The Double Back Flip Returns To MetLife Stadium: Meents Says "Third Times A Charm"

By Scott Douglass
Jun 11, 2013

Make no mistake about it, eleven-time Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® World Champion Tom Meents and Max-DSM are on a roll right now. Fresh from winning yet another Word Freestyle Championship at Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World FinalsSM XIV presented by NGK Spark Plugs this past March in Las Vegas, Max-D topped a star-studded field at Baltimore’s M & T Bank Stadium to take the freestyle trophy during the first stop of this year’s Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Path of Destruction. Now Meents and Max-D roll on, into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but Tom’s focus will not be on winning more hardware. It will be on perfecting the double back flip, the amazing, previously unthinkable move that he first attempted in that same stadium in the shadows of New York City one year ago.

I caught up with Meents in Baltimore to look ahead at another attempt at Monster Jam history which he will put on display this Saturday night, and Meents sees this next try as continuing the evolution of this breathtaking stunt. On the sport’s biggest stages Max-D has developed the double, beginning in the Big Apple a year ago, taking the 720 degree spectacular to Las Vegas three months ago, and now back for another try in the home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets.

According to Meents, the double back flip gets better each time and he has big plans for the fans in MetLife Stadium this coming Saturday night. “We did a decent one at the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas although it was a little off to the side, a little out of rotation,” Meents recalled. “We know we can make it happen. We’ve worked very hard since the Monster Jam World Finals on the chassis. We have made some changes, we’re looking to make it perfect. We know it’s not perfect. We know we’ve done it, but we know it wasn’t perfect. The key is that we want to do it perfect.”

A lot of work at the Max-D shop in Paxton, Illinois, has been put in by Tom’s entire team to make even more adjustments to the piece that Meents will use as he looks to hit the best double back flip ever. Meents told me that along with the work done on the physical part of the stunt, the truck itself, he and his team have also spent hours and hours on the mental aspect of this historic move, specifically analyzing the previous attempts and how to make it even better, how to get to that goal of a perfect double back flip. “Yes we have (studied the previous 2 attempts), now it’s can we do it exactly? We don’t know, that’s why we call it an attempt. You know this will be the third attempt and every time it has gotten better so hey, the third time’s a charm. That’s what I’m counting on.”

So it is sure to be one of the most anticipated moments of what is sure to be an amazing night at MetLife Stadium when Max-D attempts the double again, and don’t forget it figures to be a night jam packed with memorable moments. The Path of Destruction got off to a spectacular start in Baltimore last weekend with an incredible racing bracket full of great contests and a slew of photo finishes, followed by a sensational crowd pleasing series of freestyles that had the Maryland crowd roaring throughout. Expect all of that and more this weekend in Jersey, and then add on top of all that action the thrill of Max-D’s double back flip attempt.

A 10,000 pound Monster Jam truck doing a double back flip. Surely that’s a move that can’t be topped, right? If you ask Meents that question, his answer actually is no, there’s plenty more on the horizon. Really? According to Meents he is always thinking, always planning about the next amazing moment that he can bring to Monster Jam. Not just a prolific champion, Tom Meents is one of the sport’s greatest innovators, and figuring out what the next step is in making the sport even greater is one of his greatest motivations. “I know, but I love it. That’s what I live for, pushing Monster Jam to a higher level, it makes everybody do more,” Meents explained. “And people push me as well. That’s what it is all about in 2013 and beyond, that is pushing Monster Jam to a higher level. Nobody else compares.”

But that’s in the future. The present is on display in MetLife Stadium this Saturday night when Tom Meents and Max-D plan to thrill tens of thousands of screaming Monster Jam fans with the continuing pursuit of the perfect double back flip to highlight one of the year’s greatest events and one that fans who are able to see it live will know they are seeing the next chapter in the book of Monster Jam history.

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