Starting Spots Are Set For The 2018 King Of The Hammers

Friday morning chaos will ensue when 96 of the best Ultra 4 Racers take the green flag for an intense day of racing at the Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries. Today racers battled a short but challenging qualifying loop to decide where they would start on race day and it was Paul Horschel who laid down a 1:46:41 lap, and will now start on the pole with clean air in front of him.

Last years top qualifier Jason Scherer was less then a second behind Horschel and he will line up against fellow former King Loren Healy in his car dubbed “The Red Dragon”. Greg Adler and Levi Shirley will start side by side in the next row rounding out the top 5 qualifiers

King of the Hammers Top 10 Qualifiers
1. Paul Herschel – 1:46:41
2. Jason Scherer – 1:47:23
3. Loren Healy – 1:48:46
4. Greg Adler – 1:48:54
5. Levi Shirley – 1:48:93
6. Shannon Campbell – 1:50:13
7. Randy Slawson – 1:50:17
8. Clay Gilstrap – 1:50:25
9. Casey Currie – 1:50:76
10. Erik Miller – 1:51:89

There are multiple ways you can get into the King of the Hammers race, all past winners and the original OG’s from the first KOH are grandfathered in. Another way is by competing in other Ultra 4 races during the year and based on performance you get a spot as well. The last way and which has to be the most stressful is by qualifying in the LCQ. Only 5 spots were given to racers from the LCQ which means that 9 racers were forced to go home and try again next year.

Remember you can watch all the action during the week by checking out 2018 King of the Hammers Live.

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography


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Event Schedules
Feb 02-10 King of the Hammers
Feb 09-11 SNORE Battle at Primm
Feb 16-18 CODE Method Grand Prix
Feb 23-24 TDRA - West Texas 200
Feb 23-25 Baja ORS - RACELINE Wheels 200
Feb 24-25 LeDuc Swapmeet
Mar 03 Southern California 4x4 Swapmeet
Mar 08-11 BITD - Mint 400
Mar 17 Lucas - Glen Helen Raceway
Mar 17-18 MORE - Transaxle Eneineer Challenge
Mar 23-24 CODE Racing for Boobs
Mar 24 STORR - Spring Break Desert Race
Apr 04-08 SCORE - San Felipe 250
Apr 06-07 SNORE - Motion Tire 300
Apr 06-07 BITD - UTV World Championship
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