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For the other team in which Mark ran the race, see Mark & Mallory.

William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson are a team of Best Friends on The Amazing Race 20.

In Season 20, they quickly became favorites amongst the cast and viewers. When they weren't enjoying themselves, they also had one of the most heartbreaking stories in the series, as Bopper's daughter was sick and he needed money to treat her. They managed to run a fairly strong race, and were the only team to beat Rachel & Dave to a Pit Stop after leg 5. Unfortunately, Bopper wrenched his knee in Tanzania, forcing an uncoordinated Mark to do the Bollywood Dancing Roadblock while suffering through dehydration and the after effects of motion sickness, and they didn't leave the Roadblock until all the other teams had completed the leg. Despite being non-eliminated for the second time during the season, the dancing Roadblock put them so far behind that not even the Fast Forward was able to save them in the next leg, and they finished 5th.

Their fan favorite status got them invited back for All-Stars, where Bopper would have to pull out due to pancreatitis, and Mark would end up running the race with Mallory Ervin, of Gary & Mallory.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com[1]

Bopper

Age: 41
Hometown: Manchester, Ky.
Connection to Teammate: Best Friend
Current Occupation: Motorcycle Mechanic
Describe what you do: I fix motorcycles and take care of my Mom and Dad.
How will these skills help you win The Race? I am good with my hands and it has made me a better person—I think outside of the box.
Three words to describe you: Hyper, funny and exciting.
Favorite hobbies: Motorcycle riding, swimming and building bikes.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Jim Carey
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Tiger Woods
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My child
What scares you most about traveling? Getting lost and high places.
What excites you most about traveling? I have not done much traveling so I am really excited about getting to do that.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together? For Mark to listen to me and realize that he is not always right.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He thinks he knows everything.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Germany, because I have friends there.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? To better our friendship and to see the world together.

Mark

Age: 45
Hometown: Manchester, Ky.
Connection to Teammate: Best Friend
Current Occupation: Former State Inspector
What skills do you have that will help you win The Race? Don't know but my heart will pull me through.
Three words to describe you: Loyal, outspoken and friendly.
Favorite hobbies: Golf, basketball and four wheeling.
What famous person reminds you of yourself? Michael Jordan and Denzel Washington
What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Patrick Swayze
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My kids
What scares you most about traveling? Flying
What excites you most about traveling? Seeing different things.
Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together? Listening to each other.
Pet peeve about your teammate: He acts up too much. He doesn't know when to stop.
What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Scotland—to see some of the first golf courses ever built.
What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? See the world.

The Amazing Race 20

Race History

Booper & Mark's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
(underlined)
Roadblock
Performer
Placement Notes
1 1 United States → Argentina No Detour Bopper 9 of 11
2 2 Argentina Boil My Water / Light My Fire Mark 3 of 10
3 3 Argentina → Paraguay Stacked Up / Strung Out Mark 4 of 9
4 4 Paraguay → Italy Clean That Statue / Name That Salami Bopper 8 of 8
5 5 Italy → Germany Fairy Tale / Champion Male Mark 6 of 8
6 6 Germany → Azerbaijan Apples / Oil Bopper 3 of 7
7 7 Azerbaijan → Tanzania Marksmanship / Courtship No Roadblock 2 of 6
8 8 Tanzania Water Supply / Air Supply Mark 1 of 6
9 9 Tanzania → India Cricket / Clutch It Mark 5 of 5
10 10 India Used Fast Forward 5 of 5 [1]
Average 4.60
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team that used the second slot of the "Double U-Turn"
Recipient of a second U-Turn due to the "Double U-Turn" twist

Notes:
1: Bopper & Mark completed the Fast Forward task, but were too far behind the other teams and they still came in last and were eliminated.

Post Race

  • Bopper & Mark competed on a The Amazing Race Primetime special of The Price is Right in 2016.[2] Bopper & Mark helped their respective contestant, Monifa Sims, wife of Survivor: Worlds Apart castaway Will Sims II, win a trip to South Africa in their pricing game. However, The trio failed to make it to the Showcase.[3]

Trivia

External links

Interviews

Season 20

  • Reg Seeton at The Deadbolt (04/30/2012): "The Amazing Race: Heat and Heart with Bopper and Mark"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (04/30/2012): "Exclusive: "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson talk The Amazing Race"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (04/30/2012): "Our Friendship Is Deeper Than Any Situation"
  • Catriona Wightman at Digital Spy (05/01/2012): "We gave everything we had"
  • Elimination Interviews at CBS.com (05/01/2012): "Elimination Interview: Mark and Bopper"
  • Daniel Fienberg at Hitfix.com (05/02/2012): "Team Kentucky talks about their reception back home and more"
  • Susan Gonzales at Yakkity Yaks (05/03/2012): "The Amazing Race: The Yak Chats with Mark Jackson and William 'Bopper' Minton"

Season 24

  • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (02/24/2014): "Talking with the Latest Eliminated Players from Amazing Race"
  • Elizabeth Kwiatkowski at Reality TV World (02/24/2014): "William 'Bopper' Minton talks The Amazing Race 24" [Parts 1 & 2
  • Daniel Fienberg at Hitfix.com (02/25/2014): "Bopper discusses his medical exit"
  • Joyce Eng at TV Guide Online (02/25/2014): "Withdrawal Was Heartbreaking"

Social Media Profiles

References

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