Thanks for checking out the 2011 World Finals coverage and thanks for being with us for another great racing year. We can't wait to come back bigger and better in 2012, and we can tell you things are already promising to make next year one of the best yet!!
October 23rd, 2011 -The R/C Monster Truck Challenge World Finals returned on October 23rd at Barnstormers RC Raceway in Chester NY for the biggest and baddest race of the year. 27 monster trucks were on hand to do battle for the 2011 World Finals racing and freestyle championships and the action was second to none. The awesome crossover track that was such a huge hit last year returned this year with a little modification and improvement. This year to start out the trucks would hit one crush car set instead of two, hang a left turn (one on the inside on on the outside) and then the inside truck would head for the big crossover ramp and fly over it. The other truck charges down the small strech and then negotiates a tight left and right chicane under the crossover jump and into a roller and moves to the inside line. The trucks than repeat the same lap on the opposite lane they were in previously.
The racing rounds today were very competitive, as all the drivers got better each pass they made. Pete Poniatowski was smooth all day in one of his best racing performances so far. His Godzilla, Rambunctious and Southern Comfort trucks were among the trucks to beat in today's field. Dan DeFalco had strong racing runs throughout the day with Grave Digger, Shock Therapy and Monster Patrol, with Monster Patrol and Grave Digger taking round wins. The entire 24 truck pro mod racing classs also saw great runs from Peter Spragg, Greg Noonan and the Buckland team. Peter Spragg debuting the brand new Backdraft truck was the talk of the event with an awesome new custom made body and even though struggled at times over the crossover, was still smooth and strong in racing. Througout all the racing rounds today just like the previous 4 years, the Air Force Afterburner of Kyle DeFalco was the class of the field. Afterburner pulled off most of the round wins and consistently finished strong and would give him his 5th World Finals Racing title in a row and the 2011 RC Monster Truck Challenge Points Series Championship.
Freestyle again this year was some of the best the Barnstormers track has ever seen. All trucks competiting put on amazing runs with big air, great saves and awesome moves. Trucks like Raptor, Monster Patrol, Equalizer and Hot Wheels all laid down solid runs early to set the bar. Donnell Roye of Philly provided us with a major wow factor after pulling off the night's only backflip! Buckaroo and Shock Therapy followed with strong runs as well, while Greg Noonan pulled off an awesome big air assault with Iron Outlaw and Bounty Hunter. Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction closed out the event, with Digger on his way to an awesome run until Dan experienced a hard nose dive and almost saved the truck but rolled to end the run. Kyle DeFalco was having a strong run with Maximum Destruction until the right rear knuckled broke, which left Max-D crippled. Kyle continued to beat on the truck, flooring it left and right to try and get the truck to soldier on, ending the event in a huge dirt cloud to the delight of the crowd! Freestyle tonight though belonged to Pete Poniatowski and Rambunctious. Going back to last year's World Finals saw Rambunctious putting on an awesome freestyle run which featured two back flips, ultimately coming in 2nd place to Big Red after a tie breaker. Pete was out for redemption this year and went on to deliever an insane freestyle which consited of big air, awesome one wheel slap wheelies and a big save off a huge nose dive. Rambunctious was also the only truck not to flip over during the freestyle run until the end, which avoids using a 3 pont penalty for flipping the truck back over if it rolled during the middle of the run. Pete was able to grab the 2011 World Finals freestyle championship and was very well deserved!
Congrats goes out to our 2011 Champions Kyle DeFalco and Pete Poniatowski on a job well done! Enjoy the rest of our coverage and check out all the great pictures we have as well as our highlight video at the bottom of the page!!