SNORE Gold Strike 250 Racers Push Their Limits in Jean, NV

The 5th race in the 2014 SNORE season was held on Saturday in the well-known desert of Jean, NV. Numerous off-road races are held here throughout the year, but for this race, the drivers took to the course in the opposite direction. Another factor that played into the outcome of the results would be the massive rain ruts that were hard to avoid for many.

Racing started at approximately 9am, just as the rain finally stopped. The #14 Unlimited Truck of Jonathan Libby would be the second off the line and with a solid layer of wet dirt and a light breeze, he was able to make time on the leader quickly. 3 Unlimited trucks went out for the first lap, but racing gremlins would take out competitor, Scott Fluharty, quickly in the #64 MGI UT.

The 1 Unlimited Class and 10 Class vehicles were gaining on the leaders in the first lap, but not quick enough to catch Libby. As Libby finished his first lap, competitors were more than 15-minutes behind. His first year in his new Class 10, Geoff Cooley was not letting up on the gas though as he came through his first lap with momentum and third physically. Just in front of Cooley was Kelly Mathers in the 156 1 Unlimited Car as they went out for their second lap.

The leaders completed four 60 mile loops with an average of 60mph. Libby finished 1st overall in 3:51:24. 2nd overall and first in Class 10 was the young Cooley who would be 8 minutes short of taking the overall win. 3rd overall went to Adam Bosch in the #63 MGI UT.

Many of the drivers that finished held a smooth and consistent speed and the battle for the win in the 1600 class came right up to the finish as Padilla and Winter were just seconds apart. Padilla would take the class win by 23-seconds.

1450 points leader, Justin Oquendo held his points lead as he finished the race 1st in class, but with only a few minutes between him and 2nd place, Michael Fox. The two drivers put the pressure on one another throughout the entire race.

62 entries for the race took on the harsh terrain and 24 vehicles would DNF. This years SNORE 250 may be the last time this race will be held in Jean, NV as there is talk about the race being moved to Kingman, NV in 2015. BLM fees keep rising and SNORE president, Kenny Freeman stated, “The movers and shakers in Kingman really want the race.”

The final race in the series will be the Rage At The River that will take place in Laughlin, NV. Great action for fans and drivers will bring out many entries and those looking to wrap up championships will be sure to put it all on the line.

For final results and points updates, visit Snore-Racing.

Photography by Jenn Hellstrom