The bad boys of racing have returned to Hardy Murphy Coliseum.


The bad boys of racing have returned to Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

Checkered Flag Productions is back in town today and Saturday with its annual Monster Truck Winter Nationals and Hot Rod Truck N Tractor Pull Championships. Also set for this weekend are The Bad Boys of Tuff Trucks, which will feature local racers on an obstacle course, as well as flat-track moto racing.

Kaedon Berry, event director for Checkered Flag Productions, has five reasons why to make it out to Hardy Murphy this weekend:
 

The nation’s best monster trucks

Fans will see Unnamed and Untamed, Nasty Boy, Razin Kane, Get R Done and Robo Machine square off in three events: side-by-side racing, a wheelie contest and a no-rules freestyle contest.

“Ardmore is the third stop on the tour,” Berry said. “Trucks are vying for a spot in the finals in Pocatello, Idaho, (April 17) competing for racing and freestyle points. The thing people really like is freestyle, because the trucks are popping wheelies.” 

Oklahoma vs. Texas

This won’t be any ordinary tractor pull, but an all-out border war. The Hot Rod Truck N Tractor Pull Championships will pit Oklahoma’s finest against Texas’ for bragging rights.

“It’s a pretty tough task to see who can pull all that weight,” Berry said. “We’ll roll the sled down, hook ’em up and see who can pull the farthest.”

Cash on the line for locals

In The Bad Boys of Tuff Trucks competition, regular guys from the street will test their everyday rides on a time-trial obstacle course. The racer with the best time will get a cash prize.

“It’ll definitely be worth competing for,” Berry said of the cash. “It’s all local competitors racing over the monster truck course. There’s no qualifications but a helmet and a neck brace.”

Bikes tear up the track

Flat-track moto may be the hottest event of the night, with experienced racers going for cash prizes at tight angles and high speeds.

“These bikes were brought in to go fast,” Berry said. “Flat-track takes elements of road track bikes but it’s a lot slicker on dirt. Also in the smaller confines of Hardy Murphy, there will be a lot more bumping and grinding.”

You can meet the racers

Each night of the show, there will be a free Pit Party for all ticket holders. allowing up-close and personal access to all of the racers.

Gates open at 6 p.m., with the Pit Party starting at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Inclement weather will have no effect on the show.

“Come inside where it’s warm to watch the monster trucks battle,” Berry said.

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Monster Truck Winter Nationals

— Friday and Saturday at Hardy Murphy Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.
— Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under; $2 increase at door.
— How to buy: Online at www.cfpracing.com, by phone at (866) 443-8849, ProMart Travel Plazas or at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum box office.