B.C. Place Stadium
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
B.C. Place Stadium
February 4, 2012
Monster Jam® Trucks: including Grave Digger® driven by Rod Schmidt, El Toro Loco® driven by Marc McDonald, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly, Son-uva Digger℠ driven by Ryan Anderson, Mohawk Warrior℠ driven by George Balhan, The Patriot driven by Dan Radoni, M2D Camo Thunder driven by Andrew Peckham, Time Fly's driven by Kelvin Ramer, Detour, The Captain driven by Jeff Bainter, Western Renegade driven by Barry Parkin, and Northern Nightmare driven by Cam McQueen!
(Vancouver, BC) For the first time in three years, Monster Jam returned to the newly renovated B.C. Place for some high-flying, car crushing action. With an all-new full-dirt course, British Columbia fans knew they were in for a special treat. But no one could ever predict just how awesome this event really would become.
Monster Mutt Dalmatian driver Candice Jolly began this special night by dedicating the competition to her fallen friend Skeeter Sin and her special friend Brayden, whom Jolly visited a day before at the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. The talented Monster Mutt Dalmatian driver was determined to give her all throughout the evening, and she certainly accomplished that goal in grand fashion.
The action began with Monster Jam Racing Qualifying on the rocket fast Chicago-style course. Rod Schmidt in Grave Digger earned Fast Time, stopping the clock in a blazing time of 18.16 seconds.
Monster Jam Racing Round One paired Grave Digger against Western Renegade, with the Kill Devil Hills team taking the win. M2D Thunder had a strong run, taking out the Patriot. Mohawk Warrior defeated Northern Nightmare after driver Cam McQueen took an unexpected rollover, and Time Flys disposed of Captain USA. Son-uva Digger put Monster Mutt Dalmatian on the porch, while El Toro Loco sped past Detour.
Round Two Racing action saw Andrew Peckham in M2D Thunder continue his strong showing by powering past Rod Schmidt in Grave Digger. Mohawk Warrior disposed of Time Flys, and El Toro Loco defeated Son-uva Digger.
The Monster Jam Racing Semi Final saw M2D Thunder get stopped by Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger. Anderson came back as Fast Loser and took the win in a great race. The other Semi Final was also very competitive with El Toro Loco charging past Mohawk Warrior, ending Balhan’s two-week racing winning streak.
The Championship Round paired Son-uva Digger against El Toro Loco. The fast Chicago-Style course was good to both drivers all evening, and this race would prove no different. Both competitors showed great speed and cornering finesse but in the end it was Poplar Branch, North Carolina’s Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger taking the trophy. It would be the start of a great night for the skilled young driver.
Monster Jam Freestyle Competition gave British Columbia fans what they had been waiting for since 2009. Many surprises developed, including early rollovers by Northern Nightmare and Grave Digger. This paved the way for many other drivers to register great Freestyle performances, including strong showings from The Patriot, Mohawk Warrior, El Toro Loco, and Monster Mutt Dalmatian. But with only one driver in the field eligible for the Double Down trophy, the excitement in the building was at an all-time high when Son-uva Digger hit the course with the throttle wide open. Driver Ryan Anderson amazed the crowd, the officials, and the judges as he absolutely aced Monster Jam Freestyle Competition. When it was all said and done, Anderson was the proud recipient of the Double Down Award, his first ever at a stadium event.
The drivers earned the following final scores:
Captain USA 15 + 2 = 17
El Toro Loco 22 + 2 = 24
Detour 20 + 2 = 22
Time Flys 19 + 0 = 19
M2D Thunder 19 + 2 = 21
The Patriot 21 + 2 = 23
Monster Mutt Dalmation 22 + 3 = 25
Mohawk Warrior 22 + 2 = 24
Grave Digger 8 (Rollover)
Northern Nightmare 16 (Rollover)
Western Renegade 14 + 1 = 15
Son-uva Digger 26 + 2 = 28
FREESTYLE WINNER: Son-uva Digger!!!
In other motor sports action, Team Canada defeated Team USA in the Western Canadian ATV Nationals. In the B.C. Provincial Demo Cross Championship, Robert Adams steered his #61 machine through a huge field of cars to t
he victory. Finally, X Games Competitor Teddy Culbertson landed an incredible Backflip in Freestyle Snocross action.
Without question, the 2012 Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour made a triumphant return to B.C. Place. The facility is beautiful, the track was in perfect shape, and the drivers managed to use every single inch of it. What better time can a motor sports fan have than attending a live Monster Jam event?
I can’t think of anything at all.
We’ll see you in Edmonton in one week!