The Mint 400 is a race that has history, fame, and notoriety. Its first run was 1967, and then it disappeared in 1988 for 20 years, and then was resurrected in 2008. In 2012 the Mint 400 opened up a class for UTVs. The Polaris-supported Lonestar RZR XP1000 Turbo car of Brandon Sims and Justin Krause was top UTV overall at 18th racing against high-dollar trucks and buggies. Their time was within an hour of the overall four-wheel winner’s time. Justin Lambert and Mitchell Alsup teamed up in the naturally aspirated Cognito Motorsports Polaris RZR XP1000. After three laps on the brutal desert course, the pair had a shot at passing the leading RZR XP1000 Turbo car of Brandon Sims and Justin Krause, but Lambert and Alsup had pushed too hard and shredded the belt with a quarter mile left in the race. The pair pushed the car alone until overall UTV winners Sims and Krause came out to help the duo push (after checking with race officials to see if their aid was legal). Lambert and Alsup easily won the naturally aspirated class with 21st place overall.