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Three Titan Cup Winners Open March Leg of Hot Wheels Live

There were some battle scars, and a few differences, in the latest saga for HWMTL.

February was coming to a close, with one extra day to enjoy the competition, and the Hot Wheels Live U.S. Tour was ready to give fans a leap into the high-horsepower action on leap year weekend.  After a weekend in North Dakota, the tour made a short trip south and east, heading into Rockford, Illinois, at the BMO Harris Bank Center for a trifecta of events to close out February, and also start March.

All six teams rolled in ready to run hard, and give all the fans exactly what they wanted.  However, one team was rolling in with a slightly different look.

Christian Norman rolled in with the Hot Wheels Racing Raptor, and right alongside was the classic retro Bigfoot.  However, there was a little different look as to who was at the wheel.  Rodney Tweedy was not sitting in the seat this weekend, as it was “Mad” Mike Miller, who joined Bigfoot last season after many years with Hall Brothers Racing, that got to experience the thrill of having the old-school truck as his for the weekend.

The usual field rolled in and were ready to give a packed crowd that came out for the Crash Zone and then made their way into the seats, ready for the first of a three-show slate over two days.

Saturday afternoon kicked off with last weekend’s final Titan Cup champion, Cody Holman, launching the resident hot rod to the roof on each of his car hits in the Bone Shaker.

Donuts, once more, was a no contest.  Steven Snellen has the cyclones down to a science, so much so that the Ukraine tires that were new a season ago are considerably worn down because of how much rubber he’s left on the concrete.  Still, he spun the V8 Bomber once again into a smoke show, and kept his streak intact.

Derick Anson then got in on the action, launching the Demo Derby Cadillac right across the floor to take home the long jump contest.  Once again, drivers were playing to their strengths heading into intermission, and with two events remaining, the Cup still had yet to be decided.

Racing made things even more of a challenge, since Bobby Holman took a bite out of the entire competition, rolling to victory and literally putting freestyle up for grabs.  In all likelihood, whomever was taking that final win of the night was bringing home the Cup.

That is exactly what happened as Anson rolled in and made a run that was so spectacular, it knocked the hood completely off the chassis.  Demolition was what brought the Demo Derby the victory, and Anson was holding the Cup come the end of the afternoon, despite knowing his team was needing to do some body work for the next show.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON:

  • Wheelies:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Derick Anson, Demo Derby
  • Racing Champion:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Freestyle:  Derick Anson, Demo Derby
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Derick Anson, Demo Derby

 

A three-show weekend meant one of the days was getting a double-showcase.  As usual, Saturday was just that because the drivers had to go from the autograph line to the pits to assist their teams to prepare for the next round of action.

The track crew once again did their magic, as if Chris Angel had entered the arena and quickly vanished the crushed iron and replaced it with new junk.

What didn’t change, at least for the first two events of the Saturday evening program, was who obtained victories.  The Bone Shaker and V8 Bomber each took their respective wheelies and donut contests, but the long jump changed things up when the Tiger Shark bit into the competition for it’s first win of the night.  At the same time, a repeat was in progress of the first show since the first three events each had a different winner.

But, following intermission it was a changing of the momentum.

Cody Holman decided to get an early double up in points, and victories, as he marched his way through the field to take the racing win, and lead the Cup standings heading into freestyle.  But, Snellen was not going to let this one slip from his grasp.  A thrilling run in freestyle gave him a second win on the night, and meant a point tally was needed to determine who was walking away with the Cup.

This time, Snellen pulled out the win, making sure the Cup was still going back to the Kentucky shop, as Heavy Hitter Racing was looking ahead to a potential clean sweep on Sunday.

SATURDAY EVENING:

  • Wheelies:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Racing Champion:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Freestyle:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber

 

The final show of the weekend, the second matinee of the schedule, certainly was one to remember, as when the trucks rolled out for intros, the one that had showed signs of a rough weekend was Demo Derby.  The paint on the tires was wearing off, the entire front clip was missing, and yet still Anson was ready to make an impact and try to take home another Titan Cup.

Ironically for many of the fans who decided to take in every show, things started out with a very familiar look.

The resident hot rod, Bone Shaker, swept the wheelies with yet another pair of sky shots, while Snellen kept his streak intact for donuts.  The Tiger Shark then won the long jump…an exact duplicate of the Saturday night show.  Could it literally be culminating in an exact duplicate of the prior event?

It certainly began to have that feeling, because Cody Holman again took home a racing victory, and put himself at the top of the points entering freestyle.

That streak of familiars came to a halt in freestyle, ad Anson, despite having the missing “dog house” as the monster term has been said, the Demo Derby Cadillac lived up to it’s expectations, and took home the final win of the weekend.

But, the Titan Cup was not heading to Kentucky on this day, but rather heading to Ohio as it was the Bone Shaker at the top of the points, celebrating yet another win on the season.

SUNDAY:

  • Wheelies:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Donuts:  Steven Snellen, V8 Bomber
  • Long Jump:  Bobby Holman, Tiger Shark
  • Racing Champion:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker
  • Freestyle:  Derick Anson, Demo Derby
  • TITAN CUP CHAMPION:  Cody Holman, Bone Shaker

 

After nine straight weeks of 2-4 show weekends, the U.S. leg of the Hot Wheels tour finally gets a chance to take a breather, and many of the drivers are taking that chance to do some maintenance.  For some, that means a few late nights at the shop, while others also do some maintenance for peace of mind.  Norman decided to take the rare opportunity and get in a little getaway over the weekend, namely to go celebrate his brother, Norman, who turns 28.

The action heats up again after having to go through Friday the 13th, because the next show day is just that…a show day.  Two shows will be on the docket on March 14, as the tour heads to Anson’s home state of Kentucky, and to an arena that is named after another famous face from the Bluegrass State.

The KFC Yum Center will certainly be serving a lot of fried chicken, but it will also serve as the venue where the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live fleet will roll into and take a bite out of the competition.

Get your tickets now so you can see the $4 die-casts become $250,000 beasts.

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