The 11th Annual Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries kicked off this past weekend, with King of the Motos taking center stage at the start of Hammers week. The new tweak to this year’s event was the breakup of action into three separate moto stages, with a key focus on navigation and, of course, pure grit.
The 4 Wheel Parts in Compton, California, will be hosting a King of the Hammers Pre-Show event tonight at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. If you want to head over there in person the event is open to the public, but for those who don’t want to tackle the rain and traffic the event will be streamed online.
JOHNSON VALLEY, CA: Hammerking Productions is pleased to announce that the dates have been secured for the 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers presented by Optima Batteries. The 11th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Monday, February 3rd, 2017 and will continue through Saturday, February 11th, 2017. The actual 2017 Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 10th, 2017. All races from 2016 are expected to return for 2017 including: The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge, Polaris KOH UTV Race, Klim King of The Motos, and Vision X Shootout.
Monroe, MI, Sept. 30, 2015 – DynoMax driver Clay Gilstrap dominated a long, difficult course to finish more than three minutes ahead of the competition and earn his first ULTRA4 victory in the ULTRA4 Hot Springs Race. Other Team DynoMax drivers also posted top-10 finishes: Levi Shirley finished second; Wayland Campbell, fourth; Bailey Campbell, sixth; and Shannon Campbell, eighth. Rob Matzell finished second in the 4500 Modified series race. DynoMax Performance Exhaust is “The Official Performance Exhaust” of ULTRA4 Racing.
This was the third annual race at Superlift Off Road Vehicle Park in Hot Springs, Ark., and the last of the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series. While the weather was clear and dry this year, the course was longer and more difficult, covering some dense forest terrain. Some areas forced drivers to make passes on difficult rock obstacles that lead to rollovers.
Nitto Tire recently unveiled a cool, new video featuring off-road racer Shannon Campbell. The video puts you in the Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ultra4 off-road race car as he powers around the track at Glen Helen Raceway.
Monroe, MI – DynoMax driver Loren Healy won first place at the ULTRA4 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix. On a tight, windy course, Healy maneuvered through a field of broken rigs to secure the win. DynoMax also had multiple qualifiers for the event including Jason Scherer, Tom Wayes, Levi Shirley, Wayland Campbell and Bailey Campbell. In the 4500 Modified series race, Justin Hall picked up a second-place finish.
“Members of Team DynoMax had some exciting races at Glen Helen,” said Chris Gauss, director of performance products, Tenneco. “Congrats to Loren for keeping the winning streak alive, and to Justin Hall, he’s a true ‘every man’ racer who enjoys working on his rig in his driveway – both drivers are great competitors and we’re excited to see how they fare as the season continues.”
The first race in the 2015 ULTRA4 Trail-Gear Western Regional series takes place in less than one month! The ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede will follow the same format as the two previous years and will again be held at the Prairie City SVRA. More than 90 drivers are already committed to racing! The course will consist of a 2 mile lap all visible to spectators filled with rock obstacles, tight turns and go fast sections. The top 10 finishers not already qualified for KOH will earn qualifying spots at this and each regional event this year.
Classes: All classes will be racing, Stock (4600), Modified (4500), Spec (4700), Legends (4800), UTV Pro and Sportsmans and 4400s are all welcome. Registration deadline is April 17th, 2015.
Monroe, MI – DynoMax Performance Exhaust – the performance exhaust brand of Tenneco – has announced the 2015 DynoMax ULTRA4 race team that includes more than 75 teams, including four King of the Hammers “Kings” to date and dozens of other well known rock and desert racers.
As “The Official Performance Exhaust of ULTRA4 Racing,” race teams running specific DynoMax products also can qualify for an exciting race contingency program at several of the events during the upcoming 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race week.
PRAIRIE CITY SVRA, CA: Thousands of fans weathered the triple digit heat last weekend at the MetalCloak Stampede to watch one of the most exciting ULTRA4 races to date. The main event saw two former and the current King of The Hammers each take a turn at leading throughout the 45 minute race. That is until the final lap, when Tom Wayes worked his way from a rear start to claim the checkered flag, and his first ULTRA4 win.
Wayes had the fastest qualifying lap on Friday morning, however after suffering mechanical issues, he was unable to race in Friday afternoon’s prelim races. The top 3 drivers from prelims moved directly to the main event on Saturday afternoon. Nitto Tire driver Loren Healy won the fastest prelim heat which put him on the pole for the main event with Shannon Campbell starting beside him.
DANVILLE, CA – Jason Scherer would like to cap off the season with a solid race at the 2013 Ultra4 Nitto Tires National Finals in Congress, Arizona this weekend. “This has been an interesting season to say the least; we have won poles, won events and then plagued with transmission failures. We have lead a lot of laps and had the speed to win, but part failures have taken us out before the checker flag,” said Jason Scherer, driver of the Rubicon Express #76 car. “We won the National race last year in Texas and feel we may have found the solution to our car troubles just in time to come to Arizona and compete strong this weekend.” Then Jason adds, “After this race I can’t wait to get up to the Rubicon Trail in my 2014 JK and test out the new Rubicon Express suspension and Smittybilt products that are being installed at 4Wheel Parts while we are at the race!”
This will be the last race for the PSC Motorsports Ultra4 car driven by Jason Scherer. “The last two years have been a great partnership with Tom Allen and PSC Motorsports, however it has been decided to sell the car at the end of the 2013 season,” said Scherer. “Myself, Rage 4th and Team Awesome are in the process of starting a build for next season. We have been pushing the envelope of technology and I see where a few changes can make the new car 20% faster and 50% more reliable than the last car. The PSC car never lacked in speed, we lacked in consistency.”