Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum

Copps Coliseum
Hamilton, ON
April 6-7, 2013
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Saturday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger
Sunday 2 P.M.: Northern Nightmare

Saturday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger
Sunday 2 P.M.: Grave Digger

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Jon Zimmer, Northern Nightmare℠ driven by Cam McQueen, Iron Man™ driven by Lee O'Donnell, El Toro Loco® driven by Marc McDonald, Aftershock driven by Bob Robbins and Krazy Train driven by Aaron Cromer!!


Saturday 2 P.M.

(Hamilton, ON) After a one-year absence, the stars of the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour returned to Copps Coliseum on Saturday afternoon for the first of two shows this weekend. As was expected the Pit Party was sold out, making for a very festive atmosphere.

With Marc McDonald in El Toro Loco and Lee O’Donnell in Iron Man joining the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour for the first time this season, Grave Digger pilot Jon Zimmer knew he was in for a challenging day. You will recall that El Toro Loco went to the Advance Auto Parts World Finals 14 UTI Championship Round just two weeks ago, narrowly losing to Grave Digger The Legend. Equally impressive, Lee O’Donnell qualified second at that very same event. All in all, it made for some very impressive credentials here in Hamilton.

But credentials don’t always mean a lot in the fast paced world of Maple Leaf Monster Jam. Against all odds and against some of the world’s best drivers, Jon Zimmer again showed why he simply owns Monster Jam competition north of the 49th parallel.

Zimmer started off the day with a huge win in the Wheelie Competition, transitioned to a UTI Championship Racing Final victory, and then capped it off with a win in Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition. It was a wonderful day for Grave Digger fans as Zimmer let it all hang out and left nothing on the table. Some would call it a truly a dominant performance by a dominant driver. Others would call it the coveted "Triple Down".

Here’s how the individual elements developed this afternoon:

Wheelie Competition:

Krazy Train 19
Aftershock 18
Iron Man 23
El Toro Loco 26
Northern Nightmare 27
Grave Digger 29

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Round One:

Grave Digger defeated Aftershock
Iron Man beat El Toro Loco
Northern Nightmare halted Krazy Train

Racing Semi-Final

Grave Digger defeated Krazy Train (Fast Loser from Round One)
Iron Man scored victory over Northern Nightmare

UTI Championship Round Racing:

Grave Digger drove past Iron Man

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition:

Aftershock 18
Krazy Train 21
Iron Man 22
El Toro Loco 24
Northern Nightmare 26
Grave Digger 27

As we prepare for the second and final Maple Leaf Monster Jam event of the weekend tomorrow afternoon, there is no doubt that Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger has established himself as the man to beat. We now look forward to what may be the finest event of the year tomorrow here at Copps Coliseum.

We’ll see you tomorrow at the Pit Party at 11 A.M.!

By Darren Pallen

Sunday 2 P.M.

(Hamilton, ON) The second and final event of the weekend got underway at 2 P.M. sharp here at Copps Coliseum. Returning for Maple Leaf Monster Jam action were Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Krazy Train (Aaron Cromer), Iron Man (Lee O’Donnell), El Toro Loco (Marc McDonald), Grave Digger (Jon Zimmer), and Northern Nightmare, driven by Canada’s own Cam McQueen. With three distinct elements of Monster Jam Competition on the schedule today, the question remained whether anyone could steal a win from the red-hot Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger.

Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare enjoyed a great start to the day with a win in the Wheelie Competition. His excellent throttle control and perfect timing put the Canadian sensation in the winner’s circle for the first time this weekend. Here is how the competition scored:

Wheelie Competition:

Krazy Train 15
Aftershock 17
Iron Man 20
El Toro Loco 26
Grave Digger 23
Northern Nightmare 30

For the first time since Toronto, Ontario back in January 2013, a new champion was crowned during the UTI Championship Racing Final. They say that all good things must come to an end, and the end came today for Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger. As Grave Digger rolled up against Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare for the UTI Championship Round, everyone in the building knew this race would be a close one. When the lights turned green, both trucks flew across the crush cars in a big way. But it would be all Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare at the finish line, effectively ending one of the most impressive winning streaks ever in Monster Jam. Needless to say, McQueen was ecstatic with his huge racing victory.

Here’s how the individual racing rounds developed this afternoon:

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Round One:

Grave Digger defeated Iron Man
El Toro Loco beat Aftershock
Northern Nightmare derailed Krazy Train

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Semi-Final

Northern Nightmare defeated Aftershock (Fast Loser from Round One)
Grave Digger tamed El Toro Loco

UTI Championship Round Racing:

Northern Nightmare buried Grave Digger

With two wins in as many tries this afternoon, Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare could have been considered the favorite going into Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition. After seeing some impressive runs from both Aftershock and Krazy Train, El Toro Loco and Iron Man treated the crowd to some wild performances as well. Not long after, Jon Zimmer in Grave Digger came out with a vengeance and flew his way to a competition-leading score of 25 points. And although Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare looked razor-sharp during his sixty second run, he would not have quite enough for the team from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The final Freestyle scores tallied as follows:

Aftershock 18
Krazy Train 19
Iron Man 21
El Toro Loco 23
Northern Nightmare 23
Grave Digger 25

In other Maple Leaf Monster Jam action, Team Canada took victory over Team USA in Quad Wars. Not to be outdone, the stars of Freestyle Motocross joined today’s party at Copps Coliseum and brought the fans to their feet.

As fans headed for the post-show autograph session, many were overheard talking about the great afternoon of motor sports they had just experienced. One particular enthusiast commented, “I sure hope Monster Jam comes back next year. I certainly don’t want them to take a year off again!”

With this kind of fan enthusiasm and the overall success of this event in 2013, we look forward to stopping into Hamilton in 2014 for even more exciting Maple Leaf Monster Jam action.

We’ll see you in Halifax, Nova Scotia in June. Have a great summer!

By Darren Pallen