Of course they don’t just let anyone hop in a blown, lifted monster truck that puts out 1500 horsepower and let them drive it around a stadium packed with people. No, just like in other sports, monster truck drivers have to prove themselves and work their way up to the big leagues. This guy may have some more work to do before hitting the monster truck ranks. Apparently his friend doesn’t have much confidence in him either. Check it out.
Los Angeles, Calif. (April 27, 2013) – SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks made the return to the birthplace of Stadium truck racing on a specifically designed dirt and asphalt course inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mike Jenkins began the qualifying session, running 3 smooth laps. Next was Lalo Laguna as he blistered a quick lap of 42.123 jumping to top of the charts. Laguna remained the quick qualifier throughout much of the event even after successful laps by off-road new comers Arie Luyendyk and Nick Baumgartner. P.J. Jones found trouble on his third qualifying lap turning the American Racing Wheels No. 98 over on its side.
GILBERT, AZ: The Arizona Short Course Championship and Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series Arizona presented by ADS Shocks kicked off the 6 round season with over 100 racers at the Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. With Monster Truck Rides, Freestyle Motocross Exhibitions, Off-Road Vendors and 20 green flag races, there was no lack of entertainment for the over 1500 spectators. “We always enjoy the first race of the season, getting to see the new racers join the group and previous racers coming back with improved cars,” said Tim Jones, President of the ASCC/ Lucas Oil Regional Off-Road Series Arizona. “We had some great races out on the Lucas Oil course here at Firebird. There will be some real strong competition all year long.”
Saturday the track was open for regional and national practice bringing out some of the biggest names in LOORRS racing. Some stayed for Sunday’s race including Drew Britt who won the Pro2 Class and Jacob Pearsons who finished 3rd in the Open Pro Class. Sheldon Creed took the Kary Environmental Checker Flag in the Open Pro Class, in front of other Saturday drivers Kyle Hart, Marty Hart’s son and Wayland Campbell, Shannon Campbell’s son.
The new season brought many changes for the hardworking LeDuc family as they returned to Firebird International Raceway for the first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing (LOORS) short course event of the season. This is the same track where Kyle LeDuc won the $30,000 Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Off Road Challenge Cup in his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford just three months prior, so expectations were high coming into the new season.
The elder LeDuc added a new title sponsor in Truxxx Lift and Level, Curt’s son Kyle LeDuc committed to running both Pro4 Unlimited and Pro Lite for the entire season in search of dual championships, and Kyle’s brother Todd LeDuc unveiled a new truck. No, Todd wasn’t behind the wheel of the Blue Thunder monster truck that he has been piloting in Monster Jam, at Firebird Todd debuted a brand new Pro4 Unlimited truck to join the rest of the family in short course racing’s fastest class.
“ROCKSTAR Energy Drink is well represented in Pro2 Unlimited with Rob MacCachren and Brian Deegan,” Todd explained. “I love to race regardless of the class or venue, and Pro4 suits me really well.” Backing up those words, Todd qualified sixth for Saturday’s race, which put him on the front row next to Carl Renezeder when the green flag dropped. At the half way mark of the race the three LeDucs were sitting in third, fourth, and fifth place and ready to pounce on the drivers in front of them.
According to a recent post on Jalopnik, the Air Force’s latest recruiting tool is a Cadillac Escalade-bodied monster truck designed to look like an A10-C Thunderbolt Warthog. Yes, this thing is for real, and yes, it comes complete with a t-shirt-shooting Gatling gun that you can see in action in the image below.