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.
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.
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.
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?
RENO, 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.
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.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am X-Team members wrapped up their Grand National Cross Country season in dominating fashion, winning six classes, the SxS overall and securing two Pro class championships at the Ironman event in Indiana. Can-Am Maverick 1000R pilot Kyle Chaney and Renegade X xc 800R racer Bryan Buckhannon successfully repeated as XC1 Pro SxS and 4×4 Pro ATV class champions, respectively.
SCORE International held qualifying last night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2015 Bud Light SCORE Baja 1000 that will take place in just a few weeks in Baja California, Mexico. As part of the 2015 SEMA Show week, racers lined up and paraded out to the speedway from the 2015 SEMA Show, which is currently being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.