Author: Shaun Ochsner Photos: MWilsonPhoto
A few hundred off-road racers descended on the desert town of Laughlin, Nevada for Southern Nevada Enthusiasts (SNORE) final race of the year. Dubbed “Rage at the River" the race featured a two-day format of six heats grouping a handful of classes in each heat. The event kicked off on Friday with qualifying for a select group of classes, a group pre-run/course reconnaissance and finally tech and contingency held in the parking lot of the Tropicana Express Hotel. “Rage at the River” had so many entries, the line snaked through the parking lot and out to the street next to the hotel. “Rage at the River” was truly the last race of 2013, and everybody was putting everything out on the line. Season points championships would also be secured in Laughlin.
The 1450 class had forty total entries making it the largest class of SNORE. Day one was filled with carnage as several trucks ended up on trailers after breaking critical parts. Only nineteen trucks would finish the first day of racing. Jonathan Libby in the 1406 truck would go home with the overall win of the weekend in the class.
Another popular and notably highly competitve class at SNORE’s “Rage at the River” was the 1600 buggy class. That class started with twenty four entries. Seventeen would be declared official finishers on day one. Curt Geer was declared the overall winner taking home a first place trophy.
A few premier trophy trucks raced the Unlimited Class like Jonathan Swift with his BF Goodrich Sponsored Ford. The weekend would not go so well for Swift as he was only able to complete two out of five laps on day one. Riot Racing brought their Trophy Truck to "Rage at the River" as did the G&R team. Driver of record for Riot Racing Kevin Lyons finished the weekend second overall. Jim Riley’s Azunia Tequila team owned the course for the unlimited trucks. Riley drove a perfect race on Saturday. On Sunday, Louis Chamberland got behind the wheel completing a weekend sweep for the team and taking the overall win for the Unlimited Truck class. Pat Dean was the fastest qualifier at Friday's time trials, so it was no surprise he kept his LVDC Class One out in front of the pack to get back to back wins and the overall trophy.
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