And the Story Goes… From Alaska to the Mint 400
And the Story Goes… Mell Wade of Off-Road Evolution completed an Epic Trek from Alaska to the Mint 400
From Alaska to the Mint 400, Mel Wade of Off-Road Evolution has made the trip of a lifetime. Mel headed to from California in a Jeep Gladiator all the way to the Arctic Ocean to participate in Nitto’s Alcan 500 and then flew to the Mint 400 to race another Jeep Gladiator in the Stock Production Class, in which he Won!
“Jeep Gladiator wins Mint400 !! After taking the EVO MFG. Gladiator to the Baja 1000 in 2019, the EVO Team was looking for a new challenge for the 2020 Jeep JT. The Mint 400 is the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America, Mel Wade and Aleksander Tonkovich decided to take on the challenge, resulting in an incredible 1st place finish in their class. Holding the lead throughout the race, the Jeep Gladiator and EVO suspension proved to be an effective combination to conquer the brutal Nevada desert. They were entered in the Stock Production Class, EVO MFG. supplied their off the shelf 2.5” Enforcer Suspension, axle trusses, and King Shocks. KMC Wheels provided strength and durability that resulted in zero tire/wheel failures throughout the race. PSC helped make steering an easy job for Mel Wade behind the wheel. JE Reel supplied drivelines. With the help of KC Hilites they were able to maintain their pace into the night. They crossed the finish line in 6 hours and 46 minutes, an impressive 37 minutes ahead of the 7330 Chevy Colorado.” Mel Wade, Off-Road Evolution