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

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

After coming so close in recent years, 2012 race winner Erik Miller set a blistering pace today en route to his second victory at the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers. With his win here today in Johnson Valley, Miller now joins elite company, as only Shannon Campbell, Loren Healy and last year’s winner Randy Slawson have earned two wins at KOH.

Full House: Emily Miller (far left) addressed the media tonight on the even of the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by Optima Batteries. With so many new media signups each year, it’s important to explain the lay of the land and relay important safety information so the Johnson Valley OHV area remains open for many years to come.

Full House: Emily Miller (far left) addressed the media tonight on the even of the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers Presented by Optima Batteries. With so many new media signups each year, it’s important to explain the lay of the land and relay important safety information so the Johnson Valley OHV area remains open for many years to come.

The King of the Hammers is celebrating its 10th year in 2016, and the event is bigger than ever. The event has grown to become, as some put it, the “Burning Man of Off-Road” because of the uniqueness, and difficulty, of the competition, which has help spawn explosion of rock crawling across the country. Even if those attending the event never plan to race, there are more crawlers roaming around the event than one could imagine – most of which could have won the race five years ago.

Thanks to FCA Group and Mopar, we hungry media can get some chow morning, noon and night.

Thanks to FCA Group and Mopar, we hungry media can get some chow morning, noon and night.

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Brad Lovell and co-driver and brother Roger Lovell appear to have won the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge today during the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers week.

After 116 miles of brutal racecourse in Johnson Valley, California, Brad Lovell crossed the finish line first in Hammertown to take the unofficial win in the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge today.

Blake Van de Loo crossed the finish line first almost two hours quicker than last year's winner.

Blake Van de Loo crossed the finish line first almost two hours quicker than last year’s winner.

With nearly 60 race teams vying for the win in the 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers, it was Blake Van De Loo of Phoenix, Arizona, who came away with the victory, crossing the finish line well ahead of the rest of the field.

Ben Swain qualified in 8th in the first day of KOH qualifying.

Ben Swain qualified in 8th in the first day of KOH qualifying.

Story and Photos by Valerie Douglas

Qualifying Day 1 of the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries did not fail to entertain. Throughout the day, 49 drivers tackled last year’s qualifying course run backwards, which was just around 2 miles, with multiple lines available throughout the course that would, or would not, save a driver time. Yes, short cuts on this course were often slower.

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Plymouth, Minn. (Feb 2, 2016)
– Arctic Cat will enter five Wildcat UTV Teams in the World’s Toughest One Day Race – The King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, Calif. The UTV Class competes on February 3rd before 35,000 fans and nearly 500,000 on-line viewers.

Arctic Cat partner, Robby Gordon, will be bringing his 30 years of off-road racing experience to the King of the Hammers in a 2016 Wildcat X; the same Wildcats raced in Gordon’s popular Stadium Side x Side Series. Gordon has won seven international off-road class championships, two stadium series and three Baja 500s and is expected to be one of the front-runners.

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

Randy Slawson crawling down Outer Limits. Photo: Josh Burns

MESA, ARIZONA: Like most of the off-road community, Bower Power Hour is celebrating the 10th annual King of the Hammers at Johnson Valley this week. Charlene did some pre-interviews with some key folks to the event. But, like Charlene does, she didn’t ask the normal questions, such as ‘what is the course like’, instead she dug deep into the history, and the thoughts of the past and the future. Want to know what makes Dave Cole tick and understand some of his views?

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev., USA — CBS Sports Network will televise six shows from the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, it was confirmed today by SCORE International. As SCORE continues to expand its media platforms to a global audience, this will mark the third consecutive year that SCORE desert races will be showcased on the popular CBS Sports Spectacular programming. There will once again be multiple airings of each show in the United States and Canada.

SCORE also announced that the six shows will once again be produced by Southern California’s awarding-winning BCII TV.

CBS SPORTS NETWORK COVERAGE
All races in the five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue are part of each race event broadcast.

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Upland, CA
– For those of you familiar with the vintage 1957 Chevrolet sedan bodied desert racing car known as the Rippin Rooster, rest assured that it will be back better than ever when the 2016 NORRA Mexican 1000 takes place April 23-27. If you are not familiar with the car, owned by racer Jim Riley, you should check out the story of the 2015 NORRA race in the January 2016 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, or a lengthy 11 page story in Roadkill Magazine issue #2, on the newsstands now. You will also find stories at several online magazines, and posts to Face Book: Jim Riley, Twitter: @azuniajim or Instagram: @jimriley68 and @jimrileyracing.

2016 Jeep® 75th Anniversary edition complete model lineup
The Jeep brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the anniversary FCA will offer special edition models of each Jeep model in its 2016 lineup.