Photo by Danny Maass, TheMonsterBlog.com
Ever since the opening weekend of the Monster Nationals Tour, the battle has been headlined by the two top teams that Family Events has consistently brought in for their events. The battle between the Bigfoot team and Hall Brothers Racing has raged through three events, and it didn't seem to let up as the fourth round of competition began in Corbin, Kentucky.
The five-truck field would see a first-time participant this year, but it was not an unfamiliar truck. The Samson team brought the big-armed Chevrolet out to competition, but instead of Hall of Fame driver Dan Patrick at the wheel, it was his young daughter, Allie, who took over the seat of her dad's truck this year following his retirement from driving full-time. This year has already seen one lady go to victory lane in the opening weekend, but the young Patrick has shown this year she is very capable of handling the big beast. Completing out the field was Eric Tack in Bigfoot, Vern House in War Wizard, Mat Dishman in Rammunition, and Mark Hall in the Raminator.
Friday's competition, like each week, began with fresh cars, and a wheelie contest. Each competitor had strong hits, but the Ford Fans were proud as Tack powered the Lucas Oil Bigfoot Raptor to victory, kicking off the night on the right foot. Up next would be the donut competition, and the floor had much more space than the week before, meaning there was a lot of room to get the tires to grip on the concrete.
Tack tried to double up, but Hall was having none of it. He screamed the buffed Goodyears and would smoke the tires to his first win of the night, much to the delight of the crowd.
With the lead cars crushed a bit, the third competition now meant distance. Up next on the docket for the big trucks would be the long-jump contest. Speed and length mattered the most, and Tack got Bigfoot #14 to launch far across the floor, powering to yet another win on the night.
The win gave him an automatic pass in the first round of racing, but in the quick track style that the Monster Nationals is known for, reaction time and horsepower are what matter. On this night, despite already having two wins in hand, Tack would not get the first big trophy on the night. Instead, it would be yet another big racing win for the Raminator, putting Hall at two wins on the night as well.
Finally freestyle came around, making the final contest on the night a tie-breaker for the top two drivers on the night, so long as one of them would take home the second giant trophy available on the night. After four big performances, Hall would again show that his new chassis is even stronger than his previous piece, as he would take home another freestyle trophy, his second straight after his win the week before in his hometown.
Fast forward to Saturday night, and both Hall and Tack were looking to still dominate the night. Hall had the 3-2 advantage entering the first competition of the night, once again the wheelie contest.
However, Tack was not going to be denied once again, as the patriotic-colored Lucas Oil machine launched skyward, pointing right at the roof of the arena. For the second consecutive night, Tack would take home the opening trophy of the show.
The donut contest would again be won by a Hemi-powered truck, but this time Hall would be playing second-fiddle. Teammate Dishman had not won a donut contest in a while, and finally made the Michelin Mega X Bib tires smoke in a massive cyclone. The red and silver Ram 1500 would be the top truck on this night, ending the streak of both Hall and Tack in victories.
When the smoke finally settled down, the long jump portion of the event would once again go to Tack, as he would sweep the competition for the weekend. He then would follow that up with win in the racing portion of the night, taking a 5-4 lead in victories over the weekend against the strong Hall Brothers team.
But, the final win of the night would go back to the Raminator, as Hall would make sure his black Ram Heavy Duty stood tall in freestyle. His win would bring it to a draw between the teams, but overall it was Tack that would take 5 of 10 wins as a driver over the course of the weekend.
The "Monster Nite Out" Tour gets a rest this upcoming weekend, as when it returns it will be a three-event extravaganza at the Southern Illinois Center at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois. On Friday, Feb. 28, one event at 7:30 p.m. will welcome fans, while the next day would see events at both 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for everyone in attendance. All five trucks that were competiting in Kentucky will return for the next three rounds of action, but joining them will be one of the original drivers to showcase a 3D body, as it will be Hall of Fame driver Allen Pezo bringing the black panther known as Predator into competition.
Visit MonsterNationals.com for all the ticket information, including all the extras that will be part of the pit party before each event.