From the most grueling desert terrain in the world to the stop-and-go of your daily commute, Anywhere is Possible with General Tire! Here’s a look at the biggest news in the world of off-road racing this week:
King of the Hammers UTV Recap
Hunter Miller had never run King of the Hammers before Sunday. At the risk of understating things, qualifying second and finishing first in his first attempt at the UTV race was a pretty solid first attempt for the GNCC regular.
Miller held off Kyle Chaney, whose race was briefly impeded when his car rolled over his leg after being reset, and Phil Blurton as more than 130 UTV entrants tried to take on the daunting 143-mile challenge. Six-time KOH champion Mitch Guthrie Sr. was scored fourth in the final running order, while Nathan Wolff completed the top five and was the last racer to complete both laps in under five hours.
Always a grueling test of both racer and machine, only 33 racers completed both laps, including 2020 Dakar Rally SSV winner Casey Currie, defending KOH winner Mitch Guthrie Jr., short course stars Christopher Polvoorde and Eliott Watson, 2019 Baja 1000 winner Kristen Matlock, and Supercross and off-road legend Jeremy McGrath.
King of the Hammers Preview
The UTV race may be in the books, but Wednesday through Saturday will see four more days of racing in Johnson Valley. The Everyman Challenge kicks it off on Wednesday, followed by Thursday’s Desert Invitational for T1 desert trucks, Friday’s headline Ultra4 race, and Saturday’s King of the Motos.
Luke McMillin won last year’s inaugural Desert Invitational, and will be back to defend his crown against a stacked field that includes Andy and Dan McMillin, Brett and Christian Sourapas, BJ Baldwin, Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, Justin Lofton, and more. The Ultra4 class, meanwhile, will feature nearly 100 entries, with Jason Scherer looking to defend his 2019 crown and fellow podium finishers Erik Miller and Shannon Campbell among many top racers looking to usurp the throne.
If you’re looking for an especially busy racer, though, look no further than Cameron Steele. Plenty of big names run multiple events at KOH, but Steele registered for every single one in 2020. Despite failing to finish the UTV race, he rebounded by qualifying second for the Everyman Challenge on Monday, and will run that race, the Desert Invitational, Ultra4 race, and King of the Motos on consecutive days.