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The Godfather of Thunder Nationals Strong in Monster Jam at Alltel Arena

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Iron Warrior driven by Trey Myers is part of the Black Stallion Team
Iron Warrior driven by Trey Myers is part of the Black Stallion Team

Michael Vaters said he always finds time for his fans at Monster Jam Events
Michael Vaters said he always finds time for his fans at Monster Jam Events

Michael Vaters is also known as The Godfather of Thunder Nationals to his fans
Michael Vaters is also known as The Godfather of Thunder Nationals to his fans
Black Stallion took the wins in Monster Jam racing, wheelie and freestyle contests at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas
Black Stallion took the wins in Monster Jam racing, wheelie and freestyle contests at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas

Michael Vaters is continually designing and improving truck parts for the Monster Jam Circuit
Michael Vaters is continually designing and improving truck parts for the Monster Jam Circuit

Iron Warrior Driver Trey Myers also made time for fans at the sold out Monster Jam event in Little Rock
Iron Warrior Driver Trey Myers also made time for fans at the sold out Monster Jam event in Little Rock
The Thunder Nationals Monster Jam featured six monster trucks at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas. Black Stallion, Iron Warrior, Raminator, Rammunition, Predator and Prowler were in the spotlight.

Michael Vaters, owner and driver of Black Stallion showed the fans in Little Rock why he is known as the Godfather of the Thunder Nationals. The K&N sponsored driver took wins in Racing and Wheelie contest Friday night. Vaters also took wins in Wheelie and freestyle contests Saturday night.

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 packed crowd was treated to some incredible action as the night began with a huge Wheelie contest. The drivers were up against a long narrow arena that took a lot of skill to navigate through.

Iron Warrior driven by Trey Myers was the first one out. He slammed the stack and scored a 10 point run. Prowler, driven by Lenny Kuider scored a nine point run.

Geremie Dishman drove Rammunition up to the line and the big hemi powered Dodge flew across the stack line to finish with a 16 point run. When Mark Hall came to the line and scored 18.

It was still not over, Dale Mitchell pulled out Predator and scored a strong 16. “The crowd was in a fever pitch and knew we had a horse in the barn,” said Vaters. “That horse was Black Stallion. I reared up and sky rocked by Ford to the win with a 20 point run.”

Friday
Monster Wheelie results:
1. Black Stallion
2. Raminator
3. (Tie) Rammunition/Predator
4. Iron Warrior
5. Prowler

Monster Donut results:
1. Raminator
2. Predator
3. Black Stallion
4. Iron Warrior
5. Prowler

On Saturday, the stadium was packed to capacity. “When the crowd entered the building it looked like a Monster Jam palace,” said Vaters. “When they left it looked like a Monster Truck junkyard. It was a smashing testimonial to the raw talent of the six men and their monster size chariot’s of destruction.”

The judges wanted big air and held the drivers to task. Each one slammed his truck into the stack and the crowd was going crazy, said Vaters.

Saturday
Monster Wheelie results:
1. Black Stallion
2. Predator
3. Raminator

Monster Racing results:
1. Rammunition
2. Black Stallion

Monster Freestyle results:
1. Black Stallion
2. Rammunition
3. Iron Warrior

Michael Vaters and the Black Stallion Team will next be in Albany, New York.

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