Householder Takes 2nd at the Mint 400
Las Vegas often is the place for sin and debauchery; however last week it was the host to one of the roughest desert races in the country, “THE MINT 400”. Householder Motorsports rolled into town last Wednesday for this historically race put on this year by Mad Media and Best in the Desert. Starting off the event was a parade up Fremont Street and a pit crew challenge where the team was able to show off their talents.
On Thursday, the team headed out to the north end of town to participate in the time trials where 68 teams competed for their starting position for Saturday’s grueling race. Time Trials turned out to be a race in itself for most teams and there was carnage everywhere; however the Householder #24 Trick Truck of Adam Householder had a solid run placing 4thin Time Trials behind some of off-road racing’s greatest legends including Rob MacCachren and Robby Gordon. The HMS Class One entry of Terry Householder #1539 ran into some issues during qualifying which lead to starting towards the end of the unlimited entries for Race Day. Friday the team gathered together to get both Householder Motorsports Class One and Trick Truck though Tech and Contingency under the infamous canopy of Fremont Street as the last of the events prior to race day.
A very early race morning, Adam Householder and his co-pilot Russell Hampton teamed up with John Gould of Playtech Racing in his class 3000 car to race the morning session of the Mint 400. They had a successful run in the car, which led John and Wayne Gould to finish 2nd in class for the race. That afternoon both car and truck made their way to the start line for the Mint 400, Adam started in the 3rd row with veteran class one racer T.J. Flores, Flores had the advantage at the start with the lighter car but Adam quickly was able to pass him in the first ten miles. Terry started 57th with Josh Daniel to his left and was able to beat him off the start.
By the end of the first 90 mile lap Adam was 2ndin class and Terry had quickly made up some time and was running 17th in class after starting towards the rear. Lap two Adam was keeping a consistent pace with off-road greats, Rob MacCachren and Robby Gordon and maintained his second place position. Unfortunately, the class one car ran into mechanical issues on lap 2 that did not allow them to finish the race. Adam continued to have a strong day until Lap 3 they ran into an issue on the course that caused them to have an unexpected pit stop at pit 2 for repairs. The team was able to quickly repair the truck and get Adam and Russell back on the course to chase the dust of the 1st and 2nd overall leaders. By the end of Lap 3, Adam had quickly started making up time from his pit stop with the help of his Rigid Industries- LED Lighting system. As the team anticipated the arrival of the #24 Trick Truck at the finish, the team couldn’t help but think about their almost flawless day for the Trick Truck, which had zero flats all day on both Truck and Class One thanks to their always rugged and dependable BFGoodrich tires. The Truck had no mechanical issues aside from the issue on the course. Adam was able to finish 2nd in Trick Truck behind Rob MacCachren and 3rd Overall behind Robby Gordon. Crew Chief Corey Balled stated he could not be happier about the pit stops the team had and how well the truck performed this race.
The Next race for the Householder Motorsports Team will be the Best in the Desert Silver State 300 which Adam had won last year and hopes to do the same at this year’s event.
Householder Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors; BFGoodrich Tires, BTR Wheels, Rigid Industries-LED Lighting, King Racing Shocks, Patton Engines, Currie Enterprises, McKenzie’s Performance Parts and PCI Race- Radios.
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY: MWilson Photo
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