- Scooby Doo Monster Truck Design Concept Released!!
- WMTRL Week Four Recap!!
- TheMonsterBlog.com welcomes Hoffman Motorsports!!
- The Monster Blog's
Road to the World Finals Monster Jam Ranking System announced!!
- AMP Tour Aztec, NM Videos Posted!!
- Orlando Monster Jam Photo Gallery posted!!
- Trenton CFP Show Photo Gallery posted!!
- Cape Girardeau, MO CFP Show on TEN!!
- Phoenix Monster Jam Teasers posted!!
- Indy Monster Jam Photo Gallery posted!!
- Orlando Monster Jam Teasers posted!!
- Introducing the Old School Gallery!!
- Knoxville Monster Jam Photo Gallery posted!!
- Monster Jam Saturday Night Update!!
- Las Vegas EMTN Highlight Video Posted!!
- Kyle Doyle's Latest "Behind the Scenes" article posted!!
- Firestone Bigfoot Gets A New Look!!
- Lil' Miss Dangerous Display Truck Debuts!!
- Toronto Monster Jam & Cinncinnati CFP Show Photos Posted!!
- Cleveland Monster Nationals Photo Gallery Posted!!
- WMTRL Week Three Recap!!
- Monkey'N Around Team Press Release!!
- Tampa Monster Jam Photo Gallery Posted!!
- Minny Monster Jam Photo Gallery Posted!!
- World Monster Nationals a huge success!!
- Detroit Monster Jam Photo Gallery Posted!!
- Toronto Monster Jam Sunday Recap!!
- Around the USHRA - Monster Jam Saturday Night Update!!
- AMP-ing it up in New Mexico - Recap & Teasers!!
- Bearfoot Returns to
the Metrodome this Weekend!!
- Black Stallion is new for 25th Anniversary!!
- WMTRL Announcer Week Two Recap!!
- Photo Galleries from Dayton, Youngstown, and Toledo!!
- New KC's Fireworks trucks set to debut!!
- We are back online!!
- Las Vegas Extreme Monster Truck Nationals Recap & Teasers!!
- Monsters on Mainstreet is back for 2007!!
- Knoxville, TN AMP Show Coverage Posted!!
- The new BIG RED monster fire truck to drive cross country for charity!!
- Welcome Vinyl Images!!
- WMTRL Week One Recap!!
- Dawn Creten Returns to Competition!!
- Columbus, OH Monster Jam Recap & Photos!!
- Monkey'N Around Team Update!!
- Aftershock Team Update!!
- Trenton, NJ Teasers & Recap Posted!!
- Little Rock, AR Teasers & Recap!!
- Cape Girardeau Highlight Video Posted!!
- Recap & Photo Gallery from the Huntington, WV Monster Nationals!!
- TheMonsterBlog.com Reaper monster truck!!
- Houston Monster Jam Recap & Teasers!!
- Cape Girardeau CFP Recap & Teasers!!
- Knoxville AMP Show Recap & Teasers!!
- Monster Blog
- AMP Live Events
- First Look at Andy Hoffman's War Wagon!!
- Sin City Racing Team Ready For Debut!!
- MOD TV Series Not Renewed By The Outdoor Channel
- Sneak Peak At Australia's New Batman Monster Truck!!
- Preview Pics of the Twisted Dragon!!
- Black Widow Team Update!!
- TheMonsterBlog.com Awards 2006!!
- Mark Hall Wins the 2006 WMTRL Championship!!
- Kyle Doyle's latest "Behind the Scenes" article!!
THE MONSTER BLOG
PICTURE OF THE MONTH!!
Photo by: TREVOR ANDREWS
Scooby Doo Monster Truck Design Concept Released!!: As the KCs Fireworks team takes a quick break after their successful World Monster Nationals in Brisbane, they prepare for the kickoff of their 2007 Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction season in Toowoomba Saturday, February 17th. As part of the preparations, the new Warner Brothers Scooby Doo monster truck design concept has been approved!! An official release date has also been settled on, with fans in Adelaide being the first to see the new truck in action on March 17th. The new concept looks great, and we can't wait to see the finished product!! Thanks to Clive Featherby and the KC's Fireworks team for the update. For more information on the Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction, head on over to KCsFireworks.com!! (01/31/07)
WMTRL Announcer - Week Four Recap!!: (WMTRL.com) Pablo Huffaker has maintained his lead in the world standings after picking up two wins over Michael Vaters in Little Rock. He has won 6 of his 8 races this season. Bigfoot’s Rick Long swept 3 from Jason Grill in Salisbury this past weekend, and has moved into 3rd. Long won Rookie of the Year honors in 2004 and has quickly risen to become one of Bigfoot’s top racers. Teammate Dan Runte had two runner-up efforts in Florence and is ranked 18th, while Dave Harkey is ranked 17th and has yet to miss a final round. 2004 WMTRL World Champion Gary Porter also swept 3 events, as he dominated the Greenville Monster Jam. Porter is also yet to miss a final round, and is currently tied up in a very close race with Michael Vaters.
TheMonsterBlog.com Welcomes Hoffman Motorsports!!: We are very happy to announce Hoffman Motorsports as the newest partner of TheMonsterBlog.com!! Hoffman Motorsports is the home of 2006 Monster Nationals Freestyle Champion Andy Hoffman and his Nitemare and War Wagon monster trucks, as well as the Nitecrawler monster tank. Andy is currently leading the way in defense of his Monster Nationals Freestyle Championship in 2007, driving the team's newly acquired War Wagon truck. The Monster Blog's Ross Z. Bonar will be the new webmaster for the Hoffman Motorsports website, which can be accessed at Nitemare4x4.com and WarWagon4x4.com. The new site launched yesterday, so head on over and check out all the new content on the team's website. Thanks to Andy & Lana Hoffman for their support of The Monster Blog and watch as War Wagon continues its "Back in the Battle" tour this season!! (01/31/07)
Introducing Our "Road to the World Finals" Monster Jam Ranking System!!: What if Monster Jam ran a public national points series that we could all follow each week to find out who the series' top contenders are as the World Finals approaches each year? We think that would be great fun for all us diehard monster truck fans across the country, so we have decided to run a simple, yet all-inclusive ranking system (read: UNOFFICIAL) for the Monster Jam series, based on the actual results provided by USHRA.com, that will help recognize driver performance in both racing and freestyle throughout the course of the season.
Now we're sure that
you have many questions about how we will do this: How does it work? Which
events are we including? How are the points awarded? etc. In our new
section for the "Road to the World Finals" ranking system, we have a
detailed rationale and explanation that should answer most of these
questions. However, in the section we are also doing a Q&A with you, the
fans, so we can answer your questions and explain to you why we made some
of the decisions that we made.
AMP Tour - Aztec, NM Videos Posted!!: The 2007 AMP Tour rolled into McGee Memorial Coliseum in Aztec, NM last weekend for two big shows featuring McGruff, Pit Bull, TNT, Sheer Insanity, and AZ Dust Devil. My parents were on hand for the Saturday night show and their video from the event is now posted in the Video Gallery!! Thanks to my mom Lynette Bonar for the great footage, be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let us know what you think of the videos. Check them out now by clicking the link below. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/29/07)
Orlando Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: Special Contributor Bryan Wagner has submitted his full gallery from Saturday night's Orlando Monster Jam at the Citrus Bowl!! A huge thanks to Bryan for the quick submission, head on over annd check them out by clicking the link below. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/29/07)
Trenton Winter Nationals Photo Gallery!!: Checkered Flag Productions kicked off their 2007 Monster Truck Winter Nationals season at the Sovereign Bank Arena earlier this year, and our own Dave VanArtsdalen was there for all the action!! Dave is an amazing photographer, and has been kind enough to send in a full gallery of photos from the show. Check them out by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let him know what you thought of his work. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/29/07)
Cape Girardeau, MO CFP Show on TEN!!: The Monster Blog's photo gallery from the Cape Girardeau, MO Monster Truck Winter Nationals has now been posted on The Enthusiast Network, including a recap and highlight video!! Head on over to TruckWorld by clicking the link below to see more photos from the show!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/29/07)
Phoenix Monster Jam Teaser Photos!!: Staff Members Lauren & Lynette Bonar were in Phoenix Saturday night for the Monster Jam at Chase Field, and have sent in some teaser shots from the show!! Jimmy Creten narrowly lost to Adam Anderson in racing, but it was Creten taking the freestyle win when Anderson rolled Grave Digger after only one jump in freestyle. Anderson still managed to steal the show however, coming back with a wild encore run that saw the entire body ripped from the truck!! See below for the teaser shots... (01/28/07)
We would also like to send out a huge thank you to our good friends Rod & Karen Wood and Murphy McCrorey with the McGruff monster truck, who have joined the group of our best supporters out there by adding our website address to their truck!! As the Sturges family and Andy Hoffman have both done, Rod and Murphy surprised us when Lauren & Lynette arrived at the show by showing off their new Monster Blog decal. Thanks guys, we really appreciate it!!
Indianapolis Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: Staff Member Paul Harry was on hand for all the action as Monster Jam rolled into Indianapolis this weekend!! Tony Farrell in Blue Thunder beat Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction to take the racing victory, while Meents came back with a wild run to win freestyle. Check out all of Paul's great shots by clicking the link below!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/28/07)
Orlando Monster Jam Teaser Photos!!: Special Contributor Bryan Wagner was kind enough to send over a couple photos from last night's Orlando Monster Jam to hold you over until his full gallery is posted here in the next couple days. See below for a great shot of Neil Elliott in Max D taking out a motor home. Also pictured is Air Force driver Damon Bradshaw bailing out of his truck after it caught fire when a soft rollover in freestyle allowed hot oil to get onto the headers. Bradshaw made a quick exit from the truck and was unharmed, although this will definitely go down as one of the scariest moments of the season. Be watching for more of Bryan's photos coming soon!! (01/28/07)
Introducing the Old School Photo Gallery!!: The Monster Blog is proud to introduce our new Old School Photo Gallery!! Our first photos in the gallery come from Robert Todecheene of Kayenta, AZ, who was kind enough to allow us to scan in some of his pictures from the 1990 Gallup, NM show at Red Rock State Park, and the 1994 show at Firebird Int'l Raceway. If you have "old school" photos that you would like to share with the monster truck community, email them to us at email@example.com and we will be happy to add them to the new gallery!! Once again a huge thanks to Robert for giving us the idea for this new feature by sharing some of his treasured photos. Enjoy!! (01/28/07)
Knoxville Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: Staff Member Tommy Lee Byrd was in Knoxville, TN last night for Monster Jam at the Thompson-Boling Arena!! Aftershock, Bad News, Full Boar, Predator, and Prowler would do battle in wheelie, donut, racing, and freestyle contests. Dale Mitchell started the night off by winning the wheelie contest in Predator, then continued by going to the finals against Ed Eckert in Full Boar. Eckert was just a hair faster, winning the racing finals over Mitchell. Next up was the donut contest which saw Full Boar and Bad News both received scores of 30 for their efforts--Bruce Haney would win the crowd cheer-off for the victory. Finally in freestyle, Eckert came back and posted another victory to wrap up the weekend. Tommy's full gallery of photos from the show is now posted in the Blog Photo Gallery, check them out by clicking the link below!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/23/07)
Around the USHRA - Monster
Jam Saturday Night Update!!:
UPDATE 2: The Phoenix Monster Jam is complete and my parents Lauren
& Lynette Bonar were on hand for all the action!! Adam Anderson
in Grave Digger XX came up big in racing, taking the win by mere inches
over Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter!! Anderson
had also won freestyle three weekends running, but that came to and end tonight
when, after getting huge air on his first hit of the run, he rolled it
over way too early. Anderson would come back to put on a wild encore for
the fans, but it would be Creten and Bounty Hunter who would be declared
the winner this night. Also having a tough night were Dawn Creten in Scarlet Bandit,
who rolled in qualifying, and Rod Wood in McGruff & Chad Fortune in
Superman, who both rolled in freestyle. Full coverage of this event coming
in a week or two, but watch for some teasers shots soon!!
Las Vegas Highlight Video Posted!!: The Extreme Monster Truck Nationals rolled into the new South Point Events Center in Las Vegas, NV for a full weekend of monster truckin', and my parents Lauren & Lynette Bonar were on hand Saturday & Sunday for three big shows!! Featuring the NAPA Equalizer, Bigfoot, Hot Tamale, and Spiderman, there is plenty of action in the highlight video that has now been posted from the event!! A big thanks to my mom Lynette for the great footage, and we hope you all enjoy the video. Be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let us know what you think. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/25/07)
(Please note that this video is 35 MB, so please be patient when loading!)
Behind the Scenes With KD!!: Monster Blog Special Contributor Kyle Doyle has submitted his latest "Behind the Scenes" blog article which takes you through the life of a monster truck team member on the road. Lots of great stuff in this month's article, so be sure to check it out. Also, thanks to 4 Wheel Parts of Cleveland, the new "Presenting Sponsor of Behind the Scenes With KD". We thank them for coming aboard to support Kyle and his articles, so be sure to support them by heading over to 4WheelPartsCleveland.com and taking a look around. Check out the new Blog article by clicking the link below!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/25/07)
Firestone BIGFOOT Gets A New Look!!: (Hazelwood, MO) The Firestone-sponsored BIGFOOT #8, driven by Rodney Tweedy, is sporting a new paint job for the 2007 Firestone Dealership Tour. The truck will be appearing at hundreds of Firestone dealers around the country. The new paint job was designed by BIGFOOT painter Randy Lenger. We are very excited about the new look and are sure the Firestone dealers and all our BIGFOOT fans are going to love it too!! Head on over to Bigfoot4x4.com for more photos of the new design, and check back later for pictures of the matching transporter. (01/24/07)
The LMD Display Truck Makes Its Debut!!: The 38th Annual AutoRama in downtown Grand Rapids, MI marked the debut of the Lil Miss Dangerous display truck after a few months of hard work by the Perrin Motorsports gang. The truck went over great and definitely caught the crowd's attention. Thanks to Elliott Miller of MichiganMonsterTrucks.com for the photo, and be sure to head over to PerrinMotorsports.com to see more photos of the new display truck!! (01/24/07)
Toronto & Cinncinnati Fan Photo Galleries Posted!!: A big thanks to our good friends Kyle Seden and Chris Parrish for sending in photo galleries from this past weekend's Toronto Monster Jam and Cinncinnati, OH Monster Truck Winter Nationals!! Click on the links below or head on over to the Fan Photo Gallery in the Coverages section to check out the photos!! Be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let Kyle and Chris know what you thought of their work. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/24/07)
Cleveland Monster Nationals Photo Gallery!!: Special Contributor Kyle Doyle was on hand as the Monster Nationals American Thunder tour invaded the CSU Center in Cleveland, OH this past Saturday for two big shows!! Kyle has submitted his photos from the weekend, but they only include the first show until about halfway through freestyle. As most of you are aware, Kyle is a member of the Hall Brothers Racing crew, so when Mark in Raminator blew a motor and Geremie in Rammunition broke a rear end, it was off to work for KD and the crew!! Kyle's photo gallery does include a wild sequence which sees Jocelyn Perrin take Lil' Miss Dangerous past verticle in the wheelie contest, eventually going over backwards. Check out the photos below, and thanks to Kyle for sending them in!! Also check out our 2007 Point Standings tracker, as we now have the Monster Nationals standings added and will be keeping track of them through-out the year. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/23/07)
WMTRL Announcer - Week Three Recap!!: (WMTRL.com) The reports came in bunches this week!! We are now up to 115 events reported out of 144, which is nearly 80%. Wins also came in bunches, as two drivers picked up 3 wins on the weekend. Michael Vaters took on Gary Porter in all 4 finals in Kansas City, and won the final 3. Vaters has 5 wins in 9 races and is ranked 4th in the world. Further west in Reno, David Smith and Dan Rodoni had a similar battle, with Rodoni winning Friday, and Smith taking the final three, ending the weekend with a wild crash across the finish line. Unfortunately, we still need the semi-finalists from the final 3 events in Reno, so those wins are not currently counted.
Monkey'N Around Goes
Outtacontrol Under an Alien Attack!!:
(Dunnellon, FL) The Monkey'n Around Motorsports team, owned and
operated by 18-year-old Steven Hill, has announced a new alter-ego bodied
machine that will run on the Monkey'n Around chassis at select 2007 events
and beyond. Monkey'n Around has gone OUTTACONTROL!!
Tampa Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: Raymond James Stadium was rocked Saturday night as Monster Jam took over Tampa, FL with Special Contributor Bryan Wagner on hand for all the action!! Neil Elliott in Maximum Destruction was the racing winner, and Adam Anderson in Grave Digger took yet another freestyle. Bryan's full gallery of photos are now posted in the Blog Photo Gallery, so check them out by clicking the link below!! Thanks to Bryan for the great shots, enjoy!! (01/22/07)
Minneapolis Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: Yesterday we brought you Detroit, today we bring you Minneapolis!! A huge thanks to a great friend of the site, Josh Kirscher for sending in a full gallery of shots from Saturday night's Minneapolis Monster Jam. Chad Tingler took the racing win in Grave Digger over Alex Blackwell in Bulldozer, but it would be Blackwell breaking through in freestyle, winning his first major stadium event. Click the link below to check out all of Josh's great pictures, or head over to the Fan Photo Gallery!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/22/07)
World Monster Nationals a Huge Success!!: The Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction held the World Monster Nationals, their biggest event of the year Saturday night, and it was Clive Featherby in Outback Thunder taking the championship, just edging out his young son Billy in Captain Crusher!! The event was the first to completely sell out the Ekka Showgrounds in Brisbane, Queensland in over twenty years, and received a great response from the several media outlets that were on hand to cover the event. Last night also saw the debut of the two newest chassis in the KC's Fireworks stable, purchased from the U.S. and arriving just in time for the show. The trucks carried the famous names Bearfoot and Monster Patrol, and the Bearfoot truck and driver Sherri Shaffer experienced a wild rollover making for a memorable debut. Certainly one of the most exciting parts of the night was the debut of the much anticipated Batman monster truck, which received a roar of approval from the crowd when it was introduced for the first time. In addition to the monster trucks, there were numerous other stunt acts and entertainment, including the largest fireworks display ever held in an Australian stadium, with over 9,000 aerial shells lighting up the arena in just under 12 minutes!! All in all the show was a big success, and we thank Clive Featherby for the update. Congrats to Clive also on the big win!! Head on over to KCsFireworks.com for more information on the Australian Monsters Tour of Destruction!! (01/21/07)
Detroit Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: The Monster Jam tour rolled into downtown Detroit this weekend for one of their biggest shows of the year at Ford Field Saturday night and our own Paul Harry was on hand for all the action!! It was Tony Farrell bringing home the big racing win for Ford, driving Blue Thunder to the win over Pablo Huffaker when Grave Digger broke at the start of the final round race. Courtney Jolly put up the mark to beat in Pastrana 199 early, with a score of 29. The score would hold as heavy hitters such as T-Maxx and Digger fell short, but Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction was up to the task, winning with a perfect score of 30.
A huge thanks to Paul for his dedication, as he still made the trip to the show even after suffering a breakdown in his personal vehicle on the way to the show. Paul sends out a big thank you to his brother-in-law and father who came to the rescue, loaning their truck & trailer so Paul and his family could tow their vehicle to the show, and then back home. This is one dedicated family of monster truck fans and we are proud to be associated with them!! Check out his great photos by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let him know what you think!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/21/07)
Toronto Monster Jam Sunday Recap!!: Monster Jam was back in action Sunday at the Rogers Centre in Toronot, and our good friend and Fan Contributor Kyle Seden was once again on hand for the action. Rick Raab in American Guardian broke through with a big racing victory over John Seasock in Batman in the finals. Batman replaced Digger in the final round match-up after Digger had trouble starting, but it would be Randy Brown got it together and came back to take the freestyle win!! Check out some of Kyle's teasers below and be watching for more photos coming soon from both Toronto shows!! (01/21/07)
Around the USHRA - Monster Jam Saturday Night Update!!: UPDATE 1: Our good friend and Fan Contributor Kyle Seden has just checked in after returning home from the Toronto Monster Jam at Rogers Centre. Randy Brown in Grave Digger took the racing victory over Lou Antonazzi in the Broker, while Deric Evans took home the biggest win of his career in freestyle, piloting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to the win. Check below for a few teasers from Kyle, and watch for more of his pics in the Fan Photo Gallery coming soon!! (01/20/07)
MAIN STORY: Several big shows
going on around the country tonight, and here are some of tonight's big
winners and stories. In Detroit at Ford Field, it was Tony Farrell in Blue
Thunder bringing home the big win for Ford in racing after Pablo
Huffaker's Grave Digger broke on the start. Freestyle would see young
Pastrana 199 driver Courtney Jolly make a big statement, scoring a 29
early in the competition. The score would hold as several big names fell
short including Carl Van Horn in the Traxxas T-Maxx (28), and Huffaker in
Digger (26). But it was Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction coming out last
and grabbing the freestyle win with a score of 20, his first FS win since Minneapolis in December.
AMP-ing it up in New Mexico!!: The AMP Tour Monster Truck Challenge came to Aztec, NM this weekend for two big shows and The Monster Blog was on hand for all of tonight's action. The show featured McGruff, Pit Bull, Sheer Insanity, TNT, and the AZ Dust Devil competing in racing and freestyle contests at McGee Memorial Coliseum. Murphy McCrorey piloted McGruff to the racing victory over Charles Benns in Pit Bull, but it was Benns coming back to share the freestyle win with Kathy Wills in TNT. Thanks to my parents Lauren & Lynette Bonar for driving up for the show, be watching for more coverage and video coming soon!! Also, a thanks to AMP Live Events for a good show and for their hospitality. Check out the teasers below!! (01/20/07)
Bearfoot Returns to the Metrodome!!: For the first time in many years, the legendary Bearfoot monster truck will compete this Saturday night when Monster Jam comes to the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. Brought in as a last-minute replacement for another truck, James Tigue II will be making the trip up to Minnesota to wheel Bearfoot against eleven other trucks Saturday night. Fans in Minneapolis will be treated to a very unique lineup at a Monster Jam stadium show, featuring many independent trucks. It should be a great show, and our good friend Josh Kirscher has already promised us pictures for the Fan Photo Gallery. Watch for those right here on The Monster Blog in the coming days, and best of luck to our good friend James as he takes on the competition in Minny! (01/19/07)
Black Stallion - All New For 25th Anniversary!!: Denise Vaters of Vaters Motorsports was kind enough to send us over a bunch of pictures and information on the brand new Black Stallion monster truck. Michael Vaters and the team are celebrating their 25th year in the business, and they are doing it in style with a new ride. Trey Meyers continues to pilot the Iron Warrior, which now runs on the old Black Stallion chassis. Click below to read the article sent over by Denise, and check out lots more photos of the team's new look for 2007!! (01/18/07)
WMTRL Announcer - Week Two Recap!!: (WMTRL.com) Team Grave Digger is back on top of the world standings, and it’s Pablo Huffaker with the lead. The veteran has won 4 of his 5 races, including a 106-point event in the Alamodome. Huffaker has not held the #1 spot since May 1st of last year. Huffaker’s only loss this season has been to Lee O’Donnel on Friday night in the Alamodome. O’Donnel is filling in for Adam Anderson (who is filling in for his father in Grave Digger) and has made the final round in 4 of his 5 events. O’Donnel has yet to win this season, though, and is currently ranked 8th in the world.
Paul Harry's Monster Weekend in Ohio!!: Monster Blog Staff Member Paul M. Harry pulled off an impressive monster truck themed trip this past weekend, and we have the photo galleries now posted to prove it!! Paul started off the weekend by heading to Dayton, OH Friday night where the Monster Truck Winter Nationals would be taking over the Hara Arena. Jason Grill in Public Disturbance knocked off Dave Harkey in Bigfoot for the Racing victory, while Harkey would then tie for the Freestyle win with Larry Quick's Monster Blog Reaper!! Larry pulled off a great reverser over the van stack and then rolled the truck while doing a donut to get the perfect score of 30. Check out the photos by clicking the link below!!
Saturday morning it was off to Youngstown, OH for two shows at the Chevrolet Centre. Bennett Clark in Clydesdale would take the racing and wheelie contest wins at the early show, while Dale Benear in Raminator won the donut contest. Benear and Clark would continue their domination in the evening show, first tieing for the wheelie contest win before Raminator took control. Benear defeated Bad Habit in the racing finals, and managed to take another donut contest victory. Check out some of Paul's great photos by clicking the link below!!
Finally, Sunday morning it was off to Toledo, OH for the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals at the Seagate Center. Mitch Tulatchka in Get-Er-Done showed the competition he is to be taken seriously, winning both the wheelie and freestyle competitions, as well as earning a berth in the racing finals against Steve Hearley, who was sporting the new "Havoc" body on his truck. For some reason however, the racing finals were never run. Check out photos from the show by, you guessed it, clicking the link below!!
And thus ended a busy weekend for Paul and his family. Four shows in three cities, all in one weekend. And you thought you were a diehard monster truck fan!! As if that wasn't enough, Paul and the family are off to Detroit, MI this coming weekend for Monster Jam at Ford Field. Thanks to Paul for all the hard work getting the pictures sent in, and we look forward to seeing some of his shots from Detroit this weekend!! Stop by the Fan Forum and let Paul know what you thought of his pictures. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/18/07)
New KC's Fireworks Trucks Set To Debut!!: This Saturday's upcoming World Monster Nationals is just a few days away and Mark Hurley of the Aussie (+Kiwi) Monster Truck Gallery was kind enough to send us a couple preview shots of the new Batman and Aussie Predator monster trucks!! The new Batman body is still incomplete, as there are no windows and a lot of the final trimming is still to be attached. The Batman body temporarily sits atop KC's Monster Patrol chassis, as the team is still waiting for the the two trucks purchased from the USA to clear customs. Aussie Predator is a brand new body, and takes the place of the Bearfoot USA body for this weekend's show. Thanks to the AMTRA and KC's Fireworks for the update, and to amt.mtm2.com for the photos!! (01/18/07)
Monster Blog Back Online!!: The midwest ice storm that rolled through this past weekend left us without power, phones, or internet for the past few days, but I am happy to report that we are back online and the updates that would have been posted the past few days will be seen here shortly. Lots of good stuff coming, thanks for your patience!! (01/18/07)
Las Vegas Extreme Monster
The Extreme Monster Truck Nationals rolled into the brand new South Point
Events Center at Michael Gaughn's SouthPoint Casino this weekend for three
days of monster truck action!! Our own Lauren & Lynette Bonar were
on hand for both of Saturday's shows and witnessed great performances by
the NAPA Equalizer, Bigfoot, Spiderman, and Hot Tamale. The Sergeant Smash
ride truck was also on hand giving rides.
Monsters On Mainstreet Back for 2007!!: With just a few mouse clicks, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity could become yours. Simply enter now for the Built Ford Tough Monsters on Mainstreet Sweepstakes. Five winning entrants will be selected at random and will win an all-expenses paid trip along with their three guests to attend the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas the weekend of March 23-25, 2007. The five finalists have a shot at the Grand Prize – hosting a Monster Jam in their hometown during the summer of 2007. If you want to see just how exciting a hometown Monster Jam can be, just click the link below to head over to the Monsters On Mainstreet homepage and watch the video on this page of last year's winner Susan Shannon and the Jam that rolled into Sylva, NC! Don't delay. Enter the Monsters on Mainstreet Sweepstakes right now!! (01/13/07)
Knoxville, TN AMP Show Coverage Posted!!: Tommy Lee Byrd's coverage of the AMP Tour Monster Truck Winter Thunderland event in Knoxville, TN last weekend has been posted!! Check it out for the full story from the event, as well as tons of pictures of all the action!! Tommy was on hand for both of the Saturday shows, and was behind the scenes as the teams thrashed, persevering through breakage and still putting on two wild performances. Check it out now by clicking on the link below, and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let Tommy know what you though. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/13/07)
BIG RED - The Monster Fire Truck!!: Look out for the new BIG RED monster fire truck on a highway near you!! This newly completed 1937 monster fire truck will be traveling across the United States, from the east coast to the west coast, in an unprecedented drive to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.
Built by Monster Truck Rides USA, BIG RED
measures an astonishing 38 feet in length, over 12 feet in width, and
nearly 12 feet tall, weighing in at over 35,000 pounds!! This 1937
model fire truck was in service for years as a part of the Danville, KY
Fire Department. Unlike hardly any other retired fire engine however, this
one was turned into a monster truck powered by Monster Truck Rides USA's
sponsor, Cummins Diesel Engines.
Welcome Vinyl Images!!: TheMonsterBlog.com is proud to welcome Vinyl Images as our newest sponsor!! Vinyl Images is one of the monster truck industry's premiere providers of vinyl wrapping services, as well as being a leading source for commercial and vehicle advertising. Vinyl Images has been the company behind such monster truck wraps as Breast Cancer Awareness Bigfoot, Tail Gator, and the Reaper, and recently partnered with TheMonsterBlog.com to design the The Monster Blog themed Reaper. They also provide services including window graphics, fleet graphics, banners, window tinting, floor graphics, yard signs, magnets, promo products, and of course, graphic design. Vinyl Images is joining under our new "Premium" sponsorship package which includes the advertising space seen below the day's top news stories right here on the main page. A huge thanks to Vinyl Images for their support of the site, and next time you are in need of any of the services they offer, be sure to head on over to VinylImagesInc.com!! (01/09/07)
First WMTRL Announcer Article of '07!!: (WMTRL.com) Busy has been the word here at WMTRL headquarters, as we’ve been recording results all weekend. We’re behind our early goals of percentage reported, but the numbers are a bit misleading at the moment. To date, we have 34 of 59 events fully recorded (57.6%), but of the 25 missing, 4 are awaiting driver identification and 6 may have just been exhibition. Once we’ve heard back from our contacts (some of whom are still on the road), we should be able to bring the numbers up.
Dawn Creten Returns
to Competition!!: (Tonganoxie, KS) The last time fans
saw Dawn Creten behind the wheel of Scarlet Bandit was March 19, 2005 at
the Monster Jam World Finals. Taking 6th place in her first appearance,
Dawn proved that she was a contender any time she tightened the safety
belts. Following the biggest event of her career, Dawn stepped away from
the sport. Jimmy and Dawn were expanding their family and that required
Dawn to take some time out of the seat. “I saw all the success that the
team had last year, of course I was ecstatic, but I wanted to keep
contributing also” Dawn commented. Always a moral booster, Dawn kept her
presence known, cheering on her husband Jimmy and teammate Linsey Weenk.
In the heart of monster truck season 8lb 3oz Journey Jolie was born on
Febuary 20th, 2006.
The 2007 Monster Jam
season is going to be more competitive than ever before. New track
designs, new trucks and new fans keep the sport moving forward. “I’ve
taken time off once before.” Dawn explained. “And look what I accomplished
after that. There is definitely a time and place for everything. I have 3
wonderful girls and but I can’t let Jimmy have the only championship in
Columbus Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!: The stars of Monster Jam rolled into Columbus, OH this past weekend for three big shows at the Nationwide Arena and our newest Monster Blog Staff Member and veteran monster truck photographer Paul M. Harry was on hand for all the action!! Rod Schmidt in Grave Digger and Mark MacDonald in Safe Auto dominated the weekend, with Safe Auto taking all three racing victories, and Digger winning all three freestyles. The two split the wheelie contest wins, Digger taking two and Safe Auto taking one. This show also saw the return of Ed Eckert to the seat of Full Boar after his motorcycle accident last year, as well as the debut of the Dan Patrick's beautifully designed new Samson body. Also in attendance were Predator and Rap Attack. Click the link below to see Paul's photos from all three shows, and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let him know what you think!! We are proud to have Paul as a member of the staff, and look forward to enjoying his great photos all year long!! (01/08/07)
Monkey'N Around Team Update!!: The Monkey'n Around team is loaded up and ready to head to Lake Charles, LA for the AMP Live Events show. The Monkey'n Around team has been hard at work for the past month, completely disassembling the truck and taking the chassis down to bare metal with the sandblaster, then giving everything a fresh coat of paint, all the way down to the rims and even the jack has a matching coat of paint. The body has come back from the painter and the graphics have been laid down. Meanwhile the 511-TFX Hemi has been refreshed and tuned for maximum performance.
The team is looking forward to the AMP Live Events shows in Lake Charles ,LA and Mobile, AL, then onto Tulsa, OK for National Show Producers, and then going to do an event for the Bronson Motor Speedway in Florida. Once the first quarter is over some big news will come out of the Monkey'n Around camp, so stay tuned to the Monster Blog for the latest updates! Thanks to Special Contributor and Monkey'N Around team member Bryan Wagner for the update!! (01/08/07)
Aftershock Team Update!!: The Aftershock racing team debuted their brand new chassis this weekend at the Lexington, KY Monster Jam, held at the Rupp Arena. The chassis was built by Jim Kohler, and the team is very happy with the new setup. This coming weekend Aftershock can be seen in Toledo, OH at the Seagate Center, with stops in Toronto, Ontario and Knoxville, TN to follow. Thanks to the Aftershock team for the update and the pics of the new truck!! (01/08/07)
Trenton CFP Recap & Teasers!!: While we were covering the CFP show in Cape Girardeau, Monster Blog Special Contributor Dave VanArtsdalen was on hand for the other half of CFP's 2007 opening weekend in Trenton, NJ!! Bigfoot, T-Maxx, Sudden Impact, Viper, and Shockwave competed at the Sovereign Bank Arena and Dave attended the 2PM show which saw Sean Duhon in T-Maxx dominate!! Duhon started by defeating Dave Harkey in the final round of racing, and then one-upped Harkey again in freestyle, winning with a score of 30--just edging Harkey's 29. The show also saw the debut of Rich Blackburne's new Viper body!! Thanks to Dave for the teasers and recap, and be watching for more coverage from this show right here on The Monster Blog coming soon!! (01/07/07)
Little Rock MAP Show Recap & Teasers!!: John Darnell's MAP Motorsports O'Reilly Outlaw Nationals invaded the Barton Coliseum Friday and Saturday night to open their 2007 season. Our good friend Kaedon Berry was on hand, and will be sending us video from some the action which will be seen on the site in the coming weeks. Kirk Dabney in Monster Patrol dominated until the engine let go Saturday night--before that he Straight Line & Chicago-Style racing as well as Freestyle on Friday, and then Straight Line again on Saturday. Lionel Easter in his new Instigator truck won Chicago-Style on Saturday, and then David Brown in Wild Thang and Chris Powell in Sin City Crusher tied for the freestyle victory. Thanks to Susan Swim who grabbed a few photos with Kaedon's camera, be watching for the videos coming soon!! (01/07/07)
Cape Girardeau Highlight Video Posted!!: This weekend in Cape Girardeau featured two action-packed shows at the Show Me Center as the CFP Monster Truck Winter Nationals kicked off their 2007 season!! Featuring Summit Bigfoot, Monster Moose, Public Disturbance, Twisted Dragon, Iron Horse, and TheMonsterBlog.com Reaper, our highlight video is loaded with great monster truck footage!! A huge thanks to my beautiful wife Rajeana for the excellent video work, and to CFP for allowing us to bring you footage of their show. So what are you waiting for? Click the link below to see the first monster truck highlight video of 2007!! (01/07/07)
(Please note that this video is 20 MB, so please be patient when loading!)
Monster Nationals in Huntington, WV Photo Gallery!!: The Monster Nationals American Thunder Tour kicked off the new season at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV, and our good friend Chad Dobbins was there for Friday night's action!! While there are some different looks this year on the tour, the championship battle may be very similar to last year if Friday's show was any indication. The racing finals came down to Mark Hall in Raminator and Doug Noelke in Tail Gator and it was Hall taking the victory, as well as winning the donut contest. Andy Hoffman began his quest for another freestyle championship with a huge reverser in his new ride, the War Wagon, to take the freestyle win. Geremie Dishman in Rammunition will likely go down as the first roll-over of 2007, as Rammunition got crossed up in the wheelie contest, and rolled hard onto the concrete. Dishman was ok, and the truck made it back to participate in racing. Thanks to Chad Dobbins for sending in his photo gallery from the show, check it out by clicking the link below!! (01/06/07)
Introducing TheMonsterBlog.com Reaper!!: Before you scroll down to check out some teasers and recaps from a few of this weekend's shows, we are very proud to announce that this weekend's Cape Girardeau Monster Truck Winter Nationals marked the debut of The Monster Blog Reaper!! We simply cannot thank our good friends Larry & Valerie Quick enough for coming to us with the idea for a Monster Blog themed version of the Reaper, and helping see that idea through to a reality. With the help of the fine folks at Vinyl Images and their creation of the Monster Blog themed alter-ego for Larry's Reaper, this scheme was able to make its debut on the truck this weekend right here in Missouri!!
The truck was a hit with fellow drivers and fans alike, and will be seen at several more events this winter, including next weekend's CFP event in Dayton, OH!! Once again, we are more grateful than words can express to Larry & Valerie for their overwhelming support of The Monster Blog, and we are proud to be associated with them. We also thank Vinyl Images for their role in the creation of this design. Much more on this story to come soon, but for now, check out the results and teaser pictures from some of this weekend's shows!! (01/06/07)
Teasers From Houston Monster Jam!!: Tonight Live Nation Motorsports kicked off the 2007 Monster Jam series in a big way, with a huge lineup of trucks at Reliant Stadium in Houston!! Our good friend and fan contributor Juan Perez was on hand for all the action, and was kind enough to send us over a few teaser pictures from the night's action!! The first major stadium show of the season would see two of last year's top racers meeting in the final round--Linsey Weenk in Iron Outlaw and Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction. Tonight it would be Meents taking the racing victory!! Filling in for Dennis Anderson behind the wheel of Grave Digger XX (sporting an updated paint scheme to reflect Digger's 25th Anniversary) was son Adam Anderson. Adam didn't disapoint, as he took the freestyle victory with a score of 29!! Watch for more of Juan's great pictures in the next couple days right here on The Monster Blog, and thanks once again to Juan for the recap and teaser shots!! (01/06/07)
Teasers From Cape Girardeau Winter Nationals!!: The Checkered Flag Productions Monster Truck Winter Nationals series kicked off this weekend, making one of its stops in Cape Girardeau, MO!! My wife Rajeana and I were on hand for the weekend's events, and we had a fantastic time. Dan Runte in Bigfoot dominated both the Friday and Saturday shows, taking both racing victories and the Saturday freestyle. Jason Grill in Public Disturbance was able the only one able to break Runte's hold on the top spot, winning Friday's freestyle with a wild run!! The event also saw the debut of Rob French's new Twisted Dragon Corvette monster truck, which turned out great, and was the first show for Larry Quick's TheMonsterBlog.com Reaper!! Also in attendance was Brad Campbell in Monster Moose, who received his 2006 CFP Championship trophy, and Mike Dudick, making his debut in Iron Horse. Tons more photos and video from both shows coming soon right here at The Monster Blog, so stay tuned!! (01/06/07)
Teasers From Knoxville, TN AMP Show!!: AMP Live Events opened their 2007 season this weekend, with one of their stops being in Knoxville, TN where our very own Tommy Lee Byrd attended both of Saturday's events!! It was Holman's Beast and Raminator dominating the day's events, with Bobby Holman taking both wheelie contests and the 2PM freestyle. Dale Benear in Raminator was on fire, taking both racing competitions, and the 8PM freestyle!! Shane Smith in Venom rolled over during the Friday night show, but was still able to compete despite some missing body panels. Also in attendance were Devil's Dodge and Quadzilla. Watch for a full coverage from this show coming soon right here on The Monster Blog!! (01/06/07)
Monster Blog Weekend Update!!:
Today we head out for Cape Girardeau, MO for the season opener of the CFP
Monster Truck Winter Nationals Tour!! The lineup will feature Dan
Runte in Summit Bigfoot, '06 CFP Champ Monster Moose, the debut of Twisted
Dragon, Iron Horse, Public Disturbance, and Larry Quick & Reaper (who may
have a surprise in store for us). We will be attending and covering both
the Friday and Saturday shows, so be watching for teasers Friday night and
coverage when we return on Sunday!!
AMP Tour Ready To
Bring Down The House In '07!!: (Scottsdale, AZ)
The 2007 AMP Tour is now underway! We at AMP Live Events brought in the
new year with a bang and are proud to announce
a partial list of our upcoming January events.
War Wagon Gets "Back in the Battle"!!: Since purchasing the War Wagon monster truck from former owner Jeff Cook, Andy Hoffman has been hard at work getting the truck ready to defend his Monster Nationals Freestyle Championship this winter!! The truck rolled onto the trailer today as Andy prepared to head out for Huntington, WV where the newly re-designed truck will make its debut at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
The Hoffman Motorsports team has many exciting things in the works for this season, including a new website coming soon, and "Back in the Battle" War Wagon merchandise that will be available at merchandise stands soon!! Thanks to Lana Hoffman for sending the first shots of the truck, and be watching for pictures from War Wagon's debut right here!! (01/04/07)
Sin City Racing Team
Ready For Debut!!: The Terminator and Wildfire monster
trucks, along with one of Wildfire Motorsports' haulers, have been sold to
a new team based out of Las Vegas, NV. New owner Darren Cox has named his
organization the Sin City Racing Team, which will campaign the new Sin
City Crusher and all-new Terminator trucks in 2007, both sporting new '07
Destruction Not Renewed By The Outdoor Channel:
Recently questions have been swirling about the future of the
Monsters of Destruction TV series,
has aired on The Outdoor Channel for the last two years. Wade Sherman,
Senior Vice President of Programming for The Outdoor Channel and one of
MOD’s on-air commentators since its inception, was kind enough to clarify
the status of the series for TheMonsterBlog.com. We are sad to report that
MOD is indeed not being renewed for a third season on The Outdoor Channel.
Exclusive Sneak Peek at Australia's New Batman Monster Truck!!: We are very pleased to bring you an exclusive sneak peek at the design concept for KC's Fireworks' new Batman monster truck!! The brand new truck is currently being finished in preparation for Australia's Monsters Tour of Destruction 2007, and will make its debut at the World Monster Nationals in Brisbane, Queensland on January 20th. Owner Clive Featherby was kind enough to share with us a first look at the new truck, which is based off of the Batmobile used in the most recent installment of the Batman movie franchise, "Batman Begins".
This concept is not the final design, as a few minor tweaks are still being ironed out, but it should give fans a good idea of what to expect when the new Batman monster truck is unveiled in just a few short weeks!! Thanks to Clive for the update, and be watching for more news from Australia's Monsters Tour of Destruction right here on The Monster Blog!! Be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let us know what you think of the new truck!! (01/02/07)
Twisted Dragon Set For Debut!!: Rob French's new Twisted Dragon Corvette monster truck is ready for its debut this weekend in Cape Girardeau, MO!! Thanks to the Wildfire Motorsports team for sending over these preview pictures taken as they prepared to head out for Missouri. French and Twisted Dragon, along with team truck Iron Horse, will be competing in the CFP Monster Truck Winter Nationals at the Show Me Center Friday and Saturday against Summit Bigfoot, Reaper, Monster Moose, and Public Disturbance. TheMonsterBlog.com will be on hand for all the action, so be watching the site for pictures of Twisted Dragon's debut!! (01/03/07)
Black Widow Team
The following update was sent to us by the Black Widow team:
Show times are 8pm on
Friday, 2pm and then again at 8pm on Saturday. Make sure if you are in the
area you come out to see Black Widow take on trucks such as the 3 the time
world champion Bearfoot, Clydesdale, and many more. While at the event,
make sure you check out the merchandise stand to pick up some great Black
TheMonsterBlog.com Awards 2006!!: As we prepare for the 2007 season which is now only days away, we here at The Monster Blog wanted to take a look back at the year that was 2006 and honor some of its best moments and accomplishments. We chose to do this by creating the first annual TheMonsterBlog.com Awards!! These awards are just for fun, but we hope that you will enjoy them as a review of the 2006 year in monster trucks. Check it out by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let us know what you thought of our selections!! Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/02/07)
Mark Hall Wins The 2006 Monster Truck World Championship!!: Congratulations to Mark Hall, driver of the “Raminator” Dodge, as he is officially the 2006 World Monster Truck Racing League Champion!! The WMTRL has all of Hall’s 2006 stats online, plus the overall final standings for 2006 and results for over 700 events from this year!! Hall finished a mere 2 points ahead of runner-up Linsey Weenk in the world standings, making this our closest championship ever! After finishing 4th last season, Hall won 58% of his events this year and also earned the 2006 Monster Nationals championship. The Raminator driver was never ranked lower than 11th, and held the #1 spot since August (excluding one week in mid-November when Linsey Weenk took the lead).
Following in his
father's footsteps, Adam Anderson is becoming one of the best monster
truck drivers in the world. In his first full season behind the wheel, the
young Anderson was ranked 16th in the world, earning him the 2006 WMTRL
Rookie of the Year Award! Competing in the Live Nation's "Taz" truck,
Anderson won 14 of 45 races (31%) and made the final round in over half of
his events (53%). He earned many of his points during a strong showing on
the Monster Jam Europe tour, where he won 70% of his heats and 10 of his
Behind the Scenes With KD!!: Monster Blog Special Contributor Kyle Doyle has submitted his latest "Behind the Scenes" blog article, re-capping the year that was 2006 in the world of KD. Read along as Kyle takes you from St. Louis to Orlando, and then all the way to Wyoming! Check out the article now by clicking the link below and be sure to stop by the Fan Forum and let Kyle know what you though of his work. Thanks & Enjoy!! (01/02/07)
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