By Fredy Ramirez, Jay Carpio, and Carr Winn
From the moment the main gates opened for 2022 KOH on January 27, until February 5, when the last 4400 rig pulled back into Hammertown, there was non-stop music, vendors showing off new products and racing...lots and lots of racing.
One of the newest categories for drivers to tackle is the UTV competition, and more than 130 drivers lit out of Hammertown on February 3. The SEMA News team captured the moment Kyle Chaney took the checkered flag on the 2022 CAN-AM UTV Hammers Championship. Here’s a look at some highlights.
Next up was the 2022 4WP Everyman Challenge and in the Spidertrax 4600 Stock Class, Ford Performance drove three Broncos up to the podium. Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Loren Healy combined to take first place with Brad Lovell/Roger Lovell and Bailey Cole/Jason Scherer joining the group, completing a clean sweep in the class for Ford Performance. Here’s a look at the action on the course, and back in Hammertown.
Finally on Saturday, February 5, it was time for the 2022 Nitto Race of Kings. According to a Nitto press release, the King of the Hammers race is extremely hard on both drivers and equipment. This year Team Nitto Tires driver Raul Gomez was the first to the checkered flag taking the win by over 15 minutes ahead of the nearest competitor.
“We came out this year looking for a win- brought out a new car, did some testing and tuning, and got it dialed in for the race,” said Raul Gomez, pilot of the #83 Unlimited 4400 car. “One of the greatest things about working with Nitto for about five years now, is the confidence I have with their product and knowing I wouldn’t have any issues.”
Here’s some of the action from the Race of Kings, and an interview with Raul Gomez.
For more information about the 2022 Progressive King of the Hammers, presented by Optima Batteries, visit www.Ultra4Racing.com.