Expanding The World Finals Field To 28 Monster Jam Trucks Has Everybody Talking

By Scott Douglass
Jan 22, 2013

With four more Golden Tickets (to steal a term from American Idol, or Willy Wonka if you prefer) to Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World FinalsSM XIV presented by NGK Spark Plugs March 22nd and 23rd at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas it has become crystal clear right off the bat in 2013 that the excitement amongst the drivers and crews, as well as the buzz among Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® fans is already huge, looking ahead to the largest field ever with 28 Monster Jam® trucks competing for this year’s World Racing Championship and World Freestyle Championship. For fans interested in being on hand to experience the sport’s greatest weekend live now is the time to make plans and get tickets, both for the World Finals action and the amazing Double Down experience. All the info needed to plan the ultimate family Monster Jam vacation in Las Vegas can be found here at MonsterJam.com including the links to the great room rates that the hotel partners of the event are making available right now to Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam fans.
Starting with the reaction of the drivers to the huge news that four more Monster Jam trucks will be added and have a shot at the world titles this year, their reaction has really come in two forms. First, among many of the drivers who have had the privilege of racing and freestyling at Sam Boyd Stadium in the past, they are already focusing not just on getting invited back to the Big Show, but really honing their game plans already. In Houston last weekend the youngest driver ever to win an Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Championship, Adam Anderson, talked at length with the fans about how this expanded field makes the grandest event in the sport both more exciting and more challenging. From the perspective of the driver of Grave Digger The Legend® for Team Grave Digger®, the most difficult racing bracket of the year and the toughest freestyle battle of the year to win just got immeasurably more difficult and more challenging, Adam says that he loves the bigger line-up, he wants to compete against all of the best in his pursuit of World Championship number two. Likewise I expect Tom Meents will be the first to tell you “the more the merrier” as far as he’s concerned. Looking for his third straight World Racing Championship and his 11th title over all, the Max-DSM  driver has every intention of celebrating Max-D’s 10th anniversary with another piece of World Championship hardware and it figures to be that much sweeter if he can do it against the largest roster of competitors in the storied history of this extravaganza.

Then there are the drivers who have never before competed on the sport’s fastest and most treacherous race course and tackled the most difficult freestyle course ever created. For those drivers the added four slots in the World Finals field has created even more motivation to make every single event that they compete in throughout the first quarter of 2103 their best ever. We all know that the amazing superstars in the sport lay it all on the line for the fans every time out but the additional opportunities for the ultimate reward, the chance to compete at Advance Auto Parts World Finals XIV presented by NGK Spark Plugs, further magnifies every single race, every freestyle performance, because each victory and every off the charts freestyle may take that team closer to the goal everyone in the game has, a spot in this year’s World Finals line-up. Interviewing some of these drivers who haven’t yet had the chance to battle at Sam Boyd Stadium you can see their eyes light up talking about this huge news, many taking the attitude that the growth to 28 trucks competing in Las Vegas was created just for them and they plan on earning one of those four new spots.

For the fans who have been to the event in the past this move has added not just to their excitement about the event but has increased that sense of urgency to get their tickets now and make sure they are not left out of witnessing live what promises to be the greatest weekend in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam history. While everyone expects drivers with names like Meents and Anderson back in the World Finals field I have already heard lots of conversation about what rising stars will step their games up even further this year and grab one of those additional four opportunities. And for fans who get their Double Down tickets that means even more chances to get up close with their heroes, to get even more autographs and more memorable pictures, since along with the 28 competing trucks there will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 Monster Jam trucks on display at the Friday Double Down and at the Saturday Party in the Pits and the drivers of all of those trucks look forward to the chance to meet even more of the most loyal and passionate fans from all over the world at those festivities.

Checking the results pages at MonsterJam.com several teams had great weekend’s last time out and will be looking to take the next step on the road to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals this weekend with five huge stadium events on the schedule along with a trio of exciting arena competitions on tap. Based on last week’s action it will be interesting to see which teams can carry forward the momentum that they established last time out into intense competitions slated all over North America this coming weekend. Both Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger and Damon Bradshaw driving Monster Energy claimed coveted Double Down trophies last Saturday night. The young Anderson won both racing and freestyle against an incredible line-up of superstars at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, while all the way across the country Bradshaw turned the trick against an equally impressive roster in San Diego. Adam Anderson roared The Legend to the racing championship round win at Reliant Stadium in Houston, then Lupe Soza rocked the house as Advance Auto Parts Grinder won the freestyle trophy there. Another former world title winner was in command north of the U.S. border as Jimmy Creten won two racing brackets behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter, again against top of the line competition, taking the championship racing trophy Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on the popular Maple Leaf Tour. The Canadian fans were really on fire in freestyle where proud Canadian Cam McQueen turned up the wick and reigning World Freestyle Champion Northern NightmareSM claimed one of the freestyle victories in Toronto.
Another performance worth taking note of on the trek to Las Vegas came at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Bari Musawwir drove Spider-ManTM to the first ever Young Guns Shootout win last March on the wicked Sam Boyd Stadium race course and is serving notice that in 2013 he plans on being one of the 28 competitors battling for the World Championships. He emphatically made that point last Saturday in Minny when he took home the championship race trophy, besting yet another stellar line-up for one of the biggest stadium racing wins of his young career.

This coming weekend will see that intensity ratcheted up even more with amazing line-ups of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam superstars getting ready to battle in 8 different cities. Goal number one for all of those drivers is to thrill their fans in each of these locales, but at the same time, every team views every race match-up and each freestyle run as yet another opportunity to raise the bar and earn the invitation that every single competitor in the sport most wants, the chance to be a part of the largest and greatest World Finals ever in just a couple of months.

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