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One of the most recognized names in American motorsports, Sammy Swindell grew up watching his father behind the wheel at many of their local Memphis, Tennessee dirt tracks. In 1971, at the age of fifteen, Sammy took to the dirt at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. In his rookie season, the oldest of two racing Swindell brothers won eleven feature events.
From an engineering standpoint, he's been on the leading edge for years. His driving record speaks for itself. Few people demonstrate excellence at either skill, but Sammy Swindell combines the two like a director. It is a very unique talent!
Angelle Sampey has won the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle championship three times (2000-2002). Since her debut in 1996, she has earned an all-time class record 45 top-qualifier awards and 41 event victories, the most wins for any female in both NHRA competition and professional motor sports as a whole.
2014: Raced to a season opening victory at Gainesville; powered to two runner-up finishes; qualified for the Countdown to the Championship for the third time in his career
2013: Raced to a runner-up finish at Gainesville; Set personal performance bests for time and speed at Gainesville; Raced to No. 1 qualifying position at Englishtown
2012: Set career-best E.T. at Reading; raced to four quarterfinal finishes
2011: Set career-best E.T. at Reading; raced to four quarterfinal finishes
2010: Raced to two runner-up finishes; Posted his second No. 1 qualifying position of his career; Set career-bests for speed and elapsed time
2009: Raced to one semifinal-round appearance; Set career best for speed
2008: Posted back-to-back wins at Indy and Charlotte; Earned his first-ever playoff appearance; Set career-bests for elapsed time and speed; Was as high as second in the standings after opening playoffs with a win at Charlotte
2007: Finished in the POWERade top 10; Posted career-best time and speed
2006: Posted career-best elapsed time; Had a runner-up finish in his only final-round appearance
2005: Led POWERade points for the first time in his career; Earned a career-high two wins, including the season’s most prestigious event (Indianapolis); Posted career-best time and speed; Finished in the POWERade top 10 for the 14th time in his career
2004: Collected first career win (St. Louis); set career-best elapsed time; advanced to a pair of final rounds, the second highest single-season total of his career
2003: Recorded career-best numbers in time and speed
2002: Finished in the top 10 of the Pro Stock Bike standings for the eighth consecutive season
2001: Made first final round appearance in two years
1998: Won the NHRA Good Hand Award
1997: Became the president of the PRO2 organization
1995: Made a career-high three final-round appearances en route to a career-best 20-12 record in elimination rounds; Won the AMA Rebel Nationals, finishing third in the series; Awarded the AMA Hazel Cobb Award for the racer who best promotes the sport
1991: Won the 16-bike race at Fuji International track in Japan; Runner-up in Pro Stock Bike bonus event
1987 and 1989: Drag Bike USA National Pro Stock Bike Champion
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2014: Raced to three quarterfinal appearances; qualified for every event the team attended; powered to a career best speed at Epping
2013: Set career-best time at Charlotte 1; Advanced to final round at Charlotte 1 (earned a semifinal for the effort); Earned a quarterfinal finish at Englishtown; Qualified a season-best sixth at Englishtown
2012: Qualified for eight of nine races in a limited schedule
2011: Set career-best e.t. and speed at Gainesville; Earned his first Countdown playoff appearance; Made three semifinal round appearances; Qualified for all 16 events
2010: Raced to one runner-up finish and three semifinal appearances; Set career-bests in elapsed time and speed; Qualified for all events entered
2008: Recorded first professional round-win at Sonoma
2005: Made professional debut at Houston
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BOB CURRAN, Owner/Driver - "Sponge Bob" began his NMCA EZ Street racing career in 2001 with a rough start when he left the line in 3rd gear at the NMCA opener in Moroso. He quickly learned from his mistakes and by July he was kicking ass and taking names in front of the hometown crowd in Joliet capturing his first #1 qualifying spot and walking away with the mph record. Bob ended up finishing 5th overall and was determined to put the #1 on his windshield in 2002. That's exactly what he did. In an uphill battle of Chevy versus Ford, Bob banged heads with Phil Hines' Mustang all season eventually claiming the championship. He's now looking forward to the move to Limited Street.
Jimmy Creten is one of the top drivers in monster trucks and the 2005 Freestyle World Champion. With extensive knowledge of robotics and a job as an engineer under his belt, Creten creates trucks with massive horsepower to help fuel his burning desire for a racing championship. Alongside his wife, Dawn (driver of Scarlet Bandit), Creten made 2Xtreme Racing a household name in monster trucks.
The reputation for excellence that 2Xtreme Racing has gained in the sport is best evidenced by the team being named Team of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Creten’s team is the only team to have been awarded the prestigious honor for three consecutive years.
Creten started out like many drivers with a modified truck that eventually led him to mud bogging, then on to the monster truck circuit, where he quickly made a name for himself as a top flight racer and technical freestyler, making moves like slap wheelies and combinations look easy. Creten is a staple at the Monster Jam World Finals, and his team has now grown to a multi-truck, year round operation that is one of the largest and most successful on the independent monster truck scene.
In his free time, Creten likes to spend as much time as possible with Dawn and his kids. He also had a commercial pilot’s license. Whether it’s in an airplane or a monster truck, look out for Jimmy flying overhead at a town near you!
Shane Stewart has amassed more than 100 winged sprint car wins, in both 410 and 360 cubic inch engines, throughout the course of his 20 year racing career. Across the United States, Canada and Australia, Shane has become a threat to win on any given night. Shane was introduced to the world of motorsports at a young age when his father, Mike, was racing super modified's at dirt tracks in Tulsa, OK Being in the pit area and watching his father in victory lane fueled Shane’s need to compete. When he was six-years-old, his father surprised him with his first quarter midget. A year later, Shane was again in victory lane, this time celebrating his own wins..
Miss GEICO holds numerous world speed records, National, and World Titles. Since its inception in 2005 Miss GEICO has won 10 World Titles and over 100 individual races. Miss GEICO is headquartered in Riviera Beach, FL. In addition to competing for its 11th World Title, Miss GEICO participates in 20 National Boat Shows, 3 National Air Shows competing against the GEICO Skytypers, 5 Nationally televised P-1 Powerboat Races, 10 AquaX jet ski races, and numerous charitable events assisting United We Race, Inc. their own 501 (c) (3) charity that distributes 100% of the proceeds to United States Veterans. The Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team is hard at work and hungry to claim its 11th World Title against a long list of teams from Qatar, Norway, Australia, and the United States.
As a mother of four Dawn Creten has some of the regular mom duties you would expect, getting the kids ready for school, taking care of dinner, and flying a 10,000 pound monster truck. That last one may not be most mom’s but at the Creten household it’s what they know best. Creten has now been involved in monster trucks since 1997 after a chance meeting with her now husband Jimmy at the North Dakota State Fair following an event. Creten soon found herself immersed in the world of monster trucks and eventually into the drivers seat. With each even Creten grew more confident as her skills continued to improve. Fellow drivers and fans alike took notice as Creten’s following grew. With that following came success as Creten started to prove she was a strong competitor and started winning.
In 2003 Dawn Creten claimed her first major stadium event racing victory in Vancouver, British Columbia and was pushing drivers like multi-time World Champion Tom Meents to the limit in a photo finish in Minneapolis. She followed up that success with another major stadium racing victory in Phoenix the following year. It was fluke as Creten repeated in 2005 by defeating husband Jimmy and the Bounty Hunter in Phoenix for the racing victory. That year Creten received her first ever Monster Jam World Finals invitation and put up a strong result with a sixth place freestyle against the sports top drivers.
While Dawn Creten has had to take off time from driving the Scarlet Bandit for the births of her children, it certainly never took away from her driving skill. In 2007 she made her return to the Monster Jam World Finals after great performances in major stadium events.
In 2008 Creten took to the freestyle course shortly after her husband was narrowly defeated for the World Finals racing championship, and delivered an incredible freestyle performance that had Sam Boyd Stadium going insane. Her freestyle that night would rank her second against the best in the industry. Creten continues to be one of the sports leading female drivers to this day and makes the guys sweat every time she hits the track.
Kayla is a fearless, brass, tough-talking professional drag racer with 10 years experience on the track and the streets. Racing is in her blood and she has the drive to back it up. She grew up in the garage around cars, working on engines with her dad Stanley, a former racer. Kayla turned her passion into a career and makes a living building motors.
She showed up at Big Chief and Murder Nova’s doorstep looking to Dyno a car for “her peoples.” The Midwest Streetcars crew knew something was up. Just a couple days after the guys finished the car (her car) Kayla showed up to drive it onto The List. She’s determined to be the first female racer in the #1 spot.