Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: The Dome at America’s Center
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 4th, 2017
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Barbarian (Devin Jones), Black Stallion (Michael Vaters), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Jester (Matt Pagliarulo), Mechanical Mischief (Jim Burns), Monster Energy (Coty Saucier), Over Bored (Jamey Garner), Overkill Evolution (Sean Duhon), Rage (Cory Rummell), Samson (Rick Steffens), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Xtermigator (JR McNeal), Wrecking Crew (Michael Thompson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Columbus, OH 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: January 2nd-3rd, 2015
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Jon Zimmer), Instigator (Paul Breaud), Mohawk Warrior (George Balhan), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candice Jolly), Stinger (Zane Rettew), Team Hot Wheels Firestorm (Scott Buetow), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Cincinnati, OH 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: US Bank Arena
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: April 5th-6th, 2014
Photographer: Paul Harry

Truck Lineup

Bad News Travels Fast (Damon Bradshaw), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), Grave Digger (Gary Porter), Monster Energy (Damon Bradshaw), Monster Mutt (Whit Tarlton), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Date: February 1st, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Bad News Travels Fast (Brandon Derrow), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Cleatus (Frank Krmel), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Iron Man (Lee O’Donnell), Madusa (Debra Miceli), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Energy (Coty Saucier), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Rod Schmidt), River Rat (Steven Snellen), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Spiderman (Bari Musawwir), Strait Jacket (Kevin King), Team Hot Wheels Firestorm (Scott Buetow), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 11th, 2014
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Bad News Travels Fast (Brandon Derrow), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), D-Molisher (Scott Liddycoat), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Chad Tingler), Iron Man (Lee O’Donnell), Iron Outlaw (Trent Montgomery), Krazy Train (Lloyd Twitchell), Maximum Destruction (Morgan Kane), Mohawk Warrior (BJ Johnson), Mopar Muscle (Mike Miller), Monster Energy (Damon Bradshaw), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Taryn Laskey), Northern Nightmare (Cam McQueen), Raminator (Mark Hall), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam World Finals – Las Vegas, NV 2013

Event: Monster Jam World Finals Young Guns Shootout
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: March 22nd-23rd, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

World Finals Lineup: Avenger – Jim Koehler, Bad Habit – Joe Sylvester, Batman – Norm Miller (Racing) / Carl Van Horn (Freestyle), Blue Thunder – Pablo Huffaker, Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten, Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell, Captain America – Chad Fortune, El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald, Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson, Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson, Grinder – John Seasock (Racing) / Lupe Soza (Freestyle), Hot Wheels Firestorm – Scott Buetow, Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell, Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk, Madusa – Debra Miceli, Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents, Metal Mulisha – Todd Leduc, Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan, Monster Energy – Damon Bradshaw, Monster Mutt – Charlie Pauken, Monster Mutt Dalmation – Candace Jolly, Northern Nightmare – Cam McQueen, Scooby Doo – Nicole Johnson, Son Uva Digger – Ryan Anderson, Spiderman – Bari Musawwir, Stone Crusher – Steve Sims, Superman – Jon Zimmer, Zombie – Sean Duhon

Young Guns Shootout Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), El Diablo (Jean-Paul Ruggiero), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Hooked (Steven Sims), Iron Man (Morgan Kane), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Taryn Laskey), Nitro Hornet (Daron Basl), Razin Kane (JR McNeal), Titan (Donald Epidendio), Wolverine (Dustin Brown) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 2nd, 2013
Photographer: Paul Harry

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Batman (Norm Miller), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Iron Man (Morgan Kane), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Metal Mulisha (Brian Deegan), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Rod Schmidt), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Wolverine (Dustin Brown), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 02/25/13 – Show #504

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, February 25th, 2013
Guest #1: Dennis Anderson, driver of Grave Digger
Guest #2: Sean Duhon, driver of Zombie
Guest #3: Greg Winchenbach, driver of Crushstation
Guest #4: Derick Anson, driver of Heavy Hitter
Guest #5: Larry Quick, driver of Ghost Ryder [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 26th, 2013
Photographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), El Toro Loco (Chuck Werner), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Neil Elliott), Megabite (Brad Allen), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Wolverine (Dustin Brown), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Indianapolis, IN 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: January 26th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), El Toro Loco (Chuck Werner), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Higher Education (Jimmy Tracey), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Neil Elliott), Megabite (Brad Allen), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Wolverine (Dustin Brown), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler), Zombie (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2012

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 3rd, 2012
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Hot Wheels (Dan Evans), Maximum Destruction (Kreg Christensen), Metal Mulisha (Brian Deegan), Spike (Jeff Anderson), Superman (Sean Duhon), War Wizard (Randy Moore), Wolverine (Alex Blackwell), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler)
[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Columbus, OH 2012

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: January 6th-7th, 2012
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Batman (Norm Miller), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Grinder (Nicole Johnson), Monster Mutt (Joe Miller), Samson (Dan Patrick), Superman (Sean Duhon), Tasmanian Devil (Taryn Laskey)
[Read more…]

Profile: Cult Energy Activator

Truck Name: Cult Energy Activator
Driver Name: Sean Duhon
Team Name: Sudden Impact Racing
Hometown: Jefferson, Lousiana
Team Website: http://www.SuddenImpact.com

2009 TMB Results Tracker Statistics:
– Competed in 57 shows with 24 racing wins and 12 freestyle wins.
– Duhon’s 36 racing & freestyle wins ranked him 11th best in all of monster trucks in 2009.
– Duhon’s 24 racing victories was the 5th best total of all drivers in 2009.

[Read more…]

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