After a busy first quarter to start off 2014 the Over Bored Monster Truck team was looking forward to starting off a great Spring and Summer season with some fantastic events on the schedule. The team spent several weeks working on new improvements to the truck, taking the knowledge learned from first quarter and applying it to make the truck even better for the rest of the year. The first event of the month was a special one as the team would get to do one of the most unique shows in the country, Monsters on the Beach, where trucks compete right on the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach. The hauler was packed with tons of extra parts and driver Jamey Garner was really looking forward to trying out the updated set up on the truck at big outdoor event.
The first of four events took place on Friday night but the team soon found troubles on the truck with motor problems that started to show up following the wheelie competition. Garner battled through and was able to freestyle and turn in some nice jumps but it became evident something wasn’t right in the engine. The initial diagnosis was a blown intake gasket. The crew worked feverishly to get the truck running again and was able to get the intake gasket replaced. As the truck fired up to head down for the pit party though it became apparent their problems were much worse than initially thought, as the motor slowly began to give up as Garner made his way to the pit party. It was a truly gut wrenching feeling for everyone involved as it became clear the motor was blown and Over Bored wouldn’t be able to compete the rest of the weekend. “It’s pretty frustrating. We came with tons of spare parts and even had the top half of the motor freshened up before the event but there just wasn’t enough time for a complete rebuild after first quarter,” said Deidra Ballard. “We’ve got a brand new 540 being built but it just couldn’t have gotten done in time for this weekend. We really wanted to do well here because it’s such a special event but unfortunately sometimes you’ll have these problems. That’s motorsports.”
A couple weeks later was Jamey Garner’s birthday and he got himself an awesome birthday present, a brand new motor for Over Bored just in time for the first Monster Truck Throwdown event of the season in Mansfield, Ohio. After all the disappointment in Virginia Beach the team was ready for a great weekend to kick off the Throwdown season and they would have just that. On Friday night Garner would be the fastest qualifier in racing, but overheating problems would keep him from making round one. After a quick radiator fan swap the truck was ready for freestyle where Garner got some nice air including a few good hits over the wheelie cars. On Saturday Garner came out blazing in freestyle with a fantastic run, soaring Over Bored into the air and one point shy of the freestyle victory to good friend Jim Kohler and the Avenger.
With a few weeks before the next event the Over Bored team will be going over the truck once more to get ready for a busy Summer stretch with Monster Truck Throwdown staring in St. Ignace, Michigan. Be sure to check out our schedule to see where Over Bored will be this summer. Also, check out the all new Over Bored puff trucks now available on our Merchandise store along with our t-shirts, pennants, and hero cards!