Wayes Takes First ULTRA4 Win at ULTRA4 MetalCloak Stampede

442PRAIRIE CITY SVRA, CA - June 12th, 2014:  Thousands of fans weathered the triple digit heat last weekend at the MetalCloak Stampede to watch one of the most exciting ULTRA4 races to date. The main event saw two former, and one current King of The Hammers each leading at various times throughout the 45 minute race. That is until the final lap, when Tom Wayes worked his way from a rear start to claim the checkered flag, and his first ULTRA4 win.

Wayes had the fastest qualifying lap on Friday morning, however after suffering mechanical issues, he was unable to race in Friday afternoon's prelim races. The top 3 drivers from prelims moved directly to the main event on Saturday afternoon.  Nitto Tire driver Loren Healy won the fastest prelim heat which put him on the pole for the main event with Shannon Campbell starting beside him.

Campbell and Healy, both two-time Kings, wasted no time establishing their dominance when the green flag dropped. Campbell took the early lead with Healy close on his heels and 2009 King and Nitto Tire driver, Jason Scherer chasing them down for 3rd. The 3 Kings held the top 3 spots for the first half of the race.  A full course yellow mid-race brought all the drivers back together and Campbell looked to take the lead again. Unfortunately, Campbell bicycled in a tight turn and hit a k-rail returning to the course causing mechanical failure. Healy then took the lead with Scherer close behind. Scherer overtook Healy until the last lap when Scherer succumbed to mechanical issues. All the while, Wayes was working his way up from the back of the pack. In the final lap, it was Healy and Wayes battling for the checkered flag with both drivers setting blisteringly fast lap times. In the final two laps, Wayes posted the two fastest lap times of the entire weekend propelling him into the lead to take his first ULTRA4 checkered flag.

In addition to the 4400 class, Saturday's racing also featured the 4500 Rubicon Express Modified Class, the 4600 Pro Comp Stock Class, the Legends Class and UTVs.  Jordan Townsend, a recent East Coast transplant, dominated the 4500  race with Gerald Lee racing for John Currie taking 2nd and Jimmy Jack claiming 3rd. In the 4600 stock race, Ben Varozza claimed the top spot followed by Bret Scheiding and Bailey Cole. Jessi Combs followed up her win in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge race with another win in the 4800 legends class after doing battle with Jim Brown in both the prelims and the main event, with Dave Schneider taking 3rd.  In the UTV sportsman class, Phil Cagliero dominated with Mel Wade IV claiming 2nd and Brian Hogue in 3rd.

The next ULTRA4 event will be the 2nd race in the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series which will feature the ULTRA4s at Badlands in Attica, IN on June 26th and 27th. The next Trail-Gear Western regional event will be the 4th annual Glen Helen Grand Prix in San Bernardino July 11th and 12th.

Results below:

ULTRA4 – 4400 Class
* = KOH Qualified

POS First Last Car # # of Laps
1 TOM WAYES 321 16
2 LOREN HEALY 67 16
3 JAKE HALLENBECK 4775 16
4 NICK NELSON *1 4404 16
5 RICK MOONEYHAM 554 16
6 BRENDEN THOMPSON *2 5150 16
7 JEFF RUSSELL *3 4427 16
8 JASON BLANTON *4 966 16
9 WAYLAND CAMPBELL 3 16
10 JON CAGLIERO *5 27 16
11 JT STEPHENS 4454 16
12 JASON SCHERER *6 76 16
13 ANDREW MCLAUGHLIN 4493 15
14 JP GOMEZ *7 4482 15
15 KEVIN YODER *8 4434 15
16 DARREN HENKE *9 4441 11
17 SHANNON CAMPBELL 5 10
18 MIKE BOU *10 54 8
19 ALEX HARDAWAY 4481 7
20 SCOTT FOLEY 75 7
21 DAVE BOVICH 4450 7
22 JAKE YEOMAN 1977 7
23 LEVI SHIRLEY 81 7
24 GARY FERRAVANTI JR 64 5
25 PAUL HORSCHEL 19 2

 

Rubicon Express Modified Class – 4500

POS First Last Car # # of Laps
1 JORDAN TOWNSEND 4580 10
2 JOHN CURRIE 88 10
3 JIMMY JACK 63 10
4 KEITH ULINGER 4554 9
5 MORGAN DERODEFF 4518 7
6 MIKE BEDWELL 4540 6
7 DOUG FALONI 713 6
8 JUSTIN HALL 13 4
9 SHAWN RANTS 4531 2

 

Pro Comp Stock Class – 4600

POS First Last Car # # of Laps
1 BEN VAROZZA 4612 9
2 BRET SCHEIDING 4621 9
3 BAILEY COLE 4654 8
4 MEL WADE III 4651 7
5 SEAN MCNAMARA 4696 5
6 KEVIN ADLER 4602 1

 

Legends Class – 4800

POS First Last Car # # of Laps
1 JESSI COMBS 11 4703
2 JIM BROWN 11 104
3 DAVE SCHNEIDER 10 4471
4 RICHARD FENTON 8 4852
5 ROSS GLAVE 6 4802
6 MAKINZIE ALAVAZO 5 4829

 

UTV Sportsman Class

POS First Last Car # # of Laps
1 PHILLIP CAGLIERO 10 21
2 MELVIN EUGENE WADE IV 8 1951
3 BRIAN HOGUE 8 1915