BITD-silver-state-5-6-13Minneapolis, May 6, 2013–After a win at the last Best in the Desert Race, The Mint 400, Holz Coastal Racing’s Scott Kiger and Mark Holz in their No. 1934 RZR XP 900 would line up for the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300 with hopes to make it two in a row and their second Silver State 300 win. When the dust settled, they would not disappoint.

With Cognito Powersports and their RZR XP 4 900 getting the nod to start first, the teams would have to work hard through the typical high-speed, dusty conditions to overtake the leader. Coastal Racing would start right after Brandon Schueler’s Jagged X No. 1919 RZR XP 4 900 setting up a speed dual to take over the lead. With Kiger driving the morning half, he would pass Schueler and all but one of the remaining cars that started in front of him, Cognito. Holz would take over for the second half of the race and suffer a couple flats moving him back to third, and putting the No. 1919 in second behind Cognito. With Cognito sitting with a 7-minute lead and Jagged X and Coastal running neck-and-neck, Cognito would suffer a clutch failure ending their reign and setting up an exciting finish between Jagged X and Coastal Racing. In the last miles of the race, Holz in the Coastal car would make his move finish first with Schueler in the No. 1919 finishing second.

Can-Am-Race-4-2-13Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R side-by-side vehicle driver James Hill finished second in the SxS Pro Production class at round three of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in Arizona. Brothers Derek and Jason Murray also earned a podium finish with their Maverick 1000R X® rs, racing to a third-place finish in the Best In The Desert (BITD) Mint 400 outside of Las Vegas. At the 2013 Mtn. Dew AMA ATV Motocross Nationals opening round in Georgia, BCS Performance / Can-Am pro Josh Creamer finished second in the Pro class aboard his DS 450™.

“I was thrilled that Can-Am racers earned hard-fought podium finishes in three different series, and in very difficult conditions,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “James Hill overcame a challenging WORCS course to earn his second podium behind the wheel of the Maverick. The Murray Motorsports team had a spectacular podium finish at the Mint 400 and narrowly missing second-place by only two seconds. Josh Creamer — despite a first-turn crash in the first moto and very wet, muddy conditions — won a Pro class moto and notched an impressive second-place finish overall at round one of the AMA ATV MX series.”

Banning-Motorsports-4-1-13Banning Motorsports had a busy week at The General Tire Mint 400, presented by Polaris in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to race day itself, the “Great American Race” is packed with special events and happenings all week. The festivities began with qualifying on Thursday. The #1123 car of Ali Banning, Fernie Padilla, Bradley McFarlin and Cory Boyer was fastest; earning the first starting position on race day.

The #1178 car with Brian Folks, Rick Graf, Ryan Marley and Alan Dillemuth was right behind with the second fastest time so the two Banning cars would start first and second. The class 10 car was subject to a starting position draw. They were picked to start 25th out of over 30 cars entered.

Menzies-Mint-400-Win-3-23-13After a grueling battle with the top off-road racers in the world, Bryce Menzies has won the 2013 Mint 400. Menzie’s day did not start well as he was beaten off the line by 2011 Mint 400 Overall Champion BJ Baldwin. Menzies barreled out into the Nevada desert and it took less than 100 miles to take over first place position.

Halfway through the race, Jesse Jones chose not to pit and was able to pass Menzies. By the third lap, Menzies was hot on Jones tail and was able to regain the top spot. From there, Menzies never looked back and he is now the 2013 General Tire Mint 400 Presented by Polaris Champion.

BJ-Baldwin-BITD-Mint-3-20-13Las Vegas, NV – BJ Baldwin is looking forward to getting back to full speed this weekend at Best In The Desert. BJ managed to finish in 12th place at the Mastercraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 despite a mechanical issue discovered during pre-race testing. The mechanical issue emerged just a few hours before the race took place, which left little time to correct it. BJ was able to compete but was not up to full speed on raceday. With the mechanical issue fixed, it will give BJ and the crew a chance for redemption.

“That’s racing; we were able to finish the race but we didn’t have the truck we needed to stay with the leaders,” said BJ, “We did our best to get some valuable points towards the SCORE Desert Series and the World Championship of Desert Racing points battle. We are back at 100% and really looking forward to the Mint 400. My truck Rampage is ready to go and it’s always good to be racing in our own back yard. The Mint 400 has been a big part of Las Vegas history. We have won it in the past; it would be great to add another Mint 400 victory to our record.”

BITD-12-16-11Casey Folks announced today that 254 entries, including 41 Trick Trucks, 29 Class 1500 cars, and 30 Class 1000s are signed up for the General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris. Plus, he said only a limited number of spots remain to enter the race. Hundreds of race teams from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Europe will converge on Las Vegas, Nevada for “The Great American Off-Road Race” and to compete in twenty-one different classes of off-road desert race vehicles at this year’s General Tire Mint 400, which will take place from March 20th – 24th, 2013.

So who’s coming? Only the top off-road racers in the world! Names like Rob MacChacren, Cameron Steele, BJ Baldwin, Adam Householder, Steve Olliges, John Swift, Shawn & Ray Croll, Jason Voss, Curt LeDuc, Kyle Conlon, Brandon Arthur, Bryce Menzies, Kevin McGillvray, Ryan Poelman, Jesse Jones, TJ Flores, Steve Strobel, Mark & Gary Weyhrich…and the list goes on and on.

Camarillo,CA: Lenmar Enterprises, a leading battery expert, is pleased to announce its new partnership with off-road racer, Luke Johnson.

Lenmar is launching a program called LJ14, designed to raise money for Luke Johnson’s Pro 2 truck for the 2013-2014 competitive season [www.undeadpower.com/lukejohnson]. With the promo code LJ14 at checkout on LENMAR.com, consumers will receive 10% off of all purchases. Additionally, 10% of the purchase will go towards Luke’s Pro 2 truck.

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Lenmar and Luke Johnson will kick off this new partnership at The Mint 400 in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 21 – 23, 2013 and will bring Undead Power to life. Luke will be competing at this event, racing an Undead Power Buggy. In addition to our presence on the race track, Lenmar’s Undead Power will have a booth. We will be selling product, and will have special Mint 400 deals, contests and giveaways promoting UNDEAD POWERtm.

Luke Johnson is 21 years old, born and raised in Orange County, California. Johnson has racing in his blood; his father is legendary racer Ricky Johnson. Hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and make a name for himself, Luke began racing competitively at the age of 17 in 2009 and became the Rookie of the Year. In 2012 he earned his first career win, four podium finishes and ended the year in fourth place overall. His spectacular season earned him the title of 2012 TORC Most improved driver of the year. With the support of Lenmar, Luke hopes to win the 2013 TORC series Pro buggy Championship and his first Pro 2 race.

Steve Costello, Lenmar’s VP of Sales and Marketing shares his excitement, “We are thrilled to be working with a promising racer and plan on having a long relationship with him. Lenmar will hopefully POWER his racing program for years to come.  He is a high energy racer that never gives up, which is a great fit with our brand. We believe that this will give Luke the opportunity to fulfill his dream and Lenmar is excited to be a part of that journey.”

The LJ14 program will run throughout the year, from March 2013 to March 2014, with the promo code LJ14, beginning at the Mint 400. With a ten percent discount for consumers and ten percent of the proceeds going towards Luke’s truck, it’s a win-win for all parties.

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Mint-400-2013-Logo-3-19-13Over 250 off-road race teams, and tens of thousands of off-road enthusiasts are about to converge on Sin City…Las Vegas, NV for “The Great American Off-Road Race”! Drivers and crews representing 14 different countries, and spanning every continent – will complete in 21 different classes of vehicles during The 2013 General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris. The world famous Mint 400 will kick off Wednesday March 20th with the first ever “4wheel Parts Off-Road Vehicle Parade”, at 3:15pm near Circus Circus Hotel and Casion, and will feature more than eighty custom built off-road trucks and buggies parading down Las Vegas Boulevard. Festivities will continue Thursday afternoon and all day Friday on Fremont Street East, and culminate with the most challenging and brutal off-road race in America on Saturday, March 23rd. The Mint 400 festivities and race spectating are completely free and open to the public.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Accomplished racer and Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey will return to off-road racing competition later this month in the General Tire Mint 400, March 20 – 24, where he will drive in the Zero One Odysseys Desert Challenge class.

Dempsey is a veteran of Baja 1000 competition but has spent the last few years in the top levels of sports car road racing in North America and beyond. Last year was a busy race season of competition that saw Dempsey drive a prototype Lola-Judd in the American Le Mans Series, a Mazda RX-8 GT in GRAND-AM as well as a Maserati and Aston Martin. He will make his debut race in a Dempsey Del Piero Racing Porsche GT3 with co-driver and motorsports business partner Joe Foster and new teammate Andy Lally in two weeks at the 12 Hours of Sebring, just one weekend before his return to off-road action in the Mint.

Method Race Wheels has put up $5,000 in cold hard cash to the fastest overall qualifier at the 2013 General Tire Mint 400 presented by Polaris.  The best off-road racers in the world will come and battle it out for a top start position in the Great American Off-Road Race. The Method Race Wheels Time Trials will take place on Thursday, March 21st at an undisclosed location just outside of Las Vegas.

The results will be announced on 6th and Fremont at 8:45PM.  In addition to $5,000 cash, the top qualifier will also receive the Method Race Wheels Fastest Qualifier Trophy and $1,000 from Team Ford.