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Branik Motorsports to support top east coast Griffin King of the Hammers competitors

November 17, 2011– Johnson Valley, CA:  Today, Ultra4 Racing announced a new partnership with Branik Motorsports to create an exciting new opportunity for east coast Ultra4 drivers in 2012.  “The Branik Beast of The East” will award multi-race vehicle transportation to the top three Griffin King of the Hammers competitors hailing from east of the Mississippi River. Read More→

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.  Read More→

Generous Donation by Griffin Radiator to Benefit Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame

September 29, 2011 – Pomona, CA:  Griffin Radiator , the title sponsor of every King of The Hammers race to date, has donated their 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers qualifying spot to a silent auction taking place at the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, October 7th at the Pomona fairplex. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. Read More→

September 19, 2011–Reno, NV: Team GenRight’s Kevin Sacalas proved fast during Friday’s qualifying rounds at the 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede. Even with an engine misfire, Sacalas was able to claim the 4th fastest qualifying time of the day putting him in the front of the pack for the main race. Only current King Shannon Campbell, former King Jason Scherer and eventual Stampede winner, JT Taylor had faster times than Kevin Sacalas in his vehicle affectionately referred to as “Big Ugly.”

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Taylor Dominates at 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

September 11, 2011 –Reno, NV:   Despite rumors of the hardest Ultra4 course in history, all fifty starting positions for the 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede were filled months before the green flag dropped.  Now in its second year, the Ultra4 Stampede covered 128 miles of loose hill climbs, technical rock canyons, and wide open deserts at the Reno Tahoe Motorplex about 20 minutes outside of downtown Reno, NV.  The racing was intense early on as Shannon Campbell, Jason Scherer, and JT Taylor battled for the lead in their V8 powered, 4-wheel drive Ultra4 cars.  Mechanical issues hampered Campbell and Scherer, leaving JT Taylor to take the win in his innovative Torchmate-built twin traction beam race car.  Read More→

September 6th, 2011 – Reno, NV :  The 2nd annual Torchmate Reno Stampede race will be held this weekend on September 10th and 11th at Exit 28 Motorsports just outside of Reno, Nevada. The unlimited 4 wheel drive vehicles known as Ultra4 cars have already begun descending upon Reno.  For those that haven’t seen an Ultra4 race in person, this is a great opportunity to see extreme horsepower at its finest. These cars are capable of speeds in excess of 100 MPH and are able to traverse some of the most treacherous rocky terrain. This year’s race features a brand new short course section where fans can watch these powerful vehicles soar through the air.   Read More→

American RockSports Challenge Video

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Ultra4 Racing created a new style of race last month at Miller Motorsports Park by combining short course and rock crawling. The result was a spectacular race full of high jumps, gnarly roll overs and intense racing.

The driving and the footage were so impressive that we asked Will Gentile of Heavy Metal Concepts to create a highlight video of the event that included coverage from the Dactyl Camera sponsored by Falken Tire which captured some amazing aerial shots of the action!

The following video combines never-before-seen footage, awesome driving, and great editing! We hope you enjoy the video and please share it on your web sites and social media sites!

Ultra4 American Rocksports Challenge Video:


May 4, 2011 – Riverside, CA:  Best in the Desert Silver State 300 wasn’t the race that Kevin Sacalas of Big Ugly Racing was hoping for, but it did prove beyond a doubt, that his new car is fast; very fast.  By the first check point, Sacalas had a 45 second lead on the next Ultra4 car being driven by 2011 King of the Hammers winner, Shannon Campbell, and a 34 second lead on Campbell’s Class 1 car driven by Shannon’s brother, Nick Campbell.

After experiencing a devastating transmission failure only hours before the start of King Of the Hammers 2011, Kevin Sacalas of Big Ugly Racing asked In the Pink Racing if they’d like to join forces to race in the main event.  In the Pink missed qualifying in the Last Chance Qualifier by only a couple spots.  When Sacalas discovered the transmission was irreparable, he decided to make the best of a bad situation. He had a spot in the race and no car, and In the Pink had a car but no spot. So they decided to join forces. Both teams spent months preparing for this event and combining their efforts just made sense.  “Both of our teams have a lot of heart, and I remember when I missed qualifying in my TJ by a couple of spots. We both had crews fully prepped and ready to go. Joining our teams and being able to work with a group that loves this sport as much as I do is a win for all of us.” Read More→

Big Ugly 2.0 has Successful Debut at The Hammers

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Kevin Sacalas of Big Ugly Racing unveiled his new Ultra4 Race Car, “Big Ugly 2.0” out at the Hammers this weekend in preparation for the 2011 King of the Hammers race being held February 11th.  This is the 2nd Ultra4 car designed and fabricated entirely by Sacalas. His first Ultra4 car which fans affectionately named “Big Ugly” had several impressive podium finishes including 1st place in the 2009 BiTD Vegas to Reno, 2nd place in Silver State 300 and a 3rd place finish in the King of the Hammers Grand Slam of Offroad Racing series. Read More→

Kevin Sacalas and his team, Big Ugly Racing, are pleased to announce they will be racing as “Team GenRight” for the 2011 Ultra4 season with additional support provided by The Orleans Casino. Sacalas made a name for himself in 2009 by becoming the first ever Ultra4 Winner in Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno: The Long Way. In 2010, he continued his success in Ultra4 racing with a 3rd place finish in the King of the Hammers Grand Slam of Offroad Racing series. Sacalas is known as much for his competitive racing as he is for the race vehicle that fans have affectionately named, “Big Ugly.” Read More→

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Kevin Sacalas went into last week’s BITD Silver State 300 with one goal: to prove he was a contender in the Ultra4 class. He did just that! At the end of 300 miles, one minute 18 seconds is all that separated Sacalas, the 2009 Vegas to Reno winner, from Loren Healy, the 2010 King of the Hammers winner. Ultimately, as they crossed the finish line, following a 90+ MPH drag race through the silt beds of the Nevada desert, Healy would take 1st with Sacalas coming in a close 2nd. Silver State 300 was Sacalas’ 3rd Ultra4 race in the 4435 car he built in his garage that fans have affectionately dubbed, “Big Ugly.” Read More→