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MESA, AZ:
Everyday from 9-11 a.m. the Ladies of Hammertown gathered at the 4 Wheel Parts booth for a Ladies Offroad Social with coffee, cocoa, tea, water and snacks for a casual environment to talk and get to know each other. In addition to the daily socials, there were two hands-on experiences that ladies could participate in.

On Tuesday afternoon over 60 Ladies gathered to try their hand at welding at the Ladies Offroad Welding Experience hosted by ESAB Welding & Cutting, and on Wednesday Ladies gathered at the BFGoodrich Tires Garage for the Ladies Offroad Tire & Winch Experience to learn how to change a tire from Brad Lovell and work a winch line with WARN.  At each event the ladies were entered into immediate drawings including I’m Not Just a Girl shirts, ESAB Welding Helmets, BFGoodrich Tires Gloves and more.  They were also entered into the week-long drawing for the Black Forest Gear $649 Fridge/Freezer and Kicker $199 Amphitheater.

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The Mint 400 has released its limited edition 2017 Mint 400 Las Vegas Distillery Moonshine Whiskey recently.  Bottled in a heavy glass bottle and wrapped in a custom Mad Media designed label, the limited edition batch of 500 bottles comes hand numbered by the distiller and carefully packaged in a wood box.  Only 100 of these instant collectors items will be available for purchase to the general public, as the remaining bottles will be gifted to each race team and sponsor of The Great American Off-Road Race.  

Jay Leno Mint 400 Off-Road Race
The Mint 400 announced today that Jay Leno will be racing The 2017 Polaris RZR Mint 400 presented by BFGoodrich Tires in a nearly stock Camburg Engineering built Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. An avid automotive enthusiast, Leno will start the race with Ryan Millen as his co-driver and then hand over driving duties to builder/racer Jerry Zaiden who will finish the race with off-road journalist Fred Williams as his co-driver.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

Shannon Campbell picks his way through Chocolate Thunder leading the race.

It was a fast Can-Am UTV race for King of the Hammers, and the off-road community’s fast family, the Campbells, all finished in the top 10, with father Shannon Campbell earning first place, and son Wayland Campbell finishing in second. After leading the race earlier in the day, Bailey Campbell was able to post a top ten finish. History was made with all three Campbell’s finishing in the top 10, which no other racing family can claim.

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.

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.

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Editor’s Note: Best in the Desert recently sent out information regarding a gathering to celebrate the life of Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks. See below for event information.