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Monster Jam
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
January 22-23, 2011
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Saturday 7:00 P.M.: Maximum Destruction
Sunday 2:00 P.M.: Maximum Destruction
Saturday 7:00 P.M.: Grave Digger The Legend
Sunday 2:00 P.M.: Grave Digger The Legend
Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: including Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken, Dragon's Breath℠ driven by Becky McDonough, Maximum Destruction® driven by Tom Meents, Grave Digger The Legend℠ driven by Adam Anderson, Iron Man driven by Scott Buetow, Shock Therapy driven by Jon Zimmer, Excaliber driven by Chris Lagana, Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Iron Warrior driven by Trey Myers, Rap Attack driven by Dave Rappach, Michigan Ice Monster, and Ground Pounder! Also featuring Robosaurus, Demo Derby, and Jet Quads!

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Saturday 7:00 P.M.

(Toronto, ON)  The 2011 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam began at 2:00 P.M. with the Total Access Pit Party.  With a record thirteen trucks and drivers in the pit area including three World Champions, there was no doubt that the evening would produce one of the finest shows ever, north of the forty-ninth parallel. 

When the first engine roared at 7:00 P.M. on Saturday night, Ontario fans knew they were about to get their money’s worth.  The field was certainly talent-laden and included Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Lagana), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), Iron Warrior (Trey Myers), Excaliber (David Brown), Iron Man (Scott Buetow), El Toro Loco (Joey Parnell), Ground Pounder (Chris Ryan), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), and Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken). 

Monster Jam Racing Round One gave John Zimmer in Amsoil Shock Therapy the Bye Run.  This well-lubricated machine successfully crossed the NGK Spark Plugs Finish Line and went on to the next round.  In other Round One action, it was Ground Pounder over Iron Man, Grave Digger defeating Excaliber, Grave Digger The Legend triumphing over Iron Warrior, Black Stallion trotting past Dragon’s Breath, Rap Attack over El Toro Loco, and Maximum Destruction disposing of Michigan Ice Monster.

Monster Jam Racing Round Two saw Dragon’s Breath return as Fast Loser against Amsoil Shock Therapy.  Although Becky McDonough in Dragon’s Breath put up a great fight, it would be Shock Therapy emerging as the winner.  Grave Digger took out Ground Pounder, Black Stallion defeated Grave Digger The Legend, and Maximum Destruction scored the victory over Rap Attack. 

Semi-Final Racing action saw a great race between Charlie Pauken in Grave Digger and Jon Zimmer in Amsoil Shock Therapy, with Grave Digger emerging as the winner.  The other Semi produced yet another Maximum Destruction win, this time against a galloping Black Stallion.

The Monster Jam Racing Final produced a classic matchup between Maximum Destruction and Grave Digger.  Essentially, it would be a pairing between two World Champions planted in two red-hot machines.  Not surprisingly, a close race ensued throughout the high-speed race but in the end it was Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction taking the first big win of the night.

Advance Auto Parts Service Is Our Best Part Freestyle was a similarly wild affair that saw some particularly entertaining performance from Amsoil Shock Therapy, Iron Man, and Black Stallion.  And just when it looked like Shock Therapy’s score of 31 points would hold up, Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend hit the track and raised the bar with a score of 34.  Maximum Destruction driver Tom Meents took a shot at Grave Digger the Legend’s score, but despite an outstanding performance received a total score of 33 points.  Up next, it would be the reigning World Freestyle Champion Charlie Pauken in Grave Digger hitting the course.  Pauken managed to hit a few obstacles, but disappeared into the tunnel momentarily.  He then returned to the course full throttle and many fans in the Rogers Centre were convinced they were seeing double.  The truth?  They were.  Following Pauken out of the tunnel area was none other than Grave Digger teammate Randy Brown.  The two drivers absolutely destroyed everything on the track and in fact collided with each other at the end of their performance.  The crowd went wild as Pauken jumped out of the truck and told them that he was forgoing tonight’s Freestyle score due to the fact he has already received his World Finals Qualifier Flag.  As a result, the win went to Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend.

The drivers earned the following scores in Advance Auto Parts Service Is Our Best Part Freestyle Competition:

Michigan Ice Monster DNS
Dragon’s Breath  16+0=16
Iron Warrior   DNF
Excaliber   15+0=15
Iron Man   24+2=26
El Toro Loco   20+1=21
Ground Pounder  14+0=14
Rap Attack   15+0=15
Black Stallion   23+2=25
Amsoil Shock Therapy 28+3=31
Grave Digger The Legend 31+3=34
Maximum Destruction 31+2=33
Grave Digger   Score Forfeited

In other action, Robosaurus wowed the crowd with its flame-breathing, car-eating antics.  Fans also enjoyed a healthy dose of the Jet Quads, piloted by talented Monster Jam drivers Mike Vaters and Trey Myers.

In the NGK Spark Plugs/Pizza Pizza Demolition Derby, it was Mitch Clarkson of Gooderham, Ontario taking the win.

The second and final Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event of the weekend is set for Sunday at 2:00 P.M. right here at the beautiful Rogers Centre.  As was the case this evening, the crowd is sure to be massive.  Be sure to get your tickets right away at Ticketmaster!


(Darren Pallen, Monster Jam Announcer)

Sunday 2:00 P.M.

(Toronto, ON) Following yet another record-breaking Party In The Pits, Ontario fans prepared for what would prove to be the wildest Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ever here at Rogers Centre.

Returning to the big dome for Sunday afternoon action was Michigan Ice Monster (Chris Lagana), Dragon’s Breath (Becky McDonough), Iron Warrior (Trey Myers), Excaliber (David Brown), Iron Man (Scott Buetow), El Toro Loco (Joey Parnell), Ground Pounder (Chris Ryan), Rap Attack (Dave Rappach), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Amsoil Shock Therapy (Jon Zimmer), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), and Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken).

Monster Jam Racing Round One awarded Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend with the bye run. When it came time to pair the competitors off, fans watched as Dragon’s Breath beat Rap Attack, Shock Therapy defeated Iron Warrior, Maximum Destruction crunched Excaliber, El Toro Loco charged past Iron Man, Black Stallion sprinted past Michigan Ice Monster, and Grave Digger buried Ground Pounder.

Monster Jam Racing Round Two matched Grave Digger The Legend against Ground Pounder, with Grave Digger The Legend taking the victory. Next, it was Shock Therapy downing Iron Warrior, who despite a Round One loss was allowed to race due to breakage suffered by Dragon’s Breath. Maximum Destruction continued his winning ways against El Toro Loco, while Grave Digger defeated Black Stallion in a close race.

Semi-Final Racing action produced a Grave Digger The Legend win over Amsoil Shock Therapy, and Maximum Destruction drove past Grave Digger.

The Monster Jam Racing Final paired Maximum Destruction against Grave Digger The Legend. Everyone in the building knew that Adam Anderson would do anything to stop eight-time World Champion Tom Meents. But try as he might, Maximum Destruction thundered off the starting line and drove right on to the victory. This made it two-for-two for the Maximum Destruction team in racing for the weekend.

Advance Auto Parts Service Is Our Best Part Freestyle was simply, off-the-hook insanity. And at the end of it all, there wasn’t much left. Anywhere. Scott Buetow in Iron Man began the series of wild crashes that left Ontario fans screaming for more. The scores continued to escalate as the Pizza Pizza Judges continued to offer their trademark “11” scorecards. At this point, with Adam Anderson’s Grave Digger The Legend on top with 35 points, it looked like Tom Meent’s in Maximum Destruction was well on his way to beating Anderson’s score. Meents went absolutely wild but took a harsh landing on the Pizza Pizza Bus Stack, ending his Freestyle prematurely.

The most exciting part of Freestyle, however, would be the entrance of two mighty Grave Digger trucks driven by Charlie Pauken and Randy Brown. These talented stars literally drove the wheels off their machines, coming to a stop in a blaze of glory. Ontario Monster Jam fans have never looked so excited nor been as loud as they were during this breathtaking performance.

The drivers earned the following scores in Advance Auto Parts Service Is Our Best Part Freestyle Competition:

Michigan Ice Monster 14+1=15
Dragon’s Breath 20+2=22
Iron Warrior 15+0=15
Excaliber 19+3=22
Iron Man 18+0=18
El Toro Loco 19+2=21
Ground Pounder 22+2=24
Rap Attack 19+0=19
Black Stallion 23+2=25
Amsoil Shock Therapy 28+0=28
Grave Digger The Legend 31+4=35
Maximum Destruction 30+0=30
Grave Digger Score Forfeited

In the NGK Spark Plugs/Pizza Pizza Demolition Derby, it was Rick Clarke of Omemee, Ontario taking top honors.

After the most successful Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam ever here in Toronto, it is most appropriate to thank the thousands of dedicated fans for attending this momentous event. For many years, dedicated Toronto fans have been screaming for only the very best Monster Jam drivers in the world.

This weekend proves one thing: If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Toronto fans certainly got everything plus much more.

The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour now takes a week off before returning to Edmonton, Alberta for three big shows March 4-5th, 2011.

(Darren Pallen, Monster Jam Announcer)