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LATEST UPDATES:

01/31/06 -

Posted photo galleries from Madison Monster Nationals and USHRA Tampa in the Blog Photo Gallery, thanks to our own Kyle Doyle and Bryan Wagner!!  Also, Bryan Wagner's SMTS Music Video featuring highlights from the Amite, LA show!!
01/30/06 -
Lots of recaps and teasers from some of this weekend's wild action below!!
01/28/06 -
See the Fan Forum as we provide Live Updates from the Indy Monster Jam Saturday night!!  We will also have teaser shots and a full recap after the show!!
01/24/06 -
Kyle Doyle's Dayton CFP and Cleveland Monster Nationals galleries to the Blog Photo Gallery, Andrew Ellingwood's Anaheim pictures to the Fan Photo Gallery and Pablo Gutierrez's videos from Red Bluff '05!!  Direct links to new content here on the main page below!!
01/22/06 -
Recap and Teasers from the Kansas City Monster Jam!!  Added Bryan Wagner's Iverness SMTS Photo Gallery!!
01/20/06 -
Big update to the Monster Truck Event Schedule!!
01/18/06 -
Tommy Lee Byrd's Atlanta Coverage is now up in the Coverages section!! Pablo Gutierrez has also submitted some great pictures from last October's West Coast Monster Truck Nationals in the Fan Photo Gallery!!
01/17/06 -
Update to the Monster Truck Event Schedule!!
01/15/06 -
Teaser shots from San Antonio and Anaheim Monster Jams below!!
01/14/06 -
The FIRST Teaser shots from Atlanta here on the main page!!  Results from Atlanta also right here on the main page!!  See below for more!!
01/13/06 -
Kyle Doyle's latest "Behind the Scenes" Article is now up!!  Be sure to check it out in the Features section!!
01/12/06 -
Three new galleries up from this past weekend now up!!  Tommy Lee Byrd's photos from the Knoxville, TN show are up in the Blog Photo Gallery, while Chad Dobbins' Toledo, OH pics and Jason Rivas' West Lake City, UT pics are in the Fan Photo Gallery!!
01/10/06 -
New pictures in the Fan Photo Gallery courtesy of Juan Perez from this past weekend's Houston Monster Jam!!  Fantasy Results & Point Standings from Week #4 now up!!
01/09/06 -
Kyle Doyle's Monster Nationals Photo Gallery from this past weekend's season opener now up in The Monster Blog Photo Gallery, found in the Coverage section!!
01/08/06 -
The FIRST Pictures from the Final Monster Jam at the Silverdome courtesy of Andrew Pellegrine - THANK YOU ANDREW!! More updates coming in from various shows!!  2005 Picture of the Year Winner Carol Maass!!  An update from the Monster Blogger!! 
01/07/06 -
Continuing coverage of the HUGE first weekend of 2006 with teaser shots from the Monster Nationals season opener, and recaps from eight other events!!
01/06/06 -
Exclusive first pictures of the new '06 Rammunition paint scheme right here on the main page!!  Posted the 4 Wheel Jamboree from Springfield, MO Day 2 Coverage in the Coverages section!! Archived the December content from the main page!!
01/05/06 -
Posted the Sedalia, MO '05 Mega MT Tour Coverage in the Coverages section!!  New pictures in the Fan Photo Gallery courtesy of Jeremy Puglisi!!
01/04/06 -
Added the new Monster Truck TV Schedule to the Main Page!!  Update to the Links page!!  Re-organized the Fan Photo Gallery!!
01/03/06 -
A Monster Blog EXCLUSIVE - the first teaser shots of the Rammunition 2006 paint scheme here on the main page!!  Also, part Two of Kyle Doyle's 2005 Year in Review article can now be found in the Features section!!
01/02/06 -
Introduction of our new sponsor and site design changes now online!!  Three new events added to the Event Schedule!!
01/01/06 -
News update!!  New drawings of Cowboy and Hot Wheels from Tommy Lee Byrd!!

 

 

THE MONSTER BLOG

JANUARY ARCHIVE

PICTURE OF THE MONTH!!

 

 

Photo by:  CHRIS PARRISH

  • Madison & Tampa Galleries!!:  Making more progress in continuing to lead the way in Monster Truck content in 2006, The Monster Blog brings you two more photo galleries from this season!!  Kyle Doyle has sent in his awesome gallery from the Madison, WI Monster Nationals this past weekend, and Bryan Wagner's full gallery (140+ pics!!) from Tampa's Superbowl of Motorsports last week is also now up!!  Both of these galleries can be found in The Monster Blog Photo Gallery, which can be accessed through the Coverages section, or by simply clicking the links directly below!!  Enjoy and a special thanks to these guys for all their hard work!! (01/31/06)

 

CLICK HERE FOR KYLE DOYLE'S MADISON MONSTER NATS GALLERY!!

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR BRYAN WAGNER'S FULL GALLERY FROM TAMPA!!

  • Southern Monster Truck Show Music Video Monster Blog Special Contributor Bryan Wagner is also an integral part of the Southern Monster Truck Showdown series, including running their website.  Bryan has put together an awesome music video featuring highlights from last year's SMTS event in Amite, LA.  The video will also be featured on the SMTS website, but thanks to Bryan, you can view it right here on The Monster Blog!!  View it by clicking the link below, and it will also be stored in the Flyin' Bryan Photography section of the site which can be found in the Features section!!  Thanks & enjoy!! (01/31/06)

 

VIEW THE SMTS AMITE, LA HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!!

  • KD's Photography Featured Monster Truck fans can check out the latest issue of "MOPAR", the official magazine of all things Mopar.  The January-February issue, available through Daimler-Chrysler dealers and online via www.mopar.com features text and photos from Dodge/Mopars racing efforts during the 2005 season, and on page 50 Raminator and Rammunition are featured in an article summarizing their first and third place efforts on the 2005 Special Events Performance Series Jamboree tour.  The 2005 Championship would be the fifth consecutive SEPS Championship for the Hall Brothers Team (2001-Executioner, 2002-2005 - Raminator) and their eigth championship overall (Five SEPS championships, and three Monster Nationals Championships).  The photography of the trucks featured in the magazine is by the Monster Blog's own Kyle Doyle, who is also a crew member for HBR.  (01/31/06)

  • More Phoenix Teasers!!:  My parents just got home from their weekend in Phoenix, and was able to send over some more teaser shots from Saturday's Phoenix Monster Jam!!  Enjoy and for those of you haven't yet seen them, don't forget to check out the sequence of Digger rolling onto Dragon Slayer below the Indy Recap!!  Thanks and enjoy, more to come!! (01/30/06)

Rod Schmidt in Digger #19 defeats Mark McDonald in Safe Auto!!

Jason Childress in Batman gets the win, ending Lindsey Weenk's winning streak!!

Paul Jensen putting Tuff Country to the test in Freestyle!!

Lindsey Weenk flying high in Freestyle!!

A hard landing after some HUGE air from Batman!!

Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter shows why he is the Freestyle World Champion!!

Lee O'Donnell in Monster Mutt tips over to end his winning Freestyle run!!

  • Indy Monster Jam Recap What a crazy evening in Indy Saturday night!!  Tom Meents's roll in Introductions set the tone for what would be an evening of wild action.  Carl Van Horn made a statement that he was there to win in Qualifying by putting T-Maxx at the top of the heap as quick qualifier.

The view from high above shortly before the show got underway!!

Tom Meents rolls Maximum Destruction in Introductions!!

  • The racing competition was fast and furious with some great races all night long.  Van Horn defeated fast loser Adam Anderson in Taz in the Semis to move onto the Finals.  Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction and defending Indy champion Guy Wood in the hometown favorite Bob & Tom truck would face off to see who would meet T-Maxx in the Finals.  After a hard fought race featuring wild runs by both trucks that included a hard hit from Max D into the parked Air Force truck, it was Guy Wood taking the win only to then flip end over end!!  Thankfully, Guy emerged uninjured, and with a wild pump of the fist, saluted the Indy fans who mightliy cheered the great race!!

Guy Wood in the Bob & Tom truck flips wildly after beating Max D in the Semis!!

  • Guy Wood's Bob & Tom truck was too badly damaged to return for the Finals, so it was left to Tom Meents to take on T-Maxx.  But Meents had broken a shock in the previous battle, and was put on the 1 minute clock to answer the call.  As the crew thrashed on the truck and the time ticked away, Tom fired up Max D only seconds before time expired.  The trucks lined up and roared off the line when the light turned green.  T-Maxx made the first mistake however, having to make a great save to keep from rolling in the turn.  As T-Maxx sat disabled in the turn, Meents was flying over the cars continuing his run.  In this situation, officials would usually use the RII to shut off Meents for safety, but they did not in this case.  This resulted in Meents nearly plowing T-Maxx, sliding around Van Horn, missing him by mere inches.  Van Horn now had the truck fired and took off after Meents following him over the cars and into the next turn.  The two raced Nascar style through the turn as T-Maxx made a sharper turn, and almost looked like he was going to pass Meents who went wide.  But Van Horn wisely backed off and followed Max D over the last set of cars in a wild and amusing finish to the evening's racing.  Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction would be the winner.

Tom Meents & Carl Van Horn ready to face off for the Racing win!!

A near collision after an almost flip by Van Horn and failure to shut off Max D by the officials!!

Van Horn re-fired and followed Max D around the track as Meents picked up the big win!!

  • The stage was set for a crazy Freestyle, and that is exactly what the sold-out crowd in Indianapolis got.  Freestyle would feature 5 roll-overs as drivers pushed their trucks to the limit, trying to take home that big trophy.  With only two trucks left, it was Paul Cohen in Air Force sitting atop the heap with a score of 24.  T-Maxx and Taz were tied for second with 22.  Then it was Randy Brown and Grave Digger, who came out with a fast-paced run, smashing through the RV, and ending by stuffing Digger into the ground off the FMX hill.  The judges had been consistent up to the point....consistently low.  But that ended as Digger received a score of 27.  Was his run better than the three previously mentioned trucks?  Not in my opinion, but the judges and Digger fans sure seemed to think so.  But even that judging gaffe would seem tame after Maximum Destruction's run.  Tom Meents wowed the crowd with a fast paced run that featured his typical huge air, but he failed to hit all the obstacles including the bus stack, and while exciting and quite good, the run was not up to the high standard that had been set previously during the evening by trucks like Air Force, T-Maxx, and Taz, in my opinion.  Nonetheless, the scores went up...10...10...10...a perfect 30!!  Meents in Maximum Destruction would be crowned the winner of Freestyle and his second Double-Down award of the year!!  But wait...

Jim Bendzick goes vertical in one of the Freestyle moves of the night!

Jim Kohler loses both rear wheels after getting some huge air in Freestyle!!

Leave it to Chris Bergeron to prove that dogs can fly!!

Carl Van Horn gets an awesome slap wheelie in one of the best Freestyles of the night!!

Paul Cohen finished a great Freestyle run, flipping over the beautiful Air Force Afterburner!!

Adam Anderson flies high in Taz during one of the better Freestyle runs of the night!!

Randy Brown during his Freestyle run in Grave Digger!!

The event sweep would go to Tom Meents after a wild winning run in Freestyle!!

  • ...the score of 30 was not met with a warm reaction from the Indy fans, who resoundly began booing the judges' scoring.  But Tom Meents is not a man to want the fans leaving the event on that note.  In an astonishing gesture of his desire to make sure the fans see a great show, he shouted into the microphone "I promised you all earlier that I was gonna run this truck into the ground, and that's what you're gonna get!!"  Throwing down the microphone, Meents went over and fired Max D back up.  He then proceeded to give the Indy fans an encore that they will not soon forget!!  Highlighting the encore were two crazy slap wheelies, the likes of which I don't believe I have ever seen the long-wheel based Maximum Destruction do before. The brakes were going away, and that resulted in Meents having trouble stopping, running into the parked Avenger after one wheelie, and finishing by smashing into the damaged Bob & Tom truck and the protective dumpster at the far end of the track.  After that crazy display by Tom Meents to end the show, the crowd went wild!!

An awesome slap wheelie by Max D that lead to a collision with the parked Avenger!!

The final slap wheelie from Meents that results in a collision with Bob & Tom!!

Tom Meents salutes the fans after his wild encore to end the show in Indy!!

  • All in all, it was one wild night in Indianapolis, and my wife and I enjoyed ourselves.  The show was well worth the trip to Indy, and we had a great time all weekend.  A huge thanks out to all the drivers for giving their all to put on a show for the fans, and to all the folks who made the event possible.  I took over 600 pictures from this show and we will be working it into one of our highly detailed full coverages, but that will take some time.  Thus, I hope you all enjoyed this recap, and you can click on the link below to head to the Indy Live Updates on the Fan Forum which contains results from the entire evening's action, and more teasers shots!! Thanks and enjoy!! (01/30/06)

CLICK FOR MORE INDY TEASERS AND RESULTS ON THE THE FAN FORUM!!

  • Phoenix, AZ  Monster Jam Recap:  My parents, Lauren & Lynette Bonar, attended the Phoenix Monster Jam at Chase Field Saturday night.  They reported that they saw a very good show which featured a big win by Jason Childress in Batman in Racing, and Lee O'Donnell in Monster Mutt in Freestyle!!  The event saw the end of Lindsey Weenk's amazing winning streak, as he was defeated by the eventual winner Batman.  The thing most people will be talking about in the coming days and weeks however, was the wild finish to Rod Schmidt in Grave Digger's Freestyle.  After hitting two station wagons that were placed in between some dirt bumps, Schmidt landed on one of the dirt mounds, launching the truck into a nose stand and end over end roll.  Schmidt made a valiant effort to save the truck after the first flip, but ended up sending the truck right over on top of Kreg Christensen's parked Dragon Slayer.  While this was quite spectacular and the crowd went wild, there was substantial damages to both trucks, and I am sure this will not be the last we hear of this story.  My parents will be returning home from Phoenix this evening, and we will have more pictures and full coverage from the event in the coming weeks!!  Thanks to them for attending the show for The Monster Blog and to everyone involved in the show for giving the fans their money's worth!!  (01/30/06)

 

 

 

 

  • Orlando, FL Monster Jam Recap Monster Blog Special Contributor Bryan Wagner attended and covered Saturday night's Orlando Superbowl of Motorsports!!  The event featured an awesome upset win by Steve Reynolds in Cowboy in the evening's Racing competition!!  Dennis Anderson won Freestyle with a great run!!  We will have Bryan's full gallery of pictures from the show in the coming weeks!! (01/30/06)

Steve Reynolds skies Cowboy on his way to the Racing win!!

Dennis Anderson smashes through the RV in Orlando!!

An amazing save as part of a great run sealed the Freestyle win for Anderson!!

How about that Max D suspension as Neil Elliott really puts it through its paces!

  • Monster Blog Updates The Monster Blog is in full gear as the first month of the season draws to a close.  However, I just wanted to take a moment to remind everyone exactly how much content we have coming in from great folks around the country.  I myself am the only one who updates the site, and with finishing college and working, along with spending time with my family, it is sometimes hard to keep up with everything.  I thank you all for your continued support of the site, and promise to continue working hard to bring you all of the content we have as quickly as we can.  Thank you for your patience!! (01/30/06)

  • LIVE FROM INDY!!:  Well, its currently Friday afternoon, but we are off to Indianapolis for the Monster Jam at the RCA Dome!!  Check in often on the Fan Forum as we will be providing live updates from the show Saturday night!!  Expect teaser pictures and a full recap shortly after we return from the event!!  Click below to head on over to the Fan Forum for Indy Live Updates!!  (01/28/06)

CLICK HERE FOR THE INDY LIVE UPDATES ON THE FAN FORUM!!

  • HUGE UPDATE TODAY!!:  Well, I know its been a little slow on here lately, but we are breaking out of that in a big way tonight!!  Two awesome new photo galleries from Friday's Dayton, OH CFP show, and Saturday's Cleveland Monster Nationals from our great friend Kyle Doyle!!  Also, a HUGE photo gallery from our buddy Andrew Ellingwood of the Anaheim Monster Jam!!  Also very exciting, just posted videos from last October's West Coast Monster Truck Nationals from Red Bluff, CA thanks to Pablo Gutierrez!!  Lots more great stuff on the way, with Bryan Wagner's awesome gallery from the Tampa Monster Jam, and two great coverages from Glendale and Kansas City right around the corner!!  See direct links to the content right below this message, and enjoy the new stuff!!  (01/24/06)

KYLE DOYLE'S DAYTON, OH CFP PHOTOS

(BLOG STAFF PHOTO GALLERY)

 

KYLE DOYLE'S CLEVELAND, OH MONSTER NATIONALS PHOTOS

(BLOG STAFF PHOTO GALLERY)

 

ANDREW ELLINGWOOD'S ANAHEIM MONSTER JAM PHOTOS

(FAN PHOTO GALLERY)

 

PABLO GUTIERREZ'S WEST COAST MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS VIDEOS

(FAN SUBMITTED VIDEO GALLERY)

  • Flyin' Bryan's Iverness SMTS Gallery!!:  After a long wait, I have finally got our good friend Bryan Wagner's Southern Monster Truck Showdown from Iveress, FL pictures up in the The Monster Blog Photo Gallery!!  Check them out now in the Blog Photo Gallery, which can be found in the Coverages section, or see them by clicking here!!  A huge thanks to Bryan for submitting these awesome pics, and to you all for being so patient waiting for to get them up!!  Enjoy!!  (01/22/06)

  • TEASERS FROM KANSAS CITY:  Just got back from tonight's Kansas City Monster Jam!!  Was the first night out with the new Nikon D50, and while I still have a lot of learning to do with the new camera, I am pretty happy with tonight's results.  Speaking of results, Gary Porter in Grave Digger would start off the evening, winning the Wheelie Competition with an awesome sky wheelie!!  Later, Neil Elliott in Maximum Destruction and rookie Chuck Warner in Bob & Tom would do battle in the Racing Finals, with Max D flying to the victory!!  It would be Max D and Digger continuing to dominate in Freestyle (albeit with the help of some very poor scoring by the FS judges), as both received perfect scores of 30!!  In the crowd cheeroff, it was Neil Elliott in Maximum Destruction getting the big win to close out the evening!!  Enjoy the teaser shots below, and we will have much more coverage from the event coming soon right here at The Monster Blog!!  (01/22/06)

Gary Porter flies to the Wheelie Competition victory!!

Maximum Destruction and Bob & Tom do battle in the Racing Finals!!

Jim Bendzick in Rolling Thunder taking on the bus stack in Freestyle!!

Jack Koberna showing the crowd what Cyborg can do!!

Chuck Warner experiences his first rollover in Freestyle!!

David Smith in King Krunch spins some wild donuts!!

A great save from Neil Elliott to end his Freestyle run!!

Gary Porter shows the KC fans what Digger donuts look like!!

  • Headin' to KC!!:  Well, in a kind of a last minute decision, I have decided to attend tonight's Monster Jam in Kansas City, MO at the Kemper Arena!!  Trucks appearing will include Grave Digger (Gary Porter), Maximum Destruction (Neil Elliott), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Bob & Tom, King Krunch, el Matador, Rolling Thunder, & Cyborg!!  Its an awesome lineup, and should be a great show...Will have results and some teaser shots when I return VERY late this evening, and full coverage of the event to follow!!  In the meantime tonight, be sure to head over to MonsterTruckCollectors.com for LIVE updates from the Tampa and San Diego Monster Jams!!  (01/21/06)

  • BIG UPDATE!!:  A very nice update tonight!!  We have just posted Tommy Lee Byrd's first full coverage for The Monster Blog from this past weekend's Atlanta Monster Jam!!  Tommy did a fantastic job and I think you all will really enjoy the coverage!!  See it now in the Coverages section, or by clicking here!!  Also, Pablo Gutierrez has sent in some great shots from last October's West Coast Monster Truck Nationals which can now be seen in the Fan Photo Gallery!!  Coming very soon is the AWESOME coverage of the Glendale, AZ event, and photo galleries from last week's Anaheim and San Antonio events!!  Thanks & enjoy!! (01/18/06)

  • TEASERS FROM SAN ANTONIO:  The first teaser shots from today's event in San Antonio have been sent in by our good friend Juan Perez!!  Juan said it was a great show today, and he will be submitting his entire gallery and results from the show very soon!!  A big thanks out to Juan for these great shots!! (01/15/06)

Paul Cohen's new Air Force Afterburner truck!!

Dan Evans in Destroyer!!

Taz minus some body panels!!

Adam Anderson sets the bar high in Freestyle!!

Dennis Anderson launches Digger in Freestyle!!

  • TEASERS FROM ANAHEIM:  A special thanks to a new friend of The Monster Blog, Andrew Ellingwood for sending in these awesome shots from last night's Anaheim Monster Jam!!  It was Lindsey Weenk in Iron Outlaw winning yet again in Racing, and Brian Winston in Hot Wheels winning Freestyle with an awesome run!!  We will have a full gallery of shots in the Fan Photo Gallery very soon thanks to Andrew, and we look forward to seeing more of what Andrew has in store for us in the future!! (01/15/06)

The winning Freestyle from Brian Winston in Hot Wheels!!

 

CLICK FOR ANDREW ELLINGHAM'S FULL GALLERY FROM ANAHEIM!!

  • FIRST TEASERS FROM ATLANTA:  Our very own Tommy Lee Byrd was at it again this weekend!! This time Tommy was down in Atlanta for tonight's Monster Jam, and here the first of his awesome shots from the show!! Tommy did a great job this evening and we will have much more coverage and pictures from him coming very soon!! For now, enjoy these!! (01/14/06)

Tom Meents flips Max D to end his winning Freestyle run!!

 

CLICK HERE FOR TOMMY LEE BYRD'S ATLANTA COVERAGE!!

  • LIVE UPDATES FROM ATLANTA:  With the help of our good friend David Kranak, we are providing live updates of the Atlanta Monster Jam this evening at the MonsterTruckCollectors.com Forum!!  Head on over there to keep up with all the action by clicking on the MTC logo below!! (01/14/06)
    UPDATE (Results!!):  Tom Meents has become the first winner this season of the Monster Jam "Double Down" trophy that also includes an automatic berth in the 2006 World Finals in Las Vegas!!  Not that the World Finals berth was in jeopardy for Tom Meents, but the trophy will be a nice addition to his collection.  Meents was on his game this evening at the Georgia Dome, defeating rookie Mark MacDonald in Safe Auto in the Racing Finals, and beating a star-filled field of trucks in Frestyle!!  Maximum Destruction flew high through the air all during his run, finishing it off with a wild roll after going over the bus stack!!  I hope everyone enjoyed the Live Updates we provided over at MonsterTruckCollectors.com and a big thanks to David Kranak for providing us with up to the minute results from the show to share with you all!!  This seems to be very popular and is something we will try to do often in the future!!  (01/14/06)

    Round 1 Results
    Maximum Destruction - Bye Run
    Gun Slinger def. Avenger
    Brutus def. Grave Digger
    Cowboy def. Reptoid
    Safe Auto def. T-Maxx

    Round 2 Results
    Gun Slinger def. Brutus
    Maximum Destruction def. T-Maxx
    Safe Auto def. Cowboy

    Semi-Final Round
    Maximum Destruction def. Cowboy
    Safe Auto def. Gun Slinger

    Final Round
    Maximum Destruction def. Safe Auto

    Freestyle
    Maximum Destruction - 29
    Avenger - 25
    Brutus - 25
    Grave Digger - 23
    Cowboy - 22
    Gun Slinger - 15
    Safe Auto - 14
    Reptoid - 12
    War Wizard - 10
    Hot Wheels - 9
    Traxxas T-Maxx - 8

     

  • 2006 Monster Nationals Program:  The brand new 2006 Monster Nationals program is out and available at all the Monster Nationals shows across the country this year.  Exciting news coming from this is that our good friend from Hall Brothers Racing, Kyle Doyle, has a number of his awesome photos featured in the program!!  Many of Kyle's photos will also be features on the Monster Nationals website in their event recaps and in other places on their site.  Congratulations to Kyle for this exciting new exposure for his work, and we are very proud to be able to feature Kyle's photos and writings here on The Monster Blog as well!!  (01/14/06)

  • Rolling Thunder in San Angelo, TX!! Last night in San Angelo, TX, it was Larry Quick in Torqzilla proving victorious over Don King in Bearfoot in the Racing competition!!  Don King had a successful night, even with the Racing loss, winning the Wheelie Contest, and taking the Freestyle Competition!!  Other trucks in attendance included Rex Smith in Monster Patrol and David Price in el Bandito.  We will have results from Saturday night's show later this eveing, stay tuned!! (01/14/06)

  • KD's "Traveling Music" Our good buddy Kyle Doyle from Hall Brothers Racing has just submitted his latest "Behind the Scenes With KD" article to the Blog!!  Read all about last week's trip to Colorado Springs for the Monster Nationals opener from a whole different perspective, as Kyle shows as life on the road as a Monster Truck crew member!!  Some amazing photography in this article as well, check it out now in the Features section or by clicking here!!  Stop by the Fan Forum and let Kyle know what you thought of his most recent article!!  Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/13/06)

  • Three New Photo Galleries Up From This Past Weekend!!:  Thanks to some great folks, we have three new batches of pictures from last weekend now posted on the site!!  Our own Tommy Lee Byrd's gallery from the Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge in Knoxville, TN can now be found in The Monster Blog Staff Photo Gallery in the Coverages section!!  Chad Dobbins and Jason Rivas were kind enough to send us pictures from the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals in Toledo, OH and the Shake, Rattle, & Roll Monster Truck Challenge in West Lake City, UT, respectively.  Both of these guys did an amazing job with their photos and we are proud that they chose The Monster Blog to share them with the rest of us, and you can see them now in the Fan Photo Gallery which can be found in the Features section, or by clicking here!!  Enjoy the pictures and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let these guys know what you think of their great pictures!! Thanks!! (01/12/06)

  • It's A Small World...:  Amazing how things happen sometimes...I was traveling home from working in St. Louis this afternoon, when what did I see up ahead? A big, red hauler with "Raminator" in huge letters!! I jumped on the CB Radio I have in my truck (Yes, I am that country, lol) and talked to Geremie and Travis Howard for a quick second, finding out that they were headed down to Witchita Falls, TX for the CFP event this weekend. Over the next half hour, I put some distance on them, and when I got home, grabbed the camera and drove back up to the highway just in time to see them coming by and take these pictures...I must say, I do love the new Nikon D50!!  Anyway, just a fun story I thought I would share with you all!! Enjoy!! (01/12/06)

Geremie Dishman's Raminator hauler cruising down I-44.

Geremie honks the horn and gives me a wave!!

  • Pictures from Houston in Fan Photo Gallery!!:  Juan Perez was kind enough to send in his awesome pictures from this past weekend's USHRA Motor Spectacular at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX!!  Pablo Huffaker dominated the weekend, taking both the Racing & Freestyle victories!!  Juan's great shots include a number of new trucks and paint schemes for '06, including Cyborg, Backdraft, Tropical Thunder, and more!!  See them now in the Fan Photo Gallery which can be found in the Features section, or by clicking here!! Be sure to head over to the Fan Forum to let Juan know what you thought of his pictures!!

The new Backdraft truck driven by John Zimmer!!

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF JUAN PEREZ'S HOUSTON PICTURES!!

  • Kyle Doyle's Monster Nationals Photo Gallery is Up!!:  Our good friend Kyle Doyle has sent in his awesome pictures from this weekend's Monster Nationals in Colorado Springs, CO!!  A huge thanks out to Kyle for all of his hard work this weekend, as he took time out to keep us updated on all the goings on at the event as well as taking these great photos!!  Kyle was also fulfilling his duties as a crew member for Hall Brothers Racing, which makes his commitment to bringing us all coverage of the event that much more impressive!!  Check out all of his photos and the weekend's results in The Monster Blog Photo Gallery, which can be found in the Coverages section, or by clicking here!!  Also be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let Kyle know what you think of his pictures!!  Thanks & enjoy!!  (01/09/06)

  • An Update From The Monster Blogger:  Whew, what a first weekend!!  We had a ton of fun covering all of these events in our "First Weekend of 2006" Special Coverage!!  We've also got tons of great content coming for you from some of this weekends events, courtesy of folks from the site, and many great fans who are kind enough to want to share their work with all of you by way of The Monster Blog!!
         That being said, let me give you a little update on what's going on with me. I have had a great two weeks off from work and college for the holidays, spending time with family, and updating the site like crazy. Unfortunately, its back to work and school this week, so that will cut down on my Blog work time.
         This does not by any stretch of the imagination mean that we are shutting down or taking a break or any of that stuff. I just tell you this in the hopes that everyone will remember to be a little patient with us as we work at posting all of the great content we ourselves acquire, and that you awesome folks who contribute send in to us.
         I am still 110% committed to making a great contribution to the Monster Truck Community by way of The Monster Blog, and to building the site into one of the premier Monster Truck sites on the internet.  We will continue to be one of the most updated Monster Truck websites on the 'net, and just to give you a preview of what's coming your way, here is a list of the things we are currently working on for the site:

    ** Fantasy Monster Truck Series Results from Week #4 (Pontiac & Michigan) - Up by Wednesday!!
    ** Full Coverage from Glendale, AZ by Lauren & Lynette Bonar - See teaser shots below!!
    ** Tommy Lee Byrd's Knoxville, TN Pictures in the Blog Photo Gallery - See teaser shots below!!
    ** Monster Nationals Pictures in the Blog Photo Gallery from Kyle Doyle - See teasers shots below!!
    ** Chad Dobbins' Pontiac, MI and Toledo, OH pictures in the Fan Photo Gallery - Teasers below!!
    ** Jason Rivas' West Lake City, UT pictures in the Fan Photo Gallery - Teasers below!!
    ** Pablo Gutierrez's Videos from 2005 West Coast Monster Truck Nationals in Red Bluff, CA!!
    ** Videos from 2006 Glendale Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge!!
    ** Something very special from our friend Charlie Wagner!!
    ** Scroll down below this message for TONS of pictures and news!!

         Lots of great stuff on the way, and we will get it all up for you just as quickly as time will allow!!  We are truly a fan supported site, and I am incredibly grateful to all of you for your support of The Monster Blog.  We are growing like crazy, as on January 11th, we will celebrate only our 5-month anniversary of the site being online.  As of this message, we are on the verge of surpassing 25,000 hits.  Thus, we are now averaging over 5,000 hits per month, and it is you all that are bringing us this success!!
         Nonetheless, to continue growing, we need your help!! Send us your pictures, videos, results, and/or news from events you attend, whether you are diehard fans or if you are Monster Truck team owners, drivers, team members!!  We may not get them on the site immediately, but we will work our hardest to make your content available in a timely manner. 
         We are also currently seeking sponsorships for the 2006 season, and I believe that we provide a great value for any potential sponsor of the site.  Sponsor support will help us do more, bigger, and better things!!  A huge thanks to Brandon Legarde and Sudden Impact Racing for coming aboard as our first sponsor!!  If you would be interested in becoming a sponsor of The Monster Blog, please contact Ross Z. Bonar at rbonar@lzsportsource.com for more information!!
          Just to conclude my little "State of The Monster Blog" address here, I want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way!!  We couldn't have done it without you all, and I look forward to serving all of you in the Monster Truck Community in 2006!!  Thanks for reading, now scroll down and check out all that happened this weekend!!  - Ross Z. Bonar, The Monster Blogger

To help kick off the 2006 season in a BIG way, The Monster Blog will be your

one stop source this weekend for all the Monster Truck News, Coverage, & Results

available to us!!  Stay with us for all the latest on the goings on around the country!!

  • Shake, Rattle, & Roll Monster Truck Challenge!!:  Brian Christensen was the hometown favorite, driving the Goldberg Monster Truck this weekend!!  He came through for his fans, winning the 2:00PM Freestyle, and capping off the weekend with a Racing win Saturday night!!  Billy Chapen in Terminator wins the 2:00PM Racing Finals and Sterling Littlejohn wins the Saturday night Freestyle, burning up the transmission on Tuff'E'Nuff in the process!!  Jason Rivas was kind enough to send in these results and will also send pictures from all three shows held this weekend to The Monster Blog tomorrow!!  (01/07/06)
    UPDATE:  Jason Rivas has been kind enough to send all his pictures from this weekend's three shows in West Lake City, Utah!!  We are pretty bogged down with stuff from all over the place this weekend, but I wanted to share these teaser shots with you from the shows!!  Check out the brand new chassis upon which rides the return of Jack Koberna's Beast!!  We also have the full racing results from each show and you will soon be able to see all Jason's pics in the Fan Photo Gallery!!  We can't thank you enough for all your help Jason!!  (01/08/06)

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW

The Beast

     
 

Terminator

   

Terminator

     
   

Terminator

 

Tuff'E'Nuff

     
 

Tuff'E'Nuff

   

Bulletproof

   

 WINNER!!

     

Terminator

 

Goldberg (QT)

   
   

Goldberg

 
 

Bulletproof (FL)

   

 

SATURDAY 2:00PM SHOW

The Beast

     
 

Goldberg

   

Goldberg

     
   

Goldberg

 

Tuff'E'Nuff

     
 

Tuff'E'Nuff

   

Bulletproof

   

 WINNER!!

     

Terminator

 

Terminator (QT)

   
   

Terminator

 
 

Bulletproof (FL)

   

 

SATURDAY 8:00PM SHOW

Bulletproof

     
 

Goldberg

   

Goldberg

     
   

Goldberg

 

Tuff'E'Nuff

     
 

Tuff'E'Nuff

   

The Beast

   

 WINNER!!

     

Goldberg

 

Terminator (QT)

   
   

Terminator

 
 

Bulletproof (FL)

   

  • Wild Night in Toledo, OH!! UPDATE:  The Extreme Monster Truck Nationals event in Toledo, OH was marked by controversy Friday night.  After losing to Dave Harkey in Bigfoot in the first round of racing, Project X and Bigfoot collided, with Project X ending up on Bigfoot's front end!!  Bigfoot sustained heavy front end damage and will compete the rest of the weekend minus the front clip.  Other trucks in attendance included Raminator, Equalizer, and Playin' For Keeps.  More on this story to come!!  (01/07/06)





    UPDATE:
      Fan Photo Gallery contributor Chad Dobbins was in attendance at the Friday night show in Toledo, OH and was kind enough to send us this picture of the Bigfoot-Project X incident and the brand new Equalizer, as well as the Final Racing Results.  Chad has also told me that he will be sending more pictures from this show and from Pontiac for placement in the Fan Photo Gallery and we thank him for that!!  A big thanks to Chad for all his help!!  (01/08/06)

Raminator

     
 

Raminator

   

Playin' For Keeps

     
 

Equalizer (1st Rd.Bye)

Equalizer

 

 

   

 WINNER!!

Equalizer

 

Playin' For Keeps (FL)

 

Bigfoot

 

Bigfoot

 
 

Bigfoot

   

Project X

     
  • PONTIAC MONSTER JAM PICTURES!!:  The Monster Blog is proud to bring you the first shots of last night's final Monster Jam at the Silverdome!!  Andrew Pellegrine was at the event, and as you all know from our Picture of the Week contest, Andrew takes some amazing pictures!!  I cannot send out a big enough THANK YOU to Andrew for allowing us to post his awesome shots from last night!!  (01/07/06)

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF ANDREW'S PONTIAC PICTURES!!

 

SATURDAY 01/07/06

 

The Pontiac Live Update Bar, Brought to You By MonsterTruckCollectors.com

** January 7, 2006 ** - **  10:45PM CST **  Grave Digger wins Freestyle at the last Monster Jam to ever be held at the Silverdome!!  See the scorecard for more details!!          Freestyle Update #4 - Meents leads Freestyle with only Digger left to go!!             Freestyle Update #3 - Three trucks now tied for lead with a score of 24!!           Freestyle Update 2!!         Freestyle is under way and Superman and Bob & Tom have both rolled over!!  Click below for Freestyle scorecard!!            Iron Outlaw wins it all!!  See the brackets for how it happened!!  In the Finals, Bounty Hunter hits a turning pole, and with the 5 second penalty, the win goes to Linsey Weenk in the Outlaw!!  Weenk is now three for three on the year in SPEED Channel shows!!  Freestyle up next!!         **  8:10 PM CST **  - Round 2 is Complete!!  In Round 3, Grave Digger and Iron Outlaw were racing when Digger flipped end over end and crashed into one of the Freestyle dumpsters!!  Anderson has fired the truck and driven it away!!  See the link below for full results from each round and the current brackets!!         ** 7:40PM CT ** - Click the link below for the current Racing Brackets!!  Second Round is under way, with Maximum Destruction defeating Bob & Tom, who rolled over during the race!!  First Round is over!!  Show format has the slowest 8 trucks from qualifying take each other on with winners moving on to a standard 16 truck bracket setup from there on out...Bob & Tom, T-Maxx, Thrasher, & Broker move on to Round 2!!          ** 6:40PM CT ** - Qualifying is now over at the Silverdome!!  Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction has taken the Top Spot, followed by Larry Jarzel in the Prowler and Tony Farrell in Blue Thunder...Pat Summa in the Thrasher is experiencing mechanical difficulties and the crew is, forgive the pun, thrashing to get the truck ready for racing!!  More to come soon!!           ** 6:02PM CT ** - As of our last contact, roughly ten trucks were through qualifying!!  Randy Moore in War Wizard had a scary moment when he caught too much air off a jump and slid into the protective barrier at the end of the track!!  Guy Wood is driving the Hot Wheels truck, which is being sponsored by the Bob and Tom Show for the evening's event!!  Tickets for the Monster Jam at Ford Field on March 4th can be purchased at half price at tonight's event!!

Huge thanks to David Kranak of MonsterTruckCollectors.com for relaying us live updates from the final Monster Jam at the Pontiac Silverdome tonight!!  Head over to the MTC Forums to read updates in more detail straight from David!!

 

LINDSEY WEENK IN IRON OUTLAW WINS RACING!!

 

DENNIS ANDERSON IN GRAVE DIGGER WINS FREESTYLE!!

 

** Click here for the Freestyle Scorecard & Racing Brackets!! **

 

Click here for MTC's Live Updates!!  

 

  • Monster Nationals in Colorado Springs (7:00 show)!!:  The season opener of the Monster Nationals 2006 Season wrapped up tonight very similar to how it started last night.  It was all Raminator and Mark Hall once again, taking the top qualifier spot and then defeating Doug Noelke in Big Dawg for the Racing win!!  Andy Hoffman would take the Freestyle victory for the second time today, while Big Dawg would win the Donut contest, with Lil' Miss Dangerous taking the Wheelie contest.  Special thanks to Kyle Doyle for providing us with tonight's results and this great teaser shot!!  Stay tuned for much more!!  (01/07/06)

  • Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge in Glendale, AZ!!:  Eight trucks did battle again tonight in Glendale, AZ!!  Once again, it was Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot dominating the show, taking the Racing Finals over Larry Quick in Bearfoot and winning the Freestyle competition!!  Larry Quick in Torqzilla would win the Wheelie contest, and Don King, doing double duty, would have a wild ride in Racing, flipping el Bandito onto its lid!!  More from this show coming tonight including pictures from my parents Lauren & Lynette Bonar, who were covering the show for the site!!  (01/07/06)
    UPDATE:  I must say that my Dad, Lauren Bonar, has done an unbelievable job in only his second time out with the new camera!!  These pictures are breathtaking, and I know you all will like them!!  Special thanks out to Danny Torgerson and all the folks who put on the show for doing an awesome job, and also to Larry Quick and all the drivers for putting on a great show!!  Enjoy these shots, full coverage and many more pics to come from the show!!  (01/07/06)

Don King skies Bearfoot!!

Dan Runte in Summit Bigfoot!!

Larry Quick's Wheelie Contest Winner!!

Sam Sturges shows he can still get it done in Unnamed & Untamed!!

The Nasty Boy gets some sick air!!

Don King rolls el Bandito!!

  • Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge in Knoxville, TN (8:00 Show)!!:  Another show down, and two more big wins for Rick Long in Bigfoot #11!!  Long defeated Bobby Holman in the Beast in the Racing Finals with some huge air flying to the victory!!  Long then won the crowd cheer-off to take the Freestyle win over Michael Harper in Monster Patrol!!  Tommy Lee Byrd was there covering all the action, and we'll have full results and some teaser shots up later this evening!!  (01/07/06)
    UPDATE:  Tommy Lee Byrd's first few teaser shots from Knoxville!!  Enjoy, full coverage and many more pics to come from both shows!!  (01/07/06)

BEAST competes in the Wheelie contest!!

The Bearfoot Ride Truck loses the rear axel.

  • Amsoil Rock'N'Monster Truck Winter Series Round 2 (8:00 Show)!!:  The final show for the PSM crew was tonight at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena!!  The Finals would come down to Brian Harwood in Wild Thang up against James Tigue in Bearfoot, with Wild Thang taking the win!!  Harwood would also win the Wheelie contest, and Freestyle with an awesome move over the van stack, landing the truck on the wheelie bar!!  Charlie Miller in Rampage took the Donut contest.  Below are the full brackets for the Racing, special thanks to James Tigue for providing us with all the PSM results this weekend!!  (01/07/06)

Monster Patrol

     
 

Monster Patrol

   

Carolina Crusher

     
   

Wild Thang

 

Wild Thang **

     
 

Wild Thang

   

Rampage

   

 WINNER!!

     

Wild Thang

       
 

Carolina Crusher (FL)

   
   

Bearfoot

 

Bearfoot

     
 

Bearfoot

   

Kid Rock

     
  • Monster Nationals in Colorado Springs (1:00 show)!!:  The second show in Colorado Springs earlier today ended much like the first, last night.  Hall Brothers Racing continued to dominate, with Raminator taking the Wheelie contest, Rammunition taking the Donut contest, and Raminator defeating Rammunition in the Finals!!  Andy Hoffman in Nitemare was able to break up the Dodge party, winning the Freestyle competition!!  Thanks to Kyle Doyle and Amanda Weldy for the results, we'll have more from the late show later this evening, along with some teaser shots!!  (01/07/06)

Big Dawg

     
 

Big Dawg

   

Lil' Miss Dangerous

     
   

Rammunition

 

Rammunition

     
 

Rammunition

   

Nitemare

   

 WINNER!!

     

Raminator

 

Raminator (QT)

   
   

Raminator

 
 

Nitemare (FL)

   
  • Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge in Knoxville, TN (2:00 Show)!!:  The first of three shows this weekend at the Knoxville Coliseum is now underway and The Monster Blog's Tommy Lee Byrd is there covering all the action!!  Rick Long in Bigfoot #11 started the day off by taking the win in the Wheelie contest, and then followed that up by beating Shane Smith in Venom in the Racing Finals!!  Freestyle is about to get underway and we will have all that action for you shortly after its completion!!  Scary moment as the ride truck in attendance was giving rides in the arena, when the rear axle came out from under the truck.  Some minor injuries appear to have been sustained, but that is all we know at this point.  More to come soon!!  Trucks in attendance also include Holman's Beast, Monster Patrol, & American Bad Ass!!  Pictures to follow late this evening!!  UPDATE!!:  Freestyle has just ended in Knoxville, TN and in his first event back with Paul Shafer Motorsports, Michael Harper takes the victory in Monster Patrol!!  Harper pulled some great sky wheelies, but it was the donuts that won it for him, as no other driver attempted any donuts.  Still no firm details on the ride truck accident, but we will continue following the story as the night progresses.  More to come from the 7:00 show later tonight!!  (01/07/06)

  • Amsoil Rock'N'Monster Truck Winter Series Round 2 (2:00 Show)!!:  The second show from Huntington, WV at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena has just ended!!  It was James Tigue in Bearfoot taking the Racing win over Charlie Miller in Rampage!!  Miller would take the donut contest driving Kid Rock, while Brian Harwood won the Wheelie contest in the Wild Thang!!  The Freestyle winner was once again Kirk Dabney in Monster Patrol just edging out the win over James Tigue in Bearfoot!!  (01/07/06)

Monster Patrol

     
 

Monster Patrol

   

Carolina Crusher

     
   

Rampage

 

Wild Thang **

     
 

Rampage

   

Rampage

   

 WINNER!!

     

Bearfoot

       
 

Carolina Crusher (FL)

   
   

Bearfoot

 

Bearfoot

     
 

Bearfoot

   

Kid Rock

     

 

** Doug Charles drove Wild Thang in the Racing portion of the show.

 

FRIDAY 01/06/06

  • Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge in Glendale, AZ!!:  A stellar 8 truck lineup competed last night at the Glendale Arena in Glendale, AZ!!  Don King started the night off by taking the Wheelie contest driving el Bandito, but it would be Dan Runte from there on out.  Runte in the Summit Bigfoot defeated King in the Final Round of Racing, and then went on to take the Freestyle victory as well!!  Other trucks in attendance included Bearfoot, Torqzilla, Monster Patrol, Awesome Kong, Unnamed & Untamed, and Nasty Boy.  Special thanks to Larry Quick for providing us with this recap!!  My parents Lauren & Lynette Bonar will be in attendance tonight covering the event for the site!!  (01/07/06)

Bearfoot

   
 

el Bandito

 

el Bandito

   
   

 WINNER!!

   

Summit Bigfoot

Summit Bigfoot

   
 

Summit Bigfoot

 

Monster Patrol

   

 

**  The other 4 trucks were eliminated in the First Round.

 

  • Monster Nationals Season Opener!!:  The big Dodges would be dominant in the First Round of the 2006 Monster Nationals season!!  The crowd at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO would see Dale Benear win the Wheelie contest, Mark Hall in the Raminator take the donut contest and go on to defeat Doug Noelke in the Big Dawg in the Racing Finals!!  Big Dawg however did break up the HBR party, winning the Freestyle competition!!  A great night of action in Colorado Springs, with more to come tomorrow!!  Special thanks to Kyle Doyle for the information, and the teaser shots from the show!!  (01/07/06)

Big Dawg

     
 

Big Dawg

   

Nitemare

     
   

Big Dawg

 

Rammunition

     
 

Rammunition

   

Lil' Miss Dangerous

   

 WINNER!!

     

Raminator

 

Raminator (QT)

   
   

Raminator

 
 

Lil' Miss Dangerous (FL)

   

 

  • Des Moines, IA Monster Jam!!:  A wild night in Des Moines saw the debut of two brand new trucks, Air Force driven by Paul Cohen, and Excaliber driven by Sean Duhon.  The night would start with Adam Anderson in Taz squeezing out the win in the Wheelie contest over Air Force.  The two would meet again in the Racing Finals, with Cohen this time getting the edge and taking the win!!  In Freestyle, Cohen would put up a seemingly unbeatable score of 29, only to have Anderson come out with a wild run that ended with Taz on its roof!!  That would be enough, as the judges rewarded the young Anderson with a 30 and the Freestyle victory!!  For a full recap, visit USHRA's event page by clicking here!!

  • Birmingham, AL Monster Jam!!:  The Monster Jam in Birmingham, AL would be a family affair when all was said and done, with Bryan Winston in Monster Mutt knocking off Randy Brown in Grave Digger in the Final Round of Racing, and his wife, Kathy Winston in Team Suzuki winning a cheer off with Digger for the Freestyle crown!!  For a full recap, visit USHRA's event page by clicking here!! (01/06/06)

  • Shake, Rattle, & Roll Monster Truck Challenge!!:  Five monster trucks invaded the E Center of West Valley City tonight near Salt Lake City!!  The lineup included Wildfire Motorsports' Terminator, Bulletproof, and Goldberg Monster Trucks, along with the Tuff'E'Nuff and Beast trucks out of the Jack Koberna Racing stable.  Many MT fans will remember the old Beast monster truck from back in the 80's, but this evening would mark the return of the truck with a brand new chassis!!  The evening would belong to Billy Chapen however, as he dominated the show, taking wins in both the Racing & Freestyle competitions.  A huge thanks to Jason Rivas for providing us with this information, and soon to come, pictures from the show!!  Jason will also be attending both shows tomorrow at 2:00 and 8:00 and we will have all that for you right here at The Monster Blog!!  Once again, a special thanks to Jason Rivas!!  (01/06/06)

  • Charlotte, NC Monster Jam!!:  It was a night of firsts in Charlotte, NC tonight!!  It would mark the first Monster Jam event held at the brand new Charlotte Bobcats arena, and it would also be the first event for the much awaited Batman monster truck!!  Jason Childress made sure the debut was a winning one, driving the truck from Gotham City to a Final Round victory over Gary Porter in Grave Digger 12.  Digger would strike back taking the Freestyle win to end the evening!!  For a full recap, visit USHRA's event page by clicking here!!  (01/06/06)

  • Council Bluffs, IA Monster Jam!!:  Charlie Pauken and the Grave Digger would be too much for the competition Friday night in Council Bluffs, taking the Wheelie competition, beating Don Frankish in Maniac in the Racing Finals, and winning Freestyle with a score of 27.  Frank Krmel in the debut of Del Scorcho was eliminated in the Semis, and received scored of 9 and 17 in the Wheelie and Freestyle competitions, respectively.  For a full recap, visit USHRA's event page by clicking here!!  (01/06/06)

  • Columbus, OH Monster Jam!!:  Dan Patrick in Samson would show the others how its done in Racing, taking the Final Round victory over Rod Schmidt in Grave Digger 19.  Schmidt would come back to take the win in Freestyle, with much of the rest of the competition suffering breakage.  For a full recap, visit USHRA's event page by clicking here!!  (01/06/06)

  • Amsoil Rock'N'Monster Truck Winter Series Opener!!:  The Paul Shafer Motorsports series will kick off its 2006 season tonight in Huntington, WV at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.  The show will feature a strong 6 truck lineup including Bearfoot driven by James Tigue, Monster Patrol driven by Kirk Dabney, Charlie Miller in Rampage, Brian Harwood in Wild Thing, J.R. Adams in Kid Rock, and Tim Tesmer's Carolina Crusher.  We will have the full results of this event throughout the weekend!!
    UPDATE 1:
      The first round of the 2006 Amsoil Rock'N'Monster Truck Winter Series is now in the books!!  A great night of action saw Brian Harwood in Wild Thang taking the racing win over Kirk Dabney in Monster Patrol!!  Kirk Dabney would come back to win the Freestyle competition with a great sky wheelie and some awesome donuts!!  Below are the first night's brackets, and we'll have all the results from both of tomorrow's shows shortly after they are over!!

Monster Patrol

     
 

Monster Patrol

   

Carolina Crusher

     
   

Monster Patrol

 

Wild Thang

     
 

Rampage

   

Rampage

   

 WINNER!!

     

Wild Thang

       
 

Wild Thang (FL)

   
   

Wild Thang

 

Bearfoot

     
 

Bearfoot

   

Kid Rock

     
  • First Pictures of the New '06 Rammunition Scheme!!:  Another Monster Blog News exclusive, the very first full pictures to hit the 'net of the brand new '06 Rammunition paint scheme!!  Big thanks to our great friend Kyle Doyle and all the folks at Hall Brothers Racing for providing us with these great shots of the new scheme!!  The truck debuts tonight at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, CO for the first round of the 2006 Monster Nationals tour, and we will have a full recap and teaser shots just as soon as the show is over.  Check back later tonight or tomorrow morning for the first shots of the '06 Rammunition scheme in action!!  (01/06/06)

  • Big Weekend for THE MONSTER BLOG!!:  With the first weekend of the 2006 Monster Truck season kicking off in a huge way with over 16 events taking place across the country, The Monster Blog will be covering three of them!!  My parents, Lauren & Lynette Bonar will be in Glendale, AZ and Tommy Lee Byrd will be in Knoxville, TN covering the first events of the 2006 Torgerson Motorsports season, and Kyle Doyle will be in Colorado Springs, CO for the opener of the Monster Nationals '06 season!!  Below are the tentative truck lineups for the shows we are covering this weekend.  Enjoy!!

1/7 Glendale, AZ 1/7 Knoxville, TN 1/6-7 Colorado Springs, CO
Bigfoot #15 Bigfoot #11 Raminator
Monster Patrol The Beast Rammunition
Bearfoot Venom Big Dawg
Torqzilla Monster Patrol Nitemare
Unnamed & Untamed American Bad Ass Lil' Miss Dangerous
Nasty Boy
Awesome Kong
el Bandito
  • December 2005 Archive:  The main page was getting mighty long again, so with January now getting into full gear, I figure it was time to go ahead and archive the December material from here on the main page.  You can still access all of that news and update information by going to the bottom of the main page, where you can view any of our previous month's archives!!  Thanks!!  (01/06/05)

  • Springfield 4 Wheel Jamboree Day 2 Coverage Now Up!!:  Another coverage that has been "Coming Soon" for quite some time is now finally posted!!  See all the action from Sunday in Springfield, MO as Bigfoot, Raminator, Rammunition, Big Dawg, Avenger, and God, Guts, & Glory do battle in the Special Events 4 Wheel Jamboree!!  Check it out now in the Coverages section or by clicking here!!  Be sure to leave us some feedback on the Fan Forum, and thanks for reading!!  (01/06/05)

  • Sedalia, MO Mega MT Tour Coverage Now Up!!:  Well, its been a long time coming, but the event coverage from this past summer's Mega MT Tour event is now up in the Coverage section!!  Read about a great night of Monster Truck action including Holman's Beast, Venom, Sudden Impact, Kicker, and Nitemare!!  Check it out now in the Coverages section or by clicking here!!  Be sure to leave us some feedback on the Fan Forum, and thanks for reading!!  (01/05/06)

  • Monster Truck TV Schedule:  In an effort to help all of us keep up with when we can find Monster Trucks on television, I have added the first version of The Monster Blog's Monster Truck TV Schedule which will be kept here on the main page in the new right hand column.  I will do my best to continue to keep the TV schedule current, but we could use your help.  Anytime you run across upcoming Monster Truck shows on TV, please email me at rbonar@lzsportsource.com so that we can add them to the master schedule.  Thanks and enjoy!!  (01/04/06)

  • New Rammunition Teaser Shots!!:  We are very proud to bring you a Monster Blog exclusive--the first teaser shots of the all-new 2006 Rammunition paint scheme!!  The truck has been given a new look and thanks to our good buddy Kyle Doyle and all the folks at Hall Brothers Racing, here are the first teaser shots!!  We will be releasing full pictures of the new scheme on Friday, with shots of its first action in competition coming at the end of the weekend after HBR competes in the Colorado Springs Monster Nationals!!  For now though, enjoy these and let your imagination run wild until Friday!!  (01/03/06)

  • KD's 2005 Year In Review Part 2:  After a great Behind the Scenes article recapping the first half of Kyle Doyle and Hall Brothers Racing's 2005 season, KD has submitted Part 2 of the article in which he looks back at the second half of '05.  With some great stories and over 30 awesome pictures, this is an article not to be missed.  Also includes a short video clip of Tony Stewart taking the win at a USAC Midget race this past weekend in Ft. Wayne, IN that is a must see.  Check out this amazing new article in the Features section, or by clicking here!!  A huge thanks to Kyle for all his hard work in contributing to the site!!  Be sure to give him some feedback and let him know what you think on the Fan Forum!!  Thanks and enjoy!!  (01/03/06)

 

  • 2006 Sponsorship Announcement:  We at The Monster Blog are proud to announce our first site sponsorship in welcoming aboard Sudden Impact Racing!!  A huge thank you to Brandon Legarde and the entire Sudden Impact team for their support of our site and for joining us for the 2006 season.  The Sudden Impact team has some great things in store for Monster Trucks fans all over the country this season and we will be bringing you all their latest news right here at The Monster Blog!!  Visit Sudden Impact Racing at http://www.suddenimpact.com!!  (01/02/06)

  • Hall Brothers Racing '06 Schedule:  Our friends over at HBR have released their 2006 schedule, so head on over to http://www.raminator.com to find out where you can see Raminator and Rammunition this season!!  Yours truly will be lucky enough to see them at the CFP show in Sedalia, MO and the Special Events 4 Wheel Jamboree in Springfield, MO.  We at The Monster Blog are very excited to follow Hall Brothers Racing's 2006 season with our good buddy Kyle Doyle keeping us posted on all the action!!  (01/01/06)

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CURRENT TV SCHEDULE

(all times Eastern)

1/16

Monster Jam

(New Orleans, LA 01/15/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/23

Monster Jam

(World Finals 6 from Las Vegas - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/24

Monster Jam

(World Finals 6 from Las Vegas - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/25

Monster Jam

(Tampa, FL

01/22/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/26

Monster Jam

(Tampa, FL

01/22/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/27

Monster Jam

(Orlando, FL

01/29/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/30

Monster Jam

(Orlando, FL

01/29/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

1/31

Monster Jam

(Indianapolis, IN

01/29/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/1

Monster Jam

(Indianapolis, IN

01/29/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/2

Monster Jam

(Houston, TX

02/05/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/3

Monster Jam

(Houston, TX

02/05/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/6

Monster Jam

(St. Louis, MO

02/12/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/7

Monster Jam

(St. Louis, MO

02/12/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/8

Monster Jam

(Minneapolis, MN

02/19/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 6:00PM

2/8

Monster Truck Tech

(Featuring footage from Bigfoot shop, Monster Truck action from Essex Junction, VT, & more)

National Geographic Channel

Airtime: 9:00PM

2/13

Monster Truck Tech

(Featuring footage from Bigfoot shop, Monster Truck action from Essex Junction, VT, & more)

National Geographic Channel

Airtime: 10:00AM

2/25

Monster Jam

(Montreal, Quebec

10/29/05 - Racing & Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 3:00PM

2/27

Monster Jam

(Montreal, Quebec

10/29/05 - Racing & Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

3/4

Monster Jam

(Minneapolis, MN

12/03/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

3/6

Monster Jam

(Minneapolis, MN

12/03/05 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

3/11

Monster Jam

(Minneapolis, MN

12/03/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

3/13

Monster Jam

(Minneapolis, MN

12/03/05 - Freestyle)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

3/20

Monster Jam

(Pontiac, MI

01/07/06 - Racing)

SPEED Channel

Airtime: 5:00PM

All listings are accurate to the best of our knowledge, however that does not mean changes to TV programming schedules will not occur.  Please consider all events tentative and subject to change without notice.

If you have information on a Monster Truck TV show airing that is not listed here, please contact:

Ross Z. Bonar rbonar@lzsportsource.com