Mike Vaters Jr. and Overkill Evolution take 2 Big Wins at Monster Jam World Finals XV

April 2nd, 2014


Mike Vaters Jr. drove the Truck Toyz Performance/One Up Offroad Overkill Evolution monster truck to a historic victory in the 2014 Young Guns Shootout at Monster Jam World Finals XV.

The largest monster truck event in history took place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 20-22, 2014 hosting over 85 of the top names in the sport. FELD Motorsports carefully selected their top 14 rising stars to compete in the annual Young Guns Shootout. With a mere 11 events under their belt the fledgling Overkill Evolution team faced stiff competition particularly from several teams which were in their third year of competition in the event.

Crew Chief Matt Cody did not allow the stated 18 to 1 odds to distract his crew from insuring that everything on the truck was 100% ready for battle. And an epic battle it was. But when the dust settled Vaters piloted the Roush Yates Performance/Ford Racing powered Overkill Evolution to a decisive victory!

Vaters made history by being not only the first rookie to ever win the Young Guns Championship title, but also the first to do so with All Ford Power. At the 2014 Monster Jam Awards Ceremony he stated, “To be a part of Monster Jam is amazing. We went out there this year and did it, and I still can’t believe we did it. I went in to the Young Guns Shootout only having been in my truck for 12 weeks. It’s an honor to be the third Young Guns Shootout champion.”

But he wasn’t done just yet…..

During that same ceremony the Overkill Evolution team was also honored to have Mike Vaters Jr. selected as the 2014 Monster Jam Rookie of the Year, a title he would share with very deserving fellow competitor Cody Saucier.

Team owner Marty Garza stated, “Words cannot express how proud I am of Mikey and the entire team. There was so much hard work and dedication put into this project that there were times when we questioned if it would all be worth it. But now in hindsight it was worth every moment. I believe the future for our team is very bright.”

For more information on the Overkill Evolution team follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OverkillEvolution

Monster-X Tour and BIGFOOT 4X4 Present:

December 4th, 2013


St. Louis, MO (December 3, 2013) – Monster-X Tour and BIGFOOT 4×4 have teamed up to bring you the all-new “Monster Truck Mafia BIGFOOT®” monster truck for 2014. Over the past few years, the Monster-X Tour has been one of the most aggressive in the monster truck industry and is looking to make 2014 the BIGGEST-BADDEST year yet. How? By adding Larry Swim and the all new “Monster Truck Mafia BIGFOOT” to the weekly racing line-up!

 

 

“The Monster-X Tour has added a BIGFOOT truck to just about every event we are doing for the 2014 Winter series,” said Monster-X Tour CEO, Danny Torgerson. “We have a great relationship with the BIGFOOT team and are stoked to add Larry Swim and the all new “Monster Truck Mafia BIGFOOT.” Larry’s aggressive driving style is a perfect fit for our Tour!”

 

 

“We can’t wait for the 2014 season to start,” said Bob Trent, BIGFOOT VP of Sponsorship and Business Development. “I am excited to see Larry run the Monster Truck Mafia BIGFOOT – he is the perfect fit for this ride and this series!”

 

 

Larry will be running the Monster-X Tour at select events, so check MonsterXTour.com or BIGFOOT4x4.com for his schedule. You will also see the Vi-Cor BIGFOOT, Summit Racing BIGFOOT, and the Odyssey Battery BIGFOOT monster trucks racing in the Monster-X Tour.

Look for all new Monster Truck Mafia/BIGFOOT merchandise coming soon, either at Monster-X Tour events or online at BIGFOOT4x4.com/Events or MonsterXTour.com.

For more information on the BIGFOOT monster truck team, including a schedule of live events, multimedia downloads, up-to-date news, online store and more, visit their official site at Bigfoot4x4.com, or join us on Facebook.

Summit Racing/BIGFOOT driver Dan Runte reflects on Operation Appreciation 2013

November 19th, 2013

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait — Operation Appreciation, Summit Racing’s annual visit to troops stationed overseas, has a whole new look for 2013.

The cast remains the same—Greg Anderson, Jason Line, Andrew Hines, Eddie Kraweic, and Dan Runte once again make up the tour’s lineup—but this year’s trip takes place in the desert of the Middle East.

While past tours have centered around Germany and other European stops, Operation Appreciation 2013 began with visits to two key American military bases in Kuwait: Ali Al Salem air base and Camp Beuhring, located near the Iraqi border. All told, the 2013 tour will include stops at multiple bases in three different countries in the Persian Gulf region. Summit Racing/BIGFOOT monster truck driver Dan Runte took time to reflect on his first day in the Middle East:

“Coming over here to the Middle East, I have to admit—it worried me a little bit.

Once you’re here, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. It’s just one of those things where we went to Germany two years in a row, and that’s the only place I had been as far as visiting the troops. Because this is closer to being in a war zone, this is a lot different than being in Germany. There are also a lot of differences between the cultures and everything else—the scenery, the landscape, the way people act. It’s a whole different deal.

It’s hard to explain, but I feel we’re appreciated even more for being here. And with that being said, if everyone in the United States had an opportunity to do this (visit active military personnel), I think this is the place where they should do it. Germany is a neat place to visit, and we have troops there that we care about very much, but this is right up front near where wars have been fought recently.

Today, being our first day, was just neat. What’s a guy to say but “wow!”?

You’re in Kuwait, and you’re visiting two major bases—the air base (Ali Al Salem air base) and the Army base (Camp Beuhring). And the people we met were just incredible. Great scheduling and great program—Armed Forces Entertainment did a phenomenal job. They kept us busy all day—incredibly busy. And that was the neat part of today. Every place we went to today sticks out in my mind as a great experience. We had the different scenery and the guys looking at different stuff—like Eddie (Kraweic) wanting to see a camel all day. And he finally got to see one! It’s that type of stuff that just adds to the memories.

I said it last year, and I’ll say it again this year—what a great group of guys to be with! You’ve got guys that really feel appreciation for the troops we visit with, and you can see that with every one of the guys that came with the group. Everybody cares about what they’re doing, and it’s heartfelt. That means a lot for me to be with a group of guys like that.

As far as what our military does and the sacrifices they make, I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough. They’re away from their home. They’re away from their families. Thanksgiving and Christmas are both coming up, and it pulls on your heart a little bit. And yet they’re smiling, and they love their job just like we love ours. And everyone just made you feel like they were glad you’re here, and they were willing to spend the whole day with you. For example, we visited the 238th Medevac, and those guys spent one-on-one time with us to show us the ins and outs of the helicopter and let us climb around in it. It’s not just like ‘you’re here—great; sign some autographs’ and then poof—they get you out of there. They really wanted to spend time with you, and we wanted to spend as much time with them as we could.

The whole experience was great, and each stop stands out in my mind.”

Vinyl Images 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!

October 15th, 2013

MTRA Official Statement: Chihuahua Mexico Tragedy

October 7th, 2013

October 6, 2013

MTRA Official Statement: Chihuahua Mexico Tragedy

In response to the unprecedented tragedy which took place in Chihuahua, Mexico on Saturday October 5, 2013, we the Board of Directors of the Monster Truck Racing Association feel compelled to publicly condemn the glaring disregard for spectator safety exhibited by the event organizers of the ‘Extremo Aeroshow 2013′ in addition to the clear lack of precautionary safety equipment and safe method of operation exhibited by the vehicle and driver involved.

The precarious scenario set up by these individuals is counter to, and ignorant of, the numerous safety measures and protocol established by the MTRA over the past three decades. It is our sincere hope that this tremendous loss serves as a solemn reminder to everyone with any relationship to the monster truck industry of the importance of adhering to these critical standards.  We urge all event promoters as well as anyone planning to conduct a monster truck related event to contact the MTRA for assistance in insuring that all of these safety measures are observed.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those lost, and we pray for a full and speedy recovery for all of those injured in this incident.

For inquires please contact the MTRA at: contact@mtra.us

Board of Directors
Monster Truck Racing Association