|Kyle Conlon, center, celebrates his 2011 SNORE overall and Class 1 titles with SNORE President Brittany Burgos and co-rider Cameron Butcher.
The Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts wrapped up the 2011 season Saturday with a yearend awards banquet at Michael Gaughan’s South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
While the overall and class champions were honored for winning titles, yet another impressive award had to be SNORE’s late race heroics that saw the 43 year-old club hand out more than $34,000 in cash and prizes.
The gathering was the perfect way to kick off the 2012 season with $80,000 plus in cash that will be given at the annual Dusty Times Battle at Primm Feb. 24-26 south of Las Vegas. With an impressive six-race series, the SNORE schedule will also include the PCI Race Radio 300 April 13-15 in Ridgecrest, Calif.; the Dusty Times 250 June 8-10; the KC HiLites Midnight Special Sept. 7-9 in Lucerne, Calif., south of Barstow; the SNORE 250 Oct. 26-28 in Pahrump about 70 miles west of Las Vegas; and the Rage of the River Dec. 7-10 in Laughlin about 100 miles south of Las Vegas.
The banquet complete with the perfect setting along with a great crowd featured a buffet dinner and an efficiently-run awards ceremony that was concluded at about 9:15 p.m. before SNORE’s members danced the night away.
Among the class winners honored were Kyle Conlon, Class 1 and overall; Todd Wylie, Unlimited Truck; Kevin Ellis, Class 10; Cody Reid, Class 12; Steve Alexander, Class 5; Kenny Freeman, Class 1-2 1600; Mike Boone, Class 5/1600; Daniel Maurer, Class 18; Daniel Lutz, Class 9; Garrett Evans, Class 8; Russ Ramsey, Class 7; Robbie Cockrell, Class 7s; Monte Tibbitts, Heavy Metal; Robert Johnson, Class 11; Jesus Galvan, Class 1450; Tony Scott, Class 1500; and Arturo Benavides, VORE.
Conlon, who is currently studying the idea of running a trophy truck for the 2012 season, complimented SNORE on 2011.
“They have been doing really well,” said Conlon, a 22 year-old lineman apprentice in the utility business in San Diego. “I ran all six races and we won three out of the six races. We got about $8,000 for winning the championship and it was well worth everything. For me, it’s more of a family thing anyway. My crew is happy and it’s all good.”
Conlon also saluted his father, Kent, who pays for all of his racing.
“These are times that this family will never forget,” said Conlon. “This was my first year of running SNORE and it was one of my better racing experiences that I have had so far.”
Conlon added that while his off-road racing might be deterred in 2012, he definitely plans to return to SNORE events in 2013
Special awards were given to Kenny Freeman, Sportsman of the Year and Driver of the Year; Cody Reid, Rookie of the Year; new SNORE President Brittany Burgos, the Denny Selleck/Don Dayton Award; Bryan Freeman, the Jimmy Schaefer/Al Perino Award; Bruce Fraley, Mechanic of the Year; Engine Builder of the Year, Wiks Racing Engines; Transmission Builder of the Year, Dave Folts Transmission; Race Sponsor of the Year, Butch’s Speed Shop; Hotel sponsor of the Year, Buffalo Bill’s in Primm; Pit Crew of the Year, Freeman Racing; and Appreciation Awards, SNORE Tech Director Bill Shapley; the Laughlin Tourism Commission, MJ Smith; and Patrick’s Signs, Pat Dean.
“Jimmy Schaefer was a dedicated member of SNORE during its growth years and I’m truly honored to get the award,” said Bryan Freeman, who raced with his father, Kenny, during the 2011 year. “I won’t be racing this year and will be helping the club in various capacities. In a sense, I’ll be doing what Jimmy Shaffer did more than 30 years ago.”
Former SNORE President Kenny Freeman lauded the season while also speaking highly of what’s around the bend for the club.
“We overcame a lot – and that’s an understatement,” Freeman said. “With Brittany in charge, we’re all looking forward to a banner season.”
Burgos added "This has been a wonderful season and truly illustrates the strong SNORE family has become in its 43 years. We delivered what we promised and 2012 is going to be even better especially as it relates to our returning sponsors. I couldn't be more proud then now to call myself a SNORE member"
Long-time former SNORE member Bob Jensen, 88, who belonged to the club from the 1970s until the late 1980s, said SNORE was on the climb again.
“This is wonderful to see SNORE on the rise again,” said Jensen, who was such a dedicated member of the club that he drove an old school bus that was used for the timing crew at SNORE events. “The heart and soul of SNORE is now leading the club and there are good things ahead.”
Further information regarding SNORE and its upcoming season can be found by visiting www.snoreracing.net.