Nearly 70 entrees for the SNORE Night race this past weekend and not even half would make it out of the desert and across the finish line. The 53-mile lap consisted of a racecourse that was similar to the Mint 400. Big rocks and large whoops. Factor in the darkness of the desert and it was no wonder that there were only 27 finishers.
At 8:30pm sharp on Saturday night, TJ Flores and Stephanie Reynolds were the first off the line and set the pace for the entire race in the #80 McMurrough Racing Unlimited Truck. By lap 2 the duo had managed to run into traffic. With Stephanie behind the GPS, she guided TJ safely past the traffic and finished all 5 laps in 4hours 53minutes and 14seconds, and ended the night with the Overall Win.
Coming in 2nd overall and first in his class was Las Vegas local Cody Freeman, in the #1002 Freeman’s Carpet Service Class 10. Cody didn’t escape the night without any damage when just a few laps in, contact was made to the #1002 car, which caused the car to roll. After assistance from the SNORE crew, Cody was back on four wheels, back in the race and still managed to come in to the finish just over 20 minutes after Flores. Cody continues to lead in points in his class.
After winning the Ridgecrest 300, all eyes were on Justin “Bean” Smith to see if he could pull off another win in the 1600 class. The battle between Justin and Blaine Conrad went on all throughout the night. Mere seconds would split 1st and 2nd place and the win would go to the #1619 driver, Justin Smith with a finishing time of 5 hours 52 minutes and 15 seconds. Blain Conrad would finish in 5 hours 52 minutes and 51 seconds.
Words & Photos by Jenn Hellstrom