The Allen Report: Autism Speaks – Phoenix, AZ 2013

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

At the time of this writing, just days remain before the first ever Stadium Super Trucks race at University of Phoenix Stadium. But before that, Team Bigfoot had some special audience members to please: Young people with autism. On World Autism Awareness Day dozens of families gathered in the stadium’s parking lot to watch Bigfoot #20 crush cars to benefit the team’s newest sponsor, Autism Speaks.

Driving duties went to Monster Truck Hall of Famer Jim Kramer. And there was no problem whatsoever with noise. Bigfoot #20 is the worlds first and, thus far, only all electric powered monster truck. So the biggest noise came from the cars themselves as the 66 inch tall tires rolled right over them. The night culminated in the unveiling of Team Bigfoot’s Autism Speaks body, complete with the company’s signature puzzle piece logo. The families must have loved it because they clapped and cheered and took many pictures of the new body.

Now the curtain is about to rise on Robby Gordon’s reboot of stadium off road racing, and more highlights are on the way from us here at “The Allen Report” from just that event. That being said, thank you for reading, thanks so much to University of Phoenix Stadium for hosting this touching event, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: NAPA Final Event Spectacular – Chandler, AZ 2013

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

After 30 years of offering a vast variety of motorsports to auto racing fans in the Valley of the Sun, Firebird Raceway in Chandler, AZ, will close. It was decided, however, to put on one more huge show and what better way to close things out on the Saturday before Easter than to do it with monster trucks, jet cars and Robosaurus. The NAPA Auto Parts Final Event Spectacular was a Saturday night only event. The featured monster trucks included: Jimmy Creten in the new Bounty Hunter Silver and wife Dawn Creten, as always, in Scarlet Bandit. Steven Thompson drove Iron Outlaw and Darren Migues flew the Red Baron. Team Bigfoot was in the house courtesy of Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot #18. Finally, World Finals Young Guns Shootout competitor JR McNeal was in the driver’s seat of Razin Kane and TJ Tripp had Ice Cream Man at the ready.

Before the night’s mayhem began, a tremendous crowd piled in and stood in line to get autographs from their favorite drivers. The sun set and the action on the quarter-mile drag strip heated up. Jet cars versus funny cars started the action with passes down the strip of over 250 mph. This was followed by the finals of the drag racing whose heat races were run earlier in the day. The fans were then treated to Ed “the Outlaw” Jones in his wheel-standing horseless carriage who made a full quarter mile pass in 12 seconds only on his rear wheels.

Then it was time for the Monsters! The competition was to be freestyle and it got bigger and better with each truck. JR McNeal threw down the gauntlet early with a score of 27. Red Baron and Ice Cream Man also gave great efforts, but could only tie the current best score of 27. Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw also excited the crowd with car crushing action but failed to wrestle the lead from the trio holding on to the high score. Dan Runte’s farewell freestyle to one of his favorite places to perform came to an end sooner than expected thanks to a flat tire after hitting the drag strip’s concrete wall. But for years, Jim Creten and The Bounty Hunter had had a lock on the Firebird Champion’s trophy. Over the years, many had tried to take the title from him, but all had failed. This year was no exception as two tremendous jumps threw away the key to that lock. The first jump had bright blue fireworks on either side of him as he entered the drag arena and the second was completely over Iron Outlaw and Red Baron parked side by side. He nailed a perfect 30, making him the Final Champion of Firebird Raceway. An incredible fireworks show followed the Monster Truck action then the stage was set for the car eating, fire breathing madness only Robosaurus can bring.

Up next for us at “The Allen Report” will be a demonstration car crush of the all electric Bigfoot #20 and the unveiling of the Autism Awareness Bigfoot #18 on Tuesday, April 2, which is World Autism Awareness day. Autism is very near to the heart for us at “The Allen Report” and we are very proud to be able to cover this very special event.

We will also be attending the first ever Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks race just down the road from us in University of Phoenix Stadium. There will be a full field of Monster Trucks providing racing action in addition to the Super Trucks. We will have a report.

Until then, thank you for reading, a very special thanks to Firebird Raceway for 30 years of motorsports action and hosting this great event one more time, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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TMB TV: Highlights – Monster X Tour – Highland Heights, KY 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: The Bank of Kentucky Center
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Date: February 8th-9th, 2013
Videographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Bigfoot Nation #10 (Tim Missentzis), Bucked Up (Brad Keller), California Kid (Kevin Post), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Chico, CA 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Silver Dollar Speedway
Location: Chico, California
Date: April 14th, 2013
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), California Kid (Tehvyn Goodwin), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne), Titan (Donald Epidendio), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Montgomery, AL 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Garrett Coliseum
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Date: February 15th-16th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Project X (Rob French), River Rat (Vern House), Scorpion (Kyle Carrington), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: Stadium Super Trucks – Glendale, AZ 2013

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we cover NASCAR and off road favorite Robby Gordon’s effort to revive Mickey Thompson style stadium off road racing. The inaugural event of Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks featured eight of the best monster trucks in the west and it was just down the road from us at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. No less than five Bigfoot trucks were in the house. The rest of the competition was Darren Migues and Bounty Hunter along with the father and son team of Rick and Eric Swanson running special bodies on their Obsessed and Obsession chassis.

The first ever SST race featured a rare occurrence in that racing would be the only competition for the monster trucks. It was fascinating to watch the monsters battle each other side by side on an off road style track, with over-under jumps, hairpin turns and mid-race lane choice. Without a single true finish line, the winner would be first back to his starting line jump.

Once the quarter finals were complete, only Dan Runte and Larry Swim were still alive for Team Bigfoot with Bounty Hunter and Eric Swanson taking the other two spots in the semis. Darren was just too fast for Dan’s new Autism Speaks Bigfoot #18, but Larry Swim in the SPEED Energy Bigfoot machine downed Eric’s bright purple trophy truck to set up a classic Bounty Hunter/Bigfoot 2-lap finale.

In the main event, Bounty Hunter had the inside lane at his starting point and took full advantage of the route’s benefits. Despite Larry’s best efforts, the first ever Stadium Super Trucks Monster Truck Division Champion was Darren Migues and Bounty Hunter.

In front of a modest crowd, the first ever win of the Stadium Super Trucks main event, the “big show” of the series, went to Rob MacCachren. Rob is a former champion of SST’s predecessor, the Mickey Thompson Off Road Championship Gran Prix and was clearly thrilled to receive the first ever main event trophy. So, until you hear from us at “The Allen Report” again, thanks to University of Phoenix Stadium for their hospitality, thank you for reading, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 4.3 – Monster X Tour – Fayetteville, NC 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: MT Unlimited 4.3
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Crown Center Coliseum
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Date: January 25th-26th, 2013
Videographer: Colby Marshall
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Featured Monster Trucks

Project X – Rob French
Scorpion – Kyle Carrington
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
Triple XXX – Chrissy Moler
Walking Tall – Maxie Broaddus
West Virginia Mountaineer – R.B. Moler
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Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.MarshallPublishingInc.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.MountaineerMotorsports.com
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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Highland Heights, KY 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Bank of Kentucky Center
Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Date: February 8th-9th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Bigfoot Nation #10 (Tim Missentzis), Bucked Up (Brad Keller), California Kid (Kevin Post), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Lake Charles, LA 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Date: February 22nd-23rd, 2013
Photographer: Matthew Ison

Lineup: Boogey Van (Zane Rettew), Bucked Up (Brad Keller), California Kid (Kevin Post), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #11 (Kevin Koszala), Rock Star (Bill Payne), Stinger (Zane Rettew) [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 02/23/13

Week Ending: February 23rd, 2013
Truck(s) Featured: Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Project X (Rob French), River Rat (Vern House), Scorpion (Kyle Carrington), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Country artist Donica Knight performs “Annie” at the Monster X Tour in Montgomery, Alabama.

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 4.2 – Monster X Tour – Jackson, MS 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: MT Unlimited 4.2
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Mississippi Coliseum
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Date: January 18th-20th, 2013
Videographer: Colby Marshall
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Featured Monster Trucks

Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jeremy Brady
Ballistic – Mac Plecker
Ground Pounder – Mike Dufrene
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
Project X – Rob French
River Rat – Vern House
Scorpion – Bruce Barto
Summit Bigfoot #10 – Tim Missentzis
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Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.HeavyHitterMonsterTruck.com
www.MarshallPublishingInc.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.SuddenImpact.com
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Video of the Week – 01/05/13

Week Ending: January 5th, 2013
Truck(s) Featured: Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), SPEED Energy BIGFOOT #19 (Larry Swim)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Wild wheelie contest in Cincinnati as both Larry Quick in Ghost Ryder and Larry Swim in SPEED Energy BIGFOOT #19 go for wild rides.

TMB TV: Original Series 5.12 – Outlaw Nationals – Jefferson City, MO 2012

TMB TV's Original Series Presented By E3 Spark Plugs
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Episode Information

Episode: Original Series 5.12
Event: Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Jaycee-Cole County Fairgrounds
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
Date: August 1st-2nd, 2012
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar
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Featured Monster Trucks

Barbarian – Devin Jones
Bounty Hunter – Ben Winslow
Iron Outlaw – Matt Brokaw
Summit Bigfoot #16 – Larry Swim
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Featured Links

www.2XtremeRacing.com
www.Barbarian4x4.com
www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
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Monster Photos: Monster Truck Winter Nationals – Cincinnati, OH 2012

Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
Venue: Cincinnati Gardens
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: December 29th, 2012
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: El Loco Hombre (Larry Quick), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Heartbreaker (Paul Strong), Rislone Defender (Zach Adams), SPEED Energy Bigfoot #19 (Larry Swim) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Odyssey Battery BIGFOOT #20 Test Session – Hazelwood, MO

Event: Odyssey Battery BIGFOOT #20 Test Session
Venue: BIGFOOT 4×4
Location: Hazelwood, Missouri
Date: November 8th, 2012
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #20 (Jim Kramer) [Read more…]