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Hot August Nights 2014 is Revving Up Excitment in Reno Tahoe

HotAugustNights2Thermometers are rising and the faint sound of nostalgia is growing loud as Hot August Nights and Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson gear up for the week ahead (July 29-August3) in the Reno-Sparks area (the Official Kick-Off Party is July 28 at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino).  For the 28th annual celebration, Hot August Nights will turn back the clock to the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s where flapper skirts and leather jackets meet among fleets of smoking rides. After a week full of non-stop action the region-wide event will cool down on Sunday, August 3 with thousands classic cars parading through the streets of downtown Reno.

“It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era, whether it be a sock hop or drag racing, to craft fairs and exhibitions, to the Big Boy’s Toy Store and Swap Meet, to Show-n-Shines offering over $150,000 in cash and prizes or to witness the extraordinary sight and sounds of an auctioneer at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. It’s not only a great family vacation destination, but it is worth checking off your bucket list for,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “Not to mention unequaled entertainment featuring the incredible and memorable musical icons of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s such as Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone or The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and with this year adding a Country Night for the first time, 28 years has never been younger.”

Whether a participant or a spectator, the ten days of Hot August Nights will surely zoom past.  To schedule your trip, visit the Hot August Nights event schedule. Here are a few great events that should not be missed:

Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson

For the participants who yearn for something more than to vicariously live through a classic car owner’s life, or for the seasoned car-collector wanting another set of keys, Barrett-Jackson will be holding three days of auctions at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.  From Thursday, July 31 – Saturday, August 2, buyers will bid on classics at the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.”  For ticketing information, and to view the docket of cars, visit Barrett-Jackson’s website.

Hot August Nights Autocross

To view smoking tires push the limits of hot rod racing, Hot August Nights Autocross at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center will provide the full experience, Thursday, July 31 to Saturday, August 2, from 9:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. Also at the Livestock Events Center is the traditional Swap Meet. This event features pre-1976 automotive parts, services and nostalgic items offered for sale by well over 700 vendors in 1500+ outdoor spaces as well as 250 covered spaces. Swap Meet attendees will also see well over 400 Collector Vehicles offered “For Sale” in the outdoor car corral that is adjacent to the swap area. No matter if you come for the cars, the competition, or the concession, this event will offer enough thrill for the entire family.  Racing and admission is free for Hot August Nights registered car participants, and if you’re not registered, the Autocross and Swap Meet Admission is $6 daily.

Hot August Nights Drag Race and Burnouts

From 6:00 P.M. until midnight, Wednesday, July 30 to Sunday, August 3, the stars of the streets will be racing down the track located at the Nugget in Sparks.  The modified drag strip at the Nugget offers the full race experience to street legal cars showcased at Hot August Nights.  Rivals will push the limits of their pre-1976 cars in order to get the best time, and as if pushing a classic car to the limit was not enough pressure, all the races will be done in front of a sea of spectators.  Admission for non-Hot August Nights registered participants is $10, and if you are a participant in Hot August Nights, you might need the drag race registration information!

Second Annual Barrett-Jackson Cup

The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine will display the best Hot August Nights cars in the streets of downtown Reno.  This showcase will kick-off on Wednesday, July 30 and last until Friday, August 1.  Cars will be parked from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on 4th Street just between Center and Sierra Street. This event will display impeccable show car creations, traveling masterpieces, and extremely rare one-of vehicles, making this a spectator must!

For more information on Hot August Nights visit the event website where you can find all of the daily happenings that will populate the Reno-Sparks area!

The 2014 Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour to Make a Splash (Or Two) at Sparks Marina

Starting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 28, the Pro Watercross Tour will be providing a weekend full of screaming engines and strong wakes at the Sparks Marina. Deemed as the “NASCAR of Watercross,” this high-adrenaline sport will leave spectators screaming as racers reach top speeds of 90 mph while racing around buoyed courses!

sparks_1The US Open of Watercross is the third stop on the Hydro-Turf Pro Watercross Tour. Top USA and International competitors and race teams will be in attendance.  These riders will utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology, and engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology and innovation on and off the water.

When the race is set, heavily modified watercrafts and their daring drivers will wait anxiously in the side-by-side gates. Upon command, the half-machine/half-man cyborgs will jolt to life as the opening gates release the racers to scream past the crowd at racing speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. High adrenaline leave the ringing memory of a great experience in your ear.

Witness the potential for history to be made on June 28, as the title for Guinness World Records “Most Consecutive Back Flips on a Personal Watercraft” will be attempted.  This trick-filled day will surely leave any age in awe.

Schedule your visit accordingly to get the best experience out of this full throttle event. For more information visit

Weekend Schedule of Events (Sparks Marina)

Saturday, June 28

9:15am              Practice session for racers

10:15am             Amateur racing begins

11:00am             Opening ceremony with prayer and national anthem, Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 1

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 1

11:40am             Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 1

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle – MOTO 1

1:00pm              Intermission – autograph session with pros

1:30pm              Racing continues, all classes

5:00pm              Racing ends for the day

7:00pm              Guinness World Record setting event (Sparks, NV only)

Sunday, June 29

9:15am              Amateur racing

11:00pm             Pro Runabout Open – MOTO 2

11:20am             Pro Ski GP – MOTO 2

11:40am             Pro Stock – MOTO 2

12:00pm             Pro Freestyle (finals)

1:00pm              Pro Runabout Open (finals) – MOTO 3

1:20pm              Pro Ski GP (finals) – MOTO 3

1:40pm              Pro Runabout Stock – MOTO 3

2:00pm              Amateur racing

4:00om              Awards ceremony

Need 2 Speed Go-Kart Race Track

Feeling a little cooped up this winter? Why not head to Need 2 Speed, Reno’s first indoor go-kart racing track. Housed in a 50,000 square foot space on Sierra Center Parkway, Need 2 Speed features a winding, curvy Grand Prix-style track and the carts can reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour!

The facility is completely climate-controlled so there are perfect conditions for racing all year long. Even the young ones can race in carts that are limited to 25 miles per hour, so it’s fun for the entire family.

Need 2 Speed offers memberships that save money on racing as well as being able to take advantage of special offers, and is planning on offering league racing and tournaments throughout the year. The facility also offers three party rooms for special events and also conference rooms for corporate meetings. Individuals and groups can also rent the entire facility for larger events and have complete access to the track and unlimited racing.

Judging by the big smiles on the faces of the people as they take off their helmets after a challenging race, Need 2 Speed is going to quickly become a very popular stop in Reno for a unique and fun racing experience!


Gear up for Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2013

Watch Brian Deegan and 125 other racers battle it out in 900 horsepower trucks, August 23-25, at Wild West Motorsports Park. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is a full contact MMA fight—on wheels!

Watch last year’s intensity on the track:


Saturday and Sunday, general admission tickets at the gate are $20/day, kids 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

Friday, Aug 23, is FREE to the public to watch the racers practice.

Advance tickets are available for purchase online for $20 plus a $2 processing fee.


The Pre-Race Party gears up at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 at Rum Bullions with live entertainment and the chance to win Friday Road Race ride and tickets to the VIP tent brought to you by Rockstar. And get set for a special autograph party with Corry Weller, the first female racer to compete in the Pro truck class, along with others like Austin Kimbrell, Rodrigo Ampudia, Ryan Beat, Aaron Daugherty, Jerry Daugherty, Justin Bean Smith, Ray Griffith, Mary Hart and more. Stick around for the final Miss Reno Off Road Race Girl competition at 8 p.m. The winner walks away with $2,000 and represents Lucas Oil, Rockstar and Silver Legacy at the race!

Hotel Discounts:

Silver Legacy: Book online with the special room rate to the Racers/friends/family and Fans: “LUCAS13”.

Circus Circus Reno: Book online with the special room rate to the Racers/friends/family and fans: “ILUCAS

Race Schedule

Friday, August 23 (free to the public)LOORRS 3


Pro 4 Practice

Pro Buggy Practice

Pro Lite Practice

Pro 2 Practice


Mod Kart Practice

Pro 4 Practice

Pro Buggy Practice

Pro Lite Practice

Pro 2 Practice


Mod Kart Practice

Lucas OilSaturday, August 24 (tickets $20)

9:00am – Gates open to the public

9:30am – Mod Kart Qualify

9:50am – Pro Lite Group 1 Qualify

10:10am – Pro Lite Group 2 Qualify

10:30am – Pro 4 Qualify

10:50am – Pro Buggy Qualify

11:10am – Pro 2 Qualify

12:15pm – Pro Lite Last Chance Qualifier

12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies

1:00pm – Mod Kart Race

1:30pm – Pro 4 Race

2:15pm – Pro Buggy Race

3:00pm – Pro Lite Race

3:45pm – Pro 2 Race

IMG_0009Sunday, August 25 (tickets $20)

9:00am – Gates open to the public

9:30am – Mod Kart Qualify

9:50am – Pro Lite Group 1 Qualify

10:10am – Pro Lite Group 2 Qualify

10:30am – Pro 4 Qualify

10:50am – Pro Buggy Qualify

11:10am – Pro 2 Qualify

12:15pm – Pro Lite Last Chance Qualifier

12:45pm – Opening Ceremonies

1:00pm – Mod Kart Race

1:30pm – Pro 4 Race

2:15pm – Pro Buggy Race

3:00pm – Pro Lite Race

3:45pm – Pro 2 Race

Dirt Live Off-Road Expo kicks off Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 race week

The 3-day Dirt Live Off-Road Expo kicks off Wednesday in downtown Reno during Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 race week

Something new in one of Nevada’s oldest cities debuts Wednesday – Friday in the heart of Reno as the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo launches the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 desert race week in Northern Nevada. Running from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, the inaugural Dirt Live Off-Road Expo will be the epicenter of Reno’s resort corridor. The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo will be a dazzling festival of desert racing with manufacturers, aftermarket companies, exotic race vehicles on display and food vendors mixing it up with racers, crews and fans amid the backdrop of the famed Virginia Street showcase of the “Biggest Little City in the World”. The surreal scene will be enhanced even more with the sounds of several styles of live music emanating from the Monster Energy Stage along with the sounds and sights of the Monster Energy LivFast Freestyle Mx and Ninja stunt teams performances on Thursday and Friday. Downtown Reno will come alive as HDRA Racetown USA when the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo brings together desert racers, off-road enthusiasts, and exhibitors for three exciting action-packed days.


Under the famous Virginia Street arch, the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo in the Northern Nevada gaming city will gather the competitors of the High Desert Racing Association, aficionados of desert racing, and enthusiasts of all kinds, in a summertime festival atmosphere around the Monster Energy Stage and in the BFGoodrich Tires Hospitality area.
The Dirt Live Off-Road Expo will combine the action and excitement of the Monster Energy Livfast Freestyle Motocross and two-wheel asphalt motorcycle stunt teams, and nationally known musical artists on the Monster Energy Stage, with award winning Eldorado Hotel Casino cuisine, famous Reno hospitality, contests, exhibits, and seminars for racers, fans, and enthusiasts.  There will also be celebrity/racer autograph sessions throughout the three days of the expo. Based in the Reno/Sparks area, the Monster Energy LivFast Freestyle Motorcycle stunt team will have four performances on both Thursday and Friday.


Event officials have announced that the hours on Wednesday at the expo on Virginia Street will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. while the extended hours on both Thursday and Friday will be 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Live coverage of the expo will also air on all three days on the Dirt LiveHD internet coverage broadcast at
Industry suppliers and manufacturers will be part of the Dirt Live Off-Road Expo’s unique brand engagement environment as the “Biggest Little City in the World” rolls out the red carpet for hardcore desert racers, motorcycle, rock crawling and other enthusiasts, from throughout northern California, Nevada, Arizona and the West. Helping the increase the enjoyment factor of the festivities for the three days will be a veritable truckload of photogenic Monster Energy Girls.


Additionally on Friday, the street will fill up with over 100 race trucks, race cars and race motorcycles as officials perform technical inspections for competition in the Eldorado HDRA Reno 500 desert race and the Reno Extreme AMA National Hare and Hound Series races the following day at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex.  The general public and race enthusiasts will mingle with racing officials, drivers, and teams to enjoy autograph sessions, photo opportunities, and more in the wide-open Virginia Street pit area.
A colorful addition to Friday’s contingency activities will be the Monster Energy HDRA Pit Crew Challenge to be held at 10:30 a.m. adjacent to the Monster Energy Stage at the intersection of 4th Street and Virginia Street.
Thursday and Friday, two short courses at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex will host enthusiasts, manufacturers, and suppliers, in continuous product and vehicle demonstrations, ride and drives and product reviews. Complimentary shuttle service between downtown Reno and the Tahoe Reno Motorplex will give the public and enthusiasts access as never before to the desert racing experience.


On the three days of the Expo both the Eldorado and Silver Legacy Hotels will have designated HDRA Pit Stop bars with beer and Monster Energy drink specials along with continuous video replay of the 2012 HDRA races.


The Dirt Live Expo will be groovin’ on Thursday and Friday at the Monster Energy Stage at the 4th street Plaza on Virginia Street with continuous high-energy musical entertainment. There will be Monster Energy DJs both days and four different bands will rock the house.
On Thursday, Weird Science will play from Noon to 3:30 p.m. followed by Steel Breeze from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday’s lineup will have Audio Box blaring from Noon to 3:30 p.m. followed by the intriguing sounds of the Unauthorized Rolling Stones from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


On Thursday the official HDRA Racetown USA pre-race party will be held at Rum Bullions inside the Silver Legacy from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will include a live DJ, Monster Energy drink specials, the Monster Energy Girls and Monster Energy swag giveaways for a variety of prizes including a Wide Open Excursions-Reno two-person, half day off-road excursion.


Wide Open Reno Off-Road Driving Adventures - (4)On Saturday it’s down to serious business as a twinbill is slated for the Tahoe Reno Motorplex, located 20 minutes east of downtown Reno at exit 32 (USA Parkway exit) on Interstate-80 as Round 3 of the 2013 HDRA Desert Series and Round eight of the AMA National Hare and Hound motorcycle series will run simultaneously.
Over 60 entries from a dozen U.S. States as well as Columbia, Mexico and New Zealand 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 will be open for 18 hours in the elapsed-time race, but the fastest vehicles are expected to finish in about seven hours.  Also at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex Saturday, starting at Noon will be motorcycles battling in the Reno Extreme, a six-hour endurance race.
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. One-price admission to enjoy both races is $10 per person.
RV and camping facilities are also available at the Tahoe Reno Motorplex. Fee is $20 per night, per camp site with designated viewing areas.
The featured Trophy Truck racing division for high-tech, 850 horsepower unlimited production trucks along with the unlimited Class 1 for open-wheel desert race cars and Class 10 for limited-engine open-wheelers will hold a special qualifying session over a short-section of the course at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday to determine their respective starting positions, by class. The starting grid for the other classes was determined by Tuesday night’s live drawing at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino.


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

Toyota Silver State Showdown Discounted Tickets

Discount Ticket TSSSThe Toyota Silver State Showdown by Fox Shox makes its first appearance to Northern Nevada on August 25-26.  In celebration of this new race, $5-off coupons for race days, as well as FREE entrance to the qualifying round on August 24, are available.

Print your discounted ticket, or go to the downtown Reno Visitors Center located at Reno eNVy (135 N Sierra St, Suite C) to pick up your coupon before they run out.

The Toyota Silver State Showdown is part of the celebrated Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, this short-course off road race has a permanent 4,500 seat grandstand so fans can see the entire intense door-to-door race action from their seat.  The event will take place at the new Wild West Motorsports Park, located east of Sparks on I-80 at the Mustang exit.


Seven new special events are being added to Reno Tahoe’s 2012 event lineup. Events include Symbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse, Dancers Extreme Challenge, Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival, Fireworks 500, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, Human Performance Project and Expedition Man. Reno Tahoe USA is a destination packed full of unique special events that draw in thousands of visitors each year, and these new adventures will add even more diversity to an already vast entertainment calendar.

1_symbiosis-logoSymbiosis Gathering Pyramid Eclipse features an epic lineup of artists, musicians and teachers, and invites the masses to gather on the remote desert shores of Pyramid Lake, where the central line of the annular solar eclipse will pass at 6:30 p.m. on May 20, 2012. The May 17-22 event honors the alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun with a celebration; including, live music, guest speakers and workshops on an array of topics, such as yoga and neurology.

From June 21-24, pro, intermediate and beginner dancers from across the nation come together on the southwest shores of Pyramid Lake for Dancers Extreme Challenge. Featuring a 5,000 sq. ft. dance floor on the lake front, this complete, packaged experience includes: a Survivor style team competition, water volleyball, bon fires, and all-you-can eat breakfast, lunch and dinners.

Beach Sports FestivalSparks Marina is set to host the Sparks Xtreme Beach Sports Festival from June 30 – July 1, where the EVP Volleyball Tour and UWP Watercross Tour will combine for the first time on the west coast. Both events are the largest of their kind in country, featuring hundreds of All-American athletes going head-to-head in pro volley ball action on the beach and high-speed race action on the water.

Fireworks 500, July 1-8, features nine days of action packed events: qualifying races; performances by the Monster Freestyle MX Team, featuring X-Game and Ninja Stunt Team riders; race car displays; autograph signing; and, live entertainment. On July 7, racers take to the desert at the Reno Tahoe Motorplex, off Interstate-80 Exit 32, for a thrilling 500-mile race – the longest off-road race in the United States.

The inaugural Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 30 – August 19, is a celebration of the arts. Masterpieces of classical music will be performed by instrumentalists from The New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, with live theatre and fine art presented by The Nevada Museum of Art. This celebration art and culture will be enjoyed under the tall pines, and alongside the crystal blue water, of Tahoe’s North Shore.

Presenting hundreds of athletes competing in over 15 different sports, The Human Performance Project is the most diverse display of athletics in the country. Held at the Grand Sierra Resort from August 23-26, competitors face off in Olympic, mixed martial arts, bodybuilding, outdoor and action sport categories.

3177724639_fa1b91e0caExpedition Man, August 25, is Northern Nevada’s first Ultra Distance Triathlon, traversing a 194.2 mile course from South Lake Tahoe to the Legends at Sparks Marina. Participants begin with a brisk swim in beautiful Zephyr Cove Lake Tahoe, followed by a challenging bike course through Carson City into Reno, culminating with three fast out-and-backs around the Sparks Marina.

Reno Tahoe USA is home to more than 290-days of special events. For more information, see the full Special Events Calendar at

Get Away to Reno Tahoe with these Amazing Deals

4685907036_cd6bcde543Whether you’re planning your next vacation to Reno Tahoe, or you’re a local in need of a stay-cation, you will love these incredible deals.


Coming for a Special Event? Save with one of the many hotels who offer event packages! To name a few, John Ascuaga’s Nugget has packages for Street Vibrations and the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has packages for Thunder From Down Under.

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Maybe a romantic stay in the Biggest Little City with that significant other is more what you’re looking for? If so, these generous offers from the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino will sweep you off your feet. Take advantage of these dueling discounts on everything you need for a sizzling stay; including, your room, dinner, chocolate covered strawberries and couples massage.

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Recover from a brain freeze after scarfing down a waffle cone, play in the arcades, or hit the slopes with these unique packages designed for families.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino We are Family Package

Circus Circus Vacation Ski and Midway Package


Eldorado Hotel Casino is offering room packages for those looking to see one of their hit shows Peter Pan or Hairspray!


Lake Tahoe is a pristine vacation destination where you can enjoy your favorite summer or winter activities among the beautiful surroundings of crystal clear water, towering pine trees and the often snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains. From kayaking and paddle boarding to skiing and spa treatments, there are endless savings in Tahoe.

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With an abundance of world-class ski resorts and unsurpassed conditions, Reno Tahoe is one of the most sought-after winter sports destinations on the globe. Now combine our excellent skiing/snowboarding with the pleasure of staying at the luxurious Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and you’re in for a getaway you’ll never forget.  Experience it for yourself with these great ski packages that will get you on the slopes without breaking the bank.

Peppermill Calderium - SpaFrom weekend getaways to week-long retreats, the possibilities for a great time are endless in Reno-Tahoe. Here are few more deals to make your trip even better:

Grand Sierra Resort Golf Packages

Eldorado Hotel Casino Extended Stay Packages

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Wine and Dine Package

Written by, Cody Haener

Stampede Bringing Horsepower to Reno This Weekend


The 2nd annual Torchmate Ultra4 Reno Stampede race will be held this week on September 10 and 11 at Exit 28 Motorsports just outside of Reno, Nevada. There will be multiple parties and events for fans and drivers throughout the week at both Exit 28 Motorsports and the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. The unlimited 4 wheel drive vehicles known as Ultra4 cars have already begun descending upon Reno.  For those that haven’t seen an Ultra4 race in person, this is a great opportunity to see extreme horsepower at its finest. These cars are capable of speeds in excess of 100 MPH and are able to traverse some of the most treacherous rocky terrain, and this year’s race features a brand new short course section to watch these powerful vehicles soar through the air.

The Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede was created by the founders of King of The Hammers, which is regularly referred to as “the hardest one day off-road race in the world.” With more than 120 miles of brutal course laid out and only 8 hours to finish, The Torchmate Reno Stampede will prove to be just as hard, if not harder than this year’s King of The Hammers. Only 19 of 50 cars finished The Stampede last year and this year’s race is nearly double the miles. This weekend’s race will definitely test the limits of both Ultra4 cars and their drivers.

Some of the biggest names in Ultra4 Racing will be on hand this weekend, including this year’s King of The Hammers winner and current Ultra4 Series leader, Monster Energy’s Shannon Campbell and Torchmate Racing’s JT Taylor and Jesse Haines. Last year’s King of the Hammers winner, Loren Healy,  and Aussie Ben Napier who is currently 2nd in the 2011 Ultra4 series will also be racing this weekend.

Spectators will have their choice of viewing areas. Exit 32’s spectator area offers a short course section, views of the valley for high-speed racing and live action in the pits and concession areas. Exit 28 offers the gnarly rock crawl section known as Giant’s Throne where many spectators saw tons of carnage and rollovers at last year’s event. Spectators are encouraged to bring camp chairs and binoculars and will be able to travel between the two spectator areas. Admission is free on Friday for qualifying rounds and $20 for adults, and $10 for children on Saturday.  Fans will be able to save $5 on admission if they purchase their tickets Friday during the qualifying rounds!4988256658_7689482a7f_o

The World’s Best Arenacross Racers Return this February

ArenacrossHigh intensity, bar-to-bar dirt-bike racing at its finest returns to Reno with the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series during its annual visit to the Livestock & Events Center Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19. Tickets for the longest-running round on the series that has affectionately become known as “ArenOcross” are on sale now at and the Livestock & Events Center box office beginning Monday, February 14.

Hundreds of the best Arenacross riders from around the globe will compete for their chance to be one of just 32 riders to make a pair of 16-rider main events in the AMA Arenacross and AMA Arenacross Lites classes. The national series travels throughout the country to several of the most renowned arenas in the United States, bringing in 150 truckloads of dirt to sculpt a man-made dirt battleground. Technical obstacles, close competition and impressive airtime combine to create one of the most unique spectacles in the sporting world.

Anything can and does happen in Arenacrossand the man left standing atop the podium at the end of the night with the coveted trophy will have earned his prize. Defending champion Josh Demuth leads a highly talented group of riders hungry to defeat him in his bid to claim a fourth AMA Arenacross Series title.

Last season at the Biggest Little City in the World, the AMA Arenacross Series’ two winningest riders of the 2010 season, Demuth and his Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLube Kawasaki and teammate Tyler Bowers, traded wins over two nights. The pair’s dominance at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center further establish the duo as the pair to beat for the coveted title. 

The AMA ArenacrossSeries is fun for the whole family! The always popular track walk and post-race autograph session gives an opportunity for fans of all ages to get up close and personal with the stars of Arenacross and get a coveted autograph from some of the best riders in the world.

 Don’t miss the chance to check out a truly memorable experience!

Kid’s seats are just $7! Adult admission is just $20!  Tickets are available at the Livestock & Events Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

For more information on the AMA Arenacross Series log on to

-Brandon Short