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2013 Griffin King of the Hammers
Presented by Nitto Tires
Story by Lance Clifford
Photos by David Taylor

 

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Randy Slawson Wins The Griffin King of the Hammers

The 7th annual Griffin King of the Hammers was rumored to be the toughest race to date, and it did not disappoint. With freezing temperatures and extreme wind, Hammerking estimates approximately 30,000 people braved the elements at Hammertown on Friday setting previous attendance records. It may have been cold, but that didn't stop everyone from enjoying the action at several spectator friendly locations, or even just watching from the jumbotron in main camp.

Randy Slawson and his co-driver and brother Mike laid the smack down on the competition with a winning time of 7 hours and 28 minutes. Randy has been racing in KOH since the beginning, and even shared victory with John "JR" Reynolds in the very first King of the Hammers back in 2007 as his co-driver. Slawson has been close to victory over the years as a driver, but he was finally able to put together a near perfect run this year.

"Mike and I never got out of the car once the entire race", said Slawson.


Your 2013 King - Randy Slawson

Shannon Campbell, two time previous King, finished behind Slawson with a time of 7:48. Shannon had a tough race and got lost a couple of times due to not having a co-driver. He also rolled completely over at one point.


Team Rose Crawlers

Another favorite and previous King, Jason Scherer battled hard and was a front runner for much of the race. Scherer had the pole position and elected to go straight to back door right at the start. He made short work of Back Door and Resolution and was picking off cars left and right in the desert slowly working his way back to the front of the pack with Backdoor under his belt. Unfortunately several mechanical issues got the best of Scherer later in the race and he had to settle for 21st place.


Team Japan: Masa and Naozumi Tsuda

Along with Randy Slawson and Shannon Campbell, Chicky Barton would take the third spot on the podium with a finishing time of 8:23. Erik Miller, last year's King would take fourth place and Australian Ben Napier would round out the top five in his brand new Penhall built IFS car.

Desert racers Robby Gordon, BJ Baldwin, and TJ Flores would all fall victim to the brutal course. An astonishing 27 of 129 competitors were able to complete the course which would confirm the suspicions that this years race was by far the toughest in KOH history.

“The capabilities of Ultra4 vehicles grow by leaps and bounds each year,” promoter Dave Cole explained. “We added longer stretches of desert and more challenging rocks this year in order to test the abilities of these vehicles and drivers.”


Robby Gordon and Lance Clifford blasting through the first 50 miles of desert

Each year the course gets tougher and the cars get faster. We look forward to next year's race to see how things could possibly get any better/worse!

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Offical Results

Finishing Order | Vehicle # | Driver | Start Time | Finish Time | Elapsed Time

1 4448 Randy Slawson 8:02:00 15:30:10 7:28:10
2 5 Shannon Campbell 8:00:00 15:48:41 7:48:41
3 144 Chicky Barton 8:05:30 16:29:20 8:23:50
4 4421 Erik Miller 8:03:30 16:40:22 8:36:52
5 4461 Ben Napier 8:03:30 17:40:42 9:37:12
6 4420 Derek West 8:02:00 18:16:32 10:14:32
7 4138 Craig Ross 8:11:00 18:36:21 10:25:21
8 27 Jon Cagliero 8:07:00 19:01:24 10:54:24
9 966 Jason Blanton 8:08:30 19:36:18 11:27:48
10 4417 Matthew Messer 8:01:30 19:51:38 11:50:08
11 4415 Larry McRae 8:04:00 19:55:27 11:51:27
12 13 JT Taylor 8:19:30 20:20:54 12:01:24
13 18 Brian Shirley 8:05:00 20:09:38 12:04:38
14 26 Clay Gilstrap 8:07:30 20:47:44 12:40:14
15 4434 Kevin Yoder 8:24:00 21:16:42 12:52:42
16 53 Chris Hoyt 8:05:30 21:08:21 13:02:51
17 4445 Hal Deschamp 8:22:00 21:32:27 13:10:27
18 4493 Andrew McLaughlin 8:20:30 21:34:20 13:13:50
19 9901 Brian Caprara 8:15:30 21:34:33 13:19:03
20 2228 Nick Finch 8:13:30 21:34:40 13:21:10
21 76 Jason Scherer 8:00:00 21:33:07 13:33:07
22 100 Fabio Manno 8:23:00 22:14:29 13:51:29
23 3 Wayland Campbell 8:07:30 22:01:42 13:54:12
24 36 Ben Swain 8:18:30 22:26:17 14:07:47
25 4490 Mike Nappi 8:32:00 22:40:24 14:08:24
26 302 Tony Rietdorf 8:09:00 22:27:34 14:18:34
27 55 Eddie Peterson 8:05:00 22:59:18 14:54:18
28 80 TJ Flores 8:00:30 DNF DNF
29 77 Robby Gordon 8:00:30 DNF DNF
30 4486 Marcos Gomez 8:01:00 DNF DNF
31 67 Loren Healy 8:01:00 DNF DNF
32 4454 JT Stephens 8:01:30 DNF DNF
33 4438 Scott Ward 8:02:30 DNF DNF
34 4404 Nick Nelson 8:02:30 DNF DNF
35 5252 Bill Baird 8:03:00 DNF DNF
36 4435 Kevin Sacalas 8:03:00 DNF DNF
37 4414 Jason Shipman 8:04:00 DNF DNF
38 8 Nick Campbell 8:04:30 DNF DNF
39 81 Levi Shirley 8:04:30 DNF DNF
40 117 Jason Fish 8:06:00 DNF DNF
41 4464 Corey Kuchta 8:06:00 DNF DNF
42 4441 Darren Henke 8:06:30 DNF DNF
43 4466 Ivan VanOrtwick 8:06:30 DNF DNF
44 97 BJ Baldwin 8:07:00 DNF DNF
45 4427 Jeff Russell 8:08:00 DNF DNF
46 4446 Gary Ferravanti Sr 8:08:00 DNF DNF
47 4444 Jason Pickett 8:08:30 DNF DNF
48 4494 Chris Garrison 8:09:00 DNF DNF
49 4482 JP Gomez 8:09:30 DNF DNF
50 4485 Tony Pellegrino 8:09:30 DNF DNF
51 210 Greg Adler 8:10:00 DNF DNF
52 321 Tom Wayes 8:10:00 DNF DNF
53 4418 Mike Colville 8:10:30 DNF DNF
54 707 Michael Kelly 8:10:30 DNF DNF
55 257 Warren Thomas 8:11:00 DNF DNF
56 313 Dustyn Friesen 8:11:30 DNF DNF
57 4472 Dustin Isenhour 8:11:30 DNF DNF
58 4403 Ben Dinkins 8:12:00 DNF DNF
59 968 Jason Weidhuner 8:12:00 DNF DNF
60 4411 Ryan Hagel 8:12:30 DNF DNF
61 816 Lucas Murphy 8:12:30 DNF DNF
62 524 Mark Danzo 8:13:00 DNF DNF
63 4478 Les Figueroa 8:13:00 DNF DNF
64 929 Michael Feagins 8:13:30 DNF DNF
65 890 Jonathan Terhune 8:14:00 DNF DNF
66 4419 Jeremy Dickenson 8:14:00 DNF DNF
67 4450 Dave Bovich 8:14:30 DNF DNF
68 74 Matt Rager 8:14:30 DNF DNF
69 509 Mike Hoffman 8:15:00 DNF DNF
70 4440 Travis Cook 8:15:00 DNF DNF
71 4580 Jordan Townsend 8:15:30 DNF DNF
72 4488 Stephen Watson 8:16:00 DNF DNF
73 96 Larry Gipson 8:16:00 DNF DNF
74 4459 Keith Xavier 8:16:30 DNF DNF
75 701 Greg Lundeen 8:17:00 DNF DNF
76 4505 Jeff Rector 8:17:00 DNF DNF
77 49 Matt Burkett 8:17:30 DNF DNF
78 697 Dave Ashman 8:17:30 DNF DNF
79 4481 Alex Hardaway 8:18:00 DNF DNF
80 4471 Dave Schneider 8:18:00 DNF DNF
81 914 Sean Rose 8:18:30 DNF DNF
82 4108 Tim Smoluk 8:19:00 DNF DNF
83 4476 Kevin Gamble 8:19:00 DNF DNF
84 16 Jason Carner 8:19:30 DNF DNF
85 245 Chris Reid 8:20:00 DNF DNF
86 4473 Brent Goegebuer 8:20:00 DNF DNF
87 4422 Curt LeDuc 8:20:30 DNF DNF
88 197 Ragnar Robertson 8:21:00 DNF DNF
89 911 David Buchberger 8:21:00 DNF DNF
90 4408 Stan Haynes 8:21:30 DNF DNF
91 4469 Jack Childers 8:21:30 DNF DNF
92 23 Scott Porter 8:22:00 DNF DNF
93 4413 Doug Bigelow 8:22:30 DNF DNF
94 83 Raul Gomez 8:22:30 DNF DNF
95 4455 Andy Brown 8:23:00 DNF DNF
96 1272 Stephane Zosso 8:23:30 DNF DNF
97 4431 Mike Klensin 8:23:30 DNF DNF
98 4468 John Webb 8:24:00 DNF DNF
99 51 Masanori Tsuda 8:24:30 DNF DNF
100 66 Eric Anderson 8:24:30 DNF DNF
101 4343 Tim Diekmann 8:25:00 DNF DNF
102 68 Axel Burmann 8:25:00 DNF DNF
103 429 Troy Stone 8:25:30 DNF DNF
104 420 George Kane 8:25:30 DNF DNF
105 4489 Pier Acerni 8:26:00 DNF DNF
106 4474 Richie Carter 8:26:00 DNF DNF
107 4680 Cody Addington 8:26:30 DNF DNF
108 4487 Matt Nieman 8:26:30 DNF DNF
109 4463 Rob Lynch 8:27:00 DNF DNF
110 4407 Cottin Rodd 8:27:00 DNF DNF
111 104 Jim Brown 8:27:30 DNF DNF
112 69 Jim Marsden 8:27:30 DNF DNF
113 4499 Jesse Haines 8:28:00 DNF DNF
114 28 John James 8:28:00 DNF DNF
115 338 Matthew Peterson 8:28:30 DNF DNF
116 58 Dan Guyer 8:28:30 DNF DNF
117 4451 Mel Wade 8:29:00 DNF DNF
118 4410 Bart Dixon 8:29:30 DNF DNF
119 927 Doug Kahlstrom 8:29:30 DNF DNF
120 2 Casey Currie 8:30:00 DNF DNF
121 4775 Brendon Thompsen 8:30:00 DNF DNF
122 1 Brad Lovell 8:30:30 DNF DNF
123 4608 Matt Peterson 8:31:00 DNF DNF
124 4409 Paul Garner 8:31:30 DNF DNF
125 6665 George Styrc 8:31:30 DNF DNF
126 Robby Woods 8:29:00 DNS DNS
127 24 Chip Cross 8:30:30 DNS DNS
128 88 John Currie 8:31:00 DNS DNS
129 4423 Chad Wheeler 8:16:30 DNF DNF

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