July 20, 2001
Grave Digger (Pauken) - Friday
Grave Digger (Pauken) & Black Stallion - Saturday
Grave Digger (Pauken) - Friday
Grave Digger (Pauken) - Saturday
Weekend Race Recap Hagerstown, MD -- "The Legend Continues"
(July 20-21, 2001)
Lebanon Valley is famous for fast racing, then Hagerstown Speedway is
famous for being the hardest track. The gremlins came ou Friday night
as Dodge presented the Monster Jam brought to you by Budweiser. A
capacity crowd witnessed the carnage. Throttle problems for Thrasher,
timing problems for Gunslinger, Wrenchead broke getting out of the
hauler and parts had to be shipped in. Even the World Champion Goldberg
had his share of problems. Driver Tom Meents took a hard hit in the
second round of racing and thought he hurt a rib. As it turned out he
just had the breath knocked out of him. The pain of the hit along with
the heat caused Tom to momentarily black out. Meents tried to get back
in the truck and USHRA officials ruled that he was out for the night. The
race winner was Grave Digger driven by Charlie Pauken. He defeated the
Hagerstown hometown truck Black Stallion. Black Stallion is the Thunder
Nationals Champion for 2001 and driver Michael Vaters has many fans in
the area. "It was a close race but Digger got me at the line. I still
have tomorrow," Vaters told the crowd. 10
Street Warriors came out to try their hand at the red clay track. The
final came down to Jordan Cramer in his '89 Ranger and Frank Morich in
his 90 Chevy High Voltage. In the end, Morich was the winner with the
best time of the night 49.19. Monster
freestyle featured Goldberg driven by Charlie Pauken. The Grave Digger
driver offered to drive for Tom Meents. Meents went to the flagman's
stand to watch Pauken in his truck for the first time. Meents was
amazed at the great performance and told the crowd,"I hope he doesn't
like it too much, I'm driving tomorrow." Goldberg got a 28 from the
judges. Thrasher tried to make a great run in freestyle but problems
persisted and he got a 6 after having to leave the track. Grave Digger
again driven by Charlie Pauken thrilled the crowd with his wild
freestyle. The judges gave him a perfect 30. The night was almost over
when Black Stallion roared out on the track. Michael Vaters gave the
crowd the show of his life turning many fans into Stallion lovers. At
first, the judges gave him a 29 then one of the judges said he lost the
10 and held up a 9+1. The total score was a perfect 30; it was a tie
between Digger and Stallion.Drivers signed autographs for over an hour
after the event, completing the unforgettable evening.
second and final night of monster jam at the Hagerstown Speedway was
another sell-out. The crowd came in anticipation of great action and
that is exactly what they got. Three competitions made up of Monster
racing, street warriors, and Monster Freestyle gave the crowd enough
action to last until next year's event.
fans didn't get much of a chance to sit down. Monster racing saw Black
Stallion defeat Wrenchead, Gunslinger took out world champion Goldberg,
and Gravedigger won over Thrasher in the first round. In the second
round. Gravedigger defeated Gunslinger in a controversial decision and
Thrasher took out Wrenchead when Stallion could not answer the call.
In the race final it was Gravedigger over Thrasher.
Warriors also came to race. Friday's winner was not in the final. The
winner was the little high flying Subaru Brat of James Tracey. Tracey
took the little car over the track in a record time of 56.25 while
second place finisher Doug Hutton has a time of 57.16.
freestyle was as exciting as any event this year. Fans and judges alike
were very tough on the trucks. Scoring went this way: Thrasher 16,
Wrenchead 12, and Gunslinger 21. Black Stallion thrilled the fans with
a stellar performance; the judges awarded him a 29. Next was Goldberg
with Tom Meents coming out for 90 seconds of heart stopping action.
Score? 30. Finally Gravedigger driven by Charlie Pauken had his turn on
the track. Digger had been the crowd's favorite most of the night but
the judges awarded him a 30 as well. A crowd cheer-off resulted in
Gravedigger winning freestyle but Goldberg was a very close second as
was Black Stallion.
stayed for almost 2 hours to get autographs from the USHRA drivers. To
put it mildly Hagerstown was rocked by the monsters and left the crowd
wanting more. Much more.