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Erik Miller posted the fastest qualifying time yesterday. Photo: Valerie Douglas

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.

Ultra4-East-West-Shootout-12-24-14JOHNSON VALLEY, CA: After a successful debut in 2014, the Vision X ULTRA4 vs. SRRS East/West Shootout presented by Sway-A-Way will be returning to Johnson Valley, CA during KOH Week 2015. The event which pits the Southern Rock Racing Series (SRRS) Rock Bouncers against ULTRA4 cars in a shootout will again take place on the Monday preceding the 2015 Nitto King of The Hammers.The event will feature a combined 50 drivers from both racing series and will be held at 6PM on February 2nd, 2015. The canyon to be used for the shootout remains undisclosed at this time and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ultra4 Racing has recently announced the availability of 2015 King of the Hammers and Everyman Challenge t-shirts. These shirts feature the name of every KOH qualified and EMC registered driver over the 2015 date on the back! Available in mens, womens, and childrens sizes. Something for the whole family!

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Sr. earned the 2014 UTV King of the Hammers victory. Photo: Josh Burns

Temecula, CA (November 18, 2014) – PRP Seats is excited to announce the addition of 5-time King of the Hammers (KOH) UTV champion Mitch Guthrie Sr. to their race team.

“We’re really happy to have Mitch driving in PRP’s now,” said PRP Seats’ Marketing Director, Jason DeArmond. “We’ve designed our seats to be for all day riding and King of the Hammers is a perfect venue. Mitch has been unbeatable the last five years and we’re confident the comfort and safety of our seats and harnesses will keep him there.”

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– REDLYNER Racing (#4550) places 14th in the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers Every Man Challenge (EMC) on February 6, 2014, in Johnson Valley, CA.  Ultra-4 racer, Jay Callaway, piloted his daily driven, street legal, 2000 Jeep Wrangler through the 120-mile race bringing a little bit of #mallcrawling to #KOH2014.

Johnson Valley, CA
– Tuesday marked the first days of qualifying for the multiple races being held at the 2014 Griffin King Of The Hammers. Casey Currie qualified the Currie Racing UTV, Modified Rock Crawler and Ultra 4 on the 1.2-mile course. The course featured a high-speed start along with numerous sections of rock variations. A total of 19 UTV’s qualified for Wednesdays race, with a time of 6:14.8 that set Currie at a 14th starting position. 34 UTV’s are registered for KOH UTV race.

king-shock-raceline-ultra4-shootout-1-30-14GARDEN GROVE, CA: It is right up Raceline Wheels alley to co-sponsor the newest challenge to the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires week: King Shocks Shootout at Backdoor. Raceline Wheels will up the anti with a full set of RT233 Monster Beadlock Wheels given away to the “Raceline Right Line” winner.

“This is going to be a hoot! Tim Lund and I will be announcing in the Backdoor canyon on Monday night and expect a full house to be watching these 50 guys attack the challenge!” said Greg Mulkey, Raceline Offroad Brand Manager. “We are providing trophies for some unique awards, one of which is the ‘Raceline Right Line’ winner, for the fastest driver up the almost impossible right line. We will also be giving that winner a free set of Raceline Monster Beadlocks!”

February 7th will mark the 8th green flag that JT Taylor has taken at Johnson Valley for what started as a small group of guys competing for a 6pack of beer in 2007, to a full blown week event with over 300 racers in the now Internationally known race: 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires.  JT Taylor has notably driven the same car at 7 of the 8 events, with a 12th place finish in 2013.  In 2011, he drove the Torchmate TTB car.