King Healy Clinches Nitto National Championship

October 27th, 2014, RENO, NV:  2014 King of The Hammers     winner, Loren Healy continued his winning streak at the Nitto Tire National     Championship presented by 4 Wheel Parts held at the Wild West Motorsports     Park in Reno, NV on October 18th. The 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,     three 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.

Photo by Thom Kingston of Spidertrax

Off-RoadGoing 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 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 at www.ultra4racing.com

 

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

Nitto Championship     Race Results

(see below for     Championship 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 National     Championship Series Results

 

 

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

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