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June 19, 2014

Duncan’s Christian wins 2014 Top Truck challenge in California

DUNCAN — Duncan’s own Matt Christian, 26, didn’t want to go all the way to Hollister, Calif. to come home with a second-place trophy.

He was going to take his truck as far as it would go in the 22nd annual Top Truck Challenge.

After seven challenges that tested his truck in every way possible, Chistian emerged victorious. It was a glowing achievement for a man that has spent the last two years refining his vehicle to take it places no other car can go.

“It’s just a big feeling of self-confidence I guess,” Christian said. “Knowing that I built the truck from the ground up and we went out there and beat on it on some of the toughest courses all week long. We didn’t have to fix one thing on it and performed well enough to come away with first place.”

Going into the event, Christian said the Hill Climb was the main obstacle he was worried about. A 600-foot-long course, the climb combines sharp turns with a steep upgrade to give problems to those who dare to go against it.

“If we were to roll on it, it would probably have rolled for a while before it stopped,” Christian said.

Christian went in feeling most comfortable about the Cole Chute, an event that had decimated a lot of vehicles in 2013, the year of its inception. It’s about 525 feet in length and has walls that are over seven-feet tall.

Christian ended up winning it.

“It’s more of a rock crawling event, and we felt pretty confident on that one,” Christian said.

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