Randy Slawson Wins 2013 King of the Hammers
Ninth-Place Qualifier Takes Top Overall Spot
One of the most grueling and technical off-road competitions, the 2013 King of the Hammers continued the competition's reputation for being challenging. And in this year's competition, placement in the qualifying rounds was not necessarily indicative of the final results, with the exception of Shannon Campbell, who took second place in qualifying and second place overall. Randy Slawson, who came in ninth in qualifying in the Last Chance Qualifier class, took the overall victory with an elapsed time of 7:28:10.
The 182-mile race consists of three laps, with the first consisting of a high-speed open desert course, and the last two of the technical Hammers rock-crawling trails. The attrition rate during the competition was significant, with only 27 out of 129 competitors finishing the race. Slawson's unusual strategy of taking on the 10-foot Backdoor Trail vertical rock wall on his second lap paid off, whereas most competitors don't tackle the challenge until the last lap.
Off-Road superstar Robby Gordon came in fourth in qualifying, but got a DNF in the final results. First-place qualifier Jason Scherer came in 21st overall with a time of 13:33:07.
In addition to the professional competitors, the King of the Hammers competition includes an Every Man Challenge class for stock and modified vehicles, as well as UTVs. Taking first place in the 4600-series Stock Class was Matt Peterson in a stock Jeep Grand Cherokee. First-place in the 4500 Stock Modified Class was John Currie in a V-8-powered Jeep Wrangler. Jim Marsden of the UK took the first-place time in his Land Rover, but was penalized for competition-spec tires and a non-compliant steering system. Vehicles in the 4600 Class must run 37-inch DOT-approved tires.
Peterson was the only competitor in his class to successfully complete the race, and of the 33 entries in the 4500 Class, only five finished. In the UTV Every Man competition, only Jon Crowley and Matt Enochs finished in a field of 35 vehicles.
Source: Ultra4 Racing
|2013 King of the Hammers Qualifying|
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|2013 King of the Hammers Final Results|
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