History of the Monster Jam World Finals IX
By Monster Jam Media
Mar 9, 2012

World Finals IX, March 29, 2008 – Seasock Repeats & the Next Generation Arrives

Racing Champion – John Seasock, Batman
Freestyle Champion – Adam Anderson, Taz

Racing Semifinalists: Batman (Seasock), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Bounty Hunter (Jim Creten), Captain’s Curse (Alex Blackwell)

Top 5 Freestyle Scores: Taz (A. Anderson) 37, Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten) 36, Monster Mutt Dalmatian (Chad Tingler) 32, Blue Thunder (Linsey Weenk) 30, Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson) 30

The ninth renewal of Monster Jam’s greatest night saw history made in both championships, with John Seasock joining Tom Meents as the only drivers to successfully repeat as the World Racing Champion in back-to-back years, then in freestyle the next generation of Monster Jam superstar arrived big time when Adam Anderson powered Taz to the World Freestyle Championship to become the youngest World Champion in Monster Jam history.

The night was filled with the closest, most exciting racing ever round by round and race by race, but it appeared that this might be the night for Tom Meents to return to the top. Maximum Destruction was the fastest qualifier at Friday night’s Double Down festivities and was consistently turning the fastest laps round after round. But a stunning mechanical letdown ended Meents’ hopes and after beating Jim Creten and Bounty Hunter in the semifinals Max-D would not start for the finale, and Bounty Hunter took his place in the Championship Race. In the other half of the bracket Seasock continued to prove that 2007 was not a fluke, winning round after round behind the wheel of the brilliantly prepared Batman, and then Seasock beat Creten in the finale to make history as only the second driver to win consecutive racing championships.

Freestyle then got off to a huge start when Chad Tingler came onto the floor first and wowed the excited, capacity crowd by successfully leaping the lengthy triple bus obstacle in Monster Mutt Dalmatian. Tingler’s run was so awesome that even though 23 others performed after his run, Tingler ended up third in the final standings. The first driver to outscore Tingler was Dawn Creten, who turned in the freestyle of a lifetime driving Scarlet Bandit, not to mention her spectacular leap and barrel roll over that triple bus jump. Dawn ended the evening with a career best runner-up finish for the World Freestyle Championship. The only competitor able to best Dawn’s score was young Adam Anderson. In just his third year of Monster Jam competition the son of the legendary icon Dennis Anderson completed making his own name in Monster Jam with an amazing performance that included a series of unbelievable saves, Taz edging Scarlet Bandit by one point for the first of what many believe will be multiple world titles for “Double-A”.