2016 Nitto King of the Hammers win by Blake Van De Loo
The 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers race was no stranger to the unexpected when it comes to the battle for first place. Last years winner, Mitch Guthrie, who has won several times at KOH, pulled the lucky card and was placed to start on the first row of machines at 8am February 3rd. 60 machines competed at this years King of the Hammers, which held a course that was over 100 miles long. After leading the whole first lap of the race through the wide open desert section, it wasn’t until the second lap that was littered with giant rock sections and some of the most difficult terrain a UTV could drive on that he had competition.
Blake Van De Loo #1919 running a Polaris RZR XP 1000 pushed through the field to battle for first place with Guthrie also in a Polaris. After passing back and forth through many different sections, Mitch eventually broke his machine, costing precious time and sealing Blake’s lead to the overall win. Mitch came in at fifth place.
Not too far behind Van De Loo was Branden Sims who pushed from 36th place to an impressive second place finish at the 2016 King of the Hammers with Chad Hughes rounding out the podium in third. Dean Bulloch once again took a virtually stock Arctic Cat 700 to KOH and came away with a fourth place finish.