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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 driven by Jimmy Creten and owned by CSK Auto Corporation [1] 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

Bounty Hunter began in 1995 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.

In 2000, a brand new Dodge Dakota body was debuted, and Jimmy started to get some major stadium coverage. However, it wasn't until 2002 with a new Ford Expedition body that he began getting massive coverage and World Finals births, being a part of every World Finals since 2002.

In 2005, Jimmy would finally get a World Finals title, winning the Freestyle Championship in a tie breaker with Tony Farrel and Blue Thunder, who had a 31.

In 2008, Darren Migues debuted a second Bounty Hunter.

In 2012, Bounty Hunter ran a special body at the World Finals, with half the truck blue and the other half transparent.

In 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.

In 2014, he would run a new yellow body. Darren gets a new matte black body on his Bounty Hunter.

In 2015, Jimmy Creten unveiled a half blue, half yellow Bounty Hunter for World Finals 16 for his 20th anniversary. Trent Montgomery took over the second Bounty Hunter.

In 2016, Jimmy Creten drove the yellow & black Bounty Hunter and Trent Montgomery drove the blue & white one. At the World Finals, Jimmy's truck debuted a new American Sniper Bounty Hunter design paying homage for Chris Kyle. For a portion of the summer of 2016 Matt Cody and Tim Missentzis piloted Trent Montgomery's Bounty Hunter.

In 2017, Jimmy runs his Bounty Hunter on the FS1 Series West. Todd Morey drove the second 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.

In 2018, Bounty Hunter debuted an all new chassis and runs 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 a 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.

Trivia

  • Bounty Hunter is neither an Escalade nor a bed cab truck. Instead, it is a Ford Expedition, an SUV.
  • 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.

Gallery

References

  1. Mega Monsters, the Biggest & Baddest Monster Trucks book