Nelson Nabs Ultra4 Nitto Tire National Championship

November 10th, 2012 – Blackwell, TX:
Less than 100 points separated the top 4 Ultra4 drivers going into last
weekend’s PSC Brawl in Blackwell race; the series finale in the 2012 Ultra4
Nitto Tire National Championship series. 28 year old Ultra4 driver, Nick Nelson
from Las Vegas, NV was the series points leader going into the race. With a win
at the 2012 4 Wheel Parts Glen Helen Grand Prix and a top 10 finish at the
Ultra4 Cinco de Baja earlier in the season, Nelson was the man to beat in Texas.
At the end of the 176 mile race, Nelson would secure a 5th place overall finish
and would maintain his lead in the 2012 Ultra4 Nitto Tire National Championship
Series points by just 51 points over Detroit, MI Ultra4 driver, Mike Colville. A
complete list of the top 10 in series points is listed below.

In addition to the 2012 Ultra4
Nitto Tire National Championship, Nick Nelson was also awarded the 2012 Ultra4
Sportsman of the Year award.  This award is voted on by fellow Ultra4 drivers.
Drivers are encouraged to vote for the driver that they feel best represents
Ultra4 Racing to the off -road and racing communities. Some of the reasons,
fellow driver’s gave for voting for Nelson included; his domination throughout
the series at races including The Mint 400, his willingness to help others, and
the fact that he was an “all around nice guy.”  Nelson was also the Trail-Gear
Western Regional Series Champion


A 2nd Ultra4 Sportsman of the year award was also issued to 2nd
place Series Champion Mike Colville based upon his selfless efforts at multiple
races throughout the season to assist other drivers. In Blackwell, Colville took
the time to winch a broken competitor up a difficult obstacle knowing that the
assistance could adversely affect his chances of a podium finish or even the
series championship.  Ultra4 Racing Founder, Dave Cole issued this second
Sportsman trophy based upon Colville’s selfless acts at multiple races
throughout the season.  Colville also was the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional
Series Champion.

The 2012 Rookie of the Year award
went to Farmington, MO driver, Jason Shipman. This was Shipman’s first year
racing the Ultra4 series and he succeeded in finishing 2nd place in the 4WD
Hardware Rausch Creek Qualifier, Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno – Ultra4
class and the 2012 PSC Brawl in Blackwell, TX.

The 2012 Partner of the Year
award was presented toTim Coltey of  Nitto Tire U.S.A. In 2012, Nitto Tire
signed onto a 3 year sponsorship of the Nitto Tire National Championship series
and will be playing a larger role throughout the 2013 Ultra4 Series

The next race for Ultra4 Racing
will be during the 2013 Griffin King of The Hammers week taking place February
3rd-8th in Johnson Valley, CA.

Nelson Vehicle Photo courtesy of
HeavyMetal Concepts


Ultra4 is a vehicle type, class and series.  Ultra4
Racing was born from the popularity of the annual Griffin King of the Hammers,
considered to be the toughest one-day off-road race. The vehicles are unlimited
four-wheel drive, capable of competing in multiple racing disciplines – extreme
rock crawling, high-speed desert racing and short course.  In five years, the
sport has grown significantly from the inaugural King of the Hammers to an eight
race national series including a regional east and west championship and a
three-race pro series.  Ultra4 Racing is managed by Hammerking Productions
located in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  To learn more, log on to

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