Ben Swain qualified in 8th in the first day of KOH qualifying.

Ben Swain qualified in 8th in the first day of KOH qualifying.

Story and Photos by Valerie Douglas

Qualifying Day 1 of the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries did not fail to entertain. Throughout the day, 49 drivers tackled last year’s qualifying course run backwards, which was just around 2 miles, with multiple lines available throughout the course that would, or would not, save a driver time. Yes, short cuts on this course were often slower.

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Plymouth, Minn. (Feb 2, 2016)
– Arctic Cat will enter five Wildcat UTV Teams in the World’s Toughest One Day Race – The King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, Calif. The UTV Class competes on February 3rd before 35,000 fans and nearly 500,000 on-line viewers.

Arctic Cat partner, Robby Gordon, will be bringing his 30 years of off-road racing experience to the King of the Hammers in a 2016 Wildcat X; the same Wildcats raced in Gordon’s popular Stadium Side x Side Series. Gordon has won seven international off-road class championships, two stadium series and three Baja 500s and is expected to be one of the front-runners.

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

MESA, ARIZONA: Like most of the off-road community, Bower Power Hour is celebrating the 10th annual King of the Hammers at Johnson Valley this week. Charlene did some pre-interviews with some key folks to the event. But, like Charlene does, she didn’t ask the normal questions, such as ‘what is the course like’, instead she dug deep into the history, and the thoughts of the past and the future. Want to know what makes Dave Cole tick and understand some of his views?

Warn-Zeon-Platinum-2-20-15Clackamas, OR — Warn Industries encourages customers to utilize the consumer rebate program that runs through March 31, 2016.  With snow still falling across the US, we urge consumers to be safe and responsible with quality recovery gear.  It is also a great time to upgrade an older winch in preparation for spring off-roading opportunities to the new WARN ZEON Platinum winch line with a wireless control and remote clutch engagement.

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Scott GoForth earned the overall win. Photo: Courtesy of Ultra4 Racing

Story and Photos by Valerie Douglas (unless otherwise noted)

Welcome to the 10th running of Nitto King Of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries! By no means have we had amazing weather this week, unless you consider 75 mph winds with occasional rain, sleet and snow amazing weather, but regardless by the thousands people have flocked to Means Dry Lake Bed in Johnson Valley, CA, to watch amazing people with amazing vehicles defy gravity. Last night was no different with the Vision X SRRS vs. Ultra4 Shootout presented by King Shocks.

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Corona, CA
– Racers, teams and fans have been busy in the brief off season prepping for what is sure to be another outstanding year of grassroots racing as the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series kicks off later this month with events in two states. The Arizona series will get the 2016 regional season started in Chandler with two rounds of racing on February 13-14th, while the California series will get started later in the month at the world famous Glen Helen Raceway with Round 1 on February 27th.  The always popular Utah regional series will join in on the action later in the year, starting their season on May 14th at the newly renamed Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele.

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Photo: Mark Kariya

King of the Motos officially kicks off events for King of the Hammers week out in Johnson Valley, California.  The extreme enduro started early Sunday morning with a 27 mile qualifying loop for the Pro Moto class. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker, sprinted to his TE 300 during the Le-Mans Style start and took off cresting the first rocky slope in 5th place. The weather conditions were clear and sunny and Colton navigated the qualifying course with no issues, finishing in 3rd.

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Compton, California (February 1, 2016)
– Greg Adler – President and CEO of 4 Wheel Parts, provider of parts for trucks, Jeeps, SUVs and more – goes undercover to meet the employees who keep the company on the right track, on Undercover Boss, Friday, Feb. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. During his Undercover Boss mission, Adler worked alongside employees performing a variety of jobs that represent key aspects of the company’s retail sales and distribution operations.

Firestone-Gran-Prix-Stadium-Super-TRucks-2-1-16ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., February 1, 2016 – Organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are pleased to announce that Robby Gordon’s SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks Presented by TRAXXAS will join the on-track lineup, March 11-13, for a third consecutive year.

“The Stadium Super Trucks have been a fan favorite since we introduced them in 2014,” said Kim Green, Owner, Chairman and CEO, Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “The series brings a different and unexpected style of racing to the event. We are pleased to have them back and know that fans will enjoy watching the trucks take on the ramps and challenging turns of our street course.”

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Newry, Maine
– For the third year in a row, the sound of 900-horsepower off-road trucks echo through the mountains of Maine as Red Bull Frozen Rush returns to Sunday River Resort.  The world’s only off-road Pro-4 truck race on snow brings nine of the world’s best drivers to the Northeast to test their mettle and go head-to-head on a track built right into the ski hill itself. This Saturday, a 90-minute TV special on Frozen Rush will air on NBC at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most innovative and progressive events in action sports.