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From Reliant Stadium to Alltel Arena Monster Jam's Black Stallion High Jumps to Success

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The Ultimate Monster Jam Freestyle and Thrill Show wowed the crowd at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Black Stallion goes all out in wheelie competition at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. photo by Kenny Lau
Black Stallion goes all out in wheelie competition at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, photo by Kenny Lau

Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas will host next Monster Jam, photo by Kenny Lau
Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas will host next Monster Jam, photo by Kenny Lau
The freestyle show featured the craziest obstacles with ramps and jumps so big they are tried out and tested in Texas before they end up in stadiums throughout the country. Eight of the top Monster Trucks in the country performed in front of 160,000 spectators. K&N provides product to 90 percent of the Monster Jam trucks.
Monster Jam's Black Stallion puts air under his truck at Reliant Stadium. photo by Kenny Lau
Monster Jam's Black Stallion puts air under his truck at Reliant Stadium, photo by Kenny Lau

Opening Ceremonies at Monster Jam Freestyle Competition in Texas, photo by Kenny Lau
Opening Ceremonies at Monster Jam Freestyle Competition in Texas, photo by Kenny Lau

Grave Digger piloted by Gary Porter, Black Stallion piloted by Mike Vaters, Safe Auto Minimizer piloted by Marc McDonald, Gun Slinger piloted by Scott Hartsock, Pastrana 199 piloted by Paul Cohen, Monster Mutt piloted by Whit Tarlton, Iron Warrior piloted by Trey Myers and Cowboy piloted by Glen Logan started off with a wheelie competition.

Since this was freestyle, trucks are allowed to go for the best wheelie as many times as they want. In regular competition Monster Jam trucks only have one try to do the best job. In Houston, drivers were making four to five hits each. Since the events of the night are not judged by score cards, pilots make it more exciting for the fans.

Two trucks are sent out at the same time for the Cyclone event. “We are allowed to use our judgment as to where and how many donuts we do,” said Black Stallion owner and pilot Michael Vaters. “As each truck comes off the floor another goes out. As a result there is a constant stream of trucks at all times and the action never slows. It’s fun for the drivers and the crowd and very different from the more structured competition in Monster Jam.”

In the final activity of the show each truck was given two minutes on the clock to pull of the widest moves they could. “Trey Myers and the Iron Warrior blasted out to take on the track with a good run,” said Vaters. “I put some major air under the Black Stallion and showed the crowd the true force behind the truck.”

Vaters uses K&N air and oil filters on his Monster Trucks. “Over my many years in this business I’ve used a lot of products, but K&N is the one that can handle the dirty and dusty environment during Monster Jam competitions,” said Vaters. “We are known nationwide for our wild and crazy driving and the ability to push our engines to the limit. We’re hard on our motors and K&N gives us the protection we need for competition.”

The next Monster Jam event will be in Little Rock, Arkansas in the Alltel Arena.

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