The Major League of Monster Trucks (MLMT) made a dazzling Kentucky Speedway debut tonight by entertaining 11,658 enthusiastic fans with displays of raw horsepower and aerial artistry during head-to-head Monster Truck, Thunder Truck and freestyle motocross competitions.

Raminator and driver Mark Hall reigned supreme in the head-to-head 16-monster-truck battle by acing out Nitro Hornet and driver Daron Basl by 0.132 of a second in an exciting aerial finish during the final runoff of a four-round competition.

Hall guided his truck through a flawless run in outside lane of the five-jump, two-turn, dirt course that traversed the Kentucky Speedway infield to claim the inaugural championship from the No. 16 seed. His truck lost power during its qualifying run and finished the competition presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers with only seven of eight cylinders operating in its 2,200-horsepower engine.

"The day didn't start very well but my team never counts us out, they never give up," Hall said. "It's cool when you can come up with a Cinderella story."

A thunderous, smoke-filled, earth-scattering freestyle monster truck demonstration closed the entertaining night.

Jeff Dedrick claimed victory in the Thunder Truck competition and Clint Eposito took the freestyle motocross title based on fan applause.

MLMT Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers Monster Truck Results:

Round 4 (Final): (16) Raminator (26.158 seconds) def. (6) Nitro Hornet (26.290 seconds).

Round 3 (Semifinals): (16) Raminator (26.511 seconds) def. (4) Gunslinger (26.578 seconds); (6) Nitro Hornet (26.592 seconds) def. (2) Bigfoot (27.437 seconds).

Round 2 (Quarterfinals): (16) Raminator (28.367 seconds) def. (9) Hot Tamale (33.550 seconds); (4) Gunslinger (27.126 seconds) def. (12) T-Maxx (27.484 seconds); (2) Bigfoot (27.125 seconds) def. (10) Avenger (DQ - Contact with turn cone); (6) Nitro Hornet (26.877 seconds) def. (3) War Wizard (32.182 seconds).

Round 1: (16) Raminator (28.220 seconds) def. (1) Nitro Fish (28.271 seconds); (9) Hot Tamale (39.372 seconds) def. (8) Samson (DNS); (4) Gunslinger (28.957 seconds) def. (13) Brutus (34.021 seconds); (12) T-Maxx (28.605 seconds) def. (5) Scarlet Bandit (29.501 seconds); (2) Bigfoot (28.242 seconds) def. (15) Nitemare (35.168 seconds); (10) Avenger (39.007 seconds) def. (7) Equalizer (DQ - contact with turn cone); (14) War Wizard (27.018 seconds) def. (3) Tailgator (27.497 seconds); (6) Nitro Hornet (26.823 seconds) def. (11) Madusa Bigfoot (DNF- mechanical).

Qualifying Results: 1. Nitro Fish/David Smith (27.459 seconds); 2. Bigfoot/Dan Runte (27.592 seconds); 3. Tailgator/Doug Noelke (27.692 seconds); 4. Gunslinger/Scott Hartsock (28.128 seconds); 5. Scarlet Bandit / Dawn Creten (28.144 seconds); 6. Nitro Hornet/ Daron Basl (28.285 seconds); 7. Equalizer/Mike Hawkins (28.674 seconds); 8. Samson / Dan Patrick (29.087 seconds); 9. Hot Tamale/Steve Koehler (29.430 seconds); 10. Avenger/Jim Koehler (29.530 seconds); 11. Madusa Bigfoot /Madusa (29.805 seconds); 12. T-Maxx/Jon Zimmer (30.086 seconds); 13. Brutus/Chris Bergeron (30.086 seconds); 14. War Wizard/Randy Moore (30.816 seconds); 15. Nitemare/Andy Hoffman (31.230 seconds); 16. Raminator/Mark Hall (DNS).

Story by Mike Schmaltz

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