Fitting Finale For Monster Jam In The Metrodome

By Scott Douglass
Dec 10, 2013

A 30 year tradition of spectacular thrills and incredible Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® action in the Minneapolis Metrodome drew to a memorable conclusion last Saturday night as the spacious dome was packed with some of Monster Jam’s most loyal fans and they were rewarded with an event that featured a Monster Jam World FinalsSM caliber line-up, 16 superstars who all brought their “A” game. It was truly a fitting finale for a building that has witnessed so much Monster Jam history for three decades.

It was a day that began with the floor of the dome a sea of smiles, some 15,000 of those fans getting up close to their heroes at the Party in the Pits. You could sense a special feeling from those fans and the Monster Jam drivers from that moment on, everyone paying tribute to the amazing history of the Metrodome and anticipating what was to come in one final Metrodome Monster Jam spectacular. That excitement from the Party in the Pits carried over to an incredible night of on track action with even more memories being created in Minneapolis that will certainly stick with those Monster Jam fans who are now looking forward to the construction to a new stadium on the current site, and throughout the final Metrodome Monster Jam the drivers continued to tell the fans to be ready for them to return in 2016 when the new facility is completed.

There was electricity throughout the huge stadium throughout the day and into the event, and on the track the action was spectacular. The racing bracket on the Chicago style oval race track provided the fans plenty of exciting action and close finishes and the freestyle performances had the huge crowd roaring from start to finish.

This event not only closed the Metrodome for Monster Jam it also ends the 2013 calendar year for the sport. It has been an incredible year for both Adam and Ryan Anderson and that certainly carried through the Minneapolis competitions, just not in the way we’ve seen the siblings become the dominant theme this year. This is the year of the first ever World Racing Championship for Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend® and Adam has gone on to prove week after week that his world title run was no one night wonder, having racked up victories all across the globe, amassing a statistical line in racing second to none this season. Younger brother Ryan has also racked up the wins for his part of Team Grave Digger® but those have come mainly in major freestyle competitions, his record in 2013 behind the wheel of Son-uva Digger® is at the top of the sport. Both took home the final trophies ever awarded in the Metrodome, only had you not seen the action you would have thought each of them grabbed the wrong piece of hardware.

You see on this night Son-uva Digger has never looked better in racing and Grave Digger The Legend was amazing in freestyle. Ryan and Crew Chief Brandon Vinson were locked into this track as Son-uva Digger was dominant start to finish despite all of the close finishes. Son-uva Digger set the fastest qualifying time and made it stand up round after round eventually defeating Damon Bradshaw and Monster Energy in the Championship Round race. To say they used up everything the truck had to win the coveted final racing trophy from the Metrodome would be accurate as the engine blew in Son-uva Digger as Ryan was celebrating the championship win.

While Son-uva Digger would not have the chance to grab the Double Down trophy by winning freestyle that competition would belong to his big brother. Adam rocked the house in Grave Digger The Legend and on a night where the crowd was standing and cheering several successful back flips executed by a variety of trucks, when Adam capped off an incredible freestyle performance in bonus time by nailing a back flip when the truck appeared to be broken amazed everyone in the place including the judges and Grave Digger The Legend squeezed out a one-point victory over an impressive freestyle from Linsey Weenk in Lucas Oil Crusader® as Adam and Grave Digger The Legend Crew Chief Cole Venard celebrated the capping off of arguably their greatest year ever as a team with the Metrodome freestyle championship.

This final night for Monster Jam in the Metrodome lived up to the hype. Seemingly fans of every Monster Jam truck in the competition left that facility one last time with plenty to cheer about as each competitor delivered for the delighted crowd. Then, to close the dome in true Monster Jam style, not a single fan left their seat after Tom Meents and Max-DSM wowed the crowd with another amazing freestyle. Grave Digger driver Dennis Anderson had teased the crowd that there would be something special after the Max-D freestyle and sure enough, just as Meents gave his special helmet to a young fan two more Grave Digger trucks roared onto the track to put the icing on the cake.

Randy Brown and Charlie Pauken then executed an amazing tandem dual back flip encore, both black and green wrecking machines in sync with their 360 degree flips. The timing was perfect, the result was breathtaking, and some 50,000 fans were on their feet with the loudest cheers of the night. It was truly a fitting finale to one of the greatest homes that Monster Jam has ever had.

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