DANVILLE, CA – Jason Scherer started on the pole position at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires, proceeded directly to Back Door where he one-shotted the obstacle perfectly and after regaining positions was 4th through the RM38 remote pit. From there it was a battle of man over machine.  “It was absolutely without a doubt the hardest thing I have every done to drive every rock trail twice without power steering,” said the 2009 King Jason Scherer who has finished in the top 20 for 4 consecutive years.  “I finished 21st with 25 minutes to go, my arms and shoulders brutally beaten and cold as hell, but I didn’t give up.”

The King of the Hammers week started with the announcement of Rubicon Express, who’s roots are on the Rubicon Trail building a business with innovation and technology, adding Jason Scherer, who grew up driving and got married on the Rubicon Trail, as their newest ambassador.  The Ultra4 car was wrapped in a new army green color with Air Force style panels complimenting the strong Rubicon Express, Nitto Tires and PSC Steering logos.

Randy Slawson was the co-driver for John Reynolds on the winning team the first year of the event, referred to as the OG13 in 2007, but in 2013, Slawson came across the finish line in the driver’s seat to earn the title of King of the Hammers for 2013.

“I don’t know what to say,” Slawson said at the finish line, the racer still coming to grips with the fact that he won the race. “It was a fun day, not a lot of traffic. It was windy so the dust wasn’t too bad. We were able to just run our own pace and, I don’t know, everything just came together for us.”

Slawson held off two-time winner Shannon Campbell to earn the victory. Campbell explained after the race that he got lost at one point, and then on his way toward the finish line on the third lap while chasing Slawson he tipped over on the “Elvis “ section and was pushed off the pace.

Santee, CA – FOX—the industry-leading ride dynamics company— equipped rock racer, Erik Miller, wins his first King of the Hammers, becoming one of three FOX drivers to win the race since its inception five years ago. FOX now has four of the five titles to its credit with Shannon Campbell’s two wins in 2008 and 2011, and Jason Scherer bringing home the win in 2009.

Erik Miller crossed the finish line after 6 hours of controlled chaos besting second place by nearly thirteen minutes. Miller previously finished fifth in 2010, fourteenth in 2011. The win-defining choice that attributed to his 2012 victory was his decision to purchase a set of FOX Bypass shocks and Coil-overs from his local dealer.

The 2012 edition of King of the Hammers (KOH) was the largest yet, drawing 134 competitors and thousands of spectators from across the globe to Johnson Valley, CA. As the event grows, so does the caliber of the competition and level of suspension technology to gain that competitive edge. KOH is a unique race in that it combines two disciplines of racing from both ends of the offroad spectrum, and everything in between, to pit man and machine against the most extreme, natural terrain the Mojave Desert has to dish out.

To finish strong—let alone win—teams must design their vehicles for optimum performance in the methodical and meticulous rock climb sections for the long, wide-open sections where they reach break-neck speeds of up to 120mph. This is where an intimate understanding of the wide range of terrain dynamics is crucial to getting a perfectly tuned suspension system for the driver’s vehicle is a distinct advantage. With every vehicle having its own distinct characteristics, there is no one-suspension-fits-all solution.

The popularity and buzz surrounding the King of the Hammers has reached a height none could have seen coming.

The 2012 edition of the race saw a new champion crowned by the end, as Maryland resident Erik Miller showed that the East Coast rock-crawlers have what it takes to tackle the brutal Hammer course.

More 2012 King of the Hammers Coverage:

Erik Miller Wins 2012 KOH

2012 KOH Photo Highlights

Video: First-Ever King of the Motos

To get a glimpse at all that encompasses this unique event, check out Off-Road.com’s highlight video of the race below:

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Hammer Town, the city constructed on the Means Dry Lake Bed, is bustling with four-wheel activity leading up to the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers. Thousands of off-roaders will venture to the Johnson Valley OHV area to partake in the festivities, and many have already enjoyed the action over the past few days leading up to the main event.

The unique race has grown every year, and for 2012 new events have been added to the lineup to further cement KOH as the must-attend hard-core rock-desert race. The Smittybilt Everyman Challenge kicked off on Sunday, offering off-roaders the chance to test the Hammers course in more restrictive vehicles. John Currie took the overall victory on the 85-mile course in a TJ, while Larry McRae won the modified class in a heavily modified Poison Spyder JK.

Glen Helen, CA: Historic Glen Helen Raceway recently played host to the 4Wheel Parts Ultra4 Grand Prix. Over 40 worthy competitors showed up for the fifth and final event of the 2011 Ultra4 series in beautiful San Bernardino, California. The Grand Prix format required drivers to circumnavigate a punishing five mile course for a total of four hours in an effort to find the toughest competitor on the planet. In the end, 2010 King of the Hammers winner Loren Healy took home the gold in his familiar ATX-sponsored Jimmy’s 4×4 buggy, but it was anything but an easy victory.

Healy had to beat out tough competition from fellow King of the Hammers winners Jason Scherer and Shannon Campbell on a course that was packed full of jumps, banked turns, and loose hill climbs that wreaked havoc on man and machine alike. Beautiful weather made for pleasant spectating and pitting, but the 80 degree temperatures conspired against the fluids trapped within overtaxed transmissions and shocks. By the end of four hours, only ten vehicles were still running under their own power, but every driver had a huge grin on their face and vowed to return next year for a race that has quickly become a favorite with fans and competitors alike. Below is the complete list of competitors, the laps they completed and who qualified for the 2012 King of The Hammers this weekend.

The 2012 Ultra4 season starts off with an action-packed week of festivities in Johnson Valley on February 3rd. Thirty thousand enthusiasts are expected to make the annual pilgrimage to Means Dry Lake Bed to witness the returning 4Wheel Parts Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) and Pit Bull Tires UTV Race, as well as the all new Smittybilt Every Man Challenge. The week culminates with the sixth running of the now famous Griffin King of the Hammers on Friday, February 10th. Save the date, this is one race you will not want to miss.

4Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix Results
FINISH, NAME, CAR#, HOME TOWN, TOTAL LAPS, QUALIFIED
1 Loren Healy 4428 Farmington NM 28
2 Jason Picket 4444 Ft. Collins CO 28 *
3 JT Taylor 13 Fountain CO 28
4 Nick Nelson 4404 Cortez CO 28 *
5 Brad Falin 457 Frenley NV 27 *
6 Tony Pellegrino 4485 Simi Valley CA 27
7 Shannon Campbell 5 Gilbert AZ 26
8 Cottin Rodd 4407 Cortez CO 26 *
9 JR Van Ortwick 4466 Rowland Heights CA 26 *
10 Brian Shirley 18 Dodge City KS 26
11 Jason Scherer 76 Danville CA 25
12 Levi Shirley 81 Dodge City KS 25
13 Brandon Watson 4488 Glenwood Springs CO 25 *
14 Scott Ward 4438 Lake Havasu City AZ 25 *
15 Mike McClure 733 Ness City KS 25 *
16 Alex Hardaway 4481 Santa Rosa CA 25
17 Darren Henke 4441 Golden CO 25 *
18 Gary Ferravanti Jr 25
19 Casey Currie 2 Anaheim CA 25 *
20 Richie Carter 4474 Simi Valley CA 24
21 Bill Phillips 4480 Whittier CA 24
22 Warren Thomas 257 Morro Bay CA 24 *
23 Dave Bovich 50 Shasta Lake CA 22
24 Ben Napier 4461 Sydney AUS 22
25 Mike Nappi 4490 Idaho Springs CO 20
26 Travis Carpenter 4405 Orangevale CA 19 *
27 Randy Avery 348 Sonora CA 19
28 Brent Goegebuer 4473 Corona CA 19
29 Chris Hoyt 53 Castle Rock CO 18
30 Gregory Lundeen 701 Broomfield CO 18
31 Bill Baird 5252 Sturgis KY 18
32 Jeremy Hengl 85 Orangevale CA 17
33 Paul Hoffman 4483 Victorville CA 16
34 Greg Adler 210 Manhattan Beach CA 12
35 Kevin Sacalas 4435 Riverside CA 12
36 Gary Ferravanti Sr. 4446 Paso Robles CA 10
37 Rob Lynch 4463 Spokane WA 10
38 Dean Bulloch 4411 Cedar City UT 9
39 Eric Brown 502 Las Vegas NV 9
40 Billy Briney 4439 Ness City KS 7
41 JT Stephens 4454 Little Rock AR 1 *
42 Jeremy Dickinson 0
43 Nathan Unruh 63 Clovis CA 0

Drivers qualified either finishing in the top 10 unqualified drivers or by being the top 5 unqualified drivers to have completed at least 4 races this season.

About Ultra4 Racing: Due to the incredible success of the Griffin King of the Hammers, Hammerking Productions created the Ultra4 racing series. The defining characteristic of this class is that all cars must be possess 4-wheel drive. Beyond that, the class is unlimited and combines multiple off-road disciplines such as desert racing, rockcrawling, and short course racing. The Griffin King of The Hammers takes place each year in February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA. The race has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights and a case of beer, to more than 150 teams competing before tens of thousands of live spectators and hundreds of thousands of online fans.

RENO, NV: JT Taylor, Team Manager for Torchmate Racing, took the win at the Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede in Reno, NV on Saturday September 10th. The 130 mile Northern Nevada race boasted as the hardest Ultra4 race yet by promoter Dave Cole, even tougher than the King of the Hammers, makes the win even stronger.  “This is a huge deal for Torchmate and this win is a long time coming for me.  We knew we couldn’t let off and had to run a fast and consistent pace because there were 45 quality racers chasing me down… so, this is a big frickin deal,” said JT Taylor at the awards ceremony Saturday night as the crowd of racers cheered.

Qualifying second behind Shannon Campbell, Torchmate Racing JT Taylor felt confident in the car and the starting position to have a good day.  “The TTB car performed perfectly and the crew was on the top of their game.  We had a plug wire issue on the beginning of lap two so we ran the 17 mile loop and ducked back into the pit,” said JT Taylor.  The crew attacked the car led by Crew Chief Jake Povey who found and fixed the problem and they were back out of the pits before the 2nd place car came through on the first lap.

PLACERVILLE, CA: The Western Pro National four event season came to an end titling Brent Bradshaw the Unlimited Class Champion, Nick Campbell the Pro Modified Class Champion and Victor Burness the Modified Stock Class Championship.  The Unlimited and Pro Modified Class had points battles to the end that made every event important.  The Champions will be presented at the W.E. Rock Grand National Championship, where the East meets the West drivers, at Miller Motorsports Park September 24th and 25th.

The Unlimited Class consisted of the core of rock crawling totaling over 50 years of experience.  Brent Bradshaw from Trail Tough, Torchmate Racing Jesse Haines, Matt Messer from Trail Gear, and Wayland Campbell the 15 year old son of Shannon Campbell, of Campbell Enterprises competed for season points.  The heat of the competition really boiled down to Brent Bradshaw and Jesse Haines who fought for each point at every competition, with Bradshaw winning one competition by only one point!  Brent Bradshaw swept the entire season with his consistent driving style, while Jesse Haines went for almost every bonus line bringing the crowd to their feet but taking second at each event.  This put Bradshaw and Haines first and second respectively in season points.  Wayland Campbell put quality time under his belt learning two different cars and how to rock crawl from his dad, some great scores and battles put him third in the season points.  Matt Messer only competed in two of the four events putting him fourth in points.

Best in the Desert’s Casey Folks announced today that more than 270 entries have already signed up to compete in the epic TSCO Vegas to Reno race on August 18-20. With more entries continuing to come in, close to 300 are expected by race day. The steadily growing field features big numbers in several classes. Three of the fastest classes have a total of 87 entries so far. There are 27 800+ horsepower Trick Trucks; 39 Class 1500 unlimited buggies, and 21 Class 7200 Mini Trick Trucks. On the powersports front, there are 15 UTVs, 22 quads, and 75 motorcycles registered.

The entry list reads like a “who’s who” of the world’s foremost off-road racers. B.J. Baldwin, Chad Ragland, brothers Tim and Troy Herbst, Larry Roeseler, Mark McMillin, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Jason Voss, Will Staats, Mastercraft’s Robbie Pierce, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Jesse Jones, Roger Norman, Mark Weyhrich, Steve Strobel and Scott Whipple are among the ranks of the Trick Truck racers. The long list of Class 1500 drivers include 2010 defending class champion Chris Kemp, Gary Weyhrich, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Shannon Campbell, Mike Childress, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores and Steven Appleton.

At 549 miles in length, the Best In The Desert TSCO “Vegas to Reno” race is certifiably “The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States. It also marks the midway point for the five-race 2011 Best In The Desert season featuring the car and truck classes and is one of the most popular events on the schedule. The challenge and adventure of competing in such a long distance “point to point” race always brings out the top off-road race teams. Not only is this going to be a big event but it’s also the 15th running of TSCO “Vegas to Reno.”

Open to all Best In The Desert classes – cars, trucks, UTVs, quads and motorcycles, following is a list of the 2010 TSCO “Vegas to Reno” defending class winners:

2010 Car and Truck Class Winners by Overall Time

Class 1400            Rick D Johnson/Brian Salee                              Ford                        9:10:42

Class 1500            Chris Kemp/Darron Moore                               Jimco                     9:20:35

Class 1200            Troy Vest/Geno Licitra                                       Chevrolet              10:55:09

Class 1000            Chad Giguiere/JJ Schnarr                   Custom 11:03:18

Class 7200            Al Hogan/Pat Bell                                               Ford                        11:11:47

Class 8000            Macrae Glass/Michael DeHaas                        Ford                        11:35:12

Class 1100            Lee Banning Sr/Lee Banning Jr                        Banning                 11:36:59

Class 2000            Kevin Smith/Brian Smith                  Mirage                   11:50:50

Class 5500            Earl Desiderio/Christian Hammerskjold         Custom 12:14:48

Class 7300            Jayson Strachan/James Burman     Ford                        13:11:12

Class 8100            Tim Casey/Mike Tuba                                       Ford                        13:18:00

Class 4400            Dave Cole/Jason Scherer                   Custom 13:30:51

Class 7100            Steve Rose/Robbie Cockrell                              Ford                        13:31:07

Class 1700            Bob Standage/Kyle Standage                          Jeep                        13:56:44

Class 1800            David Kincaid/Mark Johnson                          Custom 14;41:16

Class 5000            Todd Davis/Mark Bowman                              Jimco                     16:12:08

Class 6000            Louis Chamberland/Jim Riley                          TrophyLite            21:18:10

2010 Motorcycle, Quad & UTV Class Winners by Overall Time

Open Pro               Quinn Cody                                                          Honda                   9:21:18

Open Exp              Robert Patterson/Jesse Canepa/

Clint Braun                                                           Yamaha                9:56:37

O-30 Pro                Michael Johnson/Rex Cameron                       Honda                   9:57:21

4-Stk Exp              Robert Hunter/Kyle Hucklebridge/

Max Eddy Jr                                                         Custom 10:00:01

4-Stk Pro               Zach Watson/Rex Mike                                     Kawasaki              10:21:58

Quad Pro               Greg Stuart/Nicholas Granlund                         Custom 10:26:30

O-30 Exp               Bill Witt/Kevin Johnson/Allan Ashely             Honda                   10:33:07

O-50 Exp               Doug Smith/Dave Potts/Bill Boyer Honda                   11:04:43

250 Pro Lucas Garcia/Justin Criner                                KTM                      11:14:39

Ironman Exp        Leonard Baca                                                      Kawasaki              11:32:51

Open Am               Donald Stark/Peter Marzano/

F Buccovich                                                         Honda                   11:38:02

O-40 Exp               Larry Brown/Lance Horton                              Honda                   11:41:34

Quad Exp              Ken George/Trent Kendall/Joe Ramos           Yamaha                12:07:21

250 Am                 Scott Jacobson/Garrett Tolman/

Eric Caudillo                                                         Honda                   12:16:01

QIM Exp               Gerald Nunes                                                        Honda                   12:17:17

250 Exp                 Jeremy Purvines/Jason Trubey/

Ron Purvines                                                        Honda                   12:18:43

Ironman Am        Sam Longson                                                       Yamaha                12:10:22

4 Stk Am               William Banuelos/Matt Banuelos/

Rigo Navarro                                                        Honda                   12:43:33

O-40 Am               Stephen Orton/Daniel Burkart                          KTM                      13:25:04

O-40 Pro                John Intile/Brett Burkitt                                     Husaberg               14:08:02

125 Exp                 Larry Perkins/Thomas Flores                            KTM                      15:39:31

Quad Am              Michael Zelenka/John Zelenka                        Yamaha                23:24:36

Class 1900            Brandon Schueler/Chad Riccio/West/

VanDeLoo                                                            Polaris                    14:09:18

Class 1900S      Rocker Head/Gary Peterson                   Kawasaki          16:08:24

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” schedule:

Thursday, August 18th – Registration, Contingency and tech inspection, Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas.

Friday, August 19th – Race for all classes starts near Beatty, finishes at the Dayton Event Center.

Saturday, August 20th – Awards presentation in Reno at the Grand Sierra Resort.

The weekend gets started Wednesday, August 17th, for Trick Truck and Class 1500 open class buggy racers as they qualify in the Time Trails to determine their starting positions and compete for the $1000 “Team Ford Pole Award”. Not relying simply on “the luck of the draw” for the starting order, Best In The Desert allows the two fastest classes to compete head-to-head for their chance to be first off the line and the best opportunity for the overall finishing spot.

TSCO “Vegas to Reno” marks the third race of the year for the 2011 Trick Truck Challenge. The Challenge features 23 of the world’s top Trick Truck race teams shooting for a share of the $134,000 in bonus cash and year end trophy. To date, $42,600 has been paid out for the Parker “425” and Silver State “300” top finishers.

Red Bull will be supporting contingency at the Aliante Station Resort & Casino in North Las Vegas, and also at the finish line at the Dayton, Nevada Event Center.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company – official truck, General Tire – official tire, Lucas Oil – official oil, VP Racing Fuels – official fuel, KC HiLiTES – official light, John Deere – official UTV, Husqvarna – official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.

Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday, April 26, 2011: Casey Folks announced today that more than 225 racers have already signed up to challenge the Bilek Racing Silver State 300. This record setting entry is featuring some big numbers in several classes. Two of the fastest classes have 61 entries: 24 800+ Horsepower Trick Trucks, 27 Class 1500 unlimited buggies and an incredible 35 Class 4400 Ultra 4 rigs.

Whos racing? The fastest, most prestigious list of racing names in off-road competition! The Trick Trucks include names like defending class champ B.J. Baldwin, Parker 425 winner Jesse Jones, Chad Ragland, Greg Nunley, Ed Stout, Adam Householder, John Swift, Steve Olliges, Shawn & Steve Croll, Jason Voss, Steve Sourapas, Rick Geiser, Ron Whitton, Marc Ewing, Rick D. Johnson, Jerry Zaiden, Mark & Gary Weyhrich, Scott Whipple. Class 1500 features names like Chris Kemp, Chuck Hovey, Sam Berri, Todd Jergensen, Shannon Campbell, Steve Appleton, Mike Childress, Mike Bilek, Pat Dean, T.J. Flores.

This race also features the largest field of Class 4400 Ultra 4 racers to ever enter a Best in the Desert event. Ultra 4 racers from across the United States and Canada are coming to Las Vegas to take on the challenging Silver State 300 course as they attempt to qualify for the 2012 King of the Hammers event.

The Silver State 300 course starts at an elevation of 3500 feet and climbs as high as 7400 feet as it winds its way across some of the roughest and most beautiful terrain eastern Nevada has to offer. Many races have stated that it is this extremely challenging course and perfect time of year that has made this race so attractive to them and their competitors.

Folks was quoted, As I have always said, there is no race like a Best in the Desert event. At last years Bilek Racing Silver State 300 only 94 seconds separated the winner and 2nd place; and just 7 minutes was the gap between the top 7 finishers. With this many extremely fast and professional racers signed up – the 2011 Bilek Silver State 300 will be one for the record books. Plus with temperatures in the low 60s and partly cloudy predicted for race day – its going to be another great race!

Time Trials for Classes 1400 and 1500 along with a shot at the Team Ford Pole Award will be held Thursday, April 27th. The qualifying order will be announced and the $1000 Pole Award will be presented 7 PM Thursday evening at Camachos Cantina inside the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino.

Registration, Tech Inspection and Contingency will be held on Friday, April 29, at the Aliante Station Hotel & Casino in North Las Vegas, and the race will take place on Saturday, April 30! The start line is in Alamo, Nevada and the finish line will be about 20 miles south of the Alamo area. The race is a single loop consisting 303 miles. Remember, life is short, you need to live your life to the fullest each day and grasp all of the excitement and the challenges live has to offer. Dont miss out racing and experiencing a great course and seeing what this part of Nevada has to offer.

Best In The Desert official sponsors: Ford Motor Company official truck, General Tire official tire, Lucas Oil official oil, VP Racing Fuels official fuel, KC HiLiTES official light, John Deere official UTV, KTM official motorcycle, Fabtech – Official Suspension, Fall Advertising, Prerunner Maniac, McKenzies, PCI Race Radios, Azunia Tequila, and Sportsman Cycle Sales.