Dale Dondel was fastest today at qualifying for the 2014 Mint 400. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Dale Dondel was fastest today at qualifying for the 2014 Mint 400. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

After racers tackled the 3.4-mile course, it was Dale Dondel who earned the fastest qualifying time at time trials for the 2014 Mint 400, edging out Bryce Menzies for the first spot off the line for Saturday’s race. With Menzies posting the second fastest time, it was Robby Gordon who took third place at the time trials.

The 2013 Miss Mint 400 competition will be the biggest ever held! Contestants simply upload three photos and create a public profile on The Mint 400 website, then encourage their friends and fans to vote for them. Judges will review ALL entries and pick nine Finalists. The lucky girl with the most online public votes will automatically become the tenth Finalist. All ten Finalists will receive a travel budget, a gift bag of prizes, and a free 3-night hotel stay at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Historic Mint 400 race director and “Miss Mint 400” contest founder KJ Howe will lead the esteemed panel of judges in choosing the woman who best represents the spirit of The Mint 400. K.J., created “The Girls of the Mint 400″ in 1972 to add glamor and PR value to the race. The final judging will take place at The Miss Mint 400 Crowning Ceremony, where a panel of experts will determine the winner and the 2013 General Tire Miss Mint 400 will be crowned! ALL of the Finalists will hold the title of being a “Mint 400 Girl”, but only one can wear the crown!

Fort Mill, SC – February 14, 2012 – What do “Wheel of Fortune’s” Vanna White and “Wonder Woman” Linda Carter have in common? They both hold the distinct honor of being a Miss Mint 400 winner. And Mad Media, along with sponsor General Tire, is looking for the new 2012 Miss Mint 400 in advance of the famed General Tire Mint 400. This year’s Miss Mint 400 winner will earn a $5,000 cash prize in addition to other prizes, national exposure and a professional photo shoot.

“The Miss Mint 400 competition provided a great platform for me to expand into more and more spokesperson roles,” said Keli Snyder, 2011 Miss Mint. “The opportunity to be part of such a historic event was certainly a huge honor for me.”

The 2012 Miss Mint 400 winner, Ali Kessler, also used the Miss Mint competition to help expand her career.

“I really enjoyed my time as Miss Mint 400,” said Kessler. “To be named with women like Vanna White and Linda Carter is a big distinction. I know having the Miss Mint 400 title in my portfolio has helped me secure numerous modeling jobs over the last couple years. I’m very thankful for the opportunity that was presented to me.”

Fort Mill, SC – The General Tire Miss Mint 400 competition is back for its 3rd consecutive year. General Tire is turning up the heat for the 2011 Mint 400 race by kicking off the event with the Miss Mint 400 competition which started on Feb 28, 2011.

Girls from across the country compete for the Miss Mint 400 crown, which brings with it the prestigious Miss Mint title, a prize package, national exposure and a General Tire photo shoot. Do you think you have what it takes to be the next Miss Mint 400? The contest is open to women 21-years-of-age and older who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (void in New York, Florida, Rhode Island, and U.S. territories and possessions, including Puerto Rico, and where prohibited).

The contest starts now through March 15. To participate, entrants must upload two photos of themselves to www.generaltire.com, one head shot and one full-body shot. The top 10 women with the highest scores on March 15 will make it to the second round of competition. From there, only three women will move on to the final round. Each of the finalists will attend the Miss Mint 400 crowning ceremony on Thursday March 24th and that evening, the 2011 Miss Mint 400 will be crowned. The winner will receive three nights of hotel accommodations in Las Vegas, $1,500 and she will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to model in a General Tire photo shoot.

“The Miss Mint 400 contest has definitely added excitement around the SNORE General Tire Mint 400 race,” said Dana Zamalloa, Marketing, PR and Communications Manager, General Tire. “Last year we had a record-high number of votes and I am anticipating that the competition will be even hotter for 2011.”

For the full contest rules and regulations and for more information about finalist prizes and deadlines, go to www.generaltire.com.