Brad Lovell Tops King of the Hammers Everyman Challenge

Only 29 seconds separated Brad Lovell from runner-up Seth Van Dyke in the corrected standings, and less than a minute separated the entire overall podium on physical finishing time, as the 4WP Everyman Challenge headlined Wednesday’s action at King of the Hammers. Lovell scored his third EMC victory, joining back-to-back triumphs in 2016 and 2017, with their Ford Ranger, competing in the 4800 Legends class.

“10 years ago we lost the unlimited race by 28 seconds, and today we won by 28 seconds,” said Lovell, who teamed with his brother Roger for the victory. “10 years later, same car.”I was worried there weren’t going to be enough rocks for us this year! Because this is fast in the rocks, but it’s not all that fast in the desert. We bunched up with all 4 of these cars out here on Spooners, and we got out in the desert and I figured I gotta run this thing for all it’s worth, and just killed it, but we made it in.

“We’ve been doing this race forever, it seems. I think this is the 15th race on this truck, 15th King of the Hammers, and every year my brother and I are racing out here, and it means an awful lot. This year my Mom and family are at home, boy I sure hope they’re watching, because this is a big deal.”

Levi Shirley completed the overall podium in third. Dan Fresh scored the 4500 Modified class victory, while Jesse Haines topped the 4600 Stock class. Fresh’s 5:20:35.753 was good for fifth overall, while Haines was the only 4600 racer in the top 20.

“This is the race of the year for us,” said Fresh, who broke his wrist competing in the UTV race over the weekend. “We did about 15 races last year, and this is our race. We won it in 2018, and I wasn’t going to give up. We’ve been training all year for this, put in a lot of hard time even through the summer months out here in these rock canyons to make sure we were ready.”

“I figured we had a chance,” admitted Haines. “I was hoping for a podium, but didn’t really think I had a great shot at winning, but I knew it was possible if we had a good day and everything stayed together and we could just keep going.”

Full results from Wednesday’s 4WP Everyman Challenge are as follows:

Ovr. Pos. Class Pos. Class No. Name Laps Total Time
1 1 4800 232 Brad Lovell 2 04:53:00.438
2 2 4800 4838 Seth Van Dyke 2 04:53:29.193
3 3 4800 81 Levi Shirley 2 04:56:57.733
4 4 4800 1950 Logan Goodall 2 04:59:05.835
5 1 4500 88 Dan Fresh 2 05:20:35.753
6 5 4800 4837 Jeremy Jones 2 05:42:21.762
7 6 4800 4861 Anthony Arreola 2 05:47:03.728
8 7 4800 4874 David Hartman 2 05:47:17.558
9 8 4800 595 Craig Allen 2 05:59:21.688
10 2 4500 63 Jimmy Jack 2 06:11:46.268
11 3 4500 4510 Matthew Howell 2 06:29:29.017
12 9 4800 417 Justin Barth 2 06:31:51.518
13 4 4500 13 Justin Hall 2 06:40:58.984
14 10 4800 4883 Wade Coleman 2 07:01:19.554
15 5 4500 4580 John Mathews 2 07:23:00.810
16 11 4800 4833 Steve Hastings 2 07:25:01.578
17 6 4500 4571 Dave Schneider 2 07:36:47.611
18 12 4800 4823 Kyle Wickham 2 07:42:33.309
19 13 4800 4437 Dustin Sexton 2 07:44:25.304
20 1 4600 4699 Jesse Haines 2 07:48:39.578
21 14 4800 4860 Jody Ford 2 07:57:20.255
22 15 4800 866 Shaun Rajski 2 08:02:49.975
23 16 4800 3 Trevor Fults 2 08:19:52.840
24 17 4800 4832 Chance Hollaman 2 08:36:55.395
25 18 4800 4863 John Hultsman 2 08:49:04.153
26 19 4800 518 Kevin Jones 2 08:52:14.620
27 2 4600 4688 Jon Schaefer 2 08:53:24.159
28 7 4500 4561 Cody St Clair 2 08:57:26.319
29 8 4500 26 Duane Garretson 2 09:01:49.988
30 20 4800 4825 Michael London 2 09:15:46.995
31 21 4800 73 Gregory Neff 2 09:19:40.755
32 9 4500 4570 John Grounds 2 09:20:34.635
33 3 4600 4693 Josh Atteberry 2 09:21:20.781
34 4 4600 4696 Brian McNamara 2 09:22:20.079
35 5 4600 4619 Justin Reece 2 09:24:50.027
36 22 4800 890 Jonathan Terhune 2 09:42:04.505
37 10 4500 4531 Shawn Rants 2 09:43:14.869
38 23 4800 4887 Paul Tyler 2 09:53:06.706
DNF 24 4800 4862 Cody Young 1 02:25:14.487
DNF 25 4800 75 Scott Foley 1 02:26:46.370
DNF 26 4800 4807 Cade Rodd 1 02:34:12.144
DNF 27 4800 4810 Patrick Beckwith 1 02:38:36.633
DNF 28 4800 4853 Andrew Gorman 1 02:42:24.621
DNF 29 4800 114 Evan Jessee 1 02:43:23.222
DNF 30 4800 4438 Robert Osborne 1 03:03:42.644
DNF 11 4500 4539 Peter Fierro 1 03:04:51.576
DNF 31 4800 4806 Stephen Graff 1 03:06:36.562
DNF 32 4800 4815 Michael Stokes 1 03:08:53.154
DNF 33 4800 4855 Jace Nix 1 03:09:30.577
DNF 34 4800 4850 Chris Pierce 1 03:16:55.782
DNF 12 4500 4507 Michael Miller 1 03:19:04.908
DNF 35 4800 4802 Ross Glave 1 03:19:54.632
DNF 36 4800 4839 Irl Christie 1 03:22:53.018
DNF 6 4600 4695 Dawson Allington 1 03:24:15.920
DNF 37 4800 4898 Arturo Soria 1 03:25:02.647
DNF 13 4500 4549 Richard Lavezzo 1 03:25:47.197
DNF 14 4500 4517 Jesse Oliver 1 03:25:51.642
DNF 38 4800 7 Sean Leonardini 1 03:29:59.115
DNF 39 4800 4829 Kurtis Harryman 1 03:35:22.182
DNF 15 4500 4504 Travis Riley Sr 1 03:37:42.677
DNF 40 4800 4875 Lyndon Sheppard 1 03:41:04.889
DNF 7 4600 4616 Nathan Creer 1 03:42:18.198
DNF 16 4500 21 Joey Simeone 1 03:43:06.621
DNF 8 4600 4622 Steven Gutzke 1 03:59:56.724
DNF 41 4800 590 Michael Justo 1 04:03:22.321
DNF 9 4600 4675 Alex McNeil 1 04:07:36.108
DNF 42 4800 44 Caleb Bacsi 1 04:09:30.997
DNF 43 4800 4857 Rob Hemmingsen 1 04:19:09.273
DNF 44 4800 1025 Douglas Busse 1 04:19:27.229
DNF 45 4800 406 Eric Wikle 1 04:23:12.866
DNF 17 4500 4579 Tony Perez 1 04:25:17.493
DNF 10 4600 4602 Charles Black 1 04:33:19.952
DNF 11 4600 4671 John Snell 1 04:41:30.514
DNF 46 4800 4809 Barry Smethurst 1 04:42:34.313
DNF 18 4500 4535 John Williams 1 04:52:45.879
DNF 12 4600 4664 Charles Miller 1 04:55:49.006
DNF 47 4800 4865 Don Radtke 1 05:08:40.433
DNF 19 4500 4530 Nate Williams 1 05:23:15.575
DNF 48 4800 4868 Scott Morse 1 05:23:58.895
DNF 13 4600 4609 Thomas Cornelius 1 05:25:46.641
DNF 20 4500 4599 Joseph Machier 1 05:31:34.083
DNF 14 4600 4639 Craig Hannoll 1 05:43:49.936
DNF 21 4500 4501 Vaughn Neville 1 05:50:51.695
DNF 15 4600 4624 Rick Randall 1 05:52:20.300
DNF 22 4500 4572 Victor Buness 1 06:09:16.376
DNF 23 4500 751 Maxwell Devlin 1 06:21:13.660
DNF 49 4800 4896 Buddy Carlton 1 06:35:53.984
DNF 16 4600 468 Amber Turner 1 06:40:10.455
DNF 17 4600 4653 Thomas Biddle 1 08:19:29.834
DNF 50 4800 16 Cameron Steele   00:00:00.000
DNF 51 4800 46 Connor Fults   00:00:00.000
DNF 52 4800 618 Casey Gilbert   00:00:00.000
DNF 53 4800 312 Eric Brinker   00:00:00.000
DNF 54 4800 4893 Steve Adams   00:00:00.000
DNF 55 4800 4895 Jacob Peek   00:00:00.000
DNF 56 4800 43 Mike Johnson   00:00:00.000
DNF 57 4800 4872 Steven Moore   00:00:00.000
DNF 58 4800 4858 Chris Brown   00:00:00.000
DNF 59 4800 484 Michael Trebino   00:00:00.000
DNF 60 4800 4852 Richard Fenton   00:00:00.000
DNF 61 4800 4843 Art Stine   00:00:00.000
DNF 62 4800 951 Jeff Hautamaki   00:00:00.000
DNF 63 4800 4880 Atanas Mihaylov   00:00:00.000
DNF 64 4800 4885 TJ Hart   00:00:00.000
DNF 65 4800 4888 Taylor Rash   00:00:00.000
DNF 24 4500 7779 Kenneth Goodall   00:00:00.000
DNF 25 4500 4533 Jesse Balter   00:00:00.000
DNF 26 4500 4591 William Young   00:00:00.000
DNF 27 4500 62 Jeremy Montenegro   00:00:00.000
DNF 28 4500 4545 Makinzie Armstrong   00:00:00.000
DNF 29 4500 4583 Chuck Crossland   00:00:00.000
DNF 18 4600 4604 Joseph Edmonds   00:00:00.000
DNF 19 4600 4620 Kenneth Carter   00:00:00.000
DNF 20 4600 4659 Donnie Kehlenbeck   00:00:00.000
DNF 21 4600 4632 John Mackiewicz   00:00:00.000
DNF 22 4600 4686 Johnny Harper   00:00:00.000
DNF 23 4600 4679 Daniel May-Applegate   00:00:00.000
DNF 24 4600 4674 Joe Shilliday   00:00:00.000
DNF 25 4600 4698 Justin Baney   00:00:00.000
DNF 26 4600 4677 Chris D’Auria   00:00:00.000
DNF 27 4600 37 Joshua Patt   00:00:00.000

King of the Hammers action continues on Thursday with the Toyo Desert Invitational. Click here to watch the live stream!

Chris Leone

A veteran of the motorsports industry (both physical and digital), Chris Leone contributes coverage of race events of all types to Off-Road Racer. Elsewhere, he is the marketing/communications manager at iRacing, media director of Jim Beaver's Down & Dirty Show, and a frequent contributor to UTV Underground.