Monster Profile: Jason Witte: His Career – His Thoughts – His Wild Hair

Jason Witte Monster Profile

Jason Witte has been in the monster truck business for six years, beginning with his purchase of the Wild Hair truck and name from Marvin Smith. After running a highly modified version of the Wild Hair he bought for a few years, Witte and crew built a new Wild Hair in 2003. After many successful performances, TV appearances, and much more, December 2004 was the time for the Washington, Missouri native to sell Wild Hair (See December’s News Archives). The February 19 Monster Jam was Witte’s last official show running the Wild Hair name. Known as one of the hardest-running independents on the Monster Jam and many other circuits, Witte has established a reputation as a crowd-pleaser in freestyle especially. Will it be Witte’s last show behind the wheel of a monster truck? Robert Haught had a chance to sit down with Jason and find out.

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Minneapolis Monster Jam Photos Online!

126 photos from the February 19 Minneapolis Monster Jam are now available for your viewing pleasure, including photos of Grave Digger’s 6-minute freestyle and more! Look for a new Monster Profile with Wild Hair’s Jason Witte tomorrow. Enjoy, and thank you for visiting AllMonster.com!

Monster Jam World Finals to be Broadcast Live on USHRA.com

Clear Channel has sent us the following press release announcing the live webcast of the Monster Jam World Finals March 19 in Las Vegas; we thank them for their time:

2005 Monster Jam World Finals To Be Webcast Live on USHRA.COM
Monster Jam LIVE! Makes Grand Debut

AURORA, Ill. (March 8, 2005) – Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports division announced today that the 2005 Monster Jam World Finals will be webcast live from Sam Boyd Stadium, March 19th on www.ushra.com.

The first ever installation of Monster Jam LIVE! will air the Monster Jam World Finals from opening ceremonies until the champion crowning. The audio broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. (PST).

The show will feature veteran Supercross LIVE! announcer, Chad Damiani, as host and will give fans at home an opportunity to listen live to all the action directly from the largest Monster Jam event of the year.

“We are extremely excited to bring the first ever Monster Jam webcast to life and there is no better event to do it at than the Monster Jam World Finals at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on March 19,” said Mark Abernethy, senior director of brand marketing for Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports. “We have had huge success over the past five years with Supercross LIVE! and we think that Monster Jam LIVE! has the potential to be even bigger in terms of live webcast listeners.”
For more information about Monster Jam and Monster Jam LIVE! log on to www.ushra.com.    

Monster Trucks to go to China?

Clear Channel Communications stated today that it may form a joint venture that would bring many forms of motorsports and concerts to China, including monster trucks. To read the full story, click here:

MONSTERS TO CHINA?

Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit Headed to Vegas

2Xtreme Racing (Team Bounty Hunter/Scarlet Bandit/Iron Outlaw) has sent us the following press release on the team’s qualification for the Monster Jam World Finals; we thank them for their time and effort:

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2005

Checker Schuck’s Kragen Bounty Hunter and Scarlet Bandit a Dangerous Duo.
Both Trucks Qualify for Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas

Phoenix, AZ – In an exceptional, but challenging year for the Checker Schuck’s Kragen backed team, both Jimmy and Dawn Creten have driven their big Ford Expeditions to numerous Monster Jam series wins.   Their stellar performance has allotted both trucks a birth in the sport’s most prestigious event – The Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas .

For over two months the team has criss-crossed the country racing in Tacoma, Reno, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boise, Detroit and twice in Houston.  In 17 events the team has captured an impressive nine racing wins, numerous final round appearances and laid down freestyle performances that brought 50,000 people to their feet.  The sold out Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas is their final destination, where they will compete for the World Racing and Freestyle Championship in front of 36,000 people from all fifty states and nine countries, as well as millions more watching at home on SPEED Channel.

This marks the 4th consecutive trip to the Monster Jam World Finals for Jimmy and the Bounty Hunter.  While Dawn inherits the role of rookie, both are top contenders for victory.  “The 20 truck field will really make things interesting this year, I’m excited to have finally made it in and I can’t wait to get some practice runs on Friday. The boys better watch out this year!” said an excited Mrs. Creten on Monday.  Jimmy is the only driver besides former champion Tom Meents to see the Final round more than one time.

“What makes the World Finals so cool is the fans from all over the country that we see at other events.  Our fan base grows by leaps and bounds every year, it really is amazing” said Jimmy Creten on the event.  “We’ve come so close on more than one occasion and if all goes well, this will be the year we get the job done.”

For more information on the United States Hot Rod Association and the Monster Jam World Finals please visit http://ww.ushra.com .  For information on Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw visit our website at http://www.bountyhunter4x4.com or http://www.scarletbandit.com.

Monster Jam World Finals 6 Lineup Announced; More to Come!

USHRA.com has released the truck/driver lineup for the Monster Jam World Finals 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and their press release is as follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           

2005 USHRA MONSTER JAM WORLD FINALS COMPETITORS ANNOUNCED

Aurora, IL (March 1, 2005)  – The U.S. Hot Rod Association (USHRA) announced today the monster trucks that qualified to compete at the coveted 2005 Monster Jam World Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 19. 

Considered to be the ultimate monster truck event by both the competitors and spectators, 300+ trucks have spent the past three months battling for the opportunity to compete at the World Finals.  The following 20 trucks & drivers were selected. 

 

Avenger – Jim Koehler

Black Smith – Pablo Huffaker

Black Stallion – Michael Vaters

Blue Thunder – Tony Farrell

Bounty Hunter – Jim Creten

Brutus* – Chris Bergeron*

Destroyer – Dan Evans

El Toro – Lupe Soza

An Escalade* – George Balhan*

Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson

Gun Slinger – Scott Hartsock

Hot Wheels – Phil Foster*

King Krunch – David Smith

Madusa – Debra Miceli

Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents

Monster Mutt – Bobby Z

Pastrana 199* – Paul Cohen

Power Forward – Frank Krmel*

Scarlet Bandit* – Dawn Creten*

Superman* – Chad Fortune

*Indicates inaugural World Finals appearance

Tickets to the World Finals are on sale at the Thomas and Mack Center box office and UNLV Ticket Outlets, including: the Galleria at Sunset, Meadows Mall, Boulevard Mall, all Stations Casino and Fiesta properties.  Tickets are available on line via UNLVTICKETS.com or phone at 702.739.FANS or 866.4JAM.TIX. For additional information about the USHRA Monster JAM log onto USHRA.com.

We thank USHRA.com for the information. More news will be coming shortly, including a press release from Team Bounty Hunter/Scarlet Bandit!

Anderson Sweeps Jacksonville; El Matador and Digger Win in Oklahoma City

Randy Brown in Grave DiggerDennis Anderson and Grave Digger XIX took the racing and freestyle victories tonight in Jacksonville, Florida the first night that all four World Champions were in the same arena. Anderson defeated Jim Jack in Reptoid on the rainy track after Jack took out Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction) in the semifinals. Anderson, Meents, Madusa, and Jim Koehler’s Avenger all had highlight-worthy runs, but Anderson came out on top with a score of 29.

In Oklahoma City, El Matador took the victory over Total Chaos in the finals, and Randy Brown’s Grave Digger won freestyle with a 29 after rolling on a van hit with a broken rear tie rod (photo courtesy Landon Harrison). Photos, updates and more from the first quarter of 2005 are on the way!

St. Louis Monster Jam Recap; Photos Soon

Saturday’s St. Louis Monster Jam was exciting as usual for events at the Edward Jones Dome, with Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction) sweeping racing and freestyle. Meents beat Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger) in the finals after Anderson went up on two wheels in the final turn, making the save but losing the race. Anderson had rolled in introductions but managed to take the fastest qualifying time before his loss to Maximum Destruction in the final. Meents went half of his freestyle run on three wheels, ending with the only rollover of the freestyle competition. More highlights, coverage, and photos are on the way soon.

What’s it Like to Crew for Digger?

AllMonster.com set out to answer that question, and our interview with one of Team Grave Digger’s newest crew members, Dustin Brown, is now available at the link below (taken from USHRA.com) or by clicking the photo above. We thank Dustin for his time.

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO CREW FOR DIGGER?

Indy Photos Now Available!

More than 130 photos from last weekend’s spectacular Indianapolis Monster Jam are now available in the Photos section; coverage and recaps with photos from many more events from the month of January are on the way! Enjoy, and thank you for visiting AllMonster.com!