Seven competitors in the legendary King of the Hammers event have been penalized as a result of an illegal line that gave those competitors an unfair advantage, as well as potentially endangering course workers and spectators.

At the drivers' meetings, competition officials noted that drivers must stay in the bottom of the rock canyons, specifically at the entrance of the rock trail known as Chocolate Thunder. The Bureau of Land Management approved the nearby spectator areas to be inside of the 150-foot setback. By taking an illegal line on the high left side of the rock 'gatekeeper,' the natural barrier was eliminated, and risk was increased. The seven drivers who took the aforementioned line on Chocolate Thunder will be assessed a 30 minute time penalty added to total elapsed time.

A review is currently underway to determine a more effective way to mark illegal course bypasses and how specific course details are communicated to competitors and spectators.

Official Finish | Race Driver | Car # | City/State | Elapsed Time | Penalty | New ET

1 KOH Erik Miller 4421 Cumberland MD 6:03:51 | 6:03:51

2 KOH Rick Mooneyham 554 Lake Havasu City AZ 6:16:48 | 6:16:48

3 KOH Shannon Campbell 5 Gilbert AZ 6:33:40 | 6:33:40

4 KOH Derek West 4420 Springfield MO 7:20:24 | 7:20:24

5 KOH Loren Healy 4428 Farmington NM 7:22:05 | 7:22:05

6 KOH Brad Lovell 232 Colorado Springs CO 7:26:23 | 7:26:23

7 KOH Brian Shirley 18 Dodge City KS 7:31:53 | 7:31:53

8 KOH Rusty Bray 4498 Richmond KY 7:31:54 | 7:31:54

9 KOH Mike Klensin 4431 Tucson AZ 7:40:58 | 7:40:58

10 LCQ Ben Dinkins 4403 Annopolis MO 8:24:49 | 8:24:49

11 KOH Jon Cagliero 27 Paso Robles CA 8:27:17 | 8:27:17

12 KOH Brandon Watson 4488 Carbondale CO 8:32:54 | 8:32:54

13 LCQ Jeff Russell 4427 Shadow Hills CA 8:39:10 | 8:39:10

14 KOH Ivan VanOrtwick 4466 Whittier CA 8:41:08 | 8:41:08

15 KOH Ben Napier 4461 Sydney AUS 8:42:00 | 8:42:00

16 KOH Casey Currie 2 Anaheim CA 8:16:04 | +30 | 8:46:04

17 KOH John Webb 4468 Concord CA 8:50:28 | 8:50:28

18 KOH Levi Shirley 81 Dodge City KS 9:03:20 | 9:03:20

19 KOH Jason Scherer 76 Danville CA 9:05:36 | 9:05:36

20 KOH Jason Blanton 966 Kirkland WA 9:27:33 | 9:27:33

21 KOH Harold Fijman 777 San Ramon CA 9:38:50 | 9:38:50

22 KOH Alex Hardaway 4481 Santa Rosa CA 9:40:59 | 9:40:59

23 KOH Lucas Murphy 816 Easton MA 9:47:20 | 9:47:20

24 LCQ Ritchie Keller 202 Elkland MO 9:47:24 | 9:47:24

25 KOH Cottin Rodd 4407 Cortez CO 9:47:48 | 9:47:48

26 KOH Alan Woodson 86 Charlottesville VA 9:20:43 | +30 | 9:50:43

27 KOH Scott Ward 4438 Lake Havasu City AZ 9:57:40 | 9:57:40

28 KOH Nick Finch 2228 Dean Park AUS 9:46:51 | +30 | 10:16:51

29 KOH John James 28 Fresno CA 10:17:58 | 10:17:58

30 LCQ Jason Shipman 4414 Farmington MO 10:22:00 | 10:22:00

31 LCQ Hunter Sparrow 72 Arvada CO 10:23:20 | 10:23:20

32 KOH Mat Noualy 328 Mt Albert CAN 10:32:45 | 10:32:45

33 LCQ Dave Bovich 50 Shasta Lake CA 10:51:37 | 10:51:37

34 KOH Les Figueroa 4478 Henderson NV 10:59:24 | 10:59:24

35 LCQ Chris Garrison 4494 Rancho Cordova CA 10:45:50 | +30 | 11:15:50

36 KOH Fabio Manno 100 Rome Italy 11:21:07 | 11:21:07

37 LCQ Doug Evans 4457 Hayfork CA 11:24:58 | 11:24:58

38 KOH Larry Anderson 742 Dixon CA 11:52:39 | 11:52:39

39 KOH Matt Peterson 212 Colorado Springs CO 11:54:41 | 11:54:41

40 LCQ Robb Kaufman 22 RockyView County CAN 12:05:17 | 12:05:17

41 LCQ Paul Garner 4409 Queen Creek AZ 12:21:57 | 12:21:57

42 LCQ Brandon Heyes 4558 Rancho Cucamonga CA 12:52:45 | 12:52:45

43 KOH Bart Dixon 26 San Diego CA 12:57:47 | 12:57:47

44 KOH Curtis Warner 4410 Armstrong BC 12:59:03 | 12:59:03

45 KOH Jesse Haines 4499 Sparks NV 13:05:48 | 13:05:48

46 KOH Warren Thomas 257 Morro Bay CA 13:19:25 | 13:19:25

47 KOH Tom Wayes 321 San Jose CA 13:33:45 | 13:33:45

48 KOH Stan Haynes 4408 Ft. Wayne IN 13:39:25 | 13:39:25

* LCQ Jeremy Dickenson 4419 Cedar Park TX DNF
LCQ John David 333 Fountain CO DNF
LCQ Hal Deschamp 4445 Whittier CA DNF
LCQ Steve Norton 737 Floyd Knobs IN DNF
LCQ Barry Cherneske 4502 Edmonton CAN DNF
LCQ Ryan Atkins 928 Parker AZ DNF
LCQ Brian Whitford 711 Oakley CA DNF
LCQ Kevin Gamble 4476 Chula Vista CA DNF
LCQ Doug Kahlstrom 927 Lampasas TX DNF
LCQ Jason Weidhuner 968 Washougal WA DNF
LCQ Nicholas McGaha 505 Ridgecrest CA DNF
LCQ Cody Addington 4680 Foresthill CA DNF
LCQ Michael Feagins 929 Batesville IN DNF
LCQ Dustin Sexton 4437 Kamas UT DNF
LCQ Brian McCarthy 415 San Rafael Ct CA DNF
LCQ Ian McGlynn 123 Seattle WA DNF
LCQ Joe Bunker 864 Monroe WA DNF
LCQ Andrew McLaughlin 4493 Mesa AZ DNF
LCQ Troy Stone 4429 Winton CA DNF
LCQ Darren Batt 82 Woodward OK DNF
KOH Kevin Yoder 4434 Grass Valley CA DNF
EMC John Currie 4688 Anaheim CA DNF
KOH Sean Rose 914 Miamisburg OH DNF
KOH Brad Falin 457 Fernley NV DNF
KOH Brett Porter 4460 Colorado Springs CO DNF
KOH Bill Kreisel 407 Citrus Heights CA DNF
KOH Darren Henke 4441 Golden CO DNF
KOH TJ Flores 4471 Henderson NV DNF
KOH Bunny Rose 812 Frederick MD DNF
KOH Brent Goegebuer 4473 Corona CA DNF
KOH Axel Burmann 68 Antwerp BEL DNF
KOH Mike McClure 733 Ness City KS DNF
KOH Dustin Emick 85 Orangevale CA DNF
KOH Masanori Tsuda 51 Naira JPN DNF
KOH Mel Wade 4451 Long Beach CA DNF
KOH Eric Anderson 66 Apple Valley CA DNF
KOH Bill Baird 5252 Sturgis KY DNF
KOH Casey Beach 4484 Herriman UT DNF
KOH Aaron Robinson(William) 3006 Sparks NV DNF
KOH Matt Messer 17 Fresno CA DNF
KOH Andrew Hoit 4497 Fontana CA DNF
KOH Jason Carner 16 Birmingham Alberta DNF
KOH Jason Picket 4444 Ft. Collins CO DNF
KOH John Sweet 366 Union KY DNF
KOH Jose Mnuel Ponce 9009 Morelia MEX DNF
KOH Eric Brown 502 Las Vegas NV DNF
KOH Richie Carter 4474 Simi Valley CA DNF
LCQ Aaron Beckstead 1911 Clear Lake CA DNF
KOH JT Taylor 13 Fountain CO DNF
KOH BJ Allen 4426 Dallas TX DNF
LCQ Matt Moore 4436 Silver Spring MD DNF
LCQ Phil Pasciak 7 Minden NV DNF
LCQ Lance Hamilton 4442 Folsom CA DNF
KOH Doug Bigelow 4413 Emmitsburg MD DNF
KOH Jim Brown 104 Ukiah CA DNF
KOH Gary Ferravanti Sr 4446 Paso Robles CA DNF
LCQ Dustin Isenhour 4472 Northglenn CO DNF
LCQ Chad Wheeler 4423 Denver CO DNF
LCQ Greg Lundeen 701 Broomfield CO DNF
LCQ Tony Arledge 595 Austin TX DNF
LCQ Larry McRae 4581 Banning CA DNF
KOH Mike Colville 4418 Fenton MI DNF
LCQ Sam Stienman 97 Phoenix AZ DNF
LCQ Shawn Inman 187 Fredericksburg TX DNF
LCQ Paul Hoffman 4483 Victorville CA DNF
LCQ Nathan Unruh 63 Clovis CA DNF
KOH JT Stephens 4454 Little Rock AR DNF
LCQ Scott Morris 4492 Sunman IN DNF
LCQ Mike Nappi 4490 Idaho Springs CO DNF
LCQ Jeff Rector 4505 Rangely CO DNF
LCQ Joey Archuleta 127 Aurora CO DNF
LCQ Chris Hoyt 53 Castle Rock CO DNF
KOH Craig Ross 4138 Montrose CO DNF
KOH Kevin Sacalas 4435 Riverside CA DNF
LCQ Jason Fish 117 Louviers CO DNF
LCQ Rob Lynch 4463 Spokane WA DNF
KOH Gary Ferravanti Jr 4475 Paso Robles CA DNF
KOH Nick Nelson 4404 Las Vegas NV DNF
KOH Robby Gordon 77 Orange CA DNF
KOH Greg Adler 210 Manhattan Beach CA DNF
KOH Tony Pellegrino 4485 Simi Valley CA DNF
KOH Randy Slawson 4448 Colton CA DNF
KOH Nick Campbell 8 Gilbert AZ DNF
KOH Travis Carpenter 4405 Orangevale CA DNF
KOH Bill Phillips 4480 Whittier CA DNF | +30 | DNF+30
KOH Dean Bulloch 4411 Cedar City UT | DNF | +30 | DNF +30
KOH Andy Brown 4455 San Diego CA DNF | +30 | DNF +30
*Scoring error. Driver initially listed as finisher.

Source: Ultra4Racing.com