When the Jamboree season kicked off in May, it began with one team being dominant over four events. That led to winning five of the first seven races, and suddenly turned into being 8-for-11 on the year for victories.
But, entering the final 4-Wheel Jamboree event for 2013, Mark Hall had yet to taste victory in his Raminator machine. Sure, entering the weekend he practically had the championship wrapped up with a massive lead entering the Indianapolis weekend, but he wanted to get back to victory lane in the worst way. At the final event in Bloomsburg, he was denied a clean-sweep thanks to Dan Runte and the popular Bigfoot #18.
On Saturday, Runte again beat Hall in the final round of racing, while the runner-up finish locked up enough points to give the Ram team a second-straight jamboree title. He was denied again in the evening show, as Cody Holman shocked everyone and got his first win of his career in a jamboree.
So entering Sunday, Hall was a shocking 0-2 at Indy, one of his favorite stops each year. Now, with a 10-truck field awaiting him, the focus was to simply win.
Not making the call for Sunday was Joe Nichter in The General due to steering breakage on Saturday afternoon, and then the special Hubler Automotive Group Bigfoot #19, which the night prior saw it's own highlight as driver Larry Swim soared the truck on his first hit in the evening freestyle, was unable to return as the truck suffered a bad "lawn dart" landing, breaking the front end and the steering. With two trucks down, it would mean that in each of the first two rounds one truck would return as a fast loser.
As the field began wearing through, Runte once again marched to the finals. After missing the jamboree in Springfield, Missouri, due to him being at another event, he has been on a tear. He went to three-of-four finals in Bloomsburg, finally winning the final day, and on Sunday, just like in 2011, he would march on and win the final event of the Jamboree tour. For the second straight year, Team Bigfoot would dominate Indianapolis, but Mark Hall would be the one walking away as the 2013 General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags champion.
Freestyle would conclude the weekend, and knowing that this would be the final event of the year, every driver would leave an impression. The one all year long that has brought many spectacular moments has been the XDP Diesel of Dave Radzierez. After debuting a year ago, he was still learning what exactly the truck liked.
Fast forward to 2013, it was a completely different story. Radzierez constantly had the truck going full-tilt, catching more air than anyone, and providing a highlight reel worthy moment at each show.
It would prove to be what made the difference as yet another strong performance on Sunday complete with skyward jumps, a cyclone, and major leaps over the big jumps, would give him the victory, and also give him the freestyle championship for 2013, which is the first for any monster truck not powered by a standard V8 engine.
Thus concludes another 4-Wheel Jamboree season for the Family Events Promotion Company. Their season for monster action has come to a close, but they are already looking forward to a strong winter season with the Monster Nationals tour and then once again heading back outdoors for the 2014 Jamboree tour.
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