|SNORE points leader Corey Torres will tackle the Gold Strike SNORE 250 Saturday in Jean south of Las Vegas.
By Mike Henle
For the past 44 years, the Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts – otherwise known as SNORE – has highlighted each season with the running of the SNORE 250.
This year’s 45th annual Gold Strike SNORE 250 set for Nov.1 near Jean south of Las Vegas promises to be bigger than ever before for an event that is entrenched in history. Known as the Racer’s Race, the event is scheduled to attract a field of about 80 competitors.
From the first event won by the legendary Fritz Kroyer on the land of what is now the posh golf course community called Spanish Trail in the southwest Las Vegas valley, SNORE has always signaled excellence with the SNORE 250.
And you an bet that the 2014 SNORE points leader Corey Torres is eager to jump on the list of talented racers who have recorded victories in an event that stretches back more than four decades.
Driving a Class 9 entry, Torres has had a strong 2014 Terrible Herbst Motorsports Garage Series season. Through the first four races of a six-race series that will conclude with the Rage at the River in Laughlin, Nev. Dec. 12-14, the 32 year old Las Vegas native Torres has mounted his points lead behind a series of strong performances.
Torres got off on the right foot by winning the Class 9 competition in the series opening Battle at Primm. He then followed with another victory in the Motion Tire Ridgecrest 300 before collecting fourth places in the Cedar City Grand Prix and the Midnight Special in Johnson Valley, Calif.
With a Terrible Herbst Motor Sports Garage points series generating thousands of dollars to the winner of SNORE’s six-race schedule, Torres has his eyes on the money heading into the next event.
As is the case with every off-road competitor, a dedicated crew has played a huge part in the success this year.
Among those on the Torres crew are his father, Victor, who builds the engines; John Houlton of RC Transmissions; fellow racer Ed Mahoney, who not only helps the team but also leads the Class 11 standings; and Warren Messick of M&T Race Cars in Barstow, Calif.
“Anyone who has competed in off-road racing knows that your crew is absolutely invaluable,” Torres said. “There is not a lot of reward for the people who help me and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate them.”
Yet another important supporter is Ute Construction, Torres’s employers who work with during a busy racing season.
While the 2014 season has been a good one to say the least and Torres is already making plans for next year. Even with in a class that seems to change dramatically each race, Torres has been able to gain class and overall points leads.
“I used to run 1600 and I’m planning to go back to that class next year,” he said.
Torres’s past accomplishments have included SNORE Class 9 titles in 2004 and 2007 along with MORE championships in 2006 and 2007. He finished second overall in the 2004 SNORE points and second overall in 2007.
He also won the overall MORE title in 2006 finished runner up for the racing body a year later.
Race officials said about 80 cars are expected for the event. Along with Kroyer past winners have included Bob Gordon, Robby Gordon, Brian Collins, Troy Herbst, Rod Hall, Walker Evans, Manny Esquire, Rob McCachren, Tommy Bradley and Casey Folks.
An interesting side note to this year’s running of the SNORE 250 is that the race may be ending its long run in Nevada. Fees for the 2014 event rose from $20,000 to almost $30,000 and interest to move the race to Kingman, Ariz., is a definite possibility.
“The movers and shakers in Kingman really want the race,” said club president Kenny Freeman, “and with the ways things are going with the BLM nowadays, the SNORE 250 may be moving in 2015.”
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