Josh Blyler Scores Victory at 2020 King of the Hammers

There’s a new King of the Hammers in 2020, and his name is Josh Blyler.

Last year’s Ultra4 points champion wasn’t exactly what you would call an unheralded driver coming into this year’s premier event at Johnson Valley, but Blyler certainly paid off the momentum of a strong 2019 season. After finishing 11th here last year, he became just the seventh driver in history to win the prestigious event, finishing three laps around a grueling course in 07:06:32.488.

For the second year in a row, two-time KOH winner Erik Miller was the bridesmaid, finishing with a time of 07:22:29.220. Marcos Gomez was less than two minutes behind Miller in third, while Bailey Cole avenged last year’s DNF in fourth place and John Webb completed the top five. Other notable finishers included three-time former King and polesitter Loren Healy in seventh, two-time winner Shannon Campbell in 11th, UTV Race polesitter Cody Miller in 15th, and former Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. in 38th.

Jason Scherer’s bid to become the first driver to win KOH three consecutive times, and four times overall, ended after just one lap, but he was far from the only high-profile DNF. Cameron Steele’s hard-luck week continued as he suffered his third mechanical failure of this year’s KOH short of the finish, while other DNFs included three-time King Randy Slawson, two-time podium finisher Wayland Campbell, and 2020 Dakar Rally SSV winner Casey Currie. All told, 44 of the 110 entries made it to the finish.

Full results from this year’s Nitto King of the Hammers were as follows:

Pos. No. Name Laps Total Time Diff.
1 41 Josh Blyler 3 07:06:32.488  
2 21 Erik Miller 3 07:22:29.220 00:15:56.732
3 86 Marcos Gomez 3 07:23:56.045 00:17:23.557
4 4454 Bailey Cole 3 07:35:28.019 00:28:55.531
5 4468 John Webb 3 07:39:33.308 00:33:00.820
6 83 Raul Gomez 3 07:44:54.838 00:38:22.350
7 67 Loren Healy 3 08:09:07.739 01:02:35.251
8 4456 Brett Harrell 3 08:38:22.928 01:31:50.440
9 218 Dan Wyrick 3 09:11:51.000 02:05:18.512
10 4441 Darren Henke 3 09:13:35.481 02:07:02.993
11 5 Shannon Campbell 3 09:20:05.788 02:13:33.300
12 686 Joey Weber 3 09:22:16.706 02:15:44.218
13 81 Levi Shirley 3 09:26:31.405 02:19:58.917
14 78 Michael Justice 3 09:35:48.069 02:29:15.581
15 221 Cody Miller 3 09:39:15.854 02:32:43.366
16 8 Dan Fresh 3 09:39:54.313 02:33:21.825
17 802 Nathan Gesse 3 09:58:51.707 02:52:19.219
18 4432 George Pronesti 3 10:02:04.778 02:55:32.290
19 726 Dennis Sterndahl 3 10:06:14.621 02:59:42.133
20 906 Chris Paiva 3 10:13:26.587 03:06:54.099
21 60 Chad Owens 3 10:14:18.892 03:07:46.404
22 35 Bailey Campbell 3 10:19:00.975 03:12:28.487
23 342 Tray McKinlay 3 10:25:18.850 03:18:46.362
24 4 Chip MacLaughlin 3 10:25:51.665 03:19:19.177
25 59 Eric Wicks 3 10:56:10.343 03:49:37.855
26 313 Brian Trotter 3 11:00:38.022 03:54:05.534
27 71 John Hall 3 11:01:30.779 03:54:58.291
28 4215 Eric Miramon 3 11:03:19.834 03:56:47.346
29 306 Michael Ayersman 3 11:17:18.519 04:10:46.031
30 32 Sam Collins 3 11:31:04.962 04:24:32.474
31 823 Jade Wickham 3 11:37:07.338 04:30:34.850
32 4485 Tony Pellegrino 3 11:45:44.903 04:39:12.415
33 11 Kevin Stearns 3 11:47:28.844 04:40:56.356
34 1943 Randy Watson 3 11:49:21.705 04:42:49.217
35 4475 Edwin Abd 3 11:51:23.775 04:44:51.287
36 4493 Andrew McLaughlin 3 12:13:25.699 05:06:53.211
37 792 Kris Wicks 3 12:13:43.717 05:07:11.229
38 25 Vaughn Gittin Jnr 3 12:16:48.105 05:10:15.617
39 9901 Brian Caprara 3 12:26:38.305 05:20:05.817
40 51 Inaki Lanzagorta 3 12:27:08.844 05:20:36.356
41 97 Jeremy Hammer 3 12:55:31.757 05:48:59.269
42 725 Chris May 3 12:59:30.752 05:52:58.264
43 100 Fabio Manno 3 13:01:56.460 05:55:23.972
44 929 Michael Feagins 3 13:54:01.301 06:47:28.813
DNF 48 Cameron Steele 2 04:16:46.977 1 Lap
DNF 4448 Randy Slawson 2 04:17:20.884 1 Lap
DNF 46 Rusty Blyler 2 04:31:58.649 1 Lap
DNF 888 Cody Addington 2 04:44:59.449 1 Lap
DNF 4414 Jason Shipman 2 04:55:08.236 1 Lap
DNF 54 Michael Bou 2 05:09:29.013 1 Lap
DNF 20 Derek West 2 05:26:35.634 1 Lap
DNF 129 Ross Pilgreen 2 06:20:03.932 1 Lap
DNF 479 Quintin Hilburn 2 06:29:19.481 1 Lap
DNF 19 Paul Horschel 2 06:29:32.173 1 Lap
DNF 666 Matt Thorson 2 06:55:50.690 1 Lap
DNF 135 Ian Koentges 2 07:00:32.700 1 Lap
DNF 4531 Shawn Rants 2 07:38:37.230 1 Lap
DNF 4476 Tyson Shimonek 2 07:51:04.644 1 Lap
DNF 1505 Tim Hooper 2 07:58:50.807 1 Lap
DNF 1982 Donald Fisher 2 08:12:11.071 1 Lap
DNF 4434 Kevin Yoder 2 08:54:16.044 1 Lap
DNF 530 Joe Hutchins 2 09:29:45.964 1 Lap
DNF 1223 Shabs Piercy 2 10:24:53.426 1 Lap
DNF 4809 Barry Smethurst 2 10:55:42.377 1 Lap
DNF 76 Jason Scherer 1 01:40:08.014 2 Laps
DNF 82 JP Gomez 1 01:47:08.825 2 Laps
DNF 3 Wayland Campbell 1 01:50:08.674 2 Laps
DNF 444 Rick Waterbury 1 01:50:41.328 2 Laps
DNF 34 Jeff Mckinlay 1 01:52:24.686 2 Laps
DNF 33 Michael Bergman 1 01:52:41.375 2 Laps
DNF 966 Jason Blanton 1 01:52:46.334 2 Laps
DNF 9 Bryan Crofts 1 01:53:50.927 2 Laps
DNF 4480 Kris Hicks 1 02:03:07.348 2 Laps
DNF 406 Corey Johnson 1 02:16:46.262 2 Laps
DNF 308 James Mahoney 1 02:17:09.475 2 Laps
DNF 49 Matt Burkett 1 02:17:44.153 2 Laps
DNF 5150 Brendon Thompson 1 02:27:06.639 2 Laps
DNF 4426 Kevin Porterfield 1 02:29:14.408 2 Laps
DNF 2812 Bernd Schaefer 1 02:29:33.150 2 Laps
DNF 4473 Brent Goegebuer 1 02:32:00.055 2 Laps
DNF 270 Brian McVay 1 02:51:17.722 2 Laps
DNF 4412 Eric Foster 1 02:56:41.005 2 Laps
DNF 5772 Evan Berman 1 03:04:46.939 2 Laps
DNF 7779 Kenneth Goodall 1 03:32:21.922 2 Laps
DNF 321 Thomas Wayes 1 03:33:45.522 2 Laps
DNF 24 Zandy Willems 1 03:52:11.577 2 Laps
DNF 1977 Jake Yeoman 1 04:03:47.588 2 Laps
DNF 697 Gregory Stearns 1 04:21:46.877 2 Laps
DNF 18 Justin Pawlak 1 04:26:58.356 2 Laps
DNF 4447 Patrick Peterson 1 04:27:26.528 2 Laps
DNF 74 Jeren Gunter 1 04:31:24.997 2 Laps
DNF 920 Eric Blaies 1 05:22:36.755 2 Laps
DNF 1427 Damon Hopper 1 06:27:52.704 2 Laps
DNF 618 Casey Gilbert 1 07:00:40.127 2 Laps
DNF 2 Casey Currie   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 10 David Oliver   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 12 Jeff McCullough   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 31 Matt Trebino   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 90 Darian Gomez   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 98 Jordan Pellegrino   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 210 Greg Adler   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 553 Darrell Krebsbach   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 636 Magnus Sigurdsson   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 1001 Curtis Warner   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNF 4410 Jay Callaway   00:00:00.000 3 Laps
DNS 456 Chad Hundt      
DNS 630 Michael Heston      
DNS 4405 Derrick Luedtka      
DNS 4408 Stan Haynes      
DNS 4487 Matt Nieman      

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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.