The Allen Report: Gila County Fair Monster Trucks – Globe, AZ 2017

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we make it to a one-night-only show at the Gila County Fair in Globe, Arizona, in the eastern part of the state. Globe hosted a monster truck show at its County Fairgrounds for the very first time two years ago to great positive feedback and we made it back after a year off to see two southwestern household names and a legendary monster make short work of two sets of crush cars and a motor home in exhibition only freestyle.

Making a short trip from Marana, AZ, was Murph McCrorey at the controls of El Perro Loco, meaning “The Crazy Dog”. This was to be a night show, so time would tell if Murph lived up to his nickname, “Werewolf”. From right across the way in New Mexico was multi-time Monster Truck Hall of Fame nominee Jack Koberna driving the beautiful retro yellow painted Tuff-E-Nuff. Finally, having stayed over the week after Tucson Speedway was Mike Phelps in the iconic police themed Monster Patrol. Once again, an enormous crowd showed up for high flying car smashing action.

In the opening round of freestyle, the drivers wasted no time in delivering great action. El Perro Loco made his mark by clearing the entire set of cars on his final hit. Tuff E Nuff, not to be outdone, also smashed the cars before giving an admirable attempt at a slap wheelie. Monster Patrol continued the big air assault, also making jumps without touching a single car. In the second round, all monsters stepped up their game, while El Perro Loco attempted slap wheelies and Tuff-E-Nuff pleased the crowd by nailing some cross-thread moves. Monster Patrol got even bigger air, hyping the crowd for the finale.

In the third and final round, Rod Wood’s stepson driving El Perro Loco got huge air to start the run. The “The Crazy Dog” then attacked the motor home, smashing it to much approval from the fans. Tuff E Nuff hit the cars before nailing another cross thread and finishing off what little remained of the motor home. Monster Patrol finished the show on a high note by doing cross threads of his own, clearing the cars with room to spare and jumping right through the gap where the motor home had been minutes earlier.

While the monsters were resting between rounds of freestyle, the fans were treated to hard hitting, car slamming demolition derby action. With that, we at “The Allen Report” make our final California trek of the year to Turlock, CA, in order to attend the season’s final motorsports production by our friends at WGAS Motorsports. This past spring, Bounty Hunter either shared or solely took the Overall Championship trophy and Jim Creten will settle for nothing less than again taking the title all to himself.

Well then, we sincerely thank the Gila County Fairgrounds for having us again, thanks for reading, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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The Allen Report: Tucson Speedway Fall Monster Truck Show 2017

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we return to Tucson Speedway for the final time in 2017. This track is a 3/8 mile paved oval that hosts numerous forms of mainstream auto racing, headlined by a lower tier NASCAR series titled “The Whelen Championship”. However, this weekend was headlined by the rumble of ground shaking, car smashing monster trucks ready to fight it out in a preview freestyle, a half-lap “roundy-round” style race on the asphalt oval and the anything goes, all or nothing insanity of freestyle.

The field was headlined by the hometown truck El Perro Loco piloted by Murph McCrorey, stepson of Rod Wood and known for his hard charging driving style in night shows under the nickname “Werewolf”. Hailing from New Mexico was multi-time Monster Truck Hall of Fame nominee Jack Koberna in the sweet looking Tuff-E-Nuff, performing publicly with a retro paint scheme for the very first time. The other two names in the house were both making their debut appearances at Tucson Speedway. First was Mike Phelps at the controls of the black and green Monster Patrol. The other was Canton, Texas’s own Chris Trussell behind the wheel of his trophy truck bodied Big Chief machine, named for his mother’s Cherokee ancestry.

The show opened with the continuation of a popular tradition. Together, Monster Patrol and Big Chief jumped over the barriers onto the front straightaway to get the crowd hooked early. In the preview freestyle, Tuff-E-Nuff got the crowd into the action early with an incredible save coming down from the van stack. However, doing so also popped two tires and bent one four link bar. El Perro Loco put together two excellent wheelies, but the run was cut short due to electrical problems.

With two of the four monsters being repaired, Tucson Speedway officials decreed to go straight to the racing finals between Big Chief and Monster Patrol. With one truck starting at the track’s start/finish line and the other halfway down the back straightaway, this race was different as only half a lap with one sweeping turn had to be completed, not a full lap with two turns. There was no clear leader off the line, but Big Chief took control of the race going through the only turn which he held to the finish, taking the racing championship. In order to excite the fans about the upcoming freestyle, the two racing finals participants did a brief dual freestyle before heading back to the pits.

Finally, it was time for freestyle. With a van stack, two busses and four cars to crush, plus two different wheelie barricades meant that taking the freestyle championship would not be easy. In the meantime, Tuff-E-Nuff and El Perro Loco had been fixed from earlier breakage and were ready for a better shot at taking a win in front of the home region crowd.

At one point, it looked like El Perro Loco was ready to flop on its side, but Murph McCrorey used his veteran driving skills to bring the crazy dog back onto its sixty-six inch paws. Frustrated by the earlier abrupt ending to his run, Jack Koberna attacked the track with full force, hitting the bus stack several times in each direction and turning in some smoke-causing donuts. Monster Patrol cleared the crush cars several times and got huge air over the busses to remain in the championship hunt.

Unable to choose between the hometown dog and the world’s only winged monster, Tucson Speedway officials declared El Perro Loco and Monster Patrol freestyle co-champions.
When the monsters were resting, there were several classes of regular car oval racing on the race card and some had very exciting finishes. There was also many stock car three lap ride-a-longs and some Shriner minicars.

Now, with Tucson Speedway in the rearview mirror, we at “The Allen Report” look towards the final events of the year for our friends at WGAS Motorsports. First up is the final show of the year at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. More coverage will arrive soon from there. Well then, thank you for reading, a special thank you to Dave Track Guy and Tucson Speedway for allowing us to cover his show and great hospitality, enjoy the photos, don’t forget to follow us on “Monster Truckin’ with Jim and Chris” on Facebook and Instagram, and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Minnesota Monster Madness – Elk River, MN 2017

Event Information

Event: Minnesota Monster Madness
Venue: ERX Motor Park
Location: Elk River, Minnesota
Date: June 23rd, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Big Kahuna (Shane England), Black Stallion (Michael Vaters), Bounty Hunter (Christian Norman), Higher Education (Preston Perez), Incinerator (Ryan Rice), Iron Outlaw (Mikael Christensen), Iron Warrior (Matt Cody), Jailbird (Kaylyn Migues), Midnight Rider (Tom Herzog), Monster Patrol (Michael Phelps), Nitro Menace (Darren Migues), Overkill Evolution (Michael Vaters Jr.), Rat Nasty (James Trantina), Snake Bite (Vinny Venom), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Larry Swim), Twisted Addiction (Tim Jones) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals – Springfield, MO 2016

Event Information

Event: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Date: June 17th-18th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Cory Rummell), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Big Dawg (Doug Noelke), Bounty Hunter (Tim Missentzis), Monster Patrol (Clint Watson), Over Bored (Jamey Garner) Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Wrecking Crew (Michael Thompson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: No Limits Monster Truck Summer Nationals – Ardmore, OK 2015

Event Information

Event: No Limits Monster Truck Summer Nationals
Venue: Southern Oklahoma Speedway
Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma
Date: July 10th-11th, 2015
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Freedom Keeper (Kaylyn Migues), Monster Patrol (Michael Phelps), Nitro Menace (Darren Migues), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #19 (Darron Schnell), Wild Thang (Doug Charles) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 05/14/12 – Randy Moore & Kirk Dabney

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, May 14th, 2012
Guest #1: Randy Moore, driver of War Wizard & Aaron’s All-American Dream Machine
Guest #2: Kirk Dabney, driver of Maximum Overkill [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 02/12/11

Week Ending: February 12th, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Big Dawg (Dale Gerding), Deal Breaker (Devin Jones), Monster Patrol (David Brown), Rock Star (Bill Payne), Undertaker (Jeremy Shipman)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Stylized video production from the MEGA Monster Truck Tour event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri from 2009.

South Pacific World Finals III – Brisbane, Queensland – 11/06/10

Event:  South Pacific World Finals III
Venue:  Brisbane International Speedway
Location:  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Date:  November 6th, 2010
Photographer:  Darryl Smith

Lineup: Avenger Australia (Jim Koehler), Batman (Barry Gaunt), Extreme (Kreg Christensen), Freakshow (Gordon Buscall), Fuchs Oil (David Brown), Monster Patrol (Paul Shafer), Outback Thunda 1 (Peter Duffey), Outback Thunda 4 (Clive Featherby), Raptor’s Rampage (Corey Clarke), Samson (Dan Patrick), Scooby Doo (Hayden McLeary), Taz (Jaye Featherby) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monstergeddon – Odessa, MO 2008

Event Information

Event: Monstergeddon
Venue: I-70 Speedway
Location: Odessa, Missouri
Date: August 23rd, 2008
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Truck Lineup

Barbarian (Devin Jones), Big Dawg (Dale Gerding), Brute Force (John White), Monster Patrol (DJ Hickman), Ozz Monster (David Brown), Tail Gator (Doug Noelke) [Read more…]

PSM World Finals – Deland, FL – 11/19-20/05

Event:  Paul Shafer Motorsports World Finals
Venue:  Volusia County Fairgrounds
Location:  Deland, Florida
Date:  November 19th-20th, 2005
Photographer:  Bryan Wagner

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Bearfoot (Larry Swim), Bigfoot #11 (Rick Long), Bigfoot #14 (Dave Harkey), Captain USA (Rodney Tweedy), Carolina Crusher (James Tigue II), Dominator (Kyle Chandler), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Extreme Overkill II (Doug Charles), Frankenstein (Paul Shafer), Kid Rock #29 (Larry Swim), Monster Patrol (Kirk Dabney), Rampage (Charlie Miller), Smoke (Charlie Miller), Spiderman (Paul Jensen), Tuff Country Dragon Slayer (Kreg Christensen), Wild Thang (Brian Harwood) [Read more…]