Randy Slawson was the co-driver for John Reynolds on the winning team the first year of the event, referred to as the OG13 in 2007, but in 2013, Slawson came across the finish line in the driver’s seat to earn the title of King of the Hammers for 2013.

“I don’t know what to say,” Slawson said at the finish line, the racer still coming to grips with the fact that he won the race. “It was a fun day, not a lot of traffic. It was windy so the dust wasn’t too bad. We were able to just run our own pace and, I don’t know, everything just came together for us.”

Slawson held off two-time winner Shannon Campbell to earn the victory. Campbell explained after the race that he got lost at one point, and then on his way toward the finish line on the third lap while chasing Slawson he tipped over on the “Elvis “ section and was pushed off the pace.

KOH organizer and creator Dave Cole just announced to the crowd in attendance that review of the race data showed no problems, making Randy Slawson (below left) and his brother and co-driver Mike (below right) the official winners of the 2013 King of the Hammers.

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Official Finishers
1. Randy Slawson – 7:28:10
2. Shannon Campbell – 7:48:41
3. Chicky Barton 8:23:50
4. Erik Miller 8:36:52
5. Ben Napier 9:37:12
6. Derek West 10:14:32
7. Craig Ross 10:25:21
8. Jon Cagliero 10:54:24
9. Jason Blanton 11:27:48
10. Matthew Messer 11:50:08

Finish Line Photos by Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto

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Kevin Connors February 11th, 2013 at 1:02 am

If you haven’t been to the King of the Hammers it is one of the best off- road races in the Southwest all year long. In terms of excitement and all-out aggressive racing, only the Baja 1000 comes close

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