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Ultra4s Dominate the Desert at Silver State 300

April 30, 2011- Las Vegas, NV: From grocery-getting Expeditions to monstrous blue-tubed buggies, it was hard to miss the unlimited 4-wheel drive class known as Ultra4 at last weekend’s Best in the Desert Silver State 300. The Ultra4 class, identifiable by their 4400 numbers, proved once again that they can hold their own in the desert:  They were both the largest class at the start line and the largest class to cross the finish line at Saturday’s 300 mile high-speed race through Nevada’s scenic back country. The drivers had weather on their side as cool temperatures kept overheating issues at bay and windy conditions made passing easier on a course that is already known to be a smooth, fast course well suited for many of the Ultra4 cars.

The twice-crowned King of the Hammers, Shannon Campbell, claimed the top of the podium for the Ultra4s with a blisteringly fast speed. Not only did Campbell finish in front of 5 of the 8 classes that started before him, he also finished a full 30 minutes ahead of the next 4400 car, Team GenRight's Tony Pellegrino . As Ultra4 fans will remember, Campbell and Pellegrino finished 1st and 2nd at this year’s King of the Hammers, and initially Silver State 300 looked to be a repeat performance for both drivers. However, on corrected time, 2nd place went to Gary Ferravanti, Jr., the son of Gary Ferravanti, Sr., who placed 6th in this year's King of the Hammers.  Tony Pellegrino claimed a close 3rd place finish and Jt Taylor with no brakes for 200 miles would come from the back finishing 4th.

Silver State 300 was the 2nd race in the 2011 Ultra4 series, and with back-to-back podium finishes for both Campbell and Pellegrino, they will be a hard pair to beat as the series makes its way to Pennsylvania next month for the Rausch Creek Qualifier.

Silver State 300 was also significant to many Ultra4 teams as it was the 1st qualifier for the 2012 King of the Hammers.  Hammerking Productions, the organization responsible for Ultra4 and King of the Hammers, guaranteed that the top 10 Ultra4 drivers would automatically qualify for the 2012 KOH. However, in the event that 6 or more drivers in the top 10 were already qualified, Hammerking guaranteed that a minimum of 5 non-qualified drivers would earn a spot in next year’s race. 
As luck would have it, 6 of the 10 drivers across the finish line last weekend were already qualified, which meant the top 5 non-qualified drivers included those outside of the top 10.  Congratulations to the 5 Ultra4 drivers that are now qualified for the 2012 King of the Hammers:  Gary Ferravanti, Jr., Casey Beach, Alex Hardaway, Jesse Haines and Richie Carter.

For those wishing to learn more about Ultra4, King of the Hammers or follow the 2011 Ultra4 series, be sure to check out Ultra4 racing’s web site: and become a fan of the Ultra4 facebook page:  The next Ultra4 Series race will be held May 21st at the Rausch Creek Off Road Park in Pennsylvania.


Official Ultra4 Results for 2011 Silver State 300:

Shannon Campbell* 4495 5:59:50
Gary Ferravanti Jr** 4446x 6:38:07
Tony Pellegrino* 4485 6:50:53
Jt Taylor* 4413 6:58:23
Dean Bulloch* 4411 6:59:16
Casey Beach** 4484 7:11:17
Loren Healy* 4428 7:12:51
Alex Hardaway** 4481 7:16:09
Jesse Haines** 4499 7:16:57
Bill Phillips* 4480 7:33:27
Todd McCullen* 4422 7:37:38
Roger Lovell* 4432 7:38:17
Richie Carter** 4474 7:59:25
Rick Mooneyham 4455 8:10:48
Dave Schneider 4401 8:34:31
Dave Moore 4440 8:52:38
JT Stephens 4454 9:00:43
Derek West 4420 9:06:55
Chris Garrison 4494 9:46:35
Daren Henke 4441 10:39:00
Mike Dora 4409 11:05:06
Ben Napier* 4461 DNF
Zach Steele 4418 DNF
Casey Trujillo 4412 DNF
Barry Beadle 4452 DNF
Travis Carpenter 4405 DNF
JR Van Ortwick 4466 DNF
Kevin Stearns 4402 DNF
Curtis Warner 4410 DNF
Kevin Sacalas 4435 DNF
Scott Morris 4492 DNF
Rob Lynch 4463 DNF


* Ultra4 drivers qualified for 2012 King of the Hammers prior to Silver State 300

**Ultra4 drivers qualified for 2012 King of the Hammers at Silver State 300

Ultra4 Racing is part of Hammerking Productions, Inc., creators of the “King of the Hammers” race termed, “the hardest one day off-road race in the world.” The Ultra4 series now includes six races, fived produced by Hammerking Productions. The 2011 Griffin King of the Hammers was the 5th event with over 150 drivers and 15,000 fans from around the globe in the desert of Johnson Valley.  Hammerking Productions has produced three full length feature films and multiple TV episodes around King of the Hammers.  For more information on Ultra4 Racing please visit or become a fan on facebook at