No. 41 Trick Truck driver Justin Lofton took the overall win in the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire, based on unofficial time.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Lofton said. “We set our sites on doing this and here we are.”
Tracking issues had fans uncertain who would be first across the finish line until Lofton, in his brand new Jimco truck, cleared the Red Bull Jump at the race’s end.
“We had a cleaner run than a lot of people had,” he said. “This truck is fast. This is (just) the second race for the truck. We were leading the Parker 425 before we had issues.”
Lofton was followed across the finish line by Robby Gordon in the No. 77 Trick Truck.
“We just ended up a little short here today,” Gordon said. “The truck ran flawlessly all day long.”
Gordon lost time on a tire change when the crew rounded off a couple of lug nuts.
The afternoon Unlimited race was stopped for about an hour following a multi-vehicle accident near RM32 that sent two racers to the hospital. The racers, whose names were not released, were taken to a local hospital and vehicles were removed from the course before racing resumed at 4:45 p.m.
“The safety of our racers is paramount,” said Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli. “Best In The Desert officials stopped the race immediately upon learning of the accident and only resumed after the injured were treated and the vehicles removed from the course.”
Sam Berri took top honors in the 1500 Class on unofficial time, driving the brand new Jimco Class 1.
“This is for everyone involved in building the car.” I’m out here to give these younguns a run for their money,” said the 62 year old.
Full official results will be released soon.
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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