JIMMY CRETEN’S ADVANCE AUTO PARTS MONSTER JAM WORLD FINALS
The path to becoming an Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® World FinalsSM Champion for Jim Creten dates back to the mid-1980s when he had a street truck that he was always modifying. Because the farming communities of northeast Kansas provided great off-roading spots, he was soon competing in full-fledged mud-bogs on the weekends. In 1996, he decided to purchase his own Monster Jam truck. And the rest, as they say, is history.
With a sterling reputation as an owner and as a driver, Creten also became known for creating top-flight equipment with massive horsepower. Creten has an extensive mechanical background, a robotics degree from Kansas State University, and experience as an engineer with Colgate-Palmolive that allows him to confidently have a hand in all aspects of his team’s performance. The reputation for excellence that 2Xtreme Racing has gained in the sport is best evidenced by the team being named Team of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Creten’s team is the only team to have been awarded the prestigious honor for three consecutive years.
After he solidified himself as one of the greatest racers in the sport, Creten finally climbed the mountain to World Championship status in freestyle, taking the World Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas at Monster Jam World Finals in 2005. As the owner of 2Xtreme Racing, Creten has introduced several Monster Jam trucks into the sport, which include the popular Scarlet Bandit, for his wife Dawn. On top of the Iron Outlaw Monster Jam truck, a second Bounty Hunter Monster Jam truck has also been put into competition.
Q&A with Jimmy Creten
MonsterJam.com: How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
I ran for a few smaller promotions for a year or two before I got my first chance at a Monster Jam event. One of the first and most memorable was the old King Dome in Seattle. Those fans were some of the craziest ones I can remember. They would start hanging out in the afternoon just to see us unload the Monster Jam trucks.
MonsterJam.com: What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
: Most of the time on the road it is very hectic. But a few times a year, we try to take the kids to Disney World or an amusement park while we’re on the road. There’s definitely not much fame and glory in Monster Jam trucks when you’re driving a semi from show to show at 3:00 AM on a Tuesday, but the fans are the ones that keep you going every weekend.
MonsterJam.com: What do you do with your free time?
I was a competitive body builder in my college years and I’ve been working on getting back in shape. I spend as much time as I can at the gym. And, I spend as much time with Dawn and the kids, as possible.
MonsterJam.com: What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
Probably, winning the 2005 Freestyle Championship at the World Finals. I’ve done a show or two overseas, but I would love to be part of the European Monster Jam shows. I think those would be memorable, win, lose, or draw.
MonsterJam.com: Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
Not particularly. I do prefer to watch the freestyles before me though. At some venues, the pits are outside the track; so you might see drivers pull inside or even turn their Monster Jam trucks around. I want to know what other drivers are trying to do and what their pace is. Then, I’ll know what I need to do to try and top them.
MonsterJam.com: If you were not competing on the Monster Jam tour, what career path would you follow?
I used to have a commercial pilot’s license. So that would have been an option. I’ve also toyed in real estate. And, I think it would be fun to own a gym, some day.
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite food?
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite movie?
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite television show?
WEC Wreck Cage
MonsterJam.com: What’s your favorite color?
Blue, of course!