The past four weeks for the Over Bored Monster Truck team can be summed up in one word, busy. As the month of June came to a close the summer season kicked into high gear as the team joined up with the Monster Truck Throwdown tour for a string of four stops in three weekends. The first stop brought them to Berlin Raceway in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area for a Night of Destruction where the team put on an exhibition alongside Nitemare, Reckless Drivin’, and Barbarian for a night of thrills.
From Berlin Raceway they traveled north to beautiful St. Ignace, Michigan for a return trip to Kewadin Casino. Last year in St. Ignace was one of the team’s first ever events and the weekend would be a marker showing the great progress both driver Jamey Garner and the team have made in one year. While in St. Ignace the team worked on carving a new set of tires for the truck, putting in countless hours of work into each tire to make gains in the trucks’ overall performance. On Saturday Garner delivered a strong performance in front of a packed house at Kewadin Casino. While he didn’t bring home any trophies it certainly wasn’t for a lack of effort as he gave it his all in all three competitions. The biggest highlight of the night came from Garner’s freestyle run as he turned in another great run, sailing the ’41 Willys over the course with some great air and running well over two minutes in the performance.
There was no time to rest following St. Ignace as the team packed up and made the trek down to South Bend, Indiana for another show the next day. The tight confines of the St. Joseph 4-H Fair was a radically different challenge from the wide open course in St. Ignace, but Garner was up to the task and put on a great showing for his Hoosier State fans that came out in droves to see the stars of the Monster Truck Throwdown.
After South Bend was one of the team’s most highly anticipated stops of the year as they visited Mount Pleasant, Michigan’s Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for Monster Truck Madness V. After being fans in the stands in years past, it was a special opportunity for the team to be competing in the event for their first time ever. A clear sign of their enthusiasm was when they brought the Garner’s Towing wrecker up to Mount Pleasant Thursday morning and proceeded to hang not just Over Bored, but also Avenger and Barbarian up in the air for a truly monstrous display! The display got plenty of attention from motorists as they drove by in awe at the sight of three monster trucks hanging in the air in front of the Soaring Eagle Casino.
While Over Bored got some air time with assistance of the wrecker on Thursday, the air time on Friday all came from a 540 cubic inch motor as Garner and the team put it all on the line against the strongest competition they’ve faced all year, on one of the toughest tracks they’ve ever seen. After an early exit in racing Garner let it all hang out with a career best performance in freestyle. The run was highlighted with the biggest air the truck has ever seen along with a great save following a harsh rebound landing over one of the bus stacks. After going well beyond two minutes in his freestyle, Garner would eventually succumb to a broken tie-rod but the run would take the lead for the time being. Good friend Jim Koehler and the Avenger would be the eventual freestyle winner, with Garner and Over Bored finishing second!
As the team returns home to the shop they’ll be hard at work getting Over Bored back to 100% as they gear up for their next event on July 18th in Ionia, Michigan with Monster Truck Throwdown. Be sure to check out where we’ll be this summer by viewing our schedule here.