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Editorial

Isn't it about time for...DRUG TESTING!
Not for the racers, for the ORGANIZERS

How could the 2015 race disaster and the 2016 reverse dyke jump (among others) happen? 

Are they on drugs? Is there simply so much MONEY flowing into their hands, that they can't keep up with the simple requirements of a safe, sane and 'sporting' event?

The future of desert recreation access demands the attention of the public on these critical matters.

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"Incident A: Racer rolled at mile marker 57
Incident B: Racer was found dead in his car at mile marker 66 of an apparent heart attack
Incident C: Racer endoed at mile marker 30 was found unconcious, but rescue workers quickly revived him.....

Just the facts so we don't have to speculate....



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Editorial - The MINT 400 Race
WEATHERMAN EXCLUDED FROM RACE SUPPORT!

Yes, you heard this correctly! Bob claims he was willfully excluded from supporting the race activities.

If true, this is another serious breach of safety protocol for the "Best In The Desert" racing association. From now on we'll call this association, the "Richest In The Desert".

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Editorial - The Mint 400 Race
Feigning Ignorance & The Results Scams

Back-To-Back-To-Back SCAMS

We are now looking at a series of race year scams with the BITD Mint400 race results!

After the 2015 race disaster, a behind the scenes strategy was engaged to change the format of the theMint400race. The racers were not contacted to 'work the details' on the changes that took place during the 2016 event.

The only racer who took part in the one public discussion about the subject was Cameron Steele. So, the abortion we witnessed at Primm on Saturday, was the result of Casey Folks being the lead and Matt and Cameron brainstorming the event race format.

They didn't know about the dyke jump? No, it just wasn't that important. What WAS important was fitting as many entries into Saturday as possible. Next, getting the Trick Truck overall winner, to finish prior to the days sunlight to have gone over the hill. Why? To shoot the TV show.  


The main problem is that these events have now become more about the TV-Show productions and less about the sportmanship of the race results.

Back-to-back? Lofton didn't even 'WIN' last years event! He MAY have won this one, but now alas, we'll never know!

NO PEER REVIEW WAS PROVIDED FOR THIS RACE!

"No one knows who really won this race". Robby Gordon, last years first loser. MINT 400 2015

As was true of last years event, this year there is no race review, whatsoever. OK, we're alright with the 'Mad Max' format. First one across the finish line, wins, as long as you're on the 'presenters' tires!

But, be aware desert racing community, this is not sport. Merely recreation. Any claims of this activity being sport, are wrong.

Luckily for the promoter, Andy McMillin who was handed second place, obviously is NOT hungry enough. He's got a MINT win already.

Anyone else would not have accepted the unsportsmanlike and unprofessional way this finish was handled.

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Continuing Racer Reaction Reporting
 

Racer Rick Johnson: "We won't be doing anymore Grand Prix finish races or the Mint 200 anymore unless something changes. The race  just isn't what it used to be."

Racer Bryan Freeman Said this morning: "The ONLY thing this EVENT is missing is 400 of kick you in the nuts, rough, nasty, rocky, silty, pissing blood, sore for days miles Finishing this race isn't the feat it once was.....its now on par with finishing the old Primm 300 race. I don't blame anyone for the wussification of the MINT 400, this day in (and) age with land management obstacles it is 10x more difficult to create courses that are worthy of the Mint labeling. It's a bummer that its this way, and makes me more appreciative of being able to have competed in this race when it was 400 miles of hell."

Keyboarder WannaBe Todd from El Cajon

"I guess they could add a lap and actually go 400+ miles, that would make it tougher. But lets not kid ourselves the Mint is for the most part the same as the Score Primm 300, but with a famous name and with tons of hype and marketing behind it." 

Bill Woodward (Who was working with the BLM behind the scenes during this race) Said (3-15) today:
"The backdoor sale that screwed SNORE over is just that, over. I do have concern that if you bring all this hype and attention to the public about our sport. Distribute the revenue to make sure that something does not happen to get us shut down or more constraints. If more money needs to be spent to make this safer (a 2 day event) so that a TT does not ACCIDENTLY kill a couple racers in a utv, 1600 TL etc. in the dust. I seen it almost happen more than once. Being that this new technology , weight and speed of these advanced vehicles is the reason for having to change how races are ran I think its their wallet that should cover it. Not the slower vehicles in lower classes. Also giving them less time to race or shorter miles is also not the answer. Oh one more thing. I am glad that Casey and MM have the Mint. It was supposed to go to Roger."*

*More on these points, later...



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Proof: Overall winning times from the course on the north end of town.
2009: 8:27:35 (Andy McMillin)
2010: 8:37:29 (Roger Norman)
2011: 8:30:37 (BJ Baldwin)

Overall winning times from the course in Primm.
2012: 6:05:54 (Robby Gordon)
2013: 6:19:59 (Bryce Menzies)
2014: 6:14:29 (Andy McMillin/Steve Sourapas)
2015: 5:57:38 (Justin Lofton)
2016: 5:36:10 (Justin Lofton) 


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RACE FALL-OUT CONTINUES!
Sunday, March 13, 2016

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BITD Blows the donkey

Golf Carts gifted finishes at the MINT! Time was running out during the second race, Casey announced 'just cross', you get a compete 'finish'. Lots of changes to make room for the Trick Trucks in the second race.

All in an attempt to get the overall winner Trick Truck to cross the finish and get to the podium, before all the light was gone for the TV show shooting!
 
So many mistakes at this years MINT, BITD runs in the opposite direction from last years MINT, BITD runs the 'dyke jump' as racers blow the jump and run headlong into the concrete block wall! DOH! 
 

In the race carnage headlines this morning CLICK HERE

More BITD Race Rescue Comments:

Funny how only OFF-ROAD LIVE! keeps material like this public, as a priority! 
Why doesn't the 'community'? Money Baby!

"I mentioned in the injury thread that there was some things we saw on the 1035 car that caused us to wonder how the injuries to the Driver had occurred. While we are continuing to gather information on what specifically broke in the car, we do know a little more about the crash and injuries sustained. I have been in contact with the car owner as well as the driver several times this week and they are anxious as well to determine the causes.

The 1035 car was approaching mile 58 on the course. The for an unknown reason rolled in an end over end crash that then transitioned to a barrel roll striking down on the drivers side and then coming to rest on their roof. The co-driver believes they rolled 3 times. there was a small fire once the car was inverted that was extinguished by other racers that were disabled at the same location.

The driver lost consciousness during the rollover.

Rescue crews made the determination to fly him to UMC in Las Vegas. He was released late that evening with a partial C7 fracture with no deficits. He is recovering at home.
Initial look at the helmet showed the helmet was cracked all the way through and the internal padding was crushed showing significant impact. This was a relatively new and current certified helmet. The helmet did not fail in anyway and the damage while significant shows that it did its job.

[Pictures LOADING of the crazy broken helmet]

The helmet damage was not from roll bar impact and instead was from impact with the ground outside the vehicle. From the front looking on at the car once it was up righted, you could see that both seats had shifted to the drivers side approximately 4 to 5 inches from center allowing the drivers side seat to actually stick outside the race vehicle. These were high quality Sparco seats on a experienced chassis fabricator. There was also a broken tube in the drivers door section indicating a very significant impact to that side of the Chassis.

What we are working with the team on to understand is a few things:

How are the seats mounted and what kind of tabs are used on the seat and chassis.

How are the belts mounted? BITD has become a SFI member this year. Seat belt mounting is one of the items that our tech department is working with racers to make sure they are compliant with. SFI mounting is very detailed and tested. We are also looking at the window nets also.
Anyway - That is what is going on with this crash as I know many asked and were curious. I believe that sharing knowledge like this allows everyone to look at their cars and always try and build the better mousetrap!"


"My Mint 400
No matter how many events my team does throughout the year, The Mint 400 is by far the biggest of them all for us. Planning for every Mint 400 race begins exactly one year previous at the previous race on what we can do to improve responses and help for racers, crews, spectators and staff.

This year was no different. A year ago we learned a few things that could make our responses better. A few things that would improve patient care and certainly a few things that could improve communication between operations, medical staff, responders and crews / families involved in any major incident. See just like any successful race team, planning and preparation put you in a position to give your best.

Motorsports Safety Solutions had 18 of our members volunteer for the day as well as 2 medics from American Medical Response and 4 more responders from Sundance Safety on stand by all over the course. This in addition to numerous retrieval vehicles and Best in the Desert staff meant that people were in place every few miles on the course to deal with just about anything that could occur.

For me personally, the morning started with looking at a few areas and trying to anticipate how we would deal with the massive crowds that were expected to attend. How could we ensure the best safety for everyone while maintaining the Great American Race experience? We also take a very active role in assisting Best in the Desert staff in anyway we can. From staging to crowd and traffic control.

Race number 1 – We have a start to The Mint 400
Starting just after dawn, the limited classes started their race. 220 vehicles left the line to tackle the course. After everyone was off the line, we adjusted a few things for spectator areas and got ready for the field to return to the Primm area.

A brief down time allowed me to head north and check on all our teams. We go to help a broke UTV get going and tow a disabled 10 car out to meet his team. Watched a few cars move down the course and spend time visiting with a few people out there support the race.

We headed back to Primm to get ready for race #2. Race #2 is the unlimited classes. 110 of the greatest off road racers climbed into their machines and readied for war on the desert and each other.

We have a Code Red…

Race mile 58 the 1035 car rolled and needed medical assistance. On scene in minutes, one of our teams assessed the situation and requested air transport for one of the occupants. Additional teams including myself converged on the area to assist. After being transported, we got the course cleared and assisted in clearing out numerous other disabled vehicles in the area before the freight train of Unlimited Vehicles would arrive in the area.

Returning to Primm as the Unlimited were completing lap one and starting lap 2, we stationed at the infamous Dyke Jump and got to watch some racing. A cloud of dust and a call on the radio alerted us to a rollover in which a Class 1500 rolled after landing the jump and striking the wall. Getting him turned over, and course clear in a less than a minute we then started on helping race car after race car in the Primm area. Rollovers, mechanical failures and stuck vehicles, The Mint 400 started to take its toll.

A few minutes later another driver needed our assistance. Being knocked unconscious in a rollover, a class 1500 racer needed transport with back and neck pain.

As the first finishers started coming through we were able to hear on the radio that Justin Lofton took the win. A big kudos to him and his team on a back to back of the Mint 400 victories. Was great to see for sure.

High point of the day for sure was seeing the Alexander Motorsports 6100 car finish strong last night with Ryan Hancock behind the wheel, and Jordan Poole on his right hand side the way it was supposed to be last year. It has been a hell of a year for these two, their team and their family. I think crossing the finish line was the biggest healing moment of the last 12 months. Not that it matters much compared to what they went through, but I know I it made me feel better.

Low point came as one of my team members resigned from my team at the end of the day as a result of how the spectators treated him while he was trying to keep people back at a safe distance. I demand of my team that we help in every way possible for any promoter that we are honored to serve. If that is crowd control, security officer or even trash man, then that is what we will do. I respect his decision as what we do is obviously not for everyone.

While a couple racers went to the hospital, word is they are released and recovering and that is the most important to me and my amazing team at the end of the day.""



First, the race rescue directors comment on just some of the 'incidents' "
"Ok - So we had 2 patients that were transported in separate incidents on the course. Both are stable and have been released from University Medical Center.

In the first incident, we flew a class 1000 driver by medical helicopter. and in the second, a class 1500 co-driver was transported by ground ambulance.

I was in contact with families / crew as late as midnight and both appear they will be fine. Once all the dust settles, we will give some more information as I believe there is something to be learned in the class 1000 crash that we may want to work with tech directors and car builders to improve for the future


Another comment on another code red MINT 400 incident, "My teammates were first on sight of the 10 car crash. Thankfully he is doing okay now bc it was a pretty terrifying situation on hand when they saw the car crash, flames and an unconscious occupant."

David Nehrbass, BITD Race Rescue Director



Robby Hendrickson lays down the Heavy Smack Down for this event!

"The sport learned at Battle at primm a few years ago that we should NOT be going off the dyke jump in that direction. I guess BITD did not get the memo. This has happened before. And will happen again if we race that way. We should be going away from the apartments not into them. Lesson learned. Again. Hope everyone is ok." 


Here are the UnOfficial Pronouncements

"After the first lap Starkey held on to the lead both physically and on corrected time, but that would soon change as they got deeper into the race. Going out on lap 2 Starkey had a 2 and a half minute lead on next fastest 1072 Keith Waibel and looked to try and increase that lead going forward, but there was another racer pushing from behind.

 #2405 Nick Carloan had his work cut out for him if he was going to try and win the overall of the limited race because his class, while similar to a Class 1000, had to start behind them. With 35 1000 cars in the race he would have to push hard to get to the front, but thats exactly what he did. By the middle of lap two Carloan had only Starkey, Geoffrey Cooley and TJ Tuls (who was now leading physically) in front of him and by the end of the lap was only 5 seconds behind on corrected time.

The third lap was all Carloan as he kept increasing his time lead mile by mile, and in the end finished with a time of 6 hours and 9 minutes, almost 4 minutes faster then the next racer Starkey in the 1067 car.

Hard battles were fought all morning in the limited race with Brad Wilson winning Class 1100, Kevin Smith in Class 2000, Todd Jackson winning Trophylite, Skylar Gambrell in Jeepspeed, and the 7196 truck of Khris Kading taking the overall win in the 2 lap morning race. All classes in the morning, including the Vintage classes put on a great show to lead up to the unlimited race.

 Just as the leaders for the morning race were finishing big boys started to leave the line kicking off the unlimited race at 12:30pm. Since Justin Lofton laid down the fastest qualifying time he had the privilege of starting first off the line solo. As we know from previous races and the limited race earlier in the day, starting first doesn’t always mean the fastest vehicle on time.

Lofton held the lead physically going into the second lap but it was Jason Voss who lead on time, only 16 seconds ahead of Rob MacCachren. Bryce Menzies, Lofton, Lalo Laguna, Jesse Jones, and Andy McMillin were all within a minute thirty of each other so it was still game on. By the end of lap two Menzies had moved into the lead but MacCachren now had the lead on time. Primm is both racers backyard so it would take a mistake by one of them for the other to take the lead.

 The third lap is always the most challenging for the Trick Trucks because the course is beat up, nasty, and you have to deal with the dust and lapped traffic. Menzies starting having mechanical problems that eventually led to a DNF and let Lofton regain the physical lead. MacCachren also starting having a few issues which caused him to fall back some. 

At about the halfway point on the final lap Lofton led Andy McMillin by roughly two and a half minutes. Andy said, “Knowing we needed to make up quite a bit of time, I put the pedal down and let it all hang out.” In the last 50 miles of the race McMillin was able to take back almost two minutes on time, but when all was said and done Justin Lofton was crowned the 2016 Polaris RZR Mint 400 Presented by BFGoodrich Overall

 
Jason Voss finished off the podium with Brett Sourapas and BJ Baldwin rounding out the top 5 overall and in Trick Truck.
Cody Parkhouse of Long Beach, California took top honors in Class 1500, covering three laps in 5 hours, 56 minutes 42 seconds, beating out second place Sam Baldi by slightly more than five minutes, according to unofficial results. Scott Bailey took third place, crossing the finish line 14 seconds after Baldi.


Class 6100 with a huge field of 30 trucks had some great battles as well with Parker 425 winner Alex Gonzales leading on time the majority of the race, but Christian Sourpuss would end up taking the win overtaking the lead on the last lap.
Troy Messer took home the win in 7200, grabbing the lead halfway through the race and never looking back beating Dallas Luttrell of TSA Motorsports by just under 4 minutes."

"Justin Lofton powered his Ford Trick Truck to a second consecutive Mint 400 win earlier today, besting some serious competition and clocking three laps in 5 hours, 36 minutes and 10 seconds, according to unofficial results released by Best in the Desert.

Justin "Lofton and his No. 41 truck beat out second place finisher Andy McMillin in the No. 31 Ford by nearly 42 seconds. McMillin, who won the race in 2014, has just returned to a full season of racing. Jason Voss, also piloting a Ford Trick Truck, claimed third place, taking the checkered flag in 5 hours, 43 minutes and 30 seconds. 

Cody Parkhouse of Long Beach, California took top honors in Class 1500, covering three laps in 5 hours, 56 minutes 42 seconds, beating out second place Sam Baldi by slightly more than five minutes, according to unofficial results. Scott Bailey took third place, crossing the finish line 14 seconds after Baldi."

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RaceDay, Saturday March 12, 2016
FINISH LINE DRAMA

At 6:18PM the race promoter calls Justin Lofton the winner. If I was Andy, I'd call for a recount, FO-SHO!

Literally, within minutes of crossing the finish line, both first and second place were determined by the promoter. In a race result that was concluded to be a matter of seconds, splitting the winner and loser, took just minutes.


6PM *Lofton at RM 104 Over 100mph, thru traffic, being held up by lapped traffic

*Parkhouse on the side of the course, stopped!

5:35PM Lofton at RM 70 LEADING NOW!
*Andy McMillin in second, physical positions.

5:25PM Race BreakOut?! Andy McMillin and Justin Lofton ROARING INTO THE FINISH!

Civil Twilight
6:11 PM PST
Nautical Twilight
6:41 PM PST
Astronomical Twilight
7:11 PM PST


5:00PM On time Menzies at RM 55, Rob Mac, McMillin leading through Lap 3 of 3. Menzies having steering issues.

First 'Limiteds' race started at 6:05AM
Second 'Unlimited' race will start apprx. 12:20 PM
All vehicles (118 racers total) Started at 12:40 PM

#8136 first two lap finisher, #7196 second two lap finisher.  All vehicles (220 racers total) Started by 6:56AM



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QUALIFYING RESULTS








1Lofton
41
00:04:50.913
49.50

2Andy Mcmillin
31
00:04:52.076
49.30
+00:00:01.163
3Menzies
70
00:04:52.298
49.26
+00:00:01.385
4Jones
76
00:04:52.504
49.23
+00:00:01.591
5Matney
4
00:04:53.669
49.03
+00:00:02.756
6Voss
35
00:04:54.289
48.93
+00:00:03.376
7Sproule
65
00:04:55.942
48.66
+00:00:05.029
8Maccachren
11
00:04:56.331
48.59
+00:00:05.418
9Dean
1575
00:04:56.588
48.55
+00:00:05.675
10Parkhouse
1501
00:04:57.143
48.46
+00:00:06.230
Griffith
1553
00:04:58.483
48.24
+00:00:07.570
Daniel
90
00:04:58.545
48.23
+00:00:07.632
Berri
1549
00:04:58.904
48.18
+00:00:07.991
Laguna
17
00:04:59.114
48.14
+00:00:08.201
Nelson
47
00:04:59.374
48.10
+00:00:08.461
Poelman
62
00:05:00.023
48.00
+00:00:09.110
Brett Sourapas
88
00:05:00.298
47.95
+00:00:09.385
Steele
16
00:05:01.160
47.82
+00:00:10.247
Luke Mcmillin
83
00:05:01.563
47.75
+00:00:10.650
Davis
1585
00:05:02.528
47.60
+00:00:11.615
Cole Potts
60
00:05:03.434
47.46
+00:00:12.521
Thompson
1590
00:05:03.595
47.43
+00:00:12.682
Hutchins
1527
00:05:04.055
47.36
+00:00:13.142
Baldwin
97
00:05:04.298
47.32
+00:00:13.385
Adler
1510
00:05:06.418
46.99
+00:00:15.505
Mcdowell
1572
00:05:06.602
46.97
+00:00:15.689
Tuls
13
00:05:06.729
46.95
+00:00:15.816
Stacy
5
00:05:07.299
46.86
+00:00:16.386
Ruane
12
00:05:07.461
46.84
+00:00:16.548
Swift
28
00:05:07.465
46.83
+00:00:16.552
Olliges
27
00:05:07.664
46.80
+00:00:16.751
Dan Mcmillin
23
00:05:08.389
46.69
+00:00:17.476
Whelchel
37
00:05:08.842
46.63
+00:00:17.929
Lecompte
1545
00:05:11.470
46.23
+00:00:20.557
Chase
1595
00:05:13.569
45.92
+00:00:22.656
Nuckles
48
00:05:13.853
45.88
+00:00:22.940
Keysar
1520
00:05:14.971
45.72
+00:00:24.058
Bailey
1529
00:05:15.225
45.68
+00:00:24.312
Shields
1576
00:05:17.941
45.29
+00:00:27.028
Whipple
95
00:05:18.207
45.25
+00:00:27.294
Rockhill
1566
00:05:18.790
45.17
+00:00:27.877
Strobel
94
00:05:19.505
45.07
+00:00:28.592
Leduc
43
00:05:19.547
45.06
+00:00:28.634
Adam Householder
24
00:05:19.873
45.02
+00:00:28.960
Vest
46
00:05:19.972
45.00
+00:00:29.059
Pierce
30
00:05:20.819
44.89
+00:00:29.906
Lunn
53
00:05:20.842
44.88
+00:00:29.929
Jake Johnson
1546
00:05:22.206
44.69
+00:00:31.293
Trim
99
00:05:22.396
44.67
+00:00:31.483
Tim Herbst
19
00:05:24.081
44.43
+00:00:33.168
Baldi
1542
00:05:24.488
44.38
+00:00:33.575
Murray
1509
00:05:25.731
44.21
+00:00:34.818
Robert Johnston
54
00:05:25.859
44.19
+00:00:34.946
Walker
1589
00:05:27.530
43.97
+00:00:36.617
Mills
81
00:05:28.237
43.87
+00:00:37.324
Hardin
79
00:05:28.342
43.86
+00:00:37.429
Romano
33
00:05:29.836
43.66
+00:00:38.923
Hustead
38
00:05:29.955
43.64
+00:00:39.042
Pedersen
75
00:05:31.145
43.49
+00:00:40.232
Vicic
1550
00:05:31.708
43.41
+00:00:40.795
Gruber
1548
00:05:35.775
42.89
+00:00:44.862
Householder
1539
00:05:38.601
42.53
+00:00:47.688
Gilbert
1562
00:05:42.541
42.04
+00:00:51.628
Etter
1560
00:05:45.167
41.72
+00:00:54.254
Brown
1536
00:05:59.810
40.02
+00:01:08.897
Mccarthy
1647
00:06:22.211
37.68
+00:01:31.298


PIT CREW CHALLENGE RESULTS


Menzies Motorsports in Trick Truck defeated Strobel Motorsports in the final round. COPS Racing in Class 1500 beat All German Motorsports.*

Kyle Drollinger commented on the evenings proceedings, "Pit crew challenge was a disaster this year starting with the poor layout where the crowd couldn't be close to the stage unless they were 21, that takes out the kids that want to watch their dads. Then there's the lineup that was a disaster including teams that didn't even show up. I heard tale of a bracket that was laid out that was blatantly ignored. The single food truck that was there for the crowd ran out of their WARM water. All in all extremely dissatisfied with the big show portion of the event this year."

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Welcome!

The Mint 400 is LIVE! now here in Las Vegas and ONLINE here, at LIVEMINT400.com 

Downtown Las Vegas will be a busy village for the rest of the week. There was a huge parade of the various race vehicles from Sunset Blvd. to Fremont Street Wednesday, ending with a party last night at Atomic Liquors and ONLINE with MONSTER Mikes GARAGE. 

As many of you may know, in 1967, this writer came up with the idea of creating an off-road race for the purpose of publicizing the Annual Deer Hunters Contest, for Del Webb and his MINT Hotel/Casino.

To do that we (the Mint Hotel now a thing of the past) hired two young men who were assembling some dune buggies (we purchased one for the Deer Hunters Grand Prize), LeRoy Wickham and John Sexton. To promote the event the two men also agreed to drive a dune buggy from the Mint Hotel to our sister hotel in Lake Tahoe as a publicity stunt for the hotel. A photographer from the New Bureau was assigned to go alone with the two desert experts. 

Herb Hill, an official with NASCAR at the time (and a dealer for Valvoline Oil), and Mayor Oran Gragson, waved the starting flag as they left the parking lot of the Mint Hotel. Six days later the pair of buggies checked into the Sahara Tahoe Hotel. They had set a world record for traveling from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe by going only off-road (except the last leg from Carson City to the Lake).

After many meetings with executives of the hotel, Johnson (me) was directed to go ahead and begin planning a budget and to hire Wickham and Sexton to lay out a probable race track. The two men spent over two weeks in the desert finding a route from Las Vegas to Beatty and back. The course was determined and the race had a total budget of $30,000, of which $15,000 was the guaranteed purse. More than 60 agreements between land owners had to be obtained, permission from the Bureau of Land Management took a little arm twisting but was obtained, and a date was selected.

Needless to say the race was a huge success, and the Mint 400 Off-Road Desert Rally went into the history books as one of the many events staged in the City of Entertainment. Today the Best In The Desert racing association limits the entries to 330. The association told this writer that if allowed they could break the old record established by the Mint in the ‘70s.

A few of the events scheduled for this week include time trials at 11:00 a.m. today, out behind Buffalo Bill’s in Primm, Nevada. This is a great spot to watch the Million-dollar Trick Trucks perform at their best over a closed-course with fantastic viewing for the public. Then, later tonight, downtown, the highly anticipated Pit Crew Challenge. Everything will be ONLINE LIVE! at LIVEMINT400.com at 8th and Fremont Street, with the Pit Crew Challenge following immediately at the same spot.

During the race, which gets underway Saturday near Primm and spreads out for 130 miles in the desert, you will be able to track all race vehicles in near-real time with me. I'll be doing play-by-play during the race at LIVEMINT400.com


Norm Johnson
About Norm, he created the MINT 400 years ago and sold all his rights to a San Diego media company, last year. Norm joined LIVEMINT400.com and our LIVE! coverage has been greatly enhanced by Norm's addition.

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Lots of changes for this years festivities! At the 2015 race, one racer was handicapped for the rest of his life. 
 


1st Race Start 6:00 am – (Staging 5AM at the Start Line) [NEW; First race only: Gran Prix Finish for all racers.]
1st race includes: Cl 1000, 2400, 1100, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 3000, 3700, 4500, 4700, 5000, 5500 (Zero), 6000, 7100 (Mini-Truck), 8100 (Sport).
2-Lap Classes in 1st race will be - (Class 1700 – 1800 – UTV Spt - 3700 – 4500 (Vintage) – 4700 (VW Stock) – 5500 (Zero1).

[NEW for 2016, 3-Lap Classes: 1000, 2400, 1100, 3000, 4400, 5000, 6000, 2000, UTV.] 

– 7100 (Mini-Truck) To be considered a finisher, racers must complete 2-laps inside the time frame.)
[In the 2015 race event, all other classes in the 1st race had a 3-lap race with the Main Pit cut-off time of 2:00 pm and the finish line closed at 5 PM. Then, to be considered a finisher you had to complete 3-laps inside the (allocated) time frame.]


[A 'Gran Prix finish' is when the overall winner takes the checkered flag, after the leader takes the flag, all other racers [may] meet the lap requirements and finish after the overall leader.]

2nd Race – 12:30 WEST Start (approximately) 11AM Staging; This years race event, is going in the reversed direction of the 2015 race; (remember, it's simply a "Primm race") [2:30 PM 2015 race start] – [2015 staging at 1:00 PM Start Line]
2nd Race includes: Class 1400, 1500, 6100, 7200, 8000, (Removed from 2016 list, Cl 4400).

Main pit cut-off time is 9 PM, Finish Line closes at 11:30 PM.
[In the 2015 race, all classes in the 2nd race had a 3-lap race with the Main Pit cut-off time of 11:00 pm and the finished line closed at 1:00 AM. To be considered a finisher, these desert racers must complete all 3-laps inside the time frame.] [No Gran Prix finish for the second race]


[For 2016, different from 2015, there are NO Mandatory Stops at Paved Road Crossings]

The LIVE! Mint 400 racecourse mileage is approximately 116 miles. [In 2015 the race was 122-miles including Main Pit.]


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2016 BITD Mint 400 (UTV Class) Finish Odds

# Driver Machine Thoughts Odds
904 CORY SAPPINGTON, Peoria, AZ CAN-AM Turbo Always in the hunt 5 to 1
910 DAN FISHER, Gilbert, AZ CAN-AM Turbo Not a good switch so far 4 to 1
913 BRANDEN SIMS, Prescott, AZ POLARIS Turbo Always up front early 3 to 1
916 CODY RAHDERS, Alpine, CA POLARIS Turbo Needs to learn the desert 5 to 1
917 JASON MURRAY, Downey, CA CAN-AM Turbo On a roll 2 to 1
919 BRANDON SCHUELER, Phoenix, AZ POLARIS Turbo Has competition but is still strong 3 to 1
921 JOHNNY ANGAL, Mesa, AZ POLARIS Turbo In for a long day 3 to 1
948 NICK NELSON, Tehachapi, CA POLARIS Turbo Needs an angel to win in a new car 6 to 1
951 MITCH GUTHRIE Jr, Glendora, CA POLARIS Turbo Has momentum 4 to 1
960 RYAN LAIDLAW, Saratoga Springs, UT POLARIS Turbo Family effort 6 to 1
969 LOAN GASTEL, Highland, CA CAN-AM Turbo A conservative effort may pay off 5 to 1
971 WYANE MATLOCK, El Cajon, CA POLARIS Turbo Rarely looses 2 to 1
978 DUSTIN JONES, Bossier City, LA CAN-AM Turbo Needs to prove he can win again 2 to 1
1916 CODY NYGREN, Farmington, NM POLARIS XP 1000 Has run fast in this desert before 9 to 1
1918 JUSTIN LAMBERT, Bakersfield, CA POLARIS XP 1000 Going to be tough to beat 2 to 1
1923 BEN BISCHOFF, Celista, BC POLARIS XP 1000 Part of the Canadian contingent 5 to 1
1930 SEAN COOK, Twain Harte, CA POLARIS XP 1000 Needs some Vegas luck 6 to 1
1948 MATT BURROUGHS, Norco, CA POLARIS XP 1000 Has the energy to run till the end 9 to 1
1949 ALONSO LOPEZ, Murrieta, CA POLARIS XP 1000 Does better in Mexico 3 to 1
1964 RYAN HOLZ, Lynden WA POLARIS XP 1000 Has a good teacher 3 to 1
1967 SCOTT YANCEY, Las Vegas, NV POLARIS XP 1000 Can flippen win? 4 to 1
1974 MIKE STACKPOOL, Phoenix, AZ POLARIS XP 1000 Has the speed to run w/ the big guys 3 to 1
1975 MIKE CAFRO, Fallbrook, CA POLARIS XP 1000 Not that great North of the boarder 6 to 1
1982 JEREMIAH STAGGS, Apple Valley, CA YAMAHA YXZ Yamaha’s best hope 7 to 1
1999 LARRY RAGLAND, Escondido CA POLARIS XP 1000 Will finally figure out UTVs 4 to 1


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LIVE! From Las Vegas, March 7-12
The LIVE! MINT 400 NEWS STREAM 






Racers begin responding to the changes: 
"'Yellow Brick Tracking' will be used for tracking, the blue transponder will handle timing, and the IRC box will be a wheel chock."

 UPDATED! March 6 RACE BULLETIN
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UPDATE! March 2, 2016 From Las Vegas.

New tracking system 'will be' mandated by the sanction! Mad Media, the promoter of the event, will name Yellow Brick Tracking of Great Britain, as the chosen provider of the race event, scheduled for March 12, here in Las Vegas.

Currently not announced by the sanction, the provider is scheduled to arrive in Vegas and provide servies to the racers, in time to fully supply and track this desert off-road race event.

Why hasn't the sanction announced this development?  One answer is that there is a struggle inside the group of people at Best In The Desert, over the future of the struggling, bumbling race services provider, International Racing Consultants.


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February 25 UPDATE: 

The Big ongoing story about this event is the fraud being perpetrated by the Best In The Desert racing association of Las Vegas.

The other story, associated with the BIG fraud, total racing entries are being limited by BITD. Yes, BITD, not the BLM!

Why? So that the racing association covers their a** and their vendor International Racing Consultants, who have been falling far short of the racers expectations. The racers are the customers of BITD.

IRC doesn't have enough operating race trackers to cover the total amount of racers, using last years racers count. Many racers went onto the course, with BITD's approval, without even having a tracker on their vehicle!  Horrible for the racers! Great Drama for the fans!

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