TMB TV: ActionTracks 8.2 – Monster Truck Nationals – Du Quoin, IL 2017

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 8.2
Event: Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Southern Illinois Center
Location: Du Quoin, Illinois
Date: February 24th-25th, 2017
Videographer: Chris Parrish (Check out Mean Duck Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Ballistic – Mac Plecker
Hotsy – Dale Benear
Lucas Oil Bigfoot #19 – Darron Schnell
Predator – Dalton Vanskyock
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke
Venom – Denver Echternkamp

Featured Links

www.BigDawg4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.MonsterTruckNationals.com
www.PredatorRacingInc.com
www.Raminator.com

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The Allen Report: Tournament of Destruction – Tuscon, AZ 2017

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we make our way to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds for the very first time. It’s a venue that is no stranger to family entertainment as the host site of the annual Celebration of the Cowboys, but this time, the family entertainment was supplied by four dirt slinging, car clearing monster trucks scheduled to appear in drag racing, wheelie contest, roundy-round racing and freestyle.

Fresh off their performance at the Monster Jam World Finals were Jim Creten and the Chris Kyle Bounty Hunter. Not far behind was former Army medic Dawn Creten piloting Scarlet Bandit. In front of the hometown folks was Tucson’s own Rat Attack, driven by Jacob Ladwig and rounding out the field was Nasty Boy, driven by Gary Ely, as Sturges Motorsports team owner Sam Sturges sold the truck to Gary not long ago.

In the opening round of drag racing, Bounty Hunter was quicker out of the gate and beat Nasty Boy for the opportunity to face Scarlet Bandit in the finals. In the finals Scarlet Bandit was quicker off the line. Jim Creten tried to make up the ground in the air but it was too late. Dawn Creten took the drag racing win. Up next was the wheelie contest. The muddy track made wheelies difficult, but all drivers gave great efforts regardless. The win, not surprisingly, went to Bounty Hunter.

On to roundy-round racing, where Dawn Creten bested Nasty Boy to advance to the finals where she got the rematch she wanted with Bounty Hunter, who had defeated a hard charging Rat Attack to make the championship round. But the former World Champion was not going to go down twice. Jim Creten kept his truck low over the crush cars and mastered the mud in the turns to get his revenge from drag racing by taking the win.

Finally, it all came down to freestyle. With both sets of crush cars, a van stack and a wheelie bump all fair game, there was plenty of room for the monsters to show what they could do. Nasty Boy got nice air and carried a great deal of speed to stay in contention. Rat Attack crushed the van and carried good sky wheelies to great response from the crowd. Scarlet Bandit crushed the cars and put together great move combinations, showing that she was for just as for real as the boys. But Jim Creten held nothing back. He carried terrific slap wheelies across the floor, cleared the cars and assembled an all-around fantastic freestyle run to claim the freestyle win.

Throughout the second and final show the following night, the competition was hot and heavy. At the top of the show, the announcer asked the crowd who their favorite was thanks to applause, monitored by a decibel counter. After it came down to Scarlet and Nasty Boy, the numbers on the machine showed that the female spectators had pulled through for Dawn Creten and Scarlet Bandit. However, Jim Creten was not to be denied a second time as he won the drag racing final, again with Scarlet Bandit staged against him. The drier track was much more suited for wheelies and Bounty Hunter took full advantage, putting the front tires in the air most of the length of the floor to sweep wheelies.

In roundy-round racing, Rat Attack put up a good fight against Bounty Hunter in the finals, but Jim Creten was just too fast, taking the clean sweep of what promoter M80 Productions called “Chase racing”. Lastly, in freestyle, all drivers gave good efforts, but again Jim Creten threw down with an all around amazing freestyle to put the spectators on their feet one last time.

While the monsters were resting in other parts of the show, the fans were treated to figure-8 trailer racing. In this offbeat form of motorsport, the objective is to be the last vehicle standing by knocking the trailers towed by the other cars off. The crowd was very much entertained by this as well as both a car and truck demo derby at different points throughout each night.

With this behind us, we at “The Allen Report” turn to our own back yard and the Maricopa County Fair where monster trucks as well as a hybrid of off-road racing and demolition derby known as “Democross” await us. Well, thanks for reading, a sincere thanks to Dale Penn and M80 Productions for having TheMonsterBlog.com back for the first time in several years, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Loveland, CO 2017

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Budweiser Events Center
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Date: April 7th-8th 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Tim Jones), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

TMB TV: ActionTracks 8.1 – Monster Truck Nationals – Corbin, KY 2017

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 8.1
Event: Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: The Arena
Location: Corbin, Kentucky
Date: February 17th-18th, 2017
Videographer: Chris Parrish (Check out Mean Duck Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Hotsy – Dale Benear
Lucas Oil Bigfoot #19 – Darron Schnell
Predator – Dalton Vanskyock
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

Featured Links

www.BigDawg4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.FamilyEvents.com
www.MonsterTruckNationals.com
www.PredatorRacingInc.com
www.Raminator.com

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Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Lafayette, LA 2017

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Cajundome
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Date: March 24th-25th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Tim Jones), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), King Krunch (David Smith), Nitro Hornet (Aaron Basl), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Independence, MO 2017

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Location: Independence, Missouri
Date: March 17th-18th 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Trent Montgomery), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 8.4 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Salina, KS 2017

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Episode Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Bicentennial Center
Location: Salina, Kansas
Date: February 17th-18th, 2017
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Basher – Kevin Lewis
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Summit Bigfoot #21 – Larry Swim

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Saginaw, MI 2017

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: The Dow Event Center
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Date: March 10th-11th 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Kevin Lewis), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nation – Beaumont, TX 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Fork Park
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Date: February 24th-25th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Kevin Lewis), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 8.3 – Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Youngstown, OH 2017

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Episode Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Covelli Centre
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
Date: February 3rd-4th, 2017
Videographer: Colby Marshall (Check out BMPS Video Productions on Facebook)

Featured Monster Trucks

Basher – Kevin Lewis
Dirt Crew – Jerry Beck
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Snake Bite – Vinny Venom
Summit Bigfoot #21 – Larry Swim

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.ToughestMonsterTrucks.com

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The Allen Report: All Star Monster Truck Tour – West Valley City, UT 2017

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we make a road trip to the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah for the second consecutive year. Six roof-shaking, noise-making monster trucks arrived to go to war in Best Trick competition, Side by Side Drag racing and the high flying, car munching insanity of freestyle.

In front of his home state crowd was West Jordan’s own Ron Duncombe in the Maverik Monster Trakker. From the southern city of Hurricane, Utah, was Brian Christensen, son of Kreg Christensen, and his ogre-themed monster truck called D’Sturbed. The other competitors this weekend were all part of the Straight Up Racing stable. John Bruce drove the brand new, ferocious looking, bulldog themed 10,000 Pound Hound. This truck attracted long autograph lines at the pre-show pit parties. Also present was Dallas Glenn Rogers in Identity Theft. Ezra Wilson arrived in the sleek black 1934 Ford Sedan, California Kid. Finally, team co-owners Bill and Lorna Payne in Rock Star.

Points were on the line for each competition on the card. A perfect score in Best Trick would be 20, while one could garner up to 30 points from winning drag racing and a maximum of 40 points for winning freestyle. Points would be tallied throughout each show and whoever had the most points after all three competition elements would be the Overall Show Champion.

In the weekend opener of Friday night, it didn’t take long for things to heat up on the track. In Best Trick, each monster had only one shot to do whatever trick they could as spectacularly as possible. Identity Theft and Maverik Monster Trakker both made admirable attempts at sky wheelies off the back sides of the racing lanes. The second to last truck out was D’Sturbed, who put forth a beautiful sky wheelie and garnered a score of 15. This threw down the gauntlet to Bill and Lorna Payne, but the couple was ready. The two walked the truck across and down the racing lane jump with fantastic balance and control to take the win with a score of 18, taking the early lead on the road to the Overall Championship.

In drag racing, reaction time off the starting line was going to be crucial in deciding the results. Rock Star and 10,000 Pound Hound disposed of their respective opponents to advance to the semi-finals. In an incredible photo finish, Maverik Monster Trakker squeaked out a narrow victory over D’Sturbed. Brian Christensen would still advance, however, as the fastest loser and get a rematch with Ron Duncombe. Ten-Thousand Pound Hound upset team truck Rock Star and Maverik Monster Trakker went two for two against D’Sturbed to set up the championship race. Monster Trakker got off the line first and never looked back, crossing the line first, taking the Racing win and staying in the hunt for the Overall Championship.

In freestyle, there was no time limit and the entire track was fair game, all but ensuring an all out battle for the freestyle and Overall Titles. Sadly, 10,000 Pound Hound had broken an input shaft in the transmission, taking him out for the night. Fortunately, the truck would be fixed in plenty of time to perform in both shows the next day. Identity Theft put together decent sky wheelies and going over the double jump the wrong way to put together a respectable run and a score of 21. The bar was raised to a new standard when California Kid came out. Ezra Wilson walked the truck down both race lanes extremely well, had high speed and smashed the crush cars to take the lead with a score of 30. D’Sturbed went out next and put together a storming run, pointing his front tires in the air more than once, carrying consistent high speed and even making fine tries at donuts. Getting into the spin cycle would prove difficult for even the experienced drivers as it was tough to lose traction on the tacky, grip-filled dirt inside the Maverik Center. The last truck to go, Rock Star, had super speed going and had done awesome sky wheelies before an awkward hit sent the truck onto its roof. Bill and Lorna were okay and Rock Star suffered only minimal damage. When the score of 34 was handed down and the points measured, Rock Star had done enough to claim the Overall Championship to much adulation from the spectators.

The last two shows of the weekend the next day would prove action packed. Two streaks would continue in the matinee performance, with Maverik Monster Trakker taking two trophies in two racing competitions. However, Rock Star took both of the other two competitions to win his second straight Overall Championship.

In the last Best Trick of the weekend, Brian Christensen and D’Sturbed went far beyond vertical, even bringing the rear tires off the dirt, and brought it back down on all fours to bring the crowd to its feet. The cheering continued when an almost perfect score of 19, and eventually, the Best Trick win, was rewarded. Maverik Monster Trakker took out 10,000 Pound Hound, D’Sturbed and Rock Star to nail a clean sweep in Racing.

In the last competition of the weekend, California Kid again took the lead early in freestyle with a score of 31. Brian Christensen became the new leader with very high speed, the best cyclones of the weekend and great air over the double jump to secure the lead in both freestyle and the overall by one single point, a score of 32. Bill and Lorna Payne had a streak to defend in freestyle, but the first jump busted a $7 bolt on one of the front four link bars, forcing the officials to shut off the truck for safety purposes. This meant the end of Rock Star’s chances of an Overall Championship clean sweep as D’Sturbed ended the weekend on a high note as the final Overall Champion, or “All Star of the Night”, as the All Star Monster Truck Tour officials called it.

Also featured in the night was bar to bar, wheel to wheel ATV racing. One heat saw a rider take off from the start before the green flag. Another saw the lead rider with one lap to go start to head back to the pits in victory one lap too early, costing him the heat race victory and a shot at a front row starting spot in the main. Finally, a tradition continued inside the Maverik Center with a unique twist to it. After years of side by side racing, tuff trucks would race solo over a lap and a half track against the clock. With multiple races decided by less than a single second, the action was heated.

We at “The Allen Report” now turn our attention towards a new adventure with our friends at WGAS Motorsports as we look to go to their annual Riverside County Fair show in Indio, California. John Borba has always put on great shows for us to cover for years and we look forward to venturing to this particular show for the very first time.

All that being said, we want to send a huge, sincere “Thank You” to Bryan Wagner and the whole All Star Monster Truck Tour for hosting us again, thank you for reading, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Toughest Monster Truck Tour – Salina, KS 2017

Event Information

Event: Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Venue: Bicentennial Center
Location: Salina, Kansas
Date: February 17th-18th 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Basher (Kevin Lewis), Dirt Crew (Jerry Beck), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: February 11th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Brutus (Brad Allen), El Toro Loco (Chuck Werner), Fluffy (Kevin King), Gas Monkey Garage (BJ Johnson), Grave Digger (Morgan Kane), Hooked (Bryan Wright), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Colton Eichelberger), Saigon Shaker (Ryan Disharoon), Scooby Doo (Brianna Mahon), Slinger (Scott Hartsock), Stone Crusher (Steve Sims), War Wizard (Shane Phreed) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: The Dome at America’s Center
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 4th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Barbarian (Devin Jones), Black Stallion (Michael Vaters), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Jester (Matt Pagliarulo), Mechanical Mischief (Jim Burns), Monster Energy (Coty Saucier), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Overkill Evolution (Sean Duhon), Rage (Cory Rummell), Samson (Rick Steffens), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Xtermigator (JR McNeal), Wrecking Crew (Michael Thompson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Truck Nationals – Madison, WI 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Alliant Energy Center
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Date: January 27th-29th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

BIGFOOT #19 (Darron Schnell), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Hotsy (Dale Benear), Predator (Dalton Vanskyock), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke) [Read more…]