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Wayland Campbell

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Wayland Campbell stands out as a true maverick in the demanding world of off-road racing. Growing up surrounded by the roar of engines and the dust of off-road trails, Wayland inherited a legacy of racing, some will say it's embedded into his DNA. Born into a family deeply entrenched in off-road racing, Wayland is the son of legendary racer Shannon Campbell and brother to fellow off-road racer Bailey Campbell. Every season, you can rely on this trio fiercely competing for the coveted number one spot.


The Early Days

Wayland's journey began at the age of 14 when he entered his first-ever off-road race, the 2009 W.E. Rock Put Up or Shut Up Shootout in Tucson, AZ. In a remarkable performance, he secured a 3rd place finish, a mere 3 points away from second. This early success hinted at the off-road prodigy that Wayland would become.


Throughout his career, Wayland has been a proud supporter of ARB Air Lockers, running them in both his front and rear axles. These reliable components have played a pivotal role in his success, providing the control needed to navigate treacherous terrains. The importance of ARB Air Lockers was evident even in Wayland's early victories, such as the 2009 W.E. Rock race where Wayland finished 3rd; the 2nd and 1st place finishers also leaned on the same technology.


Family Business

The King of the Hammers stands as the pinnacle of off-road racing challenges globally, known for its extreme toughness where merely crossing the finish line represents a significant accomplishment for most contenders. In the 2017 Ultra4 King of the Hammers, Wayland Campbell found himself in a unique and intense situation, facing off against none other than his father, Shannon Campbell.

During the race, Shannon encountered a formidable obstacle when one of his tires separated from the driver-side wheel. Aware of Wayland's proximity in both distance and time, Shannon faced a critical decision. Despite the tire issue, he made the strategic choice to press on without swapping tires. As the race progressed, the tire eventually completely detached, leaving Shannon racing on just the wheel. However, the presence of his front ARB Air Locker proved to be a game-changer.

Reflecting on the intense moment, Shannon Campbell recalled, "When Wayland and I battled it out in 2017, and I came in with one wheel and that wheel was spinning, but because I had the Air Locker, I could lock it up and still had the all-wheel drive."

At the tail end of the race, Wayland passed his father and became the first to cross the finish line. But Shannon followed closely behind, crossing the finish line just seconds after Wayland. However, Shannan had a faster race time by a mere 28 seconds, allowing Shannon to secure the victory and Wayland to clinch the remarkable 2nd place trophy. 

The 2017 King of the Hammers became an iconic chapter in the Campbell family's off-road racing legacy, highlighting Wayland's resilience and ability to triumph even in the face of extreme challenges.

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Family, Work, and Racing

Balancing a full-time job and raising two young boys, River and Kash, alongside his racing pursuits, showcases Wayland's commitment and ability to manage multiple responsibilities. In downtime, you'll find him at the BMX track with his boys or hitting the trails.


Achievements and Championships

From that early triumph, Wayland's racing career has been nothing short of spectacular. Earning accolades such as DirtSports Rookie of the Year, Offroad Hall of Fame-Rising Star, and Impact awards along with notable Ultra4 victories, with championships and wins in events like the Ultra4 (West) Stampede and King of the Hammers.

2013 23rd King of the Hammers
2013 1st Ultra4 (west) Series
2013 2nd Ultra4 National Series
2014 15th King of the Hammers
2014 5th Ultra4 (West) Series
2014 9th Ultra4 (East) Series
2014 4th Ultra4 Nationals
2014 4th King of the Hammers
2015 3rd Ultra4 (West) Stampede
2015 6th Ultra4 (West) Glen Helen
2015 9th Ultra4 (East) Sturgis
2015 3rd Ultra4 National Series
2016 15th King of the Hammers
2016 5th Ultra4 Nationals
2017 2nd King of the Hammers
2017 2nd UTV King of the Hammers
2017 1st Ultra4 East Points Champ
2017 1st Ultra4 National Champ
2018 3rd King of the Hammers
2018 1st Ultra4 (West) Stampede
2018 1st Ultra4 West Points Champ
2019 10th Ultra4 National Champ
2021 11th Ultra4 (West) San Felipe
2021 3rd Ultra4 (West) Sturgis, SD
2021 Ultra4 Hard Charger Award
2021 9th Ultra4 West Point Series
2023 19th King of the Hammers
2023 3rd Ultra4 (West) Disney

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The Unfinished Story

As Wayland Campbell rolls into his 12th year of racing, his journey is far from over. The off-road maverick continues to push boundaries, mastering terrains with the confidence that comes from having the best in the business by his side — ARB Air Lockers and the unwavering support of his family.

In the relentless pursuit of victory, Wayland Campbell remains a testament to the resilience and triumph that define the Campbell name in the world of off-road racing. Stay tuned for the next thrilling chapter in Wayland Campbell's off-road dynasty!

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