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 .  For information on Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw visit our website at or

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


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 or phone at 702.739.FANS or 866.4JAM.TIX. For additional information about the USHRA Monster JAM log onto

We thank 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? 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 or by clicking the photo above. We thank Dustin for his time.


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!

Busy Weekend – Raleigh Monster Jam and More

Total is currently working on photos from action this past weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, Albany, New York, and Indianapolis Indiana. In Raleigh, Gary Porter took the racing win against Troy Dubose’s Total Chaos, with Brian Barthel’s Little Tiger winning freestyle after a slap wheelie at the end of his run earned him a 25. In Albany on Sunday, Diehl Wilson’s Virginia Giant took the wheelie and donut competitions, while Mike Vaters’ Black Stallion won freestyle with a 30 in a crowd cheer off. Thrasher was able to win the racing but nosed over and took a hard landing at the end. (photo courtesy Dustin Hart)

Predator Spins, Digger Wins in Indy

Randy has returned from Indianapolis, and has a brief show rundown, with coverage, 100+ photos, and more to follow soon. Predator was the fast qualifier and met up with the Bob and Tom truck (formerly Hot Wheels) driven by Guy Wood in the final. It was close into the final turn, but Predator had problems, while Wood was smooth took the racing win.

Freestyle was unique, with several trucks stepping up with career performances in front of the television cameras. Jason Witte had a spectacular save in Wild Hair coming out of a donut, nearly dragging the roof of the truck on the dirt before bringing it back onto all four wheels and continuing his run. It was Randy Brown and Grave Digger taking the win with a 29 that included a sideways hit on double stacked cars that spun the truck on its nose in a unique “flip” and save, which he continued. He also hammered through a mobile home/box truck setup (see photo above) in the center of the track. Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction) and Pezo tied for second place with 28 points each. Photos, a full recap, and more from Indianapolis will be up soon!

Eradicator Makes Stunning Return and More!

New Hampshire wins for EradicatorAndy Slifko of the Eradicator monster truck has had an interesting past couple of weeks, and it culminated in him winning four of eight competitions in Manchester, New Hampshire, just five days after his hauler (and nearly his truck!) was destroyed in a fire. Team Eradicator was kind enough to send us a press release on all those happenings, and it is available below (photo courtesy Andrew Palochko, 

Slifko Avenges Disaster, Claims Wins in New Hampshire  

Also, has just returned from three shows in three nights at Kansas City, and hopes to have more from there and a few other surprises as soon as possible!

Eradicator Trailer Relief Fund

monster truck and have teamed up to form the Eradicator Trailer Relief Fund, available at the link above. We accept PayPal and mail donations, so everyone should be able to help Andy and the Eradicator team’s cause. We hope that you will be able to, and encourage you to visit the link above. Large and small donations are accepted; we thank you for your time, and hope to present Andy with a check when the fund is over!

Also, we were able to contact Andy last night and he was in good spirits.

“It makes me feel good to be a part of this industry after all the support I’ve had in the past few days,” he said. “My phone has been ringing off the hook. People like (Tom) Meents, The Hall Brothers, the Grave Digger guys, FK Rod Ends, and a lot more have pulled together and helped me out, and I really appreciate it.” will be hitting the road tomorrow morning for three shows from Kansas City, and also hopes to have coverage from Greensboro, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, California within the same weekend!