There are many different types of competitions out there, but rarely are they for vehicles. Well, one of these competitions is taking place soon in the United States, where the UTV division of the Polaris RZR is taking on the race track in hopes to take the coveted title of the “King of the Hammers.” This will be the first time in history that this random off-road vehicle division will be competing against four-wheelers.
We are currently competing in races against other tough competitors, but we are sure we will be able to come out on top.
The KING OF THE HAMMERS UTV RACE will be held on the 20th of January 2018 at the beautiful Bowling Green Lake in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
UTV RACE KING OF THE HAMMERS
There have been famous events in the off-road racing world for decades, including as the Baja 1000, the Mint 400, and the Dakar Rally, and in the past decade, the Can-Am King of the Hammers UTV race sponsored by Progressive Insurance has joined that list. The King of the Hammers UTV race, on the other hand, was not the most difficult this year. A desert race was conducted under the KOH banner in Johnson Valley, California, five days before the renowned rock race, pitting UTVs against Class 10 buggies over 311 miles of rugged California desert. This event proved to be considerably more difficult and longer than King of the Hammers, but not quite as difficult as a Baja 500 or 1000. Are the organizers losing their cool? Have the sponsors intervened, requesting that the organizers make the route simpler or faster? We believe the issue is that the promoters are not aware of how quickly the drivers and equipment are developing.
Kyle Chaney may be new to the rocks, but he isn’t new to racing or winning. In the desert, too, the former GNCC racer and short-track champion is proving himself. During the 2021 KOH, he won both the rock and desert events. Chaney also competed in the 4400 Truck class, finishing 11th that day. There is little doubt that the UTV class has a new king.
Kyle Chaney drove his Can-Am Maverick X3 to the front of both races this year and won convincingly. Kyle didn’t beat the Class 10s on Saturday, but he did defeat his Can-Am colleague Phil Blurton and win by more than 15 minutes. The only other UTV to complete the desert section of the 2021 KOH was Blurton. Five Class 10 vehicles did win the $50,000 prize for finishing the seven-hour, 311-mile race quicker than the UTVs.
Ronnie Anderson had a strong race, finishing fourth overall and as the class’s top RZR. He had his elder brother RJ guiding him through the desert part of the event.
Half of the roughly 100 participants in the rock race completed the two-loop (one desert/one rock) course. Chaney finished ahead of other short-course competitors Cody Miller and Phil Blurton in under 4 hours and 11 minutes. For the second year in a row, the podium was all Can-Am. Ronnie Anderson, a Polaris driver, was in fourth place, 20 minutes back. CJ Greaves, driving the top Yamaha, finished 11th, slightly ahead of Anthony Yount, on a single-seat Polaris RZR RS1. Yount was one of three single-seat drivers competing in the event, which was formerly known for forcing competitors to exit their cars and winch. Bailey Cole finished 17th in the Honda Talon with the best result. Bailey says he never had to use his Warn winch even that far back in the race. This demonstrates that the UTV class is becoming too comfortable in the race. In any case, it’s a must-race or-spectate event. This year, it was not the most difficult one-day race.
Mitch Guthrie Jr. arrived barely in time for KOH after competing in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia. He finished 14th, same like in Dakar, due to bad luck.
RESULTS OF THE KOH TOYO DESERT CHALLENGE
Kyle Chaney in a Can-Am X3
2. Can-Am X3 Phil Blurton
3. Polaris RZR XP Kaden Wells
4. Can-Am X3 Travis Zollinger
Dean Wheeler owns a Polaris RZR XP.
RESULTS OF THE CAN-AM KING OF THE HAMMERS
Kyle Chaney in a Can-Am X3
2. Can-Am X3 Cody Miller
3. Can-Am X3 Phil Blurton
4. Ronnie Anderson RZR Pro XP Polaris
5. Can-AM X3 Jay Shaw
6. Polaris RZR Pro XP Jacob Versey
Mitch Guthrie Jr, Polaris RZR Pro XP, 7th place
Trey McKinlay, Polaris RZR S, No. 8
Polaris RZR XP 9. Jason Scherer
10. Polaris RZR Turbo S by Cole Clark
Yamaha YXZ1000R, CJ Greaves
12. Polaris RZR RS1 by Anthony Yount
Shannon Campbell with her Polaris RZR XP
Polaris RZR Pro XP 14. Mitch Guthrie
15. Polaris RZR XP Loren Healy
https://utvactionmag.com/custom-king-of-the-hammers-rzr-xp-turbo/ See UTV Action’s article on what goes into a King of the Hammers UTV here: https://utvactionmag.com/custom-king-of-the-hammers-rzr-xp-turbo/
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Frequently Asked Questions
What UTV won King of the Hammers?
The UTV that won King of the Hammers was a Polaris RZR.
How long is the King of the Hammers UTV race?
The King of the Hammers UTV race is a grueling, 24 hour off-road endurance race in which racers must navigate through rugged terrain and over obstacles.
Is King of the Hammers happening in 2021?
King of the Hammers is a professional off-road truck racing competition that takes place in the United States. The event is held annually in January, and it will be taking place in 2021.
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