Henderson's Terrible 300 Desert Race will see changes this year, officials from the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau announced on Tuesday.

Due to the extreme heat drivers faced during the past two races - both held in July with temperatures as high as 120 degrees - organizers have worked to move this year's race to December.

Best in the Desert Racing Association will both produce and sanction the event, which will add 50 miles to the race as well as reintroduce motorcycles and ATV's to the existing line up of cars, trucks and buggies. Last year's race did not include motorcycles and ATV's.

Henderson's Terrible 300 (formerly SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250) takes place in the Eldorado Valley located between Henderson and Boulder City. Originally produced by SCORE International and sponsored by the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau, Herbst Gaming and the city of Boulder City, the race had run into difficulties due to two consecutive years of record heat.

The race was to be re-scheduled for 2005 until officials from SCORE International, Herbst Gaming and the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau discussed the future of the race and decided to work together on a new type of event that would not be hindered by the heat.

"We cannot thank SCORE International and its chief executive officer Sal Fish enough for starting this race," said Bud Pico, manager of tourism and sales for the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau. "And we look forward to continuing our relationship with SCORE International and Herbst Gaming through our new venture."

The new producer of the Henderson's Terrible 300 -Best in the Desert Racing Association - is well known for its events throughout the southwest. Led by Casey Folks, Best in the Desert Racing Association is the producer of a six-race series that includes such popular races as the Parker 425 in Parker, Ariz., The Terrible's Town 250 in Pahrump, Nev., sponsored by Herbst Gaming; and the TSCO Vegas to Reno, the longest desert race in the United States.

"We are excited to be able to continue the race and we are equally excited to be working with Best in the Desert Racing Association," Pico said. "We also thank the city of Boulder City for their past and continued support of Henderson's Terrible 300 Desert Race."

With the re-addition of motorcycles and ATV's, the number of vehicle entries for the race is expected to reach 200 this year.

Details and pre-race activities are still being finalized. However, a tentative schedule includes: Dec. 2, Qualifying for starting positions and course reconnaissance; Dec. 3, Sponsors Midway and pre-race party; Dec. 4, Race Day; and Dec. 5, Awards Celebration.

For more information regarding Henderson's Terrible 300, visit www.bitd.com or www.visithenderson.com.

For more information on the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau, call (702) 267-2171, or toll free (877) 775-5252, or visit the website at www.visithenderson.com.

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