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Stinger Unleashed
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Stinger Unleashed circa 2019

Owner

Zane Rettew

Driver

Zane Rettew

Body Style

Ford Raptor

Engine

526CI BBC

Transmission

2spd Abruzzi Powerglide

Tires

66" Firestone / BKT

Debuted

2012

Stinger Unleashed, previously known as Stinger, debuted in 2011 with driver and owner Zane Rettew, who also owns Rettew Motorsports. The truck competes mainly in Monster Jam but also appears outside of it. The truck was known for its Ford Raptor body with the custom made rear end to resemble a scorpion. This trend made Stinger an instant fan favorite. The truck has gone to many chassis and names throughout its career.

History

  • 2011 - The first Stinger truck is built in the summer.
  • 2012 - The truck competes in it's first full season, mainly with the Toughest Monster Truck Tour.
  • 2013 - Zane and the truck join the Monster X Tour for their first full season on the tour.
  • 2014 - The truck makes it's Monster Jam debut in Trenton, NJ with an all new chassis.
  • 2015 - The truck competes in it's first full year of Monster Jam.
  • 2016 - The team debuts a brand new chassis and body nicknamed Stinger 3.0. They would win multiple wheelie and freestyle competitions on the Monster Jam circuit, over the likes of Pablo Huffaker and Greg Wichenbach.
  • 2017 - The truck runs arena tour #6 along side it's new team mate Master of Disaster. Zane and the truck are invited to compete in the Double Down Showdown at the World Finals. Later that year, the team removed the custom rear tail plug with a normal Ford Raptor cab due to the tail being difficult to continuously make.
  • 2018 - A brand new Stinger debuts on an all new Patrick Chassis, under the name Stinger Unleashed. It runs in the Monster Jam Arena Tour, and rolls during it's first ever freestyle. Sean Duhon drove the truck in Hamilton, Ontario.  
  • 2019 - Another new chassis debuts, the 2018 chassis becomes Pretty Wicked.  

Versions

There have been 5 chassis' run on Stinger Unleashed since its debut in 2011. In similar fashion to Grave Digger, each chassis is named by the team. The following list shows the history of each truck in and outside the team:

  • Unnamed chassis - a J&B built chassis built in 2011 and ran through 2013 when it was sold to Mike Harper of Harper Motorsports. In 2017, it was again sold to Wilmore Racing and turned it into Hardwired.
  • Stinger 2k14 - another J&B used in 2014 which competed until 2015. It was converted into Master of Disaster for 2016.
  • Stinger 3.0 - the 2016-2017 version was the third J&B chassis run on the truck. It was originally saved for a future build, but was ultimately sold.
  • Stinger Unleashed - a PEI Chassis built by Dan Patrick. It is currently the shortest lived chassis as it was converted to Pretty Wicked for 2019.
  • Stinger 5.0 - the second PEI Chassis from the team and has been in use since 2019.

Trivia

  • The 2016 tail plug mold was custom made by Trey Myers.
  • Every year since 2013 Zane and the truck have competed at one of their hometown shows in Lancaster, PA. The show being at a tractor pull venue only minutes from their shop, named Buck Motorsports Park. They have won a total of six freestyles there, even rolling in 2017.  
  • In the summer of 2018 Zane and Stinger were challenged by Mikey Vaters Jr to a showdown at one of the 2019 Buck Motorsports shows.  

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