January 19, 2013
Saturday 7:00pm: Spiderman
Saturday 7:00pm: Grave Digger
Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler, Spider-Man™ driven by Bari Musawwir, Mohawk Warrior® driven by Joe Miller, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Taryn Laskey, Advance Auto Parts Grinder℠ driven by John Seasock, El Toro Loco® (Yellow) driven by Becky McDonough, Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman, Hotsy driven by Mike Miller, Rolling Thunder driven by Jim Bendzick, Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Iron Warrior driven by Mike Vatter II, Brutus driven by Chris Bergeron, Mega Bite driven by Brad Allen, Mechanical Mischief driven by Jim Burns, Just Get Er Done driven by Mitch Tulachka and Robo Machine driven by Shane Phreed!!
It was just six weeks ago since we were here last and again the fans in Minneapolis show us why we can bring back to back shows to the Metro Dome. The place was electric with over 46,000 screaming fans waiting to see their favorite Monster Jam trucks perform. The night started off with an exciting first round of racing that took the sixteen Monster Jam trucks to the top eight. Just Get er Done was the first to advance along with Mohawk Warrior, Rammunition, and Grinder. In the bottom of the Bracket Brutus would advance with a photo finish against Iron Warrior and the rookie Mike Vaters II who was in his first Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Then the fans got what they came for as Grave Digger also advanced to round two with a win over Mega Bite and the home town Monster Jam Truck Rollin' Thunder who defeated Monster Mutt Dalmatian. From there the field again was dwindled down to the final four where the upset came when Brutus defeated fan favorite Grave Digger and Rammunition took out Mohawk Warrior. This whole time the sleeper was Spider man who quietly stolled thru each Bracket to defeat Grave Digger in the semi finals and Grinder in the UTI Championship race. The 2012 Young guns champion took the win away from last years Metro Dome winner and then headed to freestyle to get the Double Down Trophy.
Freestyle was awesome as the Girls were top dogs for most of the night Starting with Taryn Laskey. Taryn took Monster Mutt Dalmatian into the lead with high flying jumps and awesome wheelies. She then sat in the hot seat for the next five Monster Jam Trucks until Becky McDonough drove El toro loco to the hot seat with a score of 22. She than sat there thru four More awsome freestyle until Spider man took the lead with a 23. It looked like the double down trophy was in reach for Bari and Spider man but Grave Digger wouldn't let it happen. Chad Tingler broke the right rear wheel off thirty seconds into his freestyle but continued on to out score his opponent by three to take home the trophy with a high score of 26. Here are tonight's results.
Racing round one: Just get er done def. Hotsy, Grinder def. Mechanical Mischief, Mohawk Warrior def. Black Stallion, Rammunition def. El Toro Loco, Brutus def. Iron Warrior, Digger def. Mega Bite, Spider man def. Robo Machine and Rollin' Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Dalmatian.
Racing Round two, Grinder def. Just get er done, Rammunition def. Mohawk Warrior, Brutus def. Grave Digger and Spider man defeats Rollin' Thunder.
Racing Semi Finals: Advance Auto Parts Grinder defeated Rammunition and Spider man defeats Brutus.
Finals: Spider man Defeated Advance Auto Parts Grinder.
Grave Digger 26
Spider man 23
El Toro loco 20 + 2 = 22
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 18 + 3 = 21
Brutus 19 + 2 =21
Mega Bite 18 + 2 = 20
Mechanical Mischief 18 + 2 = 20
Just get er done 16 + 2 = 18
Robo Machine 15 + 1 =16
Black Stallion 12
Iron Warrior 10
Mohawk Warrior 10
Rollin' Thunder 8
By Greg Whitacre