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2012 Griffin King of The Hammers Driver List Packed with Power

January 11th, 2012– Johnson Valley, CA:  On Friday, February 10th, 2012 more than 100 drivers are expected to compete in the 6th annual Griffin King of The Hammers. The level of talent and experience lining up at the start of this year’s race has never been seen before in Johnson Valley.  The contestants vying for a chance to be crowned the 2012 King range from former kings, Dakar finishers, to international drivers and short course champions.

All former kings will be returning to reclaim their crown and the competition among them is expected to be fierce.  Shannon Campbell is the only king to win the Griffin King of The Hammers twice in both 2008 and 2011 and his fans are hoping for a three-peat. Jason Scherer, the 2009 king, took 3rd place in 2011 as he and Campbell battled throughout the final lap until Scherer’s vehicle suffered mechanical issues.  2010 king, Loren Healy is returning to the lake bed fresh from a victory over both Campbell and Scherer in the 2011 Ultra4 Series finale at Glen Helen.  Expect to see all three kings racing back to back for a starting position during the 4Wheel Parts Qualifying rounds on Tuesday night. The fastest time will determine starting position on Friday.

Several short course champions are already qualified for the race and will be joining the former kings on Tuesday competing for starting positions. Among them will be Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Champion, Greg Adler who finished 5th in last year’s King of the Hammers. He will be joined by TORC Racing’s Casey Currie and Brad Lovell.  Both drivers have placed in the top 20 at prior King of the Hammers. Veteran desert racer, TJ Flores is another cross-over driver competing this year. This will be Flores’ first King of The Hammers and his co-driver will be Ultra4 veteran, Dave Schneider.

Perhaps the most anticipated cross-over driver competing in the 2012 Griffin King of the Hammers is racing icon, Robby Gordon.  Gordon’s racing experience includes wins in NASCAR and off road racing, notably the Baja 1000.  He will return to the states from the Dakar Rally with just enough time to prep and pre-run for his first ever Griffin King of the Hammers.  Gordon will be driving the winning Jimmy’s 4×4 car that Healy drove to a victory in 2010. The car is being provided by Cancun Off Road.

Gordon will not be the only person traveling internationally to compete. Several international drivers are returning this year including Australia’s Ben Napier. Napier placed 10th in last year’s race and finished 2ndoverall in the 2011 Ultra4 Series.  Other returning international drivers include; Masanori Tsuda from Japan, Fabio Manno from Italy, Jose Manuel Ponce from Mexico and Curtis Warner from Canada.  New international drivers making the trek to Johnson Valley will be Aussie Nick Finch and Belgium driver Axel Burmann.

This will be the first year that starting order will be determined by a qualifying race.  Over the course of two days, 160 teams will be vying for the fastest time through the 4Wheel Parts Qualifying course. More than 70 Last Chance Qualifier contestants will be competing for one of 20 spots remaining in the Griffin King of The Hammers, while 90 pre-qualified racers will be competing for their starting order. Attached is a complete list of drivers competing in the 2012 Griffin King of The Hammers sorted by their qualifier starting position.

To learn more about the race and for a complete schedule of events, please visit www.ultra4racing.com

 

 

 

Day Order Race Name Race Number City State
Tues

1

LCQ Dustyn Friesen

313

   
Tues

2

KOH Harold Fijman

777

San Ramon CA
Tues

3

LCQ Billy Briney

4439

Ness City KS
Tues

4

LCQ Joey Archuleta

127

Aurora CO
Tues

5

KOH Greg Adler

210

Manhattan Beach CA
Tues

6

LCQ Steve Norton

737

Floyd Knobs IN
Tues

7

KOH Kevin Yoder

4434

Grass Valley CA
Tues

8

LCQ Greg Davis

4458

Kaysville UT
Tues

9

KOH Jose Manuel Ponce

9009

Morelia MEX
Tues

10

LCQ Ben Dinkins

4403

Annopolis MO
Tues

11

LCQ Doug Kahlstrom

927

Lampasas TX
Tues

12

LCQ Doug Evans

4457

Hayfork CA
Tues

13

KOH Cottin Rodd

4407

Cortez CO
Tues

14

LCQ Brian Tilton

4416

Orangevale CA
Tues

15

LCQ Nathan Unruh

63

Clovis CA
Tues

16

KOH Bunny Rose

812

Frederick MD
Tues

17

LCQ Rob Lynch

4463

Spokane WA
Tues

18

KOH Brent Goegebuer

4473

Corona CA
Tues

19

KOH John Reynolds

4427

   
Tues

20

KOH Rob McKeeney

8

   
Tues

21

KOH Curtis Warner

4410

Armstrong BC
Tues

22

LCQ Ryan Atkins

928

Parker AZ
Tues

23

KOH Mike Turner

817

Incline Village NV
Tues

24

KOH Todd McCullen

4422

   
Tues

25

LCQ Richard Martinez   Santa Ana CA
Tues

26

KOH Aaron Robinson(William)

3006

Sparks NV
Tues

27

LCQ Jeremy Hammer

97

Phoenix AZ
Tues

28

LCQ Jeremy Dickenson

4419

Cedar Park TX
Tues

29

LCQ Nicholas McGaha

505

Ridgecrest CA
Tues

30

LCQ Shane Gilroy

380

Mayerthorpe Alberta
Tues

31

LCQ Michael Feagins

929

Batesville IN
Tues

32

KOH Mel Wade

4451

Long Beach CA
Tues

33

KOH Brandon Watson

4488

Carbondale CO
Tues

34

KOH Eric Brown

502

Las Vegas NV
Tues

35

KOH Jason Picket

4444

Ft. Collins CO
Tues

36

KOH Scott Ward

4438

Lake Havasu City AZ
Tues

37

LCQ John David

333

Fountain CO
Tues

38

LCQ Kevin Gamble

4476

Chula Vista CA
Tues

39

LCQ Brian McCarthy

415

San Rafael Ct CA
Tues

40

KOH Jim Brown

101

Ukiah CA
Tues

41

LCQ Andrew McLaughlin

4493

Mesa AZ
Tues

42

KOH Mike Klensin

4431

Tucson AZ
Tues

43

LCQ Tony Arledge

595

Austin TX
Tues

44

LCQ Cody Addington

4680

Foresthill CA
Tues

45

LCQ Ian McGlynn

123

Seattle WA
Tues

46

LCQ Michael Anderson

21

Auburn CA
Tues

47

KOH Brett Porter

4460

Colorado Springs CO
Tues

48

LCQ Eric Morales

4425

Lincoln CA
Tues

49

LCQ Darren Batt

82

Woodward OK
Tues

50

LCQ Scott Morris

4492

Sunman IN
Tues

51

KOH Lucas Murphy

816

Easton MA
Tues

52

LCQ Robb Kaufman

22

RockyView County CAN
Tues

53

LCQ Mike Nappi

4490

Idaho Springs CO
Tues

54

KOH Les Figueroa

4478

Henderson NV
Tues

55

KOH Bart Dixon

26

San Diego CA
Tues

56

LCQ Hal Deschamp

4445

Whittier CA
Tues

57

KOH Alan Woodson

86

Charlottesville VA
Tues

58

LCQ Larry  McRae

4581

Banning CA
Tues

59

KOH

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