Mike Gibbons

MIKE GIBBONS

Driver of
TRUCK #76

  • Age.........41
  • Hometown....Rochester, Wa., USA
  • Occupation..Varies - What Do You Need?
  • Family......Micah & Ryan
  • Heroes......Yvette & Micah
  • Truck.......73 Peterbilt 379
  • Engine......60 Series Detroit, Propane Injected
  • Trans.......Allison Auto HT740
  • Gears.......290 Rockwell
  • Tires.......255 70R 22.5 Low Profile
  • Pit Crew....Dawn Swanstrom, Pat Gibbons, Melanie Bren, Shane McNaught, Dave & Darlene McLernan, Tom Rayton
    Really It Varies- Want To Join?
As a driver, Mike brings to the team almost 30 years experience operating equipment. Everything from snow plow, back hoe, excavators and ALL equipment used in logging operations including truck. From log to dump, off road to over-the-road, Mike’s experience makes him a natural behind the wheel of a Big Rig Race truck.
Mike was named ‘Rookie of the Year’ ’02 and has proven himself racing along side of the most experienced Big Rig Racers. For the ’03 season, Mike has 5 first and 10 second place finishes between the heats and the mains and consistently finishes in the top five in each race ran.
Kevin Johnston

MIKEY IVERSON "Ironman"

Driver of
TRUCK #7

  • Age........60
  • Hometown......Rochester,Wa
  • Occupation....Retired Hsip Welder/Fabricator
  • Truck........1979 Peterbilt Long Hood
  • Engine......8V92
  • Trans......9 Speed, Fuller
  • Gears.....370
  • Tires......275/70,315-255
Mickey Iverson brings 30 years of experience with metal fabrication from his many years at the shipyards. Mickey puts in countless hours in the shop and is an invaluable crewmember. His skill and ability have earned him the nickname “Ironman”, he truly is a master at his craft.
With no prior experience driving a big rig, it is Mickey’s 3rd season as a driver where he is consistently finishing in the top four.

Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith

Driver of Multi-truck, back-up driver

  • Age........24
  • Hometown......Philip, SD...USA
  • Occupation....I.B.E.W. Journeyman Lineman
  • Family....Wife Nikki, and a little one on the way!!
  • Truck........1979 Peterbilt Long Hood
  • Heroes......Mom and Dad
  • Pit Crew......Nikki Smith
Driver Dustin Smith raced motocross for 3 years. He had to hang that sport up after a severe neck injury. After fully healing Dustin decided to try something a little safer- he started racing Wissota Super Stocks. Dustin raced them for 2 years before moving to Washington.
Dustin met Mike through work and was exposed to Big Rig Racing. Dustin was given the opportunity to drive a big rig race truck and he seized the moment. Dustin is truly a rookie with one race under his belt, but many more to come!
John "Loopy" Nelson

John “Loopy” Nelson

Driver of Truck #27

  • Age........44
  • Hometown......Rochester, WA
  • Occupation....Commodity relocation specialist
  • Family....Pam, Teaya, JC
  • Heroes......Big John Baker aka Dad
  • Truck........Ford
  • Engine........250 Cummins
  • Trans........9 Speed
  • Gears......323
  • Tires......24.5
Dave has always had a fascination with the big trucks, from the first time he learned how to get the drivers to blow their air horns to the time he actually leaned to drive one. He spent three years behind the wheel, driving flatbed throughout the Northwest.
Dave Barr

Dave Barr “The Polisher”

Driver of Truck #10

  • Age........42
  • Hometown......Centrallia, WA
  • Occupation....Owner, Alloy Polishing Co
  • Family....Shelia
  • Heroes......Gene Simmons and Tom Leykis
  • Truck........1981 International
  • Engine........400 Cummins
  • Trans........10 Speed
Dave has always had a fascination with the big trucks, from the first time he learned how to get the drivers to blow their air horns to the time he actually leaned to drive one. He spent three years behind the wheel, driving flatbed throughout the Northwest.
Realizing, that’s not the career for him, he soon started a truck polishing and detailing business that has become one of the sponsors of Rolling Thunder Big Rig Racing. Alloy Polishing Co. does all of the aluminum polishing, from diamond plate to refinishing the aluminum wheels when they get ‘blemished’ on the race track. His involvement with the team and driving experience made him the obvious choice to drive the ‘rat rod’ #10 truck.
The ‘08 season will be Dave’s first full season as a driver and is anxious to hone his skills as a driver. Only this time there are no weight laws or speed limits!!!

Scott Zahn

Scott Zahn

Driver of Truck #48

  • Age........44
  • Occupation...self employed owner/operator for 15 years
  • Truck........1989 International
  • Engine......6V92
  • Trans......10 Speed
  • Gears.....373
  • 2000 Rookie of the year
  • 2001 Street stock champion
  • 2001 7th in the Great Northwest Region
  • 2003 Pure stock crew chief of the year
  • 2004 Pure stock crew chief of the year
  • 2005 Street stock crew chief of the year
Tammi Rodstrom

Tammi Rodstrom

Driver of Truck #9

  • Age........33
  • Hometown......Los Angeles
  • Occupation....Operations Manager
  • Family....
  • Daughter: Cortini,
  • Mom: Carolyn
  • Brother: Troy
  • Heroes......Armed Forces who risk their lives for our freedom
  • Hobbies..... Racing, Fishing, 4-Wheeling, Camping
  • Truck........1998 Volvo
  • Engine........6V92
  • Trans........9 Speed
  • Gears......323
Rolling Thunder’s First Big Rig Driver!

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