It was a perfect Fall evening at GALOT Motorsports Park where eight of the superstars of the Monster Truck Throwdown tour were set to battle it out under the lights in front of a packed house. The event got off to a great start with an exciting wheelie competition. Bryan Wright and Hooked put up two great sky wheelies as the first competitor. Kurt Phillips and the Lumberjack would put the Durkee Bar to work though with a beautiful slap wheelie to put himself over the competition. The crowd saluted him with a loud “Yap!” as he picked up the trophy in his interview.
The high speed straight-line course saw some high flying action and close racing early on in round one. Mr. Excitement Jim Koehler and the Avenger delivered some excitement early on when a bad bounce after the finish line put the truck over on its side. The bracket would work its way down to a battle of teammates in the final round as Hooked would take on the boss man, Steve Sims and Stone Crusher. The boss would come out on top this time with Stone Crusher picking up a truck length victory over Hooked.
The freestyle competition opened with Cory Rummell and Rage putting on a rocking, big air spectacle before losing the left rear wheel. The lovely Miss Over Bored and Deidra Ballard continued to improve following her recent freestyle win in Plymouth, Indiana with some big air and a pair of big sky wheelies too. Her other half Jamey Garner and Over Bored put together a big air showcase in his freestyle run and even through in a slap wheelie too. Hooked got the crowd on its feet with a great freestyle of his own including some big leaps over the buses. Sims and the Stone Crusher would follow in Wright’s footsteps with a similar performance of big air and great momentum. Koehler and Avenger battled a broken front axle during his freestyle but still managed to turn in some of the biggest air of the night. In the end it would be a guest appearance by Kurt Phillips in the Crushstation who would steal the show in freestyle. After Phillips’ Lumberjack fell to engine issues, team owner Greg Wichenbach handed the seat over to Phillips for freestyle. The freestyle run saw some huge air and plenty of trademark Crushstation wheelies that won over the fans and judges alike for the freestyle victory. It was a spectacular opening night for the Monster Truck Throwdown stop at GALOT Motorsports Park and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings us!
- Winner: Lumberjack
- Winner: Stone Crusher over Hooked
- Winner: Crushstation
Day two at GALOT Motorsports Park would see all 8 of the monsters ready to battle it out for the final evening of Monster Truck Throwdown action. The wheelie competition started out with Hooked executing a perfect wheelie on it’s first hit. However that hit would propel Bryan Wright on to his side and limiting him to just one hit. Greg Winchenbach in the Monstah Lobstah, Crushstation, would hit two perfect wheelies giving the win to the Jefferson, Maine native.
Racing would see sold runs from all the trucks, but the advancing monsters would Include Deidra Ballard in Miss Over Bored, giving the ladies in the large sellout crowd a chance to cheer for one of their own! The girl power would not last however as the Virginia Beach crew of Steve Sims in Stone Crusher would gain the crown on this rainy Saturday night with a narrow win over RAGE.
Freestyle was next on the docket, and it would not disappoint. The early lead would go to Hooked, then it would be swiped away by LumberJack. The ultimate trophy would eventually end up with Jamey Garner in Over Bored! Garner put on a freestyle clinic with some huge air, great momentum and a dizzying set of cyclone donuts to cap off a fantastic performance. It would be a fantastic end to a spectacular weekend at GALOT Motorsports Park. We had a great time in 2017 and are looking forward to returning in 2018 to Throwdown once again!
- Winner: Crushstation
- Winner: Stone Crusher over Rage
- Winner: Over Bored