Harley Letner Save
Harley Letner is the driver of the number 1570 Class 1 car in the Best in the Desert off-road racing series.  At this year’s Mint 400 during time trials, Letner got a little too close to the edge of the envelope and it nearly came back to bite him. He managed to pull out a huge save!

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ITP racer Mitch Guthrie Jr. dominated the 2017 Best In The Desert (BITD) Mint 400 race in Primm, Nevada last weekend, winning the UTV overall and UTV Pro Turbo class in his No. 951 Polaris XP1K Turbo. Murray Racing finished second overall and second in class with their Can-Am X3 Turbo. Riding on ITP UltraCross R Spec tires, ITP racers notched the top two finishes, as well as four of the top five finishing times in the UTV Pro Turbo class at the second round of the national desert racing series.

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– As the dust settled and the time ticked down, Team Total Chaos Fabrication charged the Nevada desert and crossed the finish line in 5th place in class at the 2017 Mint 400.  Underpowered in the world of 7200 trucks and running in the Unlimited race, with 7 DNF’d vehicles in the class, Nicole Pitell-Vaughan drove every last race mile and brought the Toyota Tacoma across the finish line virtually unscathed.

5 Mint 400 pics
The Mint 400 is one of the best known and most prestigious races in all of off-road racing.  Merely finishing is an accomplishment but winning is an incredible honor.  Here are 5 of our favorite photos from the 2017 Mint 400.

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Amazingly, Pat O’Keefe survived this huge truck crash during qualifying at for the Mint 400 off-road race.  Incredibly, he drove away and finished qualifying!

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Las Vegas native Rob MacCachren, who, in his 30-year career has won nearly every race and championship imaginable, finally sealed the deal earlier tonight on the one that’s eluded him, taking the win at the 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires.

“It’s good to get this monkey off my back!”  said an elated MacCachren, drenched in champagne on stage after crossing the finish line with an unofficial time of five hours, 37 minutes, 35 seconds after three laps of the 116-mile course outside Primm, Nevada.

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– Champion driver and television personality Tanner Foust this week becomes the first celebrity guest driver on the Polaris RZR Star Car team, when he joins Jim Beaver and Jolene Van Vugt to share driving duties in the brand new, race-modified 2017 Polaris RZR XP4 Turbo EPS at the Mint 400 in Las Vegas, March 2-5.

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The Mint 400 has released its limited edition 2017 Mint 400 Las Vegas Distillery Moonshine Whiskey recently.  Bottled in a heavy glass bottle and wrapped in a custom Mad Media designed label, the limited edition batch of 500 bottles comes hand numbered by the distiller and carefully packaged in a wood box.  Only 100 of these instant collectors items will be available for purchase to the general public, as the remaining bottles will be gifted to each race team and sponsor of The Great American Off-Road Race.  

Jay Leno Mint 400 Off-Road Race
The Mint 400 announced today that Jay Leno will be racing The 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires in a nearly stock Camburg Engineering built Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. An avid automotive enthusiast, Leno will start the race with Ryan Millen as his co-driver and then hand over driving duties to builder/racer Jerry Zaiden who will finish the race with off-road journalist Fred Williams as his co-driver.

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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.