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Thunder Nationals
BMO Harris Bank Center
Rockford, IL
February 1-2, 2013
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Friday night 7:30 p.m.: Robo MachineSaturday 2:00 PM: Black Stallion
Saturday 7:30 PM: Black Stallion

Friday night 7:30 p.m.: Black StallionSaturday 2:00 PM: Black Stallion
Saturday 7:30 PM: Mechanical Mischief

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: and Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Iron Warrior driven by Trey Meyers, Just Get Er Done driven by Mitch Tulachka, Robo Machine driven by Shane Phreed , Mechanical Mischief driven by Jim Burns and Rap Attack driven by Dave Rappach!!

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Friday night 7:30 p.m.

Excitement is the only way to describe the atmosphere here tonight at the BMO Harris Bank Center with the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals. The Monster Jam Fans in Rockford, Illinois were ready for a great night of Monster Jam action.

Starting off the night with the wheelie competition Rap Attack came out on a mission to prove the truck was going to be tough to beat tonight in the competition by taking the wheelie contest win.

In Monster Jam Racing Round 1 the fans were treated to some great matchups. Hometown Hero Mechanical Mischief took a first round racing victory over Rap Attack advancing to the Semi-Finals. In the next matchup Black Stallion would prove to be on a mission by blowing Robo Machine out of the competition in the first round. The final first round match of the night was the closest race of the night as Iron Warrior would barely edge of Just Get Er Done for the victory, advancing to the Semi-Finals.

The Semi-Finals would set up for a fast loser to be brought back from the first round of competition. Robo Machine would be brought as the fast loser and was looking for redemption. Redemption Robo Machine would get as the truck won over Iron Warrior advancing the truck to the UTI Championship race. In the second Semi-Final matchup Mechanical Mischief would try to make it to the championship race but tonight was not his night as Black Stallion took the victory to advance to the championship race.

The UTI Championship race was set. We started with six of Monster Jam’s best stars and were down to the final two. The atmosphere in the BMO Harris Bank Center was electric, and our trucks and drivers were all fired up for what to be a great race. In the end Robo Machine would take the UTI Championship race just barely edging out Black Stallion.

Up next would be the Monster Jam Donut Competition. Tonight though Robo Machine would double down and snatch the Donut Competition trophy from all the competitors.
Last night not least was our Service is our best part freestyle.

Every driver and truck was out there on a mission to make sure they would grab the freestyle trophy. Iron Warrior came out on a mission making a statement with a high score of seventeen to start freestyle. Robo Machine came out with great momentum and great donuts to set the new high score of eighteen. After seeing the first two trucks run Just Get Er Done knew what he had to do to put on a great freestyle and grab the lead, and grab the lead he did with some great sky wheelies and huge air over the van stack. Just Get Er Done would be your new leader with a nineteen. Rap Attack came out on a mission looking to grab the victory but transmission problems would cause him to end his run early. Black Stallion came out of the pits roaring on to the arena floor with the excitement of the Monster Jam fans. Black Stallion would put on a huge run with big air, and clearing the van stack at every hit and even gave a little extra for the fans after the scores were turned in. Your new leader and winner of the Service is our Best Part Freestyle with a score of 21 was Black Stallion.

Two shows remain here this weekend in Rockford, Illinois and there is plenty of room for wins and losses to change!

Wheelies:
Just Get Er Done- 6-7-7=20
Robo Machine-7-5-6=18
Mechanical Mischief-6-6-7=19
Iron Warrior-5-6-6=17
Rap Attack-8-7-6=21
Black Stallion-7-6-7=20

Racing:
Round 1: Iron Warrior def. Just Get Er Done, Mechanical Mischief def. Rap Attack, Black Stallion def. Iron Warrior
Semi-Finals: Robo Machine(FL.) def. Iron Warrior, Black Stallion def, Mechanical Mischief
UTI Championship Race: Robo Machine def. Black Stallion

Donuts:
Iron Warrior: 7-6-7=20
Black Stallion: 5-3-3=11
Mechanical Mischief: 4-4-5=13
Rap Attack: 4-2-3=9
Robo Machine: 7-7-7=21
Just Get Er Done: 7-7-6=20

Service is our Best Part Freestyle:
Iron Warrior: 6-5-6=17
Robo Machine: 6-6-6=18
Just Get Er Done: 6-7-6=19
Rap Attack: 1-3-4=8
Black Stallion: 7-7-7=21

By Matteau Isbill

Saturday 2:00 PM

It was cold outside this afternoon but the action was hot inside the BMO Harris Bank Center as all of our Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam superstars were ready to battle it out.
With the wheelie competition coming out at the start of the show Michael Vaters in Black Stallion came out with redemption on his mind taking the wheelie competition.
Our Monster Jam drivers were then ready for an all battle in head to head racing. In our first round matchup the hometown hero Mechanical Mischief would get a victory over Rap Attack, sending Mechanical Mischief to the semi-finals. Robo Machine was on a mission this afternoon to add another racing victory to his resume and would do so by beating Iron Warrior advancing to the semi-finals. Next up the Thunder Nationals champion would have no problem beating Just Get Er Done to advance to the semi-finals.
Semi-Final Monster Jam action was just getting underway as Mechanical Mischief would take on the fast loser of the last round Just Get Er Done. The hometown boy would not be able to pull it out at Just Get Er Done would redeem himself advancing to the UTI Championship Race. Robo Machine and Black Stallion would match up fin the final Semi-Final race. In the end it is Black Stallion advancing to the UTI Championship Race.
It was down to the final two Monster Jam trucks. Who would win? Would it be the Thunder Nationals Champion Black Stallion or would it be Just Get Er Done who wanted to prove to Rockford he was the best. We were about to find out. Both drivers were as focused as they have ever been. As the light turned green both trucks left the line at the same time, but in the end it would be Black Stallion winning the UTI Championship Race.
Up next would be our Monster Jam Donut Competition and just like last night, this afternoon Robo Machine would come out on top as your Donut Winner.
Last but not least it was time for our Service is our Best Part Freestyle. All of our drivers came out with strong hits on the cars, amazing leaps over the van stack, and great donuts, but in the end it would be Black Stallion taking the victory with the biggest air of the afternoon.
We still have one more show here tonight in Rockford, Illinois. The action is still heating up!

Wheelies:
Just Get Er Done- 7-7-7=21
Robo Machine-7-7-6=20
Mechanical Mischief-6-6-6=18
Iron Warrior-7-6-6=20
Rap Attack-7-7-6=20
Black Stallion-7-8-8=23

Racing:
Round 1: Robo Machine def. Iron Warior, Mechanical Mischief def. Rap Attack, Black Stallion def. Just Get Er Done

Semi-Finals: Just Get Er Done (FL.) def. Mechanical Mischief, Black Stallion def.,
Robo Machine

UTI Championship Race: Black Stallion def. Just Get Er Done

Donuts:
Iron Warrior: 7-7-7=21
Black Stallion: 4-4-3=11
Mechanical Mischief: 8-8-8=24
Rap Attack: DNF
Robo Machine: 8-8-9=25
Just Get Er Done: 6-6-6=18

Service is our Best Part Freestyle:
Iron Warrior: 6-6-6=18
Robo Machine: DNF
Just Get Er Done: 6-7-6=19
Rap Attack: DNF
Black Stallion: 8-7-8=23

By Matteau Isbill

By Matteau Isbill

Saturday 7:30 PM

The last show of the night was already heating up as the Rockford, Illinois crowd was amped up for Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam.

The night started off with every Monster Jam driver on a mission to make a statement that they were the ones to beat tonight. The hometown hero Mechanical Mischief came out to the roar of the audience and picked up the Wheelie Trophy.

Up next was Monster Jam Racing Round 1. Every driver out on the floor during the pre-show was letting the fans know that they were letting all hang out tonight in racing. Mechanical Mischief came out to a bye-run due to Rap Attack having problems from the afternoon show, which would put Mechanical Mischief in the Semi-Finals. In the next pair our Monster Jam fans would experience the closest race of the night as Just Get Er Done and Robo Machine would pull to the line with Just Get Er Done barely grabbing the victory. Our final pair has the Thunder Nationals Champion Black Stallion taking on Iron Warrior. Both drivers at the starting line were determined to take the victory but in the end Black Stallion would grab the victory.

Monster Jam Semi-Final action was up next and it the monster jam fans were ready to see who would advance to the UTI Championship Race. Mechanical Mischief and Robo Machine would pair up first in the semis. After a great start by both drivers Robo Machine would grab the victory and advance to the UTI Championship Race. Black Stallion was on a mission to keep the racing wins going and he did as Black Stallion would defeat Just Get Er Done in the semis.

Up next was our UTI Championship race. Robo Machine vs. Black Stallion was expected to be a great matchup and it was. It was a close race but in the end by the length of a tire Black Stallion would again take the UTI Championship Trophy.

Our fans were jacked up for the start of our Donut Competition. All the drivers came out and put on a performance to where the fans were not disappointed. In the end Robo Machine would take the Donut Trophy for the third time this weekend.

The service is our best part freestyle was up next. Iron Warrior came out first and set the feel of freestyle with some great air and top not sky wheelies scoring and eighteen. Just Get Er Done was out next and after sky wheelie after sky wheelie he became our new leader with a score of twenty. The hometown hero was out next and was electric as he pulled out for freestyle. With Mechanical Mischief being after to pull the only Monster Jam wheelie walking it across the arena, he would take the lead with a twenty-three. Last but not least was the Thunder Nationals Champion Black Stallion. Having a great filled run with some huge air over the van stack, but was not able to beat Mechanical Mischief’s score of twenty-three. The Freestyle trophy went to the hometown hero Mechanical Mischief.

Make sure to get your tickets to next year’s event for Rockford, Illinois as this will not want to be an event to miss.

Wheelies:
Just Get Er Done- 6-7-7=20
Robo Machine-6-6-6=18
Mechanical Mischief-8-7-7=22
Iron Warrior-7-6-7=20
Rap Attack-DNF
Black Stallion-7-7-7=21

Racing:
Round 1: Just Get Er Done def. Robo Machine, Mechanical Mischief (bye run), Black Stallion def. Iron Warrior
Semi-Finals: Robo Machine(FL.) def. Mechanical Mischief, Black Stallion def. Just Get Er Done

UTI Championship Race: Black Stallion def. Robo Machine

Donuts:
Iron Warrior: 7-6-6=19
Black Stallion: 5-4-4=13
Mechanical Mischief: 8-8-8=24
Rap Attack: DNF
Robo Machine: 8-9-8=25
Just Get Er Done: 7-7-7=21

Service is our Best Part Freestyle:
Iron Warrior: 6-6-6=18
Robo Machine: DNF
Just Get Er Done: 6-7-6=19
Rap Attack: DNF
Mechanical Mischief: 8-8-7=23
Black Stallion: 7-7-8=22

By Matteau Isbill

By Matteau Isbill