SNORE and MORE and over 150 racers join forces to race into the night in Lucerne Valley. Cool breezes blew in as the racers lined up to tackle a 73-mile loop of scenic California desert.
Lucerne has a history of a fast but notoriously rough terrain that levels the playing field down to driver vs. driver. Twenty-four would start in the Unlimited class but only nine would finish the 5 required laps which was roughly 365 miles.
- Chris Kemp on his way to first O/A
“We had a good race, only one flat.” Said Kemp at the finish. “(Harley) Letner punted punted us in when we were stuck in heavy dust behind another car on the first lap, he hit us so hard that it took him out of the race. After that we just drove conservative in the dust and it worked out! I just want to thank StopTech, Sparco, Red Horse, BFG, Fox Geiser and AMG.”
What is your next race?
“Our next race…? Win the Baja 1000!!!”
Jason Coleman took the top spot in the ultra competitive Class 1600 besting the 2nd largest field in the race with twenty entries. “I’ve never raced out here before but my co-driver Jeremy knew the area and that really helped out to find the right lines and keep our speed.” Said Coleman at the finish. “We had a really quick pit stops, our quickest was 22 seconds. A flawless night, I just want to thank my crew and family. We’re going for the championship so this is a good win for us!”
First place amongst the two lappers beating 7s’s and all the other Class 11’s by more than 30 minutes was Chris Anderson “First overall! Well first across the line anyway.” Said Matt Anderson. “We had a great time out there! It was a lot rougher than last year but we had some good lines, there were a couple “I’m sorry” moments but mostly we just cruised. My brother Chris built and prepped the car, not to mention giving it to me with a twenty-minute lead. He did an excellent job. Bilstein, Mekenzies, and most of all Checkers off-road, without them we couldn’t do it.”
From here the two series go their own ways. For SNORE the next race will be the Pahrump Nugget SNORE 250 and for MORE, the ever-popular MORE Powder Puff race in Barstow Ca where the ladies of off-road will get to battle it out in door to door action in a charity race for the fight against breast cancer. But don’t be fooled, these ladies can drive just as well as any man. Be there to support our ladies of off-road!
Words and photos by Art Eugenio