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The month of August is a busy one for Equalizer Racing in 2014 as the team made the trip down to the annual Back To School Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. The lead up to the event had the team hard at work with a motor swap Thursday on Red Solo Truck before an event Friday night in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The team loaded up from there and headed south to take on a strong field of competitors. The team has a strong history at the past with Mike Hawkins sweeping the event in 2008 and 2009, Troy Rose picking up the racing win in 2011, and Brandon Budd taking the 2013 racing win. Budd got off to a good start on defending his win with fast qualifying pass on a muddy course. Hawkins and Equalizer weren’t as fortunate in their qualifying pass. Hawkins spun out going through the under portion of the crossover ramp after the left rear clipped the landing ramp. Budd put in a smooth round one race to defeat the Avenger and move into the semi-finals. Hawkins had troubles off the start with Equalizer, including the truck losing power in the first turn. Hawkins re-fired the engine and continued on to win the race after Wrecking Crew made a couple crucial mistakes. Unfortunately for Hawkins found trouble with yet another transmission and wouldn’t be able to return. Budd gave it his all in the semi-finals but was unable to defeat the Stone Crusher to move on.

The freestyle course had plenty of big jumps to face and Brandon Budd wasn’t shy about getting some air in Red Solo Truck early. Budd went right after the bus stacks, flying the truck nicely over them to start off his run. The fun didn’t last for long as the right front wheel broke off, ending Budd’s freestyle early. While the truck suffered some significant damage to the axle housing, they’ll be back in action soon with a grueling week of events ahead.

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Some days just don’t go your way, and last Saturday was one of those days for the Equalizer Racing team in Bristol. Over the past few years the team has had success at the event with strong performances, including final round appearances by both Brandon Budd and Troy Rose, and had high expectations coming into Bristol Motor Speedway. Knowing how grueling the asphalt can be on the trucks, the team double checked all their nuts and bolts, looking to prevent any kind of issue to be at their peak performance. Unfortunately despite their best efforts mechanical gremlins reared their ugly heads in Qualifying for both Equalizer and Red Solo Truck as both trucks suffered transmission problems. Mike Hawkins, Brandon Budd, crew chief Joe Yatsko, and company scrambled to make repairs to get both trucks ready to compete for freestyle. It was an uphill battle but their efforts paid off as Hawkins and Budd both were able to freestyle for the awesome fans in Bristol. Mike and Brandon both got the most out of their ailing trucks, getting some big air and certainly weren’t shying away from the bigger freestyle obstacles like the bus and the elevated van stack. While it wasn’t the performance they had hoped for, the team battled back to make the best of a tough situation. In the meantime the team is getting both trucks ready for a busy month of August with stops up and down the east coast, including a few upcoming backflip attempts. You can keep up with the team here or Like Us on Facebook at our new Equalizer Racing Facebook Page today!

Below is info for this year’s Thompson Metal Monster Truck Madness at Bristol.

Use the hashtag #BristolMotorSpeedway this weekend when checking out the event!

and this link to get tickets:   http://www.bristoldragway.com/get_tickets/thompson_metal_monster_truck_madness_presented_by_beef_o_brady_s/

8:00AM                                  Merch check in with Glen Cole (423) 967-3583
10:00AM                                Tech Inspection
2:00PM                                  Production Meeting

3:00PM                                  Driver’s Meeting

4:00PM                                  Park Trucks for Pit Party

5:00PM                                  Gates Open / Pit Party Begins / Ride Truck Begins

7:00PM                                  Pit Party Ends

7:15PM                                  Ride Truck Ends
7:30PM                        Show Time

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We’re gonna be busy this summer! Check out the Schedule page to see where we’ll be racing, freestyling, backflipping…or maybe even double backflipping near you!

“We don’t care if Avenger has been to every World Finals; he’s coming to our backyard for two shows. Now, for everyone that wanted to see Equalizer vs. Avenger, it’s here!”

This quote from Mad Man Mike Hawkins says it all. Make sure you come watch us battle it out. More information on the Monster Nation Facebook page here!

In Mesquite, Equalizer took the freestyle win on Friday night, with Joe taking a wild ride during racing on Saturday, causing some unseen damage, breaking Mike on the second hit of freestyle, but Brandon in Red Solo Truck brought home the W on Saturday for freestyle. Some great momentum follows the team to Harrisburg for their next show; be sure to check out the updated Schedule page!

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Equalizer has been all over the country for a few different promoters in the first month of 2014, namely Toughest Monster Truck Tour, where some upside-down action has happened…Equalizer is doing backflips at shows, and sometimes when they come up short, it can be a lot of work. Hawkins landed one backflip squarely on the nose of the vehicle, digging the frame into the dirt and requiring a ton of repairs.

Rio Rancho, New Mexico saw Troy Rose and Red Solo Truck picking up the Toughest Monster Truck award on Friday night, while Hawkins grabbed it Saturday.

“It isn’t always easy doing things like flipping a 10,000 monster truck a full rotation and landing on the wheels,” said Hawkins. “We’ve enjoyed our first quarter so far, and are hoping to continue to rock it out for team RPR!”

This weekend, it’s off to Mesquite, Texas for MAP Motorsports. Check the Schedule page to see where Equalizer and Red Solo Cup will be next! Photo courtesy Danny Maas. Awesome shot, Danny!

We’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from the whole RPR/Equalizer family. Check out our new schedule for the coming season as well!