Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2017

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 28th, 2017
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Big Kahuna (Shane England), Dragon (Jon Zimmer), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Hurricane Force (Steve Thompson), Mad Scientist (Lee O’Donnell), Mechanical Mischief (Jim Burns), Metal Mulisha (Matt Buyten), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candice Jolly), Quad Chaos (Aaron Cain), Raminator (Mark Hall), Samson (Rick Steffens), Soldier Fortune (Chad Fortune), Storm Damage (Tim Mente), Xtreme Diesel (Dave Radzierez) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 30th, 2016
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Alien Invasion (Steve Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Dragon’s Breath (Scott Liddycoat), Grave Digger (Chad Tingler), Gun Slinger (Scott Hartsock), Hurricane Force (Steve Thompson), Ice Cream Man (Roy Pridgeon), Jester (Matt Pagliarulo), Mohawk Warrior (George Balhan), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Rod Schmidt), Razin Kane (Buddy Tompkins), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson), Solider Fortune Black Ops (Tony Ochs), Son Uva Digger (Ryan Anderson), Storm Damage (John Killenger), Xtermigator (JR McNeal) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Night of Fire & Destruction – Essex Junction, VT 2015

Event Information

Event: Night of Fire & Destruction
Venue: Champlain Valley Fair
Location: Essex Junction, Vermont
Date: August 30th, 2015
Photographer: Katelin White (Check out Katelin White Photography on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Hurricane Force (Steve Thompson), Jethro Tow (Jeff Bursey), Rislone Defender (Zach Adams), Storm Damage (Mike Thompson), Summit Bigfoot #21 (Dan Runte), XDP (Dave Radzierez) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2015

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: January 10th, 2015
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Truck Lineup

Backwards Bob (Bryan Wright), Bounty Hunter (Trent Montgomery), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Pablo Huffaker), Hotsy (Dale Benear), Hurricane Force (Steven Thompson), Incinerator (Ryan Rice), Iron Outlaw (Todd Morey), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Mechanical Mischief (Jim Burns), Mohawk Warrior (George Balhan), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Cynthia Gauthier), Northern Nightmare (Cam McQueen), Saigon Shaker (Ryan Disharoon), Shell Camino (Shelley Kujat), Storm Damage (Tim Mente) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.11 – Monster Truck Throwdown – Windsor, ME 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Truck Throwdown
Venue: Windsor Fair
Location: Windsor, Maine
Date: August 30th-31st, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach
Hurricane Force – Steven Thompson
Illuminator – Jay Snyder
Jethrow Tow – Jeff Bursey
Rap Attack – Kyle Kunkle / Dave Rappach
Storm Damage – John Killenger

Featured Links

www.MonsterTruckThrowdown.com
www.RapAttackRacing.com
www.StormDamageRacing.com
www.TheMonstahLobstah.com

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.6 – Monster Nation – Pikeville, KY 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Date: March 14th-15th, 2014
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Equalizer – Mike Hawkins
Hurricane Force – Steven Thompson
Red Solo Truck – Brandon Budd
Storm Damage – Tim Mente
Summit Bigfoot #18 – Dan Runte
Toxic – Travis Petri

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.DirtShows.com
www.EqualizerRacing.com
www.Monster-Nation.com
www.StormDamageRacing.com
www.ToxicMonsterTruck.com

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Monster Photos: Monster Nation – Pikeville, KY 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Nation
Venue: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Date: March 14th-15th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Equalizer (Mike Hawkins / Joseph Yatsko), Hurricane Force (Steven Thompson), Red Solo Truck (Brandon Budd), Storm Damage (Tim Mente), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte), Toxic (Travis Petri) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Evansville, IN 2012

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Vanderburgh County 4-H Center
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Date: July 13th-14th, 2012
Photographer: Chris Parrish

Lineup: El Loco Hombre (Corey Schlichler), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Hurricane Force (Steve Thompson), Quadzilla (Roger Gauger), Storm Damage (Rich Hilgendorf) [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 09/24/11

Week Ending: September 24th, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Hurricane Force (Steven Thompson), Storm Damage (Tim Mente)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Wild race between Natural Disaster Racing teammates Tim Mente in Storm Damage and Steven Thompson in Hurricane Force. Thompson goes for a wild ride after the finish!

Monster Truck Radio 06/13/11 – Steven Thompson & Tim Mente

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, June 13th, 2011
Guest #1: Steven Thompson, driver of Hurricane Force
Guest #2: Tim Mente, driver of Storm Damage [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Kicker Monster Truck Nationals – Clovis, NM 2011

Event: Kicker Monster Truck Nationals
Venue: Curry County Fairgrounds
Location: Clovis, New Mexico
Date: May 13th-14th, 2011
Photographer: Anthony Cordova

Lineup: Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), Hurricane Force (Steven Thompson), Storm Damage (Tim Mente) [Read more…]

MTRA Weekend In St. Louis

TheMonsterBlog.com Staff was in attendance this weekend for the 24th Annual Monster Truck Racing Association Tech School, Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet.  Members from around the country visited the Sheraton Westport Hotel & Conference Center in St. Louis, Missouri to participate in productive discussion on rule changes and on the future direction of the organization as it prepares for its 25th year of working to improve safety in the monster truck industry.  TMB is thankful for all those members who shared their thoughts, ideas and opinions this weekend and for all those members who participate throughout the year in doing the work of the organization.

To finish up the weekend, members gathered for the MTRA Awards Banquet where the membership honors outstanding achievements by those in the organization. Nominations by the membership were accepted and ballots mailed out, with all members having the opportunity to vote on who they found most deserving for each award. With all the votes tabulated, the winners in each category were announced and presented at last night’s banquet.

The first of the MTRA Awards presented was the Safety Award which is given to the individual who the membership believed did the most to advance safety during the preceding year. The winner was Dan Patrick for all his great work as the MTRA’s Technical Director, a very well deserved honor for a man who has done an incredible amount for the industry over the years.

The Sportsman of the Year Award followed, awarded to the member whose peers believed was the best example of sportsmanship in 2010. The award went to Team Scream who can always be counted on to help out a fellow competitor. A big congratulations on another well deserved award for the team consisting of great guys like new owner/driver members Jim Koehler and Chris Bergeron and the rest of their great crew. The MTRA was very appreciative of Jim and Chris joining the organization in 2010.

Each year the MTRA membership honors their fellow member they feel has done the best job wrenching on and setting up trucks over the long season with the Mechanic of the Year Award. Tim Hall was the winner for 2010 as he helped guide the Hall Brothers Racing team to another Monster Truck Thunder Drags title and to many big wins throughout the year.

Tim Hall, 2010 MTRA Mechanic of the Year

Team who have stepped up their programs with new trucks, better quality equipment and stronger performance are nominated by the membership for the Most Improved Team of the Year Award. The big winner this year was Tim Mente’s Team Natural Disaster with the Storm Damage and Hurricane Force monster trucks. The team expanded to two trucks for 2010, each with great looking graphics and ran strong all season, a big congratulations on a well deserved victory.

Steven Thompson, driver of Hurricane Force, accepts the Most Improved Team Award for Tim Mente's Storm Damage team.

The MTRA’s Jr. Associate program gets kids involved with the organization at an early age as a way for them to learn about monster truck safety. As a fun privilege, the members choose their favorite Driver of the Year each season and this year the winner was Doug Noelke and the great looking Tail Gator truck.

During the middle of the Awards Banquet, MTRA welcomed Promoter Members Family Events and Checkered Flag Productions as they honored their champions from the 2010 season. Family Events honored Mark Hall, their Monster Truck Thunder Drags Champion, Rick Long, the Monster Nationals Racing Champion and Jocelyn Perrin, the Monster Nationals Wheelie and Freestyle Champion. Checkered Flag Productions paid tribute to their 2010 points champion Larry Swim with a great video presentation.

Rick Long, driver of Bigfoot #15, is honored as the 2010 Monster Nationals Racing Champion.

Mark Hall receives his 2010 Monster Truck Thunder Drags Championship Award from Family Events.

Larry Swim gives his acceptance speech after being honored as the 2010 CFP Champion.

The 2010 season saw many great new drivers enter their first full season of monster truck competition. From young guys like Steven Thompson and Mat Dishman to Ryan Rice and even a veteran of the sport who completed his first full season of racing a truck this year, Greg Winchenbach, the MTRA membership had a really great group of rookies to choose from. Coming off a huge win at the Pontiac Silverdome a few weeks back, Mat Dishman was named the MTRA’s Rookie of the Year Award winner. Congratulations to Mat on a great honor from his fellow members.

Mat Dishman, driver of Rammunition, winner of the 2010 MTRA Rookie of the Year Award.

Each year the membership chooses the Promoter Member that they feel put on the best quality events, excelled in the area of event safety and who best supported the MTRA. As the only promoter in 2010 to require MTRA Membership from teams running their events and for operating a series that featured great shows all year with some of the top trucks in the industry, we congratulate Vaters Monster Motorsports on a very well deserved win in this category.

2010 Promoter of the Year, Mike Vaters, Vaters Monster Motorsports.

Every MTRA Certified Truck is up for the Truck of the Year Award which allows the membership to pick the truck they felt was the highest quality, best looking, best performing that season. After some great video clips from Colby Marshall and BMPS Video of all the MTRA Certified Trucks, the announcement came that Tail Gator from the Big Dawg 4×4 team was the big winner. Congratulations to Doug & Brenda Noelke and their great team on this honor from their peers.

Big Dawg 4x4 with their Truck of the Year and Jr. Associate Driver of the Year Awards.

Finally the night ended with one of the longest-running and most prestigious awards in monster trucks, the MTRA Driver of the Year Award. Every driver of an MTRA Certified Truck is nominated for this award and MTRA drivers had great seasons in 2010, many even winning championships in series they ran. On the strength of another Monster Truck Thunder Drags points championship and a great season overall, Mark Hall is your 2010 MTRA Driver of the Year. A big congratulations from all of us at TMB to Mark on this great honor.

Mark Hall accepts the MTRA Driver of the Year Award.

A big thanks from all of us at TheMonsterBlog.com to the MTRA for allowing us to assist in recognizing the accomplishments of this great group of teams in 2010. We always have a great time visiting with all of our friends in the monster truck industry and working with them to support our industry’s only safety organization.

TMB's Colby Marshall, Ross Bonar and Kaedon Berry at the 2010 MTRA Awards Banquet.

We would also like to our good friends “Roller” Jeff Richards and Tyson McKenzie from Monster Truck Radio for being on hand to broadcast live from the MTRA Weekend and for bringing the Banquet to fans live online. Monster Truck Radio is also joining the MTRA as a Sponsor Member in 2011 and we thank them for that support of the organization. Check out their MTRA Weekend Coverage on www.MonsterTruckRadio.com and you can see the full Awards Banquet presentation by clicking the link below.

We encourage everyone who visits TMB to consider joining the MTRA. MTRA is a member ran organization and can only make progress and advancements through the work, input and support of its members – whether you are a promoter, a driver, a sponsor, a fan, it doesn’t matter – everyone can play a part in improving your industry. Visit www.MTRA.us for more information on how you can become a member and roll your sleeves up – there is always work that can be done!

Xtreme Monster Truck & Motorcycle Thrill Show Coming to Charlotte

(Paoli, PA) For the first time ever KSR Motorsports brings its Xtreme Monster Truck and Motorcycle Thrill Show to Concord, NC and the Cabarrus Arena, Saturday November 13th – Two Big Shows 1:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Gates open 1 & ½ hours prior to show time for each show. Tickets go on sale any day at the Arena Box Office, Participating Ticketmaster Locations, Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster Phone Charge: 1.800.745.3000.

KSR’s Xtreme Monster Truck Thrill Show is an action packed family show which will feature World Record Holders, Amazing Monster Truck Action and Spectacular Motorcycle Stunts. World Record Holder Joe Sylvester and his amazing Bad Habit Monster Truck are ready to take on some of the East Coast’s Best Monster Trucks. These trucks include the loudest Monster Truck touring today Dave Rappach and his insane Rap Attack and last but not least hailing from Maryland, Team Natural Disaster with Steven Thompson driving Hurricane Force and Tim Mente driving Storm Damage.

Another world Record Holder is making the trek to Concord, NC; he is the Motorcycle Daredevil Legend Doug Danger. He will be bringing Motorcycle Distance Jumping back to its roots by jumping his motorcycle about 100ft indoor over the Mopar 1 Monster Truck. That’s right limited takeoff and landing space, but that won’t stop Doug as he is ready to rock Concord.

Next on the bill are the crazy tandem of Ray Ray Z and Brittney Fox your Flatland Freestyle Riders. These riders will risk life and limb performing a wide variety of stunts on there amazing Four Wheeler! Last but certainly not least the boys from Team XFR will tear the Cabarrus Arena floor up with some tremendous Street Bike Freestyle. Come early, as gates open 1 & ½ hours prior to show time, for the Pit Party, Monster Truck Rides, Novelties and great food.

The KSR team is proud to be bringing its amazing tour to the Cabarrus Arena. The Xtreme Monster Truck and Motorcycle Thrill Show will ROCK Concord!! Fans will be pleased for many years to come. For more information visit www.ksr-motorsports.com or www.cabarrusarena.com or call 704.920.3976. Tickets go on sale any day, they are sure to go fast!

Profile: Storm Damage

Truck Name:  Storm Damage
Driver Name:  Tim Mente
Team Name:  Natural Disaster Racing
Hometown:  Bethesda, Maryland
Team Website: N/A

2009 TMB Results Tracker Statistics:
– Competed in 24 shows with 3 racing victories.
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Thompson Speedway Monster Thrash Fest This Saturday

(Hagerstown, MD) This Saturday night, July 3rd at 7PM, Monster Energy Drink, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center and Price Chopper Grocery Stores present the Monster Thrash Fest at Thompson Speedway!! The monsters and more are coming to Thompson, Connecticut featuring an unbelievable eight truck lineup including Monster Jam competitors King Krunch, Black Stallion, El Matador, Crushstation, Iron Warrior, Killer Bee, Storm Damage and the Illuminator.

Thompson’s Monster Thrash Fest is bringing together some of the nation’s most famous monster trucks in an all-out battle for supremacy. The monsters will compete in elimination round racing, wheelie and the crowd favorite annihilation freestyle to determine the champion of the night.

The extremely popular FMX riders will also be on hand to perform thrilling motorcycle acrobatics in mid air while jumping 60 foot gaps steel ramp to ramp. Fans will be amazed to witness first hand such spectacular moves as the Heart Attack, Kiss of Death and…..yes even a back flip! These riders have performed all over North America before packed houses and awestruck fans.

If this doesn’t cure your need for speed, power and destruction for the first time ever at Thompson Int’l Speedway the Jet 4-Wheelers will perform. Kamikaze and Psycho the jet powered 4-wheelers will demonstrate their raw power as they perform simultaneously. The jets thrust engines shoot out 25 foot flames as they exhibit speed runs, burner pops and back up to a junk car and incinerate it to the ground. The evening of thrills and destruction will wind up with a salute to the USA with a Fireworks Extravaganza.

Gates open at 5:00PM and fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the drivers and their trucks during the Monster Thrash Pit Party starting at 5:15PM and lasting until 6:30PM. You can have your picture taken with the drivers and their trucks and get autographs.

Tickets will be available at the gate, $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 6-14, while kids 5 and under are FREE.  More information is available at www.ThompsonSpeedway.com.