Durango 4X4 team comes in second at national finals

The Durango-based Four Corners 4x4 Jeep driven by Jason Kaminsky and Doug Bigelow negotiates a rocky section at the 2012 King of the Hammers Everyman Challenge in Johnson Valley, Calif. Kaminsky and co-driver Richard Jenkins this year piloted the Jeep to a national champion title in the 4600 Ultra4 stock class. Enlarge photo

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The Durango-based Four Corners 4x4 Jeep driven by Jason Kaminsky and Doug Bigelow negotiates a rocky section at the 2012 King of the Hammers Everyman Challenge in Johnson Valley, Calif. Kaminsky and co-driver Richard Jenkins this year piloted the Jeep to a national champion title in the 4600 Ultra4 stock class.

Jason Kaminsky and Richard Jenkins with the Durango-based 4x4 endurance racing team Four Corners 4x4 recently concluded their 2013 season with a second-place finish at the Dirt Riot National Championship in Bridgeport, Texas.

The team has been competing in the Dirt Riot series for the last two years, and this year took home the national champion title in the 4600 Ultra4 stock class. That was in addition to wins in the Mountain Series and Central Series and a second-place finish in the Southwest Series.

Last weekend’s event, held at Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, attracted more than 70 racers from across the country in various classes such as 4400, 4500, 4600, UTV and Sportsman’s classes.

“I am really proud of my team’s accomplishments these past two years. We have started every single scheduled event and finished 11 out of the 13 races,” Kaminsky said.

That is an achievement considering that this type of racing typically loses one-third to one-half of the field because of mechanical failure.

“We have built, tested and maintained a top-tier race vehicle, and we are ready to improve upon our successes in the upcoming 2014 season,” Kaminsky said.

The team’s 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be seen next at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas during the first week of November. After that exhibit, the team will start preparing for the 2014 King of the Hammers Everyman Challenge in which it will compete for their third time in front of an estimated 30,000 off-road racing fans in the toughest off-road endurance race in the U.S.

The team’s 2013 sponsors include Four Corners 4x4, Superchips, Mountain Off Road Enterprises, Savvy Off Road, Clayton Off Road Manufacturing, Yukon Gear & Axle, Tom Wood’s Custom Drive Shafts, Bilstein USA, Durango Custom Works, Durango Electrical Services, Grandview Land Holdings, Mariah Kaminsky Fine Art, Peak Exploration & Development, 4x4 & More, Associations Direct, New York Blower, Metal Cloak, Raceline Wheels, Durango Muffler & Brake and 4x4tricks.com.