September 26, 2012- Twin Peaks, CA: The 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Championship began with the 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers and ended with the 2012 Ultra4 American Rocksports Championship last weekend in Tooele, Utah. More than 50 drivers from 20 states competed for a chance to be named the 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Champion. Ultimately, Ultra4 veteran and short course champion, Brad Lovell, would claim the title.
The 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series Championship consisted of three races. Each race was meant to highlight the unique characteristics and strengths of Ultra4 cars. The three races for this year’s series were: 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers, which emphasized high speed desert racing, endurance and rock crawling, Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno; a 500+ mile race through the Nevada desert that tested both cars and drivers endurance, and The American Rocksports Challenge which combined short course racing and rock crawling with multiple cars competing simultaneously in a series of heat races. Read More→
TWIN PEAKS, CA – March 21, 2012 – Hammerking Productions released the trailer for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers movie titled, “Rise of the East” today. The title for this year’s film is a reference to the 2012 King, Erik Miller. Miller is the first winner of the race to reside east of the Mississippi in Cumberland, MD.
The movie will document the week-long off-road racing event held every February in Johnson Valley, CA. 2012 marked the 6th year for the King of the Hammers race which featured more than 200 teams and 30,000 spectators competing in over 5 days of racing. The movie’s release date is expected this summer following a red carpet premiere. Read More→
2012 marked a year of significant improvements & growth
February 23, 2012 (Lake Arrowhead, CA) – After reviewing comments from the Bureau of Land Management, Course Officials, and competitors; and with support of video coverage, the Competition Review Board (CRB) for the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers has announced time penalties for seven drivers as a result of an illegal line that afforded both competitive advantage and created increased risk to course workers and spectators.
It was announced at all drivers meetings that drivers must stay in the bottom of the rock canyons, specifically at the entrance of the rock trail known as Chocolate Thunder. The Bureau of Land Management approved the nearby spectator areas to be inside of the 150’ setback standard based on the natural topography mitigating risk and providing a natural barrier from race car incursion into the spectator area. By taking the illegal line on the high left side of the rock ‘gatekeeper’ that natural barrier was eliminated and risk was increased. As such, the seven drivers who took the aforementioned line on Chocolate Thunder will be assessed a 30 minute time penalty added to total elapsed time.
The CRB also deliberated a similar line used just past the gatekeeper but determined that the lack of inherent risk coupled with conflicting instructions given by onsite course workers made assessing a time penalty impractical and punitive.
Hammerking shares with all its competitors the responsibility of maintaining the safest environment possible for all course workers and spectators. A review is currently underway to determine if there is a more effective way to mark illegal course bypasses and the method which specific course details are communicated.
The Competition Review Board consists of KOH Race Director, Event Director, Tech Inspector, Operations Director, and Driver Liaison. There will be no further sanctions based on this specific incident. Updated list of official finishers listed below:
Official Finish | Race Driver | Car # | City/State | Elapsed Time | Penalty | New ET1 KOH Erik Miller 4421 Cumberland MD 6:03:51 | 6:03:51 2 KOH Rick Mooneyham 554 Lake Havasu City AZ 6:16:48 | 6:16:48 3 KOH Shannon Campbell 5 Gilbert AZ 6:33:40 | 6:33:40 4 KOH Derek West 4420 Springfield MO 7:20:24 | 7:20:24 5 KOH Loren Healy 4428 Farmington NM 7:22:05 | 7:22:05 6 KOH Brad Lovell 232 Colorado Springs CO 7:26:23 | 7:26:23 7 KOH Brian Shirley 18 Dodge City KS 7:31:53 | 7:31:53 8 KOH Rusty Bray 4498 Richmond KY 7:31:54 | 7:31:54 9 KOH Mike Klensin 4431 Tucson AZ 7:40:58 | 7:40:58 10 LCQ Ben Dinkins 4403 Annopolis MO 8:24:49 | 8:24:49 11 KOH Jon Cagliero 27 Paso Robles CA 8:27:17 | 8:27:17 12 KOH Brandon Watson 4488 Carbondale CO 8:32:54 | 8:32:54 13 LCQ Jeff Russell 4427 Shadow Hills CA 8:39:10 | 8:39:10 14 KOH Ivan VanOrtwick 4466 Whittier CA 8:41:08 | 8:41:08 15 KOH Ben Napier 4461 Sydney AUS 8:42:00 | 8:42:00 16 KOH Casey Currie 2 Anaheim CA 8:16:04 | +30 | 8:46:04 17 KOH John Webb 4468 Concord CA 8:50:28 | 8:50:28 18 KOH Levi Shirley 81 Dodge City KS 9:03:20 | 9:03:20 19 KOH Jason Scherer 76 Danville CA 9:05:36 | 9:05:36 20 KOH Jason Blanton 966 Kirkland WA 9:27:33 | 9:27:33 21 KOH Harold Fijman 777 San Ramon CA 9:38:50 | 9:38:50 22 KOH Alex Hardaway 4481 Santa Rosa CA 9:40:59 | 9:40:59 23 KOH Lucas Murphy 816 Easton MA 9:47:20 | 9:47:20 24 LCQ Ritchie Keller 202 Elkland MO 9:47:24 | 9:47:24 25 KOH Cottin Rodd 4407 Cortez CO 9:47:48 | 9:47:48 26 KOH Alan Woodson 86 Charlottesville VA 9:20:43 | +30 | 9:50:43 27 KOH Scott Ward 4438 Lake Havasu City AZ 9:57:40 | 9:57:40 28 KOH Nick Finch 2228 Dean Park AUS 9:46:51 | +30 | 10:16:51 29 KOH John James 28 Fresno CA 10:17:58 | 10:17:58 30 LCQ Jason Shipman 4414 Farmington MO 10:22:00 | 10:22:00 31 LCQ Hunter Sparrow 72 Arvada CO 10:23:20 | 10:23:20 32 KOH Mat Noualy 328 Mt Albert CAN 10:32:45 | 10:32:45 33 LCQ Dave Bovich 50 Shasta Lake CA 10:51:37 | 10:51:37 34 KOH Les Figueroa 4478 Henderson NV 10:59:24 | 10:59:24 35 LCQ Chris Garrison 4494 Rancho Cordova CA 10:45:50 | +30 | 11:15:50 36 KOH Fabio Manno 100 Rome Italy 11:21:07 | 11:21:07 37 LCQ Doug Evans 4457 Hayfork CA 11:24:58 | 11:24:58 38 KOH Larry Anderson 742 Dixon CA 11:52:39 | 11:52:39 39 KOH Matt Peterson 212 Colorado Springs CO 11:54:41 | 11:54:41 40 LCQ Robb Kaufman 22 RockyView County CAN 12:05:17 | 12:05:17 41 LCQ Paul Garner 4409 Queen Creek AZ 12:21:57 | 12:21:57 42 LCQ Brandon Heyes 4558 Rancho Cucamonga CA 12:52:45 | 12:52:45 43 KOH Bart Dixon 26 San Diego CA 12:57:47 | 12:57:47 44 KOH Curtis Warner 4410 Armstrong BC 12:59:03 | 12:59:03 45 KOH Jesse Haines 4499 Sparks NV 13:05:48 | 13:05:48 46 KOH Warren Thomas 257 Morro Bay CA 13:19:25 | 13:19:25 47 KOH Tom Wayes 321 San Jose CA 13:33:45 | 13:33:45 48 KOH Stan Haynes 4408 Ft. Wayne IN 13:39:25 | 13:39:25 * LCQ Jeremy Dickenson 4419 Cedar Park TX DNF
*Scoring error. Driver initially listed as finisher.
February 11, 2012 (Johnson Valley, CA) – On Saturday at at 2:03 p.m., Erik Miller crossed the finish line to be crowned the 2012 King of the Hammers. Considered the toughest one day off-road race, Miller beat out 134 competitors to win the coveted title and $25,000 prize purse.
“There are one thousand opportunities to make mistakes out there,” Erik Miller explained at the finish line, “and we just try to make as few as possible.” The humble Miller was describing the secret to his success at the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers, where he finished the grueling 165-mile race in six hours and three minutes. “I could not have done this without the help of my friends. We have been in Johnson Valley for the past twelve days getting ready for this race,” the Maryland resident explained. Miller is no stranger to success; he was the 2010 International Endurance Champion and came in fifth at last year’s Griffin King of the Hammers. “I added Fox bypass shocks this year and they really helped me carry speed through the desert,” Miller revealed. He is the first East Coast competitor to win the prestigious title in the event’s six year history. Read More→
Competitors listed finished within the 10 p.m. cutoff.
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Sponsors of the event include: Griffin Thermal Products, 4Wheel Parts, Smittybilt, Pitbull Tires, Miller Welders, Lucas Oil, Trail Gear, Falken Tire, Nitto, Bestop, Dynomax Performance Exhaust, GenRight Off Road, King Off-Road Racing Shocks, PSC Motorsports, Warn, ATX Series Wheels, Rugged Race Radios and Spidertrax.
1 Graham Jarvis # 88 2:57:19 2 Kyle Redmond #17 3:09:41 3 Destry Abbott #8 3:29:16 4 Mike Slawson #307 3:45:32 5 Cody Webb #247 4:00:40 6 Jimmy Jarett #24 4:05:28 7 Chris Ridgway #181 DNF 8 Cory Graffunder #115 DNF 9 Jason Smith #20 DNF 10 Joe Kessler #46 DNF 11 Jordan Brandt #2 DNF 12 Kurt Caselli #66 DNF 13 Max Gerston #15 DNF 14 Nicholas Burson #9 DNF 15 Tim Robel #222 DNF 16 David Pearson #22 DNF 17 Max Eddy Jr. #6 DNF 18 Gary Sutherlin #21 DNF 19 Frank Schettini #23 DNF 20 Brad Pace #3 DNF 21 Chris Midkiff #18 DNF
21 Starters, 6 Finishers
Traditionally, the Griffin King of the Hammers has been limited to a field of 100 racers; twenty of whom gain entry into the race by competing in a Last Chance Qualifying (LCQ) race that happens in the days prior to the King of the Hammers. More than 70 drivers competed for one of the 20 remaining spots. After the completion of today’s qualifying rounds, both drivers and spectators waited anxiously for news of which teams would move on to the main race and which teams would be packing up their vehicles to start their long journey home. Read More→
Nick Nelson laid down a time of 4:46 at Wednesday’s 4Wheel Parts Time Trials, ending up second overall in the two-day qualifier for the Griffin King of the Hammers this Friday, February 10th
Unlike the solid axles used on Mooneyham’s Trick Toys Fabrication race car, Nick Nelson’s buggy from Jimmy’s 4×4 utilizes independent front suspension (IFS) for better compliance at speed. The brand new, blazing yellow buggy set the fastest time, while most of the field struggled to even finish the course. Only 55 of 70 starters reached the finishing gates under their own power on Wednesday. The rest either succumbed to mechanical failure or frayed nerves as thousands of fans cheered them on in person and tens of thousands followed the 4Wheel Parts Time Trials online. Read More→
February 7, 2012 (Johnson Valley, CA) – Ultra4 veteran “Easy” Rick Mooneyham has something to prove at this year’s Griffin King of the Hammers. Mooneyham has been on the podium twice in the past, but has yet to be crowned King. He made his presence known at Tuesday’s 4Wheel Parts Time Trials by laying down the fastest qualifying time, a blistering four minutes and forty one seconds. The only other sub-five-minute time was achieved by reigning King and Monster Energy driver Shannon Campbell, the last driver on course for the day. 4Wheel Parts president Greg Adler was the first competitor on course and his qualifying time of 5:08 stood for much of the day. By the time the dust had settled, Mooneyham and Campbell were the only two who bested Adler for starting position in Friday’s Griffin King of the Hammers. It is interesting to note that Adler was piloting a vehicle originally built at Trick Toys Fabrication by none other than Rick Mooneyham. Scott Ward drove a third Trick Toys Fabrication buggy to a sixth place qualifying time of 5:24, illustrating the effectiveness of the vehicle design. Read More→