Monster Photos: Bigfoot Open House Spooktacular – Granite City, IL 2014

Event Information

Event: Bigfoot Open House Spooktacular
Venue: Tri-City Speedway
Location: Granite City, Illinois
Date: October 11th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Bigfoot #1 (Bob Chandler), Bigfoot #5 (Rick Long), Firestone Bigfoot #19 (Larry Swim), Odyssey Battery Bigfoot #11 (Kevin Koszala), Summit Bigfoot #18 (Dan Runte), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #14 (Josh Gibson), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: Maverik Clash of the Titans – West Valley City, UT 2014

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we once again make our way to motorsports venue Rocky Mountain Raceways to watch eleven monster trucks do battle on the sport’s only figure-eight race track. Jimmy Creten, as always, was driving Bounty Hunter Yellow while his wife Dawn Creten was right behind in Scarlet Bandit. Trent Montgomery returned behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter Black and newcomer Nate Kirchner took the reigns of Iron Outlaw. Representing Team Bigfoot were Kevin Koszala in Odyssey Batteries #11, Darren Schnell in Vi-Cor #15 and Larry Swim in Lucas Oil #19. Doug Charles arrived piloting Wild Thang. Hometown driver Ron Duncombe returned at the helm of Maverik Monster Trakker. Darren Migues drove his newly bought Just Get ‘R Done and Kreg Christensen took time off from his brand new truck Wicked to take control of RoboMachine to wrap up the field.

On Saturday, Trent Montgomery showed how quickly he’s learning from the best as he took the number one qualifier spot. From there, he went all the way to the semi-finals before getting knocked out by Vi-Cor Bigfoot, who had advanced as fastest loser from the quarter-finals. To advance to the finals, the 2Xtreme Racing owner had to face every Bigfoot truck once, but won all three match-ups to make it to the two lap super final, where a rematch with Vi-Cor was there waiting. A mistake free run ensured that Jimmy Creten took the night one Racing win.

Closing Saturday night was a wheelie contest. Late in the truck lineup, Trent Montgomery continued to show he was for real with a 9.7 score. However, the big boss and new Racing champion continued his three year domination of wheelies, edging Trent by just five hundredths of a point at 9.75.

On to Sunday where they raced all over again and went for broke in freestyle. Again, Trent Montgomery in Bounty Hunter Black was fastest qualifier but, his Sunday night Racing ended a little sooner when he followed his teammate, Nate Kirchner and Iron Outlaw, across the finish line. Both semi-final heats were 2Xtreme vs. Bigfoot races. Vi-Cor “Bessie” Bigfoot won his race and Bounty Hunter Yellow did the same, setting up a rematch from the night before. The multi-year Bigfoot driver fought all the way to the end, but Jimmy Creten won racing for the second night in a row. Now, Jimmy set his sights on the clean sweep.

With two minutes to work with and the entire track fair game, the Maverik Clash of the Titans was sure to end with high competition in freestyle. Midway through the battle, the sophomore driver in Bounty Hunter Black put the crowd on its feet with an exciting, fast run where he hit everything. His efforts were rewarded with a score of 35.5 out of a possible 40.0. Maverik Monster Trakker, Iron Outlaw and the three Bigfoot trucks gave it their best shot. But dusty donuts, huge air and slap wheelies, all in a class of their own, ensured Bounty Hunter Yellow was unstoppable. With a score of 37.5, two whole points above his teammate, the 2005 World Freestyle Champion finally took the clean sweep at RMR that had eluded him for so many years, until now.

We at “The Allen Report” look forward to the annual event at RMR every year, and this weekend was a blast to watch. Thanks so much to Rocky Mountain Raceways for their hospitality, thank you for reading, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.3 – Monster X Tour – West Monroe, LA 2014

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Episode Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Ike Hamilton Expo Center
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Date: February 7th-8th, 2014
\Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster)
Ballistic (Mac Plecker)
Heavy Medal (Joe Nichter)
Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman)
Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell)

Featured Links

www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.StraightUpRacing.com
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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – West Monroe, LA 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Ike Hamilton Expo Center
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Date: February 7th-8th, 2014
Photographer: Matthew Ison

Truck Lineup

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Heavy Medal (Joe Nichter), Holman’s Beast (Bobby Holman), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Lake Charles, LA 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Lake Charles Civic Center
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Date: January 11th, 2014
Photographer: Matthew Ison

Truck Lineup

American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), Identity Theft (Brad Keller), Project X (James Chandler), Reverse Racer (Gabe Montoya), Sudden Impact (Roddy Fahnestock), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

TMB TV: Original Series 6.3 – Monster X Tour – Chico, CA 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: Original Series 6.3
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Location: Chico, California
Date: April 12th-14th, 2013
Host: Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers: Colby Marshall, Ross Z. Bonar

Featured Monster Trucks

American Graffiti – Justin Cluster
California Kid – Tehvyn Goodwin
Reverse Racer – Ed Miller
Rock Star – Bill Payne
Titan – Donald Epidendio
Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 – Darron Schnell

Featured Links

www.Bigfoot4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.EpidemicMotorsports.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
www.StraightUpRacing.com

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TMB TV: MT Unlimited 4.5 – Monster X Tour – Jonesboro, AR 2013

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Episode Information

Episode: MT Unlimited 4.5
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: ASU Convocation Center
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Date: March 8th-9th, 2013
Videographer: Colby Marshall
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Featured Monster Trucks

Ballistic – Mac Plecker
Barbarian – Devin Jones
Heavy Hitter – Derick Anson
River Rat – Vern House
Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 – Darron Schnell
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Featured Links

www.Barbarian4x4.com
www.BIGFOOT4x4.com
www.E3SparkPlugs.com
www.ExtremeTeam4x4.com
www.HeavyHitterMonsterTruck.com
www.MonsterXTour.com
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The Allen Report: Stadium Super Trucks – Los Angeles, CA 2013

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we follow Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks series to the venue where Mickey Thompson first created stadium off road racing: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Monster trucks had not been here since the dusk of the 1990s. In addition, stadium off road racing had not happened at the Coliseum for almost 20 years. So history was being made all night long. The mechanical gladiators of the night included not one, not two, but four Bigfoot trucks. Counterattacking the Bigfoot invasion were Darren Migues and Trent Montgomery in Bounty Hunter Blue and Iron Outlaw. The father and son Swanson team of Rick and Eric ran their new trophy truck bodies to wrap up the starting grid. Rick’s was purple and Eric’s was his signature blue.

The monsters had to race roundy-round “Chicago Style” on a half-blacktop, half dirt figure 8 track with a crossover jump in the middle with the winner first back to his starting jump. Once each lap, the drivers had to climb towards, drive through and around and free fall back down from the venue’s world famous arches. Getting a 12 foot wide monster truck through a 13 foot wide arch twice proved a formidable task.

Bigfoot trucks are always tough on long courses, as evidenced by every spot in the semi finals occupied by a team Bigfoot truck. The end of the night came a little sooner for Phoenix Champion Darren Migues, who saw his chances at repeating slip away when he had to back up to avoid cutting a turn beyond the arches too sharp. With two Bigfoot relative newcomers in one semi-final and two veterans of the same team in the other, the original monster truck team’s domination was unstoppable. The world’s only cow-themed monster continued to tame the tough track with a win over Kyle Doyle and Firestone #14 in the first semi-final race. Larry Swim and SPEED Energy #19 bested Dan Runte and Summit #18 to meet “Bessie” in the finals.

In the feature, Darron Schnell finally fired a blank as Larry Swim went on to victory for his truck’s sponsor, SPEED Energy, which made it an all orange night for eventual SST main event winner Robby Gordon. In other action, a former competitor in the Mickey Thompson Off Road Series named Jerry Whelchel was shown the money with a win in the Super Buggies main event.

Next up for us at “The Allen Report” is a monster marathon of three back to back days at the San Diego County Fair and the annual 4th of July Pomona, California, KaBoom event, all put together by our friends at WGAS Motorsports. That being said, thanks for reading, we wish much success to SST, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Chico, CA 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Silver Dollar Speedway
Location: Chico, California
Date: April 14th, 2013
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: American Graffiti (Justin Cluster), California Kid (Tehvyn Goodwin), Reverse Racer (Ed Miller), Rock Star (Bill Payne), Titan (Donald Epidendio), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster X Tour – Montgomery, AL 2013

Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Garrett Coliseum
Location: Montgomery, Alabama
Date: February 15th-16th, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Project X (Rob French), River Rat (Vern House), Scorpion (Kyle Carrington), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

The Allen Report: Stadium Super Trucks – Glendale, AZ 2013

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

Weekend Recap

This time on “The Allen Report”, we cover NASCAR and off road favorite Robby Gordon’s effort to revive Mickey Thompson style stadium off road racing. The inaugural event of Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks featured eight of the best monster trucks in the west and it was just down the road from us at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. No less than five Bigfoot trucks were in the house. The rest of the competition was Darren Migues and Bounty Hunter along with the father and son team of Rick and Eric Swanson running special bodies on their Obsessed and Obsession chassis.

The first ever SST race featured a rare occurrence in that racing would be the only competition for the monster trucks. It was fascinating to watch the monsters battle each other side by side on an off road style track, with over-under jumps, hairpin turns and mid-race lane choice. Without a single true finish line, the winner would be first back to his starting line jump.

Once the quarter finals were complete, only Dan Runte and Larry Swim were still alive for Team Bigfoot with Bounty Hunter and Eric Swanson taking the other two spots in the semis. Darren was just too fast for Dan’s new Autism Speaks Bigfoot #18, but Larry Swim in the SPEED Energy Bigfoot machine downed Eric’s bright purple trophy truck to set up a classic Bounty Hunter/Bigfoot 2-lap finale.

In the main event, Bounty Hunter had the inside lane at his starting point and took full advantage of the route’s benefits. Despite Larry’s best efforts, the first ever Stadium Super Trucks Monster Truck Division Champion was Darren Migues and Bounty Hunter.

In front of a modest crowd, the first ever win of the Stadium Super Trucks main event, the “big show” of the series, went to Rob MacCachren. Rob is a former champion of SST’s predecessor, the Mickey Thompson Off Road Championship Gran Prix and was clearly thrilled to receive the first ever main event trophy. So, until you hear from us at “The Allen Report” again, thanks to University of Phoenix Stadium for their hospitality, thank you for reading, enjoy the photos and cheer on!

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Video of the Week – 02/23/13

Week Ending: February 23rd, 2013
Truck(s) Featured: Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Project X (Rob French), River Rat (Vern House), Scorpion (Kyle Carrington), Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15 (Darron Schnell)
Video Type: Fan Video
Courtesy: www.YouTube.com

Description: Country artist Donica Knight performs “Annie” at the Monster X Tour in Montgomery, Alabama.

Monster Truck Radio 02/04/13 – Show #503

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, February 4th, 2013
Guest #1: Dustin Brown, driver of Wolverine
Guest #2: Devin Jones, driver of Barbarian
Guest #3: JR McNeal, driver of Razin Kane
Guest #4: Darron Schnell, driver of Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15
Guest #5: Mike Hawkins, driver of Equalizer
Guest #6: Donald Epidendio, driver of Titan [Read more…]