By Mike Henle
Jean, Nev. — The Grand Daddy of Southern Nevada off-road racing is set to kick off the 2020 season complete with a strong contingent of competitors in the PCI Race Radios SNORE 250 presented by Terrible’s Road House Feb. 14-16.
The 51st annual SNORE 250 showdown brings together families that have been around since the first SNORE 250 on the grounds of what is now the the Old Spanish Trail in the southwest valley.
Jean provides an interesting environment with many off-road enthusiasts traveling hundreds of miles each year to support SNORE in its efforts to present quality events.
Jean awaits its turn every year while off-road racing remains a kingpin of the sport in Southern Nevada. Jean and SNORE go together like the perfect reunion.
Wherever SNORE carries on the tremendous enthusiasm and top-notch machinery for the SNORE 250, the event also has a full house from one end of the valley to the other. With about 90 entries ready to roar over the desert floor, the latest SNORE battle will again prove to be the perfect venue for a heavy collection of fire-breathing off-road marchinery.
In typical SNORE off-road fashion, a strong field is expected in numerous categories. This year’s series is being sponsored by Patrick’s Signs.
SNORE is also kicking off the year with a new president, native Las Vegan CJ Hutchins, who takes over for former president Kenny Freeman, who will hop back into his Class 1600 entry where he’ll have the time of his life in a rock-solid race.
Hutchins, a native Nevadan, is parking his race machinery to handle the position of SNORE president in what promises to be an impressive season.
“I’m ready to go,” said Hutchins. “I might step in my car on occasion, but my first goal is to handle the inner workings of SNORE for the entire year.”
As all SNORE presidents have learned over the years, handling the position of president can be challenging considering the long hours and tedious decisions that need to be handled during off-road races.
To Hutchins, assuming the position of president is a vital move considering that he is now in his 20th year volunteering for SNORE.
“I’m really looking forward to my working as the SNORE president,” Hutchins said. “It’s an important role with the club, that’s for sure.’’
The 35 year-old Hutchins’ dedication to off-road racing is evident. State Line welcomes SNORE each year considering that it draws strong fields of competitors and fans about 40 miles south of Las Vegas.
In fact, the SNORE 250 fits into this area like a ball in a glove bringing untold amounts of money to the region; not to mention some of the best off-road racing on the map in a collection of classes.
It won’t take long for the valley to come to life, considering SNORE’s impressive field that includes 15 stellar performers in Class 1.
Additionally, the always competitive Class 10 has 11 entries.
Further information regarding SNORE events can be found by visiting www.snoreracing.net.
Editor’s note: Freelance writer Mike Henle covers auto racing events for www.mikehenle.com.