OUTLAW MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR
JUNE 3RD, 2006 - PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ
For my wife Lynette and I, finding a reason to make a trip to Prescott
Valley is always nice. This area is only two to three hours from where we
live, and it is a very beautiful scenic drive--I will never tire of it.
We leave our home in Tuba City, travel through Flagstaff, hit I-17 south
going toward the Verde Valley, pass through Cottonwood, and then climb up
the mountains through Jerome and finally roll into Prescott Valley.
After parking the first people we see are Rod Wood and his lady, Karen McCrorey. Lynn first met Karen at an event in Tucson--we were seated right behind her and her friends. Since that time we have all become friends and they make sure we have water and stay hydrated in the heat, as I am just to dumb to pack a cooler!! Rod also found my backpack with all my camera equipment later this night--I had left it on the track and he brought it back--To say the least, I was incredibly grateful for them looking out for us.
With Rod and family were his sister and brother-in-law who live and work
in Indonesia. Jim and Norma Lockhart were back in the states on
vacation and having fun. We asked where Murphy McCrorey was and told he
was taking a nap. After laughing a little we thought and discussed the
pressures of youth.
I spotted Ronnie Sturges and was able to get his take on the sideways wheelie at the Firebird Raceway in Chandler. The reason fans have heard so much about this from me is as follows, the announcer that day made a really big deal out of the sideways wheelie by Ronnie Sturges and had the fans believing it was planned, almost had me convinced. Ronnie being honest, tells the truth--he had made a sharp turn, coming around to go over the crushed cars again, turning too sharp, he went up on two wheels and had it balanced there for a few seconds. Ronnie said that when it happened, he did not know if it would go back on four wheels or fall on its side. Luckily it went back on all four wheels and Ronnie continued without skipping a beat, making it look all planned.
About this time one of Sam’s and Peggy’s dogs had came up missing, so
everyone took off looking for it. The dog being found, Sam offered me a
seat and we were able to visit. I found that the promoter, Steve
Quercio was promoting another show tonight. No worries, Sam and Rod
Wood worked together getting everything coordinated and everyone on track.
THE LINEUP OF MONSTER TRUCKS
AWESOME KONG - VANCE LARUE
EL BANDITO - TIM MARTIN
MCGRUFF - MURPH McCROREY
NASTY BOY - RONNIE STURGES
UNNAMED & UNTAMED - SAM STURGES
With intros complete, it was time for some monster truck action!! Racing would be up first, and the first race would see Tim “Cornfed" Martin In El Bandito go up against Sam Sturges in Unnamed & Untamed. El Bandito took the race easily as Sam did not get a good start off the line.
MUD BOGS & SPRINT CARS
The night also featured oval track racing and mud bogs. The best was when local business’s started donating money to young men from the audience to race on foot through the mud. This was pretty entertaining the first time through, but after doing it again, the fans and Monster Truck drivers started getting ready to get on with the show.
It was finally time for the monster truck freestyle competition!!
Ronnie came out first with just one gear. He did a great job of
covering up that fact. Doing some jumps getting the best air he
could, a few short wheelies and knowing that Nasty Boy was in trouble,
took it off the track before doing any more damage. The fans cheered for
Ronnie, must not even knowing there was a problem.
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