Over the weekend the Equalizer Racing team traveled down to Charlotte, North Carolina for an annual favorite of the entire team, the Back to School Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With a number of victories on the track over the years, the excitement level was high heading into Charlotte with Equalizer and Red Solo Truck. Mike Hawkins and the Equalizer once swept two straight years of competition at the track from 2008-2009, while Troy Rose and Hot Tamale took the racing win in 2011. This year it would be Brandon Budd and Red Solo Truck adding their names to the list of winners in Charlotte. Budd was strong all night long on the tricky racing course that threw off many of his fellow competitors. Budd kept his cool throughout the night, putting in strong passes every round as he defeated Over Bored in round one, and Hooked in the semi-finals. The final round was a wild race against Gun Slinger, as Budd came up short on a double jump, nearly sending the truck end over end. Luckily Gun Slinger was having even more trouble with the track, spinning out down in speedway turn one. Budd was able to correct the quickest and took the lead and held on the for the win!
Equalizer had a tough start to the night with some mechanical troubles in Qualifying. The crew thrashed to get the truck back out for round one, but unfortunately the truck died while pulling to the starting line. With the disappointment in racing fresh in Hawkins’ mind, he let loose in freestyle with a freshly repaired truck. Hawkins soared the Equalizer over the buses with ease getting some big air under the big blue Chevy. Nothing was off limits and Hawkins took advantage of that, hitting the freestyle motocross landing ramp from the backside with a nice leap. The run even featured a nice save when the truck nearly rolled over after a wheelstand over a bus, but Hawkins recovered nicely. While the performance wasn’t enough for the win, it got the crowd on their feet and cheering.
There’s no time to rest for the team however, as they head to Gaithersburg, Maryland for two mid-week events with Monster Events LLC. They’ll be racing, freestyling, and even see a couple backflip attempts from Mike Hawkins and the Equalizer!