Best in the Desert recently released the official results for the 2014 General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris. According to race officials, there were a total of 335 race teams entered in this year’s race. The Unlimited classes at this year’s event tackled the 100-mile loop four times, while some of the Limited classes took two or three laps on the course earlier in the day. There were no major shakeups compared to the unofficial results we reported in our original story, with Andy McMillin still sitting atop the podium for the overall win.
The Snore, Mint 400 takes place in some of the most evil desert terrain imaginable. The Mint course is comprised of rocks, big rocks, little rocks, sharp rocks and deeply embedded rocks that seem to be cast in concrete. The only relief from the constant pounding is a few sandy stretches and the deep pockets of blinding silt… with rocks. Everyone knows going in, it’s going to hurt. Car control is a major factor in surviving to the end. The terrain demands effective shock damping, precise steering and controlled braking in order to hold your lines through the rocks at speed. Overall winner BJ Baldwin credits the time spent tuning his shocks for his hard fought victory.
“The course was really rough as usual,” said BJ “I couldn’t have done it without Iribe’s help tuning the shocks, the truck worked better than it ever has. We knew we had to run a smart pace and save the driveline but be fast enough to win. I battled with Roger Norman for the first three laps but we eventually pulled ahead for good to take the victory.”
BJ was followed by the second Baldwin racing unlimited truck driven by his Father Bobby and Chad Ragland. They overcame some issues off the start to finish second overall to BJ for a one-two finish for Baldwin Motorsports.
Third overall and first in class 1 was King Shocks racer Mikey Childress and co-driver Jimmy Hook. The duo posted their first class 1 victory for THR Motorsports in only their second race. “We had a great race,” said Mikey Childress, “We started off going too fast, Jimmy was yelling at me to take it easy. From mile 30 to 50, the course is filled with deep whoops. We just got on top and passed a lot of cars. My 3.5’s in front and 4.0’s in the rear were amazing, we could just charge into the biggest holes with no problem. We lost about fifteen minutes when we got tangled up with another driver and blew a rear tire but other than a broken limit strap we ran flawlessly all day”. Fourth place overall and second in class 1 went to another King Shocks racer Terry Householder. The Householder Motorsports car ran up front all day until they developed steering problems in the last 30 miles. Their five-minute lead turned into a four-minute deficit relegating them to a second place finish. Rounding out the podium in class 1, (6th overall), was King Shocks racer Richard Boyle in his Motion Tire Motorsports car. King Shocks racers put in a dominating performance in some of the roughest conditions on the planet. King’s highly refined damping technology gave them the control they needed when the going got tough. King puts that same durability and performance into every product they make. When you ride on Kings you’ll know, there really is a difference. Nothing rides like a King.