Wayes Takes First ULTRA4 Win at MetalCloak Stampede

Wayes 220x146 Race Recap Video & Report   MetalCloak StampedePRAIRIE CITY SVRA, CA – June 12th, 2014:  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.

Campbell and Healy, both two-time Kings, wasted no time establishing their dominance when

 Race Recap Video & Report   MetalCloak Stampede

the green flag dropped. Campbell took the early lead with Healy close on his heels and 2009 King and Nitto Tire driver, Jason Scherer chasing them down for 3rd. The 3 Kings held the top 3 spots for the first half of the race.  A full course yellow mid-race brought all the drivers back together and Campbell looked to take the lead again. Unfortunately Campbell bicycled in a tight turn and hit a k-rail while returning to the course, causing a mechanical failure. Healy then took the lead with Scherer close behind. Scherer overtook Healy until the last lap when Scherer succumbed to mechanical issues. All the while, Wayes was working his way up from the back of the pack. In the final lap, it was Healy and Wayes battling for the checkered flag with both drivers setting blisteringly fast lap times. In the final two laps, Wayes posted the two fastest lap times of the entire weekend propelling him into the lead to take his first ULTRA4 checkered flag.

In addition to the 4400 class, Saturday’s racing also featured the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class, the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, the Legends Class and UTVs.  Jordan Townsend, a recent East Coast transplant, dominated the 4500  race with Gerald Lee racing for John Currie taking 2nd and Jimmy Jack claiming 3rd. In the 4600 stock race, Ben Varozza claimed the top spot followed by Bret Scheiding and Bailey Cole. Jessi Combs followed up her win in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race with another win in the 4800 legends class after doing battle with Jim Brown in both the prelims and the main event, with Dave Schneider taking 3rd.  In the UTV sportsman class, Phil Cagliero dominated with Mel Wade IV claiming 2nd and Brian Hogue in 3rd.

The next ULTRA4 event will be the 2nd race in the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series which will feature the ULTRA4s at Badlands in Attica, IN on June 26th and 27th. The next Trail-Gear Western regional event will be the 4th annual Glen Helen Grand Prix in San Bernardino July 11th and 12th.

 

Results listed below:

 

ULTRA4 – 4400 Class
* = KOH 2015 Qualified

POS

First Last Car # # of Laps

1

TOM WAYES

321

16

2

LOREN HEALY

67

16

3

JAKE HALLENBECK

4775

16

4

NICK NELSON *1

4404

16

5

RICK MOONEYHAM

554

16

6

BRENDEN THOMPSON *2

5150

16

7

JEFF RUSSELL *3

4427

16

8

JASON BLANTON *4

966

16

9

WAYLAND CAMPBELL

3

16

10

JON CAGLIERO *5

27

16

11

JT STEPHENS

4454

16

12

JASON SCHERER *6

76

16

13

ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN

4493

15

14

JP GOMEZ *7

4482

15

15

KEVIN YODER *8

4434

15

16

DARREN HENKE *9

4441

11

17

SHANNON CAMPBELL

5

10

18

MIKE BOU *10

54

8

19

ALEX HARDAWAY

4481

7

20

SCOTT FOLEY

75

7

21

DAVE BOVICH

4450

7

22

JAKE YEOMAN

1977

7

23

LEVI SHIRLEY

81

7

24

GARY FERRAVANTI JR

64

5

25

PAUL HORSCHEL

19

2

Rubicon Express Modified Class – 4500

POS

First Last Car # # of Laps

1

JORDAN TOWNSEND

4580

10

2

JOHN CURRIE

88

10

3

JIMMY JACK

63

10

4

KEITH ULINGER

4554

9

5

MORGAN DERODEFF

4518

7

6

MIKE BEDWELL

4540

6

7

DOUG FALONI

713

6

8

JUSTIN HALL

13

4

9

SHAWN RANTS

4531

2

Pro Comp Stock Class – 4600

POS

First Last Car # # of Laps

1

BEN VAROZZA

4612

9

2

BRET SCHEIDING

4621

9

3

BAILEY COLE

4654

8

4

MEL WADE III

4651

7

5

SEAN MCNAMARA

4696

5

6

KEVIN ADLER

4602

1

 

Legends Class – 4800

POS

First

Last

Car #

# of Laps

1

JESSI COMBS

11

4703

2

JIM BROWN

11

104

3

DAVE SCHNEIDER

10

4471

4

RICHARD FENTON

8

4852

5

ROSS GLAVE

6

4802

6

MAKINZIE ALAVAZO

5

4829

 

UTV Sportsman Class

POS

First

Last

Car #

# of Laps

1

PHILLIP CAGLIERO

10

21

2

MELVIN EUGENE WADE IV

8

1951

3

BRIAN HOGUE

8

1915

ABOUT ULTRA4 RACING

ULTRA4 is a vehicle type, class and series.  ULTRA4 Racing was born from the popularity of the annual Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, considered to be the toughest one-day off-road race. The vehicles are unlimited four-wheel drive, capable of competing  in multiple racing disciplines – extreme rock crawling, high-speed desert racing and short course.  In seven years, the sport has grown significantly from the inaugural King of the Hammers to an eight race national series, and a four race International series.  ULTRA4 Racing is managed by Hammerking Productions located in Temecula, CA.  To learn more, log on to www.ultra4racing.com.

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ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING MOTORSPORTS IN THE US - ULTRA4 RACING ULTRA4 racing began in 2007 with a dozen friends competing for bragging rights.  Seven years later, more than 400 cars compete nationally and internationally in ULTRA4 races.  In 2014, races in the United States will be held in the following states: Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, California and Nevada. Additionally, 4 European races will be held in Scotland, Wales, Italy and Portugal.

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