San Antonio, TX
Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam
San Antonio, TX
January 12-13, 2013
Saturday 7 p.m.: Advance Auto Parts Grinder
Sunday 2 p.m.: Mohawk Warrior
Saturday 7 p.m.: Mohawk Warrior
Sunday 2 p.m.: Grave Digger
Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler, Spider-Man™ driven by Bari Musawwir, Advance Auto Parts Grinder℠ driven by John Seasock, El Toro Loco® (Yellow) driven by Becky McDonough, Mohawk Warrior® driven by George Balhan, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Taryn Laskey, Nitro Hornet driven by David Smith, Big Kahuna driven by Shane England, Bounty Hunter driven by Ben Winslow, Iron Outlaw driven by Darren Migues, Outlaw driven by Michael Harper, Barbarian driven by Devin Jones, Eradicator driven by Andy Slifko, Backdraft driven by Jeremy Slifko, Strait Jacket driven by Kevin King, Predator driven by Allen Pezo and Pouncer driven by Ron Nelson!!
Saturday 7 p.m.
The Alamodome crowd brought the noise as the return of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam set up a raucous Saturday night that saw hot action on the floor throughout the whole night.
The action was immediate after 16 trucks circled the floor in introductions to the delight of all ages. It turned to serious business with round one racing action on a course unique to San Antonio. Starting from a tabletop, the drivers travel down and back the full length of the floor to a finish line on the opposite side of the starting plateau. The drivers had the course mastered as times kept getting lower and lower throughout the rounds. Each of the drivers was representing a section of the stands in the Jack in the Box contest with the winning section getting coupons for free food items.
Monster Mutt Dalmatian got it started by edging Backdraft. Spider-Man came out ahead of Big Kahuna and Advance Auto Parts Grinder cruised to an easy win when Pouncer could not finish. El Toro Loco was neck and neck with Eradicator, but pulled off the win with a big jump at the finish. Grave Digger took a win over Strait Jacket and Mohawk Warrior got the best of Bounty Hunter. The final winners to advance to round two were Barbarian with a come-from-behind charge to defeat Nitro Hornet while Outlaw posted the fastest time of the round in the win against Predator.
Before the second round could get underway, Darren Migues and Iron Outlaw burst out of the tunnel to light up the crowd with some donuts at the center of the floor. Iron Outlaw would sit out racing, but become a part of the Service is Our Best Part freestyle.
Round two racing had no shortage of excitement. Spider-Man sent Monster Mutt Dalmatian pound-side in the first event. Advance Auto Parts Grinder was able to outlast El Toro Loco. Mohawk Warrior appeared bound for defeat, but proved it isn’t decided until the finish line and Mohawk Warrior shot past Grave Digger for the win. The final pairing sent Barbarian to the line against Outlaw, who once again recorded a quick time to earn another win.
The semi-final pairings moved Advance Auto Parts Grinder ahead with a win over Spider-Man. Mohawk Warrior lowered the fastest time in defeating Outlaw, but a broken wheel tether kept Mohawk Warrior in the pits for the UTI Championship finals. The breakage issue put Outlaw back into play. In a close race at the halfway mark, Outlaw wandered off course and allowed Advance Auto Parts Grinder to sail home with the win. Driver John Seasock was jubilant in victory and took his racing trophy directly into the stands for one fortunate fan to have a keepsake.
After a brief intermission, it was time to set the clock for the Service is Our Best Part freestyle action. Monster Mutt Dalmatian was in the middle of her run when the truck tumbled forward and could not continue. The score of 12 offered a starting point that fell immediately when rookie driver Shane England rolled through his entire time and bonus time to score a 15. Kevin King’s Strait Jacket occupied the top spot with a 16, aided by a single point of bonus. Racing finalist Outlaw had a wild ride in the early stages of the run and the truck wouldn’t continue. Harper scored a disappointing 6, opening the door for Barbarian. Devin Jones, who had competed in San Antonio in 2010, attacked the course, including the Tower of Power on the floor. His great effort resulted in a 21 and a spot on the hot seat. Predator came out to compete, but lost the left rear tire early and scored 6. El Toro Loco had an abbreviated run when the truck was stopped for apparent safety concerns. Her score of 18 moved Becky McDonough among the elite in the competition, but couldn’t dethrone Barbarian. Iron Outlaw entered bonus time, but during a big jump, off came the right front wheel. A 16 was the reward for Iron Outlaw. Bounty Hunter lasted less than the full allotted time, flipping the truck and ending the run earlier to score a 4. Spider-Man meant business and it showed with the constant movement through the time and a 23 that gave the competition a new leader. Backdraft is a familiar name, but the truck has a different look in 2013. In fact, the name is the only thing that isn’t new and Jeremy Slifko is dialing it in, getting an impressive 20. Nitro Hornet lasted 18 seconds before tumbling and claiming a score of 4. Advanced Auto Parts Grinder was the only truck that could score the double down trophy and moved into good position by taking the lead with a 24. George Balhan became a man on a mission, seeking to dethrone the leader. His effort of 25 did the trick and Balhan told the crowd he was motivated to be at the top of freestyle because he wished he could have competed in the racing final he earned. The floor was cleared for Grave Digger that tumbled with 10 seconds remaining. It brought a 20 and gave Mohawk Warrior his first stadium freestyle of 2013.
Team Mexico prevailed in the Cricket Wireless Quad Wars, edging out Team USA in the main. Team USA’s freestyle motocross squad got a little revenge when the five riders of the home team won the jumping competition over Team Mexico.
The stage is set for a rematch as the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam renews a visit in the Alamodome for Sunday afternoon.
Round One – Monster Mutt Dalmatian def. Backdraft, Spider-Man def. Big Kahuna, Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. Pouncer, El Toro Loco def. Eradicator, Grave Digger def. Strait Jacket, Mohawk Warrior def. Bounty Hunter, Barbarian def. Nitro Hornet, Outlaw def. Predator
Round Two – Spider-Man def. Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. El Toro Loco, Mohawk Warrior def. Grave Digger, Outlaw def. Barbarian
Semi-Finals – Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. Spider-Man, Mohawk Warrior def. Outlaw
UTI Championship Round – Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. Outlaw (Outlaw was brought back into the race after Mohawk Warrior was found to have a broken wheel tether)
Service is Our Best Part freestyle
Mohawk Warrior – 7-8-8-2 = 25
Advance Auto Parts Grinder – 7-7-8-2 = 24
Spider-Man – 7-7-7-2 = 23
Barbarian – 6-6-7-2 = 21
Backdraft – 6-6-7-1 = 20
Grave Digger – 6-7-7 = 20
El Toro Loco – 6-6-6 = 18
Strait Jacket – 5-5-5-1 = 16
Iron Outlaw – 5-5-5-1 = 16
Big Kahuna – 5-4-5-1 = 15
Monster Mutt Dalmatian – 4-4-4 = 12
Outlaw – 2-2-2 = 6
Predator – 2-2-2 = 6
Bounty Hunter – 1-2-1 = 4
Nitro Hornet – 1-1-2 = 4
By Larry JewettSunday 2 p.m.
A Sunday afternoon in San Antonio is best spent in the comfortable seats of the Alamodome when the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam comes to town. The final show of a two-show weekend drew a great crowd of enthusiastic fans.
A field of 16 charged into the massive arena to set the stage for the excitement ahead. The first item on the agenda was head-to-head racing with eight matchups to entertain the fans. Monster Mutt Dalmatian started strong with a win over Backdraft. Iron Outlaw hunted down Big Kahuna for a victory. Friday night winner Advance Auto Parts Grinder started down the path of a repeat by keeping his win streak alive, defeating Prowler. El Toro Loco caught a bye run when mechanical problems sidelined Eradicator. Grave Digger cruised to a win over Strait Jacket and Mohawk Warrior got the advantage over Bounty Hunter. The final two races put Nitro Hornet past Barbarian by just a few inches and Predator earned a victory without crossing the finish line. Outlaw lost control on the last turn and tumbled into the opponent’s lane, essentially preventing the finish.
Second round action saw a hard charging Iron Outlaw ease past Monster Mutt Dalmatian. Advance Auto Parts Grinder nipped El Toro Loco. In another close race, officials went to the replay to determine Mohawk Warrior got past Grave Digger. Flying across the line, Grave Digger tumbled and the crew was faced with the task of getting the truck ready for freestyle. The final pairing put 30-year veteran Allen Pezo and Predator into the semi-finals over Nitro Hornet.
The semi-finals to determine the UTI Championship competitors shook out to be very reminiscent of Friday night. Advance Auto Parts grinder remained undefeated, thanks to a win over Iron Outlaw. Mohawk Warrior, who won a semi-final event last night, but was denied an appearance by a broken, backed up the Friday run by taking out Predator. The UTI Championship came down to experienced veterans with Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals experience. In the end, Mohawk Warrior would be a winner. Each driver was connected to a section of the seating area and the winner driver’s section was rewarded with a Jumbo Jack coupon from Jack in the Box.
The Service is Our Best Part freestyle gave the San Antonio fans yet another taste of the havoc that can come with the competition. Monster Mutt Dalmatian earned the right to go first and opened up with the truck on its top during bonus time. A score of 18 set the point much higher than Friday night. Big Kahuna took the next shot, but Taryn Laskey stayed in the hot seat when the “surf’s up” truck netted a 15. Strait Jacket lost a wheel and settled for a 13. Outlaw promised to bring it in freestyle and did just that, flipping over after several saves. The truck landed on its wheels, but could not continue based on safety concerns. The effort brought a 19 and a new leader. Barbarian rolled to the track, but safety officials stopped the truck and ended the run after nine seconds and a score of 3. Predator came hunting the lead, ending up a point short. El Toro Loco posted a 17 as the competition was getting tight. A new leader was anointed when Iron Outlaw earned a 21 from the judges. The lead lasted until teammate Bounty Hunter closed with cyclones and earned a 22. The crowd roared as Spider-Man came into the arena. The truck was unable to compete in racing due to engine issues. The crew worked tirelessly to prepare the truck for a shot at Service is Our Best Part freestyle. The truck experienced more engine problems shortly into the competition and a disappointed Bari Musawwir exited the truck. The appreciative crowd roared approval of the effort in thanks. A score of 7 was awarded to Spider-Man. Jeremy Slifko brought his brand new Backdraft out and put on a display of precision driving and intense attack of obstacles. The truck went over late in the run and a 21 told the world that there are bigger things ahead for this team. Nitro Hornet brought a steady run, thanks to the experience of driver David Smith and a solid run was reflected accordingly. His 22 tied for the lead with Advance Auto Parts Grinder on the floor. After a sky-high jump, the left rear tire broke off and Grinder had to settle for a score of 19. Mohawk Warrior stood as the only Monster Jam truck with the possibility of the double down, but it wouldn’t be so on this afternoon. The truck was sent to the pits early for a safety issue and unable to perform. Grave Digger had the final shot at victory and made the most of it. Chad Tingler tore through the course for the win, but there was more to the story than just a good freestyle run. After the end of racing, the truck was damaged. A bent four-link was only part of the problem and the crew was tested. As each truck exited the floor, the crew work on parts like the halo and driveshaft region, fixing more parts as they went along. With just seconds to spare, the truck was cleared for competition and tingle rewarded the fans and his crew with the win.
Team Mexico won the first two heats in Cricket Wireless Quad Wars, but couldn’t take the main event from a determined Team USA. Freestyle motocross riders, in advance of the upcoming Nuclear Cowboyz appearance at the Alamodome, kept pushing the tricks to the crescendo of the cheering crowd. Team USA picked up the win in that competition.
Round One – Monster Mutt Dalmatian def. Backdraft, Iron Outlaw def. Big Kahuna, Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. Pouncer, El Toro Loco (bye run when Eradicator couldn’t answer), Grave Digger def. Strait Jacket, Mohawk Warrior def. Bounty Hunter, Nitro Hornet def. Barbarian, Predator def. Outlaw
Round Two – Iron Outlaw def. Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. El Toro Loco, Mohawk Warrior def. Grave Digger, Predator def. Nitro Hornet
Semi-Finals – Advance Auto Parts Grinder def. Iron Outlaw, Mohawk Warrior def. Predator
UTI Championship Round – Mohawk Warrior def. Advance Auto Parts Grinder
Service is Our Best Part Freestyle
Grave Digger – 8-8-8-2 = 26
Nitro Hornet – 7-7-7-1 = 22
Bounty Hunter – 6-7-7-2 = 22
Backdraft – 8-6-7 = 21
Iron Outlaw – 7-6-6-2 = 21
Advance Auto Parts Grinder – 6-6-7 = 19
Outlaw 6-6-6-1 = 19
Predator 6-6-5-1 = 18
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 5-6-6-1 = 18
El Toro Loco – 5-6-6-0 = 17
Big Kahuna -5-5-4-1 = 15
Strait Jacket 4-4-5 = 13
Spider-Man 2-2-3 = 7
Barbarian 1-1-1 = 3
Mohawk Warrior – no score
By Larry Jewett