “It’s an awesome experience. We’re going to try hard to win the championship. I’m a super-competitive guy.”

Starkey broke a tie rod in Caliente in a car that actually started out as a Class 12 before the team added modifications.

“Hopefully, we won’t have too many problems,” Starkey said. “It would be nice if I could add that extra notch and win the SNORE title.

“It would definitely be icing on the cake.”

SNORE’s next race is the Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne Valley, Calif.


2012 SNORE Kartek Point Series

Overall standings: 1. Roger Starkey, Class 10, 1,974. 2. John Pellissier, Las Vegas, 1,970; 3. Blaine Conrad, Class 1-2 1600, 1,932; 4. Jason Coleman, Class 1-2 1600, 1,888; 5. Greg Crew, Class 12, 1,725; 6. Jeff Bruner, 1-2 1670; 7. Robert Johnson, Class 11, 1,628; 8. Giti Gowland, Class 9, 1,612; 9.Michael Benedict, Class 12, 1,555; 10. Hunter Buettner, Class 10, 1,520;



Roger Starkey of Burbank, Calif., has powered his Class 10 car to the overall 2012 SNORE KarTek points lead after three events.


Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.

By Mike Henle

CALIENTE, Nev. – Native Nevadan and high-flying Class 1 driver TJ Flores headed northwest to this legendary railroad town Saturday, June 23 bringing back a great event before heading home with yet another victory in this classic old railroad town about 150 miles north of Las Vegas.

Native Nevadan TJ Flores powers Valley Performance- Prepared powerplant to Class 1 and overall victories

Native Nevadan TJ Flores powers Valley Performance-Prepared powerplant to Class 1 and overall victories


SNORE’s annual Dusty Times 250, which didn’t return in 2011, came back in force this year and the tiny town with beautiful history and scenery welcomed the sport of off road racing with open arms as Flores led the field around a 56-mile course en route to a four-lap time of 5 hours, 4:28.062 minutes in the Valley Performance-prepared powerplant.

Kevin Colan finished runner up to his friend with a time of 6:03.30, while Nils Castillo was third with a time of 6:41.39.

“This is my sixth win in Caliente,” said Flores, a 34 year-old whose bright smile can be seen for miles. “We really had to be patient all day long. I didn’t have any flats and we didn’t hit any trees.”

In fact, Caliente is always a favorite both for its hospitality and a challenging course than included four water crossings, a tight and windy layout and endless trees happy to gobble up any driver who missed the line before veering off the road.

Throw in the steep drop of “Oh My God Hill” on the heading for the finish line and the Dusty Times 250 had enough going for it to create memories that will last a lifetime.

When you throw in the sights of long trains running alongside the SNORE timing trailer right in the heat of action, the setting was not only picturesque but action-packed from the time the flat dropped until Flores led the field around for his victory.

And SNORE’s third race of the rich 2012 Kar Tek season attracted a strong field of 81 vehicles and its crews that packed any available room within 60 miles – while generating an estimated $4 million to the local economy.

“The race is always great for us,” said 64 year-old Bud Sanders, the owner Knotty Pine Casino which hosted the signups prior to the race and awards afterwards. “Everything works well together when SNORE is in town. This is always one of the town’s biggest weekends of the year and I wish we had them every weekend.”

Sanders who has owned the Knotty Pine for 23 years, moved to the community from Las Vegas where he had been a dry wall taper. A native of Oklahoma who was raised in Oregon before moving to Las Vegas in 1973, you won’t find a happier resident especially when SNORE comes to town.

“Caliente is a really friendly community with the old southwest atmosphere,” he said. “People help one another and also talk to one another. Then, too, the weather is good year around and it’s just a very nice community.”

Sanders has been friends with SNORE’s Kenny Freeman since the two were friends in the sport of off-road racing.

“We work their checkpoints for SNORE each year,” said Sanders. “I also met a great team from Arizona called Patent It. The driver is actually a patent attorney. People in off-road racing are fun people; they like to party and have fun.

“We just make it a party weekend and were on Checkpoint 10 this year. The Knotty Pine did well and I’m sure the whole town did well, too.”

While the Knotty Pine and all of Caliente profited with the Dusty Times 250, the big field of drivers also had it share of winners.

Other class winners in the event included Tony Scott, Unlimited Truck; Clay Flippin, Class 10; Vic Bruckman, Class 10;  Jordon Poole, Class 13; Darren Parsons, Class 1450; Steve Carbone, Class 15; Blaine Conrad, Class 16; John Pellisier, Class 18; Bill Dobbs, Class 5/1600; Steve Albrecht, Class 7; Kyle Cox, Class 9; Mark Murrell, Stock Bug; and Steve Scott, UTV.

Poole, another native Nevadan, captured Class 13 with a three-lap time of 4:33.57 in a one-minute victory over former stock car racer Mike Montes; while World Market Center employee John Pellissier scored his third Class 18 triumph of the year with a two-minute victory over Chuck Harvey.

SNORE’s next race on the Kar Tek schedule is the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.


Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts

Dusty Times 250

Caliente, Nev.

Final results, June 23


Overall – TJ Flores, 5:04.28.

Class 1 – 1. TJ Flores., 5:04.28; 2. Kevin Colan, 6:03.30; 3. Nils Castillo, 6:41.39.

Unlimited Truck – 1. Tony Scott, 6:13.00.

Class 10 – 1. Clay Flippin, 5:33.07; 2. Hunter Buettner, 6:29.06; 3. Blain McDonald, 6:43.06; 4. Roger Starkey, 6:44.41.

Class 12 – 1. Vic Bruckmann, 5:48.46; 2. Ken Tappert, 5:56.16; 3. Bob Dziurawiec, 5:57.07; 4. Greg Crews, 6:37.15; 5. Steve Waters, 7:05.52; 6. Michael Benedict, 7:38.00.

Class 13 – 1. Jordan Poole, 4:33.57; 2. Mike Montes, 4:34.57; 3. Emilee Almberg, 4:48.09; 4. Evan Dixon, 5:07.14; 5. Tom High, 5:37.10; 6. Bree Cloud, 5:37.38.

Class 1450 – 1. Darren Parsons, 4:54.21; 2. Kevin Mckeown, 5:24.24; 3. Andrew Leavitt, 5:49.26; 4. Frank Napoli, 6:15.10; 5. James Hall 6:59.40.

Class 15 – 1. Steve Carbone, 7:17.14.

Class 1600 – 1. Blaine Conrad, 5:32.52; 2. Jason Coleman, 5:41.00; 3. Jeff Bruner, 6:03.52; 4. Steve Cossey, 7:23.44.

Class 18 – 1. John Pellissier, 4:30.50; 2. Chuck Harvey, 4:32.56.

Class 5-1600 – 1. Bill Dobbs, 6:57.11.

Class 7 – 1. Steven Albrecht, 7:10.06.

Class 9 – 1. Kyle Cox, 4:58.08; 2.Giti Gowland, 5:06.14; 3. Troy Gentry, 5:52.59.

Stock Bug – 1. Mark Murrell, 6:00.32; 2. Steven Bertand, 6:02.07.UTV—1. Steve Scott, 2:14.30.


Next race: Sept. 7-9, KC HiLites Midnight Special, Lucerne, Calif.


With four water crossings, the annual Dusty Times 240 in Caliente northeast of Las Vegas had a long list of challenges for the 81-car field. (Trackside photo)


Southern Nevada native TJ Flores took the overall and Class 1 victories in the Dusty Times 250 June 23 northeast of Las Vegas.


Jordan Poole ran to the victory in Class 13.


Contacts: Kenny Freeman, SNORE Race Director, 702-232-6296; Brittany Burgos, SNORE President, 702-325-9623; Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.


CALIENTE, Nev. – The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) returns to the site of an all-time sentimental favorite on the 2012 Kartek schedule with the Dusty Times 250 Saturday north of Las Vegas.

After a one-year hiatus, the popular event will kick off its festivities with a meet and greet at Caliente Elementary Friday from at 8-9:30 a.m. The gathering has been a favorite of both the students and race teams since 2005.

The history of the event is equally as interesting based on the fact that it was originally was pioneered by legendary off road promoter and racer Bert Vaughan, who launched the race in the mid-1970s.

"We are very happy with the amount of entries," said SNORE Vice President John Pellissier, who doubles as a competitor in the Champ Car class. "There has been a surge in the past few weeks and we're expecting entries to continue through the rest of this week.

"We are hoping for 80 entries."

The 56 mile course will offer a long list of special challenges of terrain including four water crossings.

"The last of the crossings is about two feet deep," said Pellissier, 44. "If your engine is not water-proof, there's a chance that it could shut down. This is a very unusual characteristic that drivers normally don't face in off-road racing. If you have ever raced this event, you never want to miss another one."

In addition, a steep drop called "Oh My God Hill" heading back into Caliente provides incredible action in a twisty, but fast final mile.

Just as important is that this small town situated about 180 miles northeast of Las Vegas opens its arms to SNORE.

"The people of Caliente love the race," Pellissier said.

Saturday's race begins at 8 a.m. with the fastest professionals going four laps; others going three laps and the Class 11s will go two laps.

TJ Flores and his driving partner Las Vegas chiropractor Dr. Kevin Colan combined for the victory in the 2010 Caliente 250 in a Class 1 entry.

Class 10 competitor Roger Starkey leads the rich 2012 SNORE Kartek Championship Off Road Series points standings with 1,385 points followed by Class 9 driver Brian Caudill (1,292); Class 11 driver Robert Johnson (1,258); Pellissier (1,251) and 1600 driver Jason Coleman (1,251).

The top ten also includes Champ Car competitor Greg Crew (1,150), 3000 driver John Gauld, 1600 driver Jeff Bruner (1,075) and Champ Car competitor Michael Benedict (1,060).

The Sportsman standings are paced  by Jordan Poole (1,411); Billy Shapley (1,247), Darren Parsons (1,222), Jeremy Smeltzer (1,121), Eric Trondie (1,067), Dan Defreze (934), Steve Olliges (835), Breanna Cloud (760), George Rosenbaum (708) and Mark Brister (691).

SNORE kicked off the 2012 season with the Dusty Times Battle at Primm Jan. 24-26 before running the PCI Radios 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif. 



A meet and greet with Caliente Elementary students will kick off SNORE’s Caliente 250 pre-race festivities Friday beginning at 8 a.m. The race Saturday begins at 8 a.m.



Oh My God Hill heading back into Caliente is considered one of the favorite parts of the 56-mile layout that will be utilized in SNORE’s Caliente 250 Saturday northeast of Las Vegas.


2012 SNORE Kartek Points Standings

Pro – 1, Roger Starkey (10) 1,385; 2. Brian Caudill (9) 1,292; 3. Robert Johnson (11) 1,258; 4. tie between John Pellissier (18) and Jason Coleman (1600), 1,251 each; 6. Blaine Conrad (1600) 1,201; 7. Greg Crew (12) 1,150; 8. John Gauld (1600) 1,108; 9. Jeff Bruner (1600) 1,075; 10. Michael Benedict (12) 1,060.

Sportsman – 1. Jordan Poole (LTD Sport) 1,411; 2. Billy Shapley (LTD Sport) 1,247; 3. Darren Parsons (1450) 1,222; 4. Jeremy Smeltzer (1450) 1,121; 5. Eric Trondie (UNL Sport) 1,067; 6. Dan Defreze (UNL Sport) 934; 7. Steve Olliges (1450) 835; 8. Breanna Cloud (LTD Sport) 760; 9. George Rosenbaum (1450) 708; 10. Mark Brister (LTD) 691.


Next race: Saturday, Dusty Times 250, Caliente, Nev.

CONTACT: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.


We would like to announce due to unforeseen circumstances, SNORE will be taking over all of the responsibilities of the 2012 SNORE DUSTY TIMES 250 to be held in Caliente, Nevada on June 22 & 23rd. SNORE is very excited to be back in Caliente! Although historically this race is not one of our biggest, it is certainly one of our racers’ favorites! It isn’t one of our richest either, but we believe that everyone involved feels the “economic boost” we give to the wonderful town of Caliente is reward enough! Thank you to the Bonneville Off-Road Racing organization for all of their help in leading up to this event and we look forward to working with you in the future!!! Racers, please consider attending this race because it will definitely be a memorable experience!


Ridgecrest, Calif. -- It has been said that good things happen to people who refuse to give up, so when Mike Voudouris of Austin, Tex., won the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 here April 14, the performance was proof that teamwork pays off.

The friendly Voudouris extended his long history with SNORE to win the event near China Lake and immediately thanked the crew at Collins Motorsports in Las Vegas for a victory captured during what proved to be a true horserace during SNORE's second race of the 2012 season.

"We had very few problems today," said Voudouris, who also thanked his father, John, for what was a true teamwork effort. "I can't thank Collins Motorsports enough for what they have done."

Voudouris didn't finish the Mint 400 earlier in the year, so he called on Collins Motorsports to recharge his Ford Trophy Truck heading into SNORE's second race of the year. This time on a rough and rugged course, the Zorba team had just one flat on a day when tires and wheels were destroyed time and time again.

Collins delivered the product and Voudouris responded by sticking his foot to the floor in machine that purred so loudly you could hear him for miles throughout the day. SNORE's rich prize money included a $2,000 payday for the overall winner with a total of $7,000 shelled out to the top finishers.

In country reminiscent of the Wild West, Vidouris piloted his Ford Trophy Truck to the overall victory with a time of five hours, 18.50 minutes. He wasn't far ahead of the next two finishers during a weekend that had everything from near-freezing temperatures and snow before winding up with temperatures in the 60s on race day.

In typical SNORE style, Ridgecrest featured plenty of action especially considering the victory mounted by Voudouris, who once sought imformation about off road racing out West when he called former SNORE president and the late Denny Selleck decades ago.

Voudouris heeded Selleck's advice to head West and this time finished ahead of spirited efforts by Kelly Mather and her husband, Tom; and Adam Householder, who finished second and third overall in the race run more than 200 miles west of Las Vegas. In atmospheric conditions that featured cold and wind the day before the race along with higher temperatures on race day, the PCI Radios 300 had a little for everyone including a rocky course that gobbled up tires and wheels.

"We joke that we get a divorce two times during each race,"  said Mrs. Mather laughed while adding that the course was very rough.

Married for about a year, the Mathers finished with a time of 5:20.09 while the Householders recorded a of 5:21.50 in what was a true down-to-the-wire horserace finish.

Mrs. Mather said she grew up around the sport of off-road racing. Proof that her family knows what it's doing when competing in the desert, her father, Richard Boyle, finished fourth in Class 1.

"This sport provides a real adrenalin rush and I love the speed," she said.

Las Vegas competitor Steve Olliges, who drove a UnlimitedTruck in the event, returned to Ridgecrest after winning in 2011.

"We were the fourth-fastest overall after the first lap," said Olliges, the president of Team Ford. "We had a great run and turned it up a notch to start making a move. Halfway through the second lap, we smelled something burning and it was engine oil. We made it to the pits our engine builder told us to turn it off.

"It was a great race. The town of Ridgcrest really welcomes the racers. The hotels and the restaurants were very accomodating. To have the start-finish line 10-15 minutes down the road is really cool. Those rock formations are unbelievable."

In virtually every corner, SNORE received praise for its efforts.

"When SNORE goes on the road, we intend to provide the area with a storybook event," said club president Brittany Burgos, who is in her first year of running the group. "We had a tremendous following in Ridgecrest and hope the people of the city enjoyed the race.

"We'll be back for as long as the people of Ridgecrest want us," she added.  "This is a wonderful venue and we love taking the show on the road to this city."

Race director Kenny Freeman said the race was very smooth.

"Nearly every driver I spoke with said this race was either the toughest or one of the toughest ever," said Freeman, a 54 year-old long-time member of SNORE. "One guy told me that next to the historic old Mint 400 course, this one was as tough as they come.

"Everyone from the sheriff's department to the BLM was happy with the final result."

Freeman also lauded the support recieved from SNORE's course workers adding "we are an all-volunteer organization and every went beyond the call of duty to make this happen."

SNORE's next race of the rich 2012 season will be June 23 in Caliente, Nev. about 150 miles north of Las Vegas.

SNORE PCI Radios 300

Official Final Results

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ridgecrest, California

Overall: 1. No. 60 Michael Voudouris, 5:18.50; 2. No. 105 Kelly Mather 5:20.09; 3. No.124 Adam Householder, 5:21.27.

Unlimited Truck: 1. No. 60. Michael Voudouris, 5:18.50; 2. No. 51 Steve Olliges (one lap).

Class 1 Unlimited: 1. No. 105 Kelly Mather, 5:20.09; 2. No. 124 Adam Householder, 5:21.27; 3. No. 102 CJ Hutchins 5:49.25; 4. No. 156 Richard Boyle 5:55.04; 5. No. 121 Rick Boyer 5:57.53.

Class 10: 1. No. 1067 Roger Starkey 5:30.38; 2. No. 1014 Blain McDonald 5:55.55; 3. No. 1011 Mike McGee (three laps).

Class 12:  1. No. 1226 Paul Keller 6:24.04; 2. No. 1297 Kevin Martin (four laps); 3. No. 1212 Greg Crew (four laps); 4. No. 1228 Jeff Farshier (four laps); 5. No. 1215 Michael Benedict (four laps).

Class 13: 1. No. 1368 Jordan Poole 4:10.54; 2. No. 1300 Billy Shapley 4:17.19; 3. No. 1367 Evan Dixon 5:53.46.

Class 1450: 1. No. 1447 Darren Parsons 4:17.15; 2. No. 1410 Jeremy Smeltzer (three laps); 3. No. 1450 James Fuhs (one lap).

Class 15: 1. No. 1594 Frank Hines 4:25.05; 2. No. 1504 Dean Defreze (one lap); 3. No. 1509 Eric Trondie (one lap).

Class 1600: 1. No. 1612 Blaine Conrad 6:13.25; 2. No. 1677 Andy Grider 6:22.53; 3. No. 1690 Steve Achey (four laps); 4. No. 1623 Jason Coleman (four laps); 5. No. 1681 Todd Winslow (four laps).

Class 18: 1. No. 1803 John Pellisier 6:18.24; 2. No. 1801 Craig Williams (two laps).

Class 3000: 1. No. 3009 John Gould 5:44.45.

Class 5-1500: 1. Tom Bird.

Class 7: 1. No. 7270 Cronus Dillard 5:54.54; 2. No. 7288 Steve Albrect  (two laps).

Class 9: 1. No. 923 Brian Caudill 4:58.15; 2. No. 992 Giti Gowland 5:15.50; 3. No. 919 Brandon Holly 5:16.27; 4. No. 997 Brandon Wright 5:34.40.

NAPA Chassis 7S Challenge: 1. Steven Marsee.

Stock Bug: 1. Robert Johnson.



Mike Voudouris of Austin, Tex. powered his Ford Trophy Truck to the overall victory during the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 April 13 in Ridgecrest, Calif., driving a vehicle prepared by Collins Motorsports in Las Vegas. (Trackside photo)



The husband and wife team of  Kelly and Tom Mather of Ridgecrest, Calif., took Class 1 and second overall in the annual SNORE PCI Radios 300 April 13. Kelly drove the entire race for the couple, which has been married for about a year. (Mike Henle photo).


CONTACT: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483.


Points leader Luke McMillin of San Diego, Calif., will head the field of competitors when the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts travels to Southern California for the second race of the season April 13-15 with the annual running PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest.

The five-lap event will include 60-mile laps between Bakersfield and Barstow. Fifteen classes of vehicles will run in the event in SNORE’s fifth return to Ridgecrest.

McMillin rounded out a strong finish in the season-opener Feb.25-26 at the Battle at Primm driving a Class 1600 entry. He now leads the points with 797.

Currently trailing McMillin in the $20,000 SNORE Kartek points are Eric Muller, Class 9, with 730 points; Curt Geer, Class 1600, 729; Dave Cote, Stock Bug, 714; tie between Bryce Menzies, Unlimited Truck, and Shawn Mecham, Unlimited, 710; Richard Starkey, Class 10, 705; Brady Wisdom, Class 12, 693; Justin Smith, Class 1600, 685; and John Pellissier, Class 1800, 675.

The 2012 schedule also includes the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept.7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump; and the Rage at the River Dec. 7-9 in Laughlin.


Luke McMillin of San Diego currently leads the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts points standings heading into the PCI Radios 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif.

By Mike Henle

PRIMM, Nev. -- You might say that the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts picked up with the annual Dusty Times Battle of Primm where it left off with December’s Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev.

SNORE didn’t miss a beat to start the 2012 season attracting an official starting field of 208 entries competing over a tightly-wound 12.2 mile course so active the ground could be felt rumbling 35 miles to the north in Las Vegas. From Feb. 24-26, Primm was center stage; and SNORE, its officials and drivers were the stars of the show.

Complete with the robust field and just enough wind Sunday to clear the course, Buffalo Bill’s (which is  part of Primm Valley Resorts and Casinos owned by Affinity Gaming LLC)  was jam-packed with fun-loving off-road enthusiasts, not to mention a full field of slot machine tournament players who also invaded the hotel for fun and games during the weekend.

Now in its 43rd year that includes obvious rich history, SNORE met the call, delivered the product and handed out a purse of about $60,000 with boosts from all-important folks like Sonoco Fuel, Race Fuel Energy Drink and Dusty Times to account for $15,000 of the gold at the end of the rainbow.

It wasn’t hard to find fans and drivers satisfied with the final outcome which concluded a three-day blockbuster showdown that began with qualifying for the ground-pounding Unlimited vehicles.
Indeed, the course had a little for all classes including a lightning-fast straightaway after leaving the old stadium course. Especially the deep-throated Class 1 and Unlimited entries could be heard for miles as they drag raced their way north before taking a right-hand turn and going east.

Richard Diaz, a 54 year-old resident of Modesto, Calif., who ran a Class 13 entry, was happy Saturday even though mechanical issues forced him to watch the action in a chair near the end of the straightaway north of Buffalo Bill’s.

“We have been coming to the Battle at Primm since 2005,” said Diaz, who works for CalTrans. “This is fun especially considering that it’s out in the middle of nowhere. They have a lot of activities.
Las Vegan Bobby Leveck, who will soon turn 44, echoed Diaz’s comments.

“There is more for the spectators to see here,” said Leveck, a mechanic at Henderson Chevrolet, which is owned by former off-road racer Greg Heinrich. “You get to see a lot more of the action than at some of the other events (presented by other promoters). SNORE presents a real challenge for the racers with this event.”

Val Moon, director of sales for Primm Valley Resorts and Casinos, praised the weekend’s festivities.

“We love this event,’ said Moon, who has been in the hotel business for 40 years and involved in racing since the 1980s.  “Racing is great for Primm and Primm is great for racing.”

Brittany Burgos, the energetic first-year president of SNORE, was happy with the Battle at Primm.

“It was an amazing race,” said Burgos, a native Las Vegan and a former racer.  “I have received nothing but compliments from everyone. The tech went smooth and so did the race. We couldn’t be happier.”

Race Director Kenny Freeman, who stepped aside from his racing to take on a new role for SNORE, concurred.

“The race was excellent,” he said. “The turnout was great and so was the racing. We could not have asked for a better event.”

Off-road enthusiast and Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith spent one day with off-road racer Steve Olliges, who spearheads Team Ford in Las Vegas and also competed in the 1450 class of the Battle at Primm.

“What’s great about this race is that the spectator section has an excellent view of the major jump on the course,” said Smith. “It's a perfect place to watch every vehicle catch some air.”

Among the drivers who were thrilled with the event was Unlimited competitor Johnny Greaves, a native of Green Bay, Wisc., who now lives in Southern California.

“I love coming to the Battle at Primm,” said the 45 year-old Greaves, who set fast time during opening-day festivities. “This was a blast. It’s my baby.”

Michael LaPaglia, a Murrieta, Calif., driver who finished behind third in Class 10 behind Roger Starkey and Becky Wik, competed even after having his second ankle surgery.

“I had surgery in November after crashing my motorcycle,” explained the 23 year-old LaPaglia, whose family owns a gravel company. “I had a little mishap yesterday, but it was great today.”

LaPaglia’s latest surgery was only a few days before the Battle at Primm, but the medical procedure didn’t slow him down any.

Las Vegan CJ Hutchins finished eighth in Class 1 and shrugged off the first day hampered by the loss of a power steering line before running well on the final day.

“Today worked out well,” said Hutchins. “This car was a lot of fun. Losing to any of these guys is certainly not a bad thing at all. It’s a lot of fun racing against guys like this.”

John Pellissier, who captured the Champ Class, was happy with the race and his victory. He was among a strong crowd that attended the awards ceremony at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel showroom.

“I had to beat a Freeman with a Freeman car,” laughed the 44 year-old Pellissier. “Then, too, Cody Freeman retired early with engine failure, so it would have been very close if he had stayed in the race.

“Overall, it was a great event for SNORE.”

Class winners included Marc Ewing (Unlimited Truck); Sean Meacham (Class 1);  Roger Starkey (Class 10); Brady Wisdom (Class 12);  Jordan Poole (Class 13); Steve Olliges (Class 1450); Eric Trondie (Class 15);  Luke McMillin (Class 16); Pellissier (Class 18); Ryan Frisby (Class 3000); Ben Swift (Class 5); Tom Bird (Class 5-1600); Kevin Soder (Class 7); Richard Waite (Class 8);  Eric Muller (Class 9); Jonathon Libby (Heavy Metal); David Cote (Stock Bug); and Bill Morris (UTV).

SNORE continues to rock on with its 2012 season with the PCI Radios 300 in Ridgecrest, Calif., April 13-15.

Other events in the rich $100,000 series include the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente, Nev. June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept.7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump; and the Rage at the River Dec. 7-9 in Laughlin, Nev.



The annual Dusty Times Battle at Prim Feb. 24-26 drew 208 entries about 35 miles south of Las Vegas.

Photos courtesy of Trackside Photo/Mike Stotts


CONTACTS: Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, President, Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts, 702-325-9623;


By Mike Henle

The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – known simply as SNORE in off-road racing – has a new president and a promising future heading into the club’s first race of the 2012 race season.

At the helm of the 42 year-old club is Brittany Burgos, a young and energetic off-road enthusiast with a radiant smile, unmatched enthusiasm and an element of expertise that has generated a huge following in a very short period of time.

SNORE’s first race of the year – the annual Battle at Primm Feb. 24-26 about 30 miles south of Las Vegas – is expected to draw more than 225 entries.

In addition, SNORE has announced several new sponsors that have produced a blockbuster six-race series in 2012 worth more than $100,000 in prize money. Sonoco became the latest partner in an agreement that makes the company the official fuel of SNORE while also providing a lucrative “Sunoco Bonus Bucks” program that adds $6,000 to the SNORE prize fund.

“This is going to be a very exciting year,” said Burgos, a 2006 graduate of Centennial High School in Las Vegas. “While it’s true that we had our challenges in 2011, we’re all anticipating that 2012 could very well end up being the best-ever year in the four decades SNORE has been a part of off-road racing.”

Perhaps one of the biggest questions is based on why Burgos would want to take on the monumental task of leading SNORE; when she could have had as much – if not more – fun riding in a race car or serving on a pit crew of the sport she loves.

Throw in the fact that the position of president includes no pay and the dedication factor becomes even bigger.

“I fell in love with SNORE at very young age,” she said. “That love of the club has carried over for many years and I want to see the club succeed in 2012.

“I’m extremely organized and have worked in the various aspects of SNORE including signups; timing; staging; race logistics and planning,” said the native of Las Vegas whose family has been in Southern Nevada for more than five decades. “I have also raced in classes 1450 and 7, too, so I understand that part of the sport, too.”

Perhaps one of Burgos’s big strong points is her understanding of the Bureau of Land Management, which governs usage of desert lands.

“For 2012, we have the strongest relationship with the BLM that SNORE has had in a long time,” she said.

Burgos is also quick to point out that the SNORE memberships has been incredibly supportive not only for her; but also in helping attract the much-needed addition of additional sponsorships.

“Coming off what some will call a tough year in 2011, the entire SNORE organization has come together and rallied on making our organization the best it could be in 2012,” she said. “We could not be where we are today without everyone’s help and dedication.”

In addition, the fact that SNORE now has a woman running the club is certainly unique.

“There certainly are not many women running a race organization,” Burgos said. “I have a lot to prove. There may be many people who question my ability, but I promise I will have gained most everyone’s confidence when we’re done with season.”

The success of the Rage at the River event in 2011 was pivotal in SNORE’s start to a great season in 2012, Burgos added.

“Going into the Rage of the River there were many expectations to be met,” she said. “By the time the green flag dropped, the happiness was evident among all of us. There could not have been a better way to end the year.”

In speaking with several members of SNORE, it is obvious that Burgos has strong support from the club’s membership.

“She will do just fine,” said Kenny Freeman, whose family was involved in the creation of SNORE and who also will serve as race director in 2012. “Brittany has the support of the membership and all of us have been amazed at how quickly she has rallied the troops.”

“I think she has already done an amazing job,” said Burgos’s mother, Debbie. “She has been behind the scenes for the past seven years and knows the inner workings. Her passion is unlike any other. She has the racer’s best interest in mind. There is no hidden agenda at all with her. She wants what is the best for the racers.

“This has given many other women someone to look up to in what is a predominately man’s sport. Racers truly look to her as a leader.”

Steve Olliges, president of Team Ford Lincoln and also a long-time off-road racer, agreed that Burgos will do well.

“She extremely smart when it comes to off-road racing,” said Olliges, a 48-year old who has lived in Las Vegas for more than 40 years. “Her heart is in the right spot. Whether it was watching her line up cars at one in the morning or having her come up to my window at 6:30 in the morning, she is always there. She is as bubbly as ever and loves the sport. She is also a racer, so she understands the sport from all sides including that of a a competitor; as an enthusiast, a promoter and now president of SNORE. She doesn’t get frazzled and people appreciate that.”

The remainder of the 2012 SNORE season will include the PCI Race Radios 300 in Ridgecrest, Calif., April 13-15; the Dusty Times 250 in Caliente, Nev. June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept.7-9 in Lucerne, Calif.; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump; and the Rage at the River Dec. 7-9 in Laughlin, Nev.



New Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts President Brittany Burgos sees a big year for SNORE heading into the season opening Battle at Primm Feb. 24-26. She is shown receiving Denny Selleck/Don Dayton award from former winner John Pellissier.



Mike Henle, The Idea Company Public Relations, 702-279-3483; Brittany Burgos, President, Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts, 702-325-9623;

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