TMB TV Episode 3.6 – Springdale, AR

Event:  Monster X Tour
Venue:  Parsons Stadium
Location:  Springdale, Arkansas
Date:  June 4th-5th, 2010
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Colby Marshall, Kaedon Berry

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Spike (Rich Hilgendorf), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler) [Read more…]

Firebird Raceway NAPA Monster Truck Nationals Coverage

TMB coverage has been a staple at Firebird International Raceway over the last 5 years and this year is no different as we present to you coverage from this past April’s NAPA Monster Truck Nationals!! Our awesome contributors Jim and Chris Allen were on hand to provide the great write-ups and amazing photos from each show. In addition, our own Lauren & Lynette Bonar attended the Saturday event to bring you more great video coverage from one of the southwest’s biggest events. So read on below to enjoy Christopher Allen’s great recap from the events:

“There once was a time in the monster truck racing sport when if you broke, you did not bother to try and fix it in time for the next round. Once that happened, you could just load your truck on the trailer and go on home. The fans would have known you with the dreaded words “out for the night”. Then came freestyle and this was less often the case. But, as we will see, the words “out for the night” are not in the dictionary of “Team Scream”, especially when they are competing at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona for the annual NAPA Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals.

The participants, along with Avenger and Brutus driven by Jim Koehler and Chris Bergeron, were Dan Runte and Bigfoot #16, Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter, Firebird regulars Travis Sturges filling in for Uncle Sam Sturges in Unnamed and Untamed, brother Ronnie driving Nasty Boy, and returning to Firebird were Mike Hawkins in Equalizer after a couple years away, along with teammate Isaiah Morales in Hot Tamale.

Following some 300 mph jet car action, exciting introductions and an Independence Day rivaling fireworks show, was the long jump competition. Hot Tamale was the opener and made a nice jump, slightly tagging the freestyle van stack just off the landing. Nasty Boy, more known for wheelies, didn’t quite make the distance. Then came Brutus. He just didn’t make it in the actual jump, but then tried to make up for it by attacking the tire pyramid, but when he did, disaster struck. To find out how, check out the video coverage and photos! Following Brutus’ clearing of the track, Unnamed & Untamed, Equalizer, Avenger and Bigfoot each tried and failed to beat Hot Tamale, but then came Bounty Hunter. He easily made the distance, then ran into the van stack but saved it to take the win.

Freestyle is often the “Main Event” of monster truck shows, and tonight was no different. Each driver put his truck’s major horsepower to the ground to out-perform the next guy. Mr. Runte is always a potential winner at Firebird and got a near-perfect score of 29. Then the shocker of the night came with the return of Brutus, having been fixed just in the nick of time. Showing no mercy, the other half of the loudest interviewees in the sport hit literally every obstacle the track threw at him. With a perfect score of 30, all Mr. Creten could do was tie. And that is exactly what he did.

The announcer then got word that since there cannot be co-winners in the race to get a highest total score for the weekend to become the year’s undisputed champion, it was decided that the showdown Firebird fans long deserved would occur the next day. With one wild, rabid dog in one corner and a hard to beat old west tracker in the other, Sunday might very well see the greatest throw-down in Firebird history.

The NAPA Monster Truck Nationals employs an interesting championship crowning system each year. The distance in the long jump is calculated with the scores in freestyle and whoever has the highest distance-score combination wins, and that driver has been Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter several times as of recent memory. But there was another driver, Chris Bergeron and Brutus, who also scored a perfect 30 on Saturday night, making this war arguably Jimmy’s greatest Firebird challenge yet.

Unique to Firebird Raceway is the challenge of having to watch out for swarms of bees around the facility. A slight bee attack delayed the show about half an hour, making the monster truck drivers’ job even harder, but they did not disappoint. Bounty Hunter made the first jump in the jump off contest look easy. Truck after truck came after him only to fall short. Then came a fired up Jim Kohler with Avenger that had two things on his mind: slowing down Brutus and beating Bounty Hunter. After he made the jump that looked almost identical to Jim Creten’s, the fans knew this was going to be close heading into the finale, the winner take all freestyle.

The first freestyle is always a challenge but the Bounty Hunter driver showed he did not fear anyone who followed, if his freestyle, which was worth a 28 point score, said anything. The remaining headliners, Avenger and Bigfoot must have been paying attention, because they showed no mercy, either. But when it was all said and done, Jimmy and Bounty Hunter, with three wins and one tie, overall never finishing out of the top two all weekend, was declared the undisputed monster truck champion of the 2010 NAPA Monster Truck Nationals.

Hopefully, Firebird Raceway fans went away with some new memories and even some new fans of the monster truck racing sport were made. The bee attack notwithstanding, another great show at the historic race track is in the books.” – Coverage By Chris Allen

Thanks again to Christopher for the great write-up of this year’s event. Now click the links below to see Jim Allen’s incredible photos from the event and also Lynette Bonar’s great video coverage. Thanks to all our TMB’ers for the great job out in Firebird this year.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW JIM ALLEN’S FIREBIRD RACEWAY PHOTO GALLERY

CLICK HERE TO VIEW LYNETTE BONAR’S FIREBIRD VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Video Highlights – Chandler, AZ – 04/24-25/10

Event:  NAPA Monster Truck Nationals
Venue:  Firebird International Raceway
Location:  Chandler, Arizona
Date:  April 24-25th, 2010
Videographer:  Lynette Bonar

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Summit Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more…]

NAPA Monster Truck Nationals – Chandler, AZ – 04/24-25/10

Event:  NAPA Monster Truck Nationals
Venue:  Firebird International Raceway
Location:  Chandler, Arizona
Date:  April 24-25th, 2010
Photographer:  Jim Allen

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Summit Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more…]

Springdale, Akansas Monster X Tour Recap & Teasers

TMB was on hand to capture all the action from Danny Torgeson’s Monster X Tour’s first stop in Springdale, Arkansas in 2010. The weather was hot and the action was hotter as the legendary Bigfoot piloted by Dan Runte took on all of Team Scream including Avenger, Brutus, Spike, and Wrecking Crew in nightly wheelie, long jump, racing, and freestyle contests.

Night one started off strong as Chris Bergeron sent the snout of Brutus skyward, snagging the wheelie contest win. In the long jump competition, however, Mr. Excitement Jim Koehler lined up to the metal ramps and lofted Avenger up to grab the win. The racing set up was a tricky, Chicago style format over car-van-car stacks and the finals would come down to Bigfoot and Avenger. Showing his true knack for racing, Runte ousted the hard-charging Koehler for the Friday racing win. Freestyle would round out the night in Springdale as Koehler in Avenger would edge out both Runte in Bigfoot and teammate Chris Bergeron in Brutus.

The final show of the weekend was filled with more of the same great action. The wheelie contest would be taken by Runte in Bigfoot as he danced the rear tires of the truck all the way up and over the double van stack. The long jump competition would go to Steve Koehler in Wrecking Crew, as he just edged out Avenger and Bigfoot. Racing would get interesting as the finals, just as on Friday night, were set between Avenger and Bigfoot. Koehler snagged an impressive lead off the line and continued to hold on until the final turn when Avenger’s rear steer froze, ultimately preventing him from turning and allowing Runte and Bigfoot to power to the win. The final freestyle of the weekend was full of big air shots and donuts from Brutus and Bigfoot, but it wouldn’t be enough to top Jim Koehler’s momentum and wild cyclones in Avenger.

TMB was in full force in Springdale, so be on the lookout for a full photo gallery from Ross Z. Bonar as well as another edition of TMB-TV with footage from Colby Marshall and Kaedon Berry in the coming weeks. Thanks goes out to Danny Torgerson and the Monster X Tour crew for their hospitality, keep checking back for more coverage.

TMB TV Episode 3.3 Featuring Springfield, MO 4-Wheel Jamboree

TMB TV is back as we begin an incredible 4 straight weeks of new episodes!! What better way to start it off than with the 2010 edition of the Springfield, Missouri 4 Wheel Jamboree. Watch some of the top trucks in the industry including Bigfoot, Raminator, and Avenger battle it out on the concrete in intense, side by side racing and freestyle competitions as they all vie for the early points lead in the 2010 Monster Truck Thunder Drags series. See new bodies from Team Bigfoot including the amazing “Retro-Foot” and Ms. Bigfoot and great new schemes for Raminator and Rammunition.

Thanks to everyone with the Family Events crew for their hospitality, as well as thanks to TMB’s Rajeana Bonar for the great footage. All the action of TMB TV Season 3, Episode 3 is only a click away!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TMB TV EPISODE 3.3 FEATURING THE SPRINGFIELD, MO 4-WHEEL JAMBOREE

TMB TV Episode 3.3 – Springfield, MO

Event:  4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue:  Missouri Entertainment & Events Center
Location:  Springfield, Missouri
Date:  May 1st-2nd, 2010
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Rajeana Bonar

Lineup:  Avenger (Jim Koehler), General Tire (Chris Bergeron), Ms. Bigfoot #11 (Amber Walker), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Geremie Dishman), Retro Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals – Lima, OH 2010

Event Information

Event: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue: Allen County Fairgrounds
Location: Lima, Ohio
Date: May 14th-16th, 2013
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Airdog Diesel (Dave Radzierez), Avenger (Rich Hilgendorf), General Tire (Chris Bergeron), Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman), Mrs. Bigfoot #11 (Amber Walker), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Retro Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke)
[Read more…]

Monster Photos: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals – Springfield, MO 2010

Event Information

Event: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue: Missouri Events & Entertainment Center
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Date: May 1st-2nd, 2013
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), General Tire (Chris Bergeron), Ms. Bigfoot #11 (Amber Walker), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Geremie Dishman), Retro Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte)
[Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 04/12/10 – Jim Koehler

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, April 12th, 2010
Guest #1:   Jim Koehler, driver of Avenger
Guest #2:  N/A [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.15 – Montreal, Quebec

Event:  Monster Spectacular
Venue:  Olympic Stadium
Location:  Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date:  October 24th, 2009
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographer:  Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup:  Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Excaliber (Chris Ryan), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Iron Outlaw (Joe Miller), Native Warrior (Mark Noto), Samson (Dan Patrick), Weapon One (Rich Hilgendorf), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.14 – Indianapolis, IN

Events:  4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals & Midwest 4-Wheel Drive Open House
Venues:  Indiana State Fairgrounds & Midwest 4-Wheel Drive
Locations:  Indianapolis, Indiana & Hazelwood, Missouri
Dates:  September 18th-19th & September 26th, 2009
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar, Colby Marshall
Videographer:  Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup (Indianapolis):  Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), General Tire (Steve Koehler), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Geremie Dishman), Spike (Rich Hilgendorf)
Lineup (Hazelwood):  Bigfoot #10 (Rodney Tweedy), Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), Snake Bite #14 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.12 – Concord, NC

Event:  Back to School Monster Truck Bash
Venue:  The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Location:  Concord, North Carolina
Date:  August 15th, 2009
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographer:  Ross Z. Bonar, Rajeana Bonar, Chris Parrish

Lineup:  Avenger (Jim Koehler), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Nitemare (Andy Hoffman), Mopar Magic (Ricky Ownley), Raminator (Mark Hall), Samson (Dan Patrick), Stone Crusher (Steve Sims), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke), War Wizard (Randy Moore) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.7 – Springfield, MO

Event:  4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals
Venue:  Missouri Events & Entertainment Center
Location:  Springfield, Missouri
Date:  May 2nd-3rd, 2009
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Colby Marshall

Lineup:  Avenger (Jim Koehler), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), General Tire (Steve Koehler), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Spike (Rich Hilgendorf), Summit Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 2.6 – Chandler, AZ

Event:  NAPA Monster Truck Nationals
Venue:  Firebird International Raceway
Location:  Chandler, Arizona
Date:  April 25th-26th, 2009
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Shane Skinner, Lynette Bonar

Lineup:  1/2 Pint (Ronnie Sturges), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Summit Bigfoot #16 (Dan Runte), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more…]