DynoMax-Logo-2-24-14Monroe, MI, Feb. 13, 2015 – DynoMax driver Randy Slawson won his second “King” title at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race in Johnson Valley, Calif., late last week, followed by other DynoMax drivers Erik Miller in second, Levi Shirley in third and Wayland Campbell in fourth. Only 17 out of 129 drivers finished the epic 215-mile race that marked the opening of ULTRA4’s 2015 race season.

KOH week’s other events included the Every Man Challenge, focused on stocks, mods, specs and legends. As the first and only finisher in the stocks class, Matt Peterson drove the same 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee that helped him bring home a win for Team DynoMax in 2013. Leading the legends class among other alumni ULTRA4 cars was DynoMax driver Ben Napier who took first in a Bomber Fab racecar. Additionally, in the spec class, Luke Johnson won driving the DynoMax spec car.

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– We have prepared for months, traveled for thousands of miles, and begged or borrowed our way to the start line of King of the Hammers – the ultimate extreme desert race. This is it, THE RACE that defines the sport. The struggle and focus is the same for every one of 130 KOH teams. As we inch forward and wait our turn for the green flag there is something however, that sets us apart. We have already raced. We have already faced the agony of mechanical failure in the previous days Legends class. We lead, we broke, and we thrashed to make overnight repairs. Where adrenaline is boiling over in trucks all around us, we groggily wait our turn. Our adrenaline spent the day before, we are happily immune to the last minute panic.

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Randy Slawson knows it’s good to be King. Randy and Brother Mike, his co-driver, took their second King of the Hammers title in the last three years. The Nitto King of the Hammers race Presented by 4Wheel Parts is touted as the toughest single-day off-road race in the world and after this year’s event, nobody would argue that point. It took Slawson almost nine hours to complete the 215 mile course that includes wide open desert sections with the toughest rock crawling trails in Johnson Valley, California.

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– For a second consecutive year, Mopar, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) service, parts and customer-care brand, supplied six GEN III 5.7 liter HEMI crate engines to power the unique Spec class 4×4 vehicles to allow off-road enthusiasts to compete in the “Every Man Challenge” race category at the 2015 NItto “King of The Hammers” in the southern California desert.

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

He was a co-driver during the first KOH, also known as the OG13. He is on the short list of the King of the Hammer Champions after winning the race in 2013. But after today, Randy Slawson now joins an even more elite crew as a two-time King of the Hammers winner.

“Last year I had a lot of pressure from winning the year before, and we pushed the car incredibly hard,” Slawson said after the race. “I just wanted to bring this thing back and try to let it prove itself. It is insanely fast and strong. Man, it takes a beating.”

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Jason Scherer posted the fastest qualifying time for this year’s King of the Hammers. Both Scherer and fellow prior KOH Champion Erik Miller will be the first two off the line in the morning. Photo: Valerie Douglas

After two days of qualifying, 2009 King of the Hammers Champion Jason Scherer posted the fastest lap time of 1 minute, 59.5 seconds to earn the pole in tomorrow’s 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers presented by 4 Wheel Parts.

Brandon Currie earned the win at today's Smittybilt Everyman Challenge. Photo: Josh Burns

Brandon Currie earned the win at today’s Smittybilt Everyman Challenge. Photo: Josh Burns

Maybe it’s the genes. Maybe it’s the car. Whatever the ingredients are in the Currie family’s formula for success, Brandon Currie found it again today by winning the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge at the Johnson Valley OHV Park during Nitto King of the Hammers Week. After winning it three consecutive years, father John decided to step back this year and let his son Brandon drive, and Brandon made dad proud, besting the field of 92 racers in the event that serves as the penultimate race of King of the Hammers Week.

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Warn Industries is proud to announce their 2015 King of the Hammers Contingency Program for competitors in the Ultra4 King of the Hammers races February 4th – February 6th.  A total of $2900 will be offered to drivers in Friday’s Nitto King of the Hammers race, Thursday’s Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race and Wednesday’s Polaris RZR UTV race.  Additional details are listed below.

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JOHNSON VALLEY, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015)
– Borla Performance, pioneer and leading manufacturer of aircraft grade T-304 stainless steel performance exhaust systems, is proud to announce their support and official title sponsorship of off-road driver Jordan Townsend, founder of JRT Offroad Racing, who will be competing in this year’s  Ultra4 race series, kicking off with King of the Hammers (KOH) race in Southern California beginning February 1, 2015. With a title sponsorship through Borla, Jordan and Borla have joined forces to dominate and come out on top at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers. Jordan and his highly modified Jeep Wrangler #4580 can be found on-site at Pit # Nitto 129.

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Erik Miller posted the fastest qualifying time yesterday. Photo: Valerie Douglas

Racers took to the qualifying course in Johnson Valley yesterday to vie for starting positions for Friday’s main King of the Hammers event. Over 100 racers qualified on day one, with another batch of racers hitting the course again today.