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    (Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

    Weekend Recap

    This time on “The Allen Report”, we look back to the end of last year, when a familiar sight returned to the Arizona State Fairgrounds with an interesting twist. Six monster trucks arrived over the first weekend of November. However, both halves of the field would be split into different shows over the weekend. Six shows happened over the three days. Every win was rewarded with points. Shows number one, three and five starred Rod Wood in El Perro Loco, Nasty Boy piloted by Travis Sturges and team owner Sam Sturges back in Unnamed and Untamed. All the other performances showcased Jimmy Lyons in Firedrill, Dawn Creten in control of Iron Outlaw and Darren Migues behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter.

    In the first group of shows, Rod Wood had increasingly higher competition. He started his weekend with a clean sweep of wheelie contest, S-track obstacle course racing and freestyle on Friday. His opponents started to catch up when Nasty Boy got a win in wheelies, only to have his right front tire snap off upon landing. Undeterred by the snap of his streak, Rod just started another, winning both obstacle course and freestyle to maintain his lead. But when Sunday arrived, Nasty Boy shed off the pit rust quickly, winning both of the first two competitions before the Crazy Dog finally got his groove back with a 27 point win in freestyle.

    Over in the other group, Bounty Hunter continued the game of “anything you can do, I can do” by duplicating Rod Wood’s clean sweep in his group’s first show. That evening, Darren started to do the same with a win in wheelies. But in obstacle course, Bounty Hunter suddenly shut off with the finish line just ahead, giving the win to Iron Outlaw. Darren Migues had everyone on notice in freestyle with an exciting run. But he could only tie with Dawn Creten. In the weekend’s final show, Jimmy Lyons finally found his winning wheelies, even with only rear wheel drive. But Darren Migues won in obstacle course and laid it all out in his final freestyle.

    When all the points were tallied up, Rod Wood and El Perro Loco were declared the Arizona State Fair Overall Champions. The weekend also featured some thrilling “tuff truck” action and rides for all with the Boogie Monster.

    For us at “the Allen Report”, next up caught a plane to northern Indiana to watch five legends of the monster truck sport receive induction into the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame. You’ll see that next week as we catch up on action from the end of 2013, thank you for reading, a grateful thank-you to All-Star Monster Trucks for hosting these great events, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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    TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.2 – Monster X Tour – Bakersfield, CA 2014

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    Episode Information

    Episode: MT Unlimited 5.2
    Event: Monster X Tour
    Venue: Rabobank Arena
    Location: Bakersfield, California
    Date: January 17th-18th, 2014
    Videographer: Colby Marshall

    Featured Monster Trucks

    California Kid – Tehvyn Goodwin
    Mega Merc – Devin Ball
    Monster Truck Mafia Bigfoot #19 – Larry Swim
    Nasty Boy – Travis Sturges
    Rock Star – Bill Payne
    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges

    Featured Links

    www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
    www.MonsterXTour.com
    www.StraightUpRacing.com
    www.StugesMotorsports.com
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    TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.1 – Monster X Tour – Stockton, CA 2014

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    Episode Information

    Episode: MT Unlimited 5.1
    Event: Monster X Tour
    Venue: Stockton Arena
    Location: Stockton, California
    Date: January 10th, 2014
    Videographer: Colby Marshall

    Featured Monster Trucks

    California Kid – Tehvyn Goodwin
    Mega Merc – Devin Ball
    Monster Truck Mafia Bigfoot #19 – Larry Swim
    Nasty Boy – Travis Sturges
    Rock Star – Bill Payne
    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges

    Featured Links

    www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
    www.MonsterXTour.com
    www.StraightUpRacing.com
    www.StugesMotorsports.com
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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: NAPA Monster Truck Nationals – Chandler, AZ 2012

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    (Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

    Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona has something for just about any racing fan. Throughout the year, the track hosts the opening and closing races for off-road racing, one round of hydroplane racing, the second race of the year in NHRA pro drag racing and every April, one of the biggest monster truck shows the Grand Canyon State has to offer: the NAPA Auto Parts Monster Truck Nationals. This year’s competitors were: Jim Koehler in Avenger and Chris Bergeron in Brutus from Team Scream, Jimmy Creten driving Bounty Hunter was back to defend his crown from the past several years along with Ben Winslow in Iron Outlaw from 2Xtreme Racing, and rounding out the field were Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot #18 and home state favorite Sam Sturges in Unnamed & Untamed.

    Saturday night saw the wheelie, donut and freestyle contest each with a total score of 30 for each contest, with whoever getting the closest to an overall perfect score of 90 taking the trophy. Sam and Unnamed & Untamed nearly repeated his incredible move from this show 5 years ago, but did not end up on all fours, suffering a hard rollover. Sam was okay. As it had been the past two years, all eyes were on Team Scream and 2Xtreme Racing. Both Brutus and Avenger gave applause worthy runs and they also impressed the judges. But Bounty Hunter got the highest scores of all three competitions, two of which were perfect 30’s and the freestyle attempt, which included a jump over Iron Outlaw, gave the Tonganoxie, Kansas based team the Saturday night victory with a nearly perfect score of 86.

    Sunday saw only two of those same competitions as the wheelie contest was cancelled thus bringing a perfect combined score down to 60. Bounty Hunter was off to a great start in the donut contest when his motor blew. This eliminated any chances of a Sunday donut win. Bigfoot had problems of his own, breaking a rear axle part called the third member bringing the end of his day a little sooner. The win went to Brutus, despite great efforts from teammate Avenger. When the points race was won and the smoke plume cleared Chris had combined his donut efforts with a wicked freestyle to execute an almost perfect 56 point effort, claiming the Sunday win. Still, Bounty Hunter’s combined winning number from the night before was the higher of the two, ensuring that the new Firebird champion was the same as the old champion, Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter.

    Also in the show was Robosaurus, a 40 foot tall, 60,000 pound car eating, fire breathing transforming dinosaur that thrilled kids and adults alike with his car eating, breaking and burning. Jelly Belly Ed Jones also performed with his wheel standing stage coach and bags of Jelly Bellies. He went 100+ mph in the quarter mile all on his back wheels. Finally, Ronnie Sturges, Sam’s nephew, drove the “Boogie Monster” ride truck all afternoon on both days.

    For us at The Allen Report, we’re now off to Springfield, Missouri for our first ever 4 Wheel Jamboree; where it all began for monster trucks just under 40 years ago. In the meantime, thank you for reading and a special thanks to a great sponsor of Firebird Raceway, Loud Pedal Motorsports, for their hospitality under the blazing Arizona sun. Enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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    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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    Video of the Week – 04/21/12

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    Week Ending: April 21st, 2012
    Truck(s) Featured: Unnamed & Untamed (Sam Sturges)
    Video Type: Fan Video
    Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

    Description: Five years later, Sam Sturges nearly duplicates his incredible wheelie/donut move from Firebird International Raceway back in 2007, but this time the wild move ends in a nasty rollover.

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

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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.