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King Shocks has been a big part of the rock-crawling desert race King of The Hammers, which is known as being one of the most treacherous and difficult off-road races in the United States. Through the vast stretches of epic desert to the rugged and intense battles of the rock trails, this race truly puts even the best off-road racers to the test. King Shocks was there every second up until race hour to ensure top performance for all of its drivers.

BFgoodrich-Outstanding-Trails-2-20-14GREENVILLE, SC – BFGoodrich Tires today announced that nominations are now open for the 2014 Outstanding Trails program. The competition invites off-road clubs from around North America to submit trails in their area they believe are worthy of a grant for maintenance or refurbishing. Trails are selected based on uniqueness, terrain type and enthusiast following.

Now in its ninth year, the Outstanding Trails program is conducted in collaboration with United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) and Blue Ribbon Coalition and is dedicated to the responsible use and preservation of off-road trails while promoting the trails’ conservation efforts.  To date, the program has awarded grants to 33 off-road trails nominated by 32 clubs throughout North America.  The program has provided more than $130,000 in grants in support of the various trails’ conservation efforts.

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Clackamas, OR —
Warn Industries winches are clearly the winch of choice for the top performers at the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires.  A total of $2900 will be paid out to the winners of Friday’s Griffin King of the Hammers race, Thursday’s Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race and Wednesday’s UTV race.

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Year after year, the King of the Hammers (KOH) off-road desert-racing hybrid event has proven to be most challenging for both man and machine to conquer. The Men (and women) are bold competitors who choose to take on the punishing endurance race hoping to claim victory in one of the sports highest honors. The machines are known as Ultra 4 vehicles that race at high speeds through the rough open desert and skillfully climb over difficult trails full of rock obstacles and boulder-strewn canyons.

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GARDEN GROVE, CA:
Raceline Wheels is always a major part of the Griffin King of the Hammers, and 2014 was no exception. Among the major events of the week Raceline Wheels co-sponsored the newest challenge: King Shocks Shootout at Backdoor, hosted the best-ever volunteer dinner on Thursday night, saw over half of the field of racers start on Raceline Wheels and had fun clocking 101 mph in the Raceline BFGoodrich Teraflex Jeep as it rolled 10,000 miles.

WARN_rebate-off-road-2-11-14Clackamas, OR — Warn Industries is excited to offer a new consumer rebate program. The program began February 1st and runs through March 31, 2014.

Purchase qualifying truck/SUV winches can receive up to a $150 cash rebate. The new ZEON winch line and the premium performance lines are included in this promotion. The VR winch line, Warn’s value truck winch line, is eligible for an $80 cash rebate, with consumer pricing starting at $399.99, after the rebate.

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John Currie ran away from most of the competition to earn his third consecutive Everyman Challenge win. Photo: Art Eugenio, GETSOMEphoto.com

John Currie earned his third Everyman Challenge consecutive win today in Johnson Valley, but in spite of the fact that he ran away from most of the field, it didn’t come easy. Brad Lovell challenged Currie for most of the race, although Currie said that he wasn’t aware of Lovell’s presence.

Nick Nelson set the fastest qualifying time and will leave the line first on Friday for the 2014 KOH. Photo: Josh Burns

Nick Nelson set the fastest qualifying time and will leave the line first on Friday for the 2014 KOH. Photo: Josh Burns

After two days of qualifying and last-chance qualifiers, the starting lineup and order is set for the 2014 King of the Hammers. There were 145 racers who left the starting line, with 123 of those posting qualifying times to earn starting positions.

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

After 114 miles of brutal, rocky racecourse in Johnson Valley, the father-and-son duo of Mitch Guthrie Sr. & Jr. crossed the finish line in their Polaris XP1000 to earn the team’s fifth UTV King of the Hammers victory in the Pro UTV class. The Guthrie team from Glendora, California – consisting of Guthrie Sr., 49, and, Guthrie Jr., 17 – finished the two-lap run ahead of Branden Sims for the first spot with a time of 5 hours and 13 seconds; Sims finished 8 minutes and 14 seconds behind the Guthries on corrected time. Casey Currie earned third place in the Pro class to nab the final podium spot with a time of 5 hours, 34 minutes and 17 seconds.

“We ran our own pace,” Guthrie Sr. said. “We were getting passed by some people, and we were just like, ‘I’m not sure how long they’re going to last.’ Honestly, we were running at 80 percent. Even when you saw us flying, we weren’t to the floor because I had heard some things about belts popping off once they get up to the top. We were never on the floor. We just ran our own pace and kept the car together.”

Although we’re still awaiting official results, it appears John Duckworth earned the UTV Sportsman win. Photo: Josh Burns

John Duckworth earned the UTV Sportsman win. Photo: Josh Burns

In spite of the fact that treachery lies around every turn on the 114-mile course, the team had very little trouble and only had to winch up a few sections.

“I’ll be honest, it was a really smooth run,” Guthrie Sr. said. “We had to winch three times. The car was working and the tires were grabbing good. We had to winch at Highway 20 because we had to get around somebody who was stuck, and at the very end of Wrecking Ball, and Aftershock once.”

The race was certainly a tough one today, as only seven Pro-class racers crossed the finish line, while only three Sportsman-class racers made the finish. Even though the Guthrie team has won this event four times before this year, Mitch Guthrie Jr. said they were still prepared for a tough race.

“We came into this year and it was the same course, and we knew it was going to be really tough,” Guthrie Jr. said. “But going through all these trails this year… Chocolate Thunder was a catastrophe last year. I was winching all over. But we got right up it this year.”

Branden Sims finished in second place today, pending official results. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com.

Branden Sims finished in second place today, pending official results. Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com.

Taking the win in the UTV Sportsman class is John Duckworth, who was actually first across the finish line in Hammertown with a time of 4 hours, 35 minutes and 24 seconds. The Sportsman class ran nearly the same distance but had a few key bypass sections, including one that avoided Wrecking Ball and Clawhammer. Cody Currie earned second place with a time of 4 hours, 47 minutes and 13 seconds. Scott Barnett finished in third with a time of 6 hours, 17 seconds and 32 seconds.

Check back for more updates on the UTV King of the Hammers as racers continue to cross the finish line.

More King of the Hammers Coverage:
Cody Webb Wins 2014 King of the Motos

King of the Motos Photo Highlights

KOH Coverage Page
2014 KOH Pro & Sportsman Results
UTV Pro

1. Mitch Guthrie – 5:00:13
2. Braden Sims – 5:08:27
3. Casey Currie – 5:34:27
4. Matt Enochs – 6:20:19
5. Blake Van de Loo – 7:49:10
6. Bill Barnett – 8:09:44
7. Wesley Gryner – 8:19:22

Sportsman UTV
1. John Duckworth – 4:35:24
2. Cody Currie – 4:47:13
3. Scott Barnett – 6:17:32

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Racers tackled the qualifying course yesterday for the 2014 King of the Hammers, with over 30 racers finishing the course to earn starting positions for Friday’s race. Racers will continue to qualify today on the course, though times for the “power hour” today with many of the sport’s big-name racers is still uncertain.