Henderson Terrible 250 purse update

New desert race July 10-14 in Southern Nevada With added purse, inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 to quickly become the richest desert race in the United States. Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles & ATVs all part of 2nd Event of 2002 SCORE ...

New desert race July 10-14 in Southern Nevada With added purse, inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 to quickly become the richest desert race in the United States.

Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles & ATVs all part of 2nd Event of 2002 SCORE Triple Crown of So. Nevada.

LOS ANGELES--Starting with a $10,000 bonus to the first overall finisher among the car and truck classes and added bonuses for all classes, July's Inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 desert race will quickly become the nation's richest desert race. According to SCORE officials, over $30,000 in added purse, a 50 percent payback of entry fees and significant contingency posting, the final cash and contingency prizes will pass the $500,000 mark for the new race, to be held July 10-14 in Southern Nevada.

SCORE International, the Los Angeles-based desert racing sanctioning body, is producing the newest SCORE race, Round 4 of the six-race 2002 Optima 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.

"With the help of our sponsors, contingency donors and the high number of racers we are expecting, the inaugural SCORE Henderson's Terrible 250 will exceed all expectations, especially for a first-time event," said Sal Fish, SCORE President and CEO. "With all the extras being added to this race, Southern Nevada is on the verge of experiencing a truly great family-style special event, and a SCORE desert race will just be icing on the cake."

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 4-lap open desert race run over a challenging course of 56 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.

The busy race-week schedule includes a major charity event, an off-road trade show, three concerts, a Fireworks show, a pit crew challenge, and a parade of entries.

Part of the added bonus purse, the first overall motorcycle finisher will receive an added $3,000 and the first overall ATV finishers will receive an added $2,000. For all Pro classes with a minimum 'Lucky Seven' starters, the winner will receive an added $1,000 and the runner-up will receive an added $500 from the bonus purse.

Instead of the normal computerized drawing for starting positions in each class being held several weeks prior to the race, a live drawing will be held Thursday of race week (July 11) at Terrible's Hotel/Casino. Entries will receive their vehicle numbers in the order received and all entries received by SCORE by June 21 will be included in the live drawing. Late entries will receive the next available vehicle number and start position.

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 224-mile race.

The fastest vehicles in each part of the race will be expected to complete the race in approximately 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.

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.

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 The Press band, race highlight videos will be also be shown. Admission of $5 per person in advance, and $10 at the door includes one beverage.

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 IGT 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.

The 2002 Optima 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 35th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, starting in Ensenada and running the length of the rugged Baja California peninsula to La Paz, 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 10-14) 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.

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 County Air Quality Control, City of Boulder City, Boulder City Parks and Recreation, and the City of Henderson.


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