Henderson Race adds Motorcycles and ATVs to linup

LOS ANGELES--Marking the first time in nearly a decade that SCORE has included classes for motorcycles and ATVs in one of its U.S. races, SCORE's Sal Fish announced today that seven classes for those vehicles will be added to the existing 17...

LOS ANGELES--Marking the first time in nearly a decade that SCORE has included classes for motorcycles and ATVs in one of its U.S. races, SCORE's Sal Fish announced today that seven classes for those vehicles will be added to the existing 17 classes for cars and trucks in the starting grid for July's Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race.

SCORE International, America's foremost desert racing sanctioning body, will produce 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.

"SCORE is happy to once again be able to have motorcycles and ATVs as part of one of our U.S. races and logistically and in consideration of the safety issues we deal with, the new SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will be able to accommodate all our classes like we do at our three races in Mexio," said Sal Fish, long-time CEO of SCORE International, which is based in Los Angeles. "SCORE has the best desert racers in the world and we will be able to start the motorcycles and ATVs early in the morning and the cars and trucks in the late afternoon. The enthusiasm level is significantly high for this event and the Henderson hospitality community has become very pro-active and Herbst Gaming has committed significant resources to promoting the event through its vast network of businesses and hotel/casinos."

"From our persective, having motorcycles and ATVs adds another exciting dimension to the tremendous potentional this event has for our community, so it's nothing but a major plus for all of us," 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 30 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/black-jack 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 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 will both be 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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