Hey everyone, this will be my first blog post for RigidLife.com. I thought it would be fitting before I get into my TORC off-road racing season that I should recap some of my 2014 Monster Jam season and talk a little bit about my second trip to Las Vegas for the Monster Jam World Finals.
I guess I should start with the fact that after the 2013 season, I sold my monster truck enterprise in order to concentrate more of my team’s efforts on short course off-road racing. After eight years as an independent monster truck owner and driver, the 2014 season brought on some new challenges as I joined 2Xtreme Racing out of Tonganoxie, KS to compete in six regular season Monster Jam events with the Rigid Industries Bad Habit Monster Truck.
The team is one of the best in the industry and has four trucks total, including multi-time champion Bounty Hunter. Over the course of the six Monster Jam events, I drove two different 2Xtreme trucks that had my Rigid Industries Bad Habit body on them.
As the regular season winded down, Monster Jam invited me back to the World Finals in Las Vegas where I won the Young Guns Shootout last year. This year, the event is bigger than ever with 32 competing trucks and 14 Young Guns competitors. It will be cool to “pass the torch” over to this year’s winner in the Young Guns Shootout.
On Wednesday, we had practice to get a feel for the super-fast Las Vegas track, and this was only the second time I drove the truck I am going to be competing in. I grew more comfortable with each pass, and we are still working on some different set-ups to allow the truck to take a hairpin turn a little smoother.
On the roof of the Bad Habit truck, you will see a Rigid Industries 50” SR-Series LED Light Bar putting out a blinding amount of light along with a Rigid 20” SR-Series bar on the front bumper. Both lights have survived two seasons of Monster Jam races, freestyles, rollovers and wild crashes. If they can hold up to a rollover on top of an 11,000-pound monster truck, I’m fairly certain there is nothing anyone could dish out that is going to hurt these things!
The Monster Jam World finals will be the last event I compete in this year in the Rigid Industries Bad Habit Monster Truck before I begin my TORC off-road season in the #8 Pro Light truck. The freestyle track is gnarly as ever, and there’s no telling what my truck will look like when I’m done with my run.
That being said, I am sure we will have some parts we can auction off to some lucky Rigid Industries Bad Habit fans. Hopefully, everyone had a chance to see some of the action this year from the Rigid Industries Bad Habit or will see me race in my #8 TORC Pro Light truck.
This will be the first of many blog posts so I can share some of my experiences with the Rigid Nation, both with Rigid products as well as some crazy stories from the road. I live for this stuff as racing and competition is in my blood.The rush of going fast and thrilling the fans is what keeps me alive, and I would like to thank everyone that has supported me over the years.
Hopefully, this blog can help serve as a bit of a personal look inside my wild and crazy, fast-paced life of racing, performing and truckin’ all over the country over 40 weeks a year!
Images and content provided by Joe Sylvester.