Photo credited to Danny Mass
Being able to say one team is capable of sweeping a series is hard to do. It's difficult for an NFL team to sweep its division, or an NBA team to sweep a season series against its rival. In racing, it's hard for one driver to win one race at a track, much less take wins at both races held at that one track in a season.
Heading into Sunday, the Hall Brothers Racing team of Mark Hall and Mat Dishman were on a run of being 5 for 5 in the 4-Wheel Jamboree Series. Dishman won the first three races of the year in Rammunition, sweeping the weekend in Springfield, while Hall in Raminator swept Saturday's action in Lima, Ohio.
With one day left in Lima, the seven other trucks in attendance were looking to finally knock the Ram team from their perch. Closest rival, Dan Runte in Bigfoot #18, and his crew had the truck ready for Sunday's action after his minor rollover on Saturday, and was eager to get his 2011 Ford desert race truck into the winner's circle.
He got the opportunity to finally do that as the final round of competition came down to Runte and Hall, the same matchup that saw Runte roll in the corner one day prior.
This time, no rollover would decide this race. The veteran drivers went wheel-to-wheel in the final race on the U-shaped course. Both drivers went for it all coming to the finish line, too close to call once the trucks crossed the line. After looking at the times and video, it was Hall that took the victory, and completing the second straight jamboree sweep for Hall Brothers Racing.
There is no question, the Raminator and Rammunition trucks are on a tear thus far in 2012, far more on a tear than in years past. It's the first time the team has ever completed a back-to-back sweep of jamboree events, with the last sweep of an entire weekend happening nearly two years ago.
Now, the competitors on the jamboree circuit are getting nearly a two-month break from competition. Family Events will not have another event until the July 13-15 weekend at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
The Hall Brothers team has won at least one race at Bloomsburg each year since 2000, and judging by the streak they are on, that's unlikely to change. The team won three of the four races one year ago, so already they are coming in as favorites to win each time out.
But, the layoff will allow the Bigfoot team to go back to the shop, rest up the equipment and prepare for an event that Runte has said to be one of his favorites of the entire year. Teammate Darron Schnell will also make his return to the jamborees this year as he will be back behind the wheel of the Vi-Cor Bigfoot Bessie.
Team Beast is also rolling into town as Bobby Holman will let his Lucas Oil Stabilizer make some noise at the fairgrounds, while Joe Nichter will make his Bloomsburg debut in the General Tire truck.
Pennsylvania-natives Michelle Simpson and Dave Radzierez come back to Bloomsburg in familiar trucks, as Simpson steps inside Chalkboard Chuck, while Radzierez will pull double duty over the weekend as he will pilot both the Star Marshal and the all-new XDP Diesel monster.
Finally, making his Pennsylvania jamboree debut will be Australia's Clive Featherby in the very unique, but very popular, horse-themed truck named Outback Thunda.
Full coverage of the three-day event, including interviews with drivers, will be seen on AllAboutHorsepower.com. For information on the Bloomsburg jamboree, including hotel deals, ticket prices and fast facts, visit 4WheelJamboree.com.