World Record Holder And 5x Toughest Monster Truck Champion Dan Runte Drives BIGFOOT Again

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — There may not be a junior high or high school student alive from the 70’s and 80’s who doesn’t remember the gas station on the corner of Moseley and West by Read Park in Freeport, Illinois. There may not be many Freeport people at all who don’t remember. It was a fairly unspoken yet rather famous corner spot back in the day, and those who knew of it, and recall it, remember one thing.

The Monster truck.

It was home of the gigantic monster truck that sat on the corner of the shop /station that it was back in those days. Every so often you’d hear it start its engines and that raw sound coming from the coolest looking truck you ever laid eyes on, roared like nothing you’d ever seen or heard before.

Turns out it would be the birthplace of a Freeport kid made good, who’d go on to make quite a name for himself in the monster truck world. His name, Dan Runte and as it turns out this world record holder and 5 time Toughest Monster Truck Freeport Champion, is back in the drivers seat again.

The Toughest Monster Truck Tour announced earlier this month Runte will be filling in for regular driver Larry Swim for four shows, out for a knee injury. Two dates in Prescott Valley, Arizona and another two in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Runte told The Daily Courier the best part about driving Bigfoot are the fans, he said. He says many of whom he’ll run into again and again by going back to the same venues. He says a lot of the fans were the age he was or younger when he started driving and now they’re all adults who come to the events with their kids.

“The fans are just incredible,” Runte told The Daily Courier. “Bigfoot has a huge following.”

Runte will be in the driver’s seat for the first time since 2016. He’l be driving in the following Toughest Monster Truck Tour events.

– Prescott Valley, AZ – January 11 & 12, 2019
– Rio Rancho, NM-January 18 & 19

 

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NEW MEXICO: Quad Chaos is going to be out and about this week in and near Albuquerque, in celebration of this weekend's Toughest Monster Truck Tour event at Santa Ana Star Center! Get your Free Pit Pass at Payless and get discount coupons at O'Reilly Auto Parts. Here's the schedule of Quad appearances:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
11am-1pm: Payless Shoes
360 Eubank NE Albuquerque
New Mexico 87123

3m-5pm: O’Reilly Auto Parts
2007 Southern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
11am-1pm: Payless Shoes
9301 Coors Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 8711
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NEW MEXICO: Quad Chaos is going to be out and about this week in and near Albuquerque, in celebration of this weekends Toughest Monster Truck Tour event at Santa Ana Star Center! Get your Free Pit Pass at Payless and get discount coupons at OReilly Auto Parts. Heres the schedule of Quad appearances:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
11am-1pm: Payless Shoes
360 Eubank NE Albuquerque 
New Mexico 87123

3m-5pm: O’Reilly Auto Parts
2007 Southern Blvd. 
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
11am-1pm: Payless Shoes 
9301 Coors Blvd NW 
Albuquerque, NM 8711

 

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Carlee Linville lets go to payless today and try to score tickets! 😜

Isaiah Lovato

You guys in the Midwest or east coast this year

Anna Huerta Nia Vargas Danicca Candelaria

Hcsad Tsosie we should go.. 🙂

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Dan Runte and Bigfoot with an awesome wheelie last Saturday in Prescott Valley! Don’t miss us this weekend in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at the Santa Ana Star Center! Tickets are still available at the box office and santaanastarcenter.com.

#toughestmonstertrucktour #toughestmonstertruck #monstertruck #monstertrucks #familyfun
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Kris Ribali you see why i do it!

TMT has a new voice! We now have one of the most recognizable voices in monster trucks calling the action and keeping the fans energized. That's right - Scott Heaton is in the house!

Scott J Heaton RoadNoise Entertainment #DOYOUWANTMORE?
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TMT has a new voice!   We now have one of the most recognizable voices in monster trucks calling the action and keeping the fans energized.  Thats right - Scott Heaton is in the house!

Scott J Heaton  RoadNoise Entertainment  #DOYOUWANTMORE?

 

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I always felt like a rockstar when you were introducing me!! Fave forever.

One of the best...one is no longer with us..Joe Lowe and then there is Scott J Heaton!

The best of the best!

I miss his announcing!! One of the best!

Best, most favorite announcer ... always.. evvvah! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

Scott J Heaton is the Best! All the others are just annoying 🙉 just sayin ‘...

The best of the best!

Awesome!

He was great #Saturday #Prescottvalley #toughestmonstertrucks #familynight

Hell yeah

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3 days ago

Awesome show. Thank you so much for such a blast... see yall when you circle back through Arizona ... See MoreSee Less

Awesome show. Thank you so much for such a blast... see yall when you circle back through Arizona

 

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Thanks Kristine!

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