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Monster Jam
Speedway 95
Bangor, ME
May 31-June 2, 2007
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Thursday - 7:30PM - Grave Digger
Friday - 7:30PM - Grave Digger
Saturday - 2:00PM - Grave Digger
Saturday - 7:30PM - Grave Digger
Thursday - 7:30PM - Grave Digger
Friday - 7:30PM - TMNT
Saturday - 2:00PM - Grave Digger
Saturday - 7:30PM - Grave Digger
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 Weekend Race Recap
Thursday -

Thursday night’s opening round of action as Buckle Up Maine presented Monster Jam brought to you by Advance Auto Parts and Ford Trucks was a classic blast of Monster Jam excitement that put the heat into a capacity crowd on a crisp evening.

The action began with a Dunkin Donuts Photo Moment as the drivers blasted side by side sky wheelies over the crush cars, while the fans clicked away.  The drivers then cinched their belts a little tighter for qualifying, and Randy Brown timed in quickest with Grave Digger at 3.82 seconds to earn a bye in the first round of U.S. Army Monster Jam Racing.

The first round opened with Digger making his bye run, then the side by side action began with Frank Krmel bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to the line against local favorite John Killinger with Backdraft.  Krmel took the win to advance.  The next pair featured Andy Slifko with Eradicator meeting Kyle Clements and Dominator.  Slifko won that to move on to the Semi Finals.

Killinger returned as the fast loser from the first round, and would be joined by fellow Maine driver Clements in the semis when Krmel discovered a transmission problem on Turtle that sidelined him from the remainder of the racing portion of the program.  Killinger squared off against Eradicator in the first semi, with Slifko powering his monster to the win.  Brown blasted past Clements in the other semi to set up a Digger vs. Eradicator final.

In the early rounds, Eradicator had been slower off the start, but at mid track the power came in strong, while Digger was getting great launches off the starting line.  That launch power spelled victory for Digger in the final.

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Monster Jam Freestyle would give the other drivers another shot at toppling Digger.  Dominator opened the contest with a solid run filled with big air to score an 18 from the judges.  Backdraft’s run was a bit quicker in pace, but the judges considered it equal to Dominator and gave Killinger an 18 for his effort.  Eradictor was next, bounding over the crush cars with solid air and raising the bar with a score of 24.  Turtle’s tranny troubles were fixed, and Krmel brought the monster out and flew it higher still to score a 25.  Digger was the final truck to run, and Randy Brown knew he’d have to get creative to win…so he did, mixing in some insane slap wheelies and half donuts along with trademark Digger sick air to score a perfect 30 and win the competition.

Street Warriors were also a part of the program, and Kami Killinger showed the boys how it was done and scored one for ‘girl power’ with a win in the finals.  The fans at Speedway 95 also got a special treat from the Vertical Outlaws of the XSBA, tossing out wild and crazy tricks on their sport bikes, complete with some two wheeled versions of monster donuts!

With one night down, Digger had stamped out its territory…could anyone replace Digger as the big dog in the yard? 

U.S. ARMY MONSTER JAM RACING

QUALIFYING:
Grave Digger – 3.82
Turtle – 4.15
Dominator – 4.35
Eradicator – 4.40
Backdraft – 4.84

ROUND ONE:
Grave Digger-bye run (advances to Semi Finals as top qualifier)
Turtle def. Backdraft
Eradictor def. Dominator

SEMI FINALS:
Turtle did not run-transmission
Grave Digger def. Dominator
Eradicator def. Backdraft (fast loser from round one)

FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Eradicator

MAINE BUREAU OF HIGHWAY SAFETY MONSTER JAM FREESTYLE
Dominator – 18
Backdraft – 18
Eradicator – 24
Turtle – 25
Grave Digger – 30

Paul Szmal
Monster Jam Announcer



Friday -

Friday night was a freaky one in Bangor at Speedway 95…you could feel the tension in the air as the competitors got ready for the Buckle Up Maine presentation of Monster Jam brought to you by Advance Auto Parts and Ford Trucks. Everyone was gearing up for an intense night of competition…and that’s exactly what they delivered!

The show opened with a classic Photo Moment, courtesy of Dunkin Donuts. The five trucks hit gigantic sky wheelies in a train-style formation, and the flash bulbs lit up the nighttime sky as each truck got seriously vertical. The standing room only crowd roared its approval, and the tone for the night was set.

Randy Brown was quick timer in qualifying with Grave Digger with a 4.22 second pass, and normally, that would have given him a bye run in the first round of U.S. Army Monster Jam Racing. However, Andy Slifko had a problem with Eradicator following his qualifying run, and had to sit out the remainder of the racing portion of the program while his crew made repairs. That changed the format to double elimination, which meant Digger would have to run a side by side contest in round one to advance to the semi final round. Digger met up with Kyle Chandler’s Dominator in the first race, and Brown showed he meant business by going flat out to beat Dominator. On the other side of the ladder, John Killinger brought Backdraft to the line to face off against Frank Krmel in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Turtle edged out Backdraft to close the round.

Switch the pairings up for the semi final round and Digger would face Backdraft. Killinger left the line first, but spun the tires coming over the roller jump before the crush cars and Digger made the pass to get to the Ford Trucks finish line first and advance to the finals. Turtle met Dominator in the second semi final, and Chandler laid down a smoking run while Krmel’s truck got a little out of shape after the roller jump…which advanced Dominator to the finals to take on Digger.

Would the Digger dominance in Bangor continue? The final got the green light and both trucks raced off the Advance Auto Parts starting line side by side…went over the roller jump side by side…and across the crush cars still side by side! As they blasted across the line, many of the fans wondered-just who had won? A quick check of video replay told the tale, as Digger had literally nosed out Dominator for the win!

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Monster Jam Freestyle would be next, and there was an added obstacle on the track with a pyramid set up just past the crush car lanes. It didn’t take long for the first competitor, Dominator, to size up the pyramid and blast over it…but the front sway bars gave way on landing, which ended his run prematurely. The judges gave him a score of 11. Backdraft followed up by getting a blast over the pyramid, but on a sky wheelie over the crush car stacks, a very loud ‘pop’ was heard and Backdraft lost fire. Another solid run was cut short, but Killinger had done enough to impress the judges to get a 17 and take the lead.

After thrashing in the pit area most of the night, Andy Slifko was able to bring Eradicator to the track and was ripping along with a strong run, with big air on the pyramid and over the crush cars, but he had to pull up short when his right front tire lost air. Still, his run raised the bar again, as Eradicator took the lead with a 19. Turtle was next, and Krmel laid down a masterful run, with all the goodies…big air, wheelies, speed, and a donut to boot! Turtle’s score of 26 put the pressure on Digger to perform at its best if Brown wanted to claim the win. Brown started off strong with a couple of huge air shots over the crush cars…but something wasn’t right. Under the front end of Digger, two of the trailing arms on the suspension were dragging the track and sparks were coming out of the front transfer case. Undaunted, Brown attempted to continue, but after a solid blast over the pyramid, he shut the truck down, as the front end had become unresponsive. It was unfortunate for Brown, but he had safety in mind (as always) and felt that it was better to come back and fight another day. While the crowd and the judges appreciated the Digger effort, he didn’t fill the 90 second clock and only scored a 14, which left an elated Krmel the freestyle winner for the night!

Street Warrior competition came down to the championship pairing of Matt Randall, whose ‘Extreme Tonka 2’ had been quick the night before but broke in the first elimination round, and Kami Killinger, whose Killer Motorsports entry had won the first night of competition. Both drivers did a stellar job in the finals, laying down their best times of the night…and Killinger’s was .22 second quicker, just enough to score the win for the second night in a row.

The Vertical Outlaws of the XSBA, Tyce, CJ, Jay, and Frank The Tank laid down some awesome street bike tricks as well, and ended their session with a wild head to head bike burnout that sent tire smoke rising into the sky like a chimney.

Following the night’s action, the Monster Jam pits were a hubbub of activity…every truck had crew members and drivers swarming over it, preparing for a long night of repairs, followed by a little sleep…and a double helping of action on Saturday. The Digger stranglehold had been broken…but for how long?



U.S. ARMY MONSTER JAM RACING QUALIFYING:
Grave Digger – 4.22
Eradicator – 4.25
Backdraft – 4.59
Turtle – 4.59
Dominator – 4.90

ROUND ONE:
Eradicator did not run (mechanical failure)
Grave Digger def. Dominator
Turtle def. Backdraft

SEMI FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Backdraft
Dominator def. Turtle

FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Dominator

MAINE BUREAU OF HIGHWAY SAFETY MONSTER JAM FREESTYLE
Dominator – 11
Backdraft – 17
Eradicator – 19
Turtle – 26
Grave Digger – 14

Paul Szmal
Monster Jam Announcer

Saturday 2:00 PM -

Saturday afternoon, the sun was shining brightly over Speedway 95 in Bangor, and the heat was on…in more ways than one!  Buckle Up Maine presented Monster Jam brought to you by Advance Auto Parts and Ford Trucks with another standing room only crowd spending most of the time on their feet, cheering on their favorites.

After losing out in the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Monster Jam Freestyle on Friday night, Randy Brown and the Grave Digger team worked into the wee hours of the morning to get ready for Saturday…and with quick time in qualifying (3.81 seconds), Brown served notice that Digger was going to mount a serious comeback with the ultimate goal being a sweep of the action.

Digger had the bye run in the first round of U.S. Army Monster Jam Racing, which set up two side by side contests.  In the first, Kyle Chandler and Dominator squared off against Andy Slifko in Eradicator.  Chandler’s team had also worked all night to repair front end damage on Dominator, and Chandler put the pedal to the metal to take the win and move on to the semi finals.  In the other contest, John Killinger and Backdraft went toe to toe with Frank Krmel and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, with Turtle getting a close win.

Unfortunately for Chandler and Dominator, as he fired up to come out for his semi final run, fluid started pouring out of the rear of his truck, and he had to bow out.  That left Turtle with a single run and an automatic advance to the finals.  Killinger returned as the fast loser from round one and put forth a strong effort but couldn’t topple Digger, who also advanced.

The key to winning in Monster Jam Racing, according to many drivers, is getting a good start.  When the lights went green, Brown and Digger showed the fans a textbook launch off the line…all power with little spin and lots of traction!  That launch carried him to a win over Turtle.  Revenge partially served for the Digger team…but Randy Brown’s eye was on freestyle and making sure that Turtle didn’t get the best of him twice!

Kyle Chandler was able to repair Dominator to come out and put together a great run to open the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Monster Jam Freestyle, with big air over the pyramid stack.  The judges posted a 20 for him.  Killinger also showed that Backdraft was capable of blasting big air, but he fell just a point short of the leader at a 19.  Slifko fired up Eradicator and charged out to fly high, blast a donut, and pound some serious ground.  Slifko was fired up, and so was the crowd…and the judges, who gave him the lead with a 26!  Turtle was up next, and duplicated the style and intensity of his winning run from the night before, but the judges thought it was just short of Eradicator’s effort and scored him with a 25.

It would be up to Digger to control his destiny.  Could Digger avenge his loss from the night before?  When Digger hit the crush cars for the first time and got completely vertical, it was obvious what the answer to the question was.  Brown literally ripped around the course, throwing down donuts, wheelies, sick air…you name it!  He brought the run to a tire screeching climax and he powerslid Digger around in front of the crowd to await his score.  The judges knew it was the run of the day, and fired off a perfect 30.  Revenge fully served for Digger…but there was still one more show to go, and anything could happen!

Girl power came on strong a third time as Kami Killinger beat Matt Randall to win the Street Warriors final, and fans also watched the Vertical Outlaws do their turning and burning high speed ballet that is XSBA action!

U.S. ARMY MONSTER JAM RACING
QUALIFYING:

Grave Digger – 3.82
Turtle – 4.13
Dominator – 4.15
Eradicator – 4.16
Backdraft – 4.28

ROUND ONE:

Grave Digger – bye run
Dominator def. Eradicator
Turtle def. Backdraft

SEMI FINALS

Turtle – bye run (Dominator had mechanical failure)
Grave Digger def. Backdraft (fast loser from round one)

FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Turtle

MAINE BUREAU OF HIGHWAY SAFETY MONSTER JAM FREESTYLE

Grave Digger – 30
Eradicator – 26
Turtle – 25
Dominator – 20
Backdraft – 19

Paul Szmal
Monster Jam Announcer

Saturday 7:30 PM -

Saturday night’s finale for the Buckle Up Maine Monster Jam brought to you by Advance Auto Parts and Ford Trucks kicked up the intensity another couple of notches over Saturday afternoon’s show…and another packed house got to witness some intense action!

Randy Brown had been the fast qualifier for the previous three shows with Grave Digger, and made it a perfect 4 for 4 with a 3.82 second pass in the session for U.S. Army Monster Jam Racing.  One driver whose luck turned sour during qualifying was local favorite John Killinger, driving Backdraft.  Right after Killinger laid down a fast pass, one of the shocks on the left rear of Backdraft failed, and he had to bow out of the racing portion of the program.

While Killinger and his crew went to work on Backdraft, the remaining four monsters fired up for a double elimination set of rounds for the U.S. Army Monster Jam Racing.  In the first round, Digger met Andy Slifko and Eradicator in a rematch from Thursday night’s finals, with Digger getting a photo finish win.  Frank Krmel and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle squared off against Kyle Chandler in Dominator, and the Turtle took the victory.

The pairs were switched around for the semi finals, with Digger and Dominator going head to head.  It was another close finish, but Digger wasn’t going to be denied another shot at the finals, as he eked out a win.  Turtle met Eradicator, and Turtle got the holeshot to win his semi final, which set up a rematch of Saturday afternoon’s racing championship: Turtle vs. Digger!

Digger was looking for a perfect 4 for 4 domination of Monster Jam Racing, while Turtle was looking to break his streak, having beaten Digger in freestyle the night before.  Who would reign supreme?  Both drivers staged…looked ahead…the lights flashed green…they left the line together, and at half track, it was a dead heat…but as they both launched over the crush cars, Digger picked up just enough of an advantage to come across the Ford Trucks finish line as the champion for the fourth time in a row!

With the racing complete, the track was set for the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Monster Freestyle.  Kyle Chandler blasted out some big air to open the contest by scoring a 25 with Dominator.  After repairing the shock on Backdraft, John Killinger came out and poured it on to score a 24 with his best effort of the weekend, and the hometown crowd roared its approval.  Andy Slifko hit the track with Eradicator and was in the midst of a fantastic run when the truck suddenly shut off.  The fans were hopeful that he could refire and continue, but when Eradicator did fire up again, Slifko discovered a steering problem and had to take his truck back to the pits.  He still scored a solid 15 despite not being able to fill the 90 second time.

Frank Krmel had been watching from the cockpit of Turtle, wondering what it would take for him to beat Digger in freestyle.  When he got the go signal, Turtle blasted from the pit area and sailed over one of the big Street Warriors jumps to make a grand entrance, then blasted huge air over the Pearson Auto Recycling Pyramid not once, but twice…then he launched through a banner in the infield and continued to hammer the crush cars!  The crowd loved it and the judges did, too, giving Turtle a 27…setting the bar very high for Grave Digger.

Randy Brown knew what he had to do to win…and when he started his run by taking down the REST of the banners in one horsepower laden blast, it was ‘game on’ for sure!  Back and forth across the track, Digger absolutely tore it up…insane air over the pyramid, Digger donuts, a massive slap wheelie, more sick air…all the while, Digger’s red headlights piercing the night sky.  Digger ended the run with a 360 right on the frontstretch, and the fans leapt to their feet…and the judges raised up three 10’s to give Digger a perfect 30 and another hard earned freestyle win!

One other driver had a perfect record on the weekend…Kami Killinger.  Coming into Saturday night’s Monster Jam, she had won the previous three Street Warrior contests.  It came down to Killinger and Matt Randell in the finals-another rematch from the afternoon.  Both drivers showed a lot of skill as they powered their vehicles around the track, and in the end, it was a perfect weekend for ‘girl power’ as Kami posted the fastest run in the finals to claim a sweep of the weekend!

The Vertical Outlaws treated fans at Speedway 95 to some awesome XSBA action as well, doing standing wheelies, flamingoes, and lots of other wild tricks…and they put the exclamation point on their jam session with a couple of gigantic burnouts, one of which actually blew out a tire! 

After the smoke cleared and the dust settled, the competitors loaded up and got ready to roll down the road.  For some, it was a time to celebrate victory…and for others, a chance to go toe to toe again would be coming up sooner rather than later.  One thing’s for sure-the fans at Speedway 95 in Bangor were treated to a quartet of awesome shows!

U.S. ARMY MONSTER JAM RACING
QUALIFYING:
Grave Digger – 3.82
Turtle – 4.00
Backdraft – 4.25
Dominator – 4.34
Eradicator – 4.38

ROUND ONE:
Backdraft did not compete-shock failure
Grave Digger def. Eradicator
Turtle def. Dominator

SEMI FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Dominator
Turtle def. Eradicator

FINALS:
Grave Digger def. Turtle

MAINE BUREAU OF HIGHWAY SAFETY MONSTER JAM FREESTYLE
Grave Digger – 30
Turtle – 27
Dominator – 25
Backdraft – 24
Eradicator – 15

Paul Szmal
Monster Jam Announcer