GREENVILLE, SC (Feb 13, 2015) – Not laying off the throttle after a record year of desert racing, BFGoodrich® Tires helped drivers win the first three races of the season in their respective series. Wins at the King of the Hammers (Randy Slawson), Best In The Desert Parker 425 (Gary Weyhrich) and Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (Tavo Vildosola) continued the string of dominating performance on BFGoodrich racing tires. Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires have now won the overall title in 13 of the last 14 major North American desert races.
Colorado Springs – We have prepared for months, traveled for thousands of miles, and begged or borrowed our way to the start line of King of the Hammers – the ultimate extreme desert race. This is it, THE RACE that defines the sport. The struggle and focus is the same for every one of 130 KOH teams. As we inch forward and wait our turn for the green flag there is something however, that sets us apart. We have already raced. We have already faced the agony of mechanical failure in the previous days Legends class. We lead, we broke, and we thrashed to make overnight repairs. Where adrenaline is boiling over in trucks all around us, we groggily wait our turn. Our adrenaline spent the day before, we are happily immune to the last minute panic.
Randy Slawson knows it’s good to be King. Randy and Brother Mike, his co-driver, took their second King of the Hammers title in the last three years. The Nitto King of the Hammers race Presented by 4Wheel Parts is touted as the toughest single-day off-road race in the world and after this year’s event, nobody would argue that point. It took Slawson almost nine hours to complete the 215 mile course that includes wide open desert sections with the toughest rock crawling trails in Johnson Valley, California.
After two days of qualifying, 2009 King of the Hammers Champion Jason Scherer posted the fastest lap time of 1 minute, 59.5 seconds to earn the pole in tomorrow’s 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers presented by 4 Wheel Parts.
Maybe it’s the genes. Maybe it’s the car. Whatever the ingredients are in the Currie family’s formula for success, Brandon Currie found it again today by winning the Smittybilt Everyman Challenge at the Johnson Valley OHV Park during Nitto King of the Hammers Week. After winning it three consecutive years, father John decided to step back this year and let his son Brandon drive, and Brandon made dad proud, besting the field of 92 racers in the event that serves as the penultimate race of King of the Hammers Week.
Warn Industries is proud to announce their 2015 King of the Hammers Contingency Program for competitors in the Ultra4 King of the Hammers races February 4th – February 6th. A total of $2900 will be offered to drivers in Friday’s Nitto King of the Hammers race, Thursday’s Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race and Wednesday’s Polaris RZR UTV race. Additional details are listed below.
JOHNSON VALLEY, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015) – Borla Performance, pioneer and leading manufacturer of aircraft grade T-304 stainless steel performance exhaust systems, is proud to announce their support and official title sponsorship of off-road driver Jordan Townsend, founder of JRT Offroad Racing, who will be competing in this year’s Ultra4 race series, kicking off with King of the Hammers (KOH) race in Southern California beginning February 1, 2015. With a title sponsorship through Borla, Jordan and Borla have joined forces to dominate and come out on top at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers. Jordan and his highly modified Jeep Wrangler #4580 can be found on-site at Pit # Nitto 129.
Racers took to the qualifying course in Johnson Valley yesterday to vie for starting positions for Friday’s main King of the Hammers event. Over 100 racers qualified on day one, with another batch of racers hitting the course again today.
Cypress, Calif. (January, 2015) – Nitto Tire raised eyebrows in the hard-core off-road community at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers driver’s drawing party. On January 9, Campbell Enterprises announced their new tire sponsor: Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell will campaign Nitto Trail Grappler tires.
On December 22, 2014, Nitto Tire U.S.A. signed an agreement with Hammerking Productions (Ultra4) to be title sponsor of the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race. Nitto Tire was previously the race’s presenting sponsor.