Events/CompetitionsPress Release

Ultra4 Torchmate Stampede Bringing Horsepower to Reno this Weekend

September 6th, 2011 – Reno, NV :  The 2nd annual Torchmate Reno Stampede race will be held this weekend on September 10th and 11th at Exit 28 Motorsports just outside of Reno, Nevada. The unlimited 4 wheel drive vehicles known as Ultra4 cars have already begun descending upon Reno.  For those that haven’t seen an Ultra4 race in person, this is a great opportunity to see extreme horsepower at its finest. These cars are capable of speeds in excess of 100 MPH and are able to traverse some of the most treacherous rocky terrain. This year’s race features a brand new short course section where fans can watch these powerful vehicles soar through the air.  

The Ultra4 Torchmate Reno Stampede was created by the founders of King of The Hammers, which is regularly referred to as “the hardest one day off-road race in the world.” With more than 120 miles of brutal course laid out and only 8 hours to finish, The Torchmate Reno Stampede will prove to be just as hard, if not harder than this year’s King of The Hammers. Only 19 of 50 cars finished The Stampede last year and this year’s race is nearly double the miles. This weekend’s race will definitely test the limits of both Ultra4 cars and their drivers.


Some of the biggest names in Ultra4 Racing will be on hand this weekend, including this year’s King of The Hammers winner and current Ultra4 Series leader, Monster Energy’s Shannon Campbell and Torchmate Racing’s JT Taylor and Jesse Haines. Last year’s King of the Hammers winner, Loren Healy, and Aussie Ben Napier who is currently 2nd in the 2011 Ultra4 series will also be racing this weekend. Several drivers will be debuting new cars at this event in preparation for the 2012 King of the Hammers race.

There will be multiple parties and events for fans and drivers throughout the week at both Exit 28 Motorsports and the Grand Sierra Hotel in Reno, NV. Including an off road club challenge for most prepared off road vehicle at Grand Sierra Resort at 6PM on Friday night. Spectators will have their choice of viewing areas. Exit 32’s spectator area offers a short course section, views of the valley for high-speed racing and live action in the pits and concession areas. Exit 28 offers the gnarly rock crawl section known as Giant’s Throne where many spectators saw tons of carnage and rollovers at last year’s event. Spectators are encouraged to bring camp chairs and binoculars and will be able to travel between the two spectator areas. Admission is free on Friday for qualifying rounds and $20 for adults, and $10 for children on Saturday.  Fans will be able to save $5 on admission if they purchase their tickets Friday during the qualifying rounds!

For those that won’t be able to attend the race in person, live coverage will be available at Any sites wishing to cover the live broadcasting are welcome to simulcast the broadcast. There will be IRC Tracking, Live Video Streaming and Chat with regular updates from teams and commentators throughout the course! For a full schedule of activities, additional spectator information and a list of driver’s please visit

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