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.
- Bad Company over Ice Cream Man
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.
- Bad Company over Reckless Drivin’