|Cody Freeman pocketed big money for winning the 2013 SNORE Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage championship.
By Mike Henle
The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – better known in the world of off-road racing as SNORE – wrapped up a banner 2013 season with a yearend banquet recently at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
The 44 year-old group of hearty souls doled out about $30,000 at the banquet while promising that 2014 will be even bigger with a six-race schedule kicking off with the annual Battle at Primm Feb. 21-23 in Primm.
Just as was the case with the past season, the 2014 season will again be sponsored by Terrible Herbst.
Off-road racing doesn’t get any better than the SNORE schedule and the past season featured a down-to-the wire battle that saw young Class 10 driver Cody Freeman of Henderson collect 4,140 points to capture the overall title by only 53 points over Class 1-2 1600 driver Justin Bean Smith.
Rounding out the top ten overall drivers were Kyle Vizzo, Class 9, 3727; Michael Brenner, Class 11, 3,720; Randy Jones, Class 12, 3,718; Corey Torres, Class 9, 3,588; Richard Boyle, Class 1, 3,455; Keith Minnicks, Class 7, 3,444; Jeff Johnson, Class 9, 3,337; and John Pellissier, Class 18, 3,261.
Freeman pocketed almost $12,000 in cash. In addition, he will receive free entries to all of SNORE’s races this year for a value of about $3,700.
Ken Freeman, who will be president of SNORE for the third time this season, predicted that SNORE will experience an even bigger year.
“Next season is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Freeman. “We’re already receiving great response from additional sponsors and in addition, the sponsorship will be even bigger.”
Freeman also pointed out that SNORE’s teaming with MORE (Mojave Off Road Racing Enthusiasts) for two events will again prove a win-win for all involved.
We have teamed up with them the past two years at Lucerne and we’re now starting to see more drivers from Southern California wanting to run our events,” Freeman said. “It’s a great relationship.”
Freeman also said he has some big shoes to fill considering that he’s succeeding Brittany Burgos, who served as president of SNORE for the past two years.
Brittany really did a tremendous job and I’m sure I am speaking for all of SNORE when I say how much we appreciate what she has done for us,” Freeman said adding that the club gave Burgos several special awards. “We are all very appreciative for what she accomplished for SNORE.”
Others receiving special awards included Dan Bradley, Jimmy Schaeffer/Al Perino Award; Tech Director Bill Shapley, President’s Award and Engine Builder of the Year; Justin Bean Smith, Mechanic of the Year; Dave Folts, Transmission Builder of the Year; Daniel Maurer, Denny Selleck/Don Dayton Award; Bill Burgos, Volunteer of the Year; Keith Minnicks, True Grit Award; Buffalo Bill’s, Hotel Sponsor of the Year; Kartek, Race Sponsor of the Year, Kartek.
SNORE averaged more than 100 cars per race in 2013.
Further information regarding SNORE can be found by visiting www.snoreracing.net.
2014 SNORE Terrible Herbst schedule
Feb. 21-23 – Battle at Primm, Primm, Nev.
April 12-13 – Ridgecrest 300, Ridgecrest, Calif.
May 30-31 – Cedar City Grand Prix, Cedar City, Utah.
Sept. 20-21 – KC HiLites Midnight Special, Johnson Valley, Calif.
Nov. 1-2 – SNORE 250, Jean, Nev.
Dec. 12-14 – Rage at the River, Laughlin, Nev.