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Rexall Place
Edmonton, AB
February 9-10, 2013
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Saturday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger
Saturday 7:30 P.M.: Grave Digger
Sunday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger


Saturday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger
Saturday 7:30 P.M.: Northern Nightmare
Sunday 2 P.M.: Northern Nightmare

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Jon Zimmer, Northern Nightmare℠ driven by Cam McQueen, Max-D℠ driven by Kreg Christensen, Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer, Detour driven by Nathan Weenk, Western Renegade driven by Barry Parkin and Captain's Curse® driven by Alex Blackwell!!

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Saturday 2 P.M.

(Edmonton, AB) After a week’s hiatus, the 2013 Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour roared into the home of the world famous Edmonton Oilers for a car crushing festival of fun. Seven trucks were penciled in on the lineup sheets, and they included Detour (Nathan Weenk), Time Flys (Kelvin Rahmer), Western Renegade (Barry Parkin), Captain’s Curse (Alex Blackwell), Max D (Kreg Christensen), Grave Digger (Jon Zimmer), and Northern Nightmare, piloted by World Champion Cam McQueen.

With no less than four World Champions in the field, competition would prove to be very tough inside Rexall Place today. World Champion Cam McQueen set the tone early with a score of 25 points in the Wheelie Competition, giving the Canadian born driver the victory. Grave Digger scored 24 points, Max D and Captain’s Curse tied at 22 points each, Time Flys and Western Renegade tied at 16, and Detour rounded things out with a 13-point effort.

Monster Jam Racing Round One was an electrifying affair which saw Northern Nightmare scare off Detour, Max D defeat Time Flys, and Grave Digger beat Western Renegade. Captain’s Curse had the bye run.

Semi-Final action paired Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare against Alex Blackwell in Captain’s Curse, with Northern Nightmare scoring the narrow victory. In a similarly close race, Grave Digger disposed of Max D.

Since the start of the 2013 Maple Leaf Monster Jam season, both John Zimmer in Grave Digger and Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare have battled tooth and nail for every inch of racing glory. And today, the UTI Championship Round would be no different. In what was one of the closest drag races ever at Rexall Place, Grave Digger narrowly defeated Northern Nightmare in a photo finish. There was no doubt that Grave Digger was here in Edmonton to capture his Canadian competitor’s glory.

In Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition, Northern Nightmare and Max D would prove to have their hands full with the red-hot John Zimmer in Grave Digger. After watching some early Freestyle runs including some huge air from Western Renegade, Zimmer knew his goal of winning the coveted Double Down Award was coming closer to reality. Despite some fantastic runs by Captain’s Curse, Max D, and Canada’s own Northern Nightmare, no one driver was able to solve the mystery of the hard-charging Grave Digger. Zimmer was simply spectacular as he decimated the course and his competition on route to a score of 26 points.

The drivers earned the following Freestyle scores:

Western Renegade 10
Time Flys 18
Detour 8
Captain’s Curse 22
Max D 24
Northern Nightmare 23
Grave Digger 26

FREESTYLE CHAMPION AND DOUBLE DOWN WINNER: GRAVE DIGGER!!!

With mere hours to go before the next Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour event here in Edmonton, the crews are working hard to get their ten thousand pound wonders ready for action tonight at 7:30 P.M. If our first show is any indication of future performance, Alberta fans will be in for a fantastic Maple Leaf Monster Jam extravaganza tonight and tomorrow.

We’ll see you soon!!!

By Darren Pallen

Saturday 7:30 P.M.

(Edmonton, AB) The stars of the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour returned to Rexall Place on Saturday night with one mission in mind: to stop the streak of Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger. And while the drivers may have partially succeeded, the team from Kill Devil Hills still had cause for much celebration.

Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger continued his winning ways as he worked his way through the field of competitors to meet Max D in the UTI Championship Round. After winning this afternoon, Grave Digger certainly had to be considered the favorite but with twenty-one years of experience under his belt, Kreg Christensen was not about to lie down and let Grave Digger take the win without a fight. In a classic World Finals matchup, Grave Digger and Max D met at the starting line and took the green light. In a finish that had to be reviewed by Monster Jam officials, the win was awarded to Grave Digger, making it two-for-two on the weekend for the black and green wrecking machine.

Here’s how the individual racing rounds played out:

Round One
Max D defeated Detour
Captain’s Curse with bye over Time Flys (Did Not Start)
Grave Digger beat Western Renegade

Semi-Final
Max D defeated Detour (Fast Loser from Round One)
Grave Digger sunk Captain’s Curse

In Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition, Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger again stood as the only man eligible for the Double Down Award. And while the competitors tried hard to stop the domination, it looked like Grave Digger would leave Rexall Place on Saturday with two Double Down Awards in as many tries. However, the reigning Freestyle World Champion had other ideas. Putting his Canadian pride on the line, Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare was simply unbelievable as he threaded the needle throughout the arena on route to the Freestyle win.

The drivers earned the following Freestyle scores:

Western Renegade 14
Time Flys 21
Detour 12
Captain’s Curse 22
Max D 21
Northern Nightmare 27
Grave Digger 24

FREESTYLE CHAMPION: NORTHERN NIGHTMARE!

As we prepare for the third and final Maple Leaf Monster Jam of the weekend on Sunday, there is no doubt that tensions are building between Max D, Grave Digger and Northern Nightmare.

The drivers are ready, the trucks are ready, and that means only one thing: great Maple Leaf Monster Jam entertainment here in Edmonton, Alberta.

We’ll see you tomorrow!

By Darren Pallen

Sunday 2 P.M.

(Edmonton, AB) Following a long night of wrenching, the Maple Leaf Monster Jam teams were poised and ready to go for the third and final event here at Rexall Place. There would be several scores to settle, and plenty of wild action to go along with it.

The afternoon started off right for a particular team based out of Paxton, Illinois. After watching Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare completely dominate the Wheelie Competition all weekend long, Kreg Christensen in Max D had a little surprise in store for the Edmonton fans. Christensen stood Max D completely on its rear bumper for what seemed like an eternity, showing great throttle control and balance in the process. Max D took the Wheelie Competition win with a score of 28 points. Captain’s Curse earned 26 points, Northern Nightmare had 25, Grave Digger 24, Detour and Western Renegade tied at 18, while Time Flys suffered a broken axle and was unable to make the call.

Monster Jam Racing Round One saw an all-Alberta battle between Nathan Weenk in Detour and Barry Parkin in Western Renegade. Parkin’s crew had worked all night to prepare the big H2 Hummer for competition after extensive damage sustained on Saturday. Parkin’s crew must have turned the wrenches the right way, as Western Renegade went on to defeat Detour. Other Round One races included Northern Nightmare over Max D, and Captain’s Curse over Time Flys as the latter entry was unable to make the Maple Leaf Monster Jam sixty-second clock.

The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Semi-Final saw World Champion Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare defeat Western Renegade, and Grave Digger dropped anchor on Captain’s Curse.

Alberta fans were more than a little excited for the UTI Championship Round. Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare paired up with Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger at the starting line. After watching Grave Digger dominate racing all weekend long, Canadian fans were looking for McQueen to put a stop to the domination. But it was not to be. Grave Digger poured on the throttle off the starting line and took the big win. This marked his third racing win of the weekend. As they say in hockey, driver Jon Zimmer earned the “Hat Trick”.

Canadian fans disappointment in racing would soon turn to elation in Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition, Northern Nightmare driver Cam McQueen was simply astounding throughout his entire sixty-second run. For most of the performance, it appeared that McQueen had his ten thousand pound Canuck truck on a string. His amazing control and fluid style were plenty good enough to take the Freestyle victory. Other notable performance in Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle included Grave Digger, Captain’s Curse, and Max D. It seems things just happen like that when you have four World Champions in the building.

The drivers earned the following Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle scores:

Western Renegade 15
Time Flys 8
Detour 13
Captain’s Curse 21
Max D 22
Northern Nightmare 26
Grave Digger 24

FREESTYLE CHAMPION: NORTHERN NIGHTMARE!!!

Without a doubt, each and every fan that attended the 2013 Maple Leaf Monster Jam had a great time. There was plenty of car crushing action, many unbelievable performances, and a level of energy that can only be found at the greatest motor sports show on the planet. Brace yourself, Alberta; the 2014 Maple Leaf Monster Jam will be back in your fine province before you know it.

We’ll see you in London, Ontario next weekend!

By Darren Pallen