Stephen Moyer and Goran Višnjić at a press conference before the Mint400 race

Mint 400

Held for the 50th time this weekend, the Mint 400 is the nation’s most prestigious off-road race and draws racers from around the world. Las Vegas native Bryce Menzies won the race with a time of five hours, 52 minutes — an average speed of nearly 60 mph over terrain that’s tough just to walk on. He also won the 2013 race.

While professional racers dominate, amateurs make up a large number of competitors. Among them this year were actors Stephen Moyer, of HBO’s True Blood, and Goran Višnjić, of ER and Timeless, who raced in a utility task vehicle, or UTV. Often called side-by-sides and popular with ranchers and hunters, UTVs are a rapidly growing category for off-road racing.

Mint 400
Actors Stephen Moyer (left) and Goran Višnjić were among the competitors at the 2018 Mint 400 in Nevada. Speaking at a press conference before the race, the two said they were eager to hit the course after a short practice session. (Photo: Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY)

It was amazing,” Višnjić said after his race. “Oh god, it was awesome. It was unbelievable how much punishment the cars can take.

Višnjić said he’s raced in several celebrity challenges, but the Mint 400 reminded him of learning to drive a tractor growing up in Serbia.

After this, you’re not going to see me driving fast on asphalt again,” he said. “Wow.

This year’s race drew 400 teams to compete on the gravel roads and dirt tracks crisscrossing federally owned land in Nevada.

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  1. That is really a long race. I had no idea. Obviously, they had a great time. Look at those smiles! Thanks for providing.

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