The Insider: Good News for Bad News Fans

After a long search for a new owner to carry on the Bad News Travels fast name, Bruce and Jami Haney have officially announced the sale of the team to Brandon Derrow of Elkton, Virginia.

After nearly 15 years in the sport, Bruce and Jami leave monster trucks having created a great legacy as one of the most popular independent teams in the business. Bruce was a great racer, and despite not having the same budget as the bigger teams, you could always count on Bad News Travels Fast to pull off some big wins over the course of a season. More than the success on the track though, Bruce and Jami will be remembered for being some of the best people in the sport to be around, whether it be to lend a hand to a competitor or just shoot the breeze in the pits.

After nearly 15 years in the sport, Bruce Haney will ride off into the sunset.

For Brandon Derrow, the purchase represents an exciting new opportunity for a lifelong monster truck fan. Ever since attending his first event in Fishersville, Virginia in 1989 at the age of just 1 1/2 years old, Derrow’s dream has been to become a monster truck driver. With the love and support of a great family and a great group of friends, that dream will now be realized.

“My family and I had the awesome opportunity to purchase the Bad News Travels Fast monster truck from one of the best, if not the best husband and wife duos in monster truck racing,” said Derrow of the Haney’s. “The transaction went better than I ever could have imagined. Throughout the whole process, they were quick to answer any questions we had about the truck and teach us anything we wanted to know. Their patience and support was invaluable and it meant the world to us. I only hope in the coming years that my family and I can carry on the name and have as much success with the truck as they did.”

The "passing of the torch" - former owner/driver Bruce Haney holds the red Bad News while new driver Brandon Derrow holds the current orange Bad News.

The new chapter in the Bad News Travels Fast legacy begins October 29th in Swainsboro, Georgia where Derrow will compete for the first time against a field of trucks including Ballistic, Strait Jacket, Monkey’N Around and Outtacontrol at the Swainsboro Raceway. As Brandon Derrow prepares for his first on track adventures, he acknowledges all the people who have made it possible.

“Thanks to everybody who has helped my dream become a reality,” said Derrow. “Without the love and support of my parents who I am so grateful for, Sharon and Kent Derrow, my wonderful girlfriend of over 6 years Stephannie Turner, Mike and Ann Breeden, Chris Turner, the town of Elkton, other family, friends, and of course God, it would not be happening.”

The new driver with his new ride, Brandon Derrow and the Bad News Travels Fast monster truck.

All of us at would like to thank Bruce and Jami Haney for all their contributions to monster trucks over the years and we certainly wish them all the best in their future endeavors. To Brandon Derrow and his great family, we congratulate you on becoming a part of this great industry and we wish you the best of luck on the track. We look forward to watching Brandon’s progress in 2012 as he competes for Rookie of the Year and we hope to cross paths soon!

(Article by Ross Z. Bonar, Photos by Ross Z. Bonar & the Derrow Family)

Video Highlights – Searcy, AR – 09/16/10

Event:  Monster Truck Jamboree
Venue:  White County Fairgrounds
Location:  Searcy, Arkansas
Date:  September 16th, 2010
Videographer:  Kaedon Berry

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Razin Kane (Chris Lagana) [Read more…]

Third Annual Texas Monster Shootout This Weekend

(The Woodlands, TX) That time of year is here again, the annual Texas Monster Shootout is just around the corner. October 30th is the date and we want to make this year the best so far. Our goal is to raise more money than we have in years past. We at Flame Motorsports challenge the fans to help us achieve that goal. Any one can contact us and donate to the cause. I have included a short explanation of the charity. If you feel compelled to help please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Just after Christmas in 1984, precious two-year-old Ann Denman lost her battle against cancer. Maggie LaBove and Nancy Dillard, friends of Ann’s parents, Trey and Sally Denman, pondered for several years what could be done in Ann’s memory that would make a difference. In 1989, they gathered a group of close friends together and decided that a luncheon to raise funds for pediatric cancer research would be a fitting memorial.

Over three million dollars later, Mothers Against Cancer continues to be a leader in funding childhood cancer research at Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. This group is a registered non-profit organization, composed of dedicated volunteer women whose primary goal is to raise funds for the research necessary to lead to a cure for all forms of childhood cancer … all because of the love for little Ann.

So if you are looking for something to do the night before Halloween and your kids are bugging you because they want to see Monster Trucks. Come down to Houston Motorsports Park and see some of the top independent Monster Trucks in the business. Our line-up includes Fiesta King Krunch, El Matador, Bad News Travels Fast, Instigator, Reptoid, Obsession and team truck Obsessed, and coming all the way from Reno, Nevada is the Airborne Ranger. We will also have some of the best Freestyle Motorcross rider in the country. So if your within hearing distance of this write-up bring the family out. You will have a great night of exciting motorsports action and you will be helping out a great charity.

For more information on this weekend’s Texas Monster Shootout, check them out online at

Monster Truck Jamboree Coming to White County Fair

(Searcy, AR) For the first time ever, AMMP is bringing the Monster Truck Jamboree to the White County Fair in Searcy, Arkansas on September 16 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss the chance to see some of the top trucks in the nation, including Bad News Travels Fast, Razin’ Kane, and Ballistic, compete in Side-by-Side Racing, a vertical-wheelie contest, and an all-out freestyle competition.

If that’s not enough, watch some of the fastest machines in Arkansas battle it out on a tricky, dirt drag course. Don’t miss your chance to ride in a REAL monster truck as the Mean Machine Hummer Monster Truck will be on hand all night giving rides!

Fair admission tickets are only $8 for adults, $6 for children, and ages 5 & under are FREE! Tickets will be available day-of-show. For more information regarding this event, visit or contact the White County Fair at (501)-268-1658. Don’t miss your chance to see the MONSTERS tear up the White County Fairgrounds for the 1st time ever.

Jackson, MI Monster Truck Shootout Photo Gallery

Larry Hatt’s 2010 Michigan Monster Truck Shootout Tour continued as the monsters made their way to the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Jackson, Michigan. TMB’s Paul M. Harry was on hand for the action as Allen Pezo in Predator swept the event. Also on hand were Prowler, Bad News Travels Fast, Ballistic, Full Boar and Desperado. A big thanks to Paul for all the great photos and to Larry Hatt for his hospitality. Click the link below to check out the photos!!


Profile: Bad News Travels Fast

Truck Name:  Bad News Travels Fast
Driver Name:  Bruce Haney
Team Name:  Bad News Racing
Hometown:  Bronson, Florida
Team Website:

2009 TMB Results Tracker Statistics:
– Competed in 55 shows scoring a total 0f 10 racing & freestyle victories.
– 2 racing victories came in fields of 8 or more trucks. [Read more…]

Michigan Monster Truck Shootout – Jackson, MI – 08/14/10

Event:  Michigan Monster Truck Shootout
Venue:  Jackson County Fairgrounds
Location:  Jackson, Michigan
Date:  August 14th, 2010
Photographer:  Paul M. Harry

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Desperado (Drew Haygood), Full Boar (Ed Eckert), Predator (Allen Pezo), Prowler (Lenny Kuilder) [Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 3.5 Featuring Miami, OK O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals’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!!


TMB TV Episode 3.5 – Miami, OK

Event:  O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue:  Miami Fairgrounds
Location:  Miami, Oklahoma
Date:  May 21st-22nd, 2010
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographers:  Colby Marshall, Kaedon Berry

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bearfoot (Mac Plecker), Cult Energy Activator (Sean Duhon), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Ground Pounder (Ben Winslow), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 06/14/10 – Bruce Haney

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date:  Monday, June 14th, 2010
Guest #1:  Bruce Haney, driver of Bad News Travels Fast
Guest #2:  N/A [Read more…]

Monster Photos: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals – Miami, OK 2013

Event Information

Event: O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
Venue: Ottawa County Fairgrounds
Location: Miami, Oklahoma
Date: May 21st-22nd, 2010
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Truck Lineup

Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bearfoot (Mac Plecker), Cult Energy Activator (Sean Duhon), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Ground Pounder (Ben Winslow), Hot Tamale (Isaiah Morales)
[Read more…]

TMB TV Episode 1.7 – Batesville, AR

Event:  Monster Truck Summer Slam
Venue:  Batesville Speedway
Location:  Batesville, Arkansas
Date:  August 29th-30th, 2008
Host:  Ross Z. Bonar
Videographer:  Shane Skinner

Lineup:  Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bigfoot #10 (Rodney Tweedy), Excaliber (John Killenger), Predator (Allen Pezo), Shell Camino (Shelley Kujat) [Read more…]

PSM World Finals – Deland, FL – 11/19-20/05

Event:  Paul Shafer Motorsports World Finals
Venue:  Volusia County Fairgrounds
Location:  Deland, Florida
Date:  November 19th-20th, 2005
Photographer:  Bryan Wagner

Lineup:  Bad News Travels Fast (Bruce Haney), Bearfoot (Larry Swim), Bigfoot #11 (Rick Long), Bigfoot #14 (Dave Harkey), Captain USA (Rodney Tweedy), Carolina Crusher (James Tigue II), Dominator (Kyle Chandler), Equalizer (Mike Hawkins), Extreme Overkill II (Doug Charles), Frankenstein (Paul Shafer), Kid Rock #29 (Larry Swim), Monster Patrol (Kirk Dabney), Rampage (Charlie Miller), Smoke (Charlie Miller), Spiderman (Paul Jensen), Tuff Country Dragon Slayer (Kreg Christensen), Wild Thang (Brian Harwood) [Read more…]