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Bounty Hunter
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Jimmy Creten's Bounty Hunter circa 2018

Owner

2Xtreme Racing

Driver

Jimmy Creten

Body Style

2005 Ford Expedition

Engine

555 CI Blown Alcohol

Transmission

Hughes Performance 2-Speed Powerglide

Tires

BKT/66' Terra

Debut

1995

Bounty Hunter is a Ford Expedition truck owned and driven by Jimmy Creten of Tonganoxie, Kansas. Bounty Hunter is part of 2Xtreme Racing. With multiple championships, most notably the 2005 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Championship, Bounty Hunter is one of the most successful monster trucks since 2000. Bounty Hunter is featured in the video games Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal, Monster Jam: The Video Game, Monster Jam: Urban Assault, and Monster Jam: Path of Destruction. The truck has competed in all Monster Jam World Finals' since 2002 under Creten and one Double Down Showdown under Austin Minton.

History

  • 1995 - Bounty Hunter debuted as a yellow Ford F-series then became a Chevrolet S-10 on the Dragon Slayer chassis and mainly did smaller events along the Midwest alongside Team KCM.
  • 1996 - The truck unveiled a new design.
  • 1999 - The truck debuted yet another new paint scheme.
  • 2000 - A brand new Dodge Dakota body along with a new chassis was debuted, and Jimmy started to get some major stadium coverage.
  • 2002 - A new Ford Expedition body debuted. At this time, Bounty Hunter began getting massive coverage and World Finals births, being a part of every World Finals since 2002. On top of this, Bounty Hunter would get second place in racing at World Finals 2.
  • 2003 - Jimmy debuted another new chassis. Like the year before, he would get second place in racing for the World Finals
  • 2004 - Bounty Hunter debuted a new paint scheme on the truck. At that year's World Finals, the truck would once again earn a second place title, though this time being in Freestyle.
  • 2005 - Jimmy would finally get a World Finals title, winning the Freestyle Championship in a tie breaker with Tony Farrell and Blue Thunder, who had a 31.
  • 2006 - A new paint scheme is run on the truck. For the fourth time, the truck would get a second place title, this time being racing.
  • 2008 - Darren Migues debuted a second Bounty Hunter. Jimmy's Bounty Hunter would earn a fifth second place title at the World Finals, being in Racing.
  • 2011- The truck gets a sixth second place win, again in racing.
  • 2012 - Darren's Bounty Hunter debuted a new grey color. At the World Finals, Jimmy's truck ran a special body, with half the truck blue and the other half transparent. He earns his seventh second place finish at the World Finals, in freestyle.
  • 2013 - Jimmy debuted another special World Finals body, this time with the truck being grey. He would run this body throughout the summer of 2013.
  • 2014 - Jimmy would run a new yellow body. Darren gets a new matte black body on his Bounty Hunter.
  • 2015 - Bounty Hunter celebrated their 20th Anniversary. Trent Montgomery took over the second Bounty Hunter as Darren moved to Menace. Jimmy would also win the No Limits Monster Truck Championship. At the World Finals, Jimmy unveiled a half blue, half yellow scheme for World Finals 16 for his 20th anniversary.
  • 2016 - Both trucks get new designs. Jimmy drove a yellow & black Bounty Hunter while Trent drove a blue & white one. At the World Finals, Jimmy debuted a new American Sniper Bounty Hunter design paying homage for Chris Kyle. He would run this body for the rest of the year. For a portion of the summer of 2016 Matt Cody and Tim Missentzis piloted Trent Montgomery's Bounty Hunter.
  • 2017 - Both Bounty Hunters get new paint schemes again. Jimmy ran a new Punisher themed Bounty Hunter on the FS1 Series West while Todd Morey took over Trent and drove the second Bounty Hunter sponsored by the University of Northwestern Ohio (where Todd took college) in one of the two Stadium Tours. Midway from the tour, Todd suffered an injury. George Balhan and Trent Montgomery filled in for him in Anaheim and Oakland respectively.
  • 2018 - Jimmy's Bounty Hunter debuted an all new chassis and ran along side his wife Dawn Creten’s Scarlet Bandit on Stadium Tour 2 & 3. He would pick up back to back racing wins in both Tampa and Orlando, defeating El Toro Loco and Grave Digger, respectively. Austin Minton ran the second Bounty Hunter on the Jekyll & Hyde chassis on for first quarter on Stadium Tour 4. Jimmy competed at the Monster Jam World Finals 19 with Austin driving in the Double Down Showdown.
  • 2019 - Only one Bounty Hunter will be campaigned as Austin moves to Megalodon. Jimmy will drive his truck on Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series 1.

Other Trucks

Over the years, the Bounty Hunter name have been run by multiple teams, most of which were only used once.

World Finals Bodies

Just like Avenger and Titan, Bounty Hunter has run special bodies at the World Finals since 2011.

  • 2011 - Breast Cancer Awareness Bounty Hunter
  • 2012 - Double-sided Bounty Hunter (Half blue, half transparent)
  • 2013 - Grey Bounty Hunter
  • 2014 - Bubba Burgers/Hedman Headers Bounty Hunter
  • 2015 - Bounty Hunter 20th Anniversary (Half blue, half yellow)
  • 2016 - American Sniper Bounty Hunter
  • 2018 - Special "The Punisher" Bounty Hunter (only in Pit Parties)

World Finals Appearances

  • 2002 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2003 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2004 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2005 - Jimmy Creten (won freestyle against Tony Farrell in Blue Thunder in a Tiebreaker)
  • 2006 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2007 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2008 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2009 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2010 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2011 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2012 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2013 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2014 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2015 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2016 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2017 - Jimmy Creten
  • 2018 - Jimmy Creten (DDS: Austin Minton)

Trivia

  • Bounty Hunter has one of the most powerful engines in the circuit as it has 2000hp instead of the usual 1200-1500hp of a normal monster truck.
  • Bounty Hunter has been in the Championship Race at the World Finals 5 times but still has not won it yet to this day.
  • Razin Kane was used as a one time Bounty Hunter in 2012. Other one time trucks run as Bounty Hunter include Outlaw and Shocker.
  • In August 2014, Zane Rettew would drive Trent Montgomery's Bounty hunter for one show in Pennsylvania when Trent was filling in for Jimmy Creten at another show.
  • The first iteration of Bounty Hunter had Yosemite Sam on the side, fitting with how Jimmy's first truck Plum Nuts had Taz on the side, another Looney Tunes character
  • The Skull on the 2017 Bounty Hunter resembles the Punisher's skull.
  • Todd Morey's 2017 Bounty Hunter was made specifically for him. The body used the colors, and sponsor of the College he attended, and sponsors.
  • Jimmy Creten’s new Ramer chassis is based upon, and uses parts of, the old Wild Flower chassis.
  • The truck debuted a new body at the Monster Jam World Finals 19. Oddly enough, the body was only used at both pit parties, but not used for the actual event. This is because it would later be used for a special auction.
  • The truck has more second place wins at the World Finals then any other driver, being 7.

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