Valcourt, Quebec, February 10, 2023 – Staying on the gas at the 2023 Ultra 4 King of the Hammers out in Johnson Valley, CA, the Can-Am Factory Racing Team proved to be the most dominant force in UTV racing once again, with Kyle Chaney winning the Can-Am UTV Hammers Championship overall, marking his third time winning the overall and the fourth consecutive year the brand has dominated the race. Chaney led a Can-Am podium sweep in the UTV Pro Stock Turbo Class, with Hunter and Cody Miller in tow finishing second and third. Phil Blurton secured the UTV Pro Mod Class win, while Dustin Jones brought home third. Hubert Rowland also finished second place in the Sportsman Stock class.
The 130-mile race covers what many believe to be the roughest rock and desert terrain in the world and is the most challenging single day race of the year. Can-Am Factory Racers contested both the UTV Pro Stock Turbo class and the UTV Pro Mod class, to showcase the full range and versatility of the Can-Am Maverick X3 platform, from the showroom to the podium.
With an action packed qualifying race on the infamous ‘Chocolate Thunder’ portion of the course, known for its exceptionally rocky and rough terrain, Can-Am racers shined in their Maverick X3’s, taking home seven of the top ten spots in overall qualifying, which determined their race day starting order.
“My Can-Am Maverick X3 did great! We raced the stock class this year because everyone was complaining, ‘The only reason why these guys are winning is because they are in these $100K cars.’ ‘Can-Am’s like let’s just go out there and kick their ass in a stock car,’ and that’s what we did,” said Kyle Chaney, of the Can-Am Factory Racing Team.
The combined class qualifying saw Can-Am Racers take the first seven spots off the line, from which the battle for the physical lead quickly ensued on the desert course between fastest qualifier, Jay Shaw, and the second and third place qualifiers, Paul Wolff and Kyle Chaney. After some fierce racing, Chaney was able to overtake Wolff, then work his way up to Shaw, who suffered a flat tire in the early desert portion of the race, which gave Chaney a shot at some fresh air and the race lead all before entering the rock portion of the race.
Chaney would lead the entire field into the notorious rock portion of the race, with Phil Blurton and Dustin Jones close behind, both battling for the UTV Pro Mod win. Extending his lead on the overall field and the UTV Pro Turbo Stock class, Chaney began to break away from the pack and never look back. Blurton and Jones would continue to trade places throughout the race, each doing their best to navigate the technical terrain.
After methodically managing his race, Chaney would secure his third King of the Hammers UTV Championship, bringing home the win in the UTV Pro Stock Turbo Class and beating the rest of the field by almost 13 minutes. Blurton would finish second physically, while clinching the win in the UTV Pro Mod Class with Dustin Jones only several minutes behind him.
● UTV Race Overall:
1. Kyle Chaney, 3:31:44 – UTV Pro Stock Turbo
2. Phil Blurton, 3:44:16 – UTV Pro Mod
4. Dustin Jones, 3:48:32 – UTV Pro Mod
5. Hunter Miller, 3:58:31 – UTV Pro Stock
6. Cody Miller, 4:06:53 – UTV Pro Stock
● UTV Pro Stock Turbo Class
1. Kyle Chaney, 3:31:44
2. Hunter Miller, 3:58:31
3. Cody Miller, 4:06:53
● UTV Pro Mod Class Class
1. Phil Blurton, 3:44:16
3. Dustin Jones, 3:48:32
● Sportsman’s Class
2. Hubert Rowland
The Can-Am Factory Racing Team athletes will be back in action at the 2023 Ultra 4 King of the Hammers 4400 class race on Saturday, February 11, 2023 to see if they can make history and beat the multi-million dollar machines of the unlimited class.
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