History of the Monster Jam World Finals VIII
Monster Jam Media
Mar 7, 2012
World Finals VIII, March 24, 2007 – A Pair Of Popular
Veterans Finally Grab Titles
Racing Champion – John Seasock, Batman
Freestyle Champion – Pablo Huffaker, Captain’s Curse
Racing Semifinalists: Batman (Seasock), Grave Digger (Dennis
Anderson), Monster Mutt (Charlie Pauken), Captain’s Curse (Huffaker)
Top 5 Freestyle Scores: Captain’s Curse (Huffaker) 34, Grave
Digger (Anderson) 30, Iron Outlaw (Linsey Weenk) 29, Safe Auto Minimizer (Marc
McDonald) 29, Air Force Afterburner (Damon Bradshaw) 29
For long time Monster Jam fans that appreciate hard work and
cheer hardest for the nice guys who have paid their dues, WFVIII may have
provided the most satisfying results ever. John Seasock won the World Racing
Championship driving Batman and Pablo Huffaker pulled out a new body, Captain’s
Curse, and drove that piece to his first World Freestyle Championship.
On a track that totally changed from Friday night’s
qualifying to Saturday’s racing program, the savvy veteran Seasock proved to be
the most consistent, the best at adapting to the track changes, and John won
his emotion packed first World Championship in grand style, Batman beating
Grave Digger for the crown. The emotion really got to Seasock the following
night at the annual Awards Banquet when, as a total surprise to the new champ,
his two sons were on hand, having been secretly flown in from Pennsylvania that
morning by Monster Jam officials so that they could be a part of the greatest
celebration in their father’s career.
Despite not winning another title Dennis Anderson did set a
World Finals record, Grave Digger making it to the Championship Race in four
consecutive World Finals. Like racing that night, freestyle rewarded patience
and consistency. Huffaker, who had been so close to a world title in both
racing and freestyle several times in past years, filled the clock with a crowd
pleasing performance, daring Anderson and Meents to top his run. Neither could,
and new grandfather Pablo Huffaker celebrated his night, along with Seasock, at
the top of the Monster Jam mountain for the first time.
This night concluded with maybe the most memorable and exciting encore ever at
the World Finals, a celebration of Dennis and Grave Digger’s 25th Anniversary.
With Anderson watching in sheer delight from the sidelines five Team Grave
Digger drivers in their “black and green wrecking machines” roared onto the track
at the same time and all five Digger trucks freestyled together in a wild
finale to this incredible night, a fitting tribute to the truck, the team, and
the man that many say invented freestyle in the first place.