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 truckĀ  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!

Another Great Freestyle for Stone Crusher in Tampa

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For the second time in three weeks the Stone Crusher team returned to Raymond James Stadium for their third straight major stadium Monster Jam event. This event would present a new challenge for driver Steve Sims and crew as they competed for the first time on a “So-Cal Style” layout. The layout was drastically different from the prior two stadium events to switch things up for the drivers and fans alike. Sims had a tough draw right out of the gate in racing, competing against his old friend Dennis Anderson and the Grave Digger. Anderson would end Sims’ racing efforts early, knocking out the Stone Crusher in the first round.

While racing the past few weeks hasn’t delivered the results the team would hope for, freestyle has seen some spectacular performances and Sims continued that success with another great freestyle run. The Stone Crusher roared out of the pits over one jump, and then Sims skied the truck out with a massive leap over the racing tabletop. That huge leap set the tone for the run as Sims packed his freestyle with many huge air jumps throughout the run. Busses, vans, huge double jumps, and even the shattered remains of a motorhome weren’t safe from the Stone Crusher as Sims tore up the track well beyond the 90 seconds of regulation, and 30 seconds of bonus time for yet another stellar freestyle performance. The run was good enough to tie for the lead at the time, and eventually result in a tie for third place at the end of the night.

With three weeks of Florida shows now complete the Stone Crusher team returns to Virginia for some good old fashioned hometown fun at the Hampton Coliseum with three shows this weekend. We can’t wait to see all of our loyal hometown fans so come on out and cheer us on this weekend!

Third Place Freestyle For Stone Crusher in Orlando

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Steve Sims and the Stone Crusher have turned in some stellar performances over the years at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl with final round appearances in racing and multiple high scoring freestyle runs, including a spectacular run just one year ago. After a strong outing the week before in Tampa, the crew got the Stone Crusher back to 100% for a packed house of over 60,000 of Monster Jam’s most die hard fans. Sims had a tough go in racing, falling to Madusa in round one. A fast loser spot allowed the Stone Crusher to return in round two but Sims couldn’t take advantage of the reprieve against Monster Mutt Rottweiler.

When it came to freestyle, Sims put it all on the line in Stone Crusher and didn’t hold back during his performance. Sims, never one to shy away from big air soared the Stone Crusher right out of the gate with some huge air under the big blue Ford. As he whipped the truck around the floor, Sims hit everything in his path getting more air along the way, working in some nice slap wheelies and sky wheelies in the process. Just before the end of bonus time the rear steer started to go away on the Stone Crusher, but that wouldn’t stop Sims. The crowd cheered Sims on has he continued onward past bonus time, smashing through a motorhome and over the double. The back end wouldn’t center and Sims wouldn’t quit, and he launched the Stone Crusher skyward over the van stack with a massive sky wheelie. Sims continued on for two more jumps before the Stone Crusher couldn’t take anymore as the left front wheel broke off of the truck. As Sims emerged from the truck he was greeted with a roaring ovation of over 60,000 fans saluting his efforts. The run would be good enough to take the lead and held onto the top spot for most of the competition and would result in a third place finish when all was said and done.

With another great weekend in Orlando in the books, the team heads back to Tampa for the second time in 2013 to rock Raymond James Stadium once again. Until then be sure to check out our schedule for more dates to see where we’ll be in 2013!

Stone Crusher Rolls into Raymond James Stadium

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Tampa would be the first of many major stadium Monster Jam events on the 2013 schedule for Steve Sims and the Stone Crusher Monster Truck team as they entered the familiar Raymond James Stadium this past Saturday. Sims had a solid outing with the Stone Crusher in Tampa. While the Stone Crusher was eliminated early in racing by Grave Digger, Sims bounced back with a strong freestyle run to end the night. Sims, never shy of crossing up the course didn’t waste any time getting creative in his performance, opening up the run with several crossthread jumps over the biggest obstacles on the floor. As usual Sims had to get some big air underneath the Stone Crusher and did just that with big launch over the bus stack before working in some more crossthreads. Just before the end of regulation time, an awkward landing caused some damage to the rear axle and transmission, but that wouldn’t stop Sims. Determined, he battled onward with an uncooperative truck in impressive fashion. The truck simply refused to go straight but Sims worked it to his advantage with some wild crooked leaps that wowed the crowd. Broken truck or not, Sims continued to fly the Stone Crusher as hard as he could to complete bonus time. Unfortunately, one final crossthread upset the truck upon landing, sending the truck into the jammer stack and over onto it’s lid.


With only a short trip over to Orlando for the next event, the Stone Crusher making necessary repairs at the Gun Slinger shop as they prepare for next Saturday in the Citrus Bowl.