The week of racing in Johnson Valley, California starts off with the King of the Motos race.

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The moto race is held over multiple stages, all featuring a land-rush start.

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This year was made that much harder by the first ever night stage.

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Each of the 107 moto racers exemplify badassery as they make their way over the roughest terrain California has to offer.

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Only the strong survive. This year Colton Haaker took the King of the Motos crown.

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After the motos had their fun, the UTVs take their chance. Here a vehicle finds itself ass over teakettle in a section of rocks known as Backdoor.

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Co-drivers must get out and direct drivers through some of the roughest sections, even winching the UTVs over obstacles.

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A bevy of co-drivers working in Backdoor. Finally Shannon Campbell, in his first ever UTV race, takes the first place trophy.

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Thursday brings the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge. Stock-ish vehicles and limited yet still modified rigs all take their chances in the Hammers

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In total 133 racers took the green flag, traversing not only rocks but also the open desert.

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The winner of the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge is Brad Lovell, adding another trophy to his already full cabinet. This is his third win.

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The final race of the week is the big one: The King of the Hammers.

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120 racers start two at a time, all hoping to complete the 181 miles of rocks, silt, sand and boulders.

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Speaking of sand... it gets soft out there.

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Bailey Campbell, who became the first woman to finish in the top five in 2016, had some mechanical issues that put her down to 26th.

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Crowd favorite Tom Wayes also had some mechanical problems. Many thought it was his year to win, but he finished 22nd.

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Some folks crashed in the infield.

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Fan favorite JP Gomez took a respectable 5th place. I wonder how long he drove on that flat.

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Last year's winner Erik Miller hoped for a repeat in his freshly built rig but ended up in 4th place.

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Third place Jason Scherer showing the world how it's done.

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Wayland Campbell, who came in 2nd despite crossing the finish line first, getting it done.

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Wayland Campbell in the #3 rig overtook Jason Scherer in a section known as Chocolate Thunder and held him at bay for the rest of the race.

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Shannon Campbell took the crown for the 2017 King of the Hammers race. And yes, he's the same guy that won the UTV race earlier in the week.

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Shannon Campbell crosses the finish line for his third King of the Hammers title. He's the only racer to win three times.

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Shannon finished on a front passenger flat.

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And was missing his driver's side front tire all together.

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Shannon completed the 181-mile race in six hours, 46 minutes and four seconds, beating his son Wayland by a mere 28 seconds.

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Though 120 racers competed, only 50 crossed the finish line in the 14-hour time limit. Click through to see some close-ups of the rigs.

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Miller suspension

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Bailey

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