Dale Dondel Lays Down Fast Lap At The Method Wheels Time Trials

Clean air and confidence knowing you’re the fastest qualifier out of 77 unlimited vehicles. That’s what racers fought for today at the Mint 400 Method Wheels Time Trails. Sir Dale Dondel came out on top, and will be first off the line at Saturday afternoon’s unlimited race.

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Qualifying first for this race not only gets you $5,000 cash, but a head start to the toughest offroad race in America. The advantage isn’t just clean air, but carries with it a mental aspect knowing everyone behind you knows you laid down the fast lap in qualifying.

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New for this year: the qualifying loop was set in front of Buffalo Bills Hotel & Casino, giving fans a glimpse of what is to come on race day. Normally qualifying is held deep in the desert and not open to public. BITD and Mad Media made the decision to bring the time trials to the spectators.

What started out as a flat rally type course soon turned into deep sand ruts as 39″ tires and 900 horsepower dug deep, ripping the ground apart. Starting on the short course track, racers transitioned into the dirt behind Buffalo Bills where the course zigzagged on itself before ending at the “Flying Finish” in front of hundreds of spectators.


It was a close finish with Dondel laying down a time of four minutes seven seconds with BJ Baldwin right behind by only one and a half seconds. The first drivers on the course thought the tight turns might give  Class 1500 cars an advantage, but the first car qualified 10th in Eduardo Laguna. Only five seconds separated the top 10 cars, so even little mistake really counted on this course.

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About The Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire
Known as “The Greatest Off-Road Race in America,” The Mint 400 is an epic four hundred mile battle between the top off-road racers in the world in over twenty different classes of off-road vehicles. The race was started in 1967, and is steeped in American lore, as thousands of racers, as well as celebrities from around the world, have attempted to tame the brutal Nevada desert. An entire week of events lead up the famed off-road race in and around Las Vegas, including a vehicle parade, drivers meet and greet, pit crew contest, crowning of Miss Mint, multiple parties, qualifying, and contingency / vehicle tech inspection.

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