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Yep, that Robin Leach is the Grand Marshal of this year’s Mint 400.

The Mint 400 recently announced that Las Vegas resident and entertainment luminary Robin Leach has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Robin is best known for his initial three years on Entertainment Tonight and then hosting the TV show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, and has worked as a professional journalist for over 50 years – including his ongoing stint at the Las Vegas Review Journal. Still active in the Las Vegas social scene, Robin was originally connected to off-road racing through his son Steve Leach, who has been a longtime chase crew member of the McMillin Off-Road Team.

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Yokohama Tire Corporation, a leading global tire manufacturer, has teamed up with Spartan Race, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, to highlight its GEOLANDAR line of light truck tires. Yokohama signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement and is now the “Official Tire of the U.S. Spartan Race,” an exclusive branding designation at select obstacle course races across the U.S. in 2017, including the five Spartan Race U.S. Championship Series events that will air on NBC Sports Network and the 2017 Reebok World Championship on NBC.

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Although Jeep made an announcement at the start of this week for its new flagship Wrangler, its most capable off-roader was shown for the first time in person to journalists at the 2017 King of the Hammers today.

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A familiar pair of faces was atop the podium in Hammertown today, as Brad Lovell and brother Roger managed to defend their title with a back-to-back win at the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge at the 2017 King of the Hammers.

Overland Camping
For some people, “camping” includes turndown service, WiFi and a free continental breakfast with a view of the mountains. When we think of camping, it doesn’t include electricity or water hookups.  These amazing overland camping photos illustrate exactly what comes to mind when we picture going camping.

Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Jason Scherer bested another previous King of the Hammers winner Erik Miller for the fastest qualifying time for the 2017 King of the Hammers, but it won’t matter for more than bragging rights because both racers will start side by side Friday morning.

Macy Higgins saves it after almost rolling off the hill during qualifying and cut a tire, but managed to finish. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Macy Higgins saves it after almost rolling off the hill during qualifying. He cut a tire but still managed to finish. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Erik Miller posted the fastest time yesterday during qualifying for the 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Aside from 4400 qualifying, Ultra4 also had qualifying runs for 4500 and 4800.

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Racers battled the qualifying course on Tuesday for this week’s 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Some familiar faces were at the top of the qualifying runs for the premier 4400 class, with two-time KOH Champion and 2016 winner Erik Miller taking top honors with a time of 1 minute, 40.2 seconds.

Kyle Crouch’s virgin run launching up Backdoor managed to take home the 2017 title and $7500 prize.

Kyle Crouch’s virgin run launching up Backdoor managed to take home the 2017 title and $7500 prize.

The Vision X Shootout returned to Backdoor after its one-year hiatus move to Chocolate Thunder in 2016, and with it came the awesome racing action, carnage and rollovers up the three-tier waterfall infamously named Backdoor. The 45 competitors came from all over North America, including Canada, to vie for the $7,500 first-place purse. The top 10 finishers also qualify for the Ultra4 race on Friday at the Nitto King of the Hammers powered by Optima Batteries.

2017 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon Recon
In the last year of its run, the immensely popular JK Wrangler platform will get another special edition version for 2017 to send out the Jeep in style. The Rubicon Recon is designed to offer even more off-road capability thanks to a beefed-up front axle, and it also gets unique styling cues to make it stand out in a crowd of JKs.