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Backdraft
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Backdraft circa 2021

Owner

Paul Breaud

Driver

Paul Breaud & Ty Cornelius II

Body Style

Dodge Ram (Formerly Custom International Firetruck)

Engine

536 Merlin

Transmission

Powerglide

Tires

66" Terra/BKT

Debut

2000

Theme Song

"Fire It Up" by Thousand Foot Krutch/"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC (2010) "Fire" by Scooter, "Click Click Boom" by Saliva (Both used in 2004)

Place of origin

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Backdraft is an International Fire truck monster truck owned and driven by Paul Breaud & a Dodge Ram driven by Ty Cornelius Jr.. The truck has existed for over 2 decades, and is best remembered for when it was owned and piloted by Jeremy Slifko from 2008-2013.

History

  • 2000 - Backdraft debuts on a Dodge Ram body with Rick Disharoon behind the wheel.
  • 2003 - A new custom Fire Engine Dodge Backdraft debuts.
  • 2004 - Backdraft does a few displays on the Viper/Demon chassis. Midway through the year Rick Disharoon would step away from competition and sought the right family to sell the truck to as Ryan Disharoon was too young to take over driving for him. As a result, Andy Slifko bought Backdraft, and Jon Zimmer ran it in the Fall.
  • 2005 - Jon Zimmer debuts a new body on Andy's former Eradicator chassis.
  • 2007 - A new paint scheme is run on Backdraft.
  • 2008 - Jon Zimmer moves to Sudden Impact Racing to drive the brand new Amsoil Shock Therapy. Jeremy Slifko starts driving Backdraft.
  • 2009 - A new Ram Fire Truck Backdraft debuts.
  • 2010 - A more detailed Fire Truck body is debuted.
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    2011 Freestyle at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL

    Backdraft's winning Freestyle; first seen at 2:48

    2011 - Jeremy wins his first freestyle competition in Orlando. A new white Backdraft body competes at the World Finals and at the team's home town event in Philadelphia.
  • 2013 - A new J&B built International Backdraft chassis and design debuts.
  • 2014 - The truck is sold to Paul Breaud and Ty Cornelius takes over driving duties.
  • 2016 - A new paint job makes its debut. The Slifko chassis ran and modified from 2004-2012 becomes General Hazzard (Race).
  • 2018 - Paul Breaud took over driving duties in May as Ty retired from racing in May after a chronic back illness.
  • 2020 - The team starts to compete on Monster Truck Wars.
  • 2021 - In memory of 9/11 two Backdraft's are run. Breaud continues to drive the International version while Ty Cornelius Jr. runs a black Dodge Ram body. It is unknown when it will return to Monster Jam.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2011 - Jeremy Slifko
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    Backdraft Freestyle Monster Jam World Finals XII

    Backdraft's first (and only) appearance at the World Finals

​White Body Bad Luck

Although the white body was a popular look for the truck, there seemed to be some bad luck associated with it. It started in Las Vegas during freestyle, when on only the third hit, the right front wheel broke off, ending Jeremy's run early. Then in June, at the televised stadium event in Philadelphia, the truck had two separate drive shaft failures; first in qualifying, causing the truck to miss racing, and then a second in freestyle before Jeremy even hit any obstacles. The white body has never been used since.

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