BLACKFOOT, ID: The Baertrax & Tribe 4×4 Dirt Riot National Rampage comes to Bridgeport Texas Northwest OHV Park this weekend for the biggest event of the 14 Dirt Riot races this year. “Drivers have had to qualify to race in this end-of-year spectacular event,” explained Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Our 5 series, composed of 3 races each, have already finished and each series has a winner. This weekend, all the racers from each series come head-to-head and race for the National Title. In addition to a cash purse, the highest placing finisher in the 4400 Pro 4×4 race, who is not already qualified, will get an entry spot into the 2016 Griffin King of the Hammers.”
BLACKFOOT, ID: The W.E. Rock Grand Nationals will be at brand new location for both East and West competitors, Katemcy Rocks (K2) Off Road Park in Mason, Texas. This new location has no home field advantage for either of the Pro Classes. The rose-colored granite formations have a lot of crystal content, so traction should be excellent for the very technical courses with lots of bonuses designed by Josh England. The competition will be on Saturday and Sunday at the 5-star site Katemcy Rocks (K2) Off Road Park located just 6 miles west of Mason, TX. Cabins, electrical hook ups and a shower house are available onsite, or it is a short drive to town for motels and restaurants.
In the past few years, Falken has made a dedicated push into the off-road segment. If you’ve been in Moab, Utah, for the Easter Jeep Safari, or you’ve taken the modern rock-crawling pilgrimage to Johnson Valley OHV in Southern California for King of the Hammers, you’ve likely seen the Falken crew charging around trails in a Jeep JK Wrangler or other company rig, sporting its Wildpeak All-Terrain tire. Or maybe you’ve seen some of Falken’s sponsored drivers in competition, like Tony Pellegrino of Gen Right Off-Road who finished in second place at KOH in 2014.
BLACKFOOT, ID: With the significant growth of UTV’s, W.E. Rock is excited to announce a new class for 2016 offering UTV’s the ability to participate in their Professional Rock Crawling Events. The first UTV event will be held at the 2015 Grand Nationals at Katemcy Rocks September 12th and 13th,, which will be the only time UTV’s can come and participate on the K2 rocks. The entry fee is $150 with half going to the purse and trophies for the top three podium finishers. The 2016 schedule will be released by late 2015.
BLACKFOOT, ID: Amazing to believe that the Dirt Riot 2015 regular season of racing is coming to a close this weekend at a brand new location in Grand Junction, Colorado. The final race is a highly anticipated double points race, allowing racers to earn series points for both the Mountain and Southwest series, along with National Points. The National Points race will conclude at the National Rampage on September 26th in Bridgeport, Texas. Fast racing action starts at 9am and will go until at least 4pm with awards immediately following on Saturday August 22nd.
JOHNSON VALLEY, CA – August 19th, 2015 – Hammerking Productions in conjunction with HeavyMetalConcepts released the trailer for the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by 4 Wheel Parts movie titled, “The Kingdom” today. This year’s movie will highlight the intense final showdown between 2011’s King, Erik Miller and 2012’s King, Randy Slawson for the chance to re-claim the throne in 2015.
STURGIS, KY: While ULTRA4 veteran Jason Shipman #4414 is no stranger to the podium, up until last weekend’s Sturgis Off Road Blowout a first place trophy had alluded him. After a day of back-to-back racing action, in a short course format that included rocks, jumps and a narrow woods section, Shipman emerged with his first ULTRA4 first place finish. Clay Gilstrap #26 who was also on the podium last year in Kentucky took 2nd, and Sturgis’ own, Bill Baird #5252 claimed third after close battle throughout the race with Levi Shirley #81..
BLACKFOOT, ID: The Southeast Dirt Riot Series has come to a close, one of five independent race series across the country. The Mod Trail class was the most competitive class in this series, final results put John Bodie over Jason Dehn and David Jackson. All three improved over the course of the season to proudly finish the final event all on the podium. The SuperMod class saw K&K Krawlin Krew Kenn Hite and Todd Klueger battle it out at all three events, switching spots each time. In the end, Kenn Hite won the class for the second year in a row.
BLACKFOOT, ID: With five independent series across the country, the Midstates Dirt Riot Series came to a close last weekend in Sturgis, Kentucky. Bad Advice Racing Matt Moore climbed his way to the top of the series with attendance at all three events – 2nd at Chaos Offroad Park, 6th at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway and a 3rd place podium finish at Baird Motorsports Park. Matt Moore was driving the #4436 car, owned by co-driver Kim Matzen. Haulin’ Yash Racing Tom Yash took the series honors in the 4600 Pro 4×4 class, and the SuperMod class saw K&K Krawlin Krew Kenn Hite of Georgia and Jeremy Dickensen of Texas/Tennessee cross regular series boundaries two times each to take the top honors of 1st and 2nd respectfully.
Monroe, MI – DynoMax driver Loren Healy won first place at the ULTRA4 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix. On a tight, windy course, Healy maneuvered through a field of broken rigs to secure the win. DynoMax also had multiple qualifiers for the event including Jason Scherer, Tom Wayes, Levi Shirley, Wayland Campbell and Bailey Campbell. In the 4500 Modified series race, Justin Hall picked up a second-place finish.
“Members of Team DynoMax had some exciting races at Glen Helen,” said Chris Gauss, director of performance products, Tenneco. “Congrats to Loren for keeping the winning streak alive, and to Justin Hall, he’s a true ‘every man’ racer who enjoys working on his rig in his driveway – both drivers are great competitors and we’re excited to see how they fare as the season continues.”