MONSTER TRUCK JAMMIN' NATIONALS
FIREBIRD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - CHANDLER, AZ - 04/28-29/07
By Lauren & Lynette Bonar
Raceway is quickly becoming known for putting on some of the best shows
the industry has to offer. When they announced this year's show, we marked
it on the calendar right away. Firebird is always known for assembling
jaw-dropping lineups for their monster truck shows, and this spring they
took that to a new level with the teams brought in for the show. It's
unusual for me to start of a coverage by looking right at the lineup, but
that was the big story of the weekend, so here it is:
THE TRUCK LINEUP
AVENGER - JIM KOHLER
BIGFOOT - DAVE HARKEY
BOUNTY HUNTER - JIMMY CRETEN
BRUTUS - CHRIS BERGERON
EL MATADOR - DARON BASL
HOT WHEELS - CHUCK WARNER
IRON OUTLAW - LINSEY WEENK
KING KRUNCH - DAVID SMITH
MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION - TOM MEENTS
NASTY BOY - RONNIE STURGES
SUMMIT BIGFOOT - DAN RUNTE
UNNAMED & UNTAMED - SAM STURGES
Walking down the midway
checking out the vendors, we met Staff Sergeant Stephen B. Ruppe owith the
United States Army Recruiting Station. SSGT Ruppe can be reached at
Stephen.Ruppe@usarec.army.mil for anyone who wants to know what
the Army has to offer. As always the Monster Blog want to express their
appreciation to all the men and women of all the United States Armed
Before the show, all of the trucks came rolling out down either side of the track for introductions. Here are a few photos:
ALL-OUT FREESTYLE - ROUND ONE
Each truck would make their
freestyle run and then receive a score from a group of fan judges in the crowd.
Unfortunately from where we were at, we could not make out the freestyle scores.
The first round saw some incredible moments, and some big surprises when the
results were tallied and it was decided who would be moving on. Despite great
runs, former freestyle champs Jim Kohler and Jimmy Creten would both be on the
sidelines for the main event.
Daron Basl and Ronnie Sturges made the finals based on decent runs, while Dave Harkey and Chris Bergeron made it based on great runs. Tom Meents put on a show stopping performance, ending his first run with a broken shock mount and a flat tire. The team put forth a great effort and Tom would make it back for the finals. The real story of the first round however, was Sam Sturges driving his Unnamed & Untamed truck. Sam went up and over the car stack, and tried to go into a wheelie, but the truck spun on one tire on the slick pavement and performed a wild 360 on the tailgate of the truck before coming to rest back on all fours. The move was almost ballet-like and is sure to go down as one of the best monster truck moves of all-time.
Check out the photos from the first
round below and on the next page and then we will move on to the finals. Also
don't forget to check out Lynn's video if you haven't already, because there are
some great performances you've got to see!!
below to head on over to the next page to see more of the action from Round One
of All-Out Freestyle!!