PARK TWP. — After missing out on the thrill of the Michigan Monster Truck Shootout last summer, it was clear patrons at the Ottawa County Fair were excited for the event to return.
The grandstands were nearly full Tuesday night, July 27, as the fan-favorite event made a loud return. Interest was so high the event started about 20 minutes late as fans continued to file into the stands.
Four trucks competed in the event Tuesday night, along with one mini truck. Allen Pezo, a member of the International Monster Truck Hall of Fame, was there with two trucks, Predator and Pouncer. Pezo lives Brentwood, Tennessee.
Dalton Van Skyhawk of Portland, Indiana, took the wheel of Lethal Threat Stomper and rookie driver JJ Cook of Auburn, Indiana, drove Hot Rod Harry.
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The mini truck American Scout had 18-year-old Colton Kiser from Greenfield, Indiana, in the driver’s seat. Kiser began driving the mini trucks when he was just 12.
The drivers first competed in a wheelie contest, seeing which truck could get the most vertical after driving up a ramp. Kiser then took American Scout through the course of ramps and beaten-up cars before the trucks competed in a racing round.