Shocks by Hammer X-Mod heat races offer racers extra cash at Jan. 11-19 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Nov. 15, 2019) — The Shocks by Hammer X-Mod heat races will give drivers in the open-wheel division a shot at extra cash every night of the January 11-19 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway.

A Huron, S.D.-based shock-service business launched in 2011 by veteran Upper Midwest racer Brian Diede, Shocks by Hammer is a first-time sponsor of the mid-winter motorsports extravaganza that features six evenings of action for X-Mods as well as Super Late Models and Modifieds. The Shocks by Hammer X-Mod heat races will offer each winner $30 and second-place finisher $20.

“The X-Mod division has grown to be a loaded field each-and-every year at the Wild West Shootout,” said event coordinator Ben Shelton. “Some of these racers travel over 30 hours to be at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway, so it’s awesome to have Shocks by Hammer stepping up to sponsor some extra cash for these competitors on a nightly basis.”

Shocks by Hammer specializes in custom shock packages for competitors on the Upper Midwest’s WISSOTA circuit with the majority of its work with Bilstein Shocks. The company also does shock work for snowmobiles, among other vehicles, and recently began servicing and repairing Fox Shocks for Ford Raptor trucks.

“I’ve got a lot of customers in the X-Mod and Modified divisions that go down there (to Arizona),” said Diede, who has been competing himself on dirt tracks for two decades. “It’s just like a refuge for ‘em. They’d pull ‘em down there by hand if they could just to get out of this weather we deal with up here. There’s guys ice-fishing already up here.

“I just want to give back something to those X-Mod guys. To give guys a few extra bucks for finishing first or second in a heat race … heck, they can go buy some beer or do whatever else they want to do with it.”

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X-Mod drivers competing in the 2020 Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout will also chase a points fund provided by title sponsor and presenting sponsor Barnett Harley-Davidson. A $1,000 payoff has been posted for the champion of the six-race X-Mod miniseries, which includes four $500-to-win features and $1,000-to-win headliners on Jan. 12 and 19. The division’s total points fund is $2,500 in cash to be shared among the top-five finishers.

Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout officials recently announced that online sales of single- and multi-day tickets have begun for the popular miniseries, which will pay out over $200,000 in purses over six nights of Super Late Model, Modified and X-Mod racing with tripleheaders are set for Jan. 11, 12, 15, 17, 18 and 19. Fans, can pick up their advanced tickets by visiting, and it’s worth noting that anyone who buys a six-day package gets a free one-day pit pass upgrade along with a free seat cushion.

The Super Late Model portion of the miniseries will once again boast the Keyser Quarter-Million Challenge, a lucrative program that offers a $250,000 bonus for sweeping all six features; $100,000 for winning five; $25,000 for capturing four; and $10,000 for claiming three. A driver able to pull off the feat of sweeping the races would depart Arizona with over $293,000.

Fans and competitors planning trips to FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway can also now book rooms at the Wild West Shootout’s official hotel, Hyatt Place Phoenix Gilbert in Gilbert, Ariz. Located approximately 20 minutes from the track, a $119 per night room rate for king or two-queen rooms is available for WWS attendees who call 1-888-591-1234 or visit and use the code G-WILD by Dec. 17.

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The Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Dirt Track Bank, Black Diamond Race Cars, Shaw Trucking, SportTruck RV, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Border Tire, Arizona Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker Trucking, Premier Waste Services, MidWest Sheet Metal, VP Racing Fuel, Hoosier Racing Tires, Pro Power Engines, Penske Racing Shocks, Five Star Graphix, Beaver Stripes, Schaeffer’s Oil, Gorsuch Performance Solutions, Screven Motor Speedway, Shocks By Hammer and