Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

Rock The Dome
Tacoma Dome
Tacoma, WA
January 4-6, 2013
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Freestyle Winner

Friday 8:00pm : Max D
Saturday 2:00pm: Grave Digger
Saturday 8:00pm: Captain America
Sunday 1:00pm: Mohawk Warrior
Friday 8:00pm: Grave Digger The Legend
Saturday 2:00pm: Max D
Saturday 8:00pm: Max D
Sunday 1:00 pm: Grave Digger
Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken, Team Hot Wheels Firestorm driven by Scott Buetow, Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents, Mohawk Warrior℠ driven by George Balhan, Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian driven by Taryn Laskey, Grave Digger The Legend® driven by Adam Anderson, Captain America driven by Chad Fortune, Titan driven by Donald Epidendio, The Patriot driven by Andrew Peckham, Tropical Thunder driven by Mike Pappas, Captain USA driven by Travis Groth, Bounty Hunter driven by Ben Winslow, Iron Outlaw driven by Darren Migues, Destroyer driven by Roger Stidell, Double Trouble driven by Tyler Groth and Obsessed driven by Rick Swanson!!


Friday 8:00pm

The Decade of Destruction tour started of with what coulda, woulda, shoulda been a Double Down for Tom Meents and Max D. Tom dominated racing and then put on a stellar freestyle run that had the crowd in Tacoma Rocking the Dome!!! Adam Anderson was the spoiler for Meents and Max D. Adam had a freestyle run for the ages. He hammered The Legend around the track like he had a personal vendetta against the obstacles. Both drivers were on the ragged edge for the entire 90 seconds, but Adam was able to save his near rollovers and end his 90 seconds on all 4 wheels, where as Tom took a different perspective and left Max D a massive pile of carnage on the track when he was finished. While Tom had huge air and a cyclone that was completely astonishing, Adam put together cross thread hits and massive air to take a 1 point win.

Racing Bracket Round 1
Bounty Hunter beat Tropical Thunder
The Destroyer upset The Legend
Hot Wheels beat Mohawk Warrior
Captain USA beat The Dalmatian
Grave Digger beat Obsessed
Captain America beat Titan
Patriot beat Iron Outlaw
Max D beat Double Trouble

Quarter Final
Bounty Hunter takes out Destroyer
Hot Wheels wins over Captain USA
Captain America beat Grave Digger
Max D beat the Patriot

Semi Final
Hot Wheels over Bounty Hunter
Max D over Captain America

UTI Championships Race
Max D beat Hot Wheels

Freestyle Scores
Hot Wheels 20
Double Trouble 13
Obsessed 15
Tropical Thunder 16
Destroyer 16
The Patriot 22
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 19
Captain USA 22
Iron Outlaw 22
Captain America 23
Mohawk Warrior 24
The Legend 27
Grave Digger 26
Max D 26

By Scott Heaton

Saturday 2:00pm

Saturday continued where Friday left off, MASSIVE CARNAGE!!! Several trucks augured in hard and were virtually destroyed, making it a hard afternoon for the crews to get things back and ready for tonight's Rock The Dome event. Along with the carnage came some killer saves, most notably by the team out of Santa Cruz, California. Both Andrew Peckham and Mike Pappas had killer saves that most assuredly would have devastating crashes. While The Patriot drove away, Tropical Thunder was not as lucky, damaging the right front planetary beyond a quick repair, keeping Pap out of freestyle.
The most EXCITING moment of the day was delivered by Tyler Groth and Double Trouble. A hard landing, a destroyed wheel, combined with a front flipping cartwheel, it was a stand up and scream moment. The battle for the freestyle win came down to the last 3 trucks, The Legend, Grave Digger, and Max D, and none of them disappointed. Adam Anderson is simply amazing to watch work his ride. The kid has unbelievable awareness and aggressiveness, that is a sheer pleasure to take in. His speed and style are hard to compare and equally hard for the other drivers to match. Charlie Paukin and Grave Digger topped Adam by a point and then had to wait as Tom Meents and Max D took their turn, where Tom ABUSED Max D until the red light went on. The cyclone that was laid down handed the victory to Tom and Max. Can' believe he can see or walk after the nasty revolutions he turns on 3 wheels!!!

Racing Brackets
Round 1
Destroyer beat Double Trouble
Grave Digger beat Titan
Hot Wheels beat Iron Outlaw
Max D beat Monster Mutt Dalmatian
Captain America beat Tropical Thunder
Captain USA beat Obsession
Mohawk Warrior beat The Patriot
Bounty Hunter beat The Legend

Quarter Final
Grave Digger over Destroyer
Hot Wheels over Max D
Captain America over Captain USA
Mohawk Warrior over Bounty Hunter

Semi Final
Grave Digger beat Hot Wheels
Captain America beat Mohawk Warrior

UTI Championship round
Grave Digger beat Captain America

Freestyle Scores
Hot Wheels 13
Double Trouble 13
Obsession 3 (mechanical issue before first hit)
Destroyer 14
The Patriot 20
Bounty Hunter 19
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 14
Captain USA 10
Iron Outlaw 20
Titan 12
Captain America 19
Mohawk Warrior 21
The Legend 26
Grave Digger 27
Max D 28

By Scott Heaton

Saturday 8:00pm

Tom Meents, after winning Freestyle on Saturday night, said to the crowd “I don't know why it has took me 19 years to return to Tacoma, but I can guarantee that it won't be another 19 before I come back”!!! Every person in attendance on Saturday afternoon and night for the Advance Auto Parts Rock The Dome definitely got their moneys worth. The stars of Rock The Dome gave everything they they, their truck and team could give. After the show was over Tom came to me and said he was having “FUN” and if he is having a good time, the fans have got to be LOVING IT!!!

Racing Brackets
Round 1
Captain America beat Grave Digger
Max D beat Obsession
Captain USA beat Mohawk Warrior
Destroyer bye run due to Titan mechanical issue
Grave Digger The Legend bye run due to Tropical Thunder mechanical
Hot Wheels beat Double Trouble
Iron Outlaw beat Bounty Hunter
Monster Mutt Dalmatian beat The Patriot

Quarter Final
Captain America beat Max D
Captain USA beat Destroyer
Hot Wheels beat The Legend
Dalmatian beat Iron Outlaw

Semi Final
Captain America over Captain USA
Dalmatian in a controversial win over Hot Wheels (Scot Beutow was extremely hot under the collar at the starting line official for not making it clear when when staging was complete for the opposite lane)

UTI Championship
Captain America beat Dalmatian

Freestyle Scores
Hot Wheels 21
Double Trouble 12
Obsession 15
Tropical Thunder 12
Destroyer 16
The Patriot 18
Bounty Hunter 23
Dalmatian 21
Captain USA 23
Iron Outlaw 24
Titan DNS due to mechanical
Captain America 24
Mohawk Warrior 23
The Legend 28
Grave Digger 28
Max D 29

By Scott Heaton

Sunday 1:00pm

Rock The Dome in Tacoma ended the same way it started. With MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION!!! The stars of the show were on the ragged edge all day long and with this being the 4th show in 3 days it was amazing to see 14 of the 16 trucks that started the weekend freestyle on Sunday, still hammering it for the fans in Washington. The line up for Rock The Dome was stacked from the beginning with some of the biggest names in the sport and they did not disappoint. Every team gave their all for the 10's of thousands of fans that witnessed Tacoma's own version of the World Finals. The amazing saves (which Charlie Paukin had 3 that were simply astonishing), the bone jarring crashes and flat out blazing fast racing and freestyle that occurred had me cheering and jumping around, had Tom Meents declaring all weekend how much FUN he was having, and had the crowd ROCKING THE DOME!!!!!!!!

Racing Bracket
Round 1
Max D beat The Patriot
Captain USA beat Double Trouble
Titan beat Dalmatian
Mohawk Warrior beat The Legend (a finish line official error created some controversy, but the drivers set it straight)
Hot Wheels beat Destroyer
Captain America beat Bounty Hunter
Obsession beat Tropical Thunder
Grave Digger beat Iron Outlaw

Quarter Final
Captain USA beat Max D
Mohawk Warrior beat Titan
Captain America beat Hot Wheels
Obsession beat Grave Digger

Semi Final
Mohawk Warrior beat Captain USA
Obsession beat Captain America

UTI Championship round
Mohawk Warrior beat Obsession

Freestyle Scores
Hot Wheels 20
Double Trouble 14
Obsession DNS
Tropical Thunder 16
Destroyer 9
The Patriot 18
Bounty Hunter DNS
Dalmatian 19
Captain USA 21
Iron Outlaw 22
Titan 22
Captain America 21
Mohawk Warrior 21
The Legend 27
Grave Digger 28
Max D 27

By Scott Heaton