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Erik Miller left 134 competitors in the dust to take his first King of the Hammers title—his nearest competitor was nearly thirteen minutes behind him.

video image KOH FOX Rock Racing Pilot, Erik Miller, Earns the Title of "King" at 2012 King of the HammersSantee, CA February 29, 2012 – FOX—the industry-leading ride dynamics company— equipped rock racer, Erik Miller, wins his first King of the Hammers, becoming one of three FOX drivers to win the race since its inception five years ago. FOX now has four of the five titles to its credit with Shannon Campbell’s two wins in 2008 and 2011, and Jason Scherer bringing home the win in 2009.

Erik Miller crossed the finish line after 6 hours of controlled chaos besting second place by nearly thirteen minutes. Miller previously finished fifth in 2010, fourteenth in 2011. The win-defining choice that attributed to his 2012 victory was his decision to purchase a set of FOX Bypass shocks and Coil-overs from his local dealer. Read More→

Official Scoring Correction-King of the Hammers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Official Scoring Correction Following Competition Review Board Assessment

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 ET

1 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
LCQ John David 333 Fountain CO DNF
LCQ Hal Deschamp 4445 Whittier CA DNF
LCQ Steve Norton 737 Floyd Knobs IN DNF
LCQ Barry Cherneske 4502 Edmonton CAN DNF
LCQ Ryan Atkins 928 Parker AZ DNF
LCQ Brian Whitford 711 Oakley CA DNF
LCQ Kevin Gamble 4476 Chula Vista CA DNF
LCQ Doug Kahlstrom 927 Lampasas TX DNF
LCQ Jason Weidhuner 968 Washougal WA DNF
LCQ Nicholas McGaha 505 Ridgecrest CA DNF
LCQ Cody Addington 4680 Foresthill CA DNF
LCQ Michael Feagins 929 Batesville IN DNF
LCQ Dustin Sexton 4437 Kamas UT DNF
LCQ Brian McCarthy 415 San Rafael Ct CA DNF
LCQ Ian McGlynn 123 Seattle WA DNF
LCQ Joe Bunker 864 Monroe WA DNF
LCQ Andrew McLaughlin 4493 Mesa AZ DNF
LCQ Troy Stone 4429 Winton CA DNF
LCQ Darren Batt 82 Woodward OK DNF
KOH Kevin Yoder 4434 Grass Valley CA DNF
EMC John Currie 4688 Anaheim CA DNF
KOH Sean Rose 914 Miamisburg OH DNF
KOH Brad Falin 457 Fernley NV DNF
KOH Brett Porter 4460 Colorado Springs CO DNF
KOH Bill Kreisel 407 Citrus Heights CA DNF
KOH Darren Henke 4441 Golden CO DNF
KOH TJ Flores 4471 Henderson NV DNF
KOH Bunny Rose 812 Frederick MD DNF
KOH Brent Goegebuer 4473 Corona CA DNF
KOH Axel Burmann 68 Antwerp BEL DNF
KOH Mike McClure 733 Ness City KS DNF
KOH Dustin Emick 85 Orangevale CA DNF
KOH Masanori Tsuda 51 Naira JPN DNF
KOH Mel Wade 4451 Long Beach CA DNF
KOH Eric Anderson 66 Apple Valley CA DNF
KOH Bill Baird 5252 Sturgis KY DNF
KOH Casey Beach 4484 Herriman UT DNF
KOH Aaron Robinson(William) 3006 Sparks NV DNF
KOH Matt Messer 17 Fresno CA DNF
KOH Andrew Hoit 4497 Fontana CA DNF
KOH Jason Carner 16 Birmingham Alberta DNF
KOH Jason Picket 4444 Ft. Collins CO DNF
KOH John Sweet 366 Union KY DNF
KOH Jose Mnuel Ponce 9009 Morelia MEX DNF
KOH Eric Brown 502 Las Vegas NV DNF
KOH Richie Carter 4474 Simi Valley CA DNF
LCQ Aaron Beckstead 1911 Clear Lake CA DNF
KOH JT Taylor 13 Fountain CO DNF
KOH BJ Allen 4426 Dallas TX DNF
LCQ Matt Moore 4436 Silver Spring MD DNF
LCQ Phil Pasciak 7 Minden NV DNF
LCQ Lance Hamilton 4442 Folsom CA DNF
KOH Doug Bigelow 4413 Emmitsburg MD DNF
KOH Jim Brown 104 Ukiah CA DNF
KOH Gary Ferravanti Sr 4446 Paso Robles CA DNF
LCQ Dustin Isenhour 4472 Northglenn CO DNF
LCQ Chad Wheeler 4423 Denver CO DNF
LCQ Greg Lundeen 701 Broomfield CO DNF
LCQ Tony Arledge 595 Austin TX DNF
LCQ Larry  McRae 4581 Banning CA DNF
KOH Mike Colville 4418 Fenton MI DNF
LCQ Sam Stienman 97 Phoenix AZ DNF
LCQ Shawn Inman 187 Fredericksburg TX DNF
LCQ Paul Hoffman 4483 Victorville CA DNF
LCQ Nathan Unruh 63 Clovis CA DNF
KOH JT Stephens 4454 Little Rock AR DNF
LCQ Scott Morris 4492 Sunman IN DNF
LCQ Mike Nappi 4490 Idaho Springs CO DNF
LCQ Jeff Rector 4505 Rangely CO DNF
LCQ Joey Archuleta 127 Aurora CO DNF
LCQ Chris Hoyt 53 Castle Rock CO DNF
KOH Craig Ross 4138 Montrose CO DNF
KOH Kevin Sacalas 4435 Riverside CA DNF
LCQ Jason Fish 117 Louviers CO DNF
LCQ Rob Lynch 4463 Spokane WA DNF
KOH Gary Ferravanti Jr 4475 Paso Robles CA DNF
KOH Nick Nelson 4404 Las Vegas NV DNF
KOH Robby Gordon 77 Orange CA DNF
KOH Greg Adler 210 Manhattan Beach CA DNF
KOH Tony Pellegrino 4485 Simi Valley CA DNF
KOH Randy Slawson 4448 Colton CA DNF
KOH Nick Campbell 8 Gilbert AZ DNF
KOH Travis Carpenter 4405 Orangevale CA DNF
KOH Bill Phillips 4480 Whittier CA DNF | +30 | DNF+30
KOH Dean Bulloch 4411 Cedar City UT | DNF | +30 | DNF +30
KOH Andy Brown 4455 San Diego CA DNF | +30 | DNF +30

 

*Scoring error. Driver initially listed as finisher.

 The Crown Goes East As Erik Miller Wins   the 2012 Griffin King of the HammersFebruary 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→

1 Erik Miller 4421 Cumberland MD 6:03:51
2 Rick Mooneyham 554 Lake Havasu City AZ 6:16:48
3 Shannon Campbell 5 Gilbert AZ 6:33:40
4 Derek West 4420 Springfield MO 7:20:24
5 Loren Healy 4428 Farmington NM 7:22:05
6 Brad Lovell 232 Colorado Springs CO 7:26:23
7 Brian Shirley 18 Dodge City KS 7:31:53
8 Rusty Bray 4498 Richmond KY 7:31:54
9 Mike Klensin 4431 Tucson AZ 7:40:58
10 Casey Currie 2 Anaheim CA 8:16:04
11 Ben Dinkins 4403 Annopolis MO 8:24:49
12 Jon Cagliero 27 Paso Robles CA 8:27:17
13 Brandon Watson 4488 Carbondale CO 8:32:54
14 Jeff Russell 4427 Shadow Hills CA 8:39:10
15 Ivan VanOrtwick 4466 Whittier CA 8:41:08
16 Ben Napier 4461 Sydney AUS 8:42:00
17 John Webb 4468 Concord CA 8:50:28
18 Levi Shirley 81 Dodge City KS 9:03:20
19 Jason Scherer 76 Danville CA 9:05:36
20 Alan Woodson 86 Charlottesville VA 9:20:43
21 Jason Blanton 966 Kirkland WA 9:27:33
22 Jeremy Dickenson 4419 Cedar Park TX 9:34:49
23 Harold Fijman 777 San Ramon CA 9:38:50
24 Alex Hardaway 4481 Santa Rosa CA 9:40:59
25 Nick Finch 2228 Dean Park NSW 2761 Australia 9:46:51
26 Lucas Murphy 816 Easton MA 9:47:20
27 Ritchie Keller 202 Elkland MO 9:47:24
28 Cottin Rodd 4407 Cortez CO 9:47:48
29 Scott Ward 4438 Lake Havasu City AZ 9:57:40
30 John James 28 Fresno CA 10:17:58
31 Jason Shipman 4414 Farmington MO 10:22:00
32 Hunter Sparrow 72 Arvada CO 10:23:20
33 Mat Noualy 328 Mt Albert ONT, CA 10:32:45
34 Chris Garrison 4494 Rancho Cordova CA 10:45:50
35 Dave Bovich 50 Shasta Lake CA 10:51:37
36 Les Figueroa 4478 Henderson NV 10:59:24
37 Fabio Manno 100 Rome Italy 11:21:07
38 Doug Evans 4457 Hayfork CA 11:24:58
39 Larry Anderson 742 Dixon CA 11:52:39
40 Matt Peterson 212 Colorado Springs CO 11:54:41
41 Robb Kaufman 22 RockyView County CAN 12:05:47
42 Paul Garner 4409 Queen Creek AZ 12:21:57
43 Bart Dixon 26 San Diego CA 12:57:47
44 Curtis Warner 4410 Armstrong BC 12:59:05
45 Brandon Heyes 4558 Rancho Cucamonga CA 13:02:45
46 Jesse Haines 4499 Sparks NV 13:05:48
47 Warren Thomas 257 Morro Bay CA 13:19:25
48 Tom Wayes 321 San Jose CA 13:33:45
49 Stan Haynes 4408 Ft. Wayne IN 13:38:55

Competitors listed finished within the 10 p.m. cutoff.

Story and images to follow.

Sponsors of the event include: Griffin Thermal Products 4Wheel PartsSmittybiltPitbull TiresMiller WeldersLucas OilTrail Gear, Falken TireNittoBestopDynomax Performance ExhaustGenRight Off RoadKing Off-Road Racing ShocksPSC MotorsportsWarnATX Series WheelsRugged Race Radios and Spidertrax.

4WHEEL PARTS QUALIFYING ROUNDS – DAY 2

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Nelson, Miller, and Gordon Shine on Day 2 of the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers

 4WHEEL PARTS QUALIFYING ROUNDS   DAY 2

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→

The violence of 600 Horsepower rang through the canyon walls of Chocolate Thunder like the trumpets of Jericho as Tom Wayes assaulted the “Gate Keeper” that now resembles a sand embedded wall of rock blocking access to the trail beyond.

The Griffin King of the Hammers Happy Hour pitted the best in Ultra4 racing in a nonstop barrage of horsepower, dust and adrenalin. Past Kings found themselves mired at the beginning of the course watching their hopes for a early starting position vanish before their eyes.  Read More→

LAS VEGAS, Tues., Nov. 1, 2011 – DynoMax Performance Exhaust will host the 2011 Ultra4 Champion Shannon Campbell for several autograph sessions in the DynoMax Performance Exhaust/Thrush Exhaust/Rancho Suspension booth in the Central Hall (Booth no. 25130) throughout the 2011 SEMA Show. He’ll be signing DynoMax and Team Campbell posters in the booth from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. daily. Read More→

Brian Deegan, BJ Baldwin, Walker Evans and More Set to Greet Fans and Sign Autographs

image001 150x118 CELEBRITY APPEARANCES SPICE UP 2011 LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD EXPOPOMONA, CALIF. (September 28, 2011) – Off-road racing fans looking to get up close and personal with some of the biggest names in off-road won’t want to miss this year’s Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 at the Pomona Fairplex. From legendary off-rock racing legends to today’s top professional drivers, the weekend is packed with special appearances including: Read More→

Taylor Dominates at 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Torchmate Car at Stampede 150x112 Taylor Dominates at 2011 Ultra4 Torchmate Reno StampedeSeptember 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→

July 19, 2011 –Tooele, UT:  In what can only be described as the biggest upset of the 2011 Ultra4 Season, Team GenRight’s Kevin Sacalas overtook this year’s King of The Hammers winner and current Ultra4 Series leader, Shannon Campbell to claim the win at the American Rocksports Challenge held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.  Saturday’s race started off with more than 40 Ultra4 drivers competing in a new style of race that combined a rock-crawling obstacle course with a short course track. Throughout the day 44 drivers competed against each other in a series of 12 races until the top drivers remained.

Campbell 1st place Ultra4 SS300 300x199 Ultra4s Dominate the Desert at Silver State 300 April 30, 2011- Las Vegas, NV: From grocery-getting Expeditions to monstrous blue-tubed buggies, it was hard to miss the unlimited 4-wheel drive class known as Ultra4 at last weekend’s Best in the Desert Silver State 300. The Ultra4 class, identifiable by their 4400 numbers, proved once again that they can hold their own in the desert:  They were both the largest class at the start line and the largest class to cross the finish line at Saturday’s 300 mile high-speed race through Nevada’s scenic back country. The drivers had weather on their side as cool temperatures kept overheating issues at bay and windy conditions made passing easier on a course that is already known to be a smooth, fast course well suited for many of the Ultra4 cars. Read More→

Shannon Campbell becomes the only driver in KOH history to take the champion title more than once—he earned his first title in 2008.

foxrs koh 2011 01 300x200 FOX Racing Shox Driver, Shannon Campbell, Wins 2011 King of the HammersWatsonville, CA (PRWEB) March 3, 2011 – FOX Racing Shox sponsored rock racer, Shannon Campbell, wins his second King of the Hammers, becoming the only driver to win the race more than once since its inception four years ago. Campbell charged through the treacherous Mojave Desert, overcoming obstacles that stopped other drivers dead in their tracks, to take the crown with an impressive 31-minute lead over the rest of the pack.

Shannon Campbell shook his head in disbelief, smiling and said, “It’s good to be The King once again. You really cannot believe the beating these shocks take during a race. I could not have done it without FOX Racing Shox’s superior suspension technology and factory race support.” Read More→