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TOOELE, UT July 16th, 2013: Driver “EZ” Rick Mooneyham is no stranger to the ULTRA4 podium.  Over the years, he’s been one of the most consistent top three finishers at the Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire. However, despite all of his podium finishes, a first place trophy had proved elusive to Mooneyham; that is until last weekend’s American Rocksports Challenge held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT where Mooneyham crushed the competition and claimed first place finishing nearly 45 seconds ahead of Shannon Campbell. The American Rocksports Challenge is thethird and final race in the Trail-Gear Western Regional ULTRA4 Series.

As thunder clouds loomed and the rain began in earnest, the top 24 of 38 ULTRA4 teams lined up for the main event on Saturday afternoon. Mooneyham in his black Nitto Tire Trick Toys Fab car started next to Shannon Campbell in the Green Monster Energy car on the pole position. The main race was 12 laps long and followed the format used in both qualifying and prelims that combined the Miller Motorsports short course with the competition rock crawl course. Off the line, Campbell took a quick lead with Nelson, Sacalas and Mooneyham hot on his heels, Campbell experienced a rollover in the rock section and Sacalas made his way around Campbell to take the lead followed closely by Mooneyham. The two would continue on this way for several laps until Sacalas experienced a hard hit in the rocks which required him to pit and replace a tire. As Sacalas made his way into the pits, Mooneyham took the lead and never looked back. Shannon Campbell worked his way back into second position and 2013 Rookie Jake Hallenbeck would take his first podium finishing in 3rd.  The top 10 non-qualified drivers also earned a spot in the 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers. Below is the entire list of finishers and qualifiers.

Ten Rubicon Express Modified and Pro Comp stock class drivers also competed in both a prelim and main event this weekend. The Stock and Mod cars had to complete the same number of laps on the same course as the ULTRA4s. In the Rubicon Express Modified Class, 2013 Rookie, Paul Bickerton claimed first place, Wayne Hartwig took 2nd  and Mitch Funk would narrowly beat out Jeff Rector for 3rd place.Wayne Hartwig has consistently finished every race of the regional series on the podium for the Modified class this year.  In the Pro Comp Stock Class, Miller Motorsport Parks own John Williams would claim the first place position in his only race this season with Richard Gauthier finishing 2nd and Kevin Adler finishing 3rd.  Gauthier and Adler have both finished all 3 regional races on the podium this season. Gauthier with one 1st place and 2 2nd place finishes and Adler with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish this season. Please see the entire list of finishers and qualifiers below.

The final 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional series race will be held in Hot Springs, AR at the Superlift Park on August 16th and 17th. The Nitto Tire National  Championship will be held the following month on Friday, September 27th on Moapa Indian Reservation Land near Las Vegas, NV. Please visit www.ultra4racing.com for more updates and details on both races.

Finish Car Driver Laps KOH Qual Total Time
1 554 Rick Mooneyham 12 Yes-1 27:16.0
2 5 Shannon Campbell 12 pre-qual 28:00.6
3 4775 Jake Hallenbeck 12 pre-qual 28:22.0
4 26 Clay Gilstrap 12 pre-qual 28:43.7
5 3 Wayland Campbell 12 pre-qual 29:53.3
6 321 Tom Wayes 11 Yes-2 27:19.0
7 4486 Marcos Gomez 11 Yes-3 27:25.7
8 966 Jason Blanton 11 pre-qual 27:42.3
9 4435 Kevin Sacalas 11 pre-qual 28:08.4
10 72 Hunter Sparrow 11 Yes-4 29:10.4
11 4427 Jeff Russell 11 pre-qual 29:14.4
12 308 Rocco Baldassare 10 Yes-5 27:16.4
13 1977 Brendon Thompson 10 Yes-6 27:18.5
14 4481 Alex Hardaway 10 pre-qual 27:36.3
15 524 Mark Danzo 10 Yes-7 28:17.1
16 4416 Brian Tilton 10 Yes-8 29:18.5
17 4483 JP Gomez 9 pre-qual 25:26.7
18 4409 Paul Garner 9 Yes-9 27:50.1
19 775 Robert Daly 8 Yes-10 27:29.1
20 4459 Keith Xavier 8   28:04.3
DNF 4472 Dustin Isenhour 7   31:46.3
DNF 76 Jason Scherer 3   05:31.0
DNF 4404 Nick Nelson 2   02:49.3
DNF 4407 Randy Rodd 1   52.747
LCQ 4441 Darren Henke      
LCQ 99 Angelo Parisi      
LCQ 67 Loren Healy      
LCQ 4487 Matt Nieman      
LCQ 62 James Evans      
LCQ 911 David Buchberger    
DNS 4463 Rob Lynch      
DNS 11 Bruce Szember      
DNS 777 John Brock      
DNS 83 Jacob Scott      
DNS 4444 Jason Pickett      
DNS 104 Jim Brown      
DNS 742 Larry Anderson      
DNS 701 Greg Lundeen      
Mod Finish Car Driver Name Laps Behind Total Time
1 4578 Paul Bickerton 12   39:56.7
2 4502 Wayne Hartwig 10 2 Laps 43:01.3
3 4515 Mitch Funk 9 3 Laps 23:59.0
4 4505 Jeff Rector 9 3 Laps 24:29.7
DNF 4531 Shawn Rants 1 DNF 48.925
DNF 4509 Jeremy Eaton   DNS  
Stock Finish          
1 4623 John Williams 12   46:58.3
2 4643 Richard Gauthier 9 3 Laps 42:36.8
3 4602 Kevin Adler 5 7 Laps 20:16.9
DNF 4654 Bailey Cole 3 DNF 10:55.2


MetalCloak is the title sponsor for the ULTRA4 MetalCloak Nor Cal Stampede
Trail Gear is the ULTRA4 West Coast Series Sponsor
Nitto Tire is the ULTRA4 National Series Sponsor

Official Sponsors of ULTRA4 Racing also include:

4 Wheel Parts
ATX Wheels

Blue Torch Fabworks

Corona Motorsports Rental
Dynomax Exhaust

GenRight Off Road

Griffin Radiator
Impact by Mastercraft Safety


King Shocks

Lucas Oil
Miller Welding
Nitto Tire

Posion Spyder

Rubicon Express
Trail Gear

ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING MOTORSPORTs IN THE US – ULTRA4 RACING  ULTRA4 racing began in 2007 with a dozen friends competing for bragging rights.  Six years later, more than 350 cars compete nationally and internationally in ULTRA4 races.  In 2013, races in the United States will be held in the following states: Utah, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas, California and Texas. Additionally, the 2nd annual ULTRA4 sanctioned King of the Valleys race will be taking place this August in Wales, UK.


ULTRA4 is a vehicle type, class and series.  ULTRA4Racing was born from the popularity of the annual Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, considered to be the toughest one-day off-road race. The vehicles are unlimited four-wheel drive, capable of competing in multiple racing disciplines – extreme rock crawling, high-speed desert racing and short course.  In six years, the sport has grown significantly from the inaugural King of the Hammers to an eight race national series including a National Championship. ULTRA4 Racing is managed by Hammerking Productions located in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  To learn more, log on to www.ultra4racing.com.

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