Starting out a new season with a win always gives a team confidence, and a building block, for the weeks ahead. It's the same way in racing, as a win to start off the year means the man or woman atop the standings would be the one others have to chase all season.
That was the case on Friday when Mark Hall started the defense of his 2012 4-Wheel Jamboree title with a win in the first event of the year.
On day two of the 4-Wheel Jamboree in Lima, Ohio, the entire field of monster trucks were set to take on the S-style course once again. Team Bigfoot had a quick night as after not being able to make the final one night ago, Dan Runte and his team, along with other competitors, replaced a bad oil pump that set Bigfoot #18 aside for the night.
Unfortunately for Runte, his afternoon session did not go as planned as he would be upset in the first round by one of the drivers that helped him get the truck fixed, Dave Radzierez in the XDP Diesel.
The final round surprisingly came down once again to Hall in the Raminator taking on Derick Anson, winner of the 2013 Monster X Tour championship, in Heavy Hitter. But, just like one night ago, Hall would put his red and grey Ram Heavy Duty in the winner's circle.
As the day faded into night, the evening program on Saturday night was again competitive, and the fans in Ohio were loving the action on the tight track.
In another surprise, much like last year at Indianapolis, the first three events all had the same final round match-up. It again came down to a battle between Hall in the Raminator, and Anson in Heavy Hitter. Through the first three events, Anson proved he could make it to the final and compete against possibly the toughest driver to beat on the jamboree tour. For the third straight time, he would have a chance to go against the HEMI-powered machine and get his first win of the season.
But, at this point, the only way anyone was going to beat Hall was if he made a mistake or had a mechanical failure. For three straight events, Hall would be victorious over Anson, making him a perfect 3-for-3 to start the year, exactly the same thing his teammate Mat Dishman in Rammunition did one year ago.
One final race event awaits the fans at the Lima jamboree. Can Hall continue his streak and make it a complete sweep for the weekend? Can Anson finally take down Hall, or someone else, to take his first win of the season.
Or will it be Runte, Dishman, or another driver breaking into victory lane?
The final monster truck showdown in Lima is at 3:30 p.m.