Bounty Hunter racing in Arizona
|Owner and driver information|
|Owner||Jimmy & Dawn Creten|
|Driver(s)||Jimmy Creten, Dawn Creten, Trent Montgomery, Todd Morey|
|Home city||Tonganoxie, Kansas|
Bounty Hunter: 1995|
Scarlet Bandit: 2000
Iron Outlaw: 2005
|Body style||2005 Ford Expedition|
|Engine||555 in3 Chevrolet|
|Transmission||Hughes Performance 2 speed|
2Xtreme Racing is a monster truck team consisting of the trucks Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Iron Outlaw, all of which compete primarily on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. The team is owned by Jimmy Creten, and includes Creten, his wife Dawn Creten, Trent Montgomery, and Todd Morey as drivers. Each truck features an old west theme with a character based on the truck's name. All three vehicles have competed in the Monster Jam World Finals, and Bounty Hunter was the 2005 World Freestyle Champion. Jimmy Creten and Trent Montgomery currently drive the two Bounty Hunter trucks, Dawn Creten drives the Scarlet Bandit truck and Todd Morey drives Iron Outlaw.
After attending a show in the Kingdome in 1995, Creten bought the "Shark Attack" monster truck and renamed it Bounty Hunter without knowing a truck with the same name, owned by Brian Bellini, already existed. After several years with the truck, he added a second truck named "2Xtreme", which would be driven by his wife, Dawn. While Bounty Hunter had a Chevy S-10 body on a custom chassis, 2Xtreme was a Dodge Dakota on a Dan Patrick built chassis.
Through a series of displays for the company, CSK became an official sponsor of the team in 2000. It was then that 2Xtreme was renamed Scarlet Bandit. The sponsorship lead to a significant increase in performance for the team, and they began to be shown on the Monster Jam television show, notably with a final-round appearance by Jimmy in Bounty Hunter against Tom Meents in the Pontiac Silverdome.
For the 2002 season, both trucks were rebodied to Ford Expeditions, and were given new themed paintjobs with comic book character mascots. This was also the first year in which Bounty Hunter was invited to the World Finals, and was runner up in the racing segment. This result would become familiar to Creten, who also has runner-up finishes in the 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011 events.
For 2005, the new "Iron Outlaw" identity, driven by former Jurassic Attack driver Linsey Weenk, was added to the team as a replacement body for when Dawn could not attend events. This new look saw only limited action that season, but went full-time in 2006 when Dawn was expecting a child. After an unprecedented 7 event winning streak, the truck became a permanent team member. Also in 2005, Jimmy Creten won the World Freestyle Championship in Las Vegas, bolstering the team's reputation for freestyle as well as racing.
In 2007, all three trucks competed on the circuit and all earned a slot at the World Finals. In July, Weenk announced he was moving to the Blue Thunder truck at the end of the season. On October 23, Dragon Slayer driver Kreg Christensen was named as the replacement.
During the prerace for the Samsung 500 NASCAR race at Texas in 2008, NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and FOX analyst Jeff Hammond drove the Bounty Hunter truck (which was actually the Scarlet Bandit truck with a different body) for a feature segment of the show.
In 2011, at World Finals 12, Creten lost to Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction in the final racing round, by about a truck length.
Also, in 2011 the team took a hard hit, when Iron Outlaw driver Nick Owens died on August 13. His death was confirmed as a drowning. He was 30 years old and had just finished his rookie year and got rookie of the year in the seat of Iron Outlaw.
World Finals History
- Bounty Hunter: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
- Scarlet Bandit: 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010 (for the encore performance).
- Iron Outlaw: 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Bounty Hunter: Even though Jim Creten and Bounty Hunter have been in the World Championship race in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, and 2011. but has never won the championship. In 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011, Bounty Hunter made it to the Semi-Finals, but spun out in Round 2 at World Finals VIII. Jimmy Creten has knocked over turning poles in 2005 and 2008, after crossing the line ahead of Grave Digger in 2005, and a little behind Batman in 2008.
Scarlet Bandit: Dawn has yet to make it past Round 2 in the racing. Losing in Round 1 in 2005, Round 2 in 2007, and in Round 1 in 2008. She qualified in the top 8 in 2007, and qualified 9th in 2008.
Iron Outlaw: When Linsey Weenk drove the truck in 2006 and 2007, he made it to Round 3 both times, but lost to Blacksmith in 2006 and Captain's Curse in 2007. When Kreg Christensen drove the truck in 2008, he lost to Bounty Hunter in Round 1.
Bounty Hunter: Bounty Hunter won the 2005 Freestyle World Championship with a score of 31, but then it was changed to a 37 after tie-breakers with Blue Thunder. Then, Jimmy Creten has driven it to second place in 2009 and 2012. The truck has broken a back wheel off in 2006 and 2008, ending his run. He has broken down early in the run in 2003, 2007, and 2016. He flipped the truck in the middle of the run in 2002, but had a spectacular finish on the trailer jump in 2004.
Scarlet Bandit: Scarlet Bandit usually comes out early or in the middle of the freestye. In 2005 she got big air and scored a 25. In 2007 she got more big air and scored a 24. In 2008 she went for the big triple jump and did the save of a lifetime and finished 2nd with a 36.
Iron Outlaw: The truck scored a 14, after losing a wheel in 2006. In 2007, the truck put on an awesome run coming out second in a field of 22 trucks in freestyle and scored a 29. in 2008, the truck broke after the first hit and score a 4.
Awards and championships
- Bounty Hunter – 2005 Freestyle World Champion
- 2002 USHRA Team of the Year
- 2006 USHRA Team of the Year
- 2007 USHRA Team of the Year
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