June 10 - Dishman sweeps in Lima
Hall Brothers Racing won two Open Championships back in 2006 and 2007 and they are now back in the Top Ten thanks to Mat Dishman’s three race sweep in Lima, Ohio. If he can repeat that feat next month in Bloomsburg, he could put the Ram team near the Top 5.
Current Open Championship points leader Tyler Menninga has won a lot this season, but this weekend was the first time he did so in a Stadium. On the other side of things, Ed Sanderson in Wadded Up had never won a racing event until this weekend when he raced past Jack Brown in Bounty Hunter for his first career victory.
Central Point, Oregon (Malicious)
Bill Payne was top qualifier on Saturday but could not race due to breakage he suffered during the pass. Dwight Mathews in Identity Theft went on to claim the win over James Zyski in Spitfire. Mathews advanced to the finals again on Sunday, but Payne was back in form and raced home with his 9th win of the season. Mathews and Payne continued their climb in the standings, gaining 3 and 6 spots respectively.
Chillicothe, Ohio (Summer Heat)
Rick Steffens took a hometown win in Samson by defeating Eric Wylie in Prowler on a two-jump drag track at the Ross County Fairgrounds. Allen Pezo was eliminated in the first round of the event, but since it was his fifteen recorded event for the year he is now eligible for ranking in the Open Championship and joins the list at #35 in the world.
Copemish, Michigan (Throwdown)
Monster Truck Throwdown never disappointed when it comes to unique track design. In Copemish this weekend they used the natural terrain for a while downhill run into a J-turn, similar to the Nordic series in Sweden. Tim Missentzis driving Dirt Crew took the win over Jeremy Hosman in Reckless Drivin’. It was Missentzis’s second win in two weeks.
Coventry, UK (Monster Jam)
Neil Elliot sloshed his way through a muddy track and an 8-truck field to pick up his 5th win of the season. Runner-up Mark List in El Toro Loco gained 5 spots in the standings and is now in the Top 20.
East Rutherford, New Jersey (Monster Jam)
Tyler Menninga has been winning races left-and-right on the arena tour, and now he has a Stadium victory to his name, as well. The current World #1 knocked off the legendary Tom Meents in the first round, squeezed past Ryan Disharoon in the second, and knocked off rival Camden Murphy in the semi-finals. In the final round, Menninga bobbled a bit heading into the final turn but skillfully recovered in time to keep just ahead of Scott Hartsock in Slinger.
Greenwood, Nebraska (All Star)
Darren Migues picked up his 13th win of the season at the I-80 Speedway. Veteran Ron Nelson was the runner-up driving Tantrum.
Hurricane, Utah (All American)
Mikeal Christensen in Vendetta picked up his 10th win of the season when he defeated Kreg Christensen in the finals in Hurricane. Kreg got the headlines, however, as he completed the first successful backflip in Utah at the conclusion of the freestyle portion of the event. Mikeal moved up 3 spots into 17th place with the win.
Lima, Ohio (4-Wheel Jamboree)
The first stop on the 4-Wheel Jamboree points circuit saw Mat Dishman in Raminator sweep the weekend with three consecutive victories. Dishman raced against and defeated each of his five competitors during the weekend, including three semi-final wins over Brandon Derrow in Bad News Travels Fast. Michael Vaters II used the fast-loser spot to stay alive and advance to the final rounds on Friday and Saturday, while Christian Norman had Bigfoot in the finals on Saturday. However, no one could top Dishman who picked up 828 points and moved into the Top Ten in the world for the first time this season.
Manti, Utah (Insanity)
Jacob Ladwig has won 7 of his 12 events this season after knocking off Wally Turner in Sniper in beautiful Manti, Utah on Saturday.
Moncton, New Brunswick (Monster Spectaular)
Ed Sanderson claimed his first racing win of his career by knocking off Jack Brown in Bounty Hunter at the Avenir Centre in Moncton. Brown had defeated Sanderson in the opening round, but the Canadian driver worked his way through the loser’s bracket and scored the upset in the final round.
Moses Lakes, WA (Fire and Thrills)
Based on the information we have, it appears that there was no racing in Moses Lakes, and so points were not awarded.
Sterling, Colorado (No Limits)
There was no racing in Sterling and only three trucks in competition, so points were not awarded.
THE WEEK AHEAD
There are some big events coming up this weekend to keep an eye on.
Camden Murphy, Coty Saucier, and Ryan Anderson will be challenging points leader Tyler Menninga in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Scott Hartsock will be trying to make his second consecutive final round. Meanwhile, World Finals Racing Champion Jimmy Creten will be in Kansas City racing against King of the Beach John Gordon, Adam Anderson, and former world champion Mark Hall. Also, Neil Elliot will lead the International Tour into Gothenburg, Sweden.
The All Star Tour has a big event planned in Mansfield, Ohio including Bigfoot, Crushstation, and War Wizard. Toughest Monster Trucks will be at the famous Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina. The O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals have a pair of races in Springfield, Missouri. Malicious Monster Trucks are in Coos Bay, Oregon. The MTRL is racing in Salida, Colorado. Plus events in Berlin, New Jersey; Eagle, Colorado; Minot, North Dakota; York Haven, Pennsylvania; Dacano, Colorado; and Albany, Kentucky!