There are only three hours to go before it’s shutdown at the time of this writing, but the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge has provisional winners announced! The Every Man Challenge would be every bit of the word as well for all drivers in the sportsman event before the King of the Hammers. Blown tires, broken diff cases, driveshafts, suspension parts; you name it and it was broken or damaged. Did anyone make it without needing to replace something?
Nope. Even the provisional overall winner, John Currie, had to replace a drivebelt. It didn’t stop him from keeping the lead and taking another Every Man Challenge in Modified Class and overall. Second place overall and Legends Class winner, Brad Lovell, would also not escape without issues. His left front tire would go flat and it couldn’t be changed quickly enough. When he did eventually finish, the tire would be completely blown out and the differential case would be cracked and leaking. Third overall and second in Legends class would go to Matthew Messer.
In the highly anticipated Spec Class, the win was awarded at this time to Larry Nickell. However, there is word that he may have missed Chocolate Thunder and could be penalized. Second place goes to Jessi Combs for now, but if Nickell does indeed get penalized, she could be getting the win overall. Ross Stanford would be awarded third at this time in Spec Class.
Finally, the true Every Man class, Stock, would be won by Erik Miller! The 2012 King of the Hammers winner would get the win in Stock class and finish sixth overall. Ben Varozza would take second and Richard Gauthier takes third.
Mod Class Top 3
1 – John Currie, 88, 4:24:28
2 – Mike Johnson, 4588, 6:21:44
3 – George Evans, 4577, 6:39:50
Legends Class Top 3
1 – Brad Lovell, 232, 4:37:10
2 – Matthew Messer, 4860, 4:48:30
3 – Dave Schneider, 4871, 6:07:29
Spec Class Top 3
1 – Larry Nickell, 4702, 5:51:58
2 – Jessi Combs, 4703, 5:59:21
3 – Ross Stanford, 4704, 6:02:54
1 – Erik Miller, 921, 6:02:33
2 – Ben Varozza, 4612, 6:32:00
3 – Richard Gauthier, 4643, 6:42:37
Photos by Jason Zindroski