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Samson
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Samson circa 2021

Owner

Dan Patrick

Driver

Allison Patrick, Rick Steffens

Body Style

Custom 2006 Chevy Concept

Engine

565 Brad Anderson Hemi

Transmission

Coan Powerglide

Tires

66" Terra

Debut

1983

Theme Song

  • "Unsung" by Helmet
  • "Lonely Train" by Black Stone Cherry (Indianapolis 2007)
  • "Ram It Down" - Judas Priest (Uniondale 2010)
  • "I'm Just a Girl" by No Doubt (Columbus 2014 and when Allison Patrick is driving)
  • "I Stand Alone" by Godsmack (Monster Truck Throwdown)

Samson is a monster truck created by Don Maples and made famous by Dan Patrick.

History

The original Samson was built in 1983 by Maples. He would later build a second truck but never run it, and it was sold along with the rights to the Samson name to former tractor pull driver Dan Patrick in 1988. Don had built Samson 2 based his measurments and observations of Bigfoot 7. Dan would run it as Samson, Keystone Krusher, and Coors Extra Gold before a sponsorship by the TV show American Gladiators introduced the now-common "strongarm" 3D body. After some time he sold that truck to the Race Rock theme restaurant and built a more competitive tube frame chassis. Patrick would also offer to other teams, becoming one of the industry's major chassis builders. For some time it would run almost exclusively for USA Motorsports, but later participated in PENDA and USHRA events.

Patrick later built other Samson trucks and has used several paint jobs throughout its years. In 2013, Dan Patrick retired from driving and his daughter, Allison Patrick, now drives Samson. In 2016, Allison's husband Rick Steffens started driving the truck with her. Their company/race team, PEI, is based out Circleville, Ohio. Samson is featured in Monster Truck Madness 2 and Monster Truck Madness 64.

History

  • 1983 - Samson is created by Don Maples.
  • 1988 - Samson is bought by Dan Patrick.
  • 1990's - Dan Patrick drives Samson in the PENDA Points Series. Samson is sponsored by the TV show American Gladiators for a short time.
  • 1996 - Samson has a huge crash, putting Dan Patrick in Dungeon of Doom (with the Samson name) until Samson is finished with repairs.
  • 1998 - Samson begins to compete in Monster Jam.
  • 1999 - Samson is featured in Monster Truck Madness 64.
  • 2005 - New Samson/Hulk monster truck debuts.
  • 2007 - One Samson is sold to a park to be on display with Bigfoot 7.
  • 2009 - Another Samson is sent to compete in Australia.
  • 2010 - Samson competes on the Monster Jam Freestyle Mania tour until 2011.
  • 2013 - Dan Patrick retires from driving and lets his daughter, Allison, drive the truck.
  • 2013 - Samson begins to compete in Monster Truck Throwdown.
  • 2016 - Rick Steffens, Allison's husband, drives Samson.
  • 2017 - Samson makes it's return to Monster Jam for the first time since 2014.
  • 2018 - A new Samson design debuts in the summer.
  • 2020 - In early 2020 the truck is shipped off to Europe to compete in the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live European Tour as Tiger Shark (PEI) A new chassis is built later in the year.
  • 2021 - A new design debuts. It ran as Mega Wrex for the 2021 Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live tour.

Monster Jam World Finals appearances

  • 1999 - Dan Patrick

Accident

In 2009, Samson was involved in an accident that caused the death of announcer George Eisenhart after he accidentally stepped in front of Samson while it was moving. He was taken to a nearby hospital. It is known that the show was stopped immediately after the incident, however, some sources say that George had stepped out to "close out the show" when the incident had happened, meaning the show was about to have ended anyway. The next day's show, scheduled for a Sunday Afternoon, was cancelled (despite the fact that the show 8 days earlier, involving Natural High's incident, as well as it's subsequent shows, continued) and tickets were refunded, although this did not happen until George was pronounced dead.

Due to the fact that the accident was graphic, and the fact it happened only 8 days after Natural High's accident, Monster Trucks shows were given more specific rules.

Gallery

Video

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Dan Patrick on Wildman Adventures Episode 69; Part 1

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Dan Patrick Wildman Adventures Episode 70 Part 2

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