King Krunch

Driven by: David Smith

The 2001 racing season was his first full season. He worked to find his own driving style which also helped find the weak points in the truck. The team worked hard to improve the strength and reliability of King Krunch 14.

In May of 2002, David and owner, Nels Wickander, decided to expand the team to a two truck race team. King Krunch 15 made it’s debut at the 2002 Wings Over Houston Air Show.

The 2003 racing season has been David’s best and busiest yet. They easily doubled the number of appearances from those done the year before and in March, David was named Clear Channel Motorsports’ Most Improved Driver.

David is constantly fine tuning and looking for ways to improve KK15 so look for even bigger things to happen in the coming years.


Nitro Hornet

Driven by: Daron Basl

Daron got his start at a very young age. It was a family affair with his father(Gary Basl),older brother Ryan and Daron’s twin brother Aaron on the pulling truck circuit. They pulled in the 2wd class running 62? and 63? model chevy trucks.In 2000 he and his brother Aaron, started working for Jeff Bainter. Daron was a crew guy for Jeff for about a year. After traveling with Jeff he went back home to work with his dad for a little while. He stayed home until 2002 when he started working for Jimmy Creten, taking the full time driving duties in Jimmy’s Bearfoot truck.

In mid 2004 Daron came to work for the King Krunch Racing Team to take on full time driving duties on the El Matador truck. Daron looks forward to an exciting season in the El Matador and many great things to come


Driven by: Eric Swanson

When Eric was 11 years old he got to experience what it was like to drive his Dad’s Monster truck. He even got to drive over cars! Everyone was impressed that an 11 year old could maneuver such a big machine skillfully. We made sure all safety precautions were in place. For his twelfth Birthday we gave him a trophy kart. We had it painted and wrapped to match Obsession. He has done numerous events in it for all different promoters. They have had him freestyle at monster truck events and he is the only trophy truck to have cleared three cars!

20th Anniversary Obsession

Driven by: Rick Swanson

Rick’s first race was at the LA Coliseum. Since then Rick has been blessed with many accomplishments. He won the 2006 MOD Outdoor Channel Series. He dedicated the championship to his Father who passed away that same year. He has also had the opportunity to drive for Feld Entertainment. He has driven for Monster Mutt, Bulldozer and King Krunch. He likes to experience driving in different trucks because it gives him a different perspective on the way different truck are set up and how they handle.

Double Trouble

Driven by: Tyler Groth

Tyler Groth and twin Travis (driver of Trouble Maker) were born with “fuel running through their veins”! They were
raised changing oil and spark plugs, and worked on a CJ-7 during high school. Off -roading was the favorite weekend
activity. The brothers learned various helpful skills at WYOTECH in Laramie, Wyoming and built a stretched CJ-7,
modifying a Willy’s Pickup. Passion turned into profession—after meetng and traveling with Ranger Joe, owner and
driver of Airborne Ranger, both Travis and Tyler took a leap, purchased their fi rst monster truck and started Mirror
Image Racing. They competed in the Young Guns Shootout Monster Jam world finals in Las Vegas and in 2016!

Trouble Maker

Driven by: Travis Groth

Travis Groth and twin brother Tyler (driver of Double Trouble) state, “Since 2010 we’ve been building, re-tuning and
refining our trucks. It has been a wild ride. 2016 brought many awesome opportunities for us. We were able to work
with the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, film for Monster Truck Throwdown’s Joyride, and even snagged some air
time with James Cordon on the Late Late Show. We’ve since refined Double Trouble and Trouble Maker for another
exciting year.” Check the brother team out at and on Facebook!

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