It's Family Vacation Planning Time For Monster Jam World Finals XV
Monster Jam Media
Apr 2, 2013
The excitement in Las Vegas at last month’s Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World FinalsSM XIV presented by NGK Spark Plugs was at a fever pitch all week while at the same time the buzz was huge looking ahead to the biggest expansion of the sport’s marquee event coming in 2014. Taking the biggest weekend in the game and growing it in just about every possible way is already proving to be a big hit with the global fan base and so many families are already making plans for the ultimate Monster Jam family vacation, being on hand for all the festivities and what is going to be the most challenging and amazing battles for the World Championships ever when Monster Jam World Finals XV returns to Sam Boyd Stadium in 2014.
This most recent trip to Vegas for the sport’s superstars and fans from all over the world was spectacular in its own right while pointing toward the amazing future of this event. While driver after driver commented about how tough it would be to win the 2013 championships with the largest field ever on hand, which proved to be the case, so many of them followed up comments about the tests in store this year by marveling at where the Monster Jam World Finals is headed beginning next year.
To say the announcement of the Monster Jam World Finals expanding to 32 Monster Jam® trucks contested over an extra day was popular with fans and competitors is a massive understatement. The excitement throughout the sport looking ahead to next March is unprecedented and was the talk of Vegas, more so after Adam Anderson and Grave Digger the Legend® claimed the World Racing Championship and Tom Meents extended his record number of world titles to 11 when Max-DSM claimed this year’s freestyle crown. Looking ahead the first thing that jumps out is the growth of the field to 32, double the number of challengers that were in action at the very first Monster Jam World Finals back in 2000. Meents himself was one who spoke about this year being the toughest world title ever to win with the number at 28, and in the next breath he marveled at what it will take to win the most coveted prizes in the sport going forward when another four of the sport’s top teams are added to the elite field.
On the racing side of things Anderson previewed what it will take to win the World Racing Championship from now on: five victories on one special night in Sam Boyd Stadium. Grave Digger the Legend qualified well on this year’s Double Down Friday, fifth overall, which in past seasons would have earned Adam a first round bye. Not this time thought. The 28-truck roster meant that only four first round bye were available instead of the 8 up for grabs at previous Double Downs, so rather than advancing automatically into round two with his strong qualifying run Anderson’s reward for an excellent qualifying pass was a round one match-up with one of the pre-event favorites, 2012 racing runner-up Damon Bradshaw and Monster Energy. Up to the challenge, The Legend vanquished Monster Energy in that opening round race, then Adam rolled through the bracket with fast consistent passes that included a victory he relished almost as much as winning the World Championship Race when he knocked off two-time defending champion Meents and Max-D in the semifinals. When Grave Digger the Legend bested Marc McDonald and El Toro Loco® by a truck length in the finale Adam Anderson became the first Monster Jam superstar ever to win five races in route to the championship, previous World Racing Champions had racked up four straight triumphs on their march to the title. Five wins now becomes the requirement, as the new balanced 32 truck bracket will have no byes and require the champ to post five consecutive wins to claim the sport’s premier racing trophy.
Along with the discussions about how the raw numbers will make the World Championship that much tougher to attain in both racing and freestyle, the speculation was rampant about how splitting the race bracket and the freestyle competition to separate days will elevate the competitions even further. Drivers and Crew Chiefs talked at length about what their strategies will be when they return to Las Vegas in 2014 and have the ability to solely focus on racing Friday night, and then make any changes and set-up adjustments that they think will work as the entire team’s attention locks in on freestyle Saturday night. Universally the new concept is being embraced by the competitors and is clearly exciting the Monster Jam fans even more.
The other main topic looking forward created even more conversation as everyone was talking about what the event’s planners and the track construction crews would come up with being able to create a race track without consideration of freestyle obstacles that will be used in qualifying, the Young Guns Shootout, and then in the 32 truck race competition on Friday. The belief is that the race track will be the fastest it has ever been and that drivers willing to push their machines to the limit will be able to do so flying across the finish line potentially not having to worry about a freestyle obstacle in their way on the landing.
But the most excitement looking forward has to be when fans and drivers talk about what the freestyle course will look like. Completely reshaping the floor of Sam Boyd Stadium after the 15th World Racing Champion is crowned to create the ultimate freestyle course on Saturday night means that, fittingly, the most challenging set of obstacles we’ve ever seen put in the best locations to challenge the drivers and provide even more thrills for the fans will become reality. Everyone was really buzzing about what the Monster Jam World Finals XV freestyle course will look like being built with no deference to racing lanes, only to the creation of the most spectacular performance floor ever.
So again, now is the time to begin to plan the most incredible family Monster Jam vacation ever next March in Las Vegas by bringing everyone out to the ultimate experience at Monster Jam World Finals XV. All of the information to make those early plans now and not be left out is online now at monsterjam.com both for fans looking to renew Double Down packages and Monster Jam World Finals tickets and for those who want to make their first trip to the sport’s biggest event when Monster Jam World Finals XV steps into brand new territory with 32 Monster Jam teams taking on the greatest challenges ever, going for the World Racing Championship on Friday night and coming back in pursuit of the World Freestyle Championship the following night for the first time ever.