April 28, 2010 - (St. Louis, MO) Team BIGFOOT will take yet another huge step forward this weekend in commemorating their 35th anniversary by debuting the new "MS BIGFOOT" and "Retro BIGFOOT" monster trucks at the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals being held in Springfield, MO. "New recruit" Amber Walker will strap in behind the wheel of MS BIGFOOT and make her first appearance driving in front of a crowd in over three years, during what is sure to be an exciting weekend of monster truck action that will kick off the 2010 Jamboree Nationals points chase.
Amber will begin her driving career for Team BIGFOOT by campaigning the beautifully painted MS BIGFOOT body atop the BIGFOOT #11 chassis, a task for which she is VERY excited! "The original MS BIGFOOT was such an awesome truck, and it marked the first time women really made their mark in this sport," said Walker. "To be able to renew that tradition and to give all the girls in the crowd a BIGFOOT of their own to root for is going to be great!" Veteran BIGFOOT #11 driver Jerry Dalton will serve as Amber's crew chief for the duration of the weekend.
The Springfield 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals will feature three rounds of Monster Truck Thunder Drags® over the course of Saturday and Sunday. Amber and her teammate Dan Runte in the 35th Anniversary "Retro" BIGFOOT #16 will compete against a stacked field of trucks, including high horsepower machines like Avenger and Raminator. In addition to the great racing and freestyle action, Amber and MS BIGFOOT will be on display on Friday, greeting fans and getting the greater Springfield area excited for the weekend ahead! Amber and Dan will be signing autographs at the BIGFOOT Official Licensed Merchandise trailer over the course of the weekend as well.
Speaking of Dan, he will have his plate as full as anyone's in Springfield. Team BIGFOOT's senior driver, who holds an impressive eight national championships and 1 Guinness World Record, knows the Springfield track well; he also knows how much of a role Mother Nature can play in the outcome of the weekend's racing events. In addition to debuting a new "retro" look for his BIGFOOT #16 truck (a 1970's F-250 body painted in the classic all-blue BIGFOOT style), Runte will also be serving as a mentor to Amber Walker, sharing insights into driving a BIGFOOT truck and helping her overcome her three year hiatus from driving!! Will the two end up meeting each other in the monster truck racing finals? "Only time will tell," said Runte. "But I am optimistic that we'll be able to have her up to speed pretty quick. She's got a great attitude, a great truck underneath her, and a great team standing behind her."
When asked to give his thoughts on the weekend as a whole, Runte was his usual analytical yet optimistic self: "Springfield is tough every year because of the mixed racing surface, part dirt and part asphalt. And, if that wasn't enough, it always seems to rain. So we'll go in there with the best set-up we can cook up, and hope that we picked the right combination of tire cut, engine tune-up, and gearing." Runte's crew chief and engine mastermind John Peterson added that "The competition is going to be tough and won't cut us any slack, and we sure aren't going to cut them any either."
Fans attending the event will definitely want to bring their cameras, not just to take photos of two brand new looks for the BIGFOOT Team, but to get their photos taken with the trucks and their drivers, one of the more fan-friendly aspects of the Jamboree Nationals. A ton of exciting new merchandise will be available as well, including a line of MS BIGFOOT ladies-wear featuring pink and powder-blue hats and fitted shirts, and black and pink can cozies!! The new BIGFOOT 35th Anniversary t-shirt featuring classic BIGFOOT trucks from over the years will also be available, and fans can have both Dan and Amber sign their merchandise!
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have Amber on-board not only as the newest driver on our roster, but also as our first female racer in over two decades," said BIGFOOT president Ann Trent, daughter of BIGFOOT founder/owner Bob Chandler. "So many of Amber's new teammates will be coming to Springfield to help make her feel welcome, and we certainly look forward to all the great Missouri fans cheering her on as well!"
For more information on BIGFOOT, Amber, Dan, and the rest of the team, visit the Team BIGFOOT page - CLICK HERE. To learn more about the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals, check them out at FamilyEvents.com.