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The thrilling conclusion of 2023 Ultra4 off-road racing series was held at Standard Wash area of Lake Havasu, AZ where the contenders battled the desert rocks and dirt for the last round of points for the season.

Bryan Crofts racing at the 2023 Ultra4 Finals at the Legends of Havasu

The Arizona weather was perfect for a day of off-road racing, but the course was unforgiving in the Standard Wash BLM area where the race the 4400-class race was held.

4400 class drivers roared off the line on saturday morning for the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu

The feeling of excitement was in the air on Saturday morning, with this being the last time the 4400 racers would battle it out for the season. The cars roared off the starting line though a valley leading up to were the pits were giving a great view for all the crews in pits cheering them on. Unfortunately there was several cars who would pull off on the first lap having unforeseen mechanical failures.

Paul Horschel drifting his 4400 Ultra4 car at the 2023 Legends of the Havasu

There was a lot of lead changes at the first ever Legends of Havasu in 2023, and Paul Horschel was seen drifting though a corner in his Nitto Trail Grappler equipped Bronco that has been custom built including rear steer capabilities.

Cade Gall imore can be seen here jumping at the 2023 Legends of Havasu

Cade Rodd, who qualified 2nd was part of the of top 5 who were all Nitto drivers, can be seen here sending it over a jump though one of the long desert sections of the course. 

Bailey Campbell racing at the 2023 Ultra4 Finals at the Legends of Havasu

The Havasu-based track had several fast sections which was very nice for racers to get a chance to cool down, because the sand sections created extra heat for the engines under heavy load, eventually leading to several failures.

Award winning Chad Hundt pushed his team Indiana 4400 car as hard as he could during the 2023 Legends of the Havasu

Chad Hundt, who blasted his team Indiana 4400 race car though the desert to a top 10 finish, was presented with a very well deserved, Sportsman of the Year Award at the Ultrea4 annual awards banquet later that night to a very loud round of applause from his fellow racers.

UTVs battled hard at the 2023 Legends of the Havasu Ultra4 Finals

UTV's battled hard during the long day of racing on Friday, after pre-running on Thursday and then qualifying on Friday. By the time the race rolled around most drivers were more than ready to get strapped in and race hard, unfortunately the rough terrain had other plans, leaving several drivers walking back to the pits.

Newcomer AK Whatley ripping though the desert at the 2023 Ultra4  Lake of the Havasu

New comer AK Whatley worked hard blasting himself from the back of the pack qualifying in the 44th place to 8th overall, he pushed hard in his new Fun Haver Off-Road Bronco built by Triton Engineering and was thrilled to have such a great day of racing.

The EMC class had a lot of awesome action at the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of the Havasu

Antonio Grijalva from Lets Roll Racing, who was in the 4800 of the Every Man Challenge battle hard and finished 4th in class and 6th overall.  With 49 cars battling for position on the 36.9 mile course everyone was trying to stay fast but keep their cars together until the end of the race.

The Stock class with 35 inch tires battles at the 2023 Legends of Havasu

The 4600 class has the hardest time with the toughest power to weight ratio, and a DOT max tire size of 35 inches they are some of the true heroes in the sport. The teal Jeep Grand Cherokee of Jesse Bennett can be seen pushing hard though the rough 40 miles race course. Unfortunately the steering cooler began to leak and after a quart every 7 miles they threw in the towel at race mile 26.

The dust caused lots of problems at the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu

As you can imagine, the dust began to play a huge role in how the race went, by helping some drivers keep a competitor off their tail while in a slow section or pushing though a corner.  However, if you were trying to chase down another position it was almost impossible, which is why qualifying was so very crucial for this course specifically.  

There was some long stretches in the desert section of the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu

With nearly 40 miles of race course the 4400 class had plenty of wide open spaces to push hard and with 48 cars battling there was a never a dull moment on the race course. The wind helped sweep the dust away after cars roared by spectators and course workers, but drivers had helmet pumpers to keep fresh air going and even some drivers opening visors to help with visibility.

Raul Gomez finishes the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu off-road race

As he kicked up dust throughout the day with his Nitto Trail Grappler tires, Raul Gomez nearly took home the win.

JP Gomez racing in the Arizona desert during the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu

In the end it was JP Gomez who fought hard and pushed his car even harder to earn the top spot on the podium of the 2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu off-road race.

2023 Ultra4 Legends of Havasu Race Results:

4900 Stock

1.) Mark McCleerey

2.) Byron Starratt

3.) Rich Bersch

4900 Open

1.) Jake Versey

2.) Joshua Simth

3.) Robby Gordon

4900 Pro Mod

1.) Robert Parker

2.) Kory Willis

3.) Mike Park

Ford Bronco built for the 4600 stock class at the 2023 Ultra4 Finals at the Legends of Havasu


1.) Loren Healy

2.) Alex Fleming

3.) Doug Lanford

Loren Healy won the 4600 stock class at the 2023 Ultra4 Finals at the Legends of Havasu


1.) Logan Goodall

2.) Cody St. Claire

3.) Shawn Rants


1.) Brent Harrell

2.) Brain Trempe

3.) Jesse Lee


1.) JP Gomez

2.) Raul Gomez

3.) Bryan Crofts

4400-class 2023 Ultra4 Finals at the Legends of Havasu results: 1. JP Gomez, 2. Raul Gomez, 3. Bryan Crofts

2023 Ultra4 Season Points Championship Winner:

Bryan Crofts

bryan Crofts kicking up dirt in his Nitto Trail Grappler equipped 4400-Class Ultra4 car

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