The Talent Tank

May 25 2020 33 78 mins

The premier podcast venue for those that make ULTRA4 & Off-Road Racing the toughest, most diverse motorsport in the world.



EP 27 Nick Nelson
May 25 2020 • 119 min
What a treat getting Mr. Sendy Senderson, the first cousin, three times removed of Larry The Enticer, akin to Blake Wilkey, but wears his mullet on his chin, and his Canadian Tuxedo as cutoffs. In the hot seat for a deep dive in the tank, making time inbetween epic viral hits Nick Nelson @thennelson, the driver of the #40 ULTRA4 Racing 4400, and T1 driver, telling us hows its done and how simple it really is, if you are bold enough, and you just flat out work your ass off trying to fulfill your hopes and dreams. North Carolina, Wyoming, Florida, and currently racing out of Las Vegas where welding, structural fab work, construction, and grinding it out have landed Nick in some amazing opportunities, and some crazy envious fun. Everything from guns, souped up Jetta's and mini jet boats, enjoy.


EP 26 Derek West
May 18 2020 • 121 min
The Outlaw from the Ozarks, the Springfield Sultan, none other than "Disco" Derek West @derekwest20 of Crush Motorsports on this episode of The Talent Tank. We dive in on everything from driving the ULTRA4 Racing #20 4400 Class car, on into a crash course on solar power for your home. Examining the cruxes of taking one thing you love, and it turning into a job. For the last 18 years as a rock sports professional, Derek has been one of those guys that if you ever beat him, you know he just had a bad day, because he's rarely out driven. Deeper into the tank we discuss how to stay motivated, how to continue to have success, and the logic behind taking the path less traveled.


EP 25 Tom Wayes
May 11 2020 • 121 min
He's about the closest thing ULTRA4 Racing has to Captain America. On this Episode hailing from Olympic Valley, Tahoe, Reno, Haines, Alaska by way of Pennsylvania we take a dive into the psyche of the man behind the mustache, Tom Wayes @twayes, driver of the #321 4400 car, macho man of the ski's, and slinger of the chainsaw from the tallest trees in the Sierra Nevada's. When you don't find him jumping out of helicopters, or playing Paul Bunyon, you can find him exploring the backcountry on bike, sled, or his trusty Raptor. We get a look at what has made the Wayes name always apart of the podium conversations surrounding 4400. How he's been successful, how he's dealt with shortcomings, wrecks, injuries, getting older, and keeping the eye on the prize to live out "I wanna be 60 years old, Crusty, Salty, doing this exact thing." With a sweet/easy recipe for a Baja Fog thrown in for good measure.



EP 24 Jason Berger
May 04 2020 • 127 min
Prepare to be motivated and inspired on this Episode of The Talent Tank. Known simply as "Coach" or more endearingly as the "Winning-est Co-Driver in Off-Road History" none other than Jason Berger @crossfitsally. We've all heard tale of this "Legend" from Truckee, CA. Now finally having the opportunity to sit down and dissect what drives this guy. What makes him tick, and how he has inspired numerous, motivates the masses, and keeps a select few, best in the world offroad racecar drivers continuously in the podium hunt conversation. ULTRA4 Racing deals out the toughest courses on the planet, Jason doles out the ways to mentally and physically be the most prepared in mind and body before taking them on, exceeding goals, and remaining positive in the face of anything but. Did we mention Jason is into CrossFit, don't worry he'll tell you he is, but he's much more than that. Successful business owner of Dreamtown CrossFit, prolific philanthropist, humbled husband, fiercely driven competitor once the green flag drops


EP 23 Hunter Miller
Apr 27 2020 • 125 min
For his debut in ULTRA4 Racing UTV to end with the winning of the King of the Hammers UTV race. We had to find out who this well accomplished driver was, and how he crossed over to immediate success. On this dive into The Talent Tank with Hunter Miller @huntermiller90, we get into the depths of who this modest, hard driven Texan, with a penchant for pain and victory is. With a racing resume that spans +20 years it becomes painfully obvious when Hunter and his CanAm @canamoffroad showed up on the lakebed they were immediate contenders and a force to be reckoned with. Racing is only half of the Miller family story, from racing side by side with his brother. To working along side his brother, and parents growing their glass business through embracing of technology Miller Glassworks @millerglassworks in a bedroom community that services one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Youtube link, Can-Am How to win King of the Hammers


EP 22 Stan Haynes
Apr 20 2020 • 110 min
A dive into The Talent Tank with pillar, and oldest kid on Team Indiana. Stan Haynes, Mr. Branik. Stan the quintessential nicest, most loved, will give you the shirt off his back ULTRA4 Racing racer you've ever met. From sponsoring @ultra4racing King of the Hammers, numerous finishes, off-road hard part innovation, his we don't say no business mind, and hard as nails "family first" because they are your co-workers mentality, we discover we need many more Stan's in the world.


EP 21 Jesse Haines
Apr 13 2020 • 128 min
From winning crawling competitions on numerous continents, to hitting the comp crawling world with a defibrillator and some aggressive CPR, recently beating COVID-19 and our current ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing King of the Hammers 4600 Class Champion Jesse Haines @jesse_haines_fabrication. Very few individuals have been as prolific or sustained the staying power to continue to be a pillar of rock sports, and continue to push the limits of whats possible for as long as Jesse has. Be prepared for this dive into Jesse's head, a ton of nuggets, and some hilarity that ensues while pinned out at 53mph on the way to a King of the Hammers podium.


EP 20 Ian Johnson
Apr 06 2020 • 117 min
The Don King of Offroad Media, the Guy Fieri of ULTRA4, the Marge Simpson of Okay too far. Ian of Offroad. Ian from Big Tire Garage. Ian Johnson @ianfrombigtiregarge We know and love this guy. He's been a staple of offroad television, magazines, the internet, announcing King of the Hammers for ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing, and now one of the esteemed personalities to guest appear on The Talent Tank. We talk Canadian, not the language, media, building, wrenching, building some more, being right, logistics of a build, being wrong, hair products, believing in yourself, and absolutely surrounding yourself with the best people you can find.


EP 19 Erik Miller
Mar 30 2020 • 152 min
Two time King, and quite possibly the best ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing driver for the past decade, Miller Motorsports Erik Miller @21erikmiller. As an east coast racer hailing out of Cumberland, MD it comes as a shock to most that he is so wickedly accomplished and successful nationwide. With 15 years in rock sports, a business building championship winning off-road racing cars, and the key-holder to the success of the solid axle four wheel drive platform in an era when everyone swears you have to have independent suspension or be relegated to losing. Erik is a giant among men. Who's the only competitor to finish every single King of the Hammers 4400 race since his first in 2010? This guy, and he hasn't finished outside the Top 4 in six years. So yes, you could say this is an exciting and insightful interview, settle in for a long stroll through the halls of Miller Motorsports and what its taken to build the dynasty that you have to go through if you want to win in ULTRA4.


EP 18 Josh Blyler
Mar 23 2020 • 98 min
A new King is crowned! 2020 King of the Hammers 4400 Champion Josh Blyler of #BigB Motorsports racing out of Klingerstown, Pennsylvania. In just four quick years in ULTRA4 Racing @ultra4racing, Josh sits on the throne for 2020 as the man to beat. He's the current 2019 National Points Champion as well as current King. Who is Josh Blyler? Its the question we've heard over and over since February 7th. But the better question is, why don't you know who Josh Blyler is. So step on in, sit down, buckle up, and listen to Josh's journey from the valleys of the Appalachia, to conquering in Johnson Valley, California. In scope, job creation in rural America, riding your horse to school, solar farms, Line Mountain, producing the Pro-Chassis for Miller Motorsports, chicken wings or not to chicken wing, as well as some amazing behind the scenes nuggets on his blistering assault to the Checkered Flag at this years ULTRA4 King of the Hammers.


KOH2020 SP 12 Cody Waggoner
Mar 19 2020 • 52 min
The Howard Hughes of rock sports! Cody Waggoner @cody_waggoner_lasernut First and foremost, without Cody & his wife Lindsey, the past twelve shows, the KOH2020 Sessions would not have been possible. Without their hospitality, and opening up their desert home for us to record with carte blanche access they would have been highly sub-optimal. On the Monday morning of Hammersweek, we sat down for some very early morning coffee and talked cutting metal with lasers, being a world champion rock crawler, family adventures, and the advanced mindset to see and embrace your own blindspots and turning weaknesses into strengths.


KOH2020 SP 11 Vaughn Gitten Jr / Loren Healy
Mar 16 2020 • 30 min
These guys at Team Fun-Haver Offroad Vaughn Gitten Jr @vaughngittenjr, and Loren Healy @loren_healy know how to get down. Business, marketing, outside the industry sponsors, representation, being fast, family, tattoo sleeves and and this little thing about being strategic and calculated in your actionable efforts. Crazy that we fit all that into such a short time frame, buckle up buttercups, good times were had at KOH2020 with these guys.


KOH2020 SP 10 David Hartman
Mar 12 2020 • 24 min
Hailing from Grand Junction, Colorado and pilot of the #4874, we got David Hartman @davidhartman4874 to grab a seat during a busy and hectic Hammers week. Albeit a shallow dive, you get another glimpse of what makes a program successful, hands-on, first hand experience and knowledge of their racecar. Another driver who handles his own prep. On this KOH Session we talk bars in Florida, investing as a career and lifestyle, new car setup, solid co-drivers, and sxs jetboats on the Colorado River. Which who wouldn't want a tiny jetboat to explore with?



KOH2020 SP 09 Dan McMillin / Luke McMillin
Mar 09 2020 • 22 min
They go by T1's, or Trophy Trucks, or Trick Trucks depending on where they are racing. But no matter where, you can consider them to be the best and baddest things in the desert at that point in time. On this KOH2020 Session we snag last years Inaugural Toyo Tires Desert Invitational Winner, Luke McMillin @lukemcmillin83 and his brother Dan McMillin @danmcmillin for a quick turn on what brought McMillin racing to King of the Hammers, and a shallow dive on 4wd/AWD trucks vs. the two-wheel drive trucks.


KOH2020 SP 08 Chris May
Mar 05 2020 • 35 min
All the way from South Carolina, Chris May @trailtoy83, sits down in the dust bowl of Johnson Valley during Hammersweek and fires up the Way Back Machine. I can hardly name a rock sports competitor that has been at it, and stayed at it as long as Chris. His wherewithal, tenacity, and downright staying power is something to behold. How a small budget racer still takes the green flag at the Hammers, being realistic in goals, fighting burnout, and being the father of a fiercely competitive daughter who is carving out her own name in off-road racing. And not a single Chris "May or May Not" joke was told.


KOH2020 SP 07 Roxy Foster
Mar 02 2020 • 42 min
Roxy Foster @mrsroxy the Queen of the Merch, AKA "BUY ALL MY STUFF". If you own any ULTRA4 or King of the Hammers clothing that is because of the lovely Mrs. Roxy. She's been around the block, and will take you behind the woodshed. On this session on The Talent Tank we try our best to not get a fork to the neck while discussing Pirate4x4 and the etiquette of "ChitChat" where this damsel reigned supreme, building and supporting businesses, people and your relationships being the bedrock for success, and in general what its like to be strapped to the ULTRA4 merry-go-round. So step in, sit down, and prepare to be enlightened!


KOH2020 SP 06 Dawson Allington
Feb 27 2020 • 44 min
Amazing, hard core, hard headed, zero quit in this guy! Dawson Allington @dawson_allington National Champion Stock Class driver of the #4695 @baby_jeep_racing his rookie year in ULTRA4, followed up with a battle for his life against brain cancer. He's a survivor, and the fight has invigorated his stature behind the steering wheel when the visor goes down and the green flag drops. Dawson sits down with Wyatt at KOH2020 talking adversity, cancer, racing, huge bandaids, Shannon Campbell's hair, and quilting of all things.


KOH2020 SP 05 Ryan Thomas
Feb 24 2020 • 32 min
The brand new "El Presidente" of ULTRA4 Racing, Ryan Thomas @iamryanjthomas, steps in and sits down for and abbreviated KOH session. Who is this guy, where did he appear from, and how did Dave Cole convince him he needed to take over the organization? Between Chenowth, a family, baja like the back of his hand, a love of surfing, being successful in the face of adversity, and the cruxes and perils of over/under estimating everything including attendance at King of the Hammers.


KOH2020 SP 04 Joe Thompson
Feb 20 2020 • 22 min
We aren't talking "Aliens" when we are talking ULTRA4 UFO's. Joe Thompson @ufofabrication hits pause during Hammersweek 2020 for a quick dip in The Talent Tank. Welding, his take on what car engineering he believes will win races or survive the Gomez Brothers, sacrifices in relationships, and the pains of seeing his creations put through the paces.


KOH2020 SP 03 Dan Campbell-Lloyd
Feb 17 2020 • 23 min
LIVE FEED, LIVE FEED, LIVE FEED, this is the guy! The Wizard of Aus. You didn't know who put it all together, but this is the guy. Mr. Dan Campbell-Lloyd @dancampbelllloyd the Hawaiian Aussie whos been pulling levers and banging the audio/video machine for close to a decade at King of the Hammers for ULTRA4 Racing. Making everything that rolls across the Live Feed good, great, amazing, relevant. So let's take a topical peek behind the curtain, for a quick listen on this handsome bloke from Down Unda'.


KOH2020 SP 02 Bryan Crofts
Feb 13 2020 • 42 min
Here we go with the second installment of the ULTRA4 Racings King of the Hammers 2020 The Talent Tank sessions, Executive Produced by Caleb Norman @caleb__norman. The story behind the quite darkhorse piloting the brand new #9 in the Campbell Dynasty stable, we sat down with Bryan Crofts, @b_crofts AKA: Mr. Bailey Campbell for this dive session into The Talent Tank. From Cali to AZ, from Sheriff to Racecar driver, from a pile of tube to 31 days later the new #9. We discuss slaying dragons, finding love, and being accepted into a ready made racing family.


KOH2020 SP 01 Austin Fish Farner
Feb 10 2020 • 28 min
Here we go with the first installment of the ULTRA4 Racings King of the Hammers 2020 The Talent Tank sessions, Executive Produced by Caleb Norman @caleb__norman. For this installment we snagged a HUGE insider, Austin Fish Farner @fishdood from Fishgistics @fishgistics who knows this T1 field inside and out. Since he's a fish we threw him in The Talent Tank, and got the scoop on T1 drivers, T1 tech, and what T1's running on Thursday at King of the Hammers means to him, and what he think it means to the desert racing community.


EP 17 Dave Cole
Jan 27 2020 • 101 min
It took us seventeen episodes to get the King of the Hammerking Empire on The Talent Tank, but we've done it. Dave Cole @ultra4racing, the man, the myth, the legend behind ULTRA4 Racing, King of the Hammers, and Hammerking Productions. Sit down, crank it up, and lets go dancing from New Jersey to SoCal, by way of IndyCar, Baja, Birfields, a lot of Applebees, and ultimately running the Greatest Circus in the Dirt.



EP 16 Jason Scherer
Jan 20 2020 • 124 min
You may get to the top via luck one time, but it wont keep you there, and it certainly wont let you repeat multiple times. On this Episode of The Talent Tank we take a dive into the history, lifestyle, and what makes THREE time King of the Hammers "King" Jason Scherer, @jasonscherer76, driver of the #76 4400 ULTRA4 car successful, and continuously one of the preeminent competitors to beat when it comes to four wheel drive racing. From love for and reality checks in the game of baseball to his humble beginnings installing payphones when that was a thing, all the way though what he and his team believe it takes to be successful long before the Green Flag drops, and well after the Checkers fly.


EP 15 Will Gentile
Jan 13 2020 • 95 min
Pay no attention to the man behind the camera. Not today! The multimedia artist and visionary Will Gentile @will.gentile of HeavyMetal Concepts @heavymetalconcepts straps in and takes a dive into The Talent Tank. You may not know the man, but you've heard his name and its synonymous with a large sum of the audio/video content coming from King of the Hammers, ULTRA4 Racing, and a litany of companies and racing teams in this genre of motorsports for nearly a decade. Today we discover how he's been so successful at hiding behind the lens, where he draws inspiration, how he has honed his craft, and what it took to ascend the mountain of success that he still climbs every single day.


EP 14 JT Taylor
Jan 06 2020 • 104 min
There is nobody more proficient and well rounded when it comes to ULTRA4 racing than JT Taylor @jt_customs, with a job title like "Global Ultra4 Race Director" you better be serious and good or both. After numerous attempts, we finally corralled JT on Christmas Eve to get the early jump on King of the Hammers 2020, and what secrets he'd divulge. What we learned is so much more. How this former soldier took what he was trained to do, and harnessed it for success in the offroad racing world, from Mexico, Dakar, Europe, New Zealand, and the US, he's picked up a trick or three. So buckle up, and lets take a ride with JT from 3 wheeler racing as a kid in Florida, to building the gnarliest offroad race courses mankind has ever faced.


EP 13 Adam Scherer
Dec 16 2019 • 83 min
Everything's bigger in Texas, just like this Episode 13 of The Talent Tank podcast as bulldog Adam Scherer @adam.scherer.77, Founder, and Co-Owner of Tribe16 @thetribe16 in Fort Worth on all the things hitting on his radar today. Where the racecars he and his team builds are perennial contenders in the Toughest Single Day Offroad race in the world, King of the Hammers. From car audio, cabinetry, airsoft, building a business, Texas, beer, Bob Schneider FAYM, Adam is the veritable Can-Do Swiss Army knife of the ULTRA4 world.


EP 12 Matt Howell
Dec 16 2019 • 97 min
Adapt and overcome while being deliberate defines Episode 12 as we strapped in to capture 3x Ultra4 4500 Class National Champion Matt Howell @matt_howell, Co-Owner of Tribe16 @thetribe16. When proving yourself, becomes removing all doubt that you are the contender to beat in the Modified Class. From hair and beard grooming, building a construction empire, leaf looking, what it means to be a part of the Tribe and their recent shop move, KOH2020 Strategy, and his recent appointment to The Jessi Combs Foundation, Board of Directors @thejessicombsfoundation.


EP 11 Wayne Israelsen
Nov 18 2019 • 102 min
Diving into the deep end of a shallow Tank for Episode 11 is none other than the Guru of Go-Fast, Dalai Lama of Dampening, Shaman of Shocks, Sorcerer of Suspension, the Wayne Israelsen AKA: Dad @wayne_at_alltech This episode gets shocking in the most technical of terms for those gleaning shock tech insight. But we also keep it very topical with tech dives on mullets, external racing catheters, and running the right seat with some of the biggest names in racing, that end with standing on the podium as the champs.


EP 10 Chris Bowler
Nov 11 2019 • 81 min
Episode 10 the European Connection. Chris Bowler the man behind the mayhem at ULTRA4 Europe takes a dive into the Tank. Sheep farming, exotic fish, a life as a career serviceman for her majesty's Royal British Army, Land Rovers, offroad trials, euro racing, cruelties of being the course builder for ULTRA4 Europe and his ascension within the Hammerking organization on this episode of The Talent Tank.


EP 09 Adam Woodlee
Nov 04 2019 • 67 min
Episode 9 brings world renowned four-wheel drive offroad racecar fabricating phenom, and offroad businessman Adam Woodlee @wideopendesign for a short dip in the deep end of The Talent Tank. Adam and his southern style pull you in as he discusses, growing up immersing himself in everything offroad from trail riding, southern style rock bouncing and his exploits racing King of the Hammers with a touch of donuts, and suicidal bunnies thrown in for good measure. Before discussion turns starting a family later in life after making offroad motorsports his business, job creation in small town America, building his brand, product line failures, and the successes in innovation that have dominated his trajectory in life the past near 20 years.


EP 08 Cody Addington
Oct 28 2019 • 57 min
Episode 8 became a stop on his whirlwind tour after winning the 2019 ULTRA4 Nationals in Reno, Nevada. We have Cody Addington @addracing888 sharing some of his talent with us in the Tank. From his days of piloting the little Toyota truck that could, to putting the famous Red Dragon on back on the podium. Prepping out of a small garage at his house and sleeping in the bed of his truck at races. His never quit attitude, and finish what you start mentality is inspiration we can all get behind.


EP 07 Rob Bender Park
Oct 21 2019 • 120 min
Episode 7 throws Rob Bender Park @robbenderpark current head of fabrication at Motobilt, and host of the hit TV series Truck Night in America into the mix. Rob walks us down history lane of the Tin Benders, Pirates of the Rubicon, King of the Hammers, numerous welding projects, Enron, California, Alabama, terrible humidity, the difference between 13" & 15" Dickies, and whats going on at Motobilt with their new 10kW Fiber Laser Cutter and shop move, and what it means to be tasked with innovation.



EP 06 Shannon Welch
Oct 14 2019 • 73 min
Episode 6 brings retired from Hammerking Productions, social media specialist, and Associate Producer for this show Shannon Welch, @theshannonwelch, to the Tank. How the east coast found its way to California and behind the curtain with a hand in the managing and growing of the beast, that is the ULTRA4 Racing series that it is today. On to now, what she's doing, and how your business and race efforts could benefit from her expertise.


EP 05 Nate Gesse
Oct 07 2019 • 84 min
Episode 5 puts rookie 4400 driver Nate Gesse on the spot. From going all in to race with the veterans on a very empty and untested talent tank a year ago, to where he is today, 4th in the 2019 ULTRA4 East series points race.


EP 04 Loren Healy
Sep 30 2019 • 55 min
Episode 4 gets Loren Healy @loren_healy into the Tank for a dive in on breadsticks, being a professional off-road racecar driver, self-promotion, the racing school of hard knocks, strategic partnerships, hard work, and successes that earned him the King of the Hammers scepter twice. With a huge game changer in his future.


EP 03 Casey Gilbert
Sep 23 2019 • 48 min
Episode 3 brings Casey Gilbert to the Tank for a sit down to discuss the family, business, Every Man Challenge, Back to Back Class 4800 King of the Hammers wins, a possible future in 4400 and IFS.


EP 02 Terry Madden
Sep 15 2019 • 51 min
Episode 2 which brings Terry Madden @terry_madden to the Tank for a sit down discussion about racing, adventure, searching for answers, finding Gus the Camel in Morocco, being an offroad driving coach and his new business venture HIRôAD in Yucca Valley, California.


EP 01 Miles Hasselquist
Sep 08 2019 • 89 min
Miles "The Voice of Hammertown" Hasselquist sits down to discuss life, work, friends, and King of the Hammers announcing.


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