Hooked Sails To Third Place Freestyle in Arlington

Hooked Monster Truck - Arlington Monster Jam 2015

After a week off from the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series the Hooked Monster Truck team headed to Arlington, Texas for their first ever visit to AT&T Stadium. Driver Steven Sims rejoined the team after being out of the seat for two weeks due to illness and was ready to get back to action. Friday night would be Steven’s first chance to shake off any rust during practice and he turned in a pass good enough for 10th place in the session. With that out of the way it was time to focus on the challenge ahead on Saturday night as the team looked to climb up the point standings for one of the four automatic qualifier positions into Monster Jam World Finals XVI in Las Vegas. In qualifying Steven lined up alongside Donald Epidendio and Titan as they raced against the clock for their chance to make the racing bracket. While Steven wasn’t able to out qualify Titan, his effort was good enough for 8th place as the final qualifier for the racing bracket. His opponent in round one would be fastest qualifier Damon Bradshaw and Monster Energy. Steven knew it would be a tough challenge to make up time on Bradshaw and gave it everything he had, but the truck spun out in one of the turns which gave the victory to Bradshaw.

As the third truck out in freestyle the judges typically don’t give out scores high enough to pull off a win, but Steven Sims was hoping to beat that trend when he took to the floor for his freestyle in Hooked. With top level trucks like Grave Digger and Titan going before him, the bar was already high to clear but Steven was undeterred as he came out flying right from the start. Regulation time was filled with big air and a great pace that was matched by none of the previous two competitors, but right at the start of bonus time Hooked started to develop a steering issue. Despite the steering issues Steven battled onward to finish out bonus time to try and score as many points as he could. The extra bonus point would make a difference as Steven and Hooked would take the freestyle lead by one point over Grave Digger. As the competition went on it looked like Steven was on the verge of his second victory of the season until Monster Energy put up a score of 36 with two trucks remaining. Monster Mutt would then top Monster Energy which placed Steven and Hooked in third place at the end of the competition. While the result wasn’t a victory, it was still a great performance for the team and one that got the fans attention in Arlington.

Next up on the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series for the Hooked team is Detroit, Michigan for round eight of the series. It’ll be a busy week for the crew as Tommy and Ed work on putting a new motor into Hooked for this weekend’s event. Thanks as always to the guys for putting in the long hours to keep Hooked running strong. Be sure to catch the Arlington Monster Jam on Fox Sports 1 next week on Sunday March 1st at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT.

Another High Flying Weekend for Hooked in St. Louis

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As the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series heads west, round five brought the Hooked Monster Truck team to St. Louis, Missori’s Edward Jones Dome for their next grueling battle. With each event passing, few points are up for grabs and driver Steven Sims came into St. Louis looking to move up in the points standings for a shot at qualifying into Monster Jam World Finals XVI. [Read more…]

Hooked Going Huge in Indy | Round 4: Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series

Hooked Monster Truck | Indianapolis Monster Jam 2015

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With last week’s freestyle victory in Tampa still fresh in mind, Steven Sims and the Hooked Monster Truck team made their first ever visit to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana for Round 4 of the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series. [Read more…]

Steven Sims and Hooked Victorious in Tampa!

Hooked Monster Truck - Tampa Monster Jam 2015

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For the Hooked Monster Truck team the start to the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series had some ups and downs in the first two rounds, but round three would be breakthrough performance and a career milestone for Steven Sims as he picked up his first career Monster Jam stadium event freestyle victory! [Read more…]

Hooked Flying High in Atlanta – Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series

Hooked Monster Truck - Atlanta Monster Jam 2015

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After a bit of a rough start to 2015 Steven Sims and the Hooked Monster Truck team went east to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second round of the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series. With a freshly repaired truck Sims was ready to unleash the Hooked and show a sold out crowd of 60,000+ fans what they could do. [Read more…]

New Year and New Challenges for Hooked on the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series

Hooked - Houston 2015 - Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series

The start of an all new season and an all new set of challenges for the Hooked Monster Truck team has already begun as the they visited Houston, Texas’ NRG Stadium on the first stop of the all new Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Championship Series. The series features 16 of the sport’s top trucks competing weekly in a points championship spanning nine weeks at some of the nation’s most prestigious stadiums. For young gun Steven Sims the series is a huge opportunity for he and the Hooked team to compete against the best drivers in the industry as they battle for one of four automatic qualifier positions into this year’s Monster Jam World Finals. [Read more…]

Big Freestyle Win For Steven Sims and Hooked in Charlotte


The Back To School Monster Truck Bash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway has a legacy as one of the best monster truck events in the country, and the Hooked Monster Truck team returned for the third year in a row on a quest for victory. The massive track would put Steven Sims and the Hooked team to the test in both racing and freestyle alike. Heavy rains before the event would add to the challenge ahead, but Sims was up for the test, proving so with another stellar freestyle performance. [Read more…]

Steven Sims and Hooked Take Freestyle Victory in Bristol

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The legendary Bristol Motor Speedway has been referred to as “The Last Great Colosseum” and Saturday night Steven Sims and Hooked went into battle against seven other top level monster trucks and would emerge victorious after a valiant fight in the freestyle competition. [Read more…]

“I Love Florida Tour” Continues For Hooked Monster Truck

(Photo By: Andrew Fitzpatrick)

(Photo By: Andrew Fitzpatrick)

The annual Florida stadium Monster Jam circuit has been nicknamed the “I Love Florida Tour” for a number of years and the Hooked Monster Truck team was in the thick of it as they entered into their third straight weekend in the sunshine state upon their return to Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. [Read more…]

Hooked Monster Truck Returns to Tampa


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After making two stops in Tampa in 2013, the Hooked Monster Truck team returned for their first visit of 2014 to Raymond James Stadium as they were set to compete against a strong field of Monster Jam’s toughest talent. The weekend before in San Antonio was a good outing for driver Bryan Wright as he returned to action for the first time since the summer of 2013. With the truck in great shape, Wright and the Hooked team were ready for the challenge ahead Saturday night.

The usually warm Tampa was a little chilly Saturday, with temperatures dipping down into the 40’s, but that didn’t stop thousands of Monster Jam fans from coming to see their favorite trucks and drivers in the pit party. Wright and Hooked hung out with the fans all day before the event in the evening. Once the sun set, and the lights came down in the stadium it was time for Monster Jam action.

Round One of racing matched Wright and Hooked against a good friend and familiar face, Scott Hartsock and the Gun Slinger. The always tough Hartsock was able to pull off the round one victory against Wright and Hooked to end their racing efforts early. Wright would come back in freestyle though and fire up the crowd with a great performance early on. Highlights included some big air leaps over the jack rabbit, a great walking wheelie over the racing lane, and Wright even took out a massive camper with Hooked. The crowd applauded Wright’s efforts with a strong run to get the crowd on their feet.

Next up for the Hooked Monster Truck team is the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida next Saturday. Be sure to keep up with the team online by liking the official Hooked Monster Truck Facebook page here.