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2019 King of the Hammers Race Recap

2019 King of the Hammers

By Jon Crowley

I have a serious love hate relationship with King of the Hammers UTV race. I love to build something to conquer the desert and survive the rocks, but it takes a ton of time to do it like I want to. Since the first race in 2009, I have attended every King of the Hammers UTV race. Most times I have built cars and raced, but two years I have sat out and focused on the media side of it. 2019 was supposed to be another sit out and do media stuff year, but one week before the race it got all turned upside-down for me….

From 2009 through 2012, the UTV race was mostly a desert sprint with a few easy rock sections sprinkled in.  So from my perspective, things got serious in 2013 and on when hammerking promoter Dave Cole decided UTVs weren’t just glorified golf carts anymore. That year, the course had three finishers, about 10% of the starting field.  Mitch Guthrie and his son Mitch Guthrie Jr. took first place. I finished 16 seconds behind him after almost 8 hours on the course (see 2013 King of the Hammers Race Recap).

In 2014, I jumped in the codog seat with Blake van de Loo, and we got 5th place after many different issues tested us and our Jagged X pit crew to the limits (see 2014 King of the hammers Race Recap).

In 2015, I was crazy enough to think that racing an underpowered RZR S 900 with less suspension travel was a good idea. Even with the toughest course to date, I was able to pull off a third place finish (see 2015 King of the Hammers Race Recap).

In 2016, I sat the race out and focused on the media side of the race. But then again in 2017, I was back at it.  While most competitors were racing a turbo RZR, I focused in on a Rock & Trails Edition RZR XP 1000.  I teamed up with Reid Nordin, and we pulled off a 3rd place finish (see 2017 King of the Hammers Race Recap).

In 2018, I sat the race out and focused hard on pre-running and race coverage.

For the 2019 King of the Hammers UTV race, I had planned on doing extensive media coverage with several of the top teams, from different manufacturers.  I had three trips to Johnson Valley under my belt by the middle of January and was getting some great video content for different teams and manufacturers including the Guthrie’s (Polaris), Ronnie Anderson (Polaris), Jason Weller (Yamaha), Phil Blurton (Can-Am).

2019 King of the Hammers Pre-Run

I was gearing up for race week, when I got the call from Mitch Guthrie Jr. asking if I’d be interested in being his codog. Well that certainly wasn’t part of my plan for KOH week, but when the current King wants your help, it is hard to say no.  Even so, I took a few days to think about this.  I had some media obligations, plus I take this race very seriously and wanted to make sure that I could give the Guthrie’s 100%.

After some serious contemplation I made the call to go for it.  This type of opportunity doesn’t come around every day, and I felt I was the right guy for the job.  After filming in Johnson Valley so much, I was confident that no other codog had spent anywhere near the amount of hours on the ground running up and down the rocks at the Hammers. I checked over my gear, and my firesuit, gloves and hans were all good to go, but my helmet was out of date.  I made a call to Rugged Radios and got that figured out quickly.

Race Week – Doing Homework

Race week arrived in a matter of days and I loaded up my RZR XP Turbo S so I could do my own pre-running as well. This year’s UTV race had moved due to the addition of a trophy truck race.  That meant the UTV race was moved up to Sunday instead of Wednesday. Qualifying was to be on Saturday and the course wasn’t going to be out until noon on Thursday.  That left very little time to pre-run with the actual course on a GPS. This was going to take some serious effort.

We discussed a plan to get there Monday and hit the ground running on Tuesday.  Even without the course on GPS, you can wander the desert until you find course markers.  The course markers explain some things, but leave the whole picture obscured until the course is officially out.

We already knew the desert lap would be 90+ miles and most likely would not have much in terms of rock trails.  Although it was super important to pre-run the desert, it was more important to figure out what rock trails we were going to hit. I arrived on Monday afternoon and headed over towards Chocolate Thunder knowing that it would be part of the course and I could pick up some course clues from there. 

The big surprise I found was that the course apparently went down Chocolate Thunder instead of up.  We’ve never done that before! From there, it looked like we went on a new trail called Her Problem, then up Jack North and then probably down Jack.  Someone was going to go up Sledge Hammer, and I hoped this was for 4400 class only.

From there I went to see where the course came from before heading into Chocolate Thunder.  Looked like it came down Wrecking Ball.  I was running out of daylight, so I ran over to check out Back Door and Resolution.  Course markers for lap 1 looked like they went around these trails, but there were arrows at the bottom of Back Door that looked like an option. Maybe up on lap 2? Or maybe just for the 4400 course? Sending UTVs up Backdoor at the beginning of lap 2 would be tough and in my opinion would turn into a cluster.  I don’t mind winching up Backdoor, a must winch obstacle like that needs to be well into the rock trails to thin out the racers or it will be a bottleneck. I was hopeful that Dave Cole wouldn’t make that mistake. But if Backdoor and Resolution weren’t part of the course, what did he have planned to make the course as hard as last year?!

I didn’t explore further, but I surmised that Boulderdash, Upper Big Johnson and Claw Hammer were going to be before Wrecking Ball. After Jack/Sledge, the course headed over towards Highway 19/20 and Aftershock. We’d have to explore further the next day.

I met up with the Guthrie’s that night as they were setting up and we went over what I had learned. Our plan was to hit the rock trails first thing the next morning and see if the rock part of the course started at Boulderdash.

Pre-Runners & Race Cars

Before I go any further, let me describe the Guthrie’s setup. In my opinion, you need two vehicles to properly race King of the Hammers.  A pre-runner that can get beat up while testing different lines in the rocks, and a race car that is tested just enough to make sure it is solid. Pre-running in your race car is risky and can ruin your race before it begins. If you are going to pre-run all the rock trails in your race car, you better be a good mechanic with a lot of spare parts and plan to wrench on your race car quite a bit.

For pre-running, they both had RZR XP Turbo S machines that were very stock.  Factory UTV UHMW skid plates, Rugged Radios, BFG KR2 tires on KMC beadlocks. These are the RZRs we used to pre-run before New Year’s. Just enough modifications to keep them from getting too beat up, plus communications so you can discuss things with your codog and the other car on the fly.

The Guthrie’s race cars were both brand new RZR XP Turbo S Velocity. These RZR’s are a bit more simple that the normal Turbo S with no Ride Command and no Live Valve shocks. They RZR Velocity comes with Walker Evans Velocity shocks and this is what the Guthrie’s run so the fit seemed natural. These are 72-inch wide RZRs, and would be the first time that the Guthrie’s had raced a long travel at King of the Hammers. I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these before the race so I knew what they could do stock. Right out of the box, the RZR XP Turbo S Velocity handles the rough desert better than any that Mitch Jr. or I have ever raced before at KOH. With a little bit of fine tuning from Walker Evans Racing for the specific terrain, race pace and how the vehicle was equipped and I knew we were going to be set. 

The good news for me is the Guthrie’s and I completely agree on build styles for King of the Hammers.  I’ve seen so many people over-engineer their race cars, and most of the time, the added complexity causes an issue on race day or during pre-running.  Keep it simple stupid definitely applies here. Strengthen only what you need to, then add necessary safety equipment and leave the engine and clutch as stock as possible. What I learned in 2017 holds true in Johnson Valley – shocks make you fast, so there really isn’t a need for bigger turbos or reflashed ECUs.  The desert in Johnson Valley is rough and doesn’t allow for many opportunities at speeds over 80 MPH. That’s my two cents, and the Guthrie’s are on board with this theory as well.

Race Week – More Pre-Running

On Tuesday, we found course markers out by pit 2 that appeared to have come through the desert for about 10-15 miles from main pit at the end of lap 1.  We followed those and they went up Boulderdash, then down Upper Big Johnson and headed over to Claw Hammer. As we were heading up Claw Hammer, that is where we found an either-or line.  One continued up Claw Hammer, and the other line went up Full of Hate.

In my opinion, this either-or was a great course addition. In 2018, the course was backed up in Claw Hammer and if you had any issues getting there quickly, your chances of getting on the podium greatly diminished. Having the alternate line gave everyone another option, and also added some strategy to the race.

From there, the course hit Wrecking Ball, Chocolate Thunder, Her Problem, Jack North, and Jack Hammer.  After that, I guessed that only 4400 class would go up Sledge Hammer. This jived a bit with some course markers we saw, but we wouldn’t know for sure until the course came out on Thursday afternoon. We had looked hard at the possibility of going up Sledge Hammer in a UTV, and it would be extremely difficult with at least two must winch points. It would be another bottleneck if it was part of the course.

We followed the course around the hill and went up Highway 19/20 and into Pit 2B, then down Aftershock over the hill and onto the dry lake bed next to the Marine base. From there, purple arrows (UTVs) went up Outer Limits and blue arrows (EMC) skipped. It was getting late, so we would need to hit Outer Limits another day, but our guess was up Outer Limits, hit Pit 2A or 2B, then down Spooners just like 2018.  Then out through the desert for another 20 miles and back to Hammertown.

At this point from what we knew and with a few educated guesses, I was figuring that the course would be easier than 2018.

The rest of the week was a blur.  Shock tuning with Walker Evans Racing, running the desert loop as well as Cougar Buttes, and then fine tuning some lines in the rocks.  Plus we had to tech the cars and our safety equipment and find the course map for our GPS. All these little pieces take way more time than you’d think, and that eats into any spare moments that you think you have for pre-running. It really helped that Mitch Jr. and I could go accomplish multiple tasks without each other when necessary. For example, he was learning the qualifying track which he would run solo plus testing the race car, and I was out on a rock trail checking details.

One last critical item I accomplished was running up Highway 19/20 with Reid Nordin on Friday.  Reid had the course from CartoTracks on his iPad, and there were some DQ lines on this trail. Highway 19/20 used to be super tough from 2013 – 2015, but over the years, bypasses cut around many of the obstacles making it truly a highway.  With DQ lines added in, the dynamics of this trail completely change.  I wanted to know for sure where we had to stay in the true canyon.

Day Before the Race – Qualifying

The weather was looking like it would play a big role in qualifying. 25MPH – 50MPH winds and 1/2-inch of rain were forecasted. And most of the rain was scheduled for later in the afternoon, about the time “Power Hour” was underway when both Guthrie’s would run.  Perfect.

Before qualifying kicked off, we had the driver’s meeting. Most notable from the meeting was the discussion about DQ lines.  Ultra4 Racing had setup VCPs (Virtual Check Points) that we had to pass within 50 feet of. These were setup in a few key canyons to eliminate some bypasses – among them at the bottom of Jack North, in Highway 19/20 and a few in Spooners.  Dave Cole said they would have people on the ground monitoring these DQ lines on race day and they would result in disqualification if we deviated from the course. Jack North and Spooners were easy to figure out, but Highway 19/20 weren’t quite as easy so I was happy to have had the opportunity to do the homework I did the day before.

Almost 100 racers were set to qualify, and Mitch and Mitch Jr. were in the Power Hour at the end of the day. To be competitive for the podium, I felt a top 15 spot was needed. If you get too far back in the pack, one little bottleneck in a rock section can cause serious problems for your podium effort.

Kyle Chaney, Ronnie Anderson and Jason Weller all went fairly early on and set some fast lap times that were holding.  The course was deteriorating, rain was starting and some fast racers were still in line. I was a nervous wreck. Mitch Jr. is fast, but it seemed like things were stacked against us. I was praying a little mistake didn’t make us start last on race day. I figured a top 10 would be incredible and we could still do it with a top 15.

So far, a few of the Power Hour racers had breached the top 10, but no one had unseated Kyle Chaney and Ronnie Anderson. Mitch Jr. was actually last off the line, and although the rain had been pretty steady for the last hour, it actually slowed up some right before Mitch Jr. lined up.

Mitch blasted through the course and ended up with the fastest qualifying lap, beating Kyle Chaney by less than a second.

After a quick celebration, we had work to do still.  It was 5PM the day before the race and Hammertown was covered in a layer of mud from the rain. Plus more rain was coming over the next few hours. Race day could get interesting.

Race Day – “Just Get me to the Rocks”

Race day finally arrived.  Mitch Jr. and I had done our homework.  We were starting on the pole position, knew the course as well as anyone, and we had a solid race car. But this is King of the Hammers, and even the best prepared team can get knocked out by a fluke.

Although I had pre-run the entire desert section with Mitch Jr., I had never been in the race car with him at a race pace.  I am not a great passenger, so I was a bit concerned he was going to push it a bit too hard early on with Kyle Chaney next to us and Phil Blurton right behind us. At King of the Hammers, the saying goes “you lose in the desert and win in the rocks.” It is amazing how many racers take themselves out of the race early in the desert trying to make that one pass.  It is a long race, and you have to take care of the race car.  My mantra since 2013 has been  “just get me to the rocks,” and I shared this with Mitch Jr. on race day several times.

Once on the starting line, we sat idling for an extra 15 minutes waiting for the go sign from Ultra4 Racing. They must have been sorting out trackers or timing because we didn’t get the green flag until about 8:15. The wait was agonizing, but Mitch Jr. seemed relaxed enough. The green flag dropped and Kyle Chaney jumped out front.  I was proud of Mitch Jr. because he let him go.  It is a long race…. just get me to the rocks.

As we rounded the corner towards Backdoor, Chaney took the wrong turn and headed up Short Bus like in the qualifying course. We were back in the lead!  We headed over the hill and down towards the “dry” lake bed in the lead.  Once we hit the lakebed, Chaney came up on us and made a move to pass, then showered us with fresh mud as he passed us.  We frantically worked on cleaning the mud off our visors and then got our groove back. Again Mitch showed great composure and settled into our race while Chaney inched away.

A few miles later, we saw Phil Blurton in our mirror.  He started 30 seconds behind us, and is super fast in the desert.  In my opinion, Blurton was our biggest threat.  He is the 2017 and 2018 Best in the Desert champion, plus he had made as many trips to Johnson Valley to pre-run the rock trails as I had before the race. I didn’t want him to get too far in front of us. Pressuring someone from behind in the rocks can be an advantage.

We hit Pit 1A with Blurton not far in front of us, and Chaney still in view as well. The next 20 miles is really rough desert.  Not just big whoops, but nasty g-outs and washes with rocks on the sides just waiting to slice a tire. Go too fast here, and you break your car.  Mitch set a great pace and neither Can-Am in front of us left us behind.

Then we came around a corner and Chaney was stopped.  Driver and cod0g were out of the car so it must have been serious.  I was just happy to get by them. Then the terrain opened up a bit more and the gap between us and Blurton increased. Mitch still stayed with the program and never over drove the terrain. The kid is smart beyond his years.

We hit Cougar Buttes and the first rock section. Pre-running this section is key and we greased right through it with no sign of Blurton. From there, we made our way over towards Fry Mountain and I caught sight of Blurton. He was maybe 60-90 seconds ahead of us physically. We followed Blurton into Pit 1B and stopped for a few gallons of fuel and Blurton was already there getting fuel as well.  We were out of the pits first and made it another 15-20 miles back to main pit in Hammertown without seeing Blurton in our rearview. We topped off with fuel and headed back out for lap two.  We were doing great and almost to Pit 2A when some big g-out type whoops snuck up on us.  Mitch hit the brakes hard and the rear tires skipped off the top of one and hit the next.  The shock load was too much for the belt.  We jumped out and Mitch had the belt changed quickly. He decided to just leave the cover off since we were heading into the rocks and it wouldn’t really be necessary.  

While changing the belt, Blurton passed us.  Crap! In our rush to get going again, we forgot to latch the spare tire carrier.  We stopped in the pits to toss the CVT cover and blasted up the sand hill towards Boulderdash knowing that a simple mistake could have just cost us the race. We cruised through Boulderdash and then down Upper Big Johnson without seeing Blurton. Next up was Claw Hammer and we hoped this would be our opportunity if we took Full of Hate and Blurton chose Claw Hammer.  We made our way through the rocks in lower Claw Hammer and got to the either-or line at Full of Hate.   We saw Blurton in the distance on Claw Hammer as we took the right on Full of Hate.

Wrecking Ball

Coming down Wrecking Ball

During our pre-running, we knew that Full of Hate was several minutes faster, IF you could make a smooth accent.  It came with more risk, but we had pre-run it many times and felt confident.  Everything worked well and we blasted to the top towards Wrecking Ball without seeing Blurton.  Our fingers were crossed hoping that he was behind us as we dropped into Wrecking Ball.  The downhill on Wrecking Ball isn’t that difficult, but going too fast on some of these downhills can really beat you and the race car up.  Mitch set a great pace and 3/4 of the way down, we came upon Troy from UTV Off-Road Magazine and asked him if we were the first through. His answer was yes!

We were elated at that point knowing we were back in front physically and finished up Wrecking Ball. Somewhere before Chocolate Thunder we realized that our spare tire carrier was loose. The tire banged back and forth and we talked about whether we should stop and strap it down or continue on.

Polaris RZR XP Turbo S

Coming down Her Problem with a lose Spare Tire

We continued on knowing that the next pit stop would be Pit 2B after Highway 19/20 and some rough desert and several other rock trails before that. We went through Her Problem, then up Jack North. I filmed in Jack North during 2018 KOH and knew that many racers had a hard time there. Mitch hit it with just the right amount of “cowboy” and we were through without issue. At the top of Jack North, we headed down Jack Hammer.  This is a super tough canyon to climb, but going down isn’t too bad as long as you pick the right lines and keep the right pace.

We made it down to the bottom of Jack Hammer, collected another checkpoint sticker, and were on our way around the mountain. The desert here was easy enough, but Mitch was trying to take it easy so the tire banging up and down wouldn’t cause any damage. Somewhere before Highway 19/20 we came upon a checkpoint at an intersection that did not have anyone manning it.  We waited for a few seconds, then decided to keep on moving and hope for the best.  Inside I was a little panicked that we would be penalized for not having a sticker, but Mitch said they would just have to check our tracker.  I wasn’t so believing in the system and mentioned this to at least 4 other checkpoints that we hit, hoping they would relay the info to race ops.

We hit the bottom of Highway 19/20 and this is where the tough VCPs were.  From pre-running this canyon, I knew where the hard spot was at the waterfall, but the other DQ lines were a little tougher.  We stayed in the canyon probably more than necessary and I had the GPS zoomed in quite a bit and it was still hard to make sure you were doing it right under the pressure of a race.  Plus there was no course marshalls like Dave Cole had mentioned. We continued through, skipping bypasses until after we hit the waterfall.  On our pre-run, we figured this would be a winch spot so I was ready to jump out.  Mitch got setup and banged it right up without hardly slowing down.  Nice!!

The rest of Highway 19/20 was a breeze and we made it up to Pit 2B.  We got another splash of fuel and had them strap the tire down. Then we were off to Aftershock.  There were no DQ lines in Aftershock so we took the bypass to the right and then made quick work of the rest of the trail.  We headed over to the dry lake by the boundary of the Marine Base and it was a straight shot at high speed for a few miles.  The lakebed wasn’t so dry and I could feel the RZR working harder and asked Mitch to back off just a little.  No reason to blow a belt just to save a few seconds going 85 MPH…

Outer Limits

Coming up Outer Limits

We turned left and headed up into Outer Limits. Definitely the hardest part of the course.  When we pre-ran this trail, we figured winching was the smart thing to do, so I was gearing up mentally to be out of the car working. We got to a pretty tough little section about 1/2 way up the canyon that we breezed through when pre-running and got stuck. We were bound up and I didn’t want to break anything so I jumped out and got Mitch back on steady ground. Stacked a few rocks and after a few tries we got up. I continued to run outside the RZR figuring we’d need more help soon enough. In a matter of a hundred yards I was huffing pretty hard and Mitch was making quick work of things so I jumped back in. It is amazing how different it is running up these canyons with a two-layer fire suit, helmet and helmet skirt.

2019 King of the Hammers UTV Race

Coming up Outer Limits at #KOH2019 on their way to 1st Place. Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Jon Crowley Jr. doing it without winching in the Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity. The duo were in full communication even with Jon out of the car thanks to the Rugged Radios Bluetooth helmet setup!Full race recap at:

Posted by UTV Guide on Monday, February 18, 2019

Then we got stuck again so I jumped out and assisted. We were close enough to the top where I thought we’d have to winch so I stayed out. It always amazes me how you get tunnel vision in these situations.  The pressure to keep moving and not make a mistake is incredible and it seems like you miss a lot of what is happening around you. This situation is magnified if you are in traffic as well, so I was thankful we had a nice lead.

I guided Mitch up to the first winch spot and there were more rocks at the bottom than before so he gave it a try and made it right up!  I guided him through to the second spot and it also had more rocks stacked.  We had bluetooth on my helmet so we could talk all the time.  This is a huge benefit. Mitch hit it once and he was up.  Now for the last climb. Mitch lined up and gave it just the right amount of throttle and popped right through. Woo hoo!

2019 King of the Hammers

Hammertown in the Distance

From there, we cruised a few miles to Pit 2A again.  We got another splash of fuel just to make sure we had plenty and then headed on our way. The last rock trail was Spooners which is super long but downhill.  The bypass was blocked off with a VCP, but if you pay attention and take it at the right pace, it isn’t that difficult. Just save the car was said more than once by both of us. We made it down with no issues, and hit the desert. I am always a bit leery hitting high speeds in the desert after the abuse we put the car through in the rocks, but Mitch dialed it back just a notch as I continually searched the rear view mirror for anyone approaching.

We cruised through the rough desert at a decent clip and reached Hammertown and the finish line about 1PM. Just a bit under 5 hours on the course for 165 miles.  They took our “yellow brick” tracker and made sure we hit all the VCPs properly. We explained once more that there wasn’t anyone at one of the check points, but Dave Cole didn’t seem concerned.  As we waited for the all-ok on our tracker, I heard the announcer say that we were about 30 minutes ahead of the next racer.

After a few long minutes, they let us roll onto the podium and we were declared the winner of the 2019 King of the Hammers UTV race! I finally got my first place, just not in the left seat.

King of the Hammers

Top of the Podium – Mitch Guthrie Jr. and Jon Crowley

We saw Mitch Guthrie Sr. on the podium as well, and it took a few seconds for my brain to comprehend that he shouldn’t be there. He filled us in about his crazy crash that took him out of the race before Cougar Buttes.  Even six-time kings get bit sometimes.  That is KOH for you.

Dave Cole asked me on the podium what I thought of the course. I told him it was too easy.  He gave me that Dave Cole look, and I responded that it was 1PM and we were already at the finish line. Wasn’t that your sign?  So, I am sorry to everyone that wants to finish King of the Hammers in the future, but I still remember Dave telling us in 2013 that if 3 out of the 35 UTVs that started, finished the course in time, his job was done. That is what actually happened that year. About a 10% finish rate is appropriate if you are to hang your hat on King of the Hammers being “the world’s toughest one-day off-road race.” 

In the end, 28 UTVs would finish the course in the allotted time.  Eleven got penalties for missing VCPs.  Dave Cole felt it wasn’t fair to DQ someone for missing a VCP since he said he would have course marshals on the ground, but he didn’t. So instead, Ultra4 Racing handed out time penalties.  That is a tough call since I know some racers actually broke in Highway 19/20 while avoiding bypasses so they could hit a VCP.

In the future, I’d like to see more bypasses blocked to bring back the flavor of some of these famous trails. But I hope course marking will be clear while pre-running and on race day so anyone taking a bypass is actually DQ’d.

2019 King of the Hammers was an incredible adventure for me and I’d like to thank the Guthrie’s for believing in me enough to put me in the right seat. I live for this race and the strategy involved with surviving the rocks in Johnson Valley. Mitch Jr. and I absolutely killed it this year and I cannot be more proud of our effort.

Mitch’s new Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity was perfectly setup.  The RZR Velocity is a long travel, 72-inch wide RZR with 168HP and is a great platform from the factory for racing King of the Hammers. Other than the blow CVT belt which was our fault and the loose spare tire carrier, the RZR ran all day without any issues.

Mitch outfitted the RZR with Cognito Motorsports cage, spare tire carrier, doors, window net frame and tire carrier.  Walker Evans Velocity shocks. Factory UTV UHMW skid plate, rock sliders and arm guards. Rugged Radios intercom and radio. PRP seats and harnesses. Hostyle window nets and door bags. Super ATV Rhino 2.0 axles. 32-inch BFG KR2 tires mounted on KMC wheels, plus a Warn 9.0RC winch up front.

In addition, Mitch Jr. is sponsored by 4WP, Cooper Standard, VP Fuels and Makita Tools.

See you on the lakebed next year!

Race Results

2019 Can-Am UTV King of the Hammers Presented by HCR Results are as follows for finishers:

Pos No. Name Class Laps Penalties Comment Total Time
1 9 Mitch Jr Guthrie UTV 2     4:52:33
2 3 Wayland Campbell UTV 2     5:19:09
3 913 Branden Sims UTV 2 05:00.0 VCP 15/16 5:20:22
4 5 Shannon Campbell UTV 2     5:35:58
5 1 Jacob Versey UTV 2     5:48:00
6 1991 Evan Engelhardt UTV 2 10:00.0 VCP 15/16 5:56:44
7 7 Bryce Menzies UTV 2     5:58:16
8 944 Phil Blurton UTV 2     6:03:07
9 2 Casey Currie UTV 2     6:07:45
10 978 Dustin Jones UTV 2     6:16:11
11 1941 Broc Smith UTV 2 10:00.0 VCP 15/16 6:42:19
12 4988 Dan Fresh UTV 2     6:42:50
13 1481 Chayse Caprara UTV 2 07:30.0 VCP 15/16 6:48:55
14 922 Nicholas Turner UTV 2     6:49:45
15 931 Craig Scanlon UTV 2     6:50:47
16 20 Travis Zollinger UTV 2 07:30.0 VCP 15/16 6:58:00
17 420 Anthony Yount UTV 2     7:05:13
18 570 Ben Jones UTV 2 05:00.0 VCP 15 7:07:13
19 211 Michael Lee UTV 2 02:30.0 VCP 15 7:19:40
20 502 James Cantrell UTV 2 10:00.0 VCP 15/16 7:24:16
21 1295 Chad Hughes UTV 2     7:33:30
22 311 Dustin Robbins UTV 2 08:45.0 VCP 15/16 7:50:39
23 278 Knox Griffin UTV 2 15:00.0 VCP 15/16/18/19/20 7:50:47
24 22 Cody Currie UTV 2     7:54:26
25 1929 Lanse Chournos UTV 2     8:10:59
26 86 Marcos Gomez UTV 2     8:18:27
27 31 Brent Zimmerman UTV 2     8:25:54
28 35 Bailey Campbell UTV 2     8:26:46

About King of The Hammers: King of the Hammers is considered the toughest one-day off road race in the world. It is the largest off-road race event in North America in terms of both competitors and spectators. It combines desert racing and rock crawling, and has expanded from one race to a series of 5 races held throughout the week that take place each February in Johnson Valley, CA. More details at:

More 2019 King of the Hammers Resources:


Mitch Guthrie Jr. Crowned Two-Time King

Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity

2019 King of the Hammers Pre-Running with the Guthrie’s



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