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Mitch Guthrie Wins Fifth King of the Hammers

Mitch Guthrie
 

Minneapolis, Feb 10, 2014 – The King of the Hammers (KOH) is known as the toughest off-road race in the world, and last year’s 115-mile course was known as the most-difficult course ever. So much so that Race Organizer, Dave Cole, kept the same course that only three UTVs, all being RZRs, finished last year. Polaris Factory Racers Mitch Guthrie and his co-driver Mitch Guthrie Jr., who has won four KOH races and took second once, would line up in their Magnum Off-Road RZR XP 1000, and Jon Crowley and Blake Van de Loo, in their Jagged X-supported RZR XP 1000. When the dust settled, Guthrie would take his fifth King of the Hammers Pro Class win proving nobody beats “The King.”

Twenty-Six Pro UTVs took the line on Wednesday morning to try to conquer The Hammer. Branden Sims, in his RZR, would take the early lead with the rest of the field in hot pursuit. Van de Loo was in first place Pit one, but was hampered by an intermittent GPS that sent him off-course. By the end of lap 1, Guthrie would have the lead but would lose it due to a steering issue that needed repair. Guthrie’s racing prowess and ability to tame the nasty rock sections of the race saw him, once again, come away the Pro Class winner with Sims following in second. Crowley and Van de Loo, impaired by a radiator problem that cost them valuable time, would also finish the race. John Duckworth, also in a RZR XP 900, would take the Sportsman Class.

King of the Hammers UTV Race Results:

 
Pro Class
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
UTV PRO
Mitch Guthrie
1
04:33.2
8:00:30
13:00:43
5:00:13
2
UTV PRO
Branden Sims
1913
04:10.8
8:00:00
13:12:45
5:08:27
3
UTV PRO
Casey Currie
2
06:14.8
8:03:00
13:40:29
5:34:27
4
UTV PRO
Matt Enochs
1924
04:57.4
8:01:30
14:24:07
6:20:19
5
UTV PRO
Blake Van de Loo
1919
05:09.1
8:02:00
15:53:29
7:49:10
6
UTV PRO
Bill Barnett
1948
06:58.2
8:03:30
16:16:06
8:09:44
7
UTV PRO
Wesley Gryner
7
04:59.5
8:02:00
16:23:54
8:19:22
 
UTV PRO
 
DEAN BULLOCH
1909
04:11.7
8:00:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Chris Barnett
1961
04:34.2
8:00:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Matt Dow
1224
04:46.0
8:01:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
BRIAN C BUSH
1911
04:53.0
8:01:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Brandon Sinclair
23
04:53.9
8:01:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Cody Nygren
1916
05:12.1
8:02:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Joseph Chavez
1912
06:07.5
8:02:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Rob Usnick
1999
06:07.5
8:03:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Wyatt Casper
1946
06:15.6
8:03:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Matthew Hamilton
1949
07:17.6
8:04:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Brian Braun
16
DNF
8:04:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Troy Bigelow
313
DNF
8:04:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Jason Murray
1917
DNS
8:04:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Lanse Chournos
1929
DNS
8:05:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Arnold Parris
1959
DNS
8:05:00
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Darryl Dunlap
1921
DNS
8:05:30
 
DNF
 
UTV PRO
Fred Stanford
17
DNS
8:05:30
 
DNF
 
 
Sportsman Class
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
UTV SPORT
John Duckworth
1920
N/A
8:08:00
12:46:08
4:35:24
2
UTV SPORT
Cody Currie
22
N/A
8:08:30
12:58:05
4:47:13
3
UTV SPORT
Scott Barnett
1907
N/A
8:06:00
14:26:45
6:17:32
 
UTV SPORT
Mel Wade, IV
1951
N/A
8:06:00
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Amberly Sacalas
35
N/A
8:06:30
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Lindsay R. Syler
226
N/A
8:06:30
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Terry Kenyon
64
N/A
8:07:00
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Brian Hogue
1915
N/A
8:07:00
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Brett Snyder
7212
N/A
8:07:30
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Len Damouth
911
N/A
8:07:30
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Angie Sripoona
1918
N/A
8:08:00
 
DNF
 
UTV SPORT
Justin Barth
526
N/A
8:08:30
 
DNF


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