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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

 

 

 

DayOrderRaceNameRace NumberCityState
Tues

1

LCQDustyn Friesen

313

  
Tues

2

KOHHarold Fijman

777

San RamonCA
Tues

3

LCQBilly Briney

4439

Ness CityKS
Tues

4

LCQJoey Archuleta

127

AuroraCO
Tues

5

KOHGreg Adler

210

Manhattan BeachCA
Tues

6

LCQSteve Norton

737

Floyd KnobsIN
Tues

7

KOHKevin Yoder

4434

Grass ValleyCA
Tues

8

LCQGreg Davis

4458

KaysvilleUT
Tues

9

KOHJose Manuel Ponce

9009

MoreliaMEX
Tues

10

LCQBen Dinkins

4403

AnnopolisMO
Tues

11

LCQDoug Kahlstrom

927

LampasasTX
Tues

12

LCQDoug Evans

4457

HayforkCA
Tues

13

KOHCottin Rodd

4407

CortezCO
Tues

14

LCQBrian Tilton

4416

OrangevaleCA
Tues

15

LCQNathan Unruh

63

ClovisCA
Tues

16

KOHBunny Rose

812

FrederickMD
Tues

17

LCQRob Lynch

4463

SpokaneWA
Tues

18

KOHBrent Goegebuer

4473

CoronaCA
Tues

19

KOHJohn Reynolds

4427

  
Tues

20

KOHRob McKeeney

8

  
Tues

21

KOHCurtis Warner

4410

ArmstrongBC
Tues

22

LCQRyan Atkins

928

ParkerAZ
Tues

23

KOHMike Turner

817

Incline VillageNV
Tues

24

KOHTodd McCullen

4422

  
Tues

25

LCQRichard Martinez Santa AnaCA
Tues

26

KOHAaron Robinson(William)

3006

SparksNV
Tues

27

LCQJeremy Hammer

97

PhoenixAZ
Tues

28

LCQJeremy Dickenson

4419

Cedar ParkTX
Tues

29

LCQNicholas McGaha

505

RidgecrestCA
Tues

30

LCQShane Gilroy

380

MayerthorpeAlberta
Tues

31

LCQMichael Feagins

929

BatesvilleIN
Tues

32

KOHMel Wade

4451

Long BeachCA
Tues

33

KOHBrandon Watson

4488

CarbondaleCO
Tues

34

KOHEric Brown

502

Las VegasNV
Tues

35

KOHJason Picket

4444

Ft. CollinsCO
Tues

36

KOHScott Ward

4438

Lake Havasu CityAZ
Tues

37

LCQJohn David

333

FountainCO
Tues

38

LCQKevin Gamble

4476

Chula VistaCA
Tues

39

LCQBrian McCarthy

415

San Rafael CtCA
Tues

40

KOHJim Brown

101

UkiahCA
Tues

41

LCQAndrew McLaughlin

4493

MesaAZ
Tues

42

KOHMike Klensin

4431

TucsonAZ
Tues

43

LCQTony Arledge

595

AustinTX
Tues

44

LCQCody Addington

4680

ForesthillCA
Tues

45

LCQIan McGlynn

123

SeattleWA
Tues

46

LCQMichael Anderson

21

AuburnCA
Tues

47

KOHBrett Porter

4460

Colorado SpringsCO
Tues

48

LCQEric Morales

4425

LincolnCA
Tues

49

LCQDarren Batt

82

WoodwardOK
Tues

50

LCQScott Morris

4492

SunmanIN
Tues

51

KOHLucas Murphy

816

EastonMA
Tues

52

LCQRobb Kaufman

22

RockyView CountyCAN
Tues

53

LCQMike Nappi

4490

Idaho SpringsCO
Tues

54

KOHLes Figueroa

4478

HendersonNV
Tues

55

KOHBart Dixon

26

San DiegoCA
Tues

56

LCQHal Deschamp

4445

WhittierCA
Tues

57

KOHAlan Woodson

86

CharlottesvilleVA
Tues

58

LCQLarry  McRae

4581

BanningCA
Tues

59

KOH

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