High Desert Racing Association’s, (HDRA) “Rockin on the River” race held Nov. 9-11 in Laughlin, Nevada will cover 16.5 miles each lap on a unique course that hits every feature that racers and fans have come to love in Laughlin. Racers will cross Needles Highway and head out into the hills before jumping the big road-crossing coming back in. The high school jumps are there and the moon bumps will be run downhill. Gravity will be pushing them even faster through the bumps so picking the right line will be more critical than having big horsepower; a move that will add even more excitement in the limited classes. “We made sure the course would be as fun and challenging as possible,” said Robert Gross of HDRA, “We designed it to take in everything possible and added a few more surprises of our own.”
Several tough points battles will be settled at the race. Mike Mitchell will be going for three wins in a row and the Class 1 title. Josh Quintero looks to wrap up the Class 7 championship after three straight wins. Brandon Arthur will be putting the final stamp on his Class 1400 title and racing his new Open Truck that he will compete in next season.
Shortcourse racing legend Johnny Greaves will be bringing his desert car to experience Laughlin for the first time. “I don’t get to take my desert car out as much as I’d like,” said Johnny Greaves, “The first thing I do when I get back in town is check the HDRA schedule for the next race. I’m really excited about racing in Laughlin. HDRA has been putting a huge effort into the series making it fun for the racers and the fans. I’ve heard big things about the course, I can’t wait to race it.”
To top off all the action in the dirt, Laughlin is jam packed with things to do when you are not racing. The course will include a hot pit area during the race so you are free to camp with your friends and family in your cold pit all weekend. Bikini’s Sports Bar will host the second annual Santa Cops and Boys & Girls Club fundraiser on Thursday night Nov 8th. The event will include a display of racecars and a raffle to benefit underprivileged children in the Laughlin area. Prizes include $100 vouchers to go towards the entry fees of five lucky winners from HDRA, Dezert People Videos from JD Films, parts, swag and gift certificates from Rigid Industries, F&L Racing Fuel, ORW, McKenzies, Figspeed, Dynamic Offroad, Star Motorsports, Riot Racing, SDHQ and All In One Upholstery. You could also win a three-day, two-night stay in Laughlin from the Tropicana Express, River Palms or Riverside hotels.
The Monster Energy FMX motorcycle team will be putting on their incredible freestyle motocross shows at contingency in the Pioneer Hotel parking lot on Friday.
Barbeque fans are in for a treat, Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Smoke on the Water Productions are holding a $20,000 barbecue contest that will include 158 of the country’s best like Myron Mixon, star of TLC’s show, BBQ Pitmasters. If barbecue is not your thing you can take in the many restaurants, shopping or concerts in town including Lee Greenwood at Harrah’s Nov 10,11.
If that’s not enough, the 25th annual Fast Past Car show will be at the Golden Nugget and right next door in the festival lot will be The Laughlin Veterans Festival. Events there will include a motorcycle show and shine, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, military displays, an interactive vendor area and marketplace and a special Veterans Memorial ceremony.
HDRA continues to set the bar in offroad racing. Rockin on the River includes a challenging and totally unique course layout, great camping and all the food and fun you could want; another incredible HDRA event for racers, by racers. Come out and join the fun in Laughlin with the entire family!
Visit hdrarace.com for more information.