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Jester

Friday

Monster Truck Throwdown officially wrapped up a thrilling 2017 season by partnering with Piedmont Dragway to bring a special Halloween themed “Monster Mash” event to Julian, North Carolina. Not only were fans treated to the usual high-flying Monster Truck Throwdown action, but they were also able to Trick-or-Treat with the drivers before each show, and enjoy fun activities like a costume contest, face painting, bounce houses, rock crawling, and even a pumpkin rolling contest. Matt Pagliarulo kicked off the 2017 Throwdown season right here at Piedmont Dragway back in April with an incredible performance, and returned this weekend sporting a special Halloween-themed wrap on the Jester monster truck. He came out of the gates strong, taking home the first win of the night in the Wheelie Competition. It required a great effort to beat Jeremy Hosman, after he kicked off the show by parking Reckless Drivin’ straight up and down on the tailgate.

The brand new Bad Company and driver John Gordon would make their competitive debut at this event. Gordon, the former crew chief for Ryan Anderson and Son Uva Digger, served notice that he is going to be one to watch, taking the top qualifier spot and marching his way through the brackets to take home the racing victory.

Freestyle would see strong performances from all the drivers, but the crowd really went wild when Roy Pridgeon hit the Halloween themed double jump, landing Ice Cream Man right in a big patch of pumpkins. Matt Pagliarulo would fly even further off the pumpkin jump, and added an incredible slap wheelie to take home Jester’s second win of the weekend.

Wheelies

  • Jester

Racing

  • Bad Company over Ice Cream Man

Freestyle

  • Jester

Saturday

The action continued Saturday night with the Wheelie Competition. Despite another nice effort from Jack Brown in the Amalie Oil Xtermigator, there would be no stopping the Jester as Matt Pagliarulo racked up another victory.

Bad Company proved to be bad fast in its debut weekend, as John Gordon once again raced his way to the #1 spot in qualifying and took home the win in the finals. The rookie driver is off to an unprecedented undefeated start to his racing career.

The Monster Truck Throwdown crew had another fun “treat” for the fans, bringing out a huge RV camper with a giant inflatable ghost standing on top of it for freestyle. Jeremy Hosman showed that he ain’t afraid of no ghost, blasting Reckless Drivin’ through the RV and knocking the ghoul to the ground to the delight of the crowd. John Gordon also brought the fans to their feet with one massive leap and a fantastic save in Bad Company, but unfortunately steering problems would bring an early end to his run. Roy Pridgeon put on another great performance in the Ice Cream Man, but it would once again be the Jester laughing at the end of the night. Matt Pagliarulo threw down big air, wheelies, donuts, and another huge leap off the pumpkin jump to sweep the weekend’s freestyle for the Jester. A big thanks to everyone with Piedmont Dragway for having us back again, and to all the great North Carolina fans for coming out to the show.

Wheelies

  • Jester

Racing

  • Bad Company over Reckless Drivin’

Freestyle

  • Jester
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The 2017 Monster Truck Throwdown season kicked off in style at Piedmont Dragway in Julian, North Carolina. An impressive lineup of trucks including Quad Chaos, Jester, Over Bored, Dirt Crew, Rap Attack and Wild Side battled it out for the first wheelie, racing and freestyle competitions wins of the year.

“Big Air” Aaron Cain drew the first spot for wheelies and opened the show with two perfect vertical wheelstands. Try as they might, the competition was unable to best the World’s Largest ATV, and Aaron Cain was presented the season’s first Throwdown trophy.

Sean Duhon was behind the wheel of the former series champion truck Over Bored and he went to the top of the board in qualifying and marched his way to the finals, where he would face off against Quad Chaos. Aaron Cain was trying to go 2 for 2, but there was no beating “The Duhon” tonight as Over Bored took the racing trophy.

The night’s grand finale, freestyle, did not disappoint as all the trucks showed off the Speed, Style and Destruction that fans have come to expect from Monster Truck Throwdown. Matt Pagliarulo in Jester laid down an incredible run with a slap wheelie, big air and a nice save to go to the top of the board. But there would be no slowing down “Big Air” Aaron Cain as he sent the fans home with an incredible freestyle performance to take the win.

A big thanks to all the fans for coming out to enjoy the Monster Truck Throwdown season opener, we’ll see you back tomorrow night for a wild Saturday night at Piedmont Dragway!

 

Friday

Wheelies

  • Winner: Aaron Cain in Quad Chaos

Racing

  • Winner: Sean Duhon in Over Bored

Freestyle

  • Rap Attack – 15
  • Dirt Crew – 19
  • Jester – 24
  • Over Bored – 20
  • Quad Chaos – 26

Freestyle Winner: Aaron Cain in Quad Chaos

Saturday

Monster Truck Throwdown closed down our first ever weekend at Piedmont Dragway in wild fashion Saturday night! The night got started with Aaron Cain once again opening the event with a couple of huge sky wheelies to take the Wheelie Competition trophy. Sean Duhon was on a rail in Over Bored, taking the top spot in qualifying and marching his way through the brackets to the finals where he defeated Jerry Beck in Dirt Crew to take the racing win. All the drivers went big in freestyle, but Matt Pagliarulo in Jester held nothing back, repeatedly sending the “Jestalade” flying through the North Carolina sky, and making a great save as time expired on his way to the win. A huge thank you to everyone with Piedmont Dragway for hosting the Monster Truck Throwdown season opener and to all the fans for coming out to see the shows!

Wheelies

  • Winner: Aaron Cain in Quad Chaos

Racing

  • Racing Winner: Sean Duhon in Over Bored

Freestyle

  • Rap Attack – 13
  • Wild Side – 17
  • Dirt Crew – 15
  • Over Bored – 20
  • Jester – 27
  • Quad Chaos – 23

Freestyle Winner: Matt Pagliarulo in Jester

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