History was made over the weekend at the King of the Hammers. Newcomer Hunter Miller took his first ever KOH victory in a Can-Am Maverick X3 UTV. Miller has never raced a King of the Hammers event. Miller however is not new to the winner circle. The Texan has past GNCC and WORCS championships on his resume.
“It’s the absolute hardest race I’ve ever done, and I’ve been racing for 25 years now,” Miller said at the finish line. “I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”
Hunter Miller started the race side-by-side with his brother Cody. The course started with 77 miles of desert terrain that included high-speed lakebeds and tight twisty ridgelines. The course then moved into the rocks. Obstacles included Outer Limits and Spooners. There were 143 total miles on the UTV course. Out of 131 starters, just 33 were able to finish one of the most difficult UTV events in the world.
One of those finishers was Kyle Chaney who grabbed second place on the podium. His day was extremely difficult. Chaney rolled his Can-Am Maverick X3 on a steep hill. While rolling the vehicle back over, the Can-Am went backwards injuring Chaney’s leg. Overcoming significant pain, Chaney continued on to finish the race.
The UTV race at King of the Hammers kicks off a full week of events that include: qualifying shootouts, Every Man Challenge Race and a desert invitational for unlimited desert race trucks. The main King of the Hammers race will be held on Friday. The week ends on Saturday with the King of the Motos race and a closing awards ceremony. Stay tuned to dirtsportsworld.com and our social media channels for full event coverage.
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