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ULTRA4 National Championships

More than 100 of the same vehicles that compete at King of The Hammers will be rolling into Reno Tahoe, October 17-18! The course combines technical rock obstacles with short course racing, showcasing the four-wheel drive capabilities of all the ULTRA4 classes. Seating provides excellent views of the entire course to enjoy the dynamic race action.

20141014_134854Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, for the very first time, northern Nevada will play host to the Nitto Tires ULTRA4 National Championships. Over 100 pro race drivers from all over the country will be competing in the ultimate off-road race for a $10,000 purse and to be crowned the ULTRA4 National Champion. The event will take place at the Wild West Motorsports Park just east of Sparks. The event is expected to be packed with fans!

Be sure to bring remote controlled cars for your young ones! Track designers have created a mini-track for kids to race their own remote controlled cars against one other. The track is similar to the real thing – with rocks, jumps and tight turns.

View the complete event schedule and buy tickets here.

Lucas Oil adds second race at Wild West Motorsports Park

The Wild West Motorsports Park will host two Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events this summer, showcasing northern Nevada as a premier racing site and giving fans double the action!

LOORS_Driver Facebook Graphics_40428The Lucas Oil Series announced that Wild West Motorsports Park will host weekend races May 30-31 in addition to the race planned for Aug. 22-23. This is the third year in a row Wild West Motorsports Park has hosted a Lucas Oil Off Road Race and the first time there has been two races in one season.

Fans have come to enjoy watching Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath, Carl Renezeder, Rodrigo Ampudia and the top racers of the sport reach speeds of 90 MPH and jump 100-plus feet through the air in 900 horsepower trucks.

One of the newest plans for both races is the addition of lights and nighttime racing. It goes back back to old-school Friday and Saturday night racing that happened all across our country. It’s a whole new experience watching the action under the lights.

Wild West Motorsports Park is located only 10 minutes east from downtown Reno.

Off-Road Racing Mecca of the West

JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park to host Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree July 14-19, 2014

A new kind of special event is coming to Northern Nevada this summer. In July, JA Nugget, the City of Sparks and Wild West Motorsports Park will host 4-wheel and off-road racers from all over the Western Region at the first Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree, July 14-19, 2014.

Slide20Just imagine what can happen when a specialty off-road racing vehicle boasts a 6-foot vertical surface climbing ability, coupled with 500 horsepower and speeds well over 100 mph.

“With space for unlimited motorized recreational activities and hotel rooms to accommodate off-road racers and enthusiasts, Sparks is uniquely positioned to become the off-road and 4-wheel racing mecca of the West,” said Jeff Knoll, Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree Organizer.

A former producer of the popular King of the Hammers event in California, Knoll studied the area carefully before selecting Sparks to host the Silver State 4WD & UTV Jamboree. Participants will be provided with a host of recreational opportunities that highlight Northern Nevada. Fly fishing or floating the Truckee River, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, photography, UTV and 4WD trail riding are examples of the types of recreation available in the area. This event has nightlife, with OHV themed parties scheduled for most evenings in the Nugget Casino.

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In addition to racing at the Wild West Motorsports Park, Northern Nevada is close to two of the West’s most famous off-road trails, The Rubicon and Fordyce Creek Trail. Both are located within an hour of Reno-Sparks.

Motorized recreation, coupled with Northern Nevada’s hospitality industry, make the Silver State 4 Wheel and Off-Road Jamboree a unique opportunity to build an off-road event like no other.  Finally, an event the whole family can enjoy. Relax at the spa, have a drink poolside, take a Jeep or UTV trip, float the river, or just enjoy Nevada style gaming, this event offers the perfect summer vacation.

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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

Motocross Superstars Truck Their Way into Reno Tahoe

Three of motocross’ most celebrated and daring athletes are coming to Reno Tahoe! They’re trading in their 250cc dirt bikes for 900 horsepower trucks at the Toyota Silver State Showdown by Fox Shox, on August 25-26. Don’t miss your chance to watch Brian Deegan, Jeremy McGrath and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg  go head to head (or should we say door to door) in high-flying, off-road action.

Brian Deegan

deeganBeginning his career at the age of 17, Brian Deegan is the most decorated freestyle motocross rider in the sport’s history with an impressive 13 X Games medals. In addition to dominating the sport, he also holds the distinction of being the only rider to compete in every X Games, and was the first rider to land a 360 on a motorcycle, or as he call it, the “Mulitia Twist.” Branching out into new territory, Deegan set his sights on racing short course trucks, which will be his vehicle of choice at the brand new Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno Tahoe this August. So far he has won both Lucas Oil Pro 2 Unlimited and Pro Lite Unlimited Championships, was Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year in Pro 2 Unlimited, and the 2011 Lucas Oil Driver of the Year.

Jeremy McGrath

Crowned as the “King of Supercross,” Jeremy McGrath is a legend on two wheels. He won an unprecedented 72 Motocross main events and seven Supercross championships between 1993 and 2000; ushering in what would be known as the “McGrath Era.” Along with all of his championships, McGrath was also featured in his own line of video games, and in 2003 he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. While he might be done racing Supercross, he’s taking his love of racing to the world of off-road trucks as a member of the Monster Energy Team.

Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg

You’d be hard pressed to find another dirt bike rider with as much natural talent as Jeremy Stenberg – better known as Twitch. Riding since the age of two, Twitch has become one of the most recognizable figures in the world of freestyle motocross, boasting 8 X Games medals. Those victories have come with a price though. Along with an X Games gold medal in 2011, he left with a shattered right heel, crushed vertebra and a broken tibia after a jump went wrong during the Speed and Style competition. But it’s going to take more than a few broken bones to slow this guy down as he jumps in the driver seat of his short course truck. He’s already conquered the SuperLite class during the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road series, which earned him the Rookie of the Year award, and now he’s ready to thrown down with Deegan and McGrath in the Pro 2 Unlimited Series at the Toyota Silver State Showdown!


Tickets are available at Prices range from $10 – $30 for a single day pass, and $15 – $50 for a weekend pass.