The 2015 Mint 400 has come and gone but the legend of this particular Mint will be remembered for a long time. The Rigid Industries crew rolled into downtown Las Vegas and settled into their spot for Contingency on 9th and Fremont Thursday afternoon. The festivities kicked off with the annual parade down Las Vegas Blvd, the Miss Mint competition, the Method Wheels Time-Trials, the KMC Wheels Pit-Crew Challenge where Rigid Industries sponsored COPS Racing helped put the 1500 team of Steve Hengiveld on the top spot, and finally, contingency row that took place all day Friday.
At contingency, over 300 race vehicles, thousands of fans, and hundreds of vendors lined Fremont street from sun-up to sun-down. Fans had a chance to meet their favorite driver, pick up stickers, get their photos taken, and take pictures of the biggest and fastest off-road vehicles in the world. With freestyle motocross demos taking place throughout the day, t-shirts being shot out of cannons on top of the Rigid Industries toter, and race trucks parading down the streets of Las Vegas, the record number of fans got more than they bargained for with the record number of race entries.
Saturday morning marked the start of the 2015 Polaris RZR Mint 400, presented by General Tire. The event consisted of a morning race for limited vehicles and an afternoon race for unlimited vehicles. Fans poured into the Buffalo Bill’s Hotel and Casino Parking Lot at the site of the Start/Finish line to watch the race vehicles race through the short-course infield 2 by 2 off of the starting line. Rigid Industries Torture Team members BJ Baldwin, Bryce Menzies, RPM Off-Road, Jim Beaver, and Johnny Greaves all qualified towards the front of the pack and all had their work cut out for them. Unfortunately for Menzies, Beaver, and Greaves, mechanical failures took them out of the race. For Baldwin, transmission issues delayed his finish and resulted in an incredible 23rd overall finish, just over an hour off the lead vehicle after having to change the transmission in the pits. BJ was on the gas and was the driver to beat this year as he led for a majority of the first 2 laps. But for the 50,000 plus fans scattered throughout the race course, the #AHBEEF Jimco #41 Trophy Truck of Justin Lofton put on the performance of a lifetime coming from behind to win the Mint 400. Rigid Industries own Apdaly Lopez got the #11 RPM Trophy Truck to the finish line in 4th place with teammate Lalo Laguna finishing 11th overall and 3rd in class 1500.
It’s safe to say that the Mint 400 will continue to grow as Mad Media, Best in the Desert, and the City of Las Vegas continue to expand this event year after year in the entertainment capital of the world. For more information about the Mint 400, go to www.themint400.com.