Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House Highlight Video

The annual Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House was Saturday, June 26th and it was another great event as fans visited the home of BIGFOOT and saw two great car crushing exhibitions.

TMB’s Colby Marshall was on hand for all the fun and he’s put together another of his amazing highlight videos – click the link below to check it out and thanks to everyone with BIGFOOT for a great time a the open house.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COLBY MARSHALL’S BIGFOOT OPEN HOUSE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Jim & Christopher Allen’s Del Mar / Pomona Coverage

TMB is always proud to bring you great coverage from our friends out west, Jim and Christopher Allen, and this week that means lots of great photos and all the details from the 2010 Del Mar and Pomona, California events. Check the coverage out below and thanks to Jim and Chris for another job well done:

“Once again WGAS Motorsports invited teams of monster trucks to perform at Del Mar California’s San Diego County Fairgrounds and the fan favorite July 4th “KaBoom!” in Pomona. The teams were “Living the Dream Racing’s” own “Time Flys” and “Fired Up” driven by Kelvin Ramer and Justin Cluster, both “Obsession” and “Obsessed” with Rick Swanson and Eric Swanson behind the wheels and representatives of “2Xtreme Racing” in the form of Russell Steeley in “Iron Outlaw” and Jim Creten, as always, driving “Bounty Hunter”.

Shout-outs go to Ron Johnson in his old school monster truck, the T-C Pig Ranch sponsored “Hog Wild”, who had some t-shirts to give away and Jake Blackwell’s awesome ride truck, the Thrasher Racing owned “Extinguisher” , who gave rides to fans young and old all weekend long.

The first monster out was “Fired Up” and his freestyle performance set the stage as each driver tried to top the next. Rick Swanson showed why he was the Undisputed Champion from this event one year ago, doing very nice cyclones and rarely laying off the throttle; so much in fact, that steam was coming from the engine area as “Obsession” left the arena. Russell Steeley put Iron Outlaw through its paces, not stopping until everything on the track was hit. However, during the second show of the day he took the big mountain in the middle of the floor, hard broke the right front wheel off and rolled over slowly. Kelvin Ramer was up next and drove over every obstacle, finishing his final run in the evening show with a cyclone with his hands out the window. But the potential winner possibility goes to the former World Champion in Bounty Hunter, using tons of pure horsepower over every jump, getting great air and continuing long after the 90 second time period. It was a great first day in Del Mar.

For the final day of monster trucks in Del Mar, the first afternoon show was racing only and the second afternoon show was freestyle only. Since only five trucks were competing, this created an interesting race bracket. “Bounty Hunter” would automatically be seeded into the semi-finals. Two winners of the heats would join him along with the fastest loser. From there, two finalists would advance and a racing champion would be crowned succeeding that race.

WGAS officials created a Chicago style race course with the finish lines on top of each trucks’ respective starting jumps. In the opening round, fan favorite Kelvin Ramer in “Time Flys” took out his own teammate, “Fired Up” driven by Justin Cluster to advance to the semi-finals and a shot at Jim Creten and “Bounty Hunter”. In the other quarter-final race, 14 year old Eric Swanson with “Obsessed” was on his way to victory over his own father in the team truck when he aver drove the final turn. Rick swapped trucks and raced “Obsessed” for the remainder of the racing show.

The top half of the semis would see a close race between the former Monster Jam World Champion Jim Creten and the driver of the 1934 Ford, Kelvin Ramer. It was close, but the win goes to “Bounty Hunter” after Ramer spent too much time in the air over the second jump. Fastest loser “Fired Up” was denied a second shot at the championship round after following “Obsessed” across the finish line. The final race was dead even until the final turn when Jim Creten pulled away for the racing trophy.

The final show from Del Mar for the year would be the only time freestyles were scored. Eric Swanson, back in “Obsessed”, got some great air with a sky wheelie and was in the middle of his first donut when he hit one of the racing ramps, breaking the bead on the left rear tire, flattening it. The judges gave him a 14 out of a possible 40. The “Fired Up” driver continued to with the freestyle competition and took the lead with a 28 point score. Next came “Time Flys” and “Obsession”, both of which hit all of the obstacles and took the lead with a score of 38.5. But there was a former Freestyle champion in the house, and he hit everything the track threw at him and got the undisputed big air of the weekend. He missed the perfect score by just one point, but it was enough to get back on the winner’s stage at Del Mar.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with five of the top monster trucks in the world? But not just monster trucks, also on hand were four high-flying, death defying FMX riders including Jimmy Fitzpatrick as the sole representative of the infamous Metal Mulisha. Finally, the “KaBoom!” tradition continues with a fireworks display as the grand finale.

The five trucks competing in Chicago-style racing and freestyle on some of the biggest obstacles Pomona monster truck fans have ever seen include Kelvin Ramer with “Time Flys” and the teams of “Obsession Racing” with Eric Swanson behind the wheel of “Obsessed” along with his father Rick driving “Obsession” and the “2Xtreme Racing” trucks of Iron Outlaw driven by Nick Owens and Jim Creten, as always, behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter. Before the monsters hit the track, some of the FMX riders performed amazing airborne stunts including back flips.

As “Time Flys” got the bye in the racing bracket and would wait to race until the semi-finals and would take on the winner of the first heat in Round 1. A fast loser would also advance and face the winner of the second heat of Round 1, making a four truck competition in the semi finals. From there, a standard four truck bracket was in place. All hopes of Eric Swanson avenging his loss to his father in Del Mar were dashed as he took the last turn too wide and “Bounty Hunter” showed who was boss in the second heat against his team truck, “Iron Outlaw”. “Obsession” would move to the finals as Kelvin Ramer made the same mistake as Eric during the run of “Time Flys”. The next scheduled race was the rematch Nick Owens wanted with the Bounty Hunter, but it never happened as a problem with the RII prevented Iron Outlaw from making it to the starting line and forfeiting the race. WGAS officials went straight to the finals between “Bounty Hunter” and “Obsession”. “Bounty Hunter” was too fastest and crossed the finish line first and was the racing champion.

Freestyle featured both the small jumps from racing, two additional wheelie obstacles, two sets of motor homes, a large single jump and a HUGE double jump. There was also a “concession stand” on the dirt arena. That’s correct, a concession stand! Iron Outlaw put on an excellent opening freestyle. Eric Swanson emerged next, and got some huge air over the double jump. He earned a 35 out of a possible 40 for his efforts. Rick wanted to keep up the momentum but the transmission had other ideas, breaking an input shaft after just a single jump. “Time Flys” earned a perfect 40 from the judges, but Jim Creten had other ideas about who would be the victor. He hit every obstacle and did some great wheelies and donuts. He then hit the concession stand setting off the first fireworks of the evening. The crowd’s ovation left no doubt as to who was the winner. Scores were never given for “Bounty Hunter”, but Jim didn’t care. No fan was sitting down as Jim had done what he needed to do.

WGAS creator and primary promoter John Borba was on hand, and was told by an anonymous fan that this was the best freestyle motocross and monster truck show the fan had ever seen. Fans were then treated to a great 4th of July fireworks show. Thank you for reading, enjoy the photos, and cheer on.” – Christopher Allen

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New Ballistic Scheme Complete

A couple weeks ago, we showed you a quick sneak peek of the brand new Ballistic scheme – well now, the new body and wrap have been completed and Mac & Liz Plecker were kind enough to send us on over some shots of the finished product. The new design looks great and we can’t wait to see out on track – check out their website to find out where you can see the new scheme at www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com.

TheMonsterBlog.com Summer Odyssey Begins

The TMB crew is off for one wild summer adventure as Ross Z. Bonar and Kaedon Berry leave tomorrow for a three week tour of the Northeastern U.S. First stop along the way will be Beckley, WV for the Monster Truck Summer Nationals featuring Bigfoot Bad Boy, Bad Habit, War Eagle, Razin Kane and Screamin Demon. Then its on to Maine for the 1st ever Monster Truck Mayhem event at Spud Speedway in Caribou which will have Crushstation, Backdraft, War Eagle, Eradicator, Razin Kane and Screamin Demon and finally Rutland, Vermont which is the same lineup minus Screamin Demon. During the two weeks we’re out on the road, we’ll be hanging at Monstah Lobstah HQ and the whole gang will be going lobster fishing one day. We’ll be keeping you up to date with everything happening on the TMB Facebook page – become a fan so you can follow along on TMB’s 2010 Summer Odyssey!!

New Rock Star Chassis Build Underway

The Straight Up Racing team has begun work on an all-new chassis for Bill Payne’s Rock Star!! The new truck is being built completely in house with custom made parts and will sport a brand new Chevrolet Colorado body style. The team has made an incredible amount of progress on the new ride in just five short days of work and Bill Payne has been kind enough to share some pictures of the progress made thus far. Check out the photos and be sure to stay tuned to www.StraightUpRacing.com for more updates.

Thompson Speedway Monster Thrash Fest This Saturday

(Hagerstown, MD) This Saturday night, July 3rd at 7PM, Monster Energy Drink, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and Price Chopper Grocery Stores present the Monster Thrash Fest at Thompson Speedway!! The monsters and more are coming to Thompson, Connecticut featuring an unbelievable eight truck lineup including Monster Jam competitors King Krunch, Black Stallion, El Matador, Crushstation, Iron Warrior, Killer Bee, Storm Damage and the Illuminator.

Thompson’s Monster Thrash Fest is bringing together some of the nation’s most famous monster trucks in an all-out battle for supremacy. The monsters will compete in elimination round racing, wheelie and the crowd favorite annihilation freestyle to determine the champion of the night.

The extremely popular FMX riders will also be on hand to perform thrilling motorcycle acrobatics in mid air while jumping 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp. Fans will be amazed to witness first hand such spectacular moves as the Heart Attack, Kiss of Death and…..yes even a back flip! These riders have performed all over North America before packed houses and awestruck fans.

If this doesn’t cure your need for speed, power and destruction for the first time ever at Thompson Int’l Speedway the Jet 4-Wheelers will perform. Kamikaze and Psycho the jet powered 4-wheelers will demonstrate their raw power as they perform simultaneously. The jets thrust engines shoot out 25 foot flames as they exhibit speed runs, burner pops and back up to a junk car and incinerate it to the ground. The evening of thrills and destruction will wind up with a salute to the USA with a Fireworks Extravaganza.

Gates open at 5:00PM and fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers and their trucks during the Monster Thrash Pit Party starting at 5:15PM and lasting until 6:30PM. You can have your picture taken with the drivers and their trucks and get autographs.

Tickets will be available at the gate, $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 6-14, while kids 5 and under are FREE.  More information is available at www.ThompsonSpeedway.com.

Extreme Monster Trucks Australia Unveils The Freak Show

Extreme Monster Trucks Australia has unveiled their brand new monster truck, the Freak Show!! This is Australia’s first truck purpose built to perform backflips, rollover and other gimmick acts. The truck has been built by Kreg Christensen and the EMTA crew and will make its debut at the upcoming Cairns Speedway event this weekend in Queensland.

The truck features a body mounted in reverse in a similar style to that of the U.S. truck Backwards Bob and is outfitted with t-shirt launches, 12 multiple pyro cues, a colored smoke canister and flame effects. It also features a domed roof roll cage to help the truck roll back onto its wheels, along with lockers in the front and rear for intense cyclones. The truck’s concept and to be completed paint scheme is targeted towards the ages 5 to 10 market in Australia and plans are to also have a minature version of the truck that leads it out and performs rollovers as well.

The photos above show the completed truck and its new body as it heads out for its debut in Cairns. The paint scheme is not yet finished, as there are plans to add much more color to the design. A photo from testing of the new truck is also included as former Monster Patrol driver in the U.S. David Brown put it through its paces and gave the new ride a big thumbs up.

Kreg Christensen will be attempting to complete Australia’s first ever backflip at the Townsville Showgrounds on July 10th and again the following weekend at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. Clive Featherby will climb behind the wheel for his first attempt at the Lismore Showgrounds on July 24th and then he heads to the U.S. to debut his new machine from Patrick Enterprises in stateside competition.

A big thanks to everyone with Extreme Monster Trucks Australia for the updates and photos, be sure to check them out at www.MonsterTrucksAustralia.com for all the latest news and Monsters Tour of Destruction event information!!

Sneak Peak at New Ballistic Paint Scheme

Mac & Liz Plecker’s Extreme Team is proud to announce the return of the Ballistic monster truck this summer!! An all new design for the truck has been completed and a brand new body wrapped by Vinyl Images in St. Louis, Missouri. Mac and Liz were kind enough to share a quick photo of the new body with us when they picked it up, be watching for debut of the new scheme in the coming weeks!! For more information on the Ballistic race truck and Extreme Team ride truck, visit their website at www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com!!

Monster Spectacular Tour Update – Ottawa

(Chris Arel Motorsports PR – By Doug De Nance) So it had all come down to this. Six long hard fought months with the best monster trucks in the world… all across Canada from Saint John, New Brunswick to Victoria, B.C.… all competing to be the best of the best… all wanting to be the most spectacular of Monster Spectacular. The points had earned five trucks the chance to be the top truck in Monster Truck Wheelie, Racing and Freestyle – maybe even the top truck overall. Now it was the moment of truth. One night. The Night of Champions.

The drivers were all jumpy throughout the morning and afternoon of the Saturday night show. They acted like there was no pressure – joking around and apparently having fun. But careful observation revealed an inordinate amount of attention by the drivers double checking every little thing on the trucks. When they thought no one was looking, the eyebrows would lower and the eyes would go blank as they visualized their greatest performances. To paraphrase the great American football coach Vince Lombardi “… at this level winning is 90% mental”.

Fans began to flood into Scotiabank Place the moment the doors opened. They wanted to be close to the best of the best. The drivers did their best to hide their nerves and the fans helped put them at ease taking pictures and giving autographs on the exclusive Monster Spectacular souvenirs.

Jim Koehler lived up to his nickname of Mr. Excitement, revving the fans up in a pre-show interview to cheer for Avenger. Steve Koehler took a page out of his older brother’s book and shouted out his desire for the fans to get behind Brutus. Joe Sylvester flexed his massive arms for the cameras and took a more low key approach to seek support for his 2010 Cadillac truck Bad Habit. Bob Robbins was as friendly as ever, but noted that he’d waited 12 years to win a title for Aftershock and was short of patience to wait any longer. The one man who had trouble expressing himself on the mic due to his struggles with English and French (after all, it was his first time in Canada) was the Russian hired gun driver for Krazy Train, Sergei Kurishnikoff, known as the Siberian Express. The muscular man from Moscow had no language barrier when it came to his skill behind the wheel and he let his driving do the talking. He had won monster truck racing the night before in Kingston and had earned his way straight into the finals.

Three monster truck disciplines were on the agenda, each with the Monster Spectacular Championship going to the winner. Would there be an overall champion if one driver could be a multiple winner?

When the Wheelie Contest was announced, it looked like Avenger would be that truck. Mr. Excitement had the most experience at the top levels of competition, being a former Monster Truck Freestyle Champion of the World. Koehler had pulled the coveted last spot in the order draw and was strapped in his truck form the moment show introductions were over, just waiting to milk it for all it was worth.

Kurishnikoff didn’t have the same break he had in racing, drawing first. But he stood Krazy Train perfectly vertical in a classic 12 o’clock wheelie to start the competition. Bob Robbins did the same thing with Aftershock to essentially tie up the first two places. Then Bad Habit hit the cars. Sylvester took the new school wheelie approach and launched Bad Habit into a massive sky wheelie with all four tires off the ground. Steve Koehler knew he had to make the big dog sit up and beg and tried to do the same thing with Brutus. But the cars slipped slightly on his approach and he twisted off to the side, barely missing the dasher boards as he smashed down to the ground.

Avenger eased out of the pits and drove slowly past the fans, as Koehler waved from his center seat. He deliberately turned the ’57 Chevy in a 3 point turn to line up the cars. He paused for a moment, allowing the big block engine to quiet to an idle, and then blasted Avenger to the car stack. A huge straight ahead sky wheelie was the result. But the question formed on everyone’s lips – was it bigger than Bad Habit’s wheelie?

The drivers tried to swagger with confidence as they made their way to the arena floor for the cheer off. When the sound meter was calibrated, there was no doubt this was the loudest crowd of the season. Who would they give that same level of cheering for to award a champion? Well it wasn’t Krazy Train, or Aftershock or Brutus. But it was impossible to decide between Bad Habit and Avenger. It had to go to a second cheer off. The noise was deafening for both but the sound meter told the tale. By a couple of decibels, Avenger had won the Monster Spectacular Monster Truck Wheelie Championship for 2010.

While Jim Koehler basked in the glory of his Wheelie win, Avenger is not known as a truck that dominates racing. As a matter of fact, Team Scream is known more for freestyle than straight ahead drag racing. That meant that the big man from Moscow just might have to learn to speak something other than Russian if he had to conduct a championship interview. Kurishnikoff was the one to beat, yet would have to go into the finals cold with no preliminary race to warm him up.

If it seemed that Brutus was just warming up, Steve Koehler proved he was hot from the get go. Yet after easily besting Aftershock, the younger Koehler brother seemed almost surprised to be facing Bad Habit in the semi-finals, as Sylvester had defeated the older Koehler and Avenger. Once the flag dropped the big dog took a bite out of Bad Habit and Steve Koehler had Brutus in his first championship final.

During the half time VIP party in the pits, Steve Koehler was mobbed by fans, thinking the same thing that the Brutus driver was thinking – is this the moment when he steps out from his brother’s shadow and wins his own championship? After the remote ignition interrupter was tested on the two trucks, the silence was deafening. The younger driver in Brutus looked across at the Russian in Krazy Train, but Kurishnikoff stared straight ahead, seemingly willing his truck to be first across the finish line. But once the flag dropped there was no doubt, this was Steve Koehler’s moment; Brutus had won the Monster Spectacular Racing title.

Steve Koehler could barely contain himself during the Championship interview, shouting his excitement to the fans. Mr. Excitement came to the track to congratulate his younger brother and team mate and then left the winners circle to let his former crew chief have his moment of glory. Steve celebrated the best way he could, tossing collector edition souvenirs to the fans.

Now it was time to toss caution to the wind, because Monster Truck Freestyle would decide if there would be an overall Monster Spectacular Champion. The points were just that close, that it would take a double down win for one driver to be the overall winner. But as Jim Koehler pointed out, the real winners were the fans, there to see such tight competition.

Running in the intro order mean that Krazy Train and Aftershock were the first two trucks out. Both drivers did an admirable job of hitting all the obstacles and working the unique variable clock of Monster Spectacular freestyle competition by showing their ability to get creative with extra time.

Then Bad Habit hit the floor. Roaring out of the pits, the big man from Ohio rammed the Cadillac into the van stack and launched his 10,000 pound truck into the biggest air of the night. Sylvester had to jam his brakes on hard to drop the front end in time to land the truck and not crash into the other parked in the pits. Bad Habit pulled every trick in the book including a cyclone donut. When Sylvester realized the variable clock was working in his favor he knew he’d have to wow the judges and the fans. He did just that with not one, but two huge reverser wheelies, his last one sending him air born backwards over the van stack.

Steve Koehler knew he’d have to drive on the ragged edge to beat Sylvester and he took Brutus there in a hurry. But this time it was the dog that got bitten as he went up into a bicycle on the two wheels on the driver side and then rolled the truck. Avenger appeared to come to the rescue and was chained to Brutus to turn the turn upright, but Koehler waved them off and left Brutus upside down as a potential obstacle for Avenger’s freestyle.

The former World Champion knew his freestyle must be of that caliber to been Bad Habit and Koehler pulled out every trick he could. Hugh sky wheelies, slap wheelies up on two wheels, it was a run of epic proportions. He was so aware of his surroundings that Koehler saw the time end as he as in the middle of a massive donut. So he took the steering wheel and tossed it out on the track floor as he continued to spin.

The judges debated and argued as the fans ran to the track floor for the post show VIP pit party. Would they be congratulating an overall champion or would they be celebrating a different winner? Finally the word came down. Bad Habit had won the Monster Spectacular Monster Truck Freestyle Championship for 2010.

Congratulations to all the drivers and truck teams who made the 2010 Tour the best with the tightest competition ever in over 20 years of Monster Spectacular. As Jim Koehler said – it’s the fans that are the real winners with Monster Spectacular. One more finale show to go in 2010 in Montreal this fall and then look out – here comes the 2011 Monster Spectacular Championship Tour!! Check out www.MonsterSpectacular.com for more information.

TMB TV Episode 3.6 Featuring the Springdale Monster X Tour

TheMonsterBlog.com’s four straight weeks of TMB TV comes to a close tonight as we present great action from the Springdale, Arkansas Monster X Tour!! A great lineup does battle in wheelie, long jump, racing and freestyle including Avenger, Summit Bigfoot, Brutus, Wrecking Crew and Spike. You’ll also see some wild stunts by the “Demolition Devil” Scott Turkiewicz.

Don’t miss all the fun as TMB TV Host Ross Z. Bonar and Videographers Colby Marshall and Kaedon Berry take you through the ins and outs of the two day event. Click the link below to watch our sixth all-new episode of TMB TV Season 3.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TMB TV EPISODE 3.6 FEATURING THE SPRINGDALE MONSTER X TOUR

Introducing the Raging Inferno Jet Fire Truck

(Victorville, CA) Monster truck fans, an exciting new feature you’ll be seeing at shows all across the country has just been completed, the all new Raging Inferno Jet Fire Truck!! The Raging Inferno is a street legal jet-powered fire truck that is especially unique in that it is setup to give rides to fans during pre-show, perform a rock concert-style fire show and then light up the J-34 jet engine that will melt a stack of cars to the ground with over 7,000 pounds of thrust. This wild exhibition act is also a great marketing tool as it will bring attention to events with display promotions and to radio and television promotions.

The Raging Inferno is slated to debut at Thunder Raceway in Show Low, Arizona July 9th and 10th as a feature attraction at the Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular. The all-new Jet Fire Truck is now booking for the rest of 2010, email carcrushin@aol.com for more info and available dates!!

Monster Spectacular Tour Update – British Columbia

(Chris Arel Motorsports PR – By Doug De Nance) It was the best of times and the worst of times. There were many moments of gladness and some moments of sadness. The yin and the yang of motorsports entertainment were both in play during the far west stop on the 2010 Monster Spectacular tour.

Despite the incredible excitement of Bill Payne and Rockstar living up to his reputation as the Washington Wildman and the exuberance of the California Kid in his ’34 Ford Sedan hot rod monster truck, there was an undercurrent of sadness in the pits. It emanated from the Sudden Impact team. While it was thrilling to see Chris Ryan having the opportunity to drive Ground Pounder to allow Bobo Winslow some time off the road, his team mate was the source of both the pall and the festivities.

Earlier in the week, the Cajun Kid had quietly announced his retirement. Sean Duhon, the fantastic driver of Cult was hanging up his helmet. The Ragin’ Cajun would be ragin’ no more after these final two shows. After 7 years of 50 weeks a year on the road, Duhon was taking an extended leave of an undetermined length – perhaps permanently. While the all the friends in the pits were choked up, it certainly didn’t show in the shows, as every driver seemed to be raising their game to make the Cajun Kid’s swan song sweet for Duhon and extra sweet for the fans.

Abbotsford was first on the tour stop and another first for Bill Payne, rocking Rockstar to a huge Reverser wheelie win in the Monster Spectacular Wheelie Contest. The two pass format for the weekend worked well for Payne as he could rev the decibels up to rock concert volume in what is perhaps the loudest truck on the circuit. The sight of Rockstar flying backwards over the cars sent the fans into a fanatical frenzy that was fueled to fever pitch when each of the drivers took collector edition Monster Spectacular cowboy hats into the crowd after the cheer off.

Payne looked like he was on a Rockstar roll to spoil the party for Duhon with the fastest time in time trials. With a 2:00 flat time over a five car stack, Rockstar had the pick of the brackets. Strangely, Payne chose to race against Ground Pounder who had the third best time – leaving an easy bracket win for Cult against California Kid. Payne had to work hard against the “round mound of renown” as the 260 pound Chris Ryan, better known as “Panda”, is a great young driver. Ryan has raced everything from BMX to quads to RC cars and knows his way around a monster truck drag race. But Payne was very fast on the green light and had the advantage of a front engine mount truck to get a bit better trajectory over the cars.

One had to speculate that Payne’s point was to set up a racing final that the fans would love. How could they not love seeing Rockstar versus Cult as the racing final for the first place tour stop points? While Payne is fast on the draw, he doesn’t have the experience of Duhon. The Ragin’ Cajun parlayed that savvy into a clear cut Cult victory in Monster Spectacular Monster Truck Racing.

When the van stack was set and the crowd whipped into a whirlwind of cheers for Monster Truck Freestyle, Payne again surprised everyone with his next move. He jumped ahead of Cult to run third in freestyle. While one could hypothesize that Payne might have been inspired by the incredible runs of California Kid and Ground Pounder, it was hard to believe that Rockstar would give up his last position and the best chance at the points on the line.

Payne took Rockstar to new heights – literally – catching massive air off of the cars and even bigger air off the van. He suffered the kiss of the remote ignition interrupter radio off of a van stack slap wheelie that saw him heading to the arena wall at full speed. But then it became clear as to the motivation of Payne’s madness. At the end of his run, Payne jammed the brakes on, dropping the nose of Rockstar almost under the bumper of Cult. He was “bowing” to Duhon as a show of respect after setting the bar at the top of the game for the Cajun Kid to do what he does best – drive monster trucks.

Cult roared onto the track and proceeded to shred the last semblance of cars and vans as Duhon literally tore the track to pieces. Hitting the cars in a cross thread, he took the 10,000 pound truck up into a bicycle on the passenger side two wheels and then drove out of what would be roll over for a lesser driver. That was the moment that epitomized what a fantastic driver Duhon is. Anyone can roll a truck – it takes a great driver to run it to the ragged edge and then pull it back rubber side down. The crowd knew it too and screamed their approval when Duhon wrapped up his run.

The drivers had to tire down and load up immediately after the show as they had a long ferry ride to the island for the Victoria Sunday matinee show. Bill Payne arrived in the beautiful city and almost immediately managed to find the most unique pub in Canada – Big Bad John’s, complete with various forms of autographed female undergarments donated by patrons over the years. Payne truly appears to live the Rockstar lifestyle (although he rarely drinks alcohol and was serenely sipping on orange juice during his visit to the legendary establishment).

Rockstar again took the Wheelie Contest win with a Reverser Wheelie. But this time the Washington Wildman got a little too wild. Up onto two wheels and up onto his roof went Payne and Rockstar had rolled over for the 59th time. The crowd ate it up and Payne exited the truck by tossing the steering wheel out onto the track. He explained what many had wondered about over the weekend, that his black eye was caused by him smacking the bridge of his nose through the gap in his helmet onto his steering wheel during his 58th roll over the week before – and he didn’t want to have two black eyes.

Racing took a much different twist in Victoria, as the final was at least 50 per cent unexpected. Due to a broken pin, Garrett Ladelle was unable to run his time trial, so the California Kid dropped to the bottom of the brackets. But the hot rod monster pounded Ground Pounder in the brackets and moved into the final. As happened in the previous show’s racing final, Cult played a power chord on Rockstar and a potential Cinderella story was now waiting to be written.

During the VIP Half Time Pit Party, the California Kid was surrounded by beach babes. Ladelle glowed with the female fans attention and at the thought of winning racing. But while Duhon was choked up at driving in his final show, he certainly wasn’t choked on the starting line, handily beating the rookie for another racing win for Cult.

What looked to be a perfect afternoon almost ended up in tragedy as Freestyle Motocross star Bruce Cook crashed on a his third backflip of the day. What was even more terrifying was that he was leading a two man FMX train with his mentor Kris Garwasiuk riding behind him. Thankfully, the original FMX champion is an incredibly skilled rider and Garwasiuk managed to avoid Cook on his landing. And even more thankfully, Cook suffered only bumps and bruises and was none the worse for wear.

Not surprisingly Duhon was the final truck out for freestyle, thanks again to Bill Payne’s show of respect and giving up his final freestyle position. While Duhon’s run to the red light was nothing short of stellar, it was what went on after the red light that was truly delightful. Duhon knew that the competition was over, but he gave the fans their own exclusive freestyle show, giving the cheering fans twice as much freestyling out of Cult as was required. As Duhon emerged through Cult’s sky roof, the fans leapt to their feet, knowing they would tell their grandchildren that there were there that day – the day that Sean Duhon drove Cult for the final time.

While it may be over for Duhon, the Monster Spectacular tour is not over yet. There is one more stop in the nation’s capital. What could be a more fitting place to crown the 2010 Monster Spectacular champion?

TMB TV Episode 3.5 Featuring Miami, OK O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals

TheMonsterBlog.com’s incredible four straight weeks of TMB TV continues as we premiere our fifth episode of the year featuring the Miami, Oklahoma O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals!! See great racing, wheelie and freestyle action from top names including Equalizer, Barbarian, Hot Tamale, Cult Energy Activator and more! We also feature an awesome modified tractor pulling exhibition, heads up tuff truck racing and a trip to see some famous old monster trucks at their final resting place.

Host Ross Z. Bonar guides you through all the fun with incredible videography from Colby Marshall and Kaedon Berry. All the action is just a click away, hit the link below to enjoy all the fun!!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH TMB TV EPISODE 3.5 FEATURING THE O’REILLY OUTLAW NATIONALS

Pouncer Freestyle Exhibition Video Coverage

As summer approaches, one of the busiest venues for monster trucks is the local fairgrounds and our own Chris Parrish was on hand for a great exhibition by the Predator Racing team in Carrollton, Kentucky.

Back on June 6th, the Predator team brought out the Pouncer race truck for a freestyle exhibition along with their Predator ride truck. Chris covered all the action with some great behind the scenes footage, check out his video coverage below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CHRIS PARRISH’S CARROLLTON, KY VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Pontiac Silverdome “Domination In The Dome” Photos

TheMonsterBlog.com was out in full force a couple months back for Domination In The Dome, easily one of the biggest news stories of the year as monster trucks returned to the Pontiac Silverdome. You’ve seen TMB TV from the big event, now enjoy the amazing event in over 400 photos courtesy of TMB photographers Ross Z. Bonar and Paul M. Harry.

A thanks once again to Brian Sharenow and the FMG Events group for their hospitality and for a great event – stay tuned for an official announcement as it appears the monsters will be returning to the Silverdome once again this year in October!! For now though, click the links below to see all the action from the April event in pictures.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ROSS Z. BONAR’S DOMINATION IN THE DOME PHOTOS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAUL M. HARRY’S DOMINATION IN THE DOME PHOTOS