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2013 Throttle King National Crowning Championship

Posted in Events on May 9, 2014 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Laini Pound

Wow, where to even begin! Honestly, traveling from event to event all over the nation this year for the Yukon Gear & Axle Throttle King season completely took me by surprise—in an awesome way. The amount of support and enthusiasm for the series was off the charts, plus we had Yukon step up and take the title sponsor spot of the series. Big props go out to those dudes—they made it all possible from the start. I know you want to get straight to the action and carnage of the event, but I have to always just quickly say thanks to everyone involved who helps out. The racers, park owners, my 4x4cross crew, and spectators all put this year by far on a completely new level of insane.

To say the finale crowning event was epic is an understatement. I know it’s my job to elaborate and make things sound amazing, but I have had legit comment after comment from not just spectators but the drivers themselves, too, saying that the caliber of trucks in attendance from across the nation blew them away. When the same dudes who travel state to state to the biggest and baddest events, set records, and cover the pages of national magazines tell you they were blown away by the event and trucks in attendance, it makes you feel pretty freakin’ stoked.

Let’s get to the action and competition. Just like in previous years, the National Crowning Event was held at the Wheelie King, Twitty’s Mud Bog in Ulmer, South Carolina. It’s a great track that can handle any competition and race trucks. It’s also good central location for the trucks that are traveling from across the nation to compete. On an honorable mention, Wicked North, which is headed up by my good buddy Randy from Vermonster, came down with nine different trucks from New England that qualified either at Vermonster or The Barnyard in Maine. Also in big attendance was Joey’s West Georgia Mud Park Air Force. They had quite a formidable lineup of sick trucks on deck. There were also trucks from Louisiana, North and South Carolina, various qualifiers from The Yankee Lake Mega Truck Challenge, and even a rowdy group of sick trucks from the Texas Arklatex series that no one had seen before. I think they surprised everybody with their very strong performance throughout the weekend.

The beauty of the Throttle King series is that it’s truly a level playing field for any type of truck to enter and compete. Whether it’s lightweight and super high-powered or massively tall and heavy, it doesn’t matter. Run it! When trucks compete in all the various fields, all build advantages are thrown out the window. The National Finale event is compromised of the five toughest tests that all mega and mud trucks typically go through at some point in the series. The first competition on Friday night is a back-to-back grudge pull on a concrete pad run bracket style. Saturday the trucks have to run a Hill N Hole course, then pull a huge loader tire down a track, and also run through a multilap endurance-style obstacle course, all for time. Then to finish it all off Saturday night, in a last-ditch attempt to take the top spot in the points, the trucks throw down in an open-time, no-limits freestyle competition based solely on how big, creative, and crazy the drivers are willing to go.

I could go on and on to try and cover all the insane action that went down, but unfortunately I’d have to write a novel and we only have so many pages in the magazine. Check YouTube for more coverage. For a full points spread and standings from each individual event, and overall points and winners, hit up www.4x4cross.com under the Throttle King section.

Here are the top trucks from each individual event and then the overall points/placement breakdowns.

Season Qualifying Event Points Leaders
Race Truck: Devils Reject, S.C.
Mega Truck: Resurrection, N.C.

Back-to-Back Grudge Pull Tug Winners
Race Truck: Deep Trouble, Wicked North
Mega Truck: Mud Slut, Pa.

Hill N Hole Winners
Race Truck: Devils Reject, S.C.
Mega Truck: Resurrection, N.C.

Big Tire Pull Winners
Race Truck: Devils Reject, S.C.
Mega Truck: Bone Collector, Ga.

Obstacle Course Winners
Race Truck: Devils Reject, S.C.
Mega Truck: Blu Bayou, Wicked North

Freestyle Winners
Race Truck: Mad Maxx, Wicked North
Mega Truck: Air Mundy, Ga.

2013 Yukon Gear & Axle National Throttle King Champions
Race Truck: Windle Skipper in Devils Reject, S.C. (3-time champion)
Mega Truck: Shawn P. Goodeaux in Warrior, La.

Overall Breakdown
Race Trucks (Weight & Points)
1. Devils Reject, S.C.: 4,090 lbs, 71 pts
2. Mad Maxx, Wicked North: 4,990 lbs, 68 pts
3. Mohawk Madness, S.C.: 2,930 lbs, 64pts
4. Ghost Rider, N.C.: 4,020 lbs, 62 pts
5. Trimming Time, N.C.: 3,170 lbs, 52 pts
6. INXS, S.C.: 2,820 lbs, 52 pts
7. Deep Trouble, Wicked North: 5,740 lbs, 45 pts
8. Scooby, N.C.: 4,340 lbs, 39 pts
9. Daphne, N.C.: 4,220 lbs, 39 pts

Overall Breakdown
Mega Trucks (Weight & Points)
1. The Warrior, La.: 7,680 lbs, 164 pts
2. Bone Collector, Ga., 9,940 lbs, 157 pts
3. Beyond the Law, Wicked North: 5,020 lbs, 146 pts
4. Down N Dirty, Ga.: 7,710 lbs, 146 pts
5. Air Mundy, Ga.: 6,690 lbs, 145 pts
6. Last Minute, Wicked North: 10,000 lbs, 128 pts
7. Cajun Sling, La.: 6,820 lbs, 127 pts
8. Mechanical Bull, Wicked North: 9,130 lbs, 124 pts
9. Blu Bayou, Wicked North: 5,150 lbs, 123 pts
10. Going Deep, Ohio: 6,120 lbs, 122 pts
11. No Mercy, Wicked North: 5,590 lbs, 115 pts
12. Renegade, Tex.: 6,860 lbs, 115 pts
13. Singer Slinger, La.: 8,320 lbs, 107 pts
14. The Hulk, Tex.: 9,610 lbs, 106 pts
15. Sticky Icky, Ohio: 9,020 lbs, 104 pts
16. Truck Norris, Wicked North: 6,100 lbs, 103 pts
17. Mudd Stick, Ga.: 6,790 lbs, 101 pts
18. Crowd Pleaser, Tex.: 7,550 lbs, 101 pts
19. Balls Deep, Ga.: 6,980 lbs, 100 pts
20. Resurrection, N.C.: 4,750 lbs, 98 pts
21. Mud Slut, Pa.: 10,960 lbs, 96 pts
22. Blazing the Way, S.C.: 8,500 lbs, 96 pts
23. Twitty, S.C.: 8,050 lbs, 83 pts
24. D’Ranged, Ohio: 8,060 lbs, 81 pts
25. Ritter’s Skidder, S.C.: 7,260 lbs, 80 pts
26. Flyin Brian, Ga.: 6,900 lbs, 72 pts
27. Pit Viper, Wicked North: 5,730 lbs, 64 pts

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