The overall lead in the 2014 Mint 400 desert race changed multiple times over the course of the event, but Andy "Bebo" McMillin and co-driver Brady Thompson triumphed in Steve Sourapas' #6 Ford powered Trophy Truck after a sixth-place start.
Race organizers reported record registration numbers this year, making the 2014 Mint 400 the biggest under its current management.
McMillin took home $10,000 from FOX, $10,000 from NFL player and Mint 400 racer DeMarcus Ware, $10,000 from Ford, and another $10,000 from the Best in the Desert "Trick Truck Challenge." It's good to be on top!
Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli told us;
"Last year The Mint 400 became the biggest off-road desert race event on the planet. This year we went even bigger. We had the largest group of world-class off-road racers, including the largest Unlimited Trick Truck group in the history of the sport. We sold out our spectating areas before the Unlimited race started on Saturday, which has never happened before."
Competing vehicles took over the Las Vegas strip before the lights went green, bringing plenty of local attention to the event. But Mint organizers are even more excited that their race has been wrapped in to the Red Bull "Signature Series" on network TV. Even if we have to wait until summer for the broadcast, it's a huge boost for the visibility of off-road racing. Let's hope it fuels more action!
"There is no doubt that the Mint 400 is now the most visible desert off-road race worldwide. In fact I think it's safe to say our reach is only second to Dakar..." said Mint 400 COO Joshua Martelli.
It was reported elsewhere that Jeff and Terri Kary in the #1981 Yamaha Rhino won the ultra-fast, mini Trophy-Truck looking "SR1" UTV class, but race officials did not award any competitors a time in that class. More on this when organizers get back to us.
2014 Mint 400 Top Ten Overall finishers and times:
1. Andy McMillin 6:14:29.147
2. Gustavo Vildosola Jr 6:28:54.548
3. Dan McMillin 6:31:41.382
4. Travis Pastrana 6:32:36.175
5. Tim Herbst 6:49:48.674
6. Jon Walker 6:55:37.367
7. Corey Keysar 6:59:20.659
8. Troy Vest 6:59:21.485
9. Jason Ruane 7:13:54.687
10. Brandon Dawson 7:16:18.200
2014 Mint 400 Class winners:
Class 1400: #6 Andy "Bebo" McMillin
Class 1500: #1501 Jon Walker
Class 1000: #1002 Cody Freeman
Class 1100: #1178 Steve Melton
Class 2000: #2024 Aaron Hawley
Class 3000: #3002 Tim Brown
Class 1700: #1724 Rob Seubert
Class 1800: #1835 Jason Voss
Class 1900P: #1919 Brandon Schueler
Class 1900S: #1981 Jeff Kary
Class 850P: #1951 Scott Martinez
Class 3700P: #3777 Brandon Berge
Class 4500: #4594 Gary Ludsford
Class 5000: #5062 Jacob Meurer
Class 5500: #5505 Mike Dillard
Class 6000: #6060 Ben Abatti III
Class 6100: #6101 Jason Ruane
Class 7100: #7101 James Burman
Class 7200: #7217 Jeff Horsley
Class 8000: #8025 Macrae Glass
Class 8100: #8118 John Webster
Class 9000: #9038 Derek Dixon
Class SR1: NO FINISHERS
Complete results list can be found on The Mint's website.
Images: The Mint 400