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07/28/07

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07/25/07

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07/24/07

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- New Bigfoot & Meteor Toys Now Available!!

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07/23/07

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07/20/07

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07/18/07

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07/17/07

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07/15/07

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07/14/07

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07/13/07

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07/12/07

- Linsey Weenk To Leave 2Xtreme Racing

07/08/07

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07/07/07

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PICTURE OF THE MONTH WINNER

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Toledo Monster Jam Photo Gallery!!:  This past weekend marked the annual Monster Jam Summer Heat event at Toledo Speedway and Monster Blog Staff Member Paul M. Harry was on hand for all the action Friday night!!  The yearly Toledo, OH event is Grave Digger driver Charlie Pauken's hometown show, and he nearly swept all four competitions Friday night. Only Mike Wine in Monster Mutt was able to break up Pauken's party, taking the donut contest win. Charlie would take the wheelie contest, win racing over Wine, and take the freestyle victory with a perfect score of 30. Also in attendance were Destroyer, Safe Auto, and Superman. Check out Paul's photo gallery from the event by clicking the link below. Thanks & Enjoy!! (07/31/07)

CLICK HERE FOR PAUL HARRY'S TOLEDO MONSTER JAM PHOTO GALLERY!!

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Wildfire Motorsports Returns From Colombia, Announces Sponsorship!!:  The Wildfire Motorsports team recently returned from a trip to Bogota, Colombia, where Twisted Dragon and Full Throttle performed at the annual El Premio Nacional de Tractomulas, held at Autódromo de Tocancipá. The event is comprised mainly of semi-truck racing and draws over 200,000 people over the course of the weekend. GM Colombia's Chevrolet division sponsored this year's event, and arranged for the Twisted Dragon Corvette and Full Throttle Silverado monster trucks to be on hand and put on a freestyle exhibition each day. Drivers Rob French, Brian Harwood, and Kevin King put on a great show for the crowd in what is believed to be the first monster truck exhibition ever held in Colombia. Wildfire Motorsports is proud to announce that GM South America has entered into a major sponsorship agreement with the team that will include additional trips to South America later this year and in 2008. The Wildfire team has exciting plans for the future, stay tuned for further details as they become available. Congratulations to Wildfire Motorsports on their successful trip to Columbia, and on their new sponsorship!!  (07/30/07)

Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular Coverage!!:  Last weekend Thunder Raceway was taken over by the Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular for two night of monster truck freestyle action!!  Monster Blog Staff Lauren & Lynette Bonar were on hand for both nights and their full coverage and highlight video from the event are now online. See Bounty Hunter, Unnamed & Untamed, Nasty Boy, and Iron Outlaw freestylin' in Show Low, AZ by clicking the links below. Thanks to Steve Quercio and the Outlaw crew for their hospitality and to Lauren & Lynette for the great coverage. Enjoy!!  (07/29/07)

CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW LOW, AZ OUTLAW MONSTER TRUCKS COVERAGE!!

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Monsters Tour of Destruction In Townsville!!:  The Townsville Showgrounds played host to the KC's Fireworks Monsters Tour of Destruction last night in Queensland!!  Clive Featherby in Outback Thunda won the evening's sky wheelie competition, walking a great wheelie across the set of cars to the delight of the 9,000+ fans in attendance. A big thanks to Leon Manzelmann of Mackay, Australia for the great photos from the show and the recap. Check out the Monsters Tour of Destruction at www.KCsFireworks.com for more information!! (0729/07)

Maverik Clash of the Titans XI Returns To RMR!!:  The Maverik Clash of the Titans is back at Rocky Mountain Raceway in two weeks!!  Another great lineup of monster trucks will compete this year in two days of Figure 8 style racing and freestyle out in West Lake City, UT Saturday & Sunday, August 11th-12th. This year the lineup will once again feature Bigfoot & Grave Digger going head-to-head for bragging rights in what is still monster truck racing's biggest rivalry!!  Looking to steal the headlines will be the Maverik Monster Trakker, Dragon Slayer, Bearfoot, King Krunch, El Matador, Captain USA, Monster Patrol, and Kaptain Insano. With such a strong lineup of trucks and featuring Figure 8 racing, there is no doubt that the Clash of the Titans is once again one of the year's premiere events. Head on over to www.RMRRacing.com for more information!!  (07/28/07)

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Monsters On Mainstreet Rocks Crete, IL!!:  I received a request to post the following from an organization called Medialink relating to this past weekend's Monsters On Mainstreet event in Crete, IL. The embedded video clip features a great look at the event, although you may need the latest version of Flash to view it. Thanks to Eric Klein and Medialink for sending it to us!!

     "Can you imagine a Monster Truck Rally in your backyard? Well, what if you were responsible for it? That was what happened to Bruce Heavner when he was named a finalist in Ford and Monster Jam’s online competition. With his three fellow finalists, Bruce was given a key to a Ford Super Duty Truck. If his key started the car, he would win a free “Monsters on Mainstreet” Truck Rally for his hometown.
     As Bruce turned the key, he had no clue that come July 21st his hometown of Crete, Illinois – Population 7,000 – would have truck after truck roaring down Main Street. Soon after, most of the town’s population filled the nearby Kankakee Speedway. As trucks collided with metal, the town of Crete had Bruce, Ford and Monster Jam to thank for their night of chaotic fun.
     For a glimpse at the night’s proceeding, take a look at the following video:"  (07/25/07)

 

Hillsboro Monster Mayhem Highlight Video!!:  The Jefferson County Fair held their annual Monster Mayhem event this past weekend and TheMonsterBlog.com Highlight Video from the event is now online!!  See Ballistic, Tail Gator, Big Dawg, & War Wagon in two nights of racing and freestyle action by clicking the link below. Thanks to Shane Skinner for the great footage, and to all the drivers for a great show. Enjoy!!  (07/25/07)

CLICK HERE FOR THE HILLSBORO MONSTER MAYHEM HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!!

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Sudden Impact Racing's New Toy!!:  Brandon Lagarde, CEO of Sudden Impact Racing, sent over an update on the newest addition to the SIR fleet!!  "The Golf Cart" is almost finished, only the roll bar, window post, windows, and other miscellaneous details are left to be finished. See below for a preview photo of SIR's new toy, and stay tuned for more details on where you might see "The Golf Cart" at a show near you!!  Thanks to Brandon for the update!!  (07/25/07)

Raminator Car Crush In Sandusky, Ohio!!:  Sunday Mark Hall & Raminator were competing in the Prairieland Monster Nationals in Champaign, IL, but only one day earlier Mark had the truck on display and crushing cars at Kasper Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Sandusky, Ohio. Staff Member Paul M. Harry stopped by the dealership to snap some photos of Mark's car crush and those can now be seen in the Blog Photo Gallery or by clicking the link below. Thanks to Paul for the great shots!!  (07/25/07)

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Monster Trucks Showdown Heads To Tijuana!!:  WHR Motorsports and Pro3 Entertainment are bringing monster trucks south of the border once again this year, and this time its Tijuana!!  Estadio Calimax will be the venue as a star-studded lineup of monster trucks do battle in racing and freestyle. Rick Swanson and Obsession swept the night in Mexicali earlier this year, but this time they will have to defeat the likes of Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw, Big Dummy, Maniac, Jurassic Attack, Martial Law, Shocker, Dragon Slayer, and Kaptain Insano to retain the crown!!  All the action comes to Tijuana Saturday, September 1st, don't miss it!!  Head over to www.MonsterTrucksShowdown.com for more information!! (07/24/07)

New Bigfoot & Meteor Toys Now Available!!:  (Hazelwood, MO) Bigfoot 4x4 has just received a shipment of three new "BIGFOOT Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks" toys! This is the second batch of toys based on the popular children's cartoon, which has also just received the "Parents Choice Foundation" Approval. "The crashing, crushing and smashing may appear antithetical to the positive messages presented, but the animated trucks stay on course as they navigate the potholes on the road to growing up. Telling the truth, being a good friend, and keeping promises are among the lessons learned," states the Parents Choice Foundation endorsement of "BIGFOOT Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks". The three new toys, BIGFOOT, Concrete Pete, and Sarge are now available at www.Bigfoot4x4.com, so head on over to get yours today!!  (07/24/07)

Outtacontrol Welcomes OutacontrolHobbies.com!!: (Dunnellon, FL) Steven Hill with the Outtacontrol monster truck racing team is proud to announce a brand new sponsor. “Outacontrol Hobbies”, out of Ocoee Florida, is one of the top supplier of Remote Control parts and accessories for R/C cars, trucks, boats, planes and more. Outacontrol Hobbies also stocks all the top names in R/C equipment for sale, such as CEN, LOSI, Schumacher, andd Traxxas Remote Control vehicles. Outacontrol Hobbies also hosts 2 racing events per month for side by side, multiple R/C monster truck racing!

    Outacontrol Hobbies has also opened up a brand new “online store”, where you can purchase equipment from the folks at Outacontrol Hobbies and have it shipped strait to your doorstep. For all of your R/C needs, check out OutacontrolHobbies.com.
    Steven Hill once again would like to thank Andy and everyone at Outacontrol Hobbies and OutacontrolHobbies.com. We would like the fans to support our sponsors, tell them thank you by sending an e-mail to andy@outacontrolhobbies.com. Look for the Outtacontrol Monster Truck coming to a town near you! (07/24/07)

Texas Heatwave Photo Gallery!!:  The annual Texas Heatwave event went off in Austin, TX this past weekend at the Travis County Expo Center and Special Contributor Bryan Wagner's photos from the event are now posted!!  The Texas Heatwave is a huge custom car and truck show, but also features some monster truck freestyle exhibition, this year with Barbarian, Wild Thang, Monster Patrol, and Outtacontrol in action. Click the link below to check out the photos, thanks to Bryan for the great shots!!  (07/24/07)

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Champaign Monster Nationals Highlight Video!!:  The Prairieland Monster Nationals rocked the Champaign County Fair last night, and TheMonsterBlog.com highlight video from the show has been posted!!  See Raminator, Tail Gator, Rammunition, Lil' Miss Dangerous, & War Wagon in high flying action by clicking the link below. A big thanks to Shane Skinner for the awesome video footage, and to the Monster Nationals crew for their hospitality at the show.  Thanks and Enjoy!!  (07/23/07)

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHAMPAIGN MONSTER NATIONALS HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!!

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Monster Truck Weekend Photo Galleries!!:  TheMonsterBlog.com was on the road this past weekend, traveling to HIllsboro, MO for the Jefferson County Fair Monster Mayhem event Friday and Saturday, and then up to Champaign, IL for the Prairieland Monster Nationals on Sunday!!  All of Staff Member Ross Z. Bonar's photos from the weekend are now posted in two huge photo galleries, so check them out to see all the action. See Tail Gator, Raminator, War Wagon, Lil' Miss Dangerous, Rammunition, Big Dawg, and Ballistic by clicking the link below!!  Video from both shows is coming soon, so keep checking back!!  (07/23/07)

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CLICK HERE FOR THE HILLSBORO MONSTER MAYHEM PHOTO GALLERY!!

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Prairieland Monster Nationals Recap!!:  Image Promotions returned to the Champaign County Fairgrounds tonight for the annual Prairieland Monster Nationals, and it was a wild one!!  The show kicked off in high gear with an amazing wheelie by Jocelyn Perrin to take the wheelie contest victory in Lil' Miss Dangerous, and continued with a high-powered run from Mark Hall in Raminator to take fast qualifier. Freestyle would see a great run from Perrin to start off the show, with big hits on the van stack and wild donuts. Geremie Dishman ripped off a great slap wheelie in Rammunition, and Andy Hoffman rolled War Wagon after a reverser over the van stack went bad. Mark Hall in Raminator closed freestyle with a solid effort, but it was Jocelyn Perrin taking another well deserved victory. The show ended with some close racing, including a great final round match-up between Noelke and Dishman. It was Rammunition taking the win by a nose, giving Geremie Dishman and the Hall Brothers Racing team a popular hometown win. Thanks to George Eisenhart and the Image Promotions staff for a great show, be watching for tons more photos and video coming your way soon!!  (07/22/07)

Outlaw Monster Trucks In Show Low, AZ!!:  The Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular rolled into Thunder Raceway this weekend for two nights of monster truck and mud bog action. Staff Members Lauren & Lynette Bonar were on hand for all the action as Bounty Hunter, Unnamed & Untamed, Iron Outlaw, and Nasty Boy tore up the Arizona sand in freestyle competition. Friday night Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter took the overall freestyle victory, while Saturday would see all the trucks put on a great show in rainy, muddy conditions, including young gun Gary Schott Jr. in Unnamed & Untamed and newcomer Darren Migues in Iron Outlaw. Veteran Sam Sturges was behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter for Jimmy Creten Saturday night, as Jimmy was feeling under the weather. Full coverage and video coming soon from the weekend in Show Low, thanks to the Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular crew for their hospitality this weekend!!  (07/22/07)

Hillsboro, MO Monster Mayhem Night One!!:  Night one of the Jefferson County Fair Monster Mayhem is in the books and it was Mac Plecker and Doug Noelke taking home the big wins!!  Dale Gerding in Big Dawg made a great pass to beat the boss to earn a final round berth, taking down Doug Noelke and Tail Gator in the first round. Mac Plecker in Ballistic beat Andy Hoffman in War Wagon, and then narrowly edged out Gerding to take the racing win in the finals. All the trucks did a great job in freestyle, including a nice save by Mac to keep from rolling Ballistic and a classic Andy Hoffman reverser. In the end, it was Doug Noelke bringing home the win after a high energy run in Tail Gator highlighted by a huge wheelie down the middle of the track. The monsters are back in action in Hillsboro, MO tomorrow at 5PM, we'll see you there!! 
UPDATE: Saturday night it was Mac Plecker in Ballistic taking down Doug Noelke in Tail Gator to pick up the racing victory, giving him the weekend sweep in straight line drags!!  Freestyle would see some great runs from Plecker & Ballistic and Dale Gerding in Big Dawg, but it was Andy Hoffman with the reverser over the van stack taking the freestyle win!!  Photos and video to come, Champaign Monster Nationals tomorrow, stay tuned for updates!!  ((07/21/07)

Monster Blog Weekend Update!!:  TheMonsterBlog.com is back on the road this weekend, as Ross Z. Bonar and Shane Skinner will be covering the Hillsboro, MO Monster Mayhem event at the Jefferson County Fair Friday and Saturday, then traveling up to Champaign, IL Sunday for the annual Monster Nationals event. Staff Members Lauren & Lynette Bonar are heading down to Show Low, AZ Saturday night where the Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular is taking over Thunder Raceway this weekend. Tons of photos and video from this weekend's events are coming your way, so stay tuned to the Blog for updates throughout the weekend!!  (07/20/07)

Bloomsburg Thunder Drags Photo Gallery!!:  Special Events celebrated 20 years of the 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Bloomsburg, PA this past weekend, highlighted by an action packed Monster Truck Thunder Drags event!!  The lineup for the show was great featuring Grave Digger, Bigfoot, Raminator, Rammunition, Avenger, Spike, and Black Stallion. Our good friend Melanie Sharrow was kind enough to send in some great photos from the show again this year, so be sure to check them out by clicking the link below. Thanks to Melanie for the pictures, Enjoy!!  (07/18/07)

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Monster Truck Hall of Fame Update!!:  The following update was sent to me by The American Monster Truck Museum group on July 10th:  "We want to thank everyone for the warm reception of our goal. We are getting geared up for what we hope will be a great first year. We have been working on the location and building layout. With any venture comes substantial planning and need for funds. We are not going to publish every detail but from time to time will have The Monster Blog give a small update. Realistically look for us to open our doors summer/fall 2008. Now for the updates...

- Museum Update:
     We have received offers to have trucks and other memorabilia loaned or given to us to be on display and are excited at the enthusiasm the monster truck community has showed. We have also been asked about taking financial contributions. We are discussing it, but at this time are not accepting anything. If we do, we will do some sort of thing that would recognize and thank those that would contribute. Maybe a fan wall with a picture? We are looking more to corporate, non--Monster Truck affiliated sponsors or advertisers, for our financial backing at this point.

- Hall of Fame Update:
     We are selecting and getting our first year HOF committee in place. We have been working on all the details and also getting our nominee list prepared for committee voting. We may hold our first Hall of Fame inductee ceremony before our predicted opening date but nothing 100% certain is on the table.
     People have been asking and we have asked a few select people to be a part of our staff. After thinking about it, we will put a page on the HOF/museum website that will have a general application you can print out and mail it to us for review. The website will have a list of open positions. We feel this is the easiest/fastest way at this point. If you would like to be a part, please fill out an application and get it to us.

     We are now open for suggestions and comments anyone may have. Please email us at LEGENDmonster@aol.com and the person in that area will look it over and get back to you if needed. Now for the teaser!! Are you curious who is on the list for consideration to be in our inaugural Hall of Fame class? Have you pondered just who has spoke with us about having their trucks on display? Who might be a special guest giving autographs? What will our layout look like? ...Stay tuned as we get closer to opening the doors. Head on over to our website to learn more about the American Monster Truck Museum & Official Hall of Fame. Thanks!!"  (07/18/07)

Welcome Kaboom Motorsports!!:  TheMonsterBlog.com is proud to welcome Devin Jones and Kaboom Motorsports as our newest web client!!  Devin is fairly new to the sport of monster truck racing, debuting with his Road Rage monster truck only a couple years ago. Beginning this year, Devin debuted the all new Barbarian, a brand new truck built completely in house by Devin and his father Mark. The team has taken the tour by storm this year, quickly becoming one of the top competitors on the circuit. Be sure to check out the newly completed Kaboom Motorsports Monster Truck Racing website at www.Barbarian4x4.com to learn more about the team!!  Thanks to Devin & Mark for their support of TheMonsterBlog.com!!  (07/17/07)

Mansfield Monster Nationals Photo Gallery!!:  This year's Mansfield, OH Monster Nationals event is in the books and Monster Blog Staff Member Paul M. Harry's photo gallery from the weekend's action is now online!!  Saturday night would see veteran Dan Patrick in Samson take down Carl Van Horn in T-Maxx for the racing win, while Lil' Miss Dangerous picked up another wheelie contest victory. Freestyle would see some breakage, but in the end all the trucks put on a great show for the Ohio fans including a T-Maxx / Sudden Impact dual freestyle. Click the link below to check out Paul's photos. Thanks to George Eisenhart and the Monster Nationals staff for another great event and for their hospitality. We'll see you in Champaign, IL for more Monster Nationals action next weekend!!  (07/15/07)

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Welcome Patrick Enterprises!!:  TheMonsterBlog.com is very proud to welcome Patrick Enterprises as our newest sponsor!!  Dan Patrick rose to fame as the driver of the Samson monster truck, but is probably most known as the builder of the the 'Patrick Chassis'. With over 70 'Patrick Chassis' trucks in competition and an impressive roster of customers, Dan Patrick is one of the most respected fabricators in the industry. His chassis carry premiere names like Bigfoot, Grave Digger, Bounty Hunter and Virginia Giant. Patrick Enterprises, Inc builds anything from a basic chassis to a complete turn-key truck. They also offer components to fit the needs of even the most demanding drivers. We thank Dan & Chris Patrick and Patrick Enterprises for their support of the site, be sure to check them out by heading over to www.Samson4x4.com!!  (07/15/07)

Monster Truck Chassis For Sale!!:  Truk-Wurks has monster truck chassis available for sale!!  One chassis is completely finished with all accessory brackets, stiffening bars in the chassis, complete roll cage, and can be assembled into a rolling chassis. Additional chassis are also available in varying stages of completion and can be customized to fit your needs. Interested parties can contact Truk-Wurks owner Greg Adams directly by calling 706-476-0187 or through email at gregadams540@windstream.net. For more information on the Truk-Wurks monster truck racing team, head on over to www.Truk-Wurks.com!!  (07/14/07)

Mansfield Night One Recap!!:  The Monster Nationals tour is making their annual stop in Mansfield, OH this weekend and Friday night's event was action-packed!!  Joe Sylvester in Bad Habit narrowly edged out Carl Van Horn in Traxxas T-Maxx to take his first major racing victory. Jocelyn Perrin in Lil' Miss Dangerous grabbed the wheelie contest win, and Van Horn and Dale Benear in Raminator battled it out for the freestyle win, with Van Horn getting the nod. The monsters are back in action at the Richland County Fairgrounds tonight, don't miss it!!  Thanks to Staff Member Paul M. Harry for the teaser shots below, be watching for his full gallery of photos from the Mansfield weekend coming soon!!  (07/14/07)

Big Dawg Car Crush In Sainte Genevieve!!:  The Sainte Genevieve County Fair brought in the Big Dawg monster truck to headline their truck pull event tonight and TheMonsterBlog.com was on hand for the action!!  Dale Gerding was behind the wheel for two car crushes, one to kick off the event, and another to close it. Photos and video from the first crush are now posted, click the links below to check them out!!  Enjoy!!  (07/13/07)

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Linsey Weenk To Leave 2Xtreme Racing:  (Toganoxie, KS)  Linsey Weenk, the popular driver of the Checker Schuck’s Kragen Auto Parts Iron Outlaw monster truck will be leaving the team he joined 2 ½ years ago effective this August. The 28 year old Canadian driver is making a move to Live Nation Motorsports where he will drive the Ford sponsored Blue Thunder truck.

     The Iron Outlaw debuted in January of 2005 as a teammate to Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter. In Weenk’s time behind the wheel he captured 12 major stadium victories on the Monster Jam tour including an incredible 7 race winning streak in the 2006 season. That season included wins at both the final ever event inside the Pontiac Silverdome and the first event in Detroit’s Ford Field. In both 2006 and 2007 Weenk competed in the Monster Jam World Finals, qualifying third behind Creten at each running. One of his most memorable moments includes dodging a tumbling Dennis Anderson in Grave Digger after a first round victory in the Silverdome.
     "It’s been an incredible ride here and I want to thank everyone with the team" noted Weenk. "The CSK team does a ton of events each year and the bottom line is I’m looking to spend less time on the road. Jimmy always gave me the best possible equipment to drive and never held me back so I’m very grateful to him for that." Linsey will pilot Blue Thunder at the Monsters on Mainstreet event July 21st and then move back into Iron Outlaw until mid-August. Team members Russ Steeley, Jay McPherson and Darren Migues will then take over for the remainder of the ’07 schedule.
     The future of 2Xtreme Racing’s third truck is undecided at this time. "We’re sad to see Linsey leave. He was a great part of the team and I don’t know of many drivers that could top him" added Creten. "At this point we’re looking at different scenarios for next year and will make some decisions in the next few weeks as to what we’re going to do with the truck". No matter what configuration the team runs in the coming year rest assured the level of performance and commitment to their sponsors will remain extremely high.
     For more information on Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw visit our website at http://www.bountyhunter4x4.com or http://www.scarletbandit.com. (07/12/07)

SMTS In Maryville, TN!!:  The Southern Monster Truck Showdown took over The Mountain Raceway Park Saturday night with five monster trucks doing battle in Maryville, TN!!  Monster Blog Staff Member Tommy Lee Byrd was on hand for all the action and was kind enough to send over some teaser shots from the show. Scott Hartsock in Gun Slinger brought home the wheelie and racing victories to start off the show. Paul Strong in Martial Law was declared the freestyle winner after a wild hit on the bus stack that nearly saw the truck roll end over end!!  Thanks to Tommy for the great shots, be watching for his full gallery coming soon. Thanks to the SMTS crew for their hospitality and for putting on a great show!!  (07/08/07)

Dayton, OH Extreme Motor Mayhem Coverage!!:  Monster Blog Special Contributor Paul M. Harry spent last weekend in Dayton, OH at the Hara Arena Outdoor Complex for the first ever Extreme Motor Mayhem event!!  The event was put on by Jim Morris and the Extreme Monster Truck Nationals crew, and was a weekend-long spectacular featuring monster trucks, tough trucks, freestyle motocross, show'n'shine, burnouts, and even a strong-man competition!!  Paul captured all the action and the photos can now be seen by clicking the link below. Thanks to Paul for the great shots, and to Jim Morris and the EMTN crew for their hospitality and a great show!!  Enjoy!! (07/08/07)

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Creten & Bounty Hunter Gain Worldwide Recognition!!:  (Toganoxie, KS)  Monster truck fans in the U.S., Canada and even Mexico are familiar with Jimmy Creten and Bounty Hunter but now the duo is a true international star. Competing in the first ever monster truck event in Israel, the blue CSK team swept racing and freestyle in 2 separate performances. "We had a great time in Tel Aviv. Both [crew chief] Darren and I were a little apprehensive about the trip but were pleasantly surprised with the people and atmosphere" explained Creten.

     An estimated 41,000 brand new monster truck fans took in the action at Ramat Gann Stadium. "We're looking forward to doing more overseas events with Edge Motorsports and possibly even some of the Monster Jam Europe tour" commented team manager Brian Manson. The truck was placed back in its sea container and will arrive back in the states later this month.
     Just 24 hours after the finale in Tel Aviv, Creten made a 6,400 mile voyage to San Diego where teammate Linsey Weenk had already begun a series of shows at the huge Del Mar Fairgrounds. After landing at 2pm, he headed straight for the race track, jumped in another Bounty Hunter machine and was freestyling just 3 hours later.

     The San Diego County Fair kicked off a huge west coast tour for the CSK trucks. With 8 stops in California, and another eight spread throughout Washington, Oregon, Montana, Minnesota and Idaho the team is looking forward to getting more exposure for their primary sponsor Checker Schuck's and Kragen Auto Parts. CSK's stores are concentrated in western US, which is why Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw frequent those events.
     "Our goal is to keep the performance level where it is now, both trucks are running great. We want to keep up that momentum all the way to Red Bluff in October" said Creten in regards to the hectic schedule. Red Bluff, CA is home to the annual West Coast Monster Truck Nationals which brings together a tough field of competitors each fall. "We do many of these summer shows every year and it's really cool to see familiar faces each time" added Scarlet Bandit driver Dawn Creten.
     The entire team invites fans to come out and meet them this summer, for more information check their website at www.bountyhunter4x4.com.  (07/08/07)

The Airborne Ranger Is Back!!:  Joe Cypher and the Airborne Ranger are back on tour after taking some time away from monster trucks!!  The Airborne Ranger made its return at the AMP Tour Monster Truck Thunder Slam in Ukiah, CA at the beginning of June, and replaced Maniac in the lineup in Calistoga, CA after Don Frankish suffered a blown engine. This weekend Joe was in Port Angeles, WA freestyle-ing with Brad Campbell and Jennifer Consoliver at the Big Toyz Racing Real Deal Off-Road Show. Thanks to Jerry Hartley for the update and the photo, welcome back Joe!! (07/08/07)

New Big Dawg Chassis Complete!!:  The new Big Dawg monster truck chassis is complete and will make its debut at the Monster Nationals event in Lincoln, NE on Saturday, July 13th with the Tail Gator body. There are a few key things that are different on the new truck. It is the newest design of the Patrick chassis, has a Butler Built seat, and the latest & greatest blower setup from BDS. The team has also worked closely with Peterson Fluid Systems to run a dry-sump engine, which should increase horsepower and decrease wear-and-tear on engine parts. Both Big Dawg and Tail Gator will be running at the July 20th Monster Mayhem event at the Jefferson County Fair in Hillsboro, MO. Thanks to Brenda Noelke for the update!!  (07/04/07)

Chris Arel Motorsports Update!!:  In front of an ecstatic crowd on the final day of the 2007 Monster Spectacular Canadian tour, Jimmy Creten locked up another title. The former World Freestyle Champion was named the winningest driver during the tour. Jimmy certainly lived up to the accolade as he roared to both racing and wheelie contest wins during the weekend. "It all started on the east coast of Canada", said Creten of the tour's beginning. "Now here in Victoria, we are as far west as we can go". Creten went on to salute other driver's level of competition such as veteran Don Frankish and team mate Linsey Weenk in Iron Outlaw and the fan support as the keys to his championship tour run.
     In other news, Chris Arel Motorsports is looking to purchase a monster ride truck that is in good condition. Anyone interested in selling their ride truck should contact Chris Arel through email at carel@chrisarel.com. Check out www.chrisarel.com for all the latest news from the Monster Spectacular Tour and details on the November 3rd event at Olympic Stadium in Montreal--Its gonna be huge!!  (07/04/07)

The Eliminator Monster Truck!!: Monster truck veteran Greg Adams has completed work on his brand new monster truck, the Eliminator!!  The "salute to the military"-themed Eliminator body debuted in Lafeyette, LA back in March, running on the new Annihilator chassis that Greg first brought out at SEMA last year. A brand new chassis for the Eliminator body has now been completed--the new chassis is nearly identical to the Annihilator, with a few minor design changes. Much of the work on the new chassis was done by Greg's son Zach.

After some time off, Greg Adams will be back out on tour in a big way this summer, with a whirl-wind ten city tour from Canada to the midwest to out east in the matter of less than a month kicking off in mid-July!!  The Eliminator will be seen running for Airtime Motorsports, Paul Shafer Motorsports, AMP Live Events, Outlaw Monster Trucks, APME, and Performance Motorsports on the upcoming tour. Check out www.Truk-Wurks.com for more information on Greg Adams and the Annihilator and Eliminator trucks, as well as a schedule of upcoming events!!  (07/01/07)

MEGA Monster Truck Summer Tour 2007 Moves On!!:  (Denton, TX)  It was a June to remember for the Mega Monster Truck Tour and there is more action set to take place for the rest of the summer!!  Click the link below to read "MEGA Dave" Jackson's recap of the summer tour thus far!!  (07/01/07)

CLICK HERE TO READ THE MEGA MONSTER TOUR SUMMER '07 RECAP!!

Mayetta, KS Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular Photos!!: Our good friend Jim Mace was kind enough to send over some photos of the Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular event that was held at Thunderhill Speedway June 2nd-3rd!!  Click the link below to see Jim's photos from the show, which featured Bearfoot, The General Charger, Red Cactus Crusher, and Wildmann in freestyle action!!  Thanks Jim!!  (07/01/07)

CLICK HERE FOR THE OUTLAW MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR PHOTOS!!

(FAN PHOTO GALLERY)

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