Monster Photos: Monster Nationals – DuQuoin, IL 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Southern Illinois Center
Location: DuQuoin, Illinois
Date: March 1st, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Lucas Oil Bigfoot #14 (Eric Tack), Predator (Allen Pezo), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Samson (Allison Patrick), War Wizard (Vern House) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Nationals – Columbus, OH 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: The Schottenstein Center
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: March 29th, 2014
Photographer: Paul Harry

Truck Lineup

Bad News Travels Fast (Brandon Derrow), Lucas Oil Bigfoot #14 (Eric Tack), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), War Wizard (Randy Moore) [Read more…]

TMB TV: MT Unlimited 5.5 – Monster Nationals – DuQuoin, IL 2014


Episode Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Southern Illinois Center
Location: DuQuoin, Illinois
Date: March 1st, 2014
\Videographer: Colby Marshall

Featured Monster Trucks

Lucas Oil Bigfoot #14 – Eric Tack
Predator – Allen Pezo
Raminator – Mark Hall
Rammunition – Mat Dishman
Samson – Allison Patrick
War Wizard – Vern House

Featured Links

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Monster Photos: Monster Nationals – Champaign, IL 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: State Farm Center
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Date: February 8th, 2014
Photographer: Danny Maass

Truck Lineup

Lucas Oil Bigfoot #14 (Eric Tack), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), War Wizard (Vern House) [Read more…]

TMB TV: ActionTracks 3.3 – Monster X Tour – Pikeville, KY 2012

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Episode Information

Episode: ActionTracks 3.3
Event: Monster X Tour
Venue: Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Location: Pikeville, Kentucky
Date: February 17th-18th, 2011
Host: Chris Parrish
Videographer: Chris Parrish
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Featured Monster Trucks

Big Dawg – Dale Gerding
Odyssey Batteries Bigfoot #14 – Eric Tack
Stinger – Zane Rettew
Tail Gator – Doug Noelke
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Featured Links
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Monster Truck Radio 02/13/12 – Bari Musawwir & Scott Hartsock

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, February 13th, 2011
Guest #1: Bari Musawwir, driver of Spiderman
Guest #2: Scott Hartsock, driver of Gun Slinger
Roller’s Report Guest: Eric Tack, driver of Odyssey Batteries Bigfoot #14 [Read more…]

Video of the Week – 02/04/12

Week Ending: February 4th, 2012
Truck(s) Featured: Odyssey Batteries Bigfoot #14 (Eric Tack)
Video Type: Fan Video

Description: Eric Tack freestyles the Odyssey Batteries Bigfoot #14 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma – WOW.

Former Champ Eric Tack Returns as Hired Gun For BIGFOOT In 2012

(Hazelwood, MO – BIGFOOT PR) – When the signal goes out for a veteran wheelman on short notice, Eric Tack seems to be the BIGFOOT® team’s veritable monster truck “batman.” In 2010, he returned from his seven-year absence to retake the wheel of BIGFOOT #11 for the team’s triumphant return to the Pontiac Silverdome. In 2011, he pinch-hit in January and February in BIGFOOT #14 for the injured Larry Swim, and proceeded to carve a mile-wide path through the competition. And now, in 2012, Tack is set to retake the reigns of a BIGFOOT truck, not just as a driver, but as a tutor of sorts.

With the BIGFOOT team’s roster looking more like a musical chairs demonstration heading into the December off-season, the decision was made to bring the veteran Tack in to fill a dual-role purpose: win races and train on-deck driver JR Adams in the process.

The new Odyssey Batteries BIGFOOT body debuted at the SEMA show.

“Heading into the first quarter of 2012, we’ve got a driver heading into his sophomore season of racing [Darron Schnell] and a driver heading into his rookie season of racing [Kyle Doyle], and we want to make sure those guys get the attention and help they need to become the top-shelf racers we expect them to be,” explained BIGFOOT VP of Research, Technology, & Driver Development Jim Kramer. “We like to have a veteran guy help our newer guys out whenever we can, and with Rick Long and myself working with Darron and Kyle, the next logical move was to bring Eric in to help introduce JR into our racing program.”

Eric Tack has been driving (off and on) for Team BIGFOOT since the mid 90’s!

“JR has done a fantastic job for us running the Firestone BIGFOOT #8 display truck in 2011, so the next move up for him is going to be a race truck. But with him not having much time at all in our race trucks, and us needing an experienced driver on the roster for the first part of 2012, it just made sense to bring Eric in,” said BIGFOOT VP of Sponsorships and Business Development Bob Trent. He added that “Eric is extremely popular with fans, competitors, and promoters alike. Not to mention the fact that he brings an enormous wealth of experience to the table, and his ability to share that with newer drivers in our team is a huge plus!”

Legendary BIGFOOT driver Eric Tack is returning to the seat once again in 2012.

From a driving standpoint, Tack’s record behind the wheel of Team BIGFOOT’s trucks is excellent. Tack began his full-on racing career in the mid-1990’s behind the wheel of trucks like BIGFOOT #11, eventually graduating to BIGFOOT #15 by the end of the decade. In 2000, Tack captured his first championship, the inaugural ProMT title, and in 2002 and 2003 Tack would capture the Monster Nationals championships, in addition to helping the team as a whole claim the CFP Grand National crown in 2003. After his retirement from driving in 2003, Tack would not see action in a BIGFOOT truck again until his 2010 appearance in BIGFOOT #11 at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Trent and Kramer agree that Eric showed, in 2010, that he could easily step back into a BIGFOOT truck and instantly be competitive. And, added Trent, “In 2011, Eric showed us that he was not only competitive, but consistent. And that is not an easy thing when you only jump into that seat once in a while!”
Erick Tack spent the first quarter of 2011 filling in for an injured Larry Swim in BIGFOOT “Bad Boy” #14.

Now, in 2012, we can all look to Eric to take all of his experience and build upon it both as a racer and as a teacher. So, what does the man himself have to say about all of this? Well, even through his cool demeanor and level-headed personality, his excitement about driving again in 2012 shines through.

“I’m pumped. Even though my days of doing this stuff full-time are long gone, it is such a treat to be able to come back and work with the team for awhile each year,” said Tack. “The trucks improve so much each year, so it is really exciting to see what Bryan, John, Chris, and the rest of the guys in the shop have come up with in between my driving stints. On top of all that, I’ve heard good things about JR and I’m excited to see if I can’t help get him ready to take the reigns of a BIGFOOT race truck.”

As the team’s starting lineup for the 2012 indoor season shapes up, all signs point towards Tack once again campaigning BIGFOOT #14 for at least January and February with JR Adams as his protégé. Should plans hold true for the team after February, rookie driver Doyle will move up into BIGFOOT #14 while Adams will trade in his pit crew gear for a driving suit and take the reigns of BIGFOOT #10. “We’re really excited about the first part of 2012, and really the year as a whole,” said Trent. “I think our fans are too. They’re getting an awesome mix of veteran drivers like Dan [Runte], Larry [Swim], Rick [Long], and of course Eric, plus they’re getting a glimpse of the future by way of Darron, Kyle, and eventually JR as well. These are exciting times.”

For more information on Team BIGFOOT, visit them online at!

TMB TV: ActionTracks Episode 2.1 – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
Venue: Cincinnati Gardens
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 15th-16th, 2010
Host: Chris Parrish
Videographers: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Eric Tack), Black Stallion (Jimmy Tracey), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Screamin Demon (Dave Waple) [Read more…]

In Focus: Eric Tack

We caught up with Eric Tack, legendary former Bigfoot driver who has returned to fill in for the injured Larry Swim, and he’s going to be our subject of second installment of In Focus. Eric drove for Team Bigfoot in the ’90’s and early ’00’s, but stepped out of the seat and has made a few come back appearances in recent years. Eric is currently piloting the Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 on the Monster Truck Winter Nationals series until regular driver Larry Swim is able to return.

Legendary BIGFOOT driver Eric Tack celebrates a big freestyle win at last April's Pontiac Silverdome event.

Chris Parrish: Eric, you’re back in the saddle driving Bigfoot again after a lengthy break, what’s it like to be back?

Eric Tack: It’s just another walk in the park, actually. It’s fun to sit back in the truck again and enjoy the thrill and excitement of it.

CP: We’re going to venture through your career. How did you get started with Bigfoot and did you work with any other teams before that?

ET: No, actually, years ago John Piant and Dan Runte were in Pittsburgh and I talked to them, and that was where I first made contact with Bigfoot. That would be back in ‘88 or ‘89. That was right when Dan started, I know. I used to race motor cross back in the old Camel Mud & Monster days. I talked to Dan and at that time, they had a deal where an insurance clause wouldn’t allow you to work for them until you were 25, so I had to put it off for a couple years. I talked to Jim Kramer in Bloomsburg, PA one year and he said the insurance thing went away, so I sent in my resume and two weeks later I was working for Bigfoot.

CP: What was the first Bigfoot you drove in a show?

ET: It would have been Bigfoot #8 in Illinois. No, I’ve got to back up there. It would have been Bigfoot #9, which had a Snake Bite body on it, in Craig, CO. That would have been my first show.

Tack has been on fire since stepping into the Bigfoot Bad Boy ride, winning nearly every event he has competed in during the first month of the year.

CP: Do you have a highlight in your career? Any particular high moment?

ET: Yeah, working for Zane (Rettew of Checkered Flag Productions). Not prompted there at all, he’s not standing close or anything (laughing). Really, wining the 2000 PRO MT championship would have been one. Jumping the airplane (In Firestone Wilderness) would have been a big one. Doing a lot of neat shows and meeting a lot of neat people.

CP: Speaking of the airplane jump, tell us a little bit about that. Thoughts, feelings… you’re jumping over an AIRPLANE in a MONSTER TRUCK!

ET: We did a bunch of test jumps out in the test field down at Bigfoot. I think I jumped 13 times just to make sure I could get the height and distance. Then there was about a month and a half until we actually did the jump. So, there was a lot of anxiety waiting and realizing what was going on.

CP: When did you get out of the sport?

ET: I think November 2003 was my last show. That’s when I moved from St. Louis and left Bigfoot full time and moved back to Butler, PA. I bought my dad’s excavating business and have been digging ditches ever since.

CP: Did you miss monster trucks during that time?

ET: It’s an addiction. I guess I’ve heard it before, you can take the boy out of the truck, but you can’t take the truck out of the boy. It’s something that you do miss, but running equipment you do get somewhat of the same satisfaction, but you don’t have as big of crowds.

Tack has typically made a cameo appearance here and there since stepping away from the sport, as he did here piloting Raminator in Canfield, Ohio in 2008.

CP: You stepped away for a while, but you’ve appeared to be willing to jump back in the seat. Would you have any interest in running a truck full time?

ET: I’d probably consider it, but running a business back home in the winter months right now, we’re slow and we’re just depending on the snow coming down because we plow snow, too. You kind of fill in, in between doing that. But, in the summer months when we’re busy, I don’t know how easy it would be to run full time.

CP: The deal running the Bigfoot Bad Boy in Larry’s place during first quarter really works out well for you?

ET: Yeah, it kind of all came all together. When Bob Trent called and told me the situation and asked about it, it was great to know that they felt they could call and put me in that position.

CP: Throughout your career, who do you think was your biggest rival?

ET: Oohh…probably Dan(Runte)….within the Bigfoot organization. There are a lot of great drivers I’ve met out there. Gary Porter and Dan Patrick are probably two of the top ones, other than the Bigfoot drivers.

CP: You’ve mentioned that it’s hard to really get out of the sport, it’s always a part of you…what’s the biggest benefit to being out of the sport?

ET: None.. (laughter)….

CP: You’ve seen a lot of developments through your career in the industry. Is there any one item that you consider to be the biggest improvement in the sport?

ET: I’d say lately, probably the specialized seats that are custom made to the driver. That’s a huge, huge step. When I was at Bigfoot, Jim Kramer and I started the shocks that they are running now, and they have fine tuned them since. The shocks were a big step, but these ISP seats that Bigfoot runs, that’s a huge safety step.

CP: Where do you see the sport going in the future? Do you have any thoughts on where it might be heading?

ET: Well, I watch TV and watch Feld do their thing and watch all the promoters do theirs. I don’t know how much bigger you can go with it. (They’re) pushing the extremes of the trucks. I guess you can only go bigger.

Tack rides a wheelie over the massive center stack at the Pontiac Silverdome in Bigfoot #11. When the Bad Boy stint is over, who knows where Tack will turn up next?

CP: You mentioned watching it on TV. Do you keep up with the sport while you’re away from the seat?

ET: A little bit. I’m not computer oriented, so I don’t do the internet stuff, but when it’s on TV and I have time to watch, I flip through and watch it.

CP: Is there anything about the sport you don’t like these days?

ET: Down time.

CP: On a personal level, what’s your daily driver? What does a monster truck driver drive during the week?

ET: I start the morning in an F-150, then either move to a super duty or an International dump truck in the afternoon.

CP: Do you have any hobbies? I understand that you follow the Steelers.

ET: Oh, of course!

CP: Any other hobbies?

ET: I like to hunt and fish, ride quads, and just spend time with family.

CP: Pittsburgh fan all around?

ET: Ah, yes. Ehh…except for baseball. We won’t go there.

CP: Do you have a favorite monster truck?

ET: Blue. There is only one monster truck isn’t there?

We’ve got to thank Eric Tack for his time and participation. Eric has done a great job filling in for Larry Swim in Bigfoot Bad Boy. He has put on an excellent show everywhere he’s traveled, filling the Bad Boy shoes perfectly and we can only hope to continue to seeing Eric in the seat in some capacity in the future after Larry’s return sometime in February.

We hope you enjoyed another edition of In Focus, stay tuned next month as we detail another of the industry’s top personalities.

Photos courtesy Ross Z. Bonar and Paul M. Harry.

Video of the Week – 01/22/11

Week Ending: January 22nd, 2011
Truck(s) Featured: Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Eric Tack)
Video Type: Fan Video

Description: Devin Jones in Barbarian goes for a wild ride while racing Eric Tack in Bigfoot Bad Boy at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas.

Monster Photos – Monster Truck Winter Nationals – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
Venue: Cincinnati Gardens
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 16th, 2011
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Eric Tack), Black Stallion (Jimmy Tracey), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Screamin Demon (Dave Waple) [Read more…]

Monster Photos – Monster Truck Winter Nationals – Cincinnati, OH 2011

Event: Monster Truck Winter Nationals
Venue: Cincinnati Gardens
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: January 16th, 2011
Photographer: Michael Harry

Lineup: Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Eric Tack), Black Stallion (Jimmy Tracey), Illuminator (Jay Snyder), Screamin Demon (Dave Waple) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 12/27/10 – Eric Tack

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, December 27th, 2010
Guest #1: Eric Tack, Team Bigfoot Driver
Guest #2: N/A [Read more…]

Domination In The Dome – Pontiac, MI – 04/17/10

Event:  Domination In The Dome
Venue:  Pontiac Silverdome
Location:  Pontiac, Michigan
Date:  April 17th, 2010
Photographer:  Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup:  American Guardian (Rick Raab), Anger Management (Aaron Cromer), Bigfoot #11 (Eric Tack), Brute Force (Jerry Perry), Crashmaster (Jeremy Perry), Excaliber (Jon Zimmer), Ghost Ryder (Larry Quick), Ground Pounder (Ben Winslow), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Ice (Jordan Austin), Lone Eagle (Dale Mitchell), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Ryan), Pouncer (Dave Pezo), Predator (Allen Pezo), Prowler (Lenny Kuilder), Sudden Impact (Sean Duhon) [Read more…]