Alumi Craft Racers Take On Great American Off Road Race and Rule The Mint 400
March 12, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
The Mint 400 is known as “The Great American Off Road Race” and since its modern rebirth, the event has seemingly doubled year over year. Attracting more than 500 entries to contest the 2019 BFGoodrich Tires Mint 400, the race is now spread out over two days with four designated racing events. The Class 1000 buggies featured a field of 23 competitors and a total of 107 entries in Sunday morning’s Group A race. Three Alumi Craft racers ruled the division with Chase Warren capturing The Mint 400 victory.
This year’s 119 mile course required racers to do three laps through the rough and rocky desert of Jean Nevada. It is brutal bone jarring terrain and will break the will of hardened off road veterans and max out the race cars endurance. For racers with premium off road cars produced by Alumi Craft, the difficult landscape is easily tamed and conquered. The Alumi Craft buggies leveled the playing field for the Class 1000 podium finishers who completed the race with less than 60 seconds separating 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
Chase Warren finished the race in 5 Hours, 52 Minutes, and 11.0449 Seconds for 1st place over Connor McMullen who finished in 5 Hours, 52 Minutes, and 43.002 Seconds. Christian Fessler was right behind finishing in 5 Hours, 52 Minutes, and 54.948 Seconds. Based on the Parker 425 finishing results, Warren drew first start. Fessler started 2nd. McMullen started 16th. Besides the podium sweep, Alumi Craft Racer inside the Top 7 include; 5th place finisher Trevor Rasmussen, 6th place finisher Cody Reid, and Chip Prescott who placed 7th.
Nearly 6 hours of racing and the Top 3 all finished within the minute and only seconds apart! Close racing with high caliber cars yields similar results. It really all comes down to the racing variables. One flat tire, one driver error, one bad or good pit stop, all play out and history has set its course.
After coming off the win at Parker we were looking forward to getting to start on the first row and hopefully have a dust free day,” Chase Warren described his race from the podium. “ Then the rain came and did away with the dust for everyone else as well. We were getting a countdown for each minute to the start, starting at 5 minutes. We watched the clock and when it got to 5 seconds the light turned green and we got smoked off the start. The infield was watered so much the roost off of Fessler’s car immediately covered all of our lights. We were completely driving in the dark and just running the tires on the edge of the track to find our way back to the pavement to get them cleaned up so we could see again.”
Chase continued “We also decided to run a much heavier tire and right away noticed that it was going to be a problem since they bladed the course. We were 10-15 MPH off other cars speed in the easiest fast sections of the course so we knew we had to push as hard as possible through the rough and rocky sections, and the Alumi Craft allowed us to do just that. We took over the physical lead about halfway through the first lap and held it to the finish. Lap traffic was a big problem because we didn’t have the push to pass system and cars did not want to get out of the way until they were forced to. We probably passed 40-50 cars starting near the beginning of the second lap. The heavier tires did give us a flat free day, the Alumi Craft never fails to impress, and we were able to just edge out the competition to secure the win. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a race this close. It was one minute one way, one minute the other, and it was never any more than that.”
Connor McMullen, who started mid pack back in 16th place, raced forward and climbed up to 2nd for a podium finish just seconds off the winning pace. “We started 16th,” explained McMullen. We ran hard with no issues all day. On the last lap we changed out tires which let us push the Alumi Craft even harder and passed a lot of cars. At Pit B, on the last lap and about 35 miles from the finish, the course became tight and twisty. We had caught up to 11 UTVs and one truck all single file between us and the Warren Brothers. After we finally got around all the traffic, we ran out of race course and lost the win by just over 32 seconds! It was a super awesome race!!” To move through a talented field, and overcome all the challenges involved with off road racing is a massive accomplishment. The Alumi Craft #1020 had to be on point and working perfectly.
Christian Fessler finished 3rd in the #1003 Alumi Craft to take his second podium of the weekend. Fessler shared driving duties in #526 car on Saturday and finished 2nd in class. “Wow what a weekend! It was a great race right from the green flag start,” stated Fessler. “I pushed the Alumi Craft as hard as we wanted. The only thing keeping me back was that we were a little cautious with the tires as it was our first time running the BFGs. Come to find out that the tires were a great choice and we had no flats! The car was amazing with zero issues all day and no down time. Great car and great tires! Awesome prep from Jakes Fabworks and great car from Alumi Craft. I cannot wait for the next race!”
The Mint 400 is an iconic pinnacle event of off road racing filled with glitz, glamour, and prestige. When one podium is stacked with one brand of race car, it is a true marvel to be noted down in the history books of The Mint 400.
Alumi Craft Race Cars are pure breed off road machines built to win. Racers aiming for the podium and race for championships can count on Alumi Craft Race Cars as the source for high performance and competitive value. Give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 to find out more about our race products and services.