Loren Healy Is King Of The Hammers
JOHNSON VALLEY, Calif. — Loren Healy became the second two-time winner of the King of the Hammers off-road endurance race at Means Dry Lake.
With a crowd estimated at 40,000 assembled in the desert, Healy covered three laps of the 200-mile circuit, which combined rock crawling and off-roading in eight hours, three minutes and 25 seconds.
Healy’s No. 67 ATX Wheels/Nitto Tire buggy finished more than 15 minutes ahead of runner-up Tom Pellegrini.
Derek West crossed the line second, a little more than a minute behind Healy, but was penalized 25 minutes for bypassing an obstacle, dropping him to fifth in the final standings.
Former ARCA Racing Series stock car champion Bill Baird finished third with Jake Hallenbeck fourth.
Healy joined Shannon Campbell as two-time winners of the event that was held for the eighth time Friday afternoon.
Thirty-two of the 158 starters made it to the finish line.