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Watson KOH 2 220x146 OffRoad Design Stephen Watson Maintains Solid Race Pace at 2013 King of the Hammers

CARBONDALE, CO     FEBRUARY 14, 2013  Stephen Watson, driver of record for Offroad Design #4488, and brother / co-driver Brandon Watson gave the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers their all for 14 hours with no giving up.   Two issues plagued their day, the first a broken spindle on a D60 front axle putting them down for 3 hours, and then the pinion yoke was damaged and the driveshaft came out about 40 miles short of the finish timing them out of the race.  This is the first time in 5 years they have not finished the ‘toughest race’ on US soil.  “We were running a strong pace all day, but with the three hours of down time we essentially timed out,” said Stephen Watson, driver and owner of Offroad Design.  “Dave did good!  I still can’t believe that we pay people to do that to us,” he laughed about Hammerking Productions brutal 182 mile course. Read More→

JT Taylor KOH 2013 220x146 JT Taylor Takes 12th Checkered Flag at 2013 King of the HammersCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO     FEBRUARY 11, 2013   With months of prep behind them, OG13 JT Taylor, co-driver Doug Nagy and crew headed out with the Torchmate #13 racer to the sand and rocks of Lucerne Valley, CA.  Pre-running the racecourse on Sunday and Monday, and then qualifying on Tuesday went well. JT took it easy on the car during qualifying putting them in the 85th starting position out of 127 starters. By the end of the day on Friday, they had earned a 12th place finishing position of only 19 finishers within the time limit, where only 27 actually finished the race. Read More→

Scherer KOH13 Qualify 1 220x146 Jason Scherer Will Start on Pole Position of 2013 Griffin King of the HammersDANVILLE, CA   FEBRUARY 7, 2013   Jason Scherer will be starting first at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers after a very impressive time of 3:19:07 during his qualifying run on Wednesday.  “That was super fun.  The Rubicon Express Nitto car is perfect for King of the Hammers and we are ready for the race.  We know the pace and the strategy we need to win.  Now it’s time to execute our game plan!”

He was just over 5 seconds faster than Shannon Campbell who will sit beside him as the very first green flag drops.  Both drivers are in single seat IFS cars.  Read More→

 Jason Scherer Gets Redemption At 4Wheel Parts Qualifying RoundsFebruary 7, 2012 (Johnson Valley, CA) – After the dust settled on two days of qualifying for the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers, 2009 champion Jason Scherer posted the fastest time in the No. 76 Rubicon Express /  Nitto Tire car. Last year Scherer arrived on the lake bed with a brand new single seat race car and suffered in qualifying as a result, having to get out of the car and stack rocks in order to complete the qualifying course.  After a year of fine tuning and fresh off a victory at the PSC Brawl at Blackwell Nitto Tire Nationals, it is clear that Scherer has all of the bugs worked out.  “That was incredibly fun!  The Rubicon Express / Nitto car is perfect for KOH and we are ready for the race.  We know the pace and the strategy we need to win.  Now it’s time to execute our game plan.”  Scherer commented. Read More→

 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto   4Wheel Parts Qualifying Rounds   DAY 1 RESULTS

Top 10 LCQ Qualifiers for KOH       
Overall Rank  |  LCQ Rank  |  Car #  |  First  |  Last  | Time  |  Race
1    1    4454    JT Stephens    03:47.31    LCQ
2    2    4448    Randy Slawson    03:47.75    LCQ
26    3    74    Matt Rager    04:38.22    LCQ
28    4    9901    Brian Caprara    04:42.25    LCQ
29    5    4423    Chad Wheeler    04:43.00    LCQ
30    6    4459    Keith Xavier    04:43.34    LCQ
31    7    49    Matt Burkett    04:44.81    LCQ
34    8    4405    Travis Carpenter    04:46.78    LCQ
36    9    308    Rocco Baldassarre    04:55.19    LCQ
42    10    82    Jeremy Ford    05:09.50    LCQ

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ROBBY GORDON DOMINATES PARKER 425

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

 ROBBY GORDON DOMINATES PARKER 425Parker, Ariz. (February 5, 2013) – For the second year in a row, Robby Gordon dominated the Parker 425. This was the first appearance of the No.77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck since the 2012 San Felipe 250.

The SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck was quick from the start of qualifying on Thursday to the conclusion of the 425-mile lap race on Saturday. Gordon qualified second behind pole winner Rob MacCachren, which resulted in him starting the race one minute behind MacCachren. With an impressive start, Gordon caught and passed MacCachren within 20 minutes. Gordon talked to his crew about transmission heating issues after pushing the truck hard for the first 18 miles. MacCachren stayed within 10 seconds of Gordon for a few miles until Gordon eventually ran away from him. Gordon would then battle with Jason Voss, the fourth place starter, for the lead; Voss would stay within a few minutes of Gordon on corrected time until the second lap. At that point, Gordon’s crew made an incredible pit stop at mid-way. The SPEED Energy crew changed two tires and filled the No.77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires Trophy Truck with fuel in just 57 seconds. When the two drivers reached Lap 3, Gordon had pulled ahead of Voss by nearly 6 minutes and 32 seconds physically but only 4 minutes and 32 seconds on corrected time. Gordon would maintain that lead for the final lap, carefully passing slower vehicles on the course. He was the first Trophy Truck to cross the finish line, resulting in a memorable and flawless race for Gordon and navigator Charlie Holbrook. Read More→

LetzRoll Racing 220x109 LetzRoll Offroad Racing Continues Positive Momentum into 2013MESA, AZ   JANUARY 2013   The 2012 LetzRoll Offroad Racing Team delivered 2 National Championships, 2 Southwest series championships, a 3rd place Dirt Riot National series finish and is focused on continued success in 2013.  LetzRoll Offroad is the only shop in the country who can say they have podium Champions in every class.  The 2013 race year starts at the Griffin King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA, February 3 – 8.  LetzRoll Offroad Racing is proud to be entering 4 cars in this year’s event: Andrew McLaughlin #4493 will be racing the Griffin King of the Hammers and three entries for Smittybilt Everyman Challenge include Alan Johnson #4511, Shawn Passmore #4669 and Matt Salyers #4634.  Learn more about the entire LetzRoll Offroad Racing team by watching the 2013 team preview:

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Join Baja Designs at 2013 King of the Hammers

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Spidedrtrax V2R BU2 Join Baja Designs at 2013 King of the Hammers

The Scientists of Lighting - at Baja Designs are thrilled to be part of the 2013 King of the Hammers spectacle.  Ultra 4 racing has become well known as one of the toughest race series in the United States and King of the Hammers is the granddaddy of them all.  The scientists of Baja Designs will have a booth setup so everyone can see their lights, including the new OnX LED that provides the distance of an HID with the smoothness of an LED.  BD scientists will also be on hand to help aim your lights and recommend the ultimate lighting setup for your vehicle.  Bluetorch Fabworks owner and racer, Jason Carner says, “We are all really excited for this year’s KOH, and even though we hope we won’t have to use our BD lights for this race, we always know we have the best in the business.” Read More→

OffRoad Division Manager Greg Mulkey to Drive with Teraflex Curt Hildebrand

Raceline KOH driver white out 220x140 Raceline Wheels Enters New Jeep JK in Every Man ChallengeGARDEN GROVE, CA    JANUARY 29, 2012:  Two industry product icons will be in one jeep racing the 2013 Smittybilt Every Man Challenge: Greg Mulkey from Raceline Wheels and Curt Hildebrand from Teraflex Suspension.  This is the first career race for both, and have no doubt earned the opportunity to experience the thrill of a victory.  They will be driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport with Arkansas registered street legal tags. “This Jeep is a stock jeep…on steroids,” laughed Mulkey.  “Curt and I have worked together on different projects for years so it is even more fun that it will be the two of us out racing together.” Read More→

Fundraiser at The Blind Pig January 30th 6:30pm Scottsdale, Arizona

FlyNHi Jeremy Hammer 2 220x146 Fly N Hi 2013 King of the Hammers Race Team Mirrors Shop QualityPHOENIX, AZ – JANUARY 29, 2013: Jeremy Hammer, owner of Fly-N-Hi Total Performance Center in Phoenix, will race the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers on February 8th. Well, that is after he qualifies successfully through the Last Chance Qualifier process taking the 3rd green flag on Tuesday February 5th. “We spent most of 2012 building a new car that will debut at the Last Chance Qualifier,” said Jeremy Hammer owner and driver. “We took our old proven car that has run the last 4 King of the Hammers, kept the good parts and added better parts to build another masterpiece.” Read More→

UTV Division Manager Jason Divis and General Manager Greg Wells to Drive

Arctic Cat Mamba nonbeadlock 220x164 Raceline Wheels Enters Arctic Cat in UTV King of the Hammers RaceGARDEN GROVE, CA    JANUARY 21, 2012:  Raceline Wheels Jason Divis and Greg Wells will be alternating driving duties of a 2013 Arctic Cat in the Production 1000 class at the 2013 HCR UTV King of the Hammers race.  “What better way to test and prove the strength of the Raceline UTV wheels and tires than to race them in the hardest UTV race known to date,” said Jason Divis, Raceline UTV Division Manager.  “We trail ride and go to Glamis all the time, so being in the rocks will be totally different and exciting.” Read More→

FOX tuning experts and factory support personnel will be on the lakebed to assist competitors in their quest to take the “King of the Hammers” title for the fifth time in six years.  

fox tuning FOX lends wide ranging support and $6000 to uphold King of the Hammers dynastyEl Cajon, Calif. – FOX athletes have ruled King of the Hammers, an extreme competition called “the toughest single day event in the world.” Competitors race across the desert at high speed and conquer several of the toughest rock crawling trails in the United States, all in the same day. FOX athletes have consistently been the fastest due to FOX’s precise tuning and superiordamping performance. FOX tuning gurus will arrive on Monday, February 4th to begin assisting in vehicle set-up. They observe the racecars performance and review technical feedback from the driver. They then consult with the driver to implement any adjustments needed to maximize performance. FOX’s direct involvement with competitors provides vital information that goes right back into developing new engineering solutions that dominate the competition.   Read More→