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Reckless Drivin

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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Saturday

The monsters would roll into Plymouth Speedway for the Saturday show and deliver on the Monster Truck Throwdown promise to entertain. Wheelies would start with Reckless Drivin and the bar would be set high ,with big air and tailgate dragging action as the first competitor.   As other monsters would come out, it would be Miss Over Bored that impressed the most until Brutus and Brad Allen would get the crowd vote with huge air and slap wheelies as a bonus.

Qualifying would see a lightning fast Barbarian set the pace that was a full 2 seconds faster than the next closes time.  This time would only prove to be just that, a fast time.  When racing rolled around it would see Devin Jones fall in the first round due to a lane violation.  The semis would see Miss Over Bored lose in a very tight race to the eventual Champion Avenger.  Ballard in Miss Over Bored was on her A-game, but she would watch her husband, Jamey Garner in Over Bored in the final.  Jim Koehler in Avenger would square off with Over Bored in the battle of Monster Truck Throwdown Titans in the Chicago style championship round.  Avenger would take the checkered flag by a truck length and get the crown in front of the large Plymouth Speedway crowd.

After a solid performance from the FMX  superstars the stage was set for Monster Truck Throwdown Freestyle. Brutus was back from earlier transmission issues, and Brad Allen would not disappoint.  One hit after another would see huge air, and the eventual breaking off of the rear tire which brought the crowd to its feet!  Miss Over Bored came out and laid down the law with a performance that was the standard until Over Bored would finish the night.  Over Bored would earn a cheer-off against Miss Over Bored, and the out come was dead even with the win going to Jamey Garner in the end!

Wheelies

  • Winner: Crushstation

Racing

  • Winner: Avenger over Over Bored

Freestyle

  • Freestyle Winner: Over Bored

Sunday

Brilliant sunshine and a full slate of 6 monster trucks would be on the docket for Plymouth on this glorious Sunday.  A nice crowd would see Reckless Drivin kick things off with some textbook wheelies.  Ballard in Miss Over Bored would also make her presence know as she would challenge for the lead with 2 impressive hits.  The final competitor would be Jim Koehler in Avenger, and he would get the win with two stellar big air wheelies earning the Plymouth Speedway crowds appreciation.

For the second day Devin Jones in Barbarian would be you fast qualifier and for the second day Barbarian would lose on a technicality in his round one race.  Miss Over Bored would get into the semi-finals as fast loser from round one.  She would be put against Brutus and be edged out after a solid run from Brad Allen and Brutus.  On the other side, The other semi-final race would see Avenger vs Over Bored battle it out to the North Star Ranch finish line. This was the closest race of the afternoon, and it set the table for a Team Scream championship round as Koehler and Avenger would pick up the win. The hype would be more than the actual race, as the big dog Brutus would get the win by a solid margin!

Freestyle was full speed ahead, Reckless Drivin came out with vengeance, hitting all the obstacles with the exception of the large fountain jump.  Barbarian, Brutus, and Over Bored would continue the dominance, Jamey Garner even hit the fountain and cleared it with ease in Over Bored.  Avenger would be the final act of the afternoon, and as usual, there was no disappointment. Koehler has the power, rhythm, and big air to make the crowd fall into a frenzy.  His run was awesome, but you may be wondering about Miss Over Bored, where did she finish?  After Deidra Ballard hit the track in her monster, we realized we may have seen the birth of a superstar.  Miss Over Bored had amazing throttle control, the momentum was on point, and her big air rivaled the biggest of the weekend.  Once all the dust settled it was a cheer off between her and Avenger, and on this day, it was ladies first!

Wheelies

  • Winner: Avenger

Racing

  • Racing Winner: Brutus over Avenger

Freestyle

  • Freestyle Winner: Miss Over Bored
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The Windsor Fair plays host to Monster Truck Throwdown each year on Labor Day Weekend. 2017’s event was full of thrills as expected. Bottom Feeder Motorsports would bring out the BLUE Crushstation body for the hometown show. Winchenbach was on a roll taking Saturday’s wheelie win and racing win before the motor would let loose sidelining Winchenbach for Sunday’s show. Sir Thomas Durkee would pilot the Lumberjack to a big freestyle win Saturday and a Wheelie win and Racing win on Sunday. Dave Rappach would close out the weekend with a crazy run in the Rap Attack!

Weekend Highlights

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Monster Truck Throwdown - Berlin Raceway 2017

One of the premier stops of the Monster Truck Throwdown tour annually is when we visit the Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex in Marne, Michigan. This year is certainly no exception as the tour returns with eight of the industry’s top monster trucks alongside thrilling freestyle motocross action and an epic fireworks display that is one of the largest in the state of Michigan. Continue reading

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