Stat Sheet Points To Competitive Metrodome Monster Jam Finale

By Scott Douglass
Nov 26, 2013

It is fitting that the line-up for the final Monster Jam® in the tradition rich Minneapolis, MN Metrodome on December 7th is stacked with some of the most accomplished race teams and spectacular freestyle Monster Jam trucks in the world today. It’s a roster balanced by legendary drivers and their Monster Jam trucks with pages full of stellar history in Minneapolis complemented by the brightest rising stars in the sport and looking at the statistical breakdown from this year the last Monster Jam in the Metrodome should be one of the most intense and competitive competitions of 2013.

Monster Jam announcer and stat guru Larry Jewett analyzed this field from several data angles and the results of his look at the numbers is that in both racing and freestyle the Minneapolis showdowns should be wide open affairs, and it is tough to pick pre-race favorites. If forced to look into the crystal ball and forecast which Monster Jam truck teams are most likely to grab the coveted final champion’s trophies that will ever be handed out in this fabled facility you would have to start with the reigning Monster Jam World FinalsSM champions, but both World Racing title holder Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend® and World Freestyle standard bearer Tom Meents in Max-DSM better bring their "A" games if they intend to cap off their championship season’s with historic victories in Minnesota.

On the race tracks this year it has been a story of incredible success for Anderson and The Legend, proving his triumph in a record setting 28 truck bracket last March at Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World FinalsSM XIV presented by NGK Spark Plugs was no fluke. Whether it has been on big stadium floors, on shorter courses in arenas, or at spacious race track facilities The Legend has racked up the racing wins all year long. Overall Adam brings a won-loss record of 64 wins against only 23 losses in rounds of racing during the 2013 Monster Jam campaign. That winning percentage of 74% speaks for itself, The Legend getting the racing triumph three out of every four times Anderson has pulled that machine to the starting line. Anderson’s percentage in what is the toughest race to win at every event, the UTI Championship Round race, has been just as impressive, with Adam having driven The Legend to victory in 13 of the 18 final round races that Grave Digger the Legend has competed in since the beginning of January. This amazing season for Adam and The Legend has seen that team at its best on some of the biggest stages. Along with taking the racing championship at the Monster Jam World Finals The Legend ended up on the winner’s stage at high profile locales like Reliant Stadium in Houston, on the Path of Destruction at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and at the inaugural Monster Jam event in Australia at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Adam tops the numbers list considering percentages and high profile wins, but two of the winningest drivers overall in the sport this year will be among The Legend biggest challengers in Minneapolis. Both Damon Bradshaw in Monster Energy and Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger® have amassed 76 victories in rounds of racing this year, the top numbers racked up by any competitors in this stellar field. Bradshaw can also boast of matching Adam Anderson for the most Championship Trophies earned in 2013 racing brackets with 13 Monster Energy racing titles this year.

While there figures to be plenty of competition for The Legend in every round of racing, one potential opponent to keep an eye on in the Championship Round race is Max-D. The reason to point to the 10th Anniversary of Maximum Destruction team in the final round is that concentrating only on that final round race, the biggest showdown at each Monster Jam event, Meents and Max-D are undefeated head-to-head against the other teams in Minneapolis during Championship Round races this season. The takeaway there for every race competitor in Minneapolis is if you want to get on top of Max-D you better do the job early, since Meents seems to have the number of every other driver in the Metrodome field at Championship Race time.

On the freestyle side of the ledger if the World Champion Max-D carries the tag as the favorite heading to Minny, there is no doubt that Son-uva Digger figures to be the biggest challenge for everyone to beat. First consider that Ryan Anderson is the two-time defending freestyle champion at this event, having topped star studded freestyle line-ups here in both December of 2011 and 2012. Son-uva Digger has racked up the freestyle champion’s hardware literally all over the world this year, including at last month’s incredible debut in Australia. Of the all stars who will compete in Minneapolis December 7th Son-uva Digger’s total of 19 Freestyle Championship trophies won in 2013 is far and away the best number in this field.

It will be a magical night in Minneapolis, one final amazing Monster Jam in the Metrodome, and it is so fitting that Monster Jam is bringing the best of the best for this epic encounter, and the stat sheet has the proof that the fans who come out for this night of history will be treated to a line-up of 2013’s greatest drivers and Monster Jam trucks.      

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