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Mint 400 Recap
Luke McMillin gave his family their fourth-ever victory in the Mint 400 on Saturday after a consistent performance enabled him to take the win in the Unlimited Truck class. McMillin inherited the top spot from Ryan Arciero, who suffered a flat tire, on the final lap of the race. Bryce Menzies, who was within just moments of both Arciero and McMillin to start the fourth lap of the race, also got past Arciero for second.
This year’s Mint 400 was the first under independent sanction, and saw a number of changes to compensate for the shift. The motorcycle competition switched to a National Hare & Hound format, which saw Dalton Shirey take the victory in a close fight with David Kamo on Friday morning. Later that day, Branden Sims earned the overall UTV victory in the Limited class race after drawing a front row starting spot and never looking back.
Saturday’s Unlimited race had the potential to be more of the same, with top qualifier Harley Letner of Concrete Motorsports running away with the first half of the race. But luck wasn’t on the team’s side, as a blown head gasket on the third lap cut short their quest for their first Mint win.
Cody Parkhouse took the Class 1 victory, while Terry Householder earned the Baja Truck win. In UTV Pro NA, the Gordon family crowned a third-generation Mint 400 winner as Max Gordon teamed up with his father Robby to score his first victory in the Great American Off-Road Race. General Tire debuted as Jim Beaver’s new primary sponsor in the UTV Pro Turbo class, and Beaver teamed up with his brother Trent and co-driver Bryant Shontz to finish 16th in class when all was said and done.
Additional storylines from this year’s Mint 400 included the creation of Team BMF, which paired UFC fighters Brian “T-City” Ortega and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes to score a second place finish in their class. Military initiatives also ran throughout the event, with the Mint 400 Military Challenge raising more than $100,000 for military charities and running numerous entries in the UTV Rally class, as well as a devoted Military Class for combat vehicles.
Click here for full results from the 2020 Mint 400.