Race Recap: The Mint 400 ” A Race to Remember, to Learn From, and to Appreciate “

 

Photographer: Larry Pena

Photographer: Larry Pena

March 10th, 2018. Its Raceday for Mills Motorsports and there we were in Primm, Nevada at the main pit. This is where emotions run wild, as each driver and navigator take their staging positions to lift off into the middle of no where; Fighting the Nevada terrain. They have huge rocks to avoid, Silt beds to rush through, they even have other drivers to look out for. The Mint 400 is a race to remember, to learn from, and to appreciate.
The Main Pit Crew Leader Bart Parker does some overall checks on the #81 Trophy Truck before sending Driver Taylor Mills and Navigator Josh Huff off to staging for the main start. Parker says ” I do some inspections to the truck, ensure fluids are good and check the tire pressure. A lot of going over everything but for the most part everything should be done already, haha “. Trick Truck #81 and Trophy Spec #6178 are both off the start with some Bald Eagles soaring above them leading them through what they say has been the roughest course yet.

 

 

Photographer: Larry Pena

First and second Lap for Trophy and Spec were a good solid laps. 3rd lap well.. you ever see a pit team swap a transmission out in 45 minutes, #81 had lost a transmission. At this time Spec #6178 Driver Rob Martensen and Navigator Jello had caught up with Trophy as they came in for rear tire changes not really needing them as the BFGoodrich and Method Race Wheels are holding up fairly well for how rocky and hard this terrain is. 354 Miles and the guys were halfway done.

 

 

On the last lap to get fueled, Radio calls in from Jello Navigator of the #6178 letting Mike Kerr know they have lost power about 10 miles out from the last pit. Kerr tells them what to do to fix the problem and gets them going again with maybe 5 minutes lost. Both trucks are fueled and sent off to finish the race. We Packed up the Pit and headed to the finish line. #6178 Spec Rob & Jello take home 3rd in the 6100 class and as Trick Truck #81 Taylor and Huff pull up to the finish line they get drenched in a mud from the lakebed giving the truck a whole new look sitting on the podium.

 

 

Photographer: Larry Pena

Overall the Mills Team is happy, proud and ready to take on their next battle. Our team pulled together and both trucks finished Gary Mills was excited and happy and we got to make some amazing memories together, huge thanks to him for making this all happen and thank you to our sponsors and supporters. Exotic Engine, Steelit, Baja Designs, Method Race Wheels, BFGoodrich, SDHQ, RatholeGroup, Fox.