Contributed by: Ross Bonar
(Jefferson, Louisiana) – After a major team restructuring following the completion of first quarter, many fans wondered if Sudden Impact Racing would be able to continue its winning tradition. Following several weeks of competition with the new look team, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Let us to introduce you to the new team at Sudden Impact Racing and recap their first few weeks behind the wheel.
We are excited to welcome the new wheelman of the high profile Amsoil Shock Therapy ride, Jeremy Brady of Stringer, Mississippi. Brady made waves in the monster truck industry earlier in 2012 when he purchased the legendary 1957 Chevrolet Casper truck from Dale Harris and restored the truck to its original beauty.
After meeting team owner Brandon Lagarde, Brady got the call to drive the 2-time World Finalist Amsoil truck.
The new beginning for Sudden Impact Racing kicked off as the Monster Truck Racing Super Series made its annual stop at Fort Smith, Arkansas’ Kay Rodgers Park.
With strong competition from the Monster Truck Mafia’s Devin Jones and Barbarian, along with Greg & Zach Adams and their beautiful Bar’s Leaks Eliminator and Rislone Defender rides, Sudden Impact Racing had their work cut out for them. The Redcat Racing Ground Pounder and Amsoil Shock Therapy made strong runs in all competitions. The highlight was Sudden Impact Racing’s return to victory lane both nights, marching through the brackets to a complete sweep of the weekend’s side-by-side straight line drag racing competitions.
Following the team’s new look debut weekend in Fort Smith, the crew would spend the next few weeks continuing to work on freshening up the trucks and doing some testing sessions with the new drivers. These tests served as prep for a huge show the last weekend of May as Sudden Impact Racing headed south of the border for the very first time.
nVivo Live Events put together its biggest lineup ever, inviting 13 trucks to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Mexico for one huge Monster Showdown event at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. With trucks from powerhouse teams like 2Xtreme Racing, Sturges Motorsports, Obsession Racing and more, it was an honor for the Sudden Impact Racing team to receive the invite. What better way to break in the new drivers than to throw them to the wolves in a major stadium event!
With Brady making his debut in Amsoil Shock Therapy, the Sudden Impact Racing Team couldn’t have asked for better runs from the impressive young gun. Brady laid down solid efforts in the wheelie contest, placing him comfortably in the middle of the pack in the final rundown. Side-by-side drag racing would see Ground Pounder eliminated in the first round after barely being edged by Hurricane Force, while Brady in Amsoil Shock Therapy would advance into the second round before falling to El Perro Loco. Brady would cap off a great night by filling the clock in freestyle, laying down some nice sky wheelies and closing with excellent donuts.
After making the trek back to the shop from Mexico, the Sudden Impact Racing Team quickly went to work prepping the trucks for another round of the Monster Truck Racing Super Series, this time at Springdale, Arkansas’ Parsons Stadium. With a little bit of experience now under his belt, Brady was chomping at the bit to make an impression in Springdale. The opportunity would certainly be there as the competition for the weekend included former World Freestyle Champion Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter, Ben Winslow in Iron Outlaw and once again, the Monster Truck Mafia’s Devin Jones in Barbarian.
Friday night would see respectable wheelie contest efforts from both drivers, but the weekend would be kicked into high gear as Jeremy Brady was a man on a mission in side-by-side drag racing. 2Xtreme Racing is known for their racing prowess, but that wouldn’t stop Brady from taking Amsoil Shock Therapy and first knocking out Bounty Hunter in the semi-finals and then defeating Iron Outlaw to take the big win. Brady would follow that up with a nice freestyle that saw solid slap wheelies while Ground Pounder would impress with some great momentum and nice donuts.
With Jeremy Brady and the Amsoil Shock Therapy ride visiting victory lane on Friday, Ground Pounder was determined to bring home some hardware for Redcat Racing on Saturday. This quest started in the wheelie contest where he nailed a textbook sky wheelie, ripping the tailgate off the truck. That wouldn’t be quite enough for the win, but Ground Pounder would go on to take down the high-powered 2Xtreme Racing trucks in side-by-side drag racing and claim the big victory over his Sudden Impact teammate Brady in the Amsoil Shock Therapy in the final.
With the adrenaline pumping, both drivers were looking to end the weekend strong with a big freestyle performance. Brady was up first and nailed down some great slap wheelies before launching the van stack and getting the biggest air of the entire weekend in Amsoil Shock Therapy. The truck would take a hard landing and looked like it was sure to end up on its lid, but Brady made a veteran like move to save the truck and keep it on all four tires.
Sudden Impact Racing couldn’t be happier with the great young talent the team has found in Jeremy Brady, and is very thankful for the continued support of team sponsors Amsoil and Redcat Racing. With several big racing wins in the books already, these guys are just getting started.
Brandon Lagarde is happy is to have the team and trucks back in their hometown.
The team would like to thank Brad Darnell and Monster Events for letting us be a part of the Monster Truck Racing Super Series in 2012, and also a thanks to nVivo Live Events for having us at the Monterrey Monster Showdown.
The team is looking forward to many more great events in 2012, stay tuned to www.SuddenImpact.com to keep up with all the latest team news, and be sure to follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SuddenImpactRacingTeam.