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Monster Jam Summer Heat
Oglethorpe Speedway
Pooler, GA
June 24-26, 2004
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Thursday: Event Called (Weather)
Friday: Grave Digger
Saturday: Reptoid
Thursday: Event Called (Weather)
Friday: Gunslinger
Saturday: War Wizard


Trucks: Grave Digger driven by Gary Porter, Reptoid, Gunslinger, War Wizard, and Bad News.



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Weekend Race Recap

Thursday:
Lightning strikes in the immediate vicinity, extreme rain and high winds forced U.S. Hot Rod Association (U.S.H.R.A.) Officials and Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports Promotion Managers to stop the event progress after only the first three elements were completed of the Monster Jam on June 24th at the Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah,Ga. Fans holding tickets for the Thursday night performance are welcome to attend either the Friday night (7:30 PM) or Saturday night (7:30 PM) performance.

The first round of Monster Truck qualifying, the first round of Mud Racing and one Heat of Quad Racing had run before, in the words of of Assistant Director Of Operations, Zach Cooper, "the sky opened up with rain in a way the track's General Manager hasn't seen in years."

Hopefully better weather will prevail for the rest of the weekend in Savannah, Ga. For further information on remeding tickets from Thursday night's event, please contact the Oglethorpe Speedway via the Savannah Civic Center Box Office between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Friday, June 25th.



<Friday:
Gary Porter in Grave Digger overcame a first round upset loss to Randy Moore in War Wizard by advancing as the fast loser, and then came through to beat Bruce Haney in Bad News for the racing victory, and Scott Hartsock turned his Gunslinger into the “mudslinger” to win freestyle Friday night at Oglethorpe Speedway Park near Savannah, GA.

Despite a rain storm that soaked the track a half hour before the start of the event a near capacity crowd turned out for the Summer Heat presented by Advance Auto Parts, and the Monster Jam superstars rewarded the loyal fans with an action packed night of great action despite the sloppy conditions.

Qualifying times turned in Thursday night before severe thunderstorms washed out the remainder of that program were used to set Friday night’s racing bracket, with Gunslinger’s fast time earning the first round bye. Bad News then knocked off Jim Jack in Reptoid and War Wizard stunned Grave Digger to complete round one, with Digger getting the fast loser berth into the semi finals.

Haney continued his impressive summer by knocking off Moore’s War Wizard 1941 Willys to advance his Bad News Chevy into the finals, against Grave Digger who took advantage of the reprieve from the round one loss by eliminating Gunslinger in the semis.

In the finale Porter’s Grave Digger was in control from the green light and won by three quarters of a truck length over Haney’s Bad News.

All five trucks had the crowd screaming their approval with solid freestyles, with Hartsock and Gunslinger edging Porter in Grave Digger for the triumph.

Saturday:
The parity that has taken over in Monster Jam was apparent Saturday night (6/26) at Oglethorpe Speedway Park near Savannah, GA, with Jim Jack driving Reptoid to the racing victory and Randy Moore in War Wizard taking the freestyle competition against a star-studded line-up.

Adding another victory to a growing list of 2004 highlights, Jack piloted the Reptoid to a first round win over Bruce Haney in Bad News and then shocked Scott Hartsock and Gunslinger in the semifinals to earn a date in the finale against Gary Porter and Grave Digger. As the fastest qualifier, the Digger earned a first round bye and then eliminated War Wizard in the semi-finals. Moore’s 1941 Willys smacked the front stretch wall hard after the loss to Grave Digger, busting the steering hoses and he and the War Wizard crew had to thrash quickly to get the truck ready for freestyle.

In the racing finals both trucks left the line well with Reptoid pulling out the win by inches over Grave Digger.

Slotted third in the freestyle order, Moore got War Wizard repaired just before the time expired to make his run. Moore jumped into the truck and set down a blistering freestyle run highlighted by a set of gyroscopic donuts after he blew out the right rear tire. The crowd narrowly gave the freestyle win to War Wizard over Grave Digger’s strong freestyle performance.