Barbarian is driven by Devin Jones from Miami, Oklahoma and has proven that determination and sacrifice can put you across the finish line. For years Devin and his father raced local tough trucks sponsor by the community’s D.A.R.E Program. A winter father/son project lead to the construction of “Barbarian” and even without the bigger budgets of other teams, Devin has climbed the monster truck ladder thanks to his ingenuity and passion for the sport. His vertical slap wheelies don’t disappoint either. Devin is a true independent monster truck warrior and his competitors have come to respect him for it.
Big Dawg was the original truck built by Doug Noelke and has been in competition since 1994. The yellow Ford is driven by long time friend Dale Gerding who was named MTRA rookie of the year in his first season behind the wheel.
Created in 1975, the original monster truck is from St. Louis. Bigfoot holds the world record for the longest jump at 202 feet – over a Boeing 737 jet – and has won more championships than any other monster truck.
From Yakima, WA, Captain USA has been racing for almost 30 years and is one of the most feared trucks on the west coast.
Twin brothers Travis and Tyler Groth from Gig Harbor, WA are putting their brand new truck up against the big dogs.
The Equalizer name has been near the top of the monster truck landscape for over twenty years, in fact the team captured the Monster Truck Challenge title in 1989. Mike Hawkins bought the truck and its legacy nearly 10 years ago and has not only held up its reputation but taken it to new levels. He currently leads the Equalizer team along with family’s construction company in Catlett, VA. Hawkins is fiercely competitive and leaves it all on the track. Giving it 110% all the time, Mike lives by the notion that “Hey man, they’re just parts – we aren’t married to them.” Anytime Equalizer is on the track he is a safe bet for a victory.
Fans are really getting behind the bright red Hot Tamale Chevrolet driven by driven by Isaias Morales. Morales, a Guatemalan native, has been taking the country by storm over the past three years with his crazy monster truck freestyle performances. Isaias is cheered by the fans because of his “feast or famine” mentality. The fans know that when Hot Tamale is on the track it’s going to be a spectacular freestyle or a jaw-dropping crash.
This state-of-the-art truck is fast becoming a leader in monster truck technology and design. Razin’ Kane is owned and driven by Florida home builder J.R. McNeal, who has just completed several upgrades of the truck , including a new engine and a brand new Dodge Ram body.
Tailgator is driven by Doug Noelke from Union, Missouri. Noelke has been racing since 1994 and was named “Driver of the Year” in 2008 by the Monster Truck Racing Association. Noelke has been riding a wave of popularity since unleashing the Tailgator truck in 2006. Kids are drawn to its Alligator persona, while most racing fans appreciate the skilled precision of the man behind the wheel. Noelke has a decorated racing record but you’ll always find him calm, cool and collected. Doug runs the truck along with his wife and crew chief Brenda, and is an electrical contractor during the week.