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Bulldozer
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Bulldozer circa 2002

Owner

FELD Entertainment, Live Nation, Clear Channel Entertainment, PACE Motorsports, Hall Bros. Racing (Formerly)

Drivers

Tom Meents, Eldon DePew, Guy Wood, Alex Blackwell, Chuck Werner

Body Style

2001 Custom Bull

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

2-Speed Coan

Tires

66" Terra

Debuted

1995

Discontinued

Fall 2009

Bulldozer was a monster truck owned by FELD Entertainment, Live Nation, Clear Channel Entertainment, PACE Motorspors, and (formerly) Hall Bros. Racing and formerly driven by Tom Meents, Guy Wood, Rob Knell, Eldon DePew, Mark Hall, Tim Hall, Paul Stender, Alex Blackwell, and Chuck Werner. Although the truck is retired, FELD Motorsports still owns the naming rights to Bulldozer, and thus, Bulldozer has appeared in games Monster Truck Madness 2, Monster Jam: The Video Game, Monster Jam: Urban Assault, and Monster Jam: Path of Destruction. El Toro Loco is loosely based off of Bulldozer.

History

Bulldozer started out as a marketing ad for Smoke Craft Beef Jerky in 1995, and its unique body style (a Custom Bull) was a very popular point with fans. Bulldozer was first campaigned by Hall Brothers Racing, but it had a much longer life with Guy and Debbie Wood, who took over ownership after Smoke Craft dropped the sponsorship.

Until 2000, Tom Meents drove a second Bulldozer. His most notable victory was in Orlando 1999 when he beat Dennis Anderson and his truck, Grave Digger.

In 2001, El Toro Loco, Bulldozer's spin off, debuted

From 2000 to 2002, Bulldozer was also run on American Cowboy.

Until 2004, Guy Wood drove Bulldozer.

In 2005, Bulldozer ran a Hot Wheels body, and the Bulldozer body was put on a rear engined chassis

In 2007, Bulldozer returned, with Alex Blackwell and Chuck Werner behind the wheels.

In 2008, Alex Blackwell joined the Captain's Curse team.

In 2009, Kevin Lewis drives Bulldozer at its last show in Glendale, Arizona.

In 2010, Werner moved to El Toro Loco, and Bulldozer was retired. The truck is still featured in yearbooks and merchandise however.

In 2018, Monster Jam put up a poll via it's YouTube account, where the fans were asked Which was their favorite discontinued truck. Bulldozer was on the list of answers, along with Spider-Man, Air Force Afterburner, Iron Man and Captain's Curse. This doesn't necessarily means that the winner would return to the circuit but it could mean that Monster Jam has this and the other trucks put on hold.

World Finals Appearances

  • 1999 - Tom Meents
  • 2000 - Guy Wood
  • 2001 - Eldon DePew
  • 2002 - Guy Wood
  • 2004 - Guy Wood

Trivia

  • Bulldozer is one of four trucks owned by FELD that was sold to them, rather than being created by them (The other 3 being Carolina Crusher, Grave Digger, and Son-uva Digger).
  • Bulldozer and El Toro Loco co-existed for eight years, contrary to the popular belief that the latter succeeded the former.
  • The original Bulldozer chassis still runs today, as the Tom Cat exhibition truck (the one fitted with the jet engine).

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Monster Jam's poll in YouTube