Racing event expected to draw large crowds, bring in money

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Updated: 8/23/2013 6:26 pm
WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & --  Some of the best off-road racers will hit the dirt this weekend back for a second year for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series at Wild West Motorsports Park.

"We're bringing in 1,500 just team members, none of which are from the area," said park manager Kevin Singleton. 

Singleton said this is a huge event for the track and puts the Reno-Sparks area in the national spotlight.

"This year we marketed over the hill in California, Roseville, Sacramento area," he said. "We've gotten hundreds of inquiries, booking hotel rooms, buying vip packages, motor home spaces."

Over 60 racers and their teams will hit the track both Saturday and Sunday to an expected crowd of close to 10,000 people.

"You know I think we'll get about 25 percent of the crowd that'll be here this weekend is completely out of the Reno-Tahoe area."

He said it takes months of planning and marketing to make sure this weekend goes off without a hitch.

"It takes dozens and dozens of people, permit process, working with Washoe County."

And for racers, they say the track is unlike any other they race on, making it unique and challenging.

"The elevation changes and the jumps and the big turns are something we don't have anywhere else," said short course off-road racer Casey Currie. "The jumps here are insane and there's 30 trucks at one time. It's like a motocross race with a bunch of trucks."

And race announcer Todd Seaver said even a little smoke in the sky won't stop them from putting on a show.

"We can see both ends of the track," he said. "We do have elevation here, we have a great track and it's not gonna affect us out here."

Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Opening ceremonies are at noon with racing to follow. The cost is $20 for general admission and kids 12 and under are free.
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