2016 Mint 400 – Primm, Nevada

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Words and Photos by Anthony Rivas

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It’s Thursday morning and I am in Primm, Nevada to check out the Method Race Wheels time trials for the Mint 400.

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I am making way to the start line for qualifying and seeing a few trucks and buggies still on trailers.

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If you follow off road at all, maybe you know this truck sporting the green Methods - BJ Baldwin in line for qualifying.

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You may recognize some of these race teams by logos. Some were new to me. Regardless of the name on the side of the car they came to race.

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I could probably stay here for hours just watching all the competitors. This buggy is almost a green chrome.

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People are already gathered for time trials. There are a lot of people here, more than I expected.

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These guys are really in it. The sound of the motor screams so loud; it’s a rush.

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These guys have some pretty good seats and everything they need.

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This is just one section a few people gathered at to watch. There is a jump here. You know, people want to see big air.

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I’m headed back to Vegas and I see some of the trucks I just saw on the track. We will see what tomorrow brings at the Tech & Contingency downtown.

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It’s Friday morning and I am in downtown Las Vegas on Freemont street.

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There are lots of restaurants and casinos here. This is always blocked off for pedestrians.

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Well let’s go see what the Mint 400 Contingency is all about.

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There are lots of people, so lets make our way through and find some off road vehicles.

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I really dig the paint schemes on these two, I wonder if they will be in the race.

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UTV’s are present and some will be racing tomorrow. There is a lot of lift pictured above and a lot of lights pictured below.

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I can’t help but notice the front shock set up on this bug is wild. Maybe it’s common in this scene, to me its intriguing.

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I am from Colorado so I dig the paint, but it’s just a cool Volkswagen.

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If you’re into Off Road racing, fabrication, or just a gear head this event is something you should check out.

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If you follow Casey Currie than you may recognize this beast.

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I saw this passing by on its way to tech and it caught my eye. It looks very unique compared to most of the racers I am seeing.

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Cops?! That’s different.

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It’s a Toyota and has an Axial Yeti Trophy truck on it – two things I like!

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Okay, I see BFGoodrich up ahead. I think that’s half way and I have been walking for a while. On the bright side I am not pushing or pulling a truck.

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The vehicles are getting a little more unique as I get closer.

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I thought I misread the labels – Honda Ridgeline.

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No, I didn’t misread that, it’s a Honda Ridgeline.

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Something about the front suspension looked a little off, so I am going to make my way closer.

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The engine sits in the back, and way back at that. Curious to know how it performs.

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Well I made my way to BFGoodrich and I see the Axial Jeep JK on display.

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I also see this scavenger hunt. Win a Casey Currie signed Axial Jeep or a set of BFG tires. Wow, that’s pretty cool.

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Some pretty cool vintage and classics down here.

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If you’re hungry, there are plenty of food trucks here.

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This DJ drove his stage here; this thing is a beast.

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The stage for all the competitors, and everyone cheering on their favorite driver.

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Rigid Industries has some cool trucks in their area.

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This Ford was drawing crowds over at Method race wheels.

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This really got my attention. What do you think?

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There is lots of carbon fiber on this Chevy.

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Some new mixed with the classics.

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This is a pretty rad combo right here.

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The Bronco looks purpose built wouldn’t you say? The trailing arms mounting as far forward as they do really got me looking.

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WOW! Check this out.

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This looks like a piece of history right here.

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Could you imagine racing across harsh environments in this?

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This Chevy seemed to grab a lot of attention also.

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This Volkswagon Bug looks like its been around the world.

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Speaking of around the world, this Dakar wrapped rig was pretty cool.

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HEATWAVE VISUAL had an Axial Yeti TT as a part of their display.
It definitely pulled people in! Who remembers first seeing this rig on Instagram?

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On my way out I kept checking out vehicles, even if they weren’t part of the display.

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Hmmm… I have got to check this out.

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All right, I have to head home. Races start tomorrow morning.

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Ok it’s Saturday morning and I am back in Primm. Lets see what we can of the race.

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It’s racing and it’s always exciting.

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Its amazing how fast these guys go on a makeshift road, they are flat out screaming.

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Pass where you can and it’s a full on commitment.

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Love the drop out of the suspension on this Chevy, the picture below is in flight.

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These trucks were taking a beating, flat tires and broken body parts if you’re lucky.

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I have to admit, I was impressed by the Honda. This guy was flat out running this truck.

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Some guys pushed and quickly found their limits.

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Somewhere in that wall of dirt is a high horse powered truck with a driver standing on the gas. We can all hear it screaming like a banshee.

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Big air, coming in hot is a crowd pleaser, but was gamble for the drivers. This unfolded so quick that I missed the shot of impact.

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He hit the cinder block wall carrying some speed.

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Track officials were quick to respond.

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Driving styles varied; hard on the brakes then accelerate through the corner.

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Some drivers would just through it in the corner and drift it.

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It was hard to get good spots for the action, but this just made his way on the course.

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As the day winded down I made my way to the stage.

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After checking out the stage and some of the finishers I headed out.

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These guys made sure there was no shortage of Ford Raptors.

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BFGoodrich had a pit challenge going on for every day people to see what the pros go through.

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That center median is not even close to a parking place, but this place is busting at the seams with people. I am headed back to Vegas to unwind, maybe it won’t be so crowded.