King Healy Clinches Nitto National Championship

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October 24th, 2014, RENO, NV:  2014 King of The Hammers winner, Loren Healy continued his winning streak at last weekend's Nitto Tire National Championship presented by 4 Wheel Parts held at the Wild West Motorsports Park in Reno, NV. Saturday's event featured 106 ULTRA4 teams competing in front of more than 5200 spectators at the first ever ULTRA4 race held at the park.  The Nitto National Champion is determined by the driver with the most points after competing in King of The Hammers, 3 Regional ULTRA4 Races, and the season ending Nitto Championship Race. With Healy's win on Saturday he successfully won all five races and ended the season with a perfect score of 5000 points.

Going into last weekend's event, less than 300 points separated Healy from Reno's own Jake Hallenbeck, who's been consistently on the podium all season long. Since the debut of his car  in July at Glen Helen, Healy has been undefeated.  The question going into last weekend's race was if the substantial rock obstacles added to the track for the ULTRA4s at Wild West Motorsports Park would prove a challenge for Healy. After laying down the 2nd fastest qualifying time on Friday, it was clear to everyone that Healy was going to be tough to beat.

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When the green flag dropped for the main on Saturday, it was two-time King of The Hammers winner, Shannon Campbell that ultimately gave Healy a run for his money. The two drivers raced side-by-side, nearly identical laps with the crowds watching in awe. That is, until Campbell went for the pass on a long downhill straight-away and caught a boulder at the bottom sending him into a roll, allowing Healy to clinch the lead. By mid-race, 2012 KOH Winner, Erik Miller was gaining on Healy, and this year's ULTRA4 European champion, Levi Shirley had made his way from a last place LCQ starting position up to the front of the pack. As the checkered flag dropped, Healy clinched the win followed closely by Miller with Shirley completing the podium.

All five limited classes also raced for Championship titles this weekend as well. In the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified class after a battle all season between 88 John Currie and 4580 Jordan Townsend, it would be Currie who clinched the win and the 4500 Nitto National Championship Title for the 4500s. In the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, 4608 Matt Peterson took the win in Reno, however, with two regional wins and a 2nd place in Reno, it was 4612 Ben Varozza earned the title of 4600 Nitto National Champion. For the 4700 Spec Class, UK native Rob Butler took the win in Reno, but 4703 driver Jessi Combs secured the Championship by a landslide with her multiple podiums all season long.  In the new 4800 Legends class it was newcomer 4881 Ernie Hardaway who won the race, however, veteran ULTRA4 driver Dave Schneider in his 4871 Legends car went home with the National Championship. In the UTV Class it was Darren Mitchell who came through and won the race in the #3 UTV. A tight UTV National Championship point race between Off Road Evolution's Mel Wade IV and Brian Hogue saw Wade narrowly beating Hogue to claim his first ever National Championship before the age of 16.

Several other awards were given out at the banquet on Saturday night which was attended by more than 500 people at the Atlantis Casino. Nitto Tire paid for every driver and co-drivers dinner and Currie Enterprises bought each driver and co-driver their first drink. The ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year award was given to Levi Shirley. This was Shirley's 2nd time being voted Sportsman of the Year by his peers for his professionalism both on and off the race course. The 2014 Rookie of the Year award went to Car #54 Mike Bou for his consistent finishes throughout the entire season in his first year of racing.

The 2015 ULTRA4 Series will begin with KOH Week 2015. Hammertown opens on January 30th, 2015. The week will include King of the Motos, the Polaris KOH UTV Race, the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race, and the 9th annual Nitto King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015 in Johnson Valley, CA. Registration for all races is available online atwww.ultra4racing.com

The final results for the race are below followed by the results for the National Championship.

Nitto Nationals Race Results

4400 Unlimited Class
Place First Last Car# Laps Time Behind
1 LOREN HEALY 67 7 00:00.0
2 ERIK MILLER 4421 7 00:12.5
3 LEVI SHIRLEY 81 7 01:48.8
4 TOM WAYES 321 7 02:28.6
5 WAYLAND CAMPBELL 3 7 03:00.4
6 MIKE COLVILLE 4418 7 03:11.6
7 CLAY GILSTRAP 26 6
8 JAKE HALLENBECK 4775 6
9 PAUL HORSCHEL 19 6
10 DOUG EVANS 4457 6
11 BILL BAIRD 5252 6
12 BRIAN CAPRARA 9901 5
13 BEN SWAIN 36 5
14 CHRIS GARRISON 4494 5
15 ROD KAVEN 833 4
16 JASON ONEAL 101 4
17 RAUL GOMEZ 4483 3
18 SHANNON CAMPBELL 5 2
19 JASON SCHERER 76 2
20 GREG ADLER 210 1
21 RICK WATERBURY 444 1
DNF BRENDON THOMPSON 5150 0
DNF JASON BLANTON 966 0
DNF JESSE HAINES 4499 0
DNF GARY FERRAVANTI SR 44 0
DNF MATT RAGER 74 0
4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class
Place First Last Car# Tot Lap Tot. Time
1 JOHN CURRIE 88 11 56:10.0
2 DOUG FALONI 713 10 57:41.3
3 JORDAN TOWNSEND 4580 9 34:28.5
4 MIKE BEDWELL 4540 9 01:59.7
5 STEVE LOPEZ 4508 8 59:13.8
6 MORGAN DERODEFF 4518 7 57:15.6
7 JUSTIN HALL 13 6 26:07.0
8 SHAWN RANTS 4531 5 21:30.0
9 KEITH ULINGER 4554 3 39:15.9
10 JIMMY JACK 63 1 11:54.5
4600 Pro Comp Stock Class
Place First Last Car# Tot Laps Tot Time
1 MATTHEW PETERSON 4608 10 26:16.5
2 BEN VAROZZA 4612 10 27:00.4
3 MEL WADE III 4651 9 26:35.1
4 KEVIN ADLER 4602 9 26:53.5
5 BRIAN CALHOUN 488 9 31:09.2
6 SEAN MCNAMARA 4696 8 25:21.8
7 JUSTIN REECE 4619 8 28:06.8
8 BRET SCHEIDING 4621 7 21:20.1
9 BAILEY COLE 4654 6 23:44.4
10 BRIAN BEHREND 4648 5 18:28.1
11 CODY FOLSOM 4670 5 29:38.3
4700 Spec Class
Place First Last Car # Tot Laps Tot Time
1 ROB BUTLER 4704 11 55:51.7
2 Axel BURMANN 4705 10 57:29.0
3 JESSI COMBS 4703 9 53:55.4
4 JIM MARSDEN 4706 9 55:29.0
4800 Legends Class
Place First Last Car # Tot. Laps Tot. Time
1 ERNIE HARDAWAY 4881 9 53:18.2
2 JADE WICKHAM 4823 9 54:04.4
3 JIM BROWN 104 8 25:17.0
4 RORY ROMERO 4813 7 52:58.7
5 DAVE SCHNEIDER 4871 6 25:07.2
6 RICHARD FENTON 4852 5 40:04.0
7 ROSS GLAVE 4802 4 31:43.0
8 SEAN LEONARDINI 4824 4 33:39.7
9 KURTIS HARRYMAN 4829 4 35:57.9
10 MIKE ORTEGA 4458 0 00:00.0
UTV Sportsman
Main First Name Last Name Car # tot laps tot time
1 DARREN MITCHELL 3 12 09:05.2
2 ANDREW GORMAN 1958 11 09:34.7
3 BRIAN HOGUE 1915 10 10:04.0
4 Melvin WADE IV 1951 9 08:00.6
5 PHILLIP CAGLIERO 21 8 02:58.8
Nitto Tire National Series Champions 
2014 ULTRA4 Sportsman of the Year
#81 Levi Shirley
2014 ULTRA4 Rookie of the Year
#54 Mike Bou
4400 - ULTRA4 Unlimited Class
1 LOREN HEALY 67
2 JAKE HALLENBECK 4775
3 TOM WAYES 321
4 WAYLAND CAMPBELL 3
5 BILL BAIRD 5252
6 ERIK MILLER 4421
7 LEVI SHIRLEY 81
8 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN 4493
9 SHANNON CAMPBELL 5
10 JASON BLANTON 966
4500 - Mod Class
1 JOHN CURRIE 88
2 JORDAN TOWNSEND 4580
3 DOUG FALONI 713
4600 - Stock Class
1 BEN VAROZZA 3562
2 MEL WADE III 3480
3 SEAN McNAMARA 3308
4700 - Spec Class
1 JESSI COMBS 4703
2 WES AGEE 4706x
2 JEFF RECTOR 4704x
2 ROB BUTLER 4704X
4800 - Legends Class
1 DAVE SCHNEIDER 4871
2 RICHARD FENTON 4852
3 JIM BROWN 104
UTV Sportsman
1 MEL WADE IV 1951
2 BRIAN HOGUE 1915
3 ANDREW GORMAN 1958