Without a doubt, the crown jewel of the Monster Truck Throwdown tour is the annual stop at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Since the event’s conception in 2010, the 4th of July weekend has become a destination to see some of the most spectacular independent monster truck action in the Midwest. The Monster Trucks have been pushed to their limits each year and 2015 was no exception as 10 of the best Monster Trucks in the industry were set to do battle in front of a capacity crowd. With competitors traveling from as far away as Maine and Florida, these drivers were prepared to put it all on the line in hopes to take home a big victory.

Avenger – Jim Koehler
Brutus – Brad Allen
Quad Chaos – Aaron Cain
Rage – Cory Rummell
Over Bored – Jamey Garner
Xtermigator – JR McNeal
Ice Cream Man – Roy Pridgeon
Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach
Barbarian – Devin Jones
Wrecking Crew – Steve Koehler

The highly anticipated event by both fans and race teams alike always has a special twist and this year was no exception as an additional $3,000 would be awarded to the racing champion and an additional $3,000 awarded to the freestyle champion. With the stakes raised more it put more pressure on the drivers to take a gamble and push even harder for victory.

A unique racing course layout is always a staple of the stop in Mt. Pleasant as the Monster Truck Throwdown staff and the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort always promise a twist, like a 450ft straight line drag over 4 obstacles or a tricky S-style racing course. When it comes to freestyle there's plenty of big obstacles to go around as the track featured many huge freestyle obstacles. In fact this year's event used 22 cars, 6 vans, 3 buses, 3 motor homes, and over 1500 yards of dirt to make the most challenging and exciting course possible.

Drivers would be given the option of qualifying in each racing lane with many taking advantage of that option. Devin Jones would lay down a blistering time of 27.56 on his first pass and choose to sit back and wait for side by side racing. Jones would be the class of the field in qualifying with a time nearly a full second faster than second fastest qualifier Greg Winchenbach and Crushstation who put down a 28.45 pass.

The side by side racing was filled with drama as the track put every truck to the test with the grueling races. Round one saw the unexpected happen quickly, as fastest qualifier Barbarian fell to Brutus in the very first race. However Barbarian would be fast enough in round one to return as the fastest loser in round two. Jones and Barbarian would take advantage of the reprieve to pick up wins in the second round and semi-finals to move into the final round. On the other side of the bracket the fourth fastest qualifier of Roy Pridgeon and Ice Cream Man were smooth and consistent in each round, taking out Wrecking Crew in round one and teammate Xtermigator in both the second round and semi-finals. With the stage set for the final round and big money on the line, both trucks took to the staring line with their sights set on victory. Unfortunately for Barbarian the truck would suffer a massive mechanical failure over the second jump, handing the victory and $3000 to Pridgeon and the Ice Cream Man for their biggest win ever!

The thrills didn't stop with racing as Mr. Excitement and Jim Koehler came out from the pits following the racing competition to attempt a monster truck backflip! Koehler and Avenger lined up at the massive ramp and went skyward as the truck rotated over backwards and back onto all four's. The massive crowd erupted as the Avenger pulled back around and whipped into a set of donuts in celebration.

Following the back flip from the Avenger it was time for the Throwdown Freestyle competition to begin. JR McNeal and the Xtermigator set the bar high early as the freestyle leader and first truck to perform in the competition. Their were many tough challenges including career best freestyles from Brad Allen in Brutus, and Cory Rummell in Rage but they couldn't top the scores from the Xtermigator. As the final competitor Jim Koehler and the Avenger pulled out all the stops with a spectacular freestyle full of big air jumps and dizzying cyclone donuts to take the victory.
A very special thank you to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for their tremendous effort and hospitality! Planning for the 2016 event is already underway and we promise it won't disappoint!


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Comments

    • xd gangster69
      xd gangster69

      way better than monster jam. in monster jam if you lose your hood they shut you off but here you can destroy the truck and they will let you keep going

      about 1 month ago
    • Shelby427
      Shelby427

      think I'm going to this instead of a Feld show, it's everything from my childhood that Feld originally did back from the 90s up to about 2012

      about 2 months ago
    • Refuse Kid15
      Refuse Kid15

      I’m gonna say it... best monster truck video I’ve ever seen on YouTube.

      about 5 months ago
    • Jambi's GameBox
      Jambi's GameBox

      6:38 That's gold!

      about 6 months ago
    • Matteo’s Funkidstv
      Matteo’s Funkidstv

      C

      about 1 year ago
    • Hydror
      Hydror

      this video has more views than monster jam

      about 1 year ago
    • Aden Wright
      Aden Wright

      24:43 its monsrer x tour

      about 1 year ago
    • Jeffrey Cook
      Jeffrey Cook

      I had no idea Chris Burgeron drove doomsday

      about 1 year ago
    • SaigonShakerFan99
      SaigonShakerFan99

      54:48 is it now?

      about 1 year ago
    • PrinceJahyair
      PrinceJahyair

      Wowwww! Avenger is my favorite, he was incredible at monster jam Anaheim 2018.

      about 1 year ago
    • 1harrysson
      1harrysson

      where are they?

      about 1 year ago
    • DonovanRomita Streams
      DonovanRomita Streams

      Is it just me or does devin Jones look like the let’s do some dancing guy

      about 1 year ago
    • RoR Toughest Monster Trucks
      RoR Toughest Monster Trucks

      I would rather watch something like this with actual crush cars, busses and more then monster jam. Not to mention I LOVE independently owned trucks. That's what I think makes smaller tours better. The drivers are nicer and they actullay try since you can win money at the end of the event where with Monster Jam I think you get payed either way. Which equals drivers actually trying.

      about 1 year ago
    • KARNAGE77145
      KARNAGE77145

      au

      about 1 year ago
    • lil rust rust
      lil rust rust

      I have a YouTube please check it's caleb juarez

      about 1 year ago
    • SaigonShakerFan99
      SaigonShakerFan99 In reply to lil rust rust

      CALEB juarez no

      about 1 year ago
    • May Mays Surprise Toy Club
      May Mays Surprise Toy Club

      Cool vid!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Butch 13
      Butch 13

      Hearing Jim say shit made me laugh hard 😂😂

      about 2 years ago
    • hercules brown
      hercules brown

      Monster trucks are awesome
      Jsnxjwke

      about 2 years ago
    • evthegreat
      evthegreat

      24:51 so funny

      about 2 years ago
    • allmotorhash
      allmotorhash

      i love this track

      about 2 years ago
    • cherb23
      cherb23

      That track sucks one lane is way faster

      about 2 years ago
    • AlternateFutureHub
      AlternateFutureHub

      Way better than monster jam here in san Antonio

      about 2 years ago
    • some guy in an ambulance/Savage318
      some guy in an ambulance/Savage318

      Now THIS people, people, this is what monster trucks TRULY are!
      Not that boring jumps from FELD
      Anyones Game, Destruction, Blood ,Sweat, Powerful Independent Engines
      Not Just the usual 540CI Merlin.

      Monster Truck Heaven right here....

      about 2 years ago
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      devil614

      7:35 close your mouth, blender teeth. Jesus! See a dentist.

      about 2 years ago
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      dhonsig rodolfo

      that is cool truck's

      about 2 years ago
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      Andres Loyola

      BASTIAN

      about 2 years ago
    • LeeAnne Mehring
      LeeAnne Mehring

      That ice cream truck is on cars

      about 2 years ago
    • Matthew Youngs
      Matthew Youngs In reply to LeeAnne Mehring

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      about 2 years ago
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      Randy Shaw In reply to LeeAnne Mehring

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      about 2 years ago
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      Allie Mattison In reply to LeeAnne Mehring

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      about 2 years ago
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      Christina Porianda In reply to LeeAnne Mehring

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      about 2 years ago
    • kmoney Scott
      kmoney Scott

      yesterday I went to monster jam throwdown

      about 2 years ago
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      about 2 years ago
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      Elijah Nelson

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      about 2 years ago
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      about 2 years ago
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      about 2 years ago