By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
He resided in Hagerstown, Maryland. Thompson reportedly passed away on Monday.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Mike Thompson,” Monster Truck Throwdown said in a statement Tuesday night. “Mike was around Throwdown since the beginning, working in different capacities for Bottom Feeder Motorsports, Natural Disaster Racing, and Avenger Racing (now Team Scream Racing). Mike could make any driver’s meeting erupt in laughter just as he could entertain thousands of fans with his wild driving. Mike will be missed by all. Rest easy brother.”
According to the Monster Truck Throwdown site, Thompson said he had his first behind-the-scenes opportunity in 2005. He said he went full-time with Monster Trucks after graduating high school in 2011.
Thompson was the brother of Steven Thompson, who has driven Hurricane Force and EarthShaker.
“We are completely devastated over the loss of one of our family members,” Overkill Evolution said in a Facebook post. “Mike Thompson, you will be deeply missed and will live in our hearts forever. We love you brother.”
In his bio page on Monster Truck Throwdown, Thompson said his favorite part of the job was traveling.
“It’s an adventure,” he said. “You’re always going somewhere and different town every week. The traveling is my favorite. You see so much of the country and Canada, as well, and with the opportunities of overseas travel.”