A nearly two-month hiatus for the Lucas Oil 4-Wheel Jamboree Series will come to close in a matter of weeks. After two events in the month of May, the stars of the summer series descend on a location that is marking a silver anniversary.
This year's A&A Auto Stores 4-Wheel Jamboree in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, will be the 25th such event held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Since it's first event in 1988, the Jamboree has seen many changes in competition, participants, size and publicity. It's been a staple in eastern Pennsylvania on the weekend following Independence Day for a majority of those events, with some shows seeing a share of rain while others having oppressive heat.
The big highlight of the entire weekend is the brute horsepower of the General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags.
Each year the competition gets tougher as new faces and savvy veterans keep battling it out for one of the longest running championships in the sport. Through the years, Bloomsburg has been a site for many historical moments in monster truck racing, dating back to the days of the Penda Points Series.
Drivers such as Dan Patrick, Andy Brass, Gary Porter and Fred Shafer have all been victorious at Bloomsburg in their day, while others are remembered for wild rides and crazy occurrences. Who could ever forget Scott Stephens in 1991 barrel-rolling his King Krunch truck across the finish line, or John Piant nearly rolling Bigfoot 4 in 1990 that resulted in two flat tires.
This year, the track crews of the Thunder Drag series have created some unique tracks for the competition to run on, starting with a "Chase-S" track in Springfield, then a rather unique "Horseshoe" course in Lima. Bloomsburg has been a track where majority of the time, the race has been straight-line, but judging by the trend this season, that could change.
But, this year's field should be one of the toughest to pick from. One team has momentum, another is hoping for a major break, and others want to leave their stamp on the biggest event of the summer for monster trucks.
Let's take a look at the field of trucks that will be going to battle in five shows over three days in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.