October 24, 2011 – 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.

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.

 

Finish

First NameLast NameCar #Hometown

State

total laps

Qualified

1

LorenHealy

4428

Farmington

NM

28

2

JasonPicket

4444

Ft. Collins

CO

28

*

3

JTTaylor

13

Fountain

CO

28

4

NickNelson

4404

Cortez

CO

28

*

5

BradFalin

457

Frenley

NV

27

*

6

TonyPellegrino

4485

Simi Valley

CA

27

7

ShannonCampbell

5

Gilbert

AZ

26

8

CottinRodd

4407

Cortez

CO

26

*

9

JRVan Ortwick

4466

Rowland Heights

CA

26

*

10

BrianShirley

18

Dodge City

KS

26

11

JasonScherer

76

Danville

CA

25

12

LeviShirley

81

Dodge City

KS

25

13

BrandonWatson

4488

Glenwood Springs

CO

25

*

14

ScottWard

4438

Lake Havasu City

AZ

25

*

15

MikeMcClure

733

Ness City

KS

25

*

16

AlexHardaway

4481

Santa Rosa

CA

25

17

DarrenHenke

4441

Golden

CO

25

*

18

GaryFerravanti Jr4475Paso Robles

CA

25

19

CaseyCurrie

2

Anaheim

CA

25

*

20

RichieCarter

4474

Simi Valley

CA

24

21

BillPhillips

4480

Whittier

CA

24

22

WarrenThomas

257

Morro Bay

CA

24

*

23

DaveBovich

50

Shasta Lake

CA

22

24

BenNapier

4461

Sydney

AUS

22

25

MikeNappi

4490

Idaho Springs

CO

20

26

TravisCarpenter

4405

Orangevale

CA

19

*

27

RandyAvery

348

Sonora

CA

19

28

BrentGoegebuer

4473

Corona

CA

19

29

ChrisHoyt

53

Castle Rock

CO

18

30

GregoryLundeen

701

Broomfield

CO

18

31

BillBaird

5252

Sturgis

KY

18

32

JeremyHengl

85

Orangevale

CA

17

33

PaulHoffman

4483

Victorville

CA

16

34

GregAdler

210

Manhattan Beach

CA

12

35

KevinSacalas

4435

Riverside

CA

12

36

GaryFerravanti Sr.

4446

Paso Robles

CA

10

37

RobLynch

4463

Spokane

WA

10

38

DeanBulloch

4411

Cedar City

UT

9

39

EricBrown

502

Las Vegas

NV

9

40

BillyBriney

4439

Ness City

KS

7

41

JTStephens

4454

Little Rock

AR

1

*

42

JeremyDickinson     3

0

43

NathanUnruh

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.

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