The Over Bored team looked to bounce back from a disappointing outing in their hometown event at Lucas Oil Stadium just one week earlier and they would bounce back in a big way at Houston’s NRG Stadium with a stellar freestyle.
After a frustrating event in Indianapolis that saw the truck sidelined early due to mechanical problems, the team headed south to Houston, Texas for their final event of the year. NRG Stadium would play host to a massive crowd in Monster Jam’s third appearance at the venue in 2017. Over 60,000 fans would pack the stands to sell out the home of the Houston Texans for a night of monster truck thrills.
The first two competitions of the night didn’t get off to the start the team was hoping for with an early exit in racing with a round one defeat at the hands of the Avenger. In the two wheel skills competition Garner tried a new move known as a poper during the competition, but it didn’t go to plan which resulted in a low score. Determined to not let the bad luck continue, Garner would let it all hang out in freestyle.
As the third competitor out in freestyle, Garner and Over Bored got the crowd going in a big way. Over the course of two minutes they would take flight with huge air all over the course. With about forty seconds remaining Garner lined up for the Mutant backflip ramp for their first ever backflip attempt. Garner would stick his first ever backflip in impressive fashion as the front wheels touched first and the truck continued to rotate over into a clean backflip. The truck was still in perfect shape and Garner would continue on with some more big air hits before parking the truck on top of the freestyle pod to salute the Houston fans at the end of his performance. The score would come in at a 9.235 which was good enough for the early lead. Garner would hold onto that lead throughout the competition until the final competitor of Ryan Anderson and Son-Uva Digger would edge them out for the win. Despite the narrow defeat Garner was elated after the event saying “Anytime you can finish second to someone like Ryan Anderson, you’re doing something right.”
It would be a great finish to the 2017 season for the Over Bored Monster Truck team as they now shift their focus towards the upcoming 2018 season. We’re looking forward to what the new year has to offer. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and here on the website for the latest team news in the coming months to see where we’ll be in 2018!