General's racers make history with Mint 400 podium sweep

Jan. 1, 2020
Team General Tire's drivers swept the podium at the March 26 Mint 400 in Las Vegas.
Team General Tire's drivers swept the podium at the March 26 Mint 400 in Las Vegas.

“Ballistic” BJ Baldwin led the pack for most of the race, crossing the finish line victorious, followed by his father Bobby Baldwin in second and Mikey Childress in third.

This is the first time in the event’s long history that a father-son team placed first and second in the Unlimited/TT class.

New GT drivers Randy Merrit took first in Stock Full, and Macrae Glass clinched a first-place finish in Class 8.

GT spec class drivers Perry Coan received first place in the Jeepspeed Challenge; Troy Messer took first in Trophylite.

“I was on a mission last year, and this year’s mission is an even bigger one,” BJ Baldwin reports. “On Team GT, it’s go big or go home,” he adds.

 

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“This race couldn’t have been more perfect,” Baldwin recounts. “These drivers out here really know how to tear it up, and there’s some serious competition, but with the Grabbers and with the force of Team GT and Monster Energy, Baldwin Motorsports was determined to be the unstoppable force, and we proved it.”

Last year Baldwin brought home Team GT’s first-ever off-road championship title since the tire maker’s re-entry into motorsports four years ago, winning the Best in the Desert Championship in Trick Truck.

His other 2010 podium finishes were first place at the BITD Parker 425, second place in teammate Bobby Baldwin’s truck at the 2010 SNORE Mint 400 and second place overall at the BITD Blue Water Challenge Race in Parker, Ariz.

“I knew we were going to sweep the podium this year; I even tweeted a podium sweep prediction before the race,” says Dana Zamalloa, General’s manager of public relations and communications.

“These guys won’t let anything get in their way. We are so proud of them.” The company had been “asking for a podium sweep of our guys all last year, and now our team has done it,” Zamalloa observes. “It looks like 2011 will be a great year for General Tire.”

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