Motorcycle/ATV classes to receive points at Henderson

Already point's race for Cars/Trucks July's inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race will be Motorcycle & ATV point's race in Duralast SCORE Desert Series. Second event of 2002 SCORE Triple Crown of Southern Nevada. LOS ...

Already point's race for Cars/Trucks July's inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race will be Motorcycle & ATV point's race in Duralast SCORE Desert Series.

Second event of 2002 SCORE Triple Crown of Southern Nevada.

LOS ANGELES--After adding motorcycles and ATVs to one of its U.S. races for the first time in nearly a decade, SCORE's Sal Fish announced today that July's Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race will also be a series championship point's race for the seven classes for those vehicles. The event was already a season point's race for the existing 17 classes for cars and trucks.

SCORE International, the Los Angeles-based foremost American desert racing sanctioning body, is producing the newest SCORE race, July 11-14, Round 4 of the six-race schedule for the 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series. The motorsports extravaganza will be held on the outskirts of Henderson, Nev., the growing city on the southeast side of Las Vegas.

With a unique co-sponsorship from the Henderson (Nevada) Convention and Visitors Bureau along with Southern Nevada-based Herbst Gaming, the SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will be a 7-lap open desert race run over a challenging 35-mile course between Nevada State Highway 93 and the McCullough Mountains.

"Interest in this new race has been phenomenal to the level that it clearly warrants making it a championship point's series race for the motorcycle and ATV classes like we had already announced for the car and truck divisions," said Sal Fish, long-time CEO and President of SCORE International. "Because we added motorcycles and ATV classes to this SCORE race only a month ago, we will count the best three finishes out of the four races we have for these classes to determine their respective 2002 SCORE point champions."

SCORE anticipates nearly 50 motorcycles and ATVs will enter the race, including the high-profile American Honda factory team. Honda will also provide its contingency and racer pit support programs for the race.

"From our perspective, making it a point's race for motorcycles and ATVs is just an added positive element that expands the potential of this motorsports event further," commented Bud Pico, Manager, Tourism and Sales for the Henderson Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.

The tentative race-day time schedule for the elapsed-time race will have the motorcycles and ATVs leave the start line beginning at 6 a.m. and the cars and trucks hitting the desert starting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. With vehicles starting one every 20 seconds, all vehicles will have 8 hours to complete the 240-plus-mile race.

The fastest vehicles in each part of the race will be expected to complete the race in approximately four hours. Nearly 190 vehicles, including as many as 40 from the Southern Nevada area, are expected to be a part of the first major desert race this close to metropolitan Las Vegas in over a decade.

Terrible Herbst Motorsports, which features the driving of brothers Ed, Tim and Troy Herbst, is one of the most prominent teams in SCORE racing. Ed, 40, and Tim, 38, split driving time as two-time season champions in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division while Troy, 35, has won a record five consecutive SCORE season championships in the unlimited Class 1 division.

With plans for ancillary events from concerts, a fireworks show, a pit crew challenge, a celebrity/driver charity bowling/gaming tournament, a live drawing for starting positions and a pre-race parade, race organizers anticipate the Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race in Southern Nevada will quickly become one of the top motorsports events held annually in the Silver State.

The 2002 Duralast SCORE Desert Series started with the most unique and the shortest race and will finish with the oldest and most well known desert race. After kicking off the season with the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, 90 miles south of Las Vegas, it will conclude in November with the always-memorable Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, starting in Ensenada and running the length of the rugged Baja California peninsula in Mexico.

Three of the events, all mid-to-long-distance endurance desert races, are once again in Mexico, peninsula along with the three multi-lap races in Southern Nevada.

Round 2 and 3 are both held in Mexico. The 16th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 was held March 1-3, and is being followed by the 34th SCORE Tecate Baja 500, May 31-June 2. Rounds 4 and 5 will both be held in Southern Nevada. After the new SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 (July 11-14) race in Henderson, Nev., the 7th SCORE Las Vegas Primm 300 will be held Sept. 13-14 in Primm, Nev., 35 miles south of Las Vegas.

The three Southern Nevada races are part of the new SCORE Triple Crown of Southern Nevada, a bonus prize pool and contingency program for the racers

SCORE International, started in 1973, continues to be the premier sanctioning body in the sport of desert racing. SCORE races feature 17 pro classes for cars and trucks in U.S. races and seven more pro classes for motorcycles and ATVs for the three races held annually in Mexico. Races in the U.S. average 150 entries, 225 in Mexico.

- www.score-international.com.

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