July 9 - Cocked, Locked, and continuing to Rock
Scott Hartsock had dominated the Full Throttle tour this summer having just won his fourth consecutive event and jumping up 26 spots in the standings. Roger Gauger with USA-1 has been on the losing end of each of those events and will no doubt be hungry for a win at their next encounter.
Mark List had a semi-final appearance in San Antonio to gain 5 spots and Christian Norman has Bigfoot within striking distance of the Top 25 after a win in Toledo. Colton Eichelberger ended his winless streak in San Antonio as he looks to renew his rivalry with Tyler Menninga this weekend in Los Angeles. The weekend also saw John Fitzgerald pick up his first win in the new Turblence truck, and weekend racing sweeps from Marvin Anderson, Triton Robbins, Zack Garner, and Greg Winchenbach.
Casper, Wyoming (No Limits!)
Tim Jones in Twisted Addiction won his first racing event of the year at the Central Wyoming Fair. Dillon Fenley in King Krunch took second place.
Clarington, Ontario (Wadded Up)
Eddie Como beat out Ed Sanderson and Kevin Lubsen at the Orono Fairgrounds. Unfortunately, with only three trucks in competition, this event did not meet the minimum field size and so points were not awarded.
Georgetown, Delaware (MTRL)
For the third time this season, young Triton Robbins won back-to-back races in the same weekend as he swept through the Monster Truck Racing League competition at Georgetown Speedway. On Friday he raced past Rodney Tweedy in Snake Bite for the win and finished the weekend off with a win over Kristen Hope in Wolf’s Head.
Grain Valley, Missouri (Independent)
Team Scream had all four trucks at the Monsters In The Valley event. We know they raced but sadly we do not have any results so points could not be awarded. If you have any information on the brackets from this event, please let us know.
Irasburg, Vermont (HammerDown Motorsports)
Saturday afternoon’s Monsters In The Kingdom II event was cancelled due to rain which is not unusual for this rainy year. Fortunately, things had dried off by Sunday when John Fitzgerald picked up his first racing win in the brand-new Turbulence truck. He beat out Brandon Budd in the final round.
Lake City, Michigan (All Star Tour)
Aaron Cain was the winner at Merritt Speedway. He beat out Lindsey Rettew who was competing in her first final round of the season.
Pomona, California (KaBoom!)
This is always a big Independence Day event in Los Angeles County, but points were not awarded because there was no racing.
Portland, Indiana (Full Throttle)
There’s been a very consistent theme on the Full Throttle tour this summer and it continued through the weekend as Scott Hartsock once again defeated Roger Gauger in the finals.
Presque Isle, Maine (Throwdown)
We’re still waiting on some more information on these events, but we do know that Greg Winchenbach won both drag racing events at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. Right now the Saturday event is counted in the standings and we hope to have Friday in there shortly, too.
Prince George, British Columbia (Malicious)
As the Malicious Tour crossed the northern border, it looks like the drivers decided to switch things up for the Canadian fans. Marvin Anderson took control of Identity Theft for the weekend and kept the truck in the winner’s circle with back-to-back wins over Bill Payne.
Rotterdam, Netherlands (Monster Jam)
We had this event on our schedule but it looks like it was cancelled. The next international Monster Jam we see on the schedule is Antwerp, Belgium in September.
Rushville, Illinois (MTRL)
Heavy rains at the Schuyler County Fair didn’t stop the monsters from putting on a show. Dave Radzierez even made a special guest appearance behind the wheel of Bigfoot. However, the rains were enough to prevent side-by-side racing, and so points were not awarded.
San Antonio, Texas (Monster Jam)
Colton Eichelberger hadn’t been to the final round with his Maximum Destruction truck since April 27th in Cape Town. At the Alamodome, he scored wins over Nick Paglirulo, Cynthia Gauthier, and Mark List to finally get back into the championship round. Camden Murphy had a more-difficult bracket to race through as he defeated reigning World Finals champion Jimmy Creten in the first round and current World #1 Tyler Menninga in the quarter finals. His win over Tanner Root in Red Baron sent Murphy to his first final round since Denver, Colorado which was also on April 27th! After an early season hot streak that saw Murphy win 6 of 9 events on the Monster Jam tour, he has not won in his past 7 events, and Eichelberger extended that winless streak to 8 by picking up the win in the Alamodome by a comfortable margin. It was his 15th win of the season and both drivers were able to move closer to the top in the Open Championship standings.
Shelbyville, Indiana (Full Throttle)
Scott Hartsock over Roger Gauger once again. Hartsock has won the last 4 Full Throttle events and has defeated Gauger in the finals each time. Now with five wins this season, Hartsock leapt up 26 positions in the Open Championship into the Top 50. He also had a win in Blue Ridge, Georgia and was runner-up at the Monster Jam Stadium event in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
South Bend, Indiana (Throwdown)
We are expecting info in on these two events in the upcoming days, but for now we can tell you that Zack Garner picked up both racing wins and it appears that Jamey Garner’s streak of consecutive final rounds has finally come to an end. We’ll post more information as it becomes available.
Toledo, Ohio (All Star Tour)
Christian Norman quickly negotiated the wide Chicago-style track at Toledo Speedway to pick up another win for Bigfoot and move himself up to 34th in the standings. Aaron Cain was runner-up. Norman’s next point-scoring opportunities will be this weekend at the Bloomsburg Jamboree. If he can advance to the final round each event he could break into the Top 30, and a weekend sweep could have him as high as the Top 25.
The Week Ahead
By our count there are another 31 events this weekend! That includes three races at the Bloomsburg Jamboree where Mat Dishman will be looking for another weekend sweep; five races in Los Angeles where Colton Eichelberger will try to stop world #1 Tyler Menninga; Lehi, Utah where top-ranked Team Throttle Monster with Paul Jensen and Mikeal Christensen will look to pick up more points; plus Monster Truck Throwdown in Ionia, Michigan and Monster Truck Madness at Bristol Motor Speedway!