HDRA-Thumb-Reno-7-17-13Reno, NV – Competitors and fans were both treated to another epic event at the 2nd annual HDRA Eldorado Reno 500. The Reno 500 is a week-long event packed with fun for everyone with support from the city of Reno, the RSCVA and Northern Nevada Motor Madness. Course re-con commenced on Sunday July 7 to let the competitors know what they were in for. On Tuesday the 9th, starting positions were drawn for the classes who would not qualify at the sports book in the Eldorado Resort Casino and beamed out to the masses by Dirt Live on the internet.

On Wednesday, the Dirt Live Expo got underway. The Expo spotlighted Off Road Vehicle Manufacturers and Suppliers. The first outdoor off road expo in the history of downtown Reno, it offered displays by local and international dealers, distributors and promoters of off road events. The Expo promises to be the cornerstone of annual events to follow in coming years. Thursday would have live music, LivFast freestyle Motocross shows and incredible stunts performed by the Monster 2 Wheel Asphalt Stunt Team at the Dirt Live Expo.

Victories are hard to come by, especially when they are in some of the most demanding race conditions imaginable. Any 500-mile race is a challenge for the driver and team but few match the impossibly tough conditions experienced at the HDRA, Eldorado, Fireworks 500 held on Roger Norman’s property outside Reno Nevada. The brand new course was created with a blade. Like a den of snakes, the blading stirred up embedded rocks making it torturous on anyone who dared to navigate it. It was narrow, had tight switchbacks and steep hills. The entire length is strewn with never-ending rocks and if you go off-course, the rocks get even larger.

A punishing race like this does not favor a relatively new team competing at the top levels of off-road, Trophy Truck and Class One. The Lone Star Racing team from Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada showed their tenacity with a victory in the unlimited truck class (known as open truck in HDRA) and third overall, for James Horvath and a hard earned fifth place finish in class one for Tracy Graf. “We proved if you take care of the equipment in a long tough race like this your chances for a great finish goes way up,” said James Horvath, “We tried to hold a fast, steady pace without any mistakes. Even the slightest error on this course can cost you precious time or end your day. We had to stop for tires every lap due to the incredible wear on them from the rocks. Aside from an alternator the pit crew changed on lap two and a wheel bearing that went out on the last lap, the truck ran flawless all day.”