After two days of qualifying and last-chance qualifiers, the starting lineup and order is set for the 2014 King of the Hammers. There were 145 racers who left the starting line, with 123 of those posting qualifying times to earn starting positions.
Minneapolis – Polaris Racing’s Ryan Piplic, in his RZR XP 900, took the checkered flag this past weekend at the WORCS race, at Glen Helen. The win was the first of the season for Piplic who has three second place finishes on the year.
The win, moved Piplic into second in points for the class and has three Polaris Racing team members at the top of the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron took fourth and is still in the points lead. Polaris/Blingstar Racing’s Nick Nelson and his RZR XP 900 is sitting in third place for the class. Polaris Racing/Holz Racing/Loan Mart/Walker Evans RJ Anderson finished off the podium and is currently sitting in fifth for the series.
The Production 1000 class was dominated with RZRs and saw Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his Holz Racing RZR XP 900 take the checkered flag. Robert Mowrer and Michael Gonzales in their RZRs finished second and third.
The Production 700 Class has been dominated by RZR 570s and this race was no different with the top four spots occupied by the vehicles. Polaris Racing’s Cody Rahders finished second and sits third for the series.
The next WORCS race is Honey Lake, in Milford, Calif., Sept. 13-15.
ATTICA, IN: More than 30 teams competed in the 2nd Annual ULTRA4 race held at Badlands Off-Road Park last Saturday as part of the Ultimate Motorsport Championship in Attica, IN. While the course layout was similar to last year, the dry and dusty conditions of 2012 were replaced with heavy rain and extensive mud. Thousands of fans braved the wet and mucky conditions for a chance to see some of their favorite ULTRA4 drivers compete in a course that featured a newly created off road amphitheater and a technical rock quarry made even more punishing due to the slick conditions.
Several west coast teams made the trek to Indiana including; Shannon Campbell, Jesse Haines, Troy Stone, and Nitto Tire drivers Nick Nelson and Loren Healy. Shannon Campbell, the only two-time King of The Hammers and this year’s 2nd place KOH finisher, laid down a blistering 45 second qualifying time, beating out 2012 King, Erik Miller by 5 seconds. One second behind Miller was this year’s 3rd place KOH finisher, Chicky Barton.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA: Last weekend’s 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix marked the third annual ULTRA4 race held at Glen Helen Raceway and the second annual win for 2012 Nitto Tire National Champion, Nick Nelson. It was the largest regional ULTRA4 race to date with 80 cars registering, 66 of which competed in the unlimited 4-wheel drive class known as ULTRA4.
Over the course of two days, drivers competed in a series of qualifying and preliminary races on a 3 mile course filled with hill climbs and tight turns which also featured the Lucas Oil short course at Glen Helen. Ultimately, 66 drivers were narrowed down to the top 40 cars for Saturday’s main event. Many drivers were not only looking for a win but also hoping to earn a coveted qualifying spot in the 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire. Only 13 of the 66 drivers registered for the event were already qualified for next year’s race KOH.
The Henderson “250” marked the end of a great season for the world’s largest off-road racing series, Best In The Desert. With many class championships still yet to be decided, 173 racers showed up to take on the challenging course just south of Henderson, Nevada.
The race was split up into three groups, with the first group of motorcycles, quads and UTV’s starting the day by going two laps on a 45-mile course. The THR Motorsports team of Robby Bell and David Pearson, with Pearson doing solo duties this weekend, took the overall and open pro motorcycle win. This also secured the season class championship for them. Nick Nelson and Keith Carlson captured the victory in pro quad class and Matt Parks claimed the Pro UTV class win.
Ultra4 drivers lap times during practice were only 4 seconds off Pro record times at Crandon International Raceway last weekend. Sixteen Ultra4 drivers descended upon Crandon, WI, last weekend to compete in the TORC Series Brush Run at Crandon International Raceway. This was the first time Ultra4 Racing had ever been to Crandon and Ultra4 driver, Gary Ferravanti, Sr. claimed first place in both days’ or racing, despite extremely different weather conditions between the two days.
On Saturday, June 16th, the rain began pouring in earnest at 1PM and a rain delay was called. As the rain dissipated, the Ultra4 Class was asked by USAC to race earlier in the day, before the Pro2 and Pro4 classes, instead of racing after both classes as originally scheduled. In typical Ultra4 style, the drivers agreed to race in the mud. According to the drivers, the course was slick with little traction in early laps, but Gary Ferravanti, Sr. quickly found his way to the front of the pack and stayed there. Derek West, who is no stranger to mud in the mid west, stealthly made his way into 2nd position and Nick Nelson finished the race in 3rd place battling overheating issues.