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ITP SxS Racers Earn Podium Finishes at King Of The Hammers

| 13 February 2014 11:59 am

Griffin King Of The Hammers
Means Dry Lake at the Johnson Valley OHV Area

Courtesy of ITP
Photos by Ernesto Araiza/ UTVUnderground.com
LUCERNE VALLEY, CA, FEB. 5, 2014

Riding on 30-inch ITP Ultracross tires, Branden Sims(1913) took second overall in the 2014 King Of The Hammers UTV Pro-class race in California.

Riding on 30-inch ITP Ultracross tires, Branden Sims(1913) took second overall in the 2014 King Of The Hammers UTV Pro-class race in California.

Team ITP racers took part in the side-by-side portion of the annual King Of The Hammers desert endurance race held at the Johnson Valley OHV Area in Southern California, with two pilots earning a spot on the UTV Pro-class podium. Bush Racing/ ITP driver Branden Sims finished second overall and was joined on box by third-place finisher Casey Currie of Currie Racing/ ITP.

“We had an outstanding showing in the King Of The Hammers UTV Pro class, on one of the world’s toughest off-road endurance race courses,” said Pat McGuire, in charge of public relations and race support for ITP Tires. “Despite the rocky, desert conditions, drivers Casey Currie and Branden Sims overcame the elements and earned a spot on the podium with our durable and dependable 30-inch Ultracross tires.”

The 2014 King Of The Hammers event featured a rugged 115-mile course that cut through the Johnson Valley OHV Area, which is nestled between the Mojave Desert and the San Bernardino Mountains. The Hammers course forced racers through technical, slow-speed rock sections, whoops, and sand and runs with unforgettable names such as “Chocolate Thunder,” “Clawhammer,” “Aftershock” and “Fissure Mountain,” to name just a few. The 2014 UTV portion of the KOTH, which had both Pro and Sportsman classes, saw qualifying on Tuesday and the start of the official race on Wednesday morning.

Sims earned the top qualifying spot and put his ITP Ultracross tires to the dirt and into the lead ahead of 23 other Pros. Lap one of the race was mild compared to last year’s race, and the lead racers took full advantage of the course, conquering its open desert and whoops rather quickly. Sims held the lead at least twice during lap one, and he also held the class lead on the second lap all the way to the Clawhammer trail. Even after losing the lead to the eventual class champion, Sims drove smart and stayed on the gas to record one of his best performances ever and, in the process, secure a very solid second place overall on the UTV Pro podium.

“The tire-and-wheel combination worked phenomenal!” exclaimed Sims. “I’m extremely hard on my equipment, and this is my first race without a tire failure, and it’s also my first race on ITP tires. The ITP Ultracross worked great in the desert and really shined in the rocks. They are the perfect all-terrain tire.”

Casey Currie also used ITP Ultracross tires to put his SxS on the KOH UTV Pro-class podium, taking third overall in the class.

Casey Currie also used ITP Ultracross tires to put his SxS on the KOH UTV Pro-class podium, taking third overall in the class.

Currie, competing in the event for the sixth straight year, pushed his SxS all the way to finish line, earning a spot on the UTV Pro-class box as well. Along with Sims, Currie was one of only seven UTV Pro-class competitors to finish the race. Only 10 of more than 30 total side-by-side vehicles completed the King Of The Hammers course. Currie used an ITP Ultracross tire/ SD Series Dual Beadlock wheel combination to overcome the challenging terrain.

“The KOH UTV race was intense,” said Currie. “At the drop of the green flag, we had one thing in mind this year, and that was to finish. We made it through the first lap in around seventh place and crossed the finish line in third overall. We chose to run ITP tires and wheels this year and, once again, they proved to be an excellent choice. We did not have a flat, and the rims were perfect at the end of the day.”

About ITP
In business for more than 30 years, ITP has become the world’s number-one ATV/ UTV aftermarket tire-and-wheel source. ITP utilizes its experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tennessee, and Jackson, Tennessee, to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. For a full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free 800/859-4740 or go to www.itptires.com.

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