Fist Full of Dragons

September 19th2014
 By Thom Kingston on 2014-09-19T20:19:47-06:00 | Sturgis Blowout |

Just Passing By -- 2014 Sturgis Off-Road BlowoutSpidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

The east coast Ultra4 season comes to a close, with its final race home to the brand new race track in Sturgis, KY.  In an event named The Sturgis Off-Road Blowout, the tight short course meets back woods tree dodging venue packed with it non-stop action and a nail-biting finish. Our good friend and ace photographer Doug Dienelt did an amazing job recapping this race start to finish, coupled with a complete set of stellar shots, over at So as to avoid retelling the same story, check out his in-depth article HERE.

What we will add, or touch on personally, is how blown away we are this 2014 season. Loren Healy, with his brand new Red Dragon IFS racer, has taken his third Ultra4 win, with the latest from last weekends Sturgis Off-Road Blowout. That’s three in a row for Loren in a brand new machine, something we have never seen (best we remember) in the history of Ultra4 racing.

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Buckle up, it’s time for a blowout!

September 11th2014
 By Thom Kingston on 2014-09-11T12:35:14-06:00 | Sturgis Blowout |

It's Time for a Blowout -- 2012 TORC Rounds 5 & 6
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

What do you get when you mix Ultra4 racing, monster trucks, trail rids, & mud bogs in a non-stop weekend of action packed madness? The all new Sturgis Off-Road Blowout of Sturgis, KY. Organized and home to the Ultra4 racing mad man himself, Bill Baird, the Sturgis Off-Road Blowout event will host the final East Coast Ultra4 event of the 2014 season. Designed to be more than just your average short course race, the events as they sit now effectively guarantee a good time by all. Couple that with over 40 registered Ultra4 drivers, and we are going to have ourselves the ultimate final east coast showdown. Read more…

The Tale of Three Kings

August 29th2014
 By Thom Kingston on 2014-08-29T14:19:19-06:00 | American Rocksports Challenge |

Getting Ready -- 2014 Discount Tire American Rocksports Challeng

Walking the pits last weekend at Ultra4s American Rocksports Challenge, one thing stood out above all else. Intensity and focus filled the air in a manner unlike any race prior, and while the engines in these monsters can wake the dead there was still a level of quiet that surrounded me. Everyone was humble as you’d expect, but something was a bit different this time around. It wasn’t until I left the pits Friday night, the night before the big race, that the lightbulb went off. This race represented the west coast finale, and points among the leaders was as close as you could get. There was fame and money on the line, and it all came down to roughly 40 minutes of Saturday racing. Oh, and it just so happened to be the most aggressive race course ANY Ultra4 driver has seen. Read more…

Let the Games Begin

August 21st2014
 By Thom Kingston on 2014-08-21T06:24:42-06:00 | American Rocksports Challenge |

Let the Games Begin -- 2013 American Rocksports ChallengeSpidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Another weekend means only one thing… it’s time for some racing! Next up in the 2014 Ultra4 circuit is the American Rocksports Challenge, which has its home at massive Miller Motorsports Park of Tooele, UT. Over 90 drivers are registered for this mixed short course meets man-made rocks terrain, a field that has always dished out non-stop action and nail-biting finishes all weekend long. Drivers from coast to coast will make the journey this year, even King of the Hammer’s champion Erik Miller is making the drive all the way from Maryland. Read more…

We’re starting to see a trend here…

August 13th2014
 By Thom Kingston on 2014-08-13T14:52:12-06:00 | King of the Valleys |

This Year's Valley King -- 2014 King of the Valleys

Going to dive right into our summarized race version, as we just got word an article we wrote from the race got published on Let’s get rolling:

• Full write-up from the 2014 King of the Valleys HERE ) . Well worth the read, and there’s a number of photos already set in that article. Thank you DrivingLine for getting that one up so quickly.

• SPOILER: Levi Shirley took top honors. This is his 2nd Ultra4 European win this year in his Spider 9 powered ORA Euro Fighter. HUGE CONGRATS AND RESPECT LEVI!!! So very well deserved, you earned it once again.

• ANOTHER SPOILER: Spider 9 axles took the top 3 spots, again (Spider 9s grabbed the top 3 at Ultra4 Europe’s King of the Mountains). Rounding out the podium this time was Jim Marsden in 2nd and Sylvain Bessiere in 3rd. Congrats Jim and Sylvain!

So, that should get us rolling for today. Having that been said… still have a lot to talk about and share so stay tuned for a few more photos and stories this week. Till next time!

EDIT: As of 9am MST on 8/13, a scoring error has been caught and recorded by Ultra4 Europe which has moved Sylvain Bessiere to 4th place. Team WSR, with driver Nicolas Montador, have now moved into 3rd. Both Nicolas and Sylvain should be proud, all top spots from our vantage point. Nicolas’ Ultra4 is also powered by Spider 9 axles, so that top 3 Spider 9 bit still stands :) .