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Monster Jam Moves to Cleveland, Ohio Where Black Stallion Takes On Grave Digger

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Monster Jam brought out the wild horse spirit in Michael Vaters at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Iron Warrior takes second place in Freestyle event at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York
Iron Warrior takes second place in Freestyle event at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York

Monster Jam's Black Stallion rears up across a line of cars
Monster Jam's Black Stallion rears up across a line of cars
Vaters faced off against some of the most competitive trucks in years at a non-dirt style show. He drove the Black Stallion and competed with Dennis Anderson in the Grave Digger, current world freestyle champion Adam Anderson in Taz, Dave Rappach with Rap Attack, Black Stallion teammate Trey Meyers in Iron Warrior, Damon Bradshaw with the Air Force Afterburner, Lindsey Weenk in Blue Thunder and George Balhan in An Escalade.
Black Stallion rocked the house throughout the Monster Jam Show
Black Stallion rocked the house throughout the Monster Jam Show

Black Stallion will next compete in Monster Jam at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Black Stallion will next compete in Monster Jam at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

The first round of racing paired Grave Digger against Black Stallion. Vaters lost the victory to Anderson by a photo finish. In the Freestyle portion of Monster Jam, Vaters came out of the pit area with a vengeance, and completely rocked the house pushing Black Stallion past the breaking point. Vaters launched the truck high off the car stack and come down so hard one of his rear axles broke. “The broken axle then lodged itself,” said Vaters. “That caused one of the rear wheels to lock up.”

Vaters stopped his run short and repaired the problem. “It was for safety,” he said. “Also, to prevent further breakage during the weekend’s four shows.”

The next day a pit party brought out more than 6,000 fans to meet the drivers. Vaters won the afternoon racing competition. Adam Anderson was out for the win that night after losing to the Black Stallion earlier in the day. That night Vaters and the Black Stallion rocked the house in the freestyle event, and edged out Taz in the finals.

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 team is traveling to Cleveland, Ohio this weekend to compete in Monster Jam at Quicken Loans Arena.

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