By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dave “Heavy D” Sparks made history as he became the first Monster Truck driver in the BroDozer, which he drives on the Monster Jam tour as a diesel-based truck, to jump over an air plane that was moving. Sparks jumped Anthony Oshinuga’s plane at Wendover Airfield in Wendover, Utah on Monday night.
The two had to abort the first attempt due to head winds. Then, in the second attempt, it was a go, as Spark went flying over Oshinuga’s red place on the Discovery Channel’s special Monster Jump Live on Memorial Day.
“Everything was literally perfect,” Sparks said after making the jump. “Better than any practice we could have had. Everything was perfect, that’s all I can say. “That ramp is taller than my truck. I had to keep the pedal to the metal the whole way. All I saw him for a quick second but I knew my timing was good when I saw him. I’m in the air for four seconds — that gives him a big window to fly through. We couldn’t have timed it any better.”
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Oshinuga had a small box to fit his plane under. If you watch the video below, the BroDozer went over part of the plane, as Oshinuga was out ahead of Sparks when he made the jump.
“The winds picked up a bit,” Oshinuga said. “We had a little bit of a tail wind. It made me get through the field quicker and faster, but the only thing on my mind was get as low as possible so he doesn’t ….”
Discovery Channel used a terrible angle, as it looked like the plane had already passed by before BroDozer even made the jump. There could have been much better angles and even with GoPros that could have made it better.
This is going to cause people to debate his jump for a long-time to come.
There were also two other records broken on this show. Tanner Godfrey — who is semi-paralyzed — regained his UTV record with a 240-foot jump.
His jump broke the previous record of 223 feet. Godfrey had the record before it was broken by the 223 foot jump.
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“One the first attempt, I almost about went off the top [of the ramp], but in the final run, I let it go and hoped for the best,” Godfrey said. That’s why I have a roll cage.”
In addition, Todd LeDuc completed the first-ever forward momentum backflip, according to Monster Jam. He was able to convert the jump; however, he landed hard and off axis and did a corkscrew that messed up his back tire.
“Oh my gosh,” he said. “I can still feel it through my body. It was unreal. There was so much going into this — and the wind is going crazy — I’ll take it.”
This also concludes the latest season of Diesel Brothers.
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