Mint 400 Proves To Be An Epic Race In Desert Southwest
Mint 400 proves to be Epic Race in Desert Southwest
The Mint 400 is quickly becoming one of the most iconic off-road races in the world, especially with almost 600 racers taking the green flag this year. 2019 also marked the year that the motorcycles made a permanent comeback at the Mint. In the ever-growing UTV class, Polaris took both the Turbo and Naturally Aspirated (N/A) class championships, with Mitch Guthrie JR taking the overall win in the UTV class.
The course is ever evolving after each year of this race, and this year's race proved to be one of the roughest on record. There are more than a couple images floating around of racers pile driving big whoop faces only to flip end over end. Overall, everyone has stayed safe with all of the latest safety gear on the market, and for that we are thankful.
With more than 140 UTV entrants, including nearly 90 Polaris machines, the Mint 400 is one of the most iconic events in all of off-road racing. This past weekend in Primm, Nevada, Polaris RZR® drivers showcased the pure performance and capability of their machines, as they earned two UTV Class wins, including an all-RZR podium sweep.
Piloting his RZR XP® Turbo S Velocity, Mitch Guthrie Jr. raced to a first-place finish in the UTV Pro Turbo Class. Guthrie Jr. finished more than three minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. The Mint 400 win comes on the heels of his King of The Hammers victory on February 3.
“Coming off of our win at King of the Hammers, we came into the Mint 400 with big expectations, and it’s extremely gratifying to take yet another checkered flag at such an important event,” said Guthrie Jr. “This event brings out the best of the best, but our crew is as good as it gets, and armed with a beast like the new RZR XP Turbo S Velocity, we were pretty much unstoppable.”
In the UTV NA Class, RZR racers swept the podium. It was 16-year-old Seth Quintero who captured the win after a lightning-fast two-minute tire change by co-pilot Colby Wemple. RZR Drivers Brett Ward and John Estrada each had impressive outings, completing the RZR podium sweep with second and third-place finishes, respectively.
You can bet that next year's race will be action packed and even bigger! It's worth your trip out to Las Vegas to enjoy the full weekend of festivities. We'll see you there!