Playin For Keeps Monster Truck

by Wes Kibble on October 1, 2010

Do you have information about the Playin For Keeps monster truck? I have heard the name before, but cannot remember who owned it or when it was run. Do you have more photos? Via Monster Mayhem

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Josh Stewart January 24, 2011 at 12:26 pm

This truck was owned by the late Jesse Birgy. Jesse definitely made a name for himself and this truck throughout the years. Jesse was well known for his extreme knowledge of monster trucks and was well known for lending a helping hand to everyone. Play’n For Keeps still runs to this day out of the Straight Up Racing camp and is owned by Bill Payne. Jesse drove the truck still up until two years ago when the monster truck industry lost a dear friend and legend. Thanks for the memories. RIP Jesse Birgy.


Wes Kibble January 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for the input Josh!


mike March 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

jesse was a great man and he is missed out here, the truck is still racing but iam not sure who has it at this time but i will try to get some updated info, i do have some pix of it new than the one shown here,


Angelo Querin August 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

Hi Mike: I’d like to see a photo or two if they can be sent to me as email attachments. Everything Josh Stewart said about Mr. Birgy jibes with what I have been told by Bill Payne. There are not too many people of the J Birgy ilk around. Angelo Querin /Dixon CA


Anthony Nichols November 7, 2014 at 7:15 am

I personally sat in this truck when i was 8 years old. Jesse was a good friend of my aunt and uncle.


Angelo Querin August 9, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Great comments. However there is one error: yes, the PFK was running as part of Bill Payne’s Straight Up racing team, but the PFK truck was actually owned and driven by Tony Canedo. Tony was introduced to Jesse Birgy by Bill Payne and Jesse sold his last built PFK to Tony in in December of 2006 with Bill being witness to the sale. Bill hauled it to CA for Tony and helped in re-outfitting the truck for rigorous competition events. At thetime of sale, Tony told Mr. Birgy about changes he wanted to make and Mr. B was ok with the improvements but didn’t like Tony’s wanting to change the color to Red from Green. Birgy said he used green specifically to p–s off one event organizer that didn’t like the green colored PFK, but in the end he ok’d Tony’s changing the color to red. Tony no longer runs with the Straight Up Racing team but he has been actively presenting the PFK in events ever since that time. Thanks for your putting this photo up for view. If you remember, what was the location of the shoot? Angelo Querin / Dixon CA


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