2006 NEWS

 

New Sponsor - The Big Dawg Team would like to welcome JAZ Products as the newest sponsor of the Big Dawg. Special thanks to Brad Jewett and the JAZ family. We are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship.
     We chose not to book any shows after the end of September in order to concentrate our efforts toward getting the new truck finished for the winter. Doug is busy working on the chassis and it is almost ready for paint. The firesuit and crew shirts are in - they look awesome. We painted the helmet a couple of weeks ago and Bell finished trimming it out for us. The merchandise is in production and is looking really cool! We can't wait to see the crowd reaction to the new truck and concept. The schedule should be posted within the next week or so.

Lebanon, MO - September 30 - Big Dawg went out and won the wheelie contest to start off the afternoon show. After advancing to the final round, the transmission went out (the one that was just replaced earlier that week) taking Big Dawg out for the rest of the show. The transmission was replaced between shows and Big Dawg came out to take the second win of the day in the wheelie contest during the evening show. Doug advanced to the finals, but was defeated by Scott Hartsock in Gunslinger by a narrow margin. Doug came out fired-up for freestyle. He had big air off the car stacks, an awesome hit off the bus stack, whipping donuts and a few slap-wheelies to round out his freestyle. Bigfoot and Monkey 'n Around were also in attendance. Special thanks to Gail Bryant, Ron Taylor and the rest of the staff for all of their hospitality and a great show.

Indianapolis, IN - September 22, 23 & 24 - Rain on Thursday night, Friday and Saturday would limit racing at the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals in Indianapolis. Friday night and Saturday afternoon's show were freestyle only. Big Dawg and Dan Runte in Bigfoot freestyled simultaneously at both shows, giving the crowd an awesome show full of big air and slap-wheelies. Saturday evening's show was cancelled due to severe storms that were heading to the area. Sunday was the only day of racing for the weekend. Doug defeated Alan Pezo in Predator in the first round. During the second round race against Geremie Dishman in Rammunition, Doug lost third gear in the transmission, giving Rammunition the win. Doug was still able to freestyle without third gear, giving the crowd a few slap-wheelies, even though the track was sloppy. Prowler, Avenger, Metallic Mayhem, Eradicator, Raminator and Nitemare rounded out the line-up.

Zanesville, OH - September 15 & 16 - Zanesville, OH would be the first appearance for Big Dawg in the Monsters of Destruction series. Doug started off Friday night by defeating Rick Long in Bigfoot in round one, Rick Swanson in Obsession in round two and Dan Patrick in Samson in the final round of straight line racing, giving Big Dawg the win in his first ever MOD race! The obstacle course race, Big Dawg once again defeated Bigfoot, only to go on to red light in the second round. Saturday night was a repeat for Big Dawg in the straight line racing bracket. Doug defeated Bigfoot, Public Disturbance and Obsession to sweep the straight line racing for the weekend. The obstacle course looked good to start, with Doug defeating Bigfoot again to advance to round two. However, Doug over-corrected coming out of the corner, giving Obsession the win. Thanks to Chris Kingston and crew for an awesome weekend of racing. Monster Moose and Virginia Giant were also present.

Rockford, IL - September 9 - Big Dawg took to the track at Rockford Speedway's Night of Thrills. Doug brought the huge crowd to their feet with his tailgate-dragging slap-wheelies, wild donuts and high-flying, car-crushing sky wheelies.

Elko, MN - August 26 - TailGator made its second appearance at the Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway. Doug and Andy Hoffman in Nitemare tore up the track with two freestyle performances.

Washington, MO - August 19 - Big Dawg, Bigfoot (driven by Dan Runte) and Bad News took to the track at the Washington Fairgrounds. The first event was a wheelie contest. Bigfoot laid down a great slap-wheelie, but it was Doug who took the win with a couple of great sky wheelies, walking the truck all the way across the cars. This year saw a Chicago style track for the monsters. Bigfoot took the top qualifying spot, giving him the bye run. Big Dawg defeated Bad News in the first round, but lost to Bigfoot in the final round. Freestyle completed the night. Big Dawg and Bigfoot tore up the track at the same time, much to the liking of the crowd. In the end, it was Big Dawg taking home the frestyle win by the crowd vote.

Bolivar, MO - August 11 & 12 - Doug ran the Bigfoot 30th Anniversary body at Bolivar Speedway. Friday night, the trucks went out for freestyle during intermission of the dirt track races. Saturday night, Doug won the straight-line racing, but was taken out in the semi-finals of the Chicago style bracket. Doug won the freestyle competition in the big blue Ford, with some big air off the stacks, mud-flying donuts and an awesome slap-wheelie.

Chicago Heights, IL - August 6 - Dale Gerding took the Big Dawg to the Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, IL for their 50th Anniversary celebration. Over 5000 people were in attendance for the two car crushes. Special thanks to Roxanne Couey and staff for the hospitality shown to Dale and his family.

Hillsboro, MO - July 21 - Big Dawg and Bigfoot (driven by Keith Sturgeon) took to the track at intermission of the truck pulls at the Jefferson County Fair.

Mansfield, OH - July 14 & 15 - Friday night's race was canceled due to inclement weather. It was decided to have two shows on Saturday. Saturday afternoon, Doug was defeated by Sudden Impact in the semi-finals. Big Dawg did take the win in freestyle. Between shows on Saturday afternoon, we celebrated the birthday of a special friend. Jared Aldrich will be 24 on July 25th. Jared and his parents, Debi & Jerome; the Simpsons (a.k.a. the NAPA boys) from Momence, IL; the Wishard family from Chambersburg, PA; as well as Doug and I took part in the celebration (Jocelyn Perrin also stopped by with a gift for Jared and the crew at Bigfoot sent along some special gifts also.) A birthday cake, lots of gifts and a silly string fight completed the afternoon. Happy Birthday Jared!! To learn more about Jared go to bigfoot4x4.com/extreme.html and bigfoot4x4.com/jared.html.
     Jared doing 'donuts' on our golf cart & getting ready to blow out the candles:

     Saturday night, Doug defeated T-Maxx in the final round of racing. He came in a close second in the freestyle competition.

Elko, MN - July 8 - Elko Speedway hosted its first ever monster truck show. Big Dawg, Nitemare, Lil' Miss Dangerous, Rolling Thunder and Monster Rat (owned by Andy Hoffman, driven by our own Dale Gerding) were on hand for the action. Doug took the win in the wheelie contest. He lost to Nitemare in the semi-finals of racing.

Ste. Genevieve, MO - July 7 - Big Dawg performed two freestyle exhibitions during the truck pull at the Ste. Genevieve Fair.

Elko, MN - July 1 - Big Dawg and Devastator took to the track for some car crushing action Saturday night. Doug had some awesome sky-wheelies over the cars during the first run. The second time out, he showed the crowd some early fireworks when he drug the wheelie bar across the asphalt during a straight up-and-down slap wheelie, sending sparks flying for at least ten feet behind him. He finished with some smoke-rolling donuts.

Winona, MN - June 23 & 24 - Big Dawg tore up the cars at three ground-pounding car crushes over the two days. Special thanks to Mike Pues and the entire staff at Sugarloaf Ford for the kind hospitality during our visit.

Elko, MN - May 26 - TailGator made its debut during Elko Speedway's Eve of Destruction. Doug and Mark Schroeder of Devastator tore up the track during a car crush and freestyle. Doug showed the crowd the meaning behind TailGator as he drug the tailgate in some great slap-wheelies, smoking donuts, and high-flying sky-wheelies.

Lima, OH - May 19, 20 & 21 - Friday night's show was changed to freestyle due to the wet track conditions. Doug performed some awesome slap-wheelies. Big Dawg worked his way to the finals on both shows on Saturday. He defeated Metallic Mayhem in the finals of the first show, but was edged out by Predator in the final round of the second show. Sunday afternoon, Doug lost to Predator in the first round, when the truck spent too much time in the air over the first roller. Doug brought the crowd to their feet with some tailgate dragging slap wheelies during freestyle.

Fenton, MO - May 12 - The Big Dawg was on display at Vinyl Images in Fenton, MO for their open house. Our new creation, "TailGator", was unveiled later in the evening. The custom vinyl wrap was designed, printed and installed by Vinyl Images www.vinylimagesinc.com. TailGator is a SuperDuty body with a modified front clip. The name developed from Doug's tailgate dragging slap-wheelies and our enjoyment of tailgating before St. Louis Rams football games. Special thanks to Destiney Conley, Joe and John Duever and Rich at Vinyl Images for all the hard work. Congrats on four years in business!! Thanks also to Bigfoot Inc. for allowing us to use the front clip for this concept and Jerry's Auto Body for the purple paint under the vinyl wrap. TailGator will make a couple of appearances this summer and will run the Monster Nationals Tour next year www.monsternationals.com.

Bloomington, IL - May 6 - Saturday afternoon, Big Dawg started off the show by winning the wheelie contest. After a strong freestyle, the transmission went out during Doug's qualifying pass, knocking him out of the racing bracket. The transmission was replaced between shows. It was definitely working well for the evening show. Doug went out for the wheelie contest, stood it straight up and walked it all the way across the cars, giving him the second win in the wheelie contest of the day. Doug also won the freestyle competition. During qualifying, Doug came out on top with the fastest time, giving him a bye in the first round. The second round, he lost to Devastator in a very close race.

Erie, PA - April 29 - Doug started out Saturday afternoon's show by winning the wheelie contest. Doug's qualifying time placed him second in the racing bracket, behind Raminator. Big Dawg defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous in the first round; Rammunition beat Nitemare. Round two, Big Dawg took out Rammunition and Raminator (fast qualifier) defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Raminator over Big Dawg in the finals. Saturday night, Doug qualified first with the fastest qualifying time of the day. Round one, Rammunition beat Lil' Miss Dangerous; Raminator beat Nitemare. Round two, Raminator over Rammunition; Big Dawg (fast qualifier) over Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Big Dawg takes the win over Raminator in the finals!

Elko, MN - April 22 - Big Dawg took to the track with Jim Benzick in Rolling Thunder for Elko's first Eve of Destruction of the season. Doug laid down some great sky wheelies, head-spinning donuts and a couple of awesome slap wheelies.

Columbus, NE - April 8 - Big Dawg was on display for the second year at the "Big Boy Toy Show." Doug also crushed some cars on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to the Wells' and the Theilen family for the wonderful hospitality.

Columbus, OH - April 1 - Round one, Big Dawg defeated Mark Schroeder in Devastator; Andy Hoffman in Nitemare defeated Jocelyn Perrin in Lil' Miss Dangerous. Round two, Big Dawg beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (Nitemare slashed the side of the tire in the first round, and was unable to come back); Dale Benear in Rammunition (fast qualifier) beat Devastator (fast loser). Rammunition took the win over Big Dawg in the finals. Big Dawg and Raminator are now tied for the Monster Nationals Racing championship.
     The Big Dawg team would like to welcome three new sponsors. ARP - Automotive Racing Products (www.arp-bolts.com) - out of Ventura, CA has supplied us with many engine components that will greatly assist in building the new motor. Carman Safety Lock out of Coldwater, MI who provides the bead locks that are used on our wheel rims. Speedware Motorsports (www.speedwaremotorsports.com) out of Redmond, WA has provided some Oakley gear, including driving boots and driving gloves. We would like to welcome these companies to the Big Dawg family. Thanks for your support and confidence in our team. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with all of you.

Battle Creek, MI - March 10 & 11 - Friday night, Doug started the night off great, with the fastest qualifying time, giving him a bye in the first round of racing. Raminator defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous; Nitemare defeated Rammunition in round one. Raminator went on to beat Nitemare and Big Dawg beat Rammunition (fast loser) in the semi-finals. Big Dawg takes the win over Raminator in the final round. Saturday afternoon, Doug started out by taking the win over Rammunition in the donut contest. He actually took the steering wheel off and held it out the window, bringing the crowd to their feet. Rammunition defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous in the first round; and Big Dawg took out Nitemare. The semi-finals saw Big Dawg take the win over Rammunition and Raminator (fast qualifier) win over Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Raminator wins over Big Dawg in the finals. Saturday night's show, Rammunition beat Nitemare and Big Dawg beat Lil' Miss Dangerous in round one. Big Dawg lost to Rammunition and Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser) lost to Raminator (fast qualifier) in the semi-finals. Raminator took the win over Rammunition in the final round.

LaCrosse, WI - March 3 & 4 - This was the first show we have done this year for Danny Torgerson and the Rolling Thunder Monster Truck Challenge. Doug defeated Dave Harkey in Bigfoot in the racing finals both nights. Holman's Beast, Venom and Godzilla were also in attendance.

Sioux City, IA - February 17 & 18 - The Monster Nationals series was held on a dirt track for the first time this year. This made for some quick racing. Friday night, Big Dawg beat Lil' Miss Dangerous in round one, while Rammunition defeated Nitemare. Round two, Big Dawg took out Rammunition; and Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). In the finals, Raminator defeated Big Dawg in a photo finish. Saturday afternoon's show saw Big Dawg defeat Lil' Miss Dangerous; and Nitemare beat Raminator in the first round. Big Dawg won against Nitemare; and Rammunition (fast qualifier) beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Big Dawg wins over Rammunition in the final round. Saturday night started out with Big Dawg winning the wheelie contest, by standing the truck straight up-and-down. The racing bracket started out with Rammunition beating Lil' Miss Dangerous ; and Big Dawg over Nitemare in round one. Rammunition defeated Big Dawg; and Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Nitemare (fast loser) in the semi-finals. Raminator took the win over Rammunition in the finals.

Champaign, IL - February 11 - The evening started out with the presentation of two awards. The WMTRL (World Monster Truck Racing League) presented Doug with an 8th place plaque and Mark Hall with 4th place. The WMTRL combines results from all of the shows to put together a world point series, based on their point system. We would like to thank the WMTRL for this award. You can check out more on the WMTRL at www.wmtrl.com. The show started off with Doug winning the freestyle competition in the U of I Assembly Hall, the smallest building we compete in. Rammunition beat Lil' Miss Dangerous in round one, and Nitemare took out Big Dawg. Round two, Rammunition defeated Nitemare and Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Raminator beat Rammunition in the all Dodge final.

East Lansing, MI - February 4 - The racing started out with Big Dawg making a bad qualifying pass, putting him at the back of the pack as slow qualifier. Doug beat Dale Benear in Rammunition in round one and Andy Hoffman beat Jocelyn Perrin in Lil' Miss Dangerous. Round two, Big Dawg beat Nitemare and Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Rammunition (fast loser). Big Dawg defeated Raminator in a very close race in the finals.

Madison, WI - January 27, 28 & 29 - Big Dawg leads Monster Nationals points series after first three weekends!! Friday night, round one of racing saw Big Dawg defeat Jocelyn Perrin in Lil' Miss Dangerous and Dale Benear in Rammunition beat Andy Hoffman in Nitemare. Rammunition took out Big Dawg in the semi-finals and Mark Hall in Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Nitemare (fast loser). Raminator beat his teammate, Rammunition in the finals. Big Dawg started off the Saturday night's show with an awesome wheelie that walked all the way across the cars and onto the floor on the other side, giving him the win in the wheelie contest over Rammunition. Doug had the fastest time in qualifying, giving him a bye run in the first round. Round one, Raminator beat Nitemare and Rammunition defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous. Round two, Raminator came out on top against Rammunition and Big Dawg beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Big Dawg takes the win over Raminator in the finals! Sunday afternoon, Big Dawg beat Nitemare in the first round and Raminator defeated Lil' Miss Dangerous. Round two, Big Dawg beat Lil' Miss Dangerous (Raminator broke after first race pass) and Rammunition came out on top over Nitemare (fast loser). The finals saw a very close race in which the officials called Rammunition the winner over Big Dawg.

Cleveland, OH - January 21 - Big Dawg wins both shows in Cleveland!!! Saturday afternoon, Big Dawg defeated Andy Hoffman in Nitemare in the first round, while Jocelyn Perrin in Little Miss Dangerous beat Mark Hall in Raminator. Round two saw Big Dawg take the win over Little Miss Dangerous and Dale Benear in Rammunition beat Nitemare (fast loser). The final round came down to Big Dawg vs. Rammunition. Big Dawg takes the win! Saturday night, Doug won the donut contest over Rammunition. The first round of racing, Raminator beat Big Dawg, but broke upon landing after he sent the truck to the moon. Big Dawg advances to round two. Nitemare also defeated Little Miss Dangerous in round one. Big Dawg won over Nitemare in the semi-finals and Little Miss Dangerous(fast loser) beat Rammunition. Big Dawg beats Little Miss Dangerous in the finals and takes his second win of the day!

Colorado Springs, CO - January 6 & 7 - Friday night's show saw Big Dawg win the freestyle competition. During racing, Big Dawg defeated Andy Hoffman in Nitemare and Dale Benear beat Jocelyn Perrin in Little Miss Dangerous in the first round. Big Dawg defeated Rammunition in round two, while Mark Hall in Raminator (fast qualifier) won over Little Miss Dangerous (fast loser). Raminator took the victory over Big Dawg in the finals with a photo finish. Saturday afternoon, Nitemare and Big Dawg were the finalists for freestyle, with Nitemare taking the win. Round one, Big Dawg beat Little Miss Dangerous, while Rammunition beat Nitemare. Round two, Rammunition to o k the win over Big Dawg and Raminator (fast qualifier) won over Nitemare (fast loser). Raminator came out on top in the final round. Saturday night, Big Dawg won the donut contest over Rammunition. In the first round of racing, Rammunition defeated Little Miss Dangerous and Big Dawg defeated Nitemare. Second round, Big Dawg beat Rammunition and Raminator (fast qualifier) beat Nitemare (fast loser). Raminator takes the win over Big Dawg in the finals.

 

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