Two Former Kings Win Top Awards at Nitto National Championship

September 29th, 2013,  CONGRESS, AZ:  With less than 300 points separating the top ten drivers in the ULTRA4 series, there was a lot riding on last weekend’s Nitto Tire National Championship held at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, AZ.  All top 10 drivers in series points along with 38 additional ULTRA4 cars were on hand to compete not only for the race win, but also for the series championship.

At the end of the day, two former Kings again stood atop the podiums.  2009 King of The Hammers, Jason Scherer, won the race while the only two- time King of the Hammers, Shannon Campbell, came in 11 minutes behind him in 8th place, earning enough points to secure the 2013 Nitto Tire National Championship.

Drivers had to complete five laps of a sixteen mile desert course designed for ULTRA4 cars. The course was filled with open desert and plenty of tight, technical rock sections. Shannon Campbell started the race in the pole position, while Scherer started 12th. Starting order was determined by series points with drivers starting one every 30 seconds.  The first three off the line were Campbell, followed by 2010 King of The Hammers, Loren Healy, and then Campbell’s 17 year old son, Wayland Campbell who was only 77 points behind his father going into Saturday’s race.

Wayland Campbell was the first to take the checkered flag with Nitto drivers Jason Scherer and Rick Mooneyham making their way up from the middle of the pack. On corrected time, Jason Scherer would finish nearly three minutes ahead of Wayland with Rick Mooneyham less than 25 seconds behind him. Scherer was penalized 20 seconds for missing an obstacle on course making the gap between 1st and 2nd less than 5 seconds.

Ten cars equally divided between Pro Comp Stock Class and Rubicon Express Modified Class competed last weekend.  Arizona driver Alan Johnson, won the Mod class with Shawn Rants taking 2nd place. In the Stock class, Matthew Peterson won the race in the only stock vehicle to finish the 2013 Smittybilt Every Man Challenge.  Richard Gauthier came in 2nd in the stock class and earned enough points to clinch the Stock Class National Championship. Despite suffering technical difficulties at Saturday’s race, Mod driver, Wayne Hartwig, earned enough points throughout the season to retain his lead and won the National Championship for the Mod class.

Several other awards were given including ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Partner of the Year.  Sportsman of the Year was voted on by ULTRA4 Drivers and this year Shannon Campbell won by an overwhelming majority.

Jake Hallenbeck won the Dynomax Rookie of the Year for his breakout 2013 season. This was Jake’s first year with ULTRA4 Racing and he finished 6th in the series.

Partner of the year went to Thom Kingston of Spidertrax for his continuous support of the series which included helping Levi Shirley compete in Europe and his excellent work photographing and promoting every 2013 ULTRA4 Race.

The full list of Results for the season are below:

4400s
Car Driver Name KOH Penalties Total Time Points

1

76

Jason Scherer

20 sec

2:38:11.90

1000

2

554

Rick Mooneyham

2:38:15.92

973

3

407

Wayland Campbell

2:41:34.02

961

4

966

Jason Blanton

2:43:01.92

955

5

4420

Derek West

2:44:38.83

949

6

5252

Bill Baird

2:45:42.93

945

7

26

Clay Gilstrap

2:47:39.96

937

8

5

Shannon Campbell

2:49:55.02

929

9

53

Chris Hoyt

2:51:34.20

922

10

524

Mark Danzo

2:51:39.60

922

11

4414

Jason Shipman

2:52:08.63

920

12

4775

Jake Hallenbeck

2:52:38.80

918

13

4421

Erik Miller

2:54:44.00

910

14

4427

Jeff Russell

2:57:53.85

898

15

4481

Alex Hardaway

3:04:33.21

873

16

4468

John Webb

yes

3:16:27.22

827

17

4440

Travis Cook

3:18:05.81

821

18

777

John Brock

yes

3:20:11.65

813

19

4441

Darren Henke

3:21:58.81

806

20

75

Scott Foley

yes

3:22:44.13

803

21

4494

Chris Garrison

yes

3:23:47.49

799

22

62

James Evans

yes

3:26:57.33

787

23

6148

Jonathan Dawes

yes

3:30:16.00

774

24

929

Mike Feagins

3:35:09.43

755

25

602

Airen Patrick

yes

3:42:18.53

728

26

97

Jeremy Hammer

yes

3:47:28.00

708

27

840

Travis Leach

yes

4:16:30.20

597

28

74

Matthew Rager

4:17:27.31

593

29

4486

Marcos Gomez

4:26:55.19

557

30

890

Jonathan Terhune

4:43:25.39

494

31

4437

Dustin Sexton

yes

5:40:47.04

274

DNF

67

Loren Healy DNF

120

DNF

4435

Kevin Sacalas DNF

100

DNF

4482

JP Gomez DNF

180

DNF

4493

Andrew McLaughlin DNF

100

DNF

775

Robert Daly DNF

100

DNF

4407

Randy Rodd DNF

100

DNF

7779

Kenneth Goodall DNF

180

 

Stock Race Results
Matt Peterson

1000

Richard Gauthier

966

Mel Wade

880

Bailey Cole

844

Kevin Adler

836

Mod Race Results
Alan Johnson

1000

Shawn Rants

441

 

Sportsman of the year
Shannon Campbell
Rookie of the year
Jake Hallenbeck
Partner of the year
Spidertrax

 

4400 Championship Points

Car Number Driver Name Champ Points

1

5

Shannon Campbell

3837

2

407

Wayland Campbell

3793

3

966

Jason Blanton

3765

4

4420

Derek West

3698

5

26

Clay Gilstrap

3684

6

4775

Jake Hallenbeck

3679

7

4427

Jeff Russell

3670

8

4421

Erik Miller

3556

9

76

Jason Scherer

3484

10

4481

Alex Hardaway

3387

11

67

Loren Healy

3018

12

4486

Marcos Gomez

2971

13

524

Mark Danzo

2912

14

4435

Kevin Sacalas

2840

15

4441

Darren Henke

2638

16

4440

Travis Cook

2637

17

554

Rick Mooneyham

2373

18

4414

Jason Shipman

2338

19

4482

JP Gomez

2311

20

890

Jonathan Terhune

2027

21

74

Matthew Rager

1875

22

929

Mike Feagins

1830

23

602

Airen Patrick

1571

24

4493

Andrew McLaughlin

1429

25

5252

Bill Baird

1405

26

53

Chris Hoyt

1404

27

4468

John Webb

1197

28

775

Robert Daly

1162

29

62

James Evans

1115

30

4494

Chris Garrison

999

31

777

John Brock

913

32

75

Scott Foley

903

33

4407

Randy Rodd

865

34

6148

Jonathan Dawes

774

35

97

Jeremy Hammer

708

36

840

Travis Leach

597

37

4437

Dustin Sexton

505

38

7779

Kenneth Goodall

180

 

Stock Series Championship
Richard Gauthier

3791

Kevin Adler

3467

Bailey Cole

3292

Mod Series Championship
Wayne Hartwig

2730

Shawn Rants

1981

Paul Bickerton

1133

 West Coast 4400 Series Champion
Wayland Campbell

2830

Jason Blanton

2810

Jeff Russell

2772

Hallenbeck

2761

Sacalas

2740

East Coast 4400 Series Champion
Derek West

2749

Shannon Campbell

2551

Erik Miller

1947

Gilstrap

1794

Terhune

1523

 

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