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  • The Allen Report – Monster Truck Show – Phoenix, AZ 2013

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    (Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

    Weekend Recap

    This time on “The Allen Report”, five regional favorites are pushed to the limit in two shows in a single day, the last day of the Maricopa County Fair. It was here, one year ago, where Grand Canyon State Promotions ventured into the world of monster trucks for the very first time. With the big crowd that followed last year, it made sense the monster trucks came back this year. The lineup looked like this: Tucson’s Rod Wood was in McGruff and Ronnie Sturges, as always, piloted Nasty Boy. His brother Travis filled in for their Uncle Sam in Unnamed & Untamed and a friend of the Sturges’ from just across the border in Mexico named Cesar Nunez took the helm of the sleek ’63 Corvette named Rat Attack. Finally, Jack Koberna, as always, drove Tuff-E-Nuff.

    The race course of choice was “Minneapolis Style”, with the trucks starting in the middle and working their way around with the third jump representing the finish line. After Nasty Boy put McGruff in the dog pound, Rat Attack took the place of Unnamed against Tuff-E-Nuff after the 1942 Panel Wagon locked up both axles on the way to the starting line. Rat Attack won the right to face Nasty Boy in the first semi final. In the consolation race, McGruff got his groove back and tamed Tuff-E-Nuff to get another shot at the main event where Nasty Boy, having beaten Rat Attack, was there waiting. But history repeated itself when McGruff spun out in the final corner, giving the racing title to Ronnie Sturges. In the exhibition only freestyle, McGruff had some great air and kept the speed up very well. But the highlight came when Rat Attack launched off a starting line jump and followed it up with a slap wheelie before a tuff truck jump sent him on his side, much to the delight of the fans.

    The evening show would see only 4 vehicles as Rat Attack’s rollover broke his hub inside the axle and it could not get fixed in time. But Unnamed & Untamed was back in the game with both third members in the axles fixed. In racing, McGruff rolled the dice one more time with Unnamed and won to advance to the finals. Nasty Boy downed Tuff-E-Nuff in the other semi to face Rod Wood for the third time in the same day. But first, the dark cloud finally lifted off of U & U when Travis Sturges drove to victory over New Mexico’s Jack Koberna in the third place race. In the main event, Rod Wood just could not stop the domination of Team Sturges at the Maricopa County Fair. Nasty Boy swept racing. To finish the night, all 4 trucks gave it all in a wild exhibition only freestyle. Jack Koberna, the southwest monster truck legend from New Mexico, threw out some huge air, a near vertical slap wheelie and some dusty donuts, much to the delight of the fans.

    The shows also featured some tuff truck racing, freestyle motocross action and hilarious side by side SUV racing on the tuff truck course. For us at “The Allen Report”, we are headed over to Los Angeles next to cover Robby Gordon’s SST race at the venue where stadium off road racing all began, the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. So, thank you for reading, a huge thanks to Grand Canyon State Promotions for their hospitality, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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    Video of the Week – 01/26/13

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    Week Ending: January 26th, 2013
    Truck(s) Featured: Equalizer (Brandon Budd), Maverik Monster Trakkar (Ron Duncombe), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Red Solo Truck (Travis Sturges), Toxic (Travis Petri), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges)
    Video Type: Fan Video
    Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

    Description: Highlights from Saturday night’s event at the first All Star Monster Truck Tour at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah!

    Monster Photos: Monster Truck Winter Nationals – Loveland, CO 2013

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    Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
    Venue: Budweiser Events Center
    Location: Loveland, Colorado
    Date: January 19th, 2013
    Photographer: John Roberts

    Lineup: El Loco Hombre (Shannon Miller), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Malicious (Gabriel Montoya), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), SPEED Energy Bigfoot #19 (Larry Swim), Unnamed & Untamed (Travis Sturges) [Read more...]

    Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Colorado Springs, CO – 08/18/12

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    Event: Monster X Tour
    Venue: Norris-Penrose Events Center
    Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Date: August 18th, 2012
    Photographer: John Roberts

    Lineup: El Perro Loco (Rod Wood), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Ninja Rat Attack (Ronnie Sturges), Tuff Enuff (Jack Koberna), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more...]

    Monster Photos – Monster X Tour – Colorado Springs, CO – 08/17/12

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    Event: Monster X Tour
    Venue: Norris-Penrose Events Center
    Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Date: August 17th, 2012
    Photographer: John Roberts

    Lineup: El Perro Loco (Rod Wood), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Ninja Rat Attack (Ronnie Sturges), Tuff Enuff (Jack Koberna), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more...]

    Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Colorado Springs, CO 2012

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    Event: Monster X Tour
    Venue: Norris-Penrose Events Center
    Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Date: August 17th, 2012
    Photographer: Raymon Morehouse

    Lineup: El Perro Loco (Rod Wood), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Ninja Rat Attack (Ronnie Sturges), Tuff Enuff (Jack Koberna), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more...]

    The Allen Report: Monster Truck Show – Phoenix, AZ 2012

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    (Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

    Believe it or not, some promoters put together automotive entertainment shows without monster trucks. Arizona’s own Grand Canyon State Promotions has done demo derby shows and freestyle motocross shows, but never monster trucks. That is, until now. On April 15th, the last day of the 2012 Maricopa County Fair, the young promoter ventured into monster trucks. The lineup included: Travis Sturges in 1/2 Pint, brother Ronnie in Nasty Boy and their Uncle Sam in Unnamed & Untamed. There was also Murphy McCorey driving El Perro Loco and New Mexico’s own Jack Koberna in Tuff Enuff.

    Both shows saw Chicago style racing. To open the afternoon show, Nasty Boy defeated 1/2 Pint in Round 1. Due to a lack of available fast loser, the 1940 Willys got a bye into the finals. El Perro Loco, who had had a bye run the round before, faced Tuff Enuff for the right to face Nasty Boy in the finals. The 30 year veteran Jack Koberna crossed the line first, but lost due to failing to get both front tires up the ramp on the final jump. In the finale, it was neck and neck until the crazy dog’s tail washed out on him, giving Nasty Boy the win. Freestyle saw great runs from all. Sadly, Tuff Enuff was finished for the weekend only two jumps in due to a blown motor. After several tries at a cheer off, it was Sturges walking away with the win, Sam and Unnamed, that is.

    The evening show saw Nasty Boy chain El Perro Loco to advance into the finals again, this time facing teammate 1/2 Pint in a rematch from the afternoon. This time around, Travis put Nasty Boy in the naughty corner with a win to close racing for the weekend. But the night’s action was far from over. Having been plagued by ignition problems all day, Sam still impressed his home state fans with wheelies and fine air. But 1/2 Pint had the biggest air of the day on several of the big jumps on the floor, long wheelies and plenty of speed. All of those moves were more than enough to become the only double winner of the weekend. It was truly an amazing weekend for the home state team; as every member of the team took home at least one trophy. With a nearly full crowd, a good field of competitors and a well built track, the future looks promising for Grand Canyon State Promotions.

    Throughout the weekend, there had been an exhibition showcasing tough trucks racing special off road vehicles called tom cars, all supplied by a local Ford dealer. And the Boogie Monster ride truck gave rides to all who wanted one before and after every performance. Next stop for us at “The Allen Report” is Firebird International Raceway where some of the biggest names who play the game will throw down to see which one of them can freestyle best on the unforgiving drag strip. Until then, thank you for reading, thanks to everyone at Grand Canyon State Promotions for their hospitality, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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    TMB TV: Original Series 5.7 – Monster Truck Thunder Slam – Jonesboro, AR 2012

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

    Episode: Original Series 5.7
    Event: Monster Truck Thunder Slam
    Venue: ASU Convocation Center
    Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
    Date: March 2nd-3rd, 2012
    Host: Ross Z. Bonar
    Videographers: Shane Skinner, Ross Z. Bonar
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    Featured Monster Trucks

    1/2 Pint – Travis Sturges
    Bigfoot Bad Boy #16 – Larry Swim
    Nasty Boy – Ronnie Sturges
    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges
    War Wizard – Robert Parker
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    Featured Links

    www.AMPTour.com
    www.Bigfoot4x4.com
    www.E3SparkPlugs.com
    www.SturgesMotorsports.com
    www.WarWizardRacing.com
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    Monster Photos: Monster Truck Thunder Slam – Jonesboro, AR 2012

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    Event: Monster Truck Thunder Slam
    Venue: ASU Convocation Center
    Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
    Date: March 2nd-3rd, 2012
    Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

    Lineup: 1/2 Pint (Travis Sturges), Bigfoot Bad Boy #16 (Larry Swim), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges), War Wizard (Robert Parker) [Read more...]

    Video of the Week – 05/07/11

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    Week Ending: May 7th, 2011
    Truck(s) Featured: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Summit Bigfoot 16 (Dan Runte), Unnamed & Untamed (Travis Sturges)
    Video Type: Fan Video
    Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

    Description: Highlights from this year’s NAPA Monster Truck Nationals & Jet Car Meltdown featuring Robosaurus.

    The Allen Report: NAPA Monster Truck Nationals – Chandler, AZ 2011

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    (Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

    Six of the top monster trucks in the world arrived at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona for the annual NAPA Monster Truck Nationals and Night of Fire, held on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st, 2011. Participants included current Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler in Avenger, with last year’s Firebird runner-up Chris Bergeron in Brutus right behind him. Darren Migues would be filling in for perennial Firebird Champ Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter, Dan Runte would be back in Summit Bigfoot 16 and Travis and Ronnie Sturges would be piloting Unnamed & Untamed and Nasty Boy from just down the road in Tucson. Nasty Boy was even sporting the great looking TMB flag for the weekend’s events. The grand finale would be the return of the 40-foot tall, 60,000 pound car-eating, fire-breathing monstrosity Robosaurus.

    Opening each show was a wheelie and donut competition with the brothers Sturges giving wheelies that set the stage for what was to come. Brutus not only surprised the Firebird fans with a 45 degree angle wheelie attempt, but gave cyclones that had yours truly thinking back to Wrecking Crew at the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals encore. Even better, Chris put the wreck from last year behind him with a perfect score of 30, followed it up with an outstanding freestyle, taking the Saturday night championship.

    Sunday saw the encore performance for the fans that could not make it the first night. At one of his favorite places to perform, Dan and Bigfoot got the crowd pumped up with his shots at the wheelie and donut win. But it was déjà vu for Chris Bergeron, who found himself tied with Bounty Hunter with just freestyle left to go for the weekend. The judging was close, but Darren kept the Bounty Hunter Firebird legacy alive with a score tallied over wheelies and donuts combined with his freestyle number to oust Brutus for the second year in a row.

    To close each show, Shawn Pacheco and Robosaurus fascinated the kids in the crowd by eating, breaking and burning a junk car or, in the case of the big show on Saturday, no less than three. In addition, Sam Sturges gave rides to fans young and old in his team’s “Boogie Monster” ride truck. Will Team Scream ever be able to defeat Bounty Hunter at Firebird? Find out next year. Until then, thank you for reading, thanks to everyone with Firebird Raceway for their hospitality, enjoy Jim’s great photos and cheer on!

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    TMB TV: Original Series Episode 4.4 – Glendale, AZ 2011

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    Event: Monster Nationals
    Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
    Location: Glendale, Arizona
    Date: March 26th, 2011
    Host: Ross Z. Bonar
    Videographers: Ross Z. Bonar, Lynette Bonar

    Lineup: 1/2 Pint (Travis Sturges), Black Knight (Dave Rife), Chalkboard Chuck (Jeff Hatten), E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), El Perro Loco (Rod Wood), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Star Marshal (Dave Radzierez), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more...]

    Monster Photos: Monster Nationals – Glendale, AZ 2011

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    Event: Monster Nationals
    Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
    Location: Glendale, Arizona
    Date: March 26th, 2011
    Photographer: Lauren Z. Bonar

    Lineup: 1/2 Pint (Travis Sturges), Black Knight (Dave Rife), Chalkboard Chuck (Jeff Hatten), E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), El Perro Loco (Rod Wood), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Nasty Boy (Ronnie Sturges), Star Marshal (Dave Radzierez), Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges) [Read more...]

    Profile: 1/2 Pint

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    Truck Name:  1/2 Pint
    Driver Name:  Travis Sturges
    Team Name:  Sturges Motorsports
    Hometown:  Tucson, Arizona
    Team Website:  http://www.SturgesMotorsports.com

    2009 TMB Results Tracker Statistics:
    – 1/2 Pint was driven by Ronnie Sturges and Travis Sturges in 2009, with Travis returning to the seat after many years out of the sport.
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    Profile: Nasty Boy

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    Truck Name:  Nasty Boy
    Driver Name:  Ronnie Sturges
    Team Name:  Sturges Motorsports
    Hometown:  Tucson, Arizona
    Team Website:  http://www.SturgesMotorsports.com

    2009 TMB Results Tracker Statistics:
    – Competed in 82 shows (often doing double duty in 1/2 Pint and Nasty Boy), amassing 11 racing wins and 22 freestyle victories.
    – Ronnie’s 33 overall wins in racing & freestyle ranked him 14th in all of monster trucks in 2009.
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