Healy-Ultra4-Off-Road-8-22-13Hot Springs, AR: The 4WD Hardware ULTRA4 Eastern Regional Series came to a finale last weekend  at the RCV ULTRA4Race at Superlift ORV Park in Hot Springs AR. 2010 King of the Hammers winner, Loren Healy started the race in the pole position after qualifying first on Friday and never looked back. Healy had not planned on racing in Arkansas, however, after experiencing DNFs in Indiana and Utah, he made the decision to make the trek to Arkansas.

ATX Wheels and Nitto Tire team driver, Healy decided to run the race in his newly re-acquired three-year old straight axle ULTRA4 car and opted to leave his independent front suspension (IFS) ULTRA4 car at home. He had this to say about the car choice, “After Indiana we knew that our big IFS desert car was far from the ideal choice for woods racing on the east coast.” The strategic decision to swap cars proved a wise move for Healy. The course in Arkansas was tight, technical and tree-lined with little room for passing, so qualifying at the front of the pack meant he never saw another vehicle until lap 3 when he began lapping slower vehicles.

High Desert Racing Association’s, (HDRA) “Rockin on the River” race held Nov. 9-11 in Laughlin, Nevada will cover 16.5 miles each lap on a unique course that hits every feature that racers and fans have come to love in Laughlin. Racers will cross Needles Highway and head out into the hills before jumping the big road-crossing coming back in. The high school jumps are there and the moon bumps will be run downhill. Gravity will be pushing them even faster through the bumps so picking the right line will be more critical than having big horsepower; a move that will add even more excitement in the limited classes. “We made sure the course would be as fun and challenging as possible,” said Robert Gross of HDRA, “We designed it to take in everything possible and added a few more surprises of our own.”

Several tough points battles will be settled at the race. Mike Mitchell will be going for three wins in a row and the Class 1 title. Josh Quintero looks to wrap up the Class 7 championship after three straight wins. Brandon Arthur will be putting the final stamp on his Class 1400 title and racing his new Open Truck that he will compete in next season.