by: PHOTO COURTESY OF VEST RACING - Vest Racing, truck #46.Vest Racing travelled to La Vegas, Nev., last week for the Mint 400. The team took sixth in the 1400 class with a time of 6:59.21 and eighth overall, missing the seventh-place spot by just one second. That’s a good finish, especially considering the problems they ran into on the course, in particular the loss of brakes.

Based in Molalla, Vest Racing is in its second year of pro truck off-road racing. This was the second race of their 2014 season.


Here is a good video recap of Vest’s 2013 season by Turn 2 TV Productions.


A transmission issue kept the truck in second gear for 180 miles, driver Troy Vest said. During that 180 miles, Vest and his navigator Gino Licitra only gave up one position though. However, it cost them time. Also, 45 miles into the third lap a rock got into the engine compartment and knocked the oil pump belt off, Vest said.

The biggest issue (and scariest) Vest and Licitra faced though was the loss of their brakes. They were unable to stop at two stop check points.

“I got it slowed down,” Vest said, adding that he just threw his hands in the air and waved everyone out of his way. It wasn’t a full loss of brake power, as the front brake pressure had about 200 pounds of pressure (normal is 600 or 700 pounds), but it wasn’t enough pressure to stop the truck. It was a “very nervous” point in the race, Vest said, laughing.

The sport is growing in popularity, at least the amount of entrants to the Mint 400 show signs of it. In previous years, the most pro trucks to race the Mint 400 was 42. This year, 57 pro trucks took to the desert for the 400-mile race.

“It was crazy big,” Vest said. The course itself is extremely rough and broken into four laps, each 100 miles.

Next up, Vest Racing goes to Alamo, Nev., for the Silver State 300 in early May.

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