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King Healy Clinches Nitto National Championship

unnamed 5 220x123 Race Recap and Video Highlights: ULTRA4 Nitto National ChampionshipOctober 27th, 2014, RENO, NV:  2014 King of The Hammers winner, Loren Healy continued his winning streak at the Nitto Tire National Championship presented by 4 Wheel Parts held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, NV on October 18th. The event featured 106 ULTRA4 teams competing in front of more than 5200 spectators at the first ever ULTRA4 race held at the park.  The Nitto National Champion is determined by the driver with the most points after competing in King of The Hammers, three regional ULTRA4 races, and the season ending Nitto Championship Race. With Healy’s win on Saturday he successfully won all five races and ended the season with a perfect score of 5000 points.
Going into last weekend’s event, less than 300 points separated Healy from Reno’s own Jake Hallenbeck, who’s been consistently on the podium all season long. Since the debut of his car  in July at Glen Helen, Healy has been undefeated.  The question going into last weekend’s race was if the substantial rock obstacles added to the track for the ULTRA4s at Wild West Motorsports Park would prove a challenge for Healy. After laying down the 2nd fastest qualifying time on Friday, it was clear to everyone that Healy was going to be tough to beat.
 Race Recap and Video Highlights: ULTRA4 Nitto National Championship
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When the green flag dropped for the main on Saturday, it was two-time King of The Hammers winner, Shannon Campbell that ultimately gave Healy a run for his money. The two drivers raced side-by-side, nearly identical laps with the crowds watching in awe. That is, until Campbell went for the pass on a long downhill straight-away and caught a boulder at the bottom sending him into a roll, allowing Healy to clinch the lead. By mid-race, 2012 KOH Winner, Erik Miller was gaining on Healy, and this year’s ULTRA4 European champion, Levi Shirley had made his way from a last place LCQ starting position up to the front of the pack. As the checkered flag dropped, Healy clinched the win followed closely by Miller with Shirley completing the podium.

All five limited classes also raced for Championship titles this weekend as well. In the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified class after a battle all season between 88 John Currie and 4580 Jordan Townsend, it would be Currie who clinched the win and the 4500 Nitto National Championship Title for the 4500s. In the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, 4608 Matt Peterson took the win in Reno, however, with two regional wins and a 2nd place in Reno, it was 4612 Ben Varozza earned the title of 4600 Nitto National Champion. For the 4700 Spec Class, UK native Rob Butler took the win in Reno, but 4703 driver Jessi Combs secured the Championship by a landslide with her multiple podiums all season long.  In the new 4800 Legends class it was newcomer 4881 Ernie Hardaway who won the race, however, veteran ULTRA4 driver Dave Schneider in his 4871 Legends car went home with the National Championship. In the UTV Class it was Darren Mitchell who came through and won the race in the #3 UTV. A tight UTV National Championship point race between Off Road Evolution’s Mel Wade IV and Brian Hogue saw Wade narrowly beating Hogue to claim his first ever National Championship before the age of 16.

Several other awards were given out at the banquet on Saturday night which was attended by more than 500 people at the Atlantis Casino. Nitto Tire paid for every driver and co-drivers dinner and Currie Enterprises bought each driver and co-driver their first drink. The ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year award was given to Levi Shirley. This was Shirley’s 2nd time being voted Sportsman of the Year by his peers for his professionalism both on and off the race course. The 2014 Rookie of the Year award went to Car #54 Mike Bou for his consistent finishes throughout the season in his first year of racing.

The 2015 ULTRA4 Series will begin with KOH Week 2015. Hammertown opens on January 30th, 2015. The week will include King of the Motos, the Polaris KOH UTV Race, the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race, and the 9th annual Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015 in Johnson Valley, CA. Registration for all races is available online atwww.ultra4racing.com

The final results for the race are below followed by the results for the Nitto National Championship Series.

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Healy Dominates at 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

2 220x146 Healy Dominates at 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand PrixGLEN HELEN, CA – JULY 12th, 2014: Over 115 race teams descended upon Glen Helen Raceway the weekend of July 11th for the 4th annual 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix.  With nearly triple the car count of the inaugural 2011 race, the competition was fast and fierce for all classes. However, one driver stayed at the front of the pack all weekend and that was the current King, Loren Healy. Healy couldn’t get too far in front though, as Levi Shirley was close on his tail at every turn. Read More→

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1 220x146 King Healy Reigns at Discount Tire American Rocksports ChallengeTOOELE, UT – AUGUST 23rd, 2014: More than 90 teams registered for the Discount Tire American Rocksports Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park. With double the car count from 2013, the racing was some of the tightest and most intense of the 2014 ULTRA4 season to date. After a fierce battle in the main among 4 former Kings; Campbell, Healy, Scherer and Miller, it was Healy who climbed to the top of the podium for his 2nd consecutive ULTRA4 win. Fellow Nitto Tire drivers, Jason Scherer and Erik Miller took 2nd and 3rd place respectively for a Nitto Tire podium sweep at the Trail-Gear  ULTRA4 Western Regional finale. Read More→

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DynoMax Brand Supports ULTRA4 Race Teams Through Popular Race Payout

Program, Competitors Encouraged to Install DynoMax Products to Qualify

Monroe, MI, Aug. 29, 2014 – DynoMax® Performance Exhaust announced an additional

contingency opportunity for ULTRA4 racers participating in the upcoming Sturgis Kentucky Off-
Road Jeep & Truck Blowout 2014 event for teams running DynoMax products. The ULTRA4

race will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Sturgis Motoplex at the Union County Fair & Expo

Center, Sturgis, Ky.

DynoMax – a popular performance exhaust brand that’s been a part of the KOH race

scene since 2010 – is ULTRA4 Racing’s Official Exhaust Sponsor.

“ULTRA4 racing continues to be a great opportunity for DynoMax and our fans,” said

Chris Gauss, Director, performance products, Tenneco. “We are excited to give race teams

another reason to pick DynoMax products for the Sturgis ULTRA4 event.”

To participate in the contingency program, competitors must run a DynoMax exhaust

system, mufflers and/or components and a DynoMax decal. Teams must register prior to the

race. Please contact Matt Gannan at matt@rchdesigns.com for additional details or to join the

2014 Sturgis contingency competition.

For more information, please visit www.DynoMax.com, contact your nearest DynoMax

supplier or call 1-734-384-7806. For the name and location of your nearest DynoMax retailer,

check out the Dealer Locator at www.DynoMax.com.

Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with

headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 26,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco

is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride

performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment

markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx®

and Clevite® Elastomer.

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Richie Carter Win GH 7 12 14 800x600 220x165 Race Prep Racing Takes the Checkered Flag At Glen Helen Grand PrixGLEN HELEN RACEWAY, CA – July 12, 2014   In their first Western Regional Race of 2014 and their first regional race in the newly created Ultra4 Legends Class, Race Prep Racing outlasted the other Legends teams and took the checkered flag for the win on July 12, 2014.  Richie Carter, driver of the 4474 Legends Class car, credits perseverance and hard work for the team’s success.

The pit crew battled fueling issues all weekend still managing to put down good lap times during the preliminary heats when it counted.  Though the final wasn’t pretty – the car sputtered and popped during most of the race – this is endurance racing and the car, driver, and crew worked for 90 minutes keeping the car moving and the lap times consistent.  In the end, Race Prep Racing put down two more laps than its closest competitor and took the win in their class. Read More→

2014 ULTRA4 Nitto Tire National Championship 220x146 Reno Selected for 2014 Nitto Tire National ChampionshipRENO, NV – AUGUST 8th, 2014:  ULTRA4 Racing is pleased to announce a return to Reno, NV  for the 2014 Nitto Tire National Championship the weekend of October 17th and 18th. More than 90 vehicles in five classes are committed to racing in the championship to be held at the Wild West Motorsports Park.  The 2014 ULTRA4 annual awards banquet will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa immediately following the race.
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Levi Shirley 2014 Ultra4 Europe King of the Mountain

King of the Mountain 220x165 Lucky Dog Racing Levi Shirley and Brian Shirley Crisscross the Ocean Twice to Race Five Ultra4 Races Within Four MonthsDODGE CITY, KS     JULY 9, 2014   Starting the year with a Lucky Dog Racing double finish at the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers when father Brian Shirley and son Levi Shirley crossed the finish line 20th and 21st respectively, would set the stage for their 2014 Ultra4 race around the world. “A lot of people ask what I have accomplished in 2014,” chuckled Levi Shirley.  “Well, lets see, I’m King of the Mountain in Italy, our team has built two cars in two countries and kept two others racing.   My dad and I have both qualified for the 2015 King of the Hammers, we’ve raced two Ultra4 Eastern Series races, two Ultra4 Europe Series races and an Ultra4 Western Series race, not counting this weekends race.  Yes, I’ve been a little busy, but I love every second of it!” Read More→

Shannon Campbell Repeats Win at Badlands

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Shannon Campbell UMC Ultra4 Badlands 220x146 Shannon Campbell Repeats Win at BadlandsATTICA, IN – July 3rd, 2014:  More than 40 ULTRA4 cars came to compete at The Ultimate Motorsports Championship last weekend at Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, IN.  The race has grown nearly 70% in the last 3 years and has become a true battle of East meets West on some of the harshest terrain the 2014 ULTRA4 season has to offer. The fastest drivers from the East included; Erik Miller, Derek West, Bill Baird and Chicky Barton.  Drivers from the west included; Shannon Campbell,  Loren Healy,  Wayland Campbell and Tom Wayes.  After two and a half brutal hours of racing, Shannon Campbell  lead by two laps over Mike Colville, making him the ULTRA4 winner at the Badlands for the 2nd year in a row.

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2014 UMC Ultra4 DSC 6993 220x145 REDLYNER Racing’s Mall Crawler Finishes 2nd in Ultra4 BadlandsCHARLOTTE, NC – July 3, 2014 – REDLYNER Racing (#4550) places 2nd in the 2014 Ultra4 Badlands 4500 Class race on June 28, 2014, in Attica, IN.  Competing in a two and a half hour endurance race, Ultra-4 racer, Jay Callaway, battled the elements and pushed his daily-driven Jeep through one of its toughest tests to date.

“What an amazing race! Easily one of the more challenging events I’ve competed in, but also one of the most adrenaline pumping,” said Jay Callaway, driver for REDLYNER Racing. “Nothing was easy, the weather, the mud, the rocks or the competition. You had to be on point every minute of the race.” REDLYNER Racing’s Mall Crawler Finishes 2nd in Ultra4 Badlands Read More→

Race Recap Video & Report – MetalCloak Stampede

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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. Read More→

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Double Header Weekend for the Lovell Brothers

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Lovell amsoil 220x140 Double Header Weekend for the Lovell BrothersColorado Springs, CO 6/19/14 – It was back to the short track for the Lovell Brothers this past weekend. Brad raced rounds 5 & 6 in the TORC Series while Roger raced the #232 Ultra 4 in front of a hometown crowd at RAM Off-Road Park where he won last year.
“It was all about the jumps!” said Roger Lovell after pre-running the 5-mile course at the Lovell’s favorite local track, “The tempo and timing is everything. I can push harder but then your over jumping everything and flat landing the truck. You can do that, but not for 3 hours!” That smart tempo paid off last year and Roger is always good at staying focused on his race.

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DsquaredRacing Takes Podium, Makes Impression In Prairie City

Stampede Pic 220x146 DsquaredRacing Race Update   2014 MetalCloak StampedeJune 6-7, 2014 – Awaking from the aftermath of the 2014 King of the Hammers, the Western Ultra4 racing community officially began the 2014 series with the Metal Cloak Stampede in Prairie City, CA – home of the NorCal Rock Racing series. With the largest list of drivers ever entered in a series event, over ninety-nine teams gathered in 100+ degree heat ready to battle it out for top honors. D2R was one of these teams, armed with the newly updated Trent Fab Top Shelf IFS car; this race would be in indicator of what to expect in the upcoming season.

 

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