Randy Slawson Crowned King Again - 2015 King Of The HammersPosted in Events on February 7, 2015 0) (
An expected 40,000 people packed Johnson Valley on race-day for the 2015 Nitto Tire King of the Hammers. 129 drivers from 23 states and 8 different countries took the green flag in Hammertown Friday morning. It was a battle right from the start. Jason Scherer who started out front, elected to run “Backdoor” on his first lap out. Racers had to run Backdoor at once during their 3 laps. Most of the leaders bypassed it and went straight into the faster desert sections. Hammerking Productions is known for making difficult courses and drivers knew the 200 plus miles were not going to be easy.
Competitors had 14 hours to finish the grueling race. Clay Gilstrap would take an early lead but after running Backdoor on his 3rd lap, he would be out of the race with mechanical problems at the top of resolution. Greg Adler was next in line for the lead. Both Erik Miller and Randy Slawson who had already elected to run Backdoor before the 3rd lap made up time in the desert sections. Slawson had spent some down during the day when he ran out of gas. Slawsons co-driver ran a mile to get fuel and the car back into the race. A huge traffic jam had developed in Jackhammer and could severely delay the leaders. While race officials worked to clear the jam, a decision was made to escort the drivers at a controlled speed through a bypass.
As the miles ticked away, Slawson was physically first on the road and had a four minute lead on Miller. Slawson’s lead increased after Miller stopped to repair a power steering pump. Slawson would come into Hammertown just before 6pm to take his second career King of The Hammers win. By the 10pm cutoff only 17 drivers had finished the 2015 Nitto Tire King Of The Hammers.