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Gunslinger
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Gunslinger circa 2016

Owner

Hartsock Racing

Driver

TBA

Body Style

Ford Trophy Truck

Engine

557 CI SVO Ford Blown Alcohol Injected

Transmission

Coan 2-Speed Super Glide

Tires

66" Terra / BKT

Debut

1992

Theme Song

“Take it Outside” by Brantley Gilbert (2013 - present), “Bullet With A Name” by Nonpoint (2007 - 2011), "Gunfight" by The Railbenders (2012), "Cocked, Locked, and Ready to Rock" by PACE Motorsports Studio Musicians (2003 - 2005, occasional use until 2010), "Rollin" by Limp Bizkit (Atlanta 2006)

Gunslinger (often structured as "Gun Slinger" or "GunSlinger") is a Ford monster truck formerly driven by Scott Hartsock out of Florida. Hartsock was a staple of Monster Jam for many years and won multiple major stadium events all across the country.

History

  • 1992 - The first leaf spring steel bodied Gunslinger debuts, but rolls hard later that year.
  • 1993 - The second Gunslinger, still leafspring, debuts with a fiberglass body.
  • 1995 - Gunslinger III debuts with a tube chassis, and coil over shocks.
  • 1999 - Hartsock debuts a new Ford F-150 bodied Gunslinger.
  • 2000 - Hartsock is the runner up in the first Monster Jam World Finals Racing Championship.
  • 2002 - Gunslinger is featured in the game Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction.
  • 2002 - Gunslinger becomes famous for its massive launch at the World Finals.

    Gunslinger still competes in Monster Jam today, but under the name Slinger. Note that the original render had the guns replaced with slingshots, while the real truck had none

  • 2003 - Scott Hartsock becomes the first driver to beat Tom Meents at the World Finals in racing
  • 2003 - Gunslinger is featured in the game Monster 4X4: Masters of Metal.
  • 2003 - Gunslinger has a temporary sponsor with GMC and Mercury.
  • 2005 - A new design is planned for the 2005 season, but is cancelled.
  • 2006 - Gunslinger runs as a Chevy for the year. Scott debuts a new teammate truck to Gunslinger, Cowboy driven by Steve Reynolds. The truck also appears on a episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, destroying the Rainford family's old house.
  • 2007 - A brand new chassis and scheme for Gunslinger debuts in Atlanta.
  • 2010 - Another new scheme and chassis debuts on Monster Jam Live. Gunslingers teammate, Cowboy, is retired. Hartsock, after a 5 year absence, returns to the Monster Jam World Finals. Gunslinger is featured in the game Monster Jam Path of Destruction.
  • 2013 - Gunslinger debuts a brand new Ford Trophy Truck body and scheme in Houston, and still runs it today.
  • 2017 - The team debuts Gunslinger's alter ego, Slinger, who competed in the 2017 Fox Sports 1 East Series. Slinger was the result of FELD's decision to censor gun relationships from trucks. The reason for this is unknown. The Gunslinger name runs on and off on non-Monster Jam events.
  • 2018 - Once again, the truck runs as Slinger in Monster Jam. However, in summer 2018, a toy of the truck was made as part of Monster Jam Mighty Mini series and, oddly enough, the toy had the "Slinger" design, while the corresponding sticker was "Gunslinger". In October, a brand new chassis is debuted. The previous chassis is being redone for Scott's daughter.
  • 2019 - The truck runs a limited amount of time at Monster Jam as Slinger. The truck gets to a final round of racing, against Tyler Menninga and Grave Digger.
  • 2021 - The truck runs a limited arena schedule in Monster Jam, once again as Slinger. Hartsock would win the Biloxi 5 Racing Event, being the second independent of 2021 to get an arena event victory. Scott passed away when a train collided with a tow truck carrying his 18-wheeler on July 15 near Jackson, Mississippi, on the way to a Monster Truckz show in Jacksonville. It's unknown if Gunslinger will continue to compete in the future, as no other drivers have also driven the truck alongside Hartsock, or have been assigned to drive it in the future.

World Finals Appearances

  • 1999 - Scott Hartsock
  • 2000 - Scott Hartsock
  • 2001 - Scott Hartsock (didn't compete freestyle)
  • 2002 - Scott Hartsock
  • 2003 - Scott Hartsock (didn't compete freestyle)
  • 2005 - Scott Hartsock (didn't compete freestyle)
  • 2010 - Scott Hartsock

Video Game Appearances

Trivia

  • Gunslinger holds the record for having missed the most Freestyle competitions at the World Finals (along with Hot Wheels), having missed three in six appearances. Gunslinger missed World Finals 2 freestyle due to the truck crashing head on into the wall protection. Gunslinger also missed World Finals 4 and 6 freestyles due to blowing the engine in racing. In an strange coincidence, all these absences came at even numbered World Finals (2, 4 and 6) while Gunslinger freestyled at all the odd numbered World Finals in which it appeared (1, 3 and 11).
  • Gunslinger is one of two independently owned trucks to have advanced to the championship race at the World Finals, the other being Bounty Hunter.
  • Although the truck's censorship was made official in 2017, this isn't the only time Gunslinger has been renamed "Slinger". The first instance of this censorship was in 2000, for the Rev N'Go toy release of Gunslinger, a full 17 years before the real Slinger debuted.
  • The truck is most famous for his slogan, "Cocked, Locked, and Ready to Rock."

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