Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Larry McRae returns to KOH after beating throat cancer last year! Photo: Valerie Douglas

Jason Scherer bested another previous King of the Hammers winner Erik Miller for the fastest qualifying time for the 2017 King of the Hammers, but it won’t matter for more than bragging rights because both racers will start side by side Friday morning.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

It was a fast Can-Am UTV race for King of the Hammers, and the off-road community’s fast family, the Campbells, all finished in the top 10, with father Shannon Campbell earning first place, and son Wayland Campbell finishing in second. After leading the race earlier in the day, Bailey Campbell was able to post a top ten finish. History was made with all three Campbell’s finishing in the top 10, which no other racing family can claim.

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– Team Toyo driver Andy McMillin and Toyo Tires won first overall and first in the Trick Truck class during the Best In The Desert BlueWater Resort Parker 425 race this past weekend. McMillin’s #31 Toyo Tires,  Fox, Method Race Wheels Ford truck relied on 39-inch Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires to help deliver his win over the three-lap course.

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– Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, launches a new ATV / SxS bLU cRU Racing Support Program committing a potential total payout of $100,000 in race win bonuses for ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) racers competing in select classes and series aboard Yamaha’s 2016 or newer YXZ1000R and YFZ450R models.

Macy Higgins saves it after almost rolling off the hill during qualifying and cut a tire, but managed to finish. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Macy Higgins saves it after almost rolling off the hill during qualifying. He cut a tire but still managed to finish. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Erik Miller posted the fastest time yesterday during qualifying for the 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Aside from 4400 qualifying, Ultra4 also had qualifying runs for 4500 and 4800.

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Erik Miller had the fastest time of the day and is currently on the Pole for Friday’s main race. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Racers battled the qualifying course on Tuesday for this week’s 2017 Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Some familiar faces were at the top of the qualifying runs for the premier 4400 class, with two-time KOH Champion and 2016 winner Erik Miller taking top honors with a time of 1 minute, 40.2 seconds.

SCORE-San-Felipe-250-2-7-2017ENSENADA, Mexico – Celebrating another decade of excellence, seeing if one of three racers can win the overall title for the fourth time as well as starting and finishing for the first time on the Malecon in the heart of town are just three of the story lines awaiting racers from around the world as racer registration has opened for the 31st Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.

The season-opening event of the four-race internationally-televised 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held March 29-April 2 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

The year of 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the legendary season-ending SCORE Baja 1000, the iconic Granddaddy of all Desert Races to be held in mid-November. The SCORE Baja 1000 is the longest continuously held desert race in the world.

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Can-Am announced it has agreed with Ultra4 racing to be the “official UTV of ULTRA4 Racing.” This two-year agreement includes the title sponsorship of the UTV portion of the 2017 Can-Am King of the Hammers (KOH) off-road race in California, and the entire ULTRA4 UTV racing series.

Kyle Crouch’s virgin run launching up Backdoor managed to take home the 2017 title and $7500 prize.

Kyle Crouch’s virgin run launching up Backdoor managed to take home the 2017 title and $7500 prize.

The Vision X Shootout returned to Backdoor after its one-year hiatus move to Chocolate Thunder in 2016, and with it came the awesome racing action, carnage and rollovers up the three-tier waterfall infamously named Backdoor. The 45 competitors came from all over North America, including Canada, to vie for the $7,500 first-place purse. The top 10 finishers also qualify for the Ultra4 race on Friday at the Nitto King of the Hammers powered by Optima Batteries.

Dusty Epps King of the hammers
King of the Hammers provides all sorts of incredible action and crazy carnage over the course of about a week. Between pre-running the course and the actual race itself, there are plenty of opportunities to tear up a machine. Dusty Epps wasted no time taking to the obstacles at Johnson Valley, as he jumped down an obstacle called Backdoor and ended up nearly backflipping his RZR. It’s safe to say he takes the phrase “Go big or go home” to heart.