KOH 2019 schedule

Every year in California, the first week of February is dedicated to the King of the Hammers: the toughest off-road race in the world. Check out the KOH week schedule.

Pictures Paolo Baraldi

The 13th annual KOH week will commence with Hammertown opening to the public on Friday, February 1st, 2019 and will continue through Saturday, February 9th, 2019. The actual King of The Hammers race will take place on Friday, February 8th, 2019.  Most races from 2018 are expected to return for 2019 including: The Every Man Challenge, KOH UTV Race, and the Shootout. New for 2019 is the Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy, this will be a Trophy Truck Race held on Thursday February 7th, 2019.


2019 KOH week schedule:  

Friday 1/2 - Hammertown opening 

Saturday 2/2 - UTV Qualifying 

Sunday 3 / 2- UTV race 

Monday 4/2 - 4500/4600/4800 Qualifying & Shootout (evening) 

Tuesday 5/2 - 4400 Qualifying 

Wednesday 6/2 - Every Man Challenge race (EMC) 

Thursday 7/2 - Toyo Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy 

Friday 8/2 - Nitto King of the Hammers race powered by Optima Batteries (KOH)


Unlimited Desert Truck Race Added to King of The Hammers Week 

Top Drivers to Compete for Biggest Prize Purse in History of Sport


A new desert race is coming to the 2019 King of The Hammers (KOH) Week lineup. The Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy will feature 30 elite off-road desert racers in an invitation-only, traditional open-desert, off-road truck race in Johnson Valley, CA. This marks the return of unlimited off-road racing to the sports birthplace: Southern California. It is also the first time that 4 wheel-drive will not be required of trucks to compete during KOH Week. The invited teams will vie for $125,000 prize purse making it the richest off-road race in the history of the sport.  Drivers will qualify and race on the same day; Thursday, February 7th, 2019.

The winner of the Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Presented by Monster Energy will take home $100,000, 2nd place earns $15,000, and 3rd place $10,000. The driver with the fastest lap time of the day earns an additional $3,750.  With increases in prize money to the Ultra4 class to match, the payout for KOH week will exceed $300,000. 


The list of confirmed competitors includes but is not limited to:

Rob MacCachren 

Tavo Vildosola 

Robby Gordon

Andy McMillin

Bryce Menzies

BJ Baldwin

Troy Herbst 

Justin Lofton

Cameron Steele


There will be a Last Chance Qualifying opportunity for teams that did not receive an automatic invite.  Details to be announced in the coming weeks.


“When some of the top names in desert racing said they’d like to come to California and take part in KOH Week, of course we wanted to find a way to not only include them but showcase their trucks and their talent.” Said King of the Hammers founder, Dave Cole, when asked about the new race. He continued by saying. “We’ve partnered with Toyo Tires and Monster Energy to create a race and purse unlike anything else in off-road currently or in the sports history. Our goal is to give both the drivers and fans an exciting new experience.  We look forward to expanding the KOH model of engaged and accessible onsite spectator opportunities as well as world class LIVE race coverage.”

With the Desert Invitational taking place on Thursday, The Every Man Challenge featuring the 4800 Legends, 4500 Modified and 4600 Stock ULTRA4 classes will move to Wednesday, February 6th, 2019. The UTV race moves to Sunday, February 3rd.


About ULTRA4 RACING and King of The Hammers

ULTRA4 is a vehicle type, class and series. 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 12 years, the sport has grown significantly from the inaugural King of the Hammers to an eight race national series including a national championship. ULTRA4 Racing is managed by Hammerking Productions located in Temecula, CA.  To learn more, please visit www.ultra4racing.com