Mitch Guthrie Dominates the Polaris RZR UTV King of the Hammers

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

unnamedFebruary 4, 2015 (Johnson Valley, CA) – Starting from 25th position should have been a huge disadvantage for five-time winner Mitch Guthrie and a great opportunity for some other drivers with hopes of winning.  However, despite the bad luck of being drawn near the back of the field, the ‘Winningest King’ attacked from the start and by Race Mile 24 had the leading Polaris of Branden Sims in his sights.

Between them coming out of Crowbar, the first rock climb, was Eric Miller who won King of the Hammers in 2012. Unfortunately, the former King’s race would end only half way around the first lap when the front axle broke.  The mechanics tried to repair the damage but his vehicle didn’t last much longer.

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That left Baja 1000 class winner Sims and Guthrie, with his son Mitch Junior in the co-driving seat to battle it out for the lead, swapping positions until the first time up Chocolate Thunder. Guthrie was ahead by about five minutes as Sims had stopped to change a wheel but a hard hit somewhere in Jackhammer must have broken the shaft as with only rear wheel drive he had to winch over the first rock. The marshals were shouting at him to hurry up and get out of the way, but they didn’t have to worry as the 2nd place Dean Bulloch came through approximately an hour and a half later.

With his only rival out, all Guthrie had to do was get his Polaris safely around one more lonely lap to complete the brutal 120-mile course and he duly went on to take his sixth crown.  That was just about it for finish ramp celebrations as the only other finisher in the Pro Class was Dean Bulloch 1:28 behind. Demonstrating just how tough the King of the Hammers race is, these were the only two pro finishers.

In the Sportsman Class, only one team made it around the course and tonight the Currie family have a new hero. Cody Currie, son of reigning EMC champion John, drove a Kawasaki Teryx 800 steadily with a snapped winch rope – the only problem they had all day. With his class win, Cody continues to carry on the Currie legacy at KOH.

PRO Class

POS Car# Driver Name Start Lap 1 Lap 2 Total Time
1 1 MITCH GUTHRIE 8:06:00 9:39:54 14:26:22 6:20:22
2 1909 DEAN BULLOCH 8:00:30 10:02:22 15:49:15 7:48:45
3 1965 JON CROWLEY 8:01:30 10:05:13 16:07:00 8:05:30
4 1295 CHAD HUGHES 8:04:30 10:01:36 16:44:00 8:39:30
DNF 2 CASEY CURRIE 8:02:30 10:58:39
DNF 12 TERRELL GAUNY 8:03:00 10:33:40
DNF 20 RICKEY BRINEY 8:06:30 10:07:25
DNF 77 SHANE CHIDDIX 8:08:00 10:08:59
DNF 313 TROY BIGELOW 8:00:00 10:00:44
DNF 669 BRIAN KING 8:04:30 9:53:53
DNF 1313 CJ BYNUM 8:07:30 10:23:00
DNF 1523 AARON CLARK 8:01:30 10:28:09
DNF 1913 BRANDEN SIMS 8:02:30 9:38:30
DNF 1916 CODY NYGREN 8:05:00 11:14:07
DNF 1919 BLAKE VAN DE LOO 8:08:00 9:49:29
DNF 1920 JOHN DUCKWORTH 8:02:00 9:53:13
DNF 1923 TODD ROMANO 8:00:00 10:15:08
DNF 1929 LANSE CHOURNOS 8:05:30 10:06:12
DNF 1933 RYAN BERGAMINI 8:05:00 10:25:11
DNF 1939 MATT HAMILTON 8:08:30 10:13:55
DNF 1948 DARELD LUSHER 8:00:30 10:11:16
DNF 1950 BURT JENNER 8:03:30 10:02:05
DNF 1951 MELVIN WADE, IV 8:03:30 11:09:52
DNF 1956 HEATH FRAZIER 8:07:00 9:58:45
DNF 1958 ANDREW GORMAN 8:04:00 10:46:46
DNF 1963 FRANK BUSHMAN 8:04:00 10:15:55
DNF 1973 JOEY HYER 8:05:30 12:07:09
DNF 1991 EVAN ENGELHARDT 8:06:30 10:36:27
DNF 1994 BC VAUGHT 8:02:00 10:15:16
DNF 4421 ERIK MILLER 8:03:00 9:43:39
DNF 5252 BILL BAIRD 8:07:00 10:09:03
DNF 1224 MATT DOW 8:01:00 DNF
DNF 1949 BRUCE JENNER 8:07:30 DNF DNF DNF
DNF 1961 CHRIS BARNETT 8:01:00 DNF DNF DNF

Amateur Class 

POS Car# Driver Name Start Lap 1 Lap 2 Total Time
1 22 CODY CURRIE 8:10:30 10:07:06 15:37:34 7:27:04
DNF 17 CHRIS LEATHERS 8:13:00 10:20:57
DNF 32 IVAN KLEIN 8:09:00 DNF
DNF 727 CLINT SCRUGGS 8:12:30 10:44:28
DNF 918 JASON MERRELL 8:13:00 10:43:46
DNF 970 BRIAN FISHER 8:09:30 10:20:17
DNF 981 BRAD WITBECK 8:10:30 10:28:03
DNF 1915 BRIAN HOGUE 8:11:00 10:20:52
DNF 1928 FRED BRAYTON 8:12:00 12:04:54
DNF 1972 CHRIS CHAPMAN 8:09:00 10:11:23
DNF 1975 MICHAEL NAPP 8:11:30 10:32:37
DNF 1980 JOHN CIANCI 8:12:00 11:25:18
DNF 1982 MATTHEW GREGG 8:09:30 10:27:17
DNF 6148 JONATHAN DAWES 8:12:30 10:43:49
DNF 7212 BRETT SNYDER 8:11:00 11:47:00
DNF 1927 DAVID R HARVICK DNS DNS DNS DNS
DNF 1976 JOHN NEIBOLD DNS DNS DNS DNS

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