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Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion almost rolled over backwards. It dragged the tailgate across the cars and came down on four tires.
Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion almost rolled over backwards. It dragged the tailgate across the cars and came down on four tires.

Black Stallion and Iron Warrior Monster trucks compete in match racing at Lebanon County Fair in Pennsylvania, photo by Marie Brennan
Black Stallion and Iron Warrior Monster trucks compete in match racing at Lebanon County Fair in Pennsylvania, photo by Marie Brennan

K&N Iron Warrior puts on a fast paced exhibition in Monster Truck action at the Reading Fair in Pennsylvania
K&N Iron Warrior puts on a fast paced exhibition in Monster Truck action at the Reading Fair in Pennsylvania
Kamikaze piloted by Michael Vaters launches flames onto a junk car, photo by Marie Brennan
Kamikaze piloted by Michael Vaters launches flames onto a junk car, photo by Marie Brennan

Black Stallion Monster Truck driven by Michael Vaters was ready for an evening of truck action and destruction
Black Stallion Monster Truck driven by Michael Vaters was ready for an evening of truck action and destruction

Michael Vaters points the nose of the Ford powered K&N Black Stallion toward the sky in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, photo by Marie Brennan
Michael Vaters points the nose of the Ford powered K&N Black Stallion toward the sky in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, photo by Marie Brennan
Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey hosted some of the biggest names in the monster truck industry.

Michael Vaters drove the all Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion and Trey Myers drove the K&N Iron Warrior. The two went up against Big Foot, Rick Long, Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, El Toro Loco, Superman, Captains Curse and Viper.

Monster freestyle competition is about driving one side of the drag strip and back and jumping over wrecked cars. This time the promoters mixed it up and added match racing without elimination rounds. The monster trucks powered down one side of the track, crossed over the track where a ramp was built and passed over the competing truck and raced back up the other side to the finish line.

Iron Warrior was matched up with Maximum Destruction. Myers had a good run down his lane and jumped cars without missing a beat. He lost momentum as he made the turn to come back up the other side and Maximum Destruction took the win.

Black Stallion was matched up with Monster Mutt for his race. Both trucks started off well but Vaters knew the ramp and turn at the other end of the track would be tricky and he let up on Black Stallion’s throttle. Monster Mutt did not and he messed up in the turn which allowed Vaters to power back up and easily win.

In the Freestyle event, Myers put on a fast paced exhibition with some of the biggest air seen out of the Iron Warrior at Raceway Park. “Trey maintained his momentum throughout and kept air under the 10,000 pound truck,” said Vaters. “He did not hit any obstacle on the track.”

After a full night of action the crew loaded up the Monster Trucks and went to Reading, Pennsylvania for the fair. The wheelie contest was on. The all Ford Powered K&N Black Stallion launched up over the car stack and was vertical. “It appeared as if the Stallion was going to roll over backwards,” said Vaters. “After dragging the tailgate across the cars it came down on all four tires.” Myers was next and powered the Iron Warrior over the cars in a sky wheelie. Vaters took the win in the end.

“The crowd loves the monster truck car crush freestyle,” said Vaters. “Trey launched the Iron Warrior immediately over a car stack and had a text book landing. Then it was my turn. Even though the cars were crushed I was able to get the biggest air of the night.”

Vaters cleared the entire stack of cars in one leap driving in forward gear, and slammed the Black Stallion in reverse as soon as he landed on the other side. He gunned the throttle and cleared the cars again in reverse.

The grand finale of the night was the so-called jet wars. “Trey piloted the Psycho jet 4-wheeler and I piloted the Kamikaze,” said Vaters. “We streamed around the track shooting flames. We also backed the jets back up to a car and transformed it into a ball of flame.”

The week continued for Black Stallion Racing at the Lebanon County Fair in Pennsylvania. Iron Warrior and Black Stallion competed against each other on a tight race track. Myers took the win.

Vaters uses K&N air filters and oil filters on Black Stallion and Iron Warrior. “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,” said Vaters. “We’re hard on our motors and K&N gives us the power and filtration we need for competition.”

The Black Stallion Racing Team is back home for some rest and repairs after a long tour of 7 shows in 5 states over 17 days.

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