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Mint 400 expanded through the Fremont Street Experience

The General Tire Mint 400 off-road race, which returned in 2008 after a two-decade hiatus, will be back bigger and better than ever complete with Tech/Contingency Inspection Friday, March 27, utilizing the Fremont Street Experience in its entirety from Main Street to Eighth Street, as well as the Fremont East Entertainment District. In 2008, the inspection was held only on Fremont East.

Presented by the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts, the Tech/Contingency Inspection this year will now include the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience canopy, which has been heralded worldwide for its colorful presentations, as well as will cross over Las Vegas Boulevard and include the Fremont Street Entertainment District.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the city of Las Vegas, the people of Las Vegas and businesses located in the downtown corridor, as this is an event that has been recognized throughout the world in years past,” said Jamie Fagan, SNORE contingency director. “I am very proud to be working with the city of Las Vegas government and municipalities, our mayor and the properties located along the Fremont Street corridor in getting this event off the ground and to be a part of history once again in the making. I can’t thank everyone enough for their unyielding support and trust throughout this incredible journey and history lesson.”

The 2009 Mint 400, named for its 400-mile course, will take place Saturday, March 28, northeast of Las Vegas on the grounds of the old Mint 400 with the start/finish line located in the vicinity of the Fireworks stand/plaza on the Moapa Indian Reservation about 8 miles west of Glendale, near state route 168 and Interstate 15.

“Tech Inspection is back where it belongs,” said K.J. Howe, who was the event’s race director beginning in 1973. “In its heyday, the Mint 400 Tech Inspection was so popular that kids were even cutting school to gather on Fremont Street, and I think the latest development will generate the same enthusiasm again.”

SNORE President Don Wall joined Howe in lauding the expansion of the inspection, “In its heyday, we would have as many as 500 cars lined up on Fremont Street for the Mint 400. It was almost like a county fair with off-road cars and it drew thousands of people every year. We should see the same thing happening again with the expansion of Tech Inspection to include all of Fremont Street.”

Run on one of the original courses south of Las Vegas in an area near Primm this past year, Trophy Truck drivers Brian Collins of Las Vegas and Chuck Hovey of Oceanside, Calif., took the trophy.

SNORE will open its 2009 season with the Battle of Primm Feb. 13-15, with a record entry of 277 cars with three weeks until race day.

Following the General Tire Mint 400, the remainder of the 2009 schedule will include the Dusty Times Caliente 250 on May 8-10, the KC HiLiTES Midnight Special on July 25, the South Point SNORE 250 on Oct. 2-4 and the Kartek Western Challenge on Dec. 12.

For more information on the 2009 SNORE Kartek Championship Series, go to www.snoreracing.net or call 452-4522.

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