Luke McMillin took the overall win over the weekend at the Mint 400 near Las Vegas. McMillin had an official time of 6 hours 49 minutes and 52 seconds on the 428-mile racecourse. McMillin earned $15,000 for his win from the Mint 400 and $25,000 in a bonus BF Goodrich tires payout.
Winning the Mint 400 is not new to the McMillin family. His dad, Mark, won the Mint 32 years ago. Luke’s cousin Andy also has a couple of Mint 400 wins on his resume.
“I can’t believe it!” said Luke McMillin. “We worked so hard. This truck, we built it in 2014, and I can’t believe we just won the Mint 400. That’s badass!”
Top qualifier Harley Letner’s raceday ended in a gasket failure. Ryan Arciero looked as if he would take the victory, but a flat tire would put him down on time killing any hopes for a win. Arciero finished third on the podium while Bryce Menzies finished second.
A day before, in the limited class, Branden Sims took an overall victory racing a Polaris RZR side-by-side.
“It was a long time coming, but man, was it worth it!” Sims said from the podium. “Today was a great day. We started out front, and never had any other battles we had to worry about. The only battle we had was what was in my mind, about who was in the back trying to sneak up on us. You never know when you’re in front—your car can only do as much as it can do.”
Unofficial race results can be found here
Photos: Eric Minks/Shaun Ochsner