Black Stallion Dominates Monster Trucks at Prairie Capitol Center

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Monster Jam’s sell out crowds at stadiums in Detroit, Houston, San Diego, Toronto, Minnesota, Florida and Washington State seem to fuel the connection between drivers and the fans.

Monster Truck, Black Stallion, jumps van stack
Monster Truck, Black Stallion, jumps van stack, photo courtesy of Paul M. Harry
Iron Warrior stands on end, photo courtesy of Paul M. Harry
Iron Warrior stands on end, photo courtesy of Paul M. Harry
Despite the snow that stacked up outside the Prairie Capitol Center in Springfield, Illinois Monster Jam once again packed the house to full capacity. The crowd went crazy as Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Full Boar, Bad Habit and Scarlet Bandit gave them all the action they wanted.
Monster Jam crowd at full capacity, photo courtesy of Paul M. Harry Monster Jam crowd at full capacity, photo courtesy of Paul M. Harry
Michael Vaters drives Black Stallion
Michael Vaters drives Black Stallion, photo courtesty of Paul M. Harry

The Monster wheelie competition was one of the biggest battles all weekend. Mike Vaters started the action with the Black Stallion. Iron Warrior driven by Trey Myers stood on its end and almost dragged the tailgates across the crushed cars, but Black Stallion took the ultimate win. Vaters (aka The Godfather of Thunder Nationals) also swept the wheelie competitions each day.

Vaters' competitive edge came out full boar in the main as he went head-to-head with Dawn Creten driving Scarlet Bandit. All the monsters were fighting for a spot in the finals and the racing was neck and neck. In the end Scarlet Bandit put up a fight for the win but Black Stallion edged her out by a fraction every round to sweep all three mains.

In the Monster Jam Donut Competition Scarlet Bandit and Black Stallion tied until Vaters cranked it up and flew. Black Stallion took the win in the next two donut rounds. The fight continued between the two monsters in the Monster Freestyle Competition. “It got hot quick as Scarlet Bandit came out and cranked it up so much that she ended up laying the monster on its side,” said Vaters. “I was not going to be outdone and my Black Stallion completed destroyed the course with every variation possible in freestyle.”

Black Stallion jumped the van stack forward, backwards and sideways for the win in the final freestyle round. Black Stallion is equipped with K&N Engineering injector and oil filters. “I use K&N because it protects my expensive engines,” said Vaters. “K&N is tough enough to handle the Monster Truck scene.”

Vaters and his team head next to Winnipeg, Canada to rock the Monster Jam world again.

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