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King Shock’s Drivers Conquer 2013 King of the Hammers

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

King Shocos 220x79 King Shocks Drivers Conquer 2013 King of the HammersFEBRUARY 21, 2013 – GARDEN GROVE, CA - After a relatively short life span of existence, the annual King of the Hammers (KOH) Ultra4 Race has quickly garnered international recognition with the likes of Baja 1000 and Dakar as being the toughest off road race in the world. A contributing factor in enduring these extremely grueling events is proven off road shock technology. The 2013 KOH race course featured 184 miles of harsh desert terrain and near impassable obstacles however King Shocks’ drivers Randy Slawson and John Currie conquered all on the way to victory. Read More→

TJ Flores KOH13 1 220x146 TJ Flores Rocks at the Front of 2013 King of the HammersLAS VEGAS, NV   FEBRUARY 19, 2013:  Trophy Truck racer T.J. Flores sized up the rock racing competition at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers and qualified for the 3rd starting position. When the right rear spindle broke out of the axle housing 11 miles into the main race they limped it back to main pit and decided to not fix it.  “It was pretty incredible qualifying 3rd out of the best rock guys out there,” said TJ Flores, owner of Champion Race Works in Las Vegas, NV.  “It was extremely disappointing when we only made it 11 miles in the main race.  After we limped back to the main pit, I pulled off my helmet, took off my race suit and went to helping fix cars that were coming through the main pit.  Got to be a team player.” Read More→

Ultra4 Race Teams Join Forces for Land Use Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

BU RPR D2R Save JV Check 220x80 Ultra4 Race Teams Join Forces for Land Use FundraiserFebruary 5, 2013, Johnson Valley, CA – The iconic King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, CA took on new meaning and added opportunity for education and fundraising this year as racers work to keep the area open to public recreation.  The Marine Corps has been trying to annex the land for their use since 2007 under the auspice of training space and increased national security.  Off-roaders including the race teams involved in King of the Hammers are fighting this move and working tirelessly to keep the 146,000 acres there open to public use.  On February 5th DSquared Racing 4441, Big Ugly Racing 4435 and Race Prep Racing 4474 banded together during this year’s race week with a unique and fun idea – let’s sell cups and throw a party and give the money to the cause. Daren Henke of DSquared Racing said, “An event mid week when we are all working so hard to be ready to race just seemed perfect.” Read More→

Jason Scherer KOH 2013 1 220x146 Jason Scherer Man Powers Every Rock Trail Twice at 2013 King of the HammersDANVILLE, CA   FEBRUARY 15, 2013   Jason Scherer started on the pole position at the 2013 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires, proceeded directly to Back Door where he one-shotted the obstacle perfectly and after regaining positions was 4th through the RM38 remote pit. From there it was a battle of man over machine.  “It was absolutely without a doubt the hardest thing I have every done to drive every rock trail twice without power steering,” said the 2009 King Jason Scherer who has finished in the top 20 for 4 consecutive years.  “I finished 21st with 25 minutes to go, my arms and shoulders brutally beaten and cold as hell, but I didn’t give up.”  Read More→

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→