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.

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.

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The 11th Annual Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries kicked off this past weekend, with King of the Motos taking center stage at the start of Hammers week. The new tweak to this year’s event was the breakup of action into three separate moto stages, with a key focus on navigation and, of course, pure grit.

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.

BFGoodrich-Logo-2-19-13MESA, AZ: BFGoodrich Tires and Ladies Offroad Network have partnered to host a hands-on Ladies Offroad Tire Experience at King of the Hammers on Wednesday February 8th from 1-3pm at the BFGoodrich Tires Garage.  Ladies will have the opportunity to use a jack, impact wrench, star and other tools to learn how to properly change a tire.  We will be changing the tires on Frankie, the Jeep Charlene Bower used in the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge Trail of Missions and Rebelle Rally events. The first 50 ladies in attendance will receive a special gift from BFGoodrich Tires and everyone that attends will be entered to win a Bag of BFGoodrich Goodies and more.

Brad Lovell, 2016 King of the Hammers Every Man Challenge overall winner, who has a long offroad winning resume, will be onsite to help with instructions alongside Charlene Bower and other BFGoodrich Tires Performance Team members. Brad and Charlene will be available to share their offroad experiences.

Nice Save
Most of the time, when a Jeep driver feels the vehicle going over, there is rarely enough time to shift gears and save the crash.  This guy narrowly avoided a rollover thanks to his incredibly fast reflexes.

KOH Preview
As we inch closer to the the 2017 King of the Hammers, we thought it would only be appropriate to take a look back at some of the KOH events from the past.  This video from last year’s 2016 King of the Hammers offers just a glimpse of the most challenging off-road race in America.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in reintroducing the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017 (RPM Act). The bipartisan bill (S.203), introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), protects Americans’ right to modify street cars and motorcycles into dedicated race vehicles and industry’s right to sell the parts that enable racers to compete.

The RPM Act is cosponsored by 14 members of the U.S. Senate. The bill ensures that transforming motor vehicles into racecars used exclusively in competition does not violate the Clean Air Act.  

Vertical Jeep
Looking for a test to separate the men from the boys?  How about trying to stop and restart on a vertical incline? This rock crawling pro makes it look easy.