2016 saw some incredible action on the Monster Truck Throwdown Tour as screaming fans of all ages were brought to their feet, across the United States and Canada. With over 24 performances at 16 different venues, monster truck superstars like Avenger, Crushstation, Over Bored, Brutus, Scarlet Bandit, Bounty Hunter, and Stone Crusher took to the track with thrilling performances.
The action started July 4th at the benchmark location of the Monster Truck Throwdown Tour – the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. For the 7th consecutive year, a record breaking crowd would see ten of the sport’s top independent names take on one of the most unique and largest outdoor tracks. The championship round of racing would come down to Throwdown newcomer, Derick Anson in Heavy Hitter pitted against tour favorite, Greg Winchenbach in Crushstation. With a $3,000 cash bonus on the line, Winchenbach would sail across the North Star Ranch Finish line, nearly upside-down, mere feet ahead of Anson in an amazing finish. Freestyle would see huge performances from Cory Rummell in Rage and Devin Jones in Barbarian. But in the end, it would be 2-Time World Freestyle Champion, Jim Koehler, living up to his name and piloting Avenger to its 5th Freestyle Championship in Mt. Pleasant and the coveted $3,000 cash prize.
We would see 2014 Monster Truck Throwdown Tour Champion, Jamey Garner, expand his operation with the addition of an all-new Over Bored machine. With some of the best parts and pieces, the new Over Bored monster truck proved to be unstoppable from the get-go, sporting a massive Richard Midgette motor and the trademark hand-painted scheme from Showtime Customs.
(Jimmy Creten makes an entrance to the Firemen’s Angell Park Speedway)
The Monster Truck Throwdown Tour rolled across the Midwest making stops in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, filling grandstands and thrilling fans with huge air from Jamey Garner in Over Bored and amazing wheelies from Greg Winchenbach in Crushstation. The dynamic duo and husband and wife team, Jimmy and Dawn Creten, would put on stellar shows at the controls of Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit. In his breakthrough performance, Jeremy Hosman would have the freestyle of his career at the historic Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The “hometown throwdown” in Ionia, Michigan would see more record-breaking crowds and huge performances from Dave Rappach in Rap Attack and Elliott Miller driving Over Bored Motorsports’ Wild Side.
2016 would see the return of monster trucks to the historic Wood County Fair in Bowling Green, Ohio. Fans may remember the likes of USA-1, Bigfoot and Grave Digger all tearing down the track in the 1980’s with TNT Motorsports. In his home state, Dave Rappach would lay Rap Attack on its side TWICE to the delight of the fans. Not to be outdone on carnage, Greg Winchenbach would also flop Crushstation on its side TWICE to close out the evening.
Monster Truck Throwdown returned to Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway for two sold out shows and incredible action from Team Scream Racing, 2Xtreme Racing, Mirror Image Racing and the Crude Behavior/Island Outlaw team. Jared Vogel would pilot Crude Behavior to his first-ever back flip with all of Western Canada rooting him on! The battle between the Groth Twins, Koehler, and Creten was worth the price of admission alone as these superstars left it all on the track both days with phenomenal runs and unbelievable air! Monster Truck Throwdown also made a stop for two sold out events in Peace River, Alberta where the Destruction Twins, Travis and Tyler Groth, would do what they do best – thrill the fans!
The return to Maine would see another record-breaking paid Saturday night crowd at the historic Windsor Fair, topping records from 2014’s and 2015’s Saturday night with Monster Truck Throwdown. Bottom Feeder Motorsports would rise to the occasion and dominate the weekend in front of friends, family and sponsors. Thomas Durkee driving Lumberjack would pick up his first-ever Wheelie Competition win on Sunday, and Greg Winchenbach would close out the weekend on Sunday with the longest and most massive slap wheelie in the history of Monster Truck Throwdown, walking Crushstation over 350 feet down the infield of the track!
Throwdown’s return to the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan would bring over 9,000 screaming fans pouring through the gate, selling the event out well before the completion of the pit party – a first for Berlin Raceway in several years. Action would see hometown hero, Jeremy Hosman, take the Wheelie Competition win in Reckless Driving while The Original Monster Truck, BIGFOOT, piloted by Darron Schnell, would take the Racing Championship with a massive air shot upwards of 35 feet in the air! Donuts would belong to Jamey Garner in Over Bored, and Jim Koehler in Avenger would take the freestyle win before the National Fireworks Association lit up the sky with a phenomenal display of pyrotechnics.
Monster Truck Throwdown rolled south to Benson, North Carolina in September to invade the beautiful GALOT Motorsports Park. Friday night would see a massive performance from North Carolina native, Bryan Wright in Hooked, with a massive crash much to the delight of the fans who roared their approval. Saturday night would see the largest crowd in the history of the GALOT Motorsports Park and the action was HOT! Mike Thompson and Steve Sims would battle for the Wheelie Competition win with Sims prevailing. Racing would see Garner pick up another win and Freestyle would belong to Virginia Beach native, Steve Sims, in Stone Crusher!
Lastly, the Throwdown Crew visited the Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Indiana as both DCT Powersports and Over Bored Motorsports team would do battle on their home state turf in front of their local fans, along with Team Scream Racing’s Jim Koehler and Brad Allen. Highlights would include Aaron Cain and Quad Chaos picking up Saturday night’s wheelie win, along with massive freestyle performances on both Saturday and Sunday. Brad Allen and Jerry Beck would thrill the fans with an awesome display of slap wheelies showing off their throttle control. Most notably known for his fame behind the wheel of Monster Jam’s Zombie, Sean Duhon would pilot Wild Side to a racing win on Sunday afternoon while Garner would fight off Koehler for the freestyle wins both Saturday and Sunday.
Aside from a fantastic season of shows, the Throwdown Media Team produced its second film “JOYRIDE” led by cinematographer, Kyle Carr. “JOYRIDE” took the superstars of Monster Truck Throwdown off the track and into their elements as viewers saw Quad Chaos at the Badlands Motorsports Park in Attica, Indiana, Avenger at City Scrap downtown Detroit, Michigan, Dirt Crew at the Poisel Excavating Gravel Pit in Indiana, and Lumberjack in the woods of Maine. ‘JOYRIDE” shipped to 38 states and 6 Canadian Providences on November 21st and has streamed throughout the world on Vimeo starting December 14th.
An amazing season wouldn’t be possible without the support of tour sponsors North Star Ranch Inc. Contract Carriers, Nelson’s Speed Shop, Short Iron Fabrication, Lucas Oil Protect the Harvest, and Brown and Miller Racing Solutions!
Finally, the Monster Truck Throwdown family of teams, tech officials, event staff, media crew, and drivers want to thank all of the fantastic venues and fans for their unbelievably incredible support during the 2016 season. There’s no telling what 2017 will bring but the promise is that it’s going to be a wild ride.
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