The drama around the King of the Hammers event this year was particularly heavy with the 1.5 hour Jackhammer backup. Winching was a must. Dependability was key. Rope lines were pulled everywhere. Time was of the essence. The leaders had already been through, but the remainder of the field piled up into one canyon and used a recovery tool as their only way out.
Other drivers used their winches at additional locations, including Bailey Campbell and Wayland Campbell, both of which are using the new ZEON Platinum winch that allowed for remote winching. “It made winching much easier,” said Ryan Miller. “I was able to pull the winch line and then engage it with the wireless remote instead of having to climb back down to the car. Bailey could focus on driving while I assisted from the top of the obstacle with the remote.” Wayland Campbell, son of two time King of the Hammers winner Shannon Campbell, would finish 4th.
The Warn Industries staff was on the lakebed all weekend supporting the racers and enthusiasts with products, service and stickers. The team had the new items introduced at SEMA on display, including the new Ford Super Duty Hubs, LED Lights, Spydura winch lines and of course the ZEON Platinum Winch.
WARN spokeswoman Jessi Combs spent a good portion of Wednesday at the WARN booth signing autographs and talking with fans. Her Spec Class Car Race ended short on Thursday after a roll.
WARN offered a contingency for drivers. WARN paid out $1000 to Modified Class Winner Brandon Currie, Spec Class Winner Luke Johnson and Nitto King of the Hammers second place finisher Erik Miller.
This year, the 9th running of the King of the Hammers had 140+ entries and only 17 finishers. Of the 17, 14 had a WARN winch including Erik Miller, Levi Shirley, Wayland Campbell, Derek West, Cody Waggoner, Jon Cagliero, Tony Pellegrino, Mike Colville, Kevin Sacalas, Jeff Russell, Rowdy Trubenbach, Jim Waggoner, Rob Kriby and Clay Gilstrap. If it is tough enough for them, shouldn’t it be tough enough for you? www.warn.com