2022 KING OF HAMMERS: DATES, NEW CLASSES & SPECTATING INFO

2022 KING OF HAMMERS: DATES, NEW CLASSES & SPECTATING INFO

King of the Hammers has built itself into a holiday for off roaders. The week long takes place on BLM desert land in the Johnson Valley area of Southern California. Crews, spectators and racers from all over the country come to the event each year. In fact, last years winner Kyle Chaney, traveled all the way from the mid west to beat not only the locals, but some of the best rock and desert racers the sport has. If you are interested in racing or spectating the 2022 KOH, this article will help you plan for it.

 

Hammertown opens its main gates on January 21st. Ultra4 will release the course map and pre running will begin on Thursday the 27th. You must be registered to pre run. Friday, is your last chance to pre run the desert loop for the weekend as the track will go hot Saturday morning for the Toyo Tire Desert Challenge. UTV’s race in the desert on Sunday January 30th and in the rocks on Thursday February 3rd.

Entry to King of the Hammers is $40 which gets you into Hammertown all week including: three nights of live entertainment featuring LA Dueling Pianos Saturday January 29th and headliners such as Sublime with Rome (Feb 2) and Pennywise (Feb 5)! There will be a plethora of vendors and several big screen TVs will be available to watch all the action in the rocks in real-time, so bring a chair. Or if you have a truck or OHV you can ride to several areas along the course to watch in person. The spectator areas will be announced when the official map is released.  You can purchase your spectator wrist band, hot pass or camper pass at HERE.

DIRECTIONS

From Los Angeles or the Inland Empire take Hwy 18 to or through Victor Valley towards Hwy 247 East and go 25 miles passed the town of Lucerne to Boon Rd. Follow the line of cars North to the lakebed and the entrance. From the East or South, head to Twentynine Palms, CA. or Yucca Valley, CA. and get on Hwy 247 at Yucca Valley and head West, 20 miles to Boone Rd. From there, turn right and head North into the desert. The closest Hotels are 20-40 miles away in Yucca Valley, Victorville or Apple Valley. However, it best to experience the week while staying on site in a motorhome so search for a rental now. Camping outside the vendor area is $25 per vehicle for the entire week.

 KOH SPECTATING & COMPLETE RACE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY  JANUARY 29TH

7:00 AM Toyo Tires Desert Challenge presented by Monster Energy Contingency / Tech / Qualifying

11:00 AM Toyo Tires Desert Challenge presented by Monster Energy – Limited Buggies (B2, B3 and B4) Day One Racing

6:00 PM Class 11 Showdown

7:00 PM Live Music Begins

SUNDAY JANUARY 30TH

10:00 AM Toyo Tires Desert Challenge presented by Monster Energy – Unlimited Trucks and Buggies (T1 / T2 / B1 & U4) Day Two Racing

7:00 PM King of the Hammers Qualifying: Mandatory Drivers Meeting

MONDAY JANUARY 31ST

9:00 AM-5:00 PM Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers Qualifying

6:00 PM Holley EFi Shootout Presented by King Shocks & Action Sports Canopies

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1ST

9:00 AM 4WP Every Man Challenge Qualifying

12:00 PM Great American Short Course Exhibition

4:00 PM Power Hour

5:30 PM The Pit Crew Challenge, presented by Pro Eagle and Buggy Whips

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 2ND

9:00 AM King of the Hammers: Qualifying

10:00 AM Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers: Tech & Contingency

4:00 PM Power Hour

6:00 PM Mandatory Drivers meeting (All Classes | KOH, EMC, UTV)

7:00 PM Live Music Begins

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3RD

8:00 AM The Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers START

10:00 AM 4WP Every Man Challenge: Tech & Contingency

5:00 PM The Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers END

****Special Grudge Match*****

Immediately following the race there will be a $10,000 grudge match. The top 20 to finish of the UTV race will head to the short course for a lap race for another $10,000 in prize money.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4TH

8:00 AM The 4WP Every Man Challenge START

10:00 AM King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries: Tech & Contingency

6:00 PM The 4WP Every Man Challenge END

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5TH

8:00 AM The 2022 King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries START

8:00 PM Live Music Begins

10:00 PM The 2022 King of the Hammers, powered by Optima Batteries END

 KOH SPECTATING CLASSES

For 2022 the new UTV classes are as follows

Stock Production UTV

  • Homologated Chassis with at least 250 Cars produced in Make/Model Year
  • 1000 cc Max Motor Size limited to Homologated OEM Motors
  • Aftermarket Turbos NOT Allowed
  • CCV Clutch or Gear driven transmission
  • 80” Wide Max
  • 33” Tire Max unless OEM Factory Equipped
  • No Portals
  • Must use stock pan
  • Must use stock suspension pickup points
    • Reinforcing allowed
    • No bypasses unless OEM Factory Equipped
    • Must run front body  and side plastics

Pro Modified UTV

  • Homologated Chassis with at least 250 Cars produced in Make/Model Year
  • 1000 cc Max Motor Size limited to Homologated OEM Motors
  • Aftermarket Turbos Allowed
  • CCV Clutch or Gear driven transmission
  • 80” Wide Max
  • 35” Tire Max unless OEM Factory Equipped
  • No Portals unless OEM Factory Equipped
  • Aftermarket Chassis Allowed
  • Must use stock suspension pickup points
    • Reinforcing allowed
    • Must run full front plastics

Open UTV

  • 1000 cc Max Motor Size limited to Homologated OEM Motors

 

Unlimited UTV

  • Unlimited Max Motor Size limited to Homologated OEM Motors
    • Promoters decision to mix with existing classes
      • In Ultra4 Events Unlimited UTV would be in 4400

RACE ENTRY FEES

$1700 per UTV Class Desert or Rock race.

+ $150 USAC Licence fee (driver)

+ $100 USAC License fee (navigator)

+ $55 USAC License fee (crew member)

SIGN UP AT:

http://www.ultra4racing.com/

You can see the new UTV Rule Book HERE https://www.ultra4racing.com/rulebook

 

Here’s how to spectate KOH

WHO’S ENTERED SO FAR?    This list is growing every day!!!

CAN-AM KING OF HAMMERS ROCK RACE

 STOCK PRODUCTION UTV

Johnny Greaves #22

Jeremy McGrath #15

Jason Weller #48

Hubert Rowland #615

Ruslan Yankilevich #932

Cody Willenborg #529

Jeff Martin #4979

Robert Taylor #9227

Bob lindgren #4949

Michael Mamelli #4958

David Viadero #499

William Eisenberg #4950

Rich Bersch #4916

Brian Tilton #916

Daniel Waller #570

Matt Mangin #0812

Mark Morisoli #805

Kurtis Morris #475

Tristan Montgomery #240

Aaron Clark #1003

Aspen Chournos #1929

Casey Peoples #1128

David Ainsworth #4990

Jason Berry #813

Andrew Straatmann #4906

Tyler Remmereid #143

Richard Baird #717

Mike D’Arcy #810

James Cantrell #502

Ray Johnson #711

Tim Moynagh #1000

Veronica Whitesell #954

Brent Zimmerman #31

Brian Reid #0416

Bill Kunz #4940

PRO MODIFIED UTV 

Phil Blurton #944

Hunter Miller #190

Cody Miller #221

Kyle Chaney #191

CJ Greaves #33

Cameron Steele #16

Jacob Versey #1

Cameron Martin #26

Cody Martin #296

John Caughey #4952

Brian Stone #5012

Joshua Smith #1948

Patrick Larraburu #924

Phillip Poe #06

Zakery Davis #7

Cole Clark #24

Matt Peterson #1954

Luis Leon Gonzalez #2377

Nelson Sparks #519

Karson Atkins #722

Kyle Wickham #4972

Paul Wolff #86

Thomas Ramm #589

Dustin Robbins #311

Justin Barth #417

Nicholas Turner #922

Lance West #432

Adam Kinnett #470

Banden Sims #T913

OPEN UTV 

Greg Torney #428

Joe Gould #4955

Mark Welch #88

UNLIMITED UTV

Benjamin Mller #70

Chip MacLaughlin #40

Zandy Willems #4

UNKOWN CLASS

Bernard Schaefer #2812

Patrick Murray #902

Christopher Branton #4046

TOYO TIRE DESERT CHALLANGE

Kristen Matlock #2985

Connor Willett #2985

Branden Sims #T913

Garison Callaway #2914

Logan Goodall #1950

Ariel Goodall #1126

Michael Marnelli Jr. #T958

Kyle Chaney #191

Bryce Menzies #7

Charles Dorrance #1999

Jared Bryant #1899

Phil Blurton #944

Austin Weiland #2954

Alan Samuel #717

Oscar Indreland #908

Billy Long #907

Daniel Hurn #2914

Vito Ranuio #T950

Rusland Yankilevich #U932

 

See other top races for 2022 HERE.

 

2022 King of Hammers