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Cypress, Calif. (April 13, 2016)
– Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has swept the podium at the MetalCloak Stampede Ultra4 off-road race for the second year in a row thanks to the talents of the Team Nitto drivers and the incredible traction afforded by their Trail Grappler M/T tires. This occasion also marks the second consecutive Ultra4 Nationals race in which Team Nitto has swept the podium; the last being the Reno Nationals at the end of the 2015 season. This incredible victory was achieved despite extremely uncooperative weather causing traction issues and mechanical failures for many other teams.

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With the largest Unlimited Rock Crawling Car field in the East expected this weekend, the crowds of spectators at Katemcy Rocks will have a lot to look forward to at the W.E. Rock eastern season opener. The rock formations in Mason, TX are second to none. Big climbs, great crack lines and big boulders make technical crawling easy to find. Teams from as far as Maryland and Georgia will be competing in Texas this weekend with many of the teams never seeing the terrain, which always makes it more fun.

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At the 50th anniversary of Easter Jeep Safari there are people from around the world converging on a town of 30,000 people. Traveling from afar has never been a shy point for Jeep enthusiasts, and to commemorate the 50th EJS in Moab, Utah, a group of friends organized The Epic Willys Adventure. The rules: no interstates, no GPS, no cell phones on the 2000-mile pilgrimage from Eau Claire, WI, to Moab, UT.

Northridge 4x4's Eric Johnson negotiates a section of Strike Ravine during the company's sponsored trail ride at the 50th Anniversary Easter Jeep Safari. The event hosted about 25 rigs.

Northridge 4×4’s Eric Johnson negotiates a section of Strike Ravine during the company’s sponsored trail ride at the 50th Anniversary Easter Jeep Safari. The event hosted about 25 rigs.

Moab veterans know that most days out in the area’s scenic southeastern Utah backcountry all go the same way: Family and friends have a great time, hopefully with no breakage or accidents, and they head back into town to enjoy an evening of food and drink while sharing interesting and often humorous tales of their adventures. Meanwhile, the odometer on their 4×4 will tell quite another story: 10.8 miles, or 35.7 miles, or, or… If the rig could talk, it would probably blurt out something like, “Really, dude? That’s all the farther we drove today?”

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Easter Jeep Safari is in full swing, and today Area BFE was hopping with Jeeps, Toyotas, buggies and Ultra4 cars tackling the hard stuff and the moderate trails that Area BFE has to offer. If you have never been to Area BFE, it’s a private property park with a playground and plethora of trails from easy to extreme.

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Charlene Bower of Bower Media and off-road racer and TV celebrity Jessi Combs will be hosting a Ladies Night get-together on Tuesday this week at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The “Meet and Greet” will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the BFGoodrich Tires truck at Grand Tires Pro on Main Street.

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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:
Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that the dates have been secured for the 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by Optima Batteries. The 11th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Monday, February 3rd, 2017 and will continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The actual 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2017.  All races from 2016 are expected to return for 2017 including: The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Polaris KOH UTV Race, Klim King of The Motos, and Vision X Shootout.

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MESA, ARIZONA:
Bower Power Hour has found that in the off-road industry large corporate companies can be just as responsive as the smaller companies, but maybe with a twist. In other industries, large corporations have many restrictive processes that makes the time line for product development much longer than a smaller business. In the off-road industry large companies, like Dana Spicer, are able to follow the path from R&D to QA and final production in the same amount of time that a smaller company, like Total Chaos Fab, can. This helps to keep the business side of the off-road industry diverse and growing.

Erik Miller is the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

Erik Miller is the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers winner.

Marcus Hook, PA –  Erik Miller, from Cumberland, MD, won his second King of the Hammers (KOH) race on Friday, February 5th, in Johnson Valley, CA, using Sunoco Race Fuels.  Miller entered his first-ever Ultra 4 race at the 2010 King of the Hammers finishing fifth.  He went on to win the 2012 KOH event, one of the toughest one-day off-road races anywhere combining all out desert racing with rock crawling sections difficult enough to challenge the best competitors’ physical and mechanical skills.  The next few years proved to test his mettle with heartbreaking parts failures, barely missing the win in 2014.  Miller’s never give up attitude paid off this year allowing him to overtake Jason Scherer, the fastest qualifier and the 2009 KOH winner.

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Cypress, Calif.
– Nitto Tire U.S.A. is excited to announce that Team Nitto driver Bailey Campbell has become the first female diver to ever complete the King of the Hammers race, and she did so with a Top 5 finish on February 5th, 2016 in Johnson Valley, California.