John Block, the first SNORE president from 1969-70, is in attendance after flying to Las Vegas from the Northwest. According to SNORE president Kenny Freeman, Block visited the Off-Road Hall of Fame at Terrible's Casino where a strong field is expected at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
Interesting note is that this year's SNORE 250 will feature visitor Fritz Kroyer, who won the first-ever SNORE 250 50 years ago even though he rolled the car on the opening lap. In an interview earlier this week, Fritz recalled the rollover that left the buggy with broken headlights which Fritz tore off the car saying 'I was just hoping that I'd finish the race before dark."
SNORE continues to present top-notch events thanks to a long list of volunteers who work endless hours providing whatever is needed to present wildly-popular off-road racing events throughout the year.
Good seeing former SNORE president Jon Block at the SNORE 250!. He's now living in the northwest portion of the country but you won't keep him away from an available SNORE race. It's people like Jon who were among those who met with others some 50 years ago to create blockbuster race events. On a related note, we're now studying the idea of a feature story about the old-timers of the club that used to meet at the Sawdust Saloon in Las Vegas.
Hats off to the husband and wife team of Mike and Tammy Montes, whose dedication to supporting SNORE is invaluable. The Montes family has been in auto racing events for decades dating back to when Mike's dad, "Terrible" Tommy Montes, ran his number 50 stock car at Craig Road Speedway in North Las Vegas in the 1970s and 1980s.
The multi-faceted SNORE 250 weekend also includes a fascinating salute to off-road racing at Terrible's in Jean. Among the many cars on display is the late Mickey Thompson's power plant that ran in the annual Mint 400, among other major events. From drag racing to off-road racing, Mickey Thompson was a competitor that we'll never forget.
We're now starting to receive updates from today's SNORE 250. We're hearing that James Dean on his last lap and is setting an incredible time to lead in his Class 1 entry. In addition, Pat Dean is blistering the field in his Trophy Truck and is now leading on his last lap. Dean's 64 Truck is the new leader at Checkpoint 7.
The world famous Mint 400 innovator KJ Howe turned 80 Feb. 12; and there's an impromptu function of some sort at Grape Expectations at the Winery in Henderson at 4 p.m. Saturday -- today. KJ will be competing the Vintage Class of the Mint 400 in one of his old Hi-Jumpers that was renovated from the frame up by Norm Francis and his staff.