Shannon Campbell takes Third in 2012 King of the Hammers

Photos provided by Campbell Enterprises.

 

The toughest one day race in Offroad has once again put man and machine to the test.  Shannon Campbell of Team Monster Energy literally drove the tires off his car to take a 3rd place podium finish.

 

Shannon and the #5az Monster Energy car qualified (4:57.06) 3rd and would be starting in the second row next to Erik Miller.  Campbell was able to get the hole shot as the green flag dropped. At turn 2 – naturally following the course markers Shannon looked at his GPS and realized he was off course. After driving in circles Shannon made it back on course to make sure he was not made an example of or DQ’d. Campbell was back far enough that he could barely see his GPS and began driving by braille, bouncing off rocks and trees and whatever else was in the way trying to rail it to the front. About RM 12 Shannon was making passes and went off course and all he could see were Marines and signs that said you aren’t supposed to be here! Finally getting the pass after a little landscaping he hit the Emerson lakebed where he ran across Robby Gordon rolling to a stop with a blown motor and thought maybe he should relax and slow it down and save the car. As Shannon went to slow down he realized he had no brakes and drove about 5 miles to find a safe spot to see what was wrong.   After capping the right rear brake, he was again chasing the pack.  Getting a flat at RM 20 and not having to slow down with the help of tireballs he was still running speeds of 100mph.  Running the double lane road coming into pit 1 Shannon came up on another competitor who was running about 40 mph slower who decided he was going to switch lanes.  Not able to stop fast enough he went for a hair raising ride swapping from side to side, saving it and knocking off what was left of the tire. Limping it through Elvis on 3 tires and a rim, and making it to Pit 2 where he fueled and did a tire change and continued on his mission to pass several more cars.  Coming into Chocolate Thunder just behind Scherer and Levi Shirley knowing he was still down quite a few, making the pass at the top and with some clean air he held her down to the wood.  Not being very friendly to the car at RM 68/Pit 2A the boys said get in here and let’s do a tire change and thankfully he did because he was losing the trailing arm on the rear.  After a little patch and welding Shannon asked if they trusted it with their lives and the answer was YES and he took off.  The rest of the race was pretty flawless other than a tire change and fuel.  Shannon drove the car like it was on fire to the finish not knowing he was in 3rd position. Getting unstrapped from the car he asked who finished in front of him, we told him Erik Miller and Rick Mooneyham and with a look of surprise, said, “I thought I was racing for 6th but I’ll take 3rd”.  Just to finish King of the Hammers is one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of offroad racing.  Only 49 out of 134 competitors finished. Congratulations to the 2012 “KING” of the Hammers, Erik Miller and the whole Miller Motorsports Team and Rick Mooneyham for an awesome 2nd place podium finish.

 

Without the support of my sponsors, family and friends none of this would be possible!

Monster Energy, Goodyear Tires, Currie Enterprises, ARB, TurnKey Engines, ProAm Racing, Fox Shox, Howe Performance, Hughes Performance, Ron Davis Radiators, Walker Evans, Advance Adapters, WARN, Mastercraft Safety, Powertank, KC Hilites, Dynomax, Motive Gear, Arizona Driveshaft, PCI,MasterPull, Southwest Ground Control, SDHQ, Rugged Radios, Tireballs

 

Crew:

Rob Finelli, Mike Flores, Don Campbell, Wayland Campbell, Nick Campbell, Bailey Campbell, Tammy Campbell, Ben Pettersen Andrew Knoell, Harley Smith, Matt Fenmore, Jake Eberhart, Robert Gamarano, Mike Dieu, Brian Meyers, Roy Deban, Matt Taylor, Jason Speiss, Bill Campbell, Kerry Campbell, John and Steven Butz, Clay Petty, Shane Rushe, Larry Corum, Adam Schrand, Larry Corum Sr, Bill Baird Motorsports Team, Bill, Matt, Keith and Brock, John Larson, EJ Rusiski, Mitch Guthrie, Bob Willis and a huge Thank You to Kenny @ Bar T Equipment for the use of the boom truck.

 

Next up for Shannon Campbell/Team Monster Energy:

Mar 31/Apr 1 LOORS/Firebird Raceway Phx, AZ

Mar 31/Apr 8 EJS/Moab UT

Apr 21-22 LOORS/Lake Elsinore Raceway

 

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www.campbellent.com

 

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About the Author

Jeff Knoll is the former Event Director for the King of the Hammers event. He has raced various classes in SCORE, BITD, MORE, and MDR. Following the California 200, Knoll travelled to Washington, DC to meet with BLM officials regarding the Special Recreation Permit policies of the BLM. Knoll serves on the BLM’s Desert Advisory Sub-Committee regarding Special Recreation Permits. Knoll also drafted language for Nevada’s Senate Bill 156 in 2011 regarding action sports safety.

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