Henderson's Terrible 250's special events

New desert race July 10-14 in Southern Nevada. SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will include Charity Event, Off-Road Expo, Concerts, Fireworks, Pit Crew Challenge and Parade. LOS ANGELES--Hoping to develop a motorsports festival to rival the ...

New desert race July 10-14 in Southern Nevada.

SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will include Charity Event, Off-Road Expo, Concerts, Fireworks, Pit Crew Challenge and Parade.

LOS ANGELES--Hoping to develop a motorsports festival to rival the neon glow of the famed Southern Nevada mega-resorts nearby, race organizers have announced an ambitious ancillary event schedule for July's Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race. Final details of the race-week schedule (July 10-14) include a major charity event, an off-road show, three concerts, a Fireworks show, a pit crew challenge, and a parade of entries.

SCORE International, the Los Angeles-based desert racing sanctioning body, is producing the newest SCORE race, Round 4 of the six-race 2002 SCORE Desert Series, America's Foremost Desert Racing Series. The motorsports extravaganza will be held on the outskirts of Henderson, Nev., the growing city on the southeast side of Las Vegas.

"Our goal since the concept of this event was developed, has been that the SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will become one of the top motorsports events held annually in the Silver State," said Bud Pico, Manager, Tourism and Sales for the Henderson Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. "We believe we're off to a great start."

Race week ancillary events will start with the SCORE Charity Showdown on Wednesday, July 10 and finish on Saturday, July 13 with the SCORE Checkered Flag Fiesta.

A benefit for the Henderson Allied Community Advocates (H.A.C.A.), the July 10 charity event will start at Terrible's Town Henderson with a bowling tourney for children and racers before moving to the Hyatt Regency at Lake Las Vegas for a silent auction and a slot tournament.

The July 13 SCORE Checkered Flag Fiesta will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Fiesta-Henderson Hotel/Casino. Featuring the music of the popular Henderson-based Sundogs group, race highlight videos will be shown and the $5 per person admission includes one beverage.

"All of these added attractions will help enhance the visibility of our sport to the public as well as helping make the SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 quickly impact the special events environment of Southern Nevada," said Sal Fish, long-time CEO and President of SCORE International. "We are all truly excited to get out of the dirt for some wonderful opportunities to help the public learn more about SCORE International while getting to know our talented and dedicated SCORE racers even more."

Pre-race festivities on Thursday, July 11, will start with a special VIP/Media Course Tour, escorted by racers, in the morning before moving to Terrible's Hotel/Casino. A meet the racers/vehicle display (4 p.m.-6 p.m.) will be held and then the live SCORE draw for start positions, pool party, concert and firework's show (6 p.m.-10 p.m.).

Friday's busy schedule (July 12) will center on and around Water Street in downtown Henderson. During the day, the SCORE Manufacturer's Midway, safety inspection of all race vehicles and the Water Street Off-Road Expo will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The SCORE Pit Crew Challenge (5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.), with separate competition for car, truck, motorcycle and ATV teams, will precede the free SCORE Henderson Terrible's 250 Tommy Rocker Concert. The concert, to be held at Henderson's Police Park, will start at 7:30 p.m.

The SCORE Parade of Entries will be held at noon on Saturday (July 13), with all car and truck entries slowing moving from downtown Henderson approximately five miles to the main pits.

The official SCORE Race Shuttle service will continuously move spectators to and from the Fiesta-Henderson and the start/finish line area during race day, Saturday, July 13. With only limited parking in the main spectator area at the start/finish line, the $5 SCORE Shuttle Service pass provides unlimited roundtrip service to the area located approximately three miles from the Fiesta, which has ample parking.

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 5-lap open desert race run over a challenging course of nearly 50 miles on Saturday, July 13, between Nevada State Highway 93 and the McCullough Mountains. The start/finish line spectator area will be located behind Black Mountain at the end of Horizon Ridge Road. The nearly 190 expected entries will compete in one of 23 Pro classes and 5 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.

Among the more high-profile teams will be 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, 41, and Tim, 39, 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.

The schedule for the elapsed-time race (July 13) 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 250-mile race.

The fastest vehicles in each part of the race will be expected to complete the race in just over four hours. Nearly 40 entries from the Southern Nevada area are expected to be a part of the first major desert race held this close to metropolitan Las Vegas in over a decade.

Besides over 200 SCORE personnel, also assisting with staff for the event will be the Henderson Rotary Club, who will handle the food and beverage concessions, along with representatives from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), who will coordinate the start/finish line spectator parking area.

SCORE, the Henderson CVB and Herbst Gaming, are also receiving assistance for this event from the Bureau of Land Management, Clark Conty Air Quality Control, City of Boulder City, Boulder City Parks and Recreation, and the City of Henderson.

For information on the ancillary events and general event information, contact Charlene Ham with the Henderson Convention and Visitors Bureau at (702) 565-5197.

- www.score-international.com.

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