Five Teams to Watch-First Quarter 2009

Starting Line
Robert Haught

“Five Teams to Watch-First Quarter 2009”-December 31, 2008     

Welcome back, everyone! We have some big things planned for 2009 here at AllMonster, and before I get started, I would like to thank each and every person that has checked out the site over the years; it’s been a joy, and we are here because of you!

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Monster Profile: Jimmy Creten

Jimmy Creten - Bounty Hunter - Monster Profile

Jimmy Creten is one of the most successful and skilled drivers in the monster truck industry. He has appeared in seven of the nine Monster Jam World Finals events and heads a three-truck team called 2Xtreme Racing out of Tonganoxie, Kansas. Jimmy has done multiple interviews for us in the past, and is always a pleasure to have on the site. Josh Rhodes caught up with Jimmy for a quick interview after a summer show. [Read More …]

Monster Profile: Aaron Cromer

Aaron Cromer is one of the first “internet guys” to make it to the driver’s seat of a monster truck. 2008 is his rookie season behind the wheel of Anger Management, and he was a candidate for the USHRA’s Rookie of the Year award. The owner of sat down with Robert Haught for a quick interview during a break in the summer season to give us his thoughts. We appreciate his time.

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Las Vegas 2008 – A Different Perspective

Hello and welcome to another edition of Starting Line! After a long hiatus, we’re glad to have some fresh thoughts for you, the reader in this column. The topic on most fans’ minds at the moment is the upcoming ninth Monster Jam World Finals, and this is a column previewing it, but with a twist—instead of making predictions or assumptions as most writers tend to, I wanted a different approach.

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Monster Profile: Tom Meents

Tom Meents - Maximum Destruction - Monster Profile

Recently Josh Rhodes spoke with Tom Meents about the progression of monster truck racing, his early years in the sport, and the incident from Jacksonville in 2005 with Jim Jack and Reptoid.

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Monster Profile: Bigfoot Creator Bob Chandler

Bob Chandler - Bigfoot - Monster Profile

A few months back Josh Rhodes sat down with Bob Chandler (Owner and creator of the Bigfoot monster truck team) to discuss the teams future plans, Chandler’s thoughts on the state of the industry and the history of the sport.

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Monster Profile: Chris Bergeron

Chris Bergeron - Brutus - Monster ProfileChris Bergeron is best known for some of the most outrageous moves in the sport of monster truck racing. From the cartwheel flip earlier in 2006 at the Georgia Dome to the nosedive he had during World Finals 6 freestyle in Las Vegas, Bergeron has taken many a rough landing. He and teammate Jim Koehler (Avenger) are known for their wild style on the track, especially during freestyle. Bergeron was kind enough to take a few minutes with Josh Rhodes for an interview at the Indianapolis Jamboree. [Read More …]

What to watch for in 2006

As the 2005 season in monster trucks winds down, I found it appropriate to reflect on all that has happened in our sport since I last posted a column here with a focus on the summer season.

The first stop for me was Quincy, Illinois for two days of Monster Jam. There were a couple of interesting storylines to look for in the winter season happening already at this event. Carl VanHorn was handed the keys to Dennis Anderson’s Grave Digger 19 and dominated the racing and freestyle both days. In his first hit on the van stack in freestyle, VanHorn did something even Anderson rarely does in 19–a slap wheelie, his trademark in Grave Digger 14. Rumors abound about which Grave Digger truck he will drive next year, but on this weekend and the following one in Baxter, Tennessee, VanHorn proved he will be a force in the season to come no matter what he is driving.

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Monster Profiles: Jim Koehler – Avenger

Jim Koehler - Avenger - Monster Profile

Jim Koehler is a veteran of the monster truck industry who started in the industry owning a monster truck dedicated to his father, who raced dragsters under the same name, to winning the 2003 Freestyle World Championship. His two-truck team also includes Chris Bergeron’s Brutus. “Mr. Excitement” is known for his wild freestyles and personality, and is constantly running Avenger and Brutus all over the nation as an independent. Koehler is currently working on a new chassis for Avenger, and was kind enough to take time out and speak with us. We thank him for his time. [Read More …]

Monster Profile: Randy Brown

Randy Brown - Grave Digger - Monster Profile

Randy Brown sat down with AllMonster recently and was kind enough to give us some great insight on many aspects of monster truck racing. Before racing monster trucks, Brown was involved in pulling with his father and has always been involved in motor sports of some sort. We thank Brown for his time and courtesy. [Read More …]