Jeepspeed Racers Battle a Tough Course at The General Tire Mint 400
[ Download PDF
] [ Download Photos
Las Vegas, NV
Jeepspeed racers lined up for another intense battle at The General Tire Mint 400, presented by Poloris outside Las Vegas, Nevada. The Mint 400 is legendary for the tough, rocky course they used to run north of Las Vegas that tortured racers for years. In 2011, the race was moved south of the city to the Jean area. Traditionalists were skeptical, even though it was run here several times before, that the race would lose some of the toughness it had in the past. This year’s race left no doubt in the racer’s minds that the south course could be just as tough. The course contained rocks, silt, deep holes and fast lakebed sections that had engines banging off their rev limiters. The conditions were brutal but the Jeepspeed racers didn’t seem to mind. They came to test themselves and each other and that’s what they got.
In General Tire Jeepspeed Cup presented by ATX Wheels racing competition it was Bob Mamer who took his second win in a row in his turbocharged Jeep Comanche pickup. “We had a good day,” Said Bob Mamer, “Last year at this race we went hard out of the gate and tore a bunch of stuff up. We made it a point to go easy on the first lap and see where we stood from there. We pulled in to top off at pit B just to make sure we had plenty of fuel because we were not sure how much fuel we would burn. There were so many rocks you could get into trouble fast if you got off the race line.
On the second lap, I hit a big rock and got a flat tire. I’ve never had a flat tire on the Generals so it probably took longer to get it changed than it should have. We got word from the crew that our plan to take it easy resulted in a 10 minute lead on second place. We assumed Skilton was back there and that he would be coming fast but we made it to the line first. I can’t say enough about my co-rider Marshal Parker. It was only his second race but he is catching on real fast, I am really impressed.” Darren Skilton was “back there” he just didn’t have the speed to catch Bob before the finish. Third place went to Brandon Berge and Joe Reyes.
The General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge presented by ATX Wheels victory went to third generation Jeep racer Rick Randall. “My Dad and my Uncles have raced the Mint 400 but I’m the first Randall to win one,” said Rick Randall, who races with his brother Cory, “I’m happy to put the Randall name on that trophy. We started 9th and picked our way through the field. We were out front until a couple got passed us when we made a stop. We worked our way to the front again and never looked back. We were leading in Parker and ended up third, we weren’t going to let that happen again. It was real dusty and the course was littered with rocks but we made it through in good shape. There is a small crack in the rear end truss but it’s barely leaking. My Dad Mike Randall is the best Jeep prep guy in the world. We’ve done six races and finished every one. I would like to thank General Tire and American Racing ATX Series Wheels for stepping up and sponsoring the series; we are having so much fun racing the series.”
Second place in the Jeepspeed Challenge went to the Three Amigos, Dave Bolles, Jeff Sherrill and Ron Thomas. They took second place in only their second race; they placed fourth at Parker. “It did not seem that rough to me but I’m used to racing in Barstow,” said Dave Bolles. Barstow, California is known for its rocky and well-worn terrain so Dave must have felt right at home. It suited Jeff Sherrill too; he put in the fastest lap of the race. Ron Thomas was in the co-rider seat for the whole race. “It was a rough but fast course,” says Dave, “There were steep downhills lined with boulders. You had to stay in the groove, which was tough to do in the dust. We are still on the same tires from Parker; no flats. The PAC springs we just put on the truck worked perfect for us.
It was a good tight battle; we pressed as hard as we could. We never had to use Baja Pits but they were cheering us on every lap, thanks to them for the support! We also got a huge help from the BK Fab team in the main pits. They just jumped in to give a hand fueling the truck and making the drivers change. We are super happy and satisfied with the second place finish.”
Third place in Jeepspeed Challenge went to Eric Heiden, Joshua Reiter, Wilis Henson and Dylan Cochran.
The next exciting round of Jeepspeed racing will be at the BITD, Silver State 300 April 20-21. The Silver State race is a huge point-to-point race in remote Northern Nevada. It is known for long high-speed sections, siltbeds, water crossings and beautiful scenery. If you have problems here, you will be left behind.
For race information go to: http://www.bitd.com For General Tire Jeepspeed Cup and General Tire Jeepspeed Challenge information go to: http://jeepspeed.com
Main Photo & Skilton Photo By: Mike Ingalsbee
Mike's Race Photo - www.mikesracephoto.com
Additional Photos By: Brian Binkert
Bink Designs - www.binkdesigns.com
The Jeepspeed series is a competitive, cost effective series that has pitted Jeep vehicles against each other on challenging desert courses since 2001. Unlike the more expensive spec racing classes, there is no obligation to purchase your race vehicle or parts from the series organizer. You build your own vehicle the way you like as long as it fits within the rules. Jeepspeed offers the most fun and closest racing in the desert today. Jeepspeed series is supported by General Tire
, ATX Wheels
, RDM Offroad
, Howe Performance
, Currie Enterprises
, King Shocks
, TJ Performance Center
, Sunoco Race Fuels
, Baja Designs
, Rubicon Express
, G2 Axle & Gear
& PAC Racing Springs
Visit www.jeepspeed.com for more information.
About General Tire
For more than 95 years General Tire has offered a complete quality line of ultra-high performance, passenger, light truck, off-road and commercial tires to meet all your needs. General Tire is a proud supporter of Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, Best in the Desert Racing Series, Major League Fishing, Chili Bowl, Pro-Pulling, Late-Model Dirt Series, Drag Boat Series, American Sprint Car Series, FreestyleMx.com Tour, Zero One Odyssey, and Spec Tire of Trophylite and JeepSpeed. Team GT supports off-road and short course teams including Banning Motorsports, CJ Hutchins, Garrick Freitas, Harley Letner, Jerry Zaiden/Jason Campbell/Jerry Whelchel (Camburg), Jim Riley, Justin Lofton, Macrae Glass, Mike Childress, Randy Merritt, Ray Griffith, Rick L. Johnson, Sean Backus, Steve Alexander, Carey Hart/Josh Merrell/Ryan Beat/Rob Naughton (Hart & Huntington), Carl Renezeder, Casey Currie, Kyle Lucas, Robby Woods, Ryan “Fluffer” Hagy, Marc Burnett, and Johnny Campbell.
General Tire is part of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC. (www.generaltire.com). CTA, based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, is a company of Germany-based Continental AG. With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009 Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has close to 160,000 employees in 45 countries.