King of the Hammers

October 13th, 2009

kofhamJOHNSON VALLEY, CA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009: The 2010 running of the Griffin King of the Hammers race will take place on Friday February 12, 2010 in Johnson Valley, California at the legendary Hammers Trails.

King of the Hammers has grown into a weeklong event in 2010 which will offer even more opportunities for drivers and spectators alike. Plans are in the works to build on last years theme of off-road industry related workshops, meet and greets, vendor area and more. To completely experience the King of the Hammers this year plan on being in Johnson Valley from Monday February 8th through Saturday Night February 13th. A formal schedule of events will be released soon.The growth of the race has required Hammerking to expand the popular Last Chance Qualifier to a two-day format to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9th and 10th 2010.

Hammerking will limit the LCQ entry, but has made arrangements to accommodate as many teams as possible and will be expanding the mileage and increasing the difficulty of the LCQ. Entry for the Last Chance Qualifier opened on September 9th, and will close December 1, 2009. Registration forms can be found at Twenty main event spots have been reserved for the LCQ drivers with the possibility of more becoming available.

In just three years King of the Hammers has become the fastest growing form of motorsports racing. KOH combines the technical aspects of rock crawling with the endurance of off-road racing, with many participants calling it the most brutal one-day race on the planet. One hundred teams from across the globe will line up on February 12th for one of the off-road industry’s biggest adventure. Teams from Australia, Germany, Canada, and almost half of the United States have made their intent to race known. “The East Coast will have a stronger presence this year with a larger number of teams being able to pre-qualify,” said Dave Cole of Hammerking Productions.

With the addition of VisionX Lights as the official light sponsor of 2010 King of the Hammers, speculation has many believing that KOH will include night racing. Jeff Knoll of Hammerking Productions response stays consistent, “We do our best to keep the details of our race-course a secret until race week, but historically the race has become more and more difficult. We will continue the tradition of brutality that has become KOH. VisionX Lights coming onboard is great news for our sport, they are a company who’s product is well suited for this type of abuse.”

Hammerking Productions anticipates well over 15,000 in attendance over the course of the week. Feedback on the national coverage of the 2009 King of the Hammers event on Spike TV has been better than expected with interest spreading around the world. The media coverage from last year ranged from TV, Print, Web and Movie Production. This year there are plans to increase the coverage to an even larger scope.

Long time sponsor Raceline Wheels will return for 2010, and FOA has signed on as the official Shock of KOH. Title Sponsor Griffin Thermal Products has shown intent to return for 2010 as well as BFGoodrich Tires.
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There are currently 52 qualified drivers for the 2010 Griffin King of the Hammers
The remaining 48 spots will be filled in the coming months.

  1. Jeremy Toney Original 13
  2. Tracy Jordan Original 13
  3. Bart Dixon Original 13
  4. Hobie Smith Original 13
  5. Jack Graef Original 13
  6. John James Original 13
  7. John Reynolds Original 13
  8. Scott Ellinger Original 13
  9. Jt Taylor Original 13
  10. Brett Porter Original 13
  11. Chris Gieger Original 13
  12. Scott Porter Original13
  13. Jason Scherer 2009 KOH Top 20
  14. Casey Currie 2009 KOH Top 20
  15. Rick Mooneyham 2009 KOH Top 20
  16. JR Van Ortwick 2009 KOH Top 20
  17. Brad Lovell 2009 KOH Top 20
  18. Rob McKinney 2009 KOH Top 20
  19. Adam Woodley 2009 KOH Top20
  20. Joachim Schewiesow 2009 KOH Top 20
  21. Greg Hussey 2009 KOH Top 20
  22. Wayne Israelsen 2009 KOH Top 20
  23. Eric Holder 2009 KOH Top 20
  24. Tom Wayes 2009 KOH Top 20
  25. Stephen Watson 2009 KOH Top 20
  26. Buzz Bronsema 2009 KOH Top 20
  27. Jason Pickett 2009 KOH Top 20
  28. Jack Adams 2009 KOH Top 20
  29. Will Carter 2009 KOH Top 20
  30. Kevin Yoder 2009 KOH Top 20
  31. Clayton Walter Rausch Creek Qualifier
  32. Adam Carter Rausch Creek Qualifier
  33. Greg Stone Rausch Creek Qualifier
  34. Charlie Melchner Rausch Creek Qualifier
  35. Kim Sears Rausch Creek Qualifier
  36. Barry Beadle Rausch Creek Qualifier
  37. Doug Bigelow Rausch Creek Qualifier
  38. Eric Miller Rausch Creek Qualifier
  39. Lucas Murphy Rausch Creek Qualifier
  40. Rob Usnick Merit Based
  41. Shannon Campbell 2008 King of the Hammers
  42. Brett Jerome 4 Wheeler Magazine Winner
  43. Brian Shirley Lands End Qualifier
  44. Ray Mandell Lands End Qualifier
  45. Peter Wells Lands End Qualifier
  46. Roger Lovell Lands End Qualifier
  47. Levi Shirley Lands End Qualifier
  48. Kevin Sacalas V2R Qualifier
  49. Brandon Watson V2R Qualifier
  50. Ben Napier V2R Qualifier
  51. Dean Bulloch V2R Qualifier
  52. Nazir Adam Dave Cole Wild Card

Hammerking Productions, Inc. created the “King of the Hammers” off-road race in 2007 ( and released its first full-length film in 2008. The 2009 running of the King of the Hammers was featured on Spike TV and in the film “Second Crusade.” In 2009, Hammerking expanded race action to include four additional regional qualifiers for the 2010 race. Over 15,000 drivers and fans from around the globe will descend on the desert of Johnson Valley for over a week of off-road related activities February 9-13, 2010.
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