Robert Haught has been a fan of monster trucks since age 3 and now works with them in nearly every capacity possible, from designing web sites to crew work to photography and more. Always available to help any team in the industry; he can be reached at 513-383-9293.

Starting Line: A Look at the First Month of Monster Jam in 2014

(Photos By: Jeremy Verret and Josh Rhodes)

(Photos By: Jeremy Verret and Josh Rhodes)

Welcome back to Starting Line! It has been a fantastic first month of monster trucks, and we’ve had photographers all over the place getting YOU the best coverage in the sport. What follows are some thoughts on the first month of the 2014 monster truck season: [Read more…]

Cincinnati, Ohio – Monster Jam – April 5, 2013

Photos By: Robert Haught
Event: Monster Jam
Venue: US Bank Arena
City: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: April 5, 2013

Field of Trucks: Advance Auto Parts Grinder (John Seasock),  Grave Digger (Randy Brown), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), Iron Warrior (Mikey Vaters), and Black Stallion (Mike Vaters).

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Dayton, Ohio – Monster Jam – March 17, 2012 (2pm show)

Photos By: Robert Haught
Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Nutter Center
City: Dayton, Ohio
Date: March 17, 2012

Field of Trucks: Grave Digger (Chad Tingler), Spider-Man (Bari Musawwir), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Nitemare (Andy Hoffman), Grinder (John Seasock), and El Toro Loco (Becky Mcdonough).
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Monster Jam’s Young Guns Shootout – What’s the Deal?

When I first heard Monster Jam announcer Scott Douglass begin talking about the Young Guns Shootout in Las Vegas, I wondered just what the deal was. What trucks would be in Vegas, when would they compete…basically, I wondered what the deal was! The previews continued until the big announcement on Monster Jam’s Facebook that it would be a competition on Friday night during the Double Down event, and a couple competitors have already been announced. Congratulations are in order to Bari Musawwir (Spider-Man) and Scott Buetow (Iron Man) for making the cut. Since that leaves us with six trucks, I wanted to throw out a few names I noticed that fit Monster Jam’s criteria of two years or less with Monster Jam and are not competing in the World Finals (of course, some competitors are up in the air, so I’ve kept that in mind):

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Messy in Miami Monster Jam

“What a muddy mess!” This was the first thought that came to mind when I arrived to check out the Miami Monster Jam, and it ended up being the theme of the night. The Monster Jam dirt crews worked feverishly to give the drivers the best conditions possible, but ultimately, Mother Nature always wins. The drivers rose to the challenge and still turned out a tremendous show, but it was not without some controversy at the end.

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It was a muddy mess at the Miami Monster Jam before the show.

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Orlando and January in Monster Trucks

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Tom Meents continues to wow in Maximum Destruction, and teammates Neil Elliott and Kreg Christensen won this weekend as well. (photo: Jeremy Verret)

The last weekend in January for monster trucks proved every bit as exciting as the promise, with several shows enjoying what I call defining moments–those ones where you’re just happy to be a monster truck fan and realize you’re seeing something special. A lot of these moments were provided by the Maximum Destruction team, with all three drivers–Tom Meents, Neil Elliott, and Kreg Christensen–picking up sweeps on the weekend. [Read more…]

Ben “Bobo” Winslow Interview

Recently Robert Haught was able to speak with Iron Outlaw driver Ben “Bobo” Winslow about his first weekend of 2012 driving Iron Outlaw. Winslow also discussed his team, 2Xtreme Racing, as well as his thoughts on the coming season and much more. Enjoy our audio interview with Ben “Bobo” Winslow, and be sure to check out his web site, We thank Winslow for his time.

2012 Monster Trucks – Week One In the Books!

Starting Line - Hot WheelsWelcome to the all-new! I am excited beyond belief that we finally have the redesign of the site online (special thanks go out to Ed Hoormann and Dustin Hart, who worked around the clock with me to make it happen), and just in time for what turned out to be an awesome first weekend in 2012 for monster trucks. I’ll be bringing everyone regular content and columns in 2012; Starting Line is back for good! Let’s get right to some of the highlights. [Read more…]

Minneapolis Monster Jam Recap: Son-Uva Digger and Monster Magic Win Big.

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Monster Magic and Son-Uva Digger in a narrow final round finish. (Photo By: Josh Kirscher)

It was 13 long months since monsters last invaded the Minneapolis Metrodome, and it was worth the wait. Under a full house in Minnesota, the big winners were Monster Magic’s Morgan Kane and Son-Uva Digger, driven by Ryan Anderson. The big story heading into the event was that it was another triple Anderson event, with Dennis (Grave Digger), Ryan (Son-Uva Digger), and Adam (Grave Digger The Legend) all competing at the same venue. [Read more…]

Indianapolis, Indiana – 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals – September 17, 2011 (Afternoon)

Photos By: Robert Haught
Event: 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals (Afternoon)
Venue: Indianapolis Fairgrounds
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Date: September 17, 2011

Field of Trucks: Avenger (Rich Hilgendorf), General Tire (Chris Bergeron), Heavy Hitter (Derick Anson), Bigfoot (Dan Runte), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Stomper (Mike Nichter), Airdog (Michelle Radzierez), Chalkboard Chuck (Bobby Holman), Star Marshall (Dave Radzierez), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Black Night (). [Read more…]