Tahoe Reno Motorplex hosting Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 for cars/trucks and AMA Reno Extreme for motorcycles Saturday just outside of Reno

July 12, 2013

11 Trophy Trucks among over 60 car and truck entries in Eldorado HDRA Reno 500;
Live internet coverage, vehicle tracking at

     RENO, Nev.—Reno, Nev. entrepreneur Roger Norman is a visionary and the owner of the Reno-based High Desert Racing Association is taking another major step forward Saturday as his two-year old racing organization presents two major desert races at his Tahoe Reno Motorplex, 19 miles east of downtown Reno at exit 32 (USA Parkway) of Interstate-80.
     Running at overlapping times, with viewing from the same spectator area, will be the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 for cars and trucks as well as the AMA Reno Extreme for motorcycles.
     After three days of festivities at the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo on Virginia Street in the heart of the ‘Biggest Little City in the World’, Saturday it’s down to serious business as this desert-racing twinbill will be held at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex as Round 3 of the HDRA Desert Series and Round eight of the AMA National Hare and Hound motorcycle series will run simultaneously.
     Over 60 entries from 13 U.S. States as well as Columbia, Mexico and New Zealand are entered in 15 classes for race cars and race trucks will be competing in the 2nd Annual Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 which will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. The course is approximately 82 miles long and the faster classes will race five laps and the others will go four laps. It will be open for 18 hours in the elapsed-time race, but the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in about 10 hours.  Included in the field are 11 Trophy Trucks, the marquee racing division in the sport for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
      With nearly 100 riders expected, also at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex starting at Noon Saturday will be motorcycles battling in the Reno Extreme, a six-hour endurance race. With solo riders only in the AMA Hare and Hound, their course is 20 miles long and the Pros will cover three laps and the others two or one lap.
     While the race courses will be different, the spectator area on a elevated plateau overlooking start/finish with sight lines of more than 12 miles of the race course will make viewing safe and among the best in all of desert racing.
     The area will also have food and beverage vendors, a beer garden with Monster Energy drink specials, Monster Energy Girls and three performances by the Monster Energy LivFast Freestyle motorcycle stunt team which is based in Sparks, Nev. One-price admission to enjoy both races and the stunt shows is $10 per person. Children, under 12 years of age will be $5 each.
     RV and camping facilities are also available at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex. Fee is $20 per night, per camp site with designated viewing areas.
     Live coverage and vehicle tracking of the cars and trucks in the event will air on the Internet at
     This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 (held June 1-2) and this weekend’s Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 are part of a special program where the combined best qualified car/truck finisher will receive a special entry packages into the 2014 Dakar Rally in South America. Regulations and other information on Dakar Challenge 2013 are available at
     The race support team of Justin Davis, Chino Hills, Calif., won Friday’s exciting Monster Energy HDRA Pit Crew Challenge held in the center of the expo between the Eldorado and Silver Legacy hotels.  Davis’ crew performed the required tire-changing tasks in 43.3 seconds for the win over a field of 10 teams that competed.
     All teams worked on the same Wide Open Excursions Subaru-powered Baja touring car for the challenge.  Saturday, Davis, just 20, will be one of the favorites for the overall and Trophy Truck victory in the No. 85 Green Army Motorsports Ford F-150. Davis, who has one race win this season, is tied for first in the HDRA Series point standings with Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., driver of the No. 16 Monster Energy Desert Assassins GMC Sierra.
    The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo is a production of the Eldorado Hotel Casino, presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Eldorado HDRA Reno 500, in conjunction with Dirt Live, HDRA, SCORE International desert racing, Wide Open Excursions, BFGoodrich Tires and Monster Energy.
     Budweiser is an associate sponsor of the event as well.
     Another major supporter of this multi-day motorsports extravaganza is the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.
     The Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Budweiser are associate sponsors of the event as well. Supporting hotels include not only the Eldorado and Silver Legacy, but Circus Circus and Harrah’s who are all part of the promotional group.
     For more information on the Expo, visit the official event website at
     The 2013 SCORE Desert Series is part of the quickly-evolving World Championship of Desert Racing, which combines points accumulated in the three SCORE Baja races along with points earned from three of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series, all held in the United States. Both the SCORE and HDRA series will crown their own individual class and overall point champions as well with a bonus purse for those racers who qualify for the World Championship of Desert Racing point’s bonus purse program to earn a desert racing World Champion title.
     With a growing total, for the inaugural World Championship of Desert Racing bonus purse, an official total of $45,000 has been posted to date from new SCORE sponsors Amber Racing Services ($25,000), King Shocks ($10,000) and Rigid Industries ($10,000).
     For car and truck classes with at least three starters in each qualifying race in 2013, the World Champion titles will be decided on combined points from the three SCORE races and three HDRA races with the bonus purse paid using the same formula based on total purse and number of starters in each class as is used currently for each SCORE race.
     For the pro motorcycle classes, the World Championship of Desert Racing will include points earned in the three SCORE Baja races as well as the AMA National Hare and Hound race to be held during the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500.
     For more information, visit the official website of the organization at

Below is the final entry list for Saturday’s HDRA race:

2nd Annual Eldorado HDRA Reno 500
Round 3 of the four-race 2013 HDRA Series
July 13, 2013—Tahoe Reno Motorplex–Reno, Nevada
Total Entries: 61 (as of 7/12/13)
(U.S. States–Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada
Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming
& additional countries–Columbia, Mexico, New Zealand)

(By Official Class Starting Order)
Pro Cars & Trucks

97 B.J. Baldwin
19 Tim Herbst
85 Justin Davis
32 Shawn Croll
91 Troy Herbst
18 Juan C. Lopez
44 Todd Jergensen
88 Sergio Salgado
50 Zak Langley
26 Jay Reichert
16 Cameron Steele

CLASS 1 (6)
149 Sam Berri
127 Cody Parkhouse
105 Chad Dohrman
156 Richard Boyle
151 Dustin Miller
199 Clayton Scudder

CLASS 1/2-1600 (3)
1666 Lucas Knecht
1610 Kevin Price
1683 Chris Jones

CLASS 3000 (3)
3003 Reid Rutherford
3030 Mike Frisby
3053 Ryan Frisby

CLASS 5-1600 (3)
595 Stu Hersey
569 Donald Harper
555 Clyde Stacy-1st RS

CLASS 7/7200 (5)
7298 Jonathan Brenthal
7207 Steve Kovach
7248 Josh Quintero
7228 Jon Lee-1st RS
7226 Al Hogan-2nd RS

741 James Burman
742 Elias Hanna

CLASS 8 (1)
802 Derek Fletcher-1st RS

CLASS 10 (10)
1048 John Hsu
1080 Peter Hajas
1011 John Langley
1001 Andrew Myers
1099 Norris Brown
1057 Christian Hall
1039 Matt Cullen
1008 Mark Lawrence
1006 Mike Lawrence
1066 Mike Shaffer-1st RS

860 Chad Hall
844 Clyde Stacy-1st RS

8002 Bill Belansky

CLASS 19 (5)
1907 Paul Broughton
1930 Sean Cook
1913 Bill Hermant
1939 Robert Dalton
1901 Doug McCrady

1440 Cronus Dillard

2023 Andrew McCarthy
2011 Brian Ostrom

SPT Baja Challenge (6)
BC 2 Burl Brim Jr
BC 1 Jon Largent
BC 5 Johnny Buss
BC 3 Alan Butler
BC 6 Dan Elkins
BC 4 Antonio Marmolejo


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