Cypress, Calif. (April 13, 2016) – Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has swept the podium at the MetalCloak Stampede Ultra4 off-road race for the second year in a row thanks to the talents of the Team Nitto drivers and the incredible traction afforded by their Trail Grappler M/T tires. This occasion also marks the second consecutive Ultra4 Nationals race in which Team Nitto has swept the podium; the last being the Reno Nationals at the end of the 2015 season. This incredible victory was achieved despite extremely uncooperative weather causing traction issues and mechanical failures for many other teams.
Monroe, MI – Team DynoMax finished the 2015 ULTRA4 season on top, with driver Levi Shirley becoming the 2015 ULTRA4 National Champion following the 4 Wheel Parts Nitto National Championship in Reno, Nev. Fellow Team DynoMax driver Loren Healy won the National Championship race, earning the West Coast Champion title. Wayland Campbell finished third in overall points for the season, while in the 4500 class, Justin Hall was named National Champion.
In all, 120 teams competed across seven classes at Wild West Motorsports Park. In the 4400 class, nine of the top 10 finishers were part of Team DynoMax. In addition to Healy’s first-place finish, Jason Scherer placed second and Erik Miller was third following a late, sideways pass that knocked Clay Gilstrap to fourth place. Shirley finished fifth, earning enough points to win the season-long title.
Cypress, Calif. (October 21, 2015) – Nitto Tire, a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, swept the podium at the Ultra4 National Championships on October 17, 2015 at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, Nevada. Team Nitto drivers Loren Healey, Jason Scherer, and Eric Miller dominated the field of 60 cars in the 4400 Unlimited class race and Derek West and Wayland Campbell secured their second and third place finishes in the series.
Kevin Adler of Kevin Adler Motorsports submitted this recap of the Ultra4 season from an insider’s perspective. Check out his recap of the 2013 season – Ed.
Excitement in the Desert
In late September, the Nitto Tire National Championship race happened at Thunder Valley Off-Road Park about miles outside of Wickenburg in Congress, Arizona. Our team arrived late Thursday afternoon at the park, and we got a chance to see the course early Friday. The course posed some formidable challenges for the Team Smittybilt/Pro Comp Kevin Adler Motorsports Jeep JK. We battled overheating issues and what appeared to be a compressor failure to our ARB system. The team finished our 15 mile pre-run at around 4 in the afternoon and worked late into the evening to get car 4602 prepped for the big day. My crew did yeoman’s work – chief Ryan, Jeep Thrills president Bert Contreras, and Big Joe helped to fix our issues.
CONGRESS, AZ: With less than 300 points separating the top ten drivers in the ULTRA4 series, there was a lot riding on last weekend’s Nitto Tire National Championship held at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, AZ. All top 10 drivers in series points along with 38 additional ULTRA4 cars were on hand to compete not only for the win, but also for the series championship.
At the end of the day, two former Kings again stood atop the podiums. 2009 King of The Hammers, Jason Scherer, won the race while the only two- time King of the Hammers, Shannon Campbell, came in 11 minutes behind him in 8th place, earning enough points to secure the 2013 Nitto Tire National Championship.
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.”
There are 48 teams that have committed to race this weekend at the Nitto Tire National Championship at its new location. Stock and Mod teams will race at 8 a.m. and ULTRA4s will go off the line at noon. Below are all the details for those planning on attending this weekend’s event.
Directions: The ranch is 8 miles down a dirt road. The road has been recently graded, but still requires you to go slow and take your time. Please be sure to download directions before leaving.
Schedule of Events: Currie Enterprises is sponsoring a Driver’s Dinner on site for Drivers and Co-Drivers. Tickets for additional dinners will be available at $10 a piece from the on site food vendor. We are also doing a pre-registration at the Arrowhead Bar & Grill on Thursday night. The bar and grill is located right before the turn off to the ranch and is a great last stop for food and drink for those heading to the ranch Thursday night.
The race was originally cancelled in Las Vegas due to a permitting issue that caused two off road racing organizations, including ULTRA4, to cancel races the weekend of September 27th. At the request of ULTRA4 drivers and their sponsors, a suitable location was found for the same weekend at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, Arizona.
TOOELE, UT: Driver “EZ” Rick Mooneyham is no stranger to the ULTRA4 podium. Over the years, he’s been one of the most consistent top three finishers at the Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire. However, despite all of his podium finishes, a first place trophy had proved elusive to Mooneyham; that is until last weekend’s American Rocksports Challenge held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT where Mooneyham crushed the competition and claimed first place finishing nearly 45 seconds ahead of Shannon Campbell. The American Rocksports Challenge is thethird and final race in the Trail-Gear Western Regional ULTRA4 Series.
PLACERVILLE, CA: The second Dirt Riot Southeast Series race was hosted at Gray Rock ORV outside of Birmingham, Alabama in a lush green and brown environment where the safety orange color of Bill Baird’s Ultra4 car stood out not only in color, but in speed, taking the win by a full lap. Earlier in the day Mod Trail winner Tim Carter and Stock Trail winner Travis Wilson raced against a field of over a dozen. “We had a great time here at Gray Rock! Everyone was very helpful and the spectators were a lot of fun. We were happy to run all the races earlier in the day to be able to have open wheeling in the afternoon,” said Rich Klein, President and founder of W.E. Rock Events. “Dirt Riot’s Pro 4×4 class is continuing to expand and grabbing the attention of the highest level racers that are looking for more seat time, practice and just plain fun!”
The course at Gray Rock ORV park had some great high speed sections at the beginning and end of each lap; in between saw a lot of elevation changes and tight, twisty tree sections. “The rain had come on Wednesday and created some mud puddles that no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t get to dry up,” explained Klein. “By the end of the race, the mud puddles had expanded to at least 5 times their original size and we were glad that we didn’t use some sections that we had considered.”