Racing Victory in Michigan | Closing Out 2014 in Virginia for Stone Crusher

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The 2014 season has been strong for the Stone Crusher team and as the leaves started to change color, the guys were wrapping up the year with their final two weekends of events. The first of two stops in October brought the Stone Crusher to Berlin Raceway just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan for their first ever Monster Truck Throwdown event. Unfortunately heavy rains for two straight days forced the cancellation of the Friday night event but the event would go on rain or shine Saturday night. While the temperatures were cool Steve Sims and company were looking forward to showing what the Stone Crusher could do after a strong set of performances over the summer. With dark clouds looming it looked like the event might sneak by without rain, but as the trucks came back to the pits from the pit party the skies opened up and the rain came falling down. Crew chief Tommy Powers and Josh Bushee took extra precaution in advance to make sure the Stone Crusher was ready to battle the rain and mud. Their efforts showed throughout the night as the Stone Crusher didn’t miss a beat in all three competitions, putting up a good pair of wheelies in the wheelie contest and took fast qualifier in racing. Sims worked his way through the bracket where he took on the newly crowned Monster Truck Throwdown tour champion Jamey Garner and Over Bored. The two were neck and neck down the long and fast straightline course but it would be Sims and the Stone Crusher edging out Over Bored for the victory! With the chance to take home another trophy in sight, Sims didn’t hold back in freestyle as he pushed the Stone Crusher to thrill the fans that stuck it out through the cold and rain. Sims delivered a great a run despite minimal traction as he got some big air before blowing out a right front tire. The run would be topped only by his son Steven and Hooked as they narrowly defeated the Stone Crusher for the win.

From Michigan it was back home to the Commonwealth as the Stone Crusher made a visit to the annual Run-a-Muck Mud Bog at Virginia Motor Speedway for a freestyle exhibition with Maxie Broaddus and the Walking Tall Monster Truck. It would be  a fun afternoon to watch some of the wildest mud trucks on the east coast do battle and to cut loose and have some fun without worrying about scores or competition. In typical Stone Crusher fashion Sims put on a show for the fans with some big air over the cars and vans and even slung some mud while cutting some donuts. It was a great way to close out 2014 as the team gets ready for yet another busy first quarter with Monster Jam. Be sure to keep an eye on our Schedule and Facebook to find out where we’ll be in 2015! Thanks to all our fans, crew, and sponsors for your continued support and letting us do what we do!

Second Place Racing Finish For Stone Crusher in Charlotte

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The Stone Crusher team was back to Charlotte for the Back To School Monster Truck Bash once again this weekend, marking the sixth year in a row the team has participated in this marquee event. Mechanical troubles plagued the team last year in Charlotte as they were defending both the racing and freestyle wins from 2012. Driver Steve Sims was looking for a bounce back year after the disappointing outing in 2013. The always challenging crossover track would have a new element involved for this year, as rain showers passed overhead just hours before showtime. [Read more…]

Runner Up Freestyle Peformance for Stone Crusher in Bristol

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Last year at Bristol Motor Speedway, Steve Sims and Stone Crusher put it all on the line and thrilled the fans in freestyle but were just short of picking up the freestyle win. This year he wasn’t leaving anything on the table coming into last Saturday’s event, and did just that during his freestyle run. His biggest challenge in pursuit of the win would come from his own flesh and blood, his son Steven. With both turning in spectacular performances, the crowd was left to decide the victor. [Read more…]

Stone Crusher Finishing Up 2013 Strong

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The Fall months tend to be a slower time for most of the monster truck world but the Stone Crusher team finds ways to keep busy and thrilling fans. The month of October featured two different events, starting off with a four show weekend in Philadelphia, and then taking a quick trip to Jamaica, Virginia for the annual Run A Muck Mud Bog at Virginia Motor Speedway. Four shows are always a grueling test on equipment but the Stone Crusher team kept the truck at peak performance throughout the entire weekend in Philadelphia. The stacked line up of former world champions was a tough field of competition, proving to be tough competition. While the Stone Crusher was kept out of the winner’s circle for the weekend, the team still had a solid outing with several good freestyle performances, making many new Stone Crusher fans along the way.

After a long four show weekend in Philadelphia, the Run A Muck Mud Bog at Virginia Speedway was quite the change of pace. The freestyle exhibition was a good opportunity to cut loose and have some fun with the truck, and that’s just what Steve Sims did. With only a couple jumps to work with Sims got the most out of them with several flying leaps as he soared the Stone Crusher over them with ease. The crowd loved it as Sims kept going bigger and bigger throughout his performance, eventually knocking loose a few body panels along the way.

This coming weekend marks the final event of 2013 for the Stone Crusher team as they get one more chance to see their dedicated local fans at the Hampton Coliseum, with three shows starting Friday night. It’s sure to be a great time for all so if you’re in the area come on out to cheer us on. Check back soon for recaps from this weekend’s action in Hampton.

Rough Outing For Stone Crusher in Charlotte

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Some nights, just don’t go your way, and last Saturday night was one of those nights for Steve Sims and the Stone Crusher monster truck. After an incredible weekend at the Back to School Monster Truck Bash in 2012, where Sims won both racing and freestyle competitions, expectations were high coming back in 2013. After a great afternoon with the fans at the pit party where Sims signed autographs and fans got a chance to ride in the Stone Crusher ride truck, it was time for qualifying. Sims was off to a promising start, looking fast and smooth through the first half of the grueling course, but as Sims rounded the backstretch it became apparent that the Stone Crusher was battling driveline issues. The front wheels didn’t appear to have any drive, and that would end Sims efforts in racing early. The crew gave it their all to have the truck back for round one to have a shot at competing, but despite their best efforts they weren’t able to make the call.

After the obvious disappointment in racing, Sims was fired up and ready to tear up the track in freestyle with the Stone Crusher. Sims went right to work and got some big air over one of several bus stacks on the track, but upon landing Sims was unable to get the truck under power. Realizing something was amiss, Sims shut the truck off and rolled to a stop. Officials and crew chief Tommy Powers rushed to the truck  and discovered the culprit of a broken throttle cable. They managed to do an incredibly quick repair to get the freestyle back underway. After the early hiccup, Sims tried to regain his momentum and was on his way to a good run when once again the truck encountered driveline issues. Sims wouldn’t be stopped though, and battled the ailing machine and willed it around the track. After giving every bit of effort he had, Sims finally gave in when the truck became wedged between obstacles and unable to move any further. “I gave it everything she had. The truck just wouldn’t go any more,” said Sims following the run. While bad luck may have bit the team this weekend, you can bet on the crew having the Stone Crusher back to 100% before their next event and ready to thrill fans again.

Stone Crusher Battles Hard in Virginia Beach

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For the seventh year in a row the Stone Crusher team arrived at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, Monsters On The Beach. With thousands of hometown fans packing the stands over four shows throughout the weekend, it’s a special experience for all involved. Driver Steve Sims put up an incredible effort in last years event, racking up several wins throughout the weekend only to have electrical problems cut his chances short of winning the King of the Beach title on the final day. Sims was determined to take the trophy this year, but unfortunately mechanical problems would once again take away the chance at the title.

Friday night looked promising at the start with an optimistic group ready for wins, but in introductions they soon faced an uphill battle. After Sims and the Stone Crusher went over a jump, the left rear wheel locked up indicating trouble in the rear axle. The breakage would force the truck out of both the wheelie competition and racing, putting them far behind on the weekend point standings. The crew thrashed to get the truck back for freestyle where Sims made up for lost time with a spectacular freestyle. There was no holding back for Sims as he soared the Stone Crusher over the bus stacks and cars, hitting the obstacles faster and harder than anyone else. Sims was the clear freestyle winner, bringing some redemption for their troubles earlier in the night.

Saturday the team bounced back with two more strong performances in the events. Saturday afternoon saw a second place finish in the wheelie contest after a huge vertical wheelie. Racing was cut short for the Stone Crusher with a round one loss, but Sims bounced back with another ferocious freestyle. Another high flying performance would earn him second, just behind his son Steven and Hooked.

Saturday night saw more of the same for Sims and the Stone Crusher. This time though Sims was able to take the wheelie contest win with yet another great wheelstand. Sims pushed hard in round one but once again was done early in racing. With heavy rains approaching, Sims went all out in freestyle knowing the possibility of a rain shortened freestyle competition looming. Sims delivered a stellar freestyle to the fans, flying the Stone Crusher to new heights with massive leaps throughout freestyle. Just two runs later the skies opened up, and the rest of freestyle would be cut short. Sims would win freestyle, but the points would not carry on to the weekend total, with less than half the trucks getting to freestyle.

Sunday would be the fourth and final event for the weekend at the beach. Despite being out of the hunt for the overall title, it didn’t matter to Sims and the Stone Crusher team as they had just one more chance to wow their hometown fans. It was a tough wheelie contest as Sims would put the Stone Crusher in third, behind Hooked and Avenger who tied for first place. Following the contest though the team discovered engine problems on the Stone Crusher, and there just wasn’t enough time to repair them to get back in competition. A disappointed Sims addressed the crowd before freestyle, vowing to come back stronger than ever for next year.

Despite the mechanical troubles, it was a great weekend at the Oceanfront with multiple wins and a great time with our hometown fans. Be on the lookout for updates to our summer schedule soon. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page here.

Fourth Place Freestyle for Stone Crusher at Monster Jam World Finals XIV

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The 2013 Monster Jam World Finals presented by NGK Spark Plugs would mark the sixth year in a row the Stone Crusher Monster Truck team would be invited to compete on Monster Jam’s premiere event to cap off the winter season. With 28 trucks in the field, it would be tough competition for Steve Sims and crew, but their track record at Sam Boyd Stadium has been strong over the past five years with one of the highest average freestyle scores. The long week of action kicked off Wednesday afternoon for practice where drivers got their first chance to drive the tricky racing course. Sims was solid throughout the day putting up times in the middle of the field, building towards qualifying on Friday night. By the third pass on Friday Sims got into the groove and put up a competitive time of 17.109 . Saturday arrived and after a long afternoon signing autographs for Monster Jam’s most dedicated fans, it was showtime. Round one matched Sims and the Stone Crusher against Scooby Doo, with Stone Crusher taking the victory to move onto round two. In round two, Sims was able to advance over Captain’s Curse and into round three. Sims’ night of racing would end there after falling short to El Toro Loco.

Las Vegas has been the site of some of the most memorable Stone Crusher freestyles and this one would be no different. With the pressure on at the biggest stage in the sport, Sims came up huge with a stellar freestyle run on the challenging freestyle course. Sims didn’t shy away from anything on the floor, attacking the obstacles and soaring the Stone Crusher throughout the run. Big air, and big saves highlighted the run as Sims pushed the Stone Crusher to the absolute limit time and time again. After pound on the truck for over two minutes, the scores were in and the truck lost rear wheel drive, but it didn’t matter to Sims as he continued to thrill the crowd in Vegas with even more impressive moves. When the truck finally came to a stop the crowd roared with appreciation for the run. The judges awarded a score of 27 which would be good enough for fourth place overall against the toughest competition all year.

Thanks go out to everyone for their support. Our incredible crew for their dedication and hard work all winter long, to the sponsors who help us do what we do, and of course all our loyal fans around the world, thanks again!

Stone Crusher Rides on in Richmond

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Following a wet weekend in Jacksonville the Stone Crusher team traveled back to their home state of Virginia to do battle in the confines of the Richmond Coliseum for three events at the capital city. Second year driver Bryan Wright took over driving duties from Steve Sims for the weekend, while Young Gun Steven Sims would occupy Wright’s usual seat in Hooked. Wright had a strong weekend of racing behind the wheel of the Stone Crusher. Friday night he put the truck into the final round against Grinder after taking out El Toro Loco and Monster Mutt along the way, but was unable to pick up one more round win on the night. The following afternoon Wright made it to the semi-finals only to get taken out by teammate Steven Sims and Hooked who would go on to win the racing competition. Saturday night saw the culmination of Wright’s efforts though, as he once again made it into the final round against Grinder, and picked up the racing victory.

Freestyle went well overall for Wright despite an early rollover Saturday afternoon that left the Stone Crusher without a few body panels for the Saturday night event. Wright delivered solid performances throughout the weekend for the many loyal Virginia Stone Crusher fans that packed the Richmond Coliseum.

This coming weekend the Stone Crusher team heads north to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for one final weekend of regular season competition before the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas. Be sure to keep up with the team here and on Facebook by liking the official Stone Crusher Monster Truck page.

Rainy Night for Stone Crusher in Jacksonville

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For the final time of first quarter Steve Sims and the Stone Crusher Monster Truck team would visit the sunshine state of Florida as they traveled down to Jacksonville, Florida. The annual event is one of the largest on the Monster Jam tour as nearly 73,000 fans pack the seats of Everbank Field to see the world’s best. The day started off nicely with clear blue skies during the pit party and good weather held out for the beginning of the event. After a solid qualifying effort Sims and Stone Crusher faced off again Razin Kane, as they picked up the victory over the hometown truck. Round two matched Sims against the red hot Ryan Anderson and Son-Uva Digger. It would be a tight battle, with Sims take a wide and fast approach to the turns, but a bad bounce following the second jump on the Chicago style course would make the difference, handing the win to Anderson by a narrow margin.

Freestyle has been where Sims has excelled in 2013 with multiple arena freestyle wins and a few high placing major stadium freestyle’s as well. Unfortunately shortly after freestyle began a heavy downpour moved in and drenched Jacksonville. The event was placed under a rain delay for around 45 minutes before the on track action could continue. Due to the massive delay officials made the decision to cut down on the number of trucks in the competition for the sake of getting in a majority of the show before another storm system arrived, Sims and the Stone Crusher would be unable to compete in the freestyle portion of the event.

With February coming to a close the Stone Crusher Monster Truck team is returning back to Virginia for the week as they visit the state capital of Richmond for a three show weekend at the Richmond Coliseum.

Hometown Hero Stone Crusher Winning in Hampton

Stone Crusher - Hampton Monster JamThe 2013 season has been off to a great start for the Stone Crusher Monster Truck team, and after several weeks on the road the team got a welcome trip home to visit the Hampton Coliseum for another great weekend in front of some of the most die-hard and loyal Stone Crusher fans. Driver Steve Sims always cranks it up a notch when he gets a chance to compete close to home and the crew was excited for the local event. Friday night didn’t start how they had hoped, after transmission problems sidelined the truck from the wheelie and racing competitions. Determined, the crew battled back to replace the transmission and get the Stone Crusher back into action for freestyle where Sims put the truck in the air and the winners circle with a victorious freestyle. Overnight the crew faced a tough task in making sure not only Stone Crusher was ready to go for two events the next day, but they prepped a back up truck to run as Hooked after engine problems would sideline their normal teammate truck. With little time to spare they had both trucks ready and their efforts paid off with great performances from both trucks.

Sims picked up right where he left off the night before as he snatched the wheelie competition win with a pair of great wheelstands. In freestyle, he soared the Stone Crusher all over the track, wowing the legions of Stone Crusher fans that packed the Hampton Coliseum. Regulation time ran out, but that didn’t stop Sims as he kept going for all the awesome spectators in attendance. The run was good enough for yet another freestyle win. Saturday night started off strong once again as Sims put the truck into third place in the wheelie competition as he willed the truck to getting vertical with the already flattened cars. In racing Sims found himself in a very special position, racing against his oldest son Steven and Hooked in the final round. The Young Gun Steven would be victorious this time as he edged out his father for the win. It was one race he didn’t mind losing, even though he gave it his all to take the win.

In freestyle Sims tried to go for the weekend sweep against a tough field of competitors. As he pulled onto the track the current leader was his son Steven and Hooked, but the lead didn’t last for long as dad put together another stellar freestyle performance. With plenty of big air hits over the obstacles, and some great sky wheelies over the backside of the “Jack Rabbit” jump in the middle of the floor. Unfortunately his bid for the weekend sweep would be just one point short against former two time freestyle champion Avenger.

All in all it was a great weekend for the Stone Crusher team as they picked up multiple wins and had a great time at home. The next few weeks will be busy with more major stadium events in Atlanta and Jacksonville ahead. Be sure to keep up with us on Facebook by liking our official page. Thanks again to all of our great fans and sponsors for your support!