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Overkill Evolution is a 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty monster truck owned by Marty Garza out of McAllen, Texas and Michael Vaters of Vaters Motorsports out of Hagerstown, Maryland. It is driven by Vaters' son, Mike Vaters II. The truck has competed in five Monster Jam World Finals since winning the Young Guns Shootout championship in 2014, and even won the World Freestyle Championship in 2015.


History

In 2013, Marty Garza partnered with Michael Vaters of Vaters Motorsports to create Overkill Evolution.  Construction on the truck began that October and was finished days before the truck’s first show on January 4, 2014, at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK.  Vaters’ son, Mike Vaters II, would be selected as the driver for the truck.  Vaters and the truck would be invited to compete in the Young Guns Shootout at Monster Jam World Finals XV, which they would go on to win, defeating Coty Saucier in Monster Energy and earning the thirty-second and final spot in the main event.  Overkill Evolution would again be invited to compete in Monster Jam World Finals XVI in 2015, where Vaters would go on to win the World Freestyle Championship.

In 2016, Overkill Evolution competed in the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series.  Vaters and the truck would be invited to compete in Monster Jam World Finals XVII, where the truck would receive a special chrome paint scheme for the occasion.

In 2017, Overkill Evolution competed in Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series 3.  Halfway through the series, Vaters would temporarily take time off from driving following the birth of his son, and Sean Duhon drove the truck in his place.  Vaters would return in time to compete in Monster Jam World Finals XVIII.

In 2018, Overkill Evolution received an updated paint scheme, featuring an updated flame pattern.  Vaters and the truck competed in Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series 4, scoring freestyle championships in Toronto, San Antonio, and Anaheim.  They would again be invited to compete in Monster Jam World Finals XIX.  After the first quarter, Vaters would take time off from driving to spend time with his family.   As a result, various drivers, including Brad Allen and Daron Basl would drive in his place.

In 2019, Overkill Evolution received an updated body style, being a 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty.  Vaters and the truck competed in Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series 3.  Unfortunately, Overkill Evolution would suffer from various mechanical issues throughout the series, but would win racing championships in Anaheim and Atlanta regardless.

Following the various mechanical issues that plagued the truck throughout a majority of the previous season, Overkill Evolution would receive a major update for the 2020 season, which included a rebuilt chassis, as well as new shocks and axles.  Vaters and the truck competed in Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series Red, scoring Skills Challenge championships in both San Antonio shows, as well as in Indianapolis and Minneapolis. After the series abruptly ended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Overkill Evolution competed in select shows throughout the remainder of the season.

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Overkill Evolution close call

The close call

2018 Incident

On August 30th 2018, during a monster truck show at Paris, Ontario, Overkill Evolution was performing in the freestyle competition. During its performance, the truck slid dangerously close to a crowd of spectators. While no injuries were reported, the team would be suspended from the MTRA the following day. As a result, Marty Garza temporarily resigned from the Board of Directors the same day, but would later return to the Board following further investigation.

World Finals Appearances

Year Driver(s) (Competitions)
2014 Mike Vaters II (Young Guns Shootout + Main Field)
2015 Mike Vaters II
2016 Mike Vaters II
2017 Mike Vaters II
2018 Mike Vaters II

Trivia

  • Because the construction of Overkill Evolution took two months, it could be argued that the truck was not completely finished in time for its first show, as the paint scheme did feature purple outlining on the flame decals.
  • Overkill Evolution is one of two trucks to win the Young Guns Shootout in the same year as its debut, the second being EarthShaker.
  • Overkill Evolution was featured on a Roman Atwood video on August 8, 2016, in which the truck crushed a police car.[1]

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