Retail

Nitto Tire wins Unlimited 4400 class at the Griffin King of the Hammers

Posted on February 11, 2014
Nitto-sponsored driver Loren Healy of Farmington, N.M., took the top spot at this years Griffin King of the Hammers off-road race in the No. 67 Jimmy's 4x4 ATX Wheels/Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy.

Nitto-sponsored driver Loren Healy of Farmington, N.M., took the top spot at this years Griffin King of the Hammers off-road race in the No. 67 Jimmy's 4x4 ATX Wheels/Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy.

Nitto Tire, a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, celebrated its second year as presenting sponsor of the Griffin King of the Hammers off-road race by taking first place in the Unlimited 4400, the series' most demanding class.

Held Friday, February 7th in California's rugged Johnson Valley, Nitto sponsored racer, Loren Healy, of Farmington, N.M., took the top winning spot driving the Unlimited class 4400 No. 67 Jimmy's 4x4 ATX Wheels/Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy, finishing with a total time of 8:03:25 on Nitto's 40x13.50R17 Trail Grappler Mud-Terrain tires. With his win in this year's Griffin King of the Hammers, Healy joins elite company as one of only two drivers to have won the event multiple times.

Healy began racing in the Ultra4 series in 2009 and has quickly progressed up the ranks, adding the Ultra4 championship to his racing resume in 2010. Having participated in every Ultra4 competition since, Healy is a regular top finisher in the series since he began racing. When he is not competing in Ultra 4, Healy owns and runs a solar power business.

The Griffin King of the Hammers is billed as the world's toughest 4x4 race, and above all, the Unlimited 4400 class is the main and most sought after class win that all participants strive to win. In fact, of the 156 drivers who started the event, just 32 finished. Including race winner Loren Healy, Nitto had a total of five drivers complete the event. Finishing fifth was Derek West from Springfield, Mo., in the No. 4420 Jimmy's 4x4 Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy. Right behind West was Rick Mooneyham of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in the No. 554 Nitto Tire Trick Toys Fabrication Ultra4 buggy. Also finishing this grueling event were Nitto-sponsored drivers Ben Napier from Sydney, Australia, and Erik Miller of Cumberland, MD. Napier, driver of the No. 4461 BN Motorsports Ultra4 buggy finished in 16th place, while Miller, driving the No. 4421 Miller Motorsports Ultra4 buggy came home in 25th place, despite leading a portion of the event.

The Griffin King of the Hammers presents an intimidating blend of desert racing and rock crawling with the drivers facing sand, hard-packed rock trails, near-vertical rock walls and treacherous ledges. With a fraction of the starting group completing the course, simply finishing the race is a tremendous achievement. When the dust had settled and final time adjustments were made, Healy took the 2014 victory and received the Nitto championship ring.

Related Topics: Griffin King of the Hammers, Nitto Tire, NittoTrail Grappler Mud-Terrain tire

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
News K&M Tire Dealers Learn Sales, Customer Service and Efficiency Tips

K&M Tire Inc. founder Ken Langhals likes to remind his 600-plus employees that a customer’s tire order one day doesn’t guarantee another order the next. And that means K&M’s annual dealer conference is an opportunity to provide dealers with help and extra services that set it apart from other wholesalers.

Article An Insight into Tires and Their Problems in Europe

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) recently held its annual conference, which, although traditionally staged in the UK, represents the ongoing current issues in the tire industry throughout Europe (at least until the Brexit negotiations are completed) and attracts an extensive and diverse range of delegates.

Article Close the Gap or Lose the Sale: Use Your Advantages to Overcome Abandonment

I’m tired of talking about the internet, but I might be the only one. It’s a subject that tire dealers talk about all the time, and it doesn’t appear the internet is going out of business anytime soon. There aren’t any future plans to turn it off.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!