DNF Racing’s SNORE-Laughlin Rage at the River

on 12 January 2010
SNORE Racing’s inaugural Rage at the River event held in Laughlin Nevada drew a deep field of Class 1450 racers for the 2nd time in 2009. The 2 day race format broken up into heat races divided by vehicle class is proving to be a hit with both the racers and spectators. 32 class 1450 drivers signed up for the $5000 BMS purse. Nasty winter weather surrounded Laughlin throughout the weekend but excellent weather and mild temperatures hovered over the 11.8 mile race course.

TOTAL CHAOS racer Dan Vance drew a front class start and was eager to battle with the field of 21 racers. Race format was side by side starts every 30 seconds. Saturday’s race for heat 2 had chilly clear skies and dry conditions. The dust lingered in some areas and the door to door battles on the beaten and whooped course ruined some racers hopes early on day 1. “We had to gamble a little bit this race,” stated Vance. “Front starts earn you clean air but they also prevent you from knowing your competitions race pace! We left the line and never looked back. We drove conservative and did not beat the truck too hard to save the equipment for the Sunday race.” When the first race was over, a mere 11 seconds separated 1st and 2nd place. Kevin McMurray edged out Dan Vance and fueled a battle that would be determined on day 2. 

Stormy weather still pounded near by cities but the early roll call Sunday morning had dry conditions. In a elevators ride from the 8th floor a storm cell developed over the track and dumped steady rain for nearly a hour. Heat 1 competed half their race in driving wind and rain. Seconds before the green flag dropped for the 1450 races in heat 2, clear blue skies rolled over the race course. The scheduled side by side start landed Vance & McMurray a picture perfect scenario for a door to door battle from start to finish. And that’s exactly what back up driver Austin Farner had for all 4 laps. Vance had been recovering from pneumonia and was unable to compete in the Sunday event. At the last minute long time co driver Austin Farner was called to take the wheel and campaign the truck with zero seat time. 

From the second the green flag dropped the battle pursued between the first and second place racers. The squall that passed though watered the entire track tacking up the soil and eliminated the challenging dust. “Vance’s GoodYear tires gripped every corner and had amazing traction on the sandy course. They made my job much easier”, stated Farner after the race. Austin battled 4 laps with racer split times in the seconds each lap. The DNFracing.com Toyota is equipped with a stock Toyota 4.0 V6 power plant and held its own running against McMurray’s 500 horsepower custom motor. Vance’s Fox shox set up proved that dialed in suspension can compete with horse power when the course is brutal. It became a Laughlin battle of high speed terrain versus classic super nasty and deep ruts, with Austin pulling away in the rough, and McMurray reeling him in on the straights. Austin led the entire race while McMurray paced the back bumper knowing he had an 11 second cushion. When the corrected times were posted for positions after the checkered flag, McMurray edged out Vance & Farner by 8 seconds. 

After the event Vance stated, “It was a great battle and we gave it all we had. I’m looking forward to the SNORE Battle at Primm in February 2010. This race format is great for the racers and the sport!” By the next race, Dan Vance will also be a first time new dad. 

DNF Racing would like to thank the following sponsors: TOTAL CHAOS Fabrication, GOODYEAR, Fox Shox, K&N, Lift Safety, Currie Enterprises, Makita, Light Force, Toyota T-Ten, Doug Thorley Headers, KMC, PRG, ORW, PCI and my family & friends. Their support throughout the entire 2009 season has kept us on the podium at every event.

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