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Monster Jam International
Gelredome
Arnhem, Holland
September 28-29, 2013
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Saturday 2:00 p.m.: TEAM DESTRUCTION
Sunday 2:00 p.m.: TEAM DESTRUCTION


Saturday 2:00 p.m.: TEAM DESTRUCTION
Sunday 2:00 p.m.: TEAM MARVEL

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Team Marvel Vs.Team Destruction. Team Marvel: Captain America driven by Chad Fortune. Iron Man™ driven by Morgan Kane, Spider-Man™ driven by Bari Musawwir, Thor driven by Frank Krmel, Wolverine driven by Dustin Brown and Hulk driven by Jon Zimmer! Team Destruction: Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken, Max-D℠ driven by Tom Meents, Disney XD driven by Dan Evans, Captain's Curse® driven by Alex Blackwell, Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw and El Toro Loco® driven by Becky McDonough!

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Saturday 2:00 p.m.

On a team roster loaded with legendary talent that included Monster Jam superstars Grave Digger, driven by Charlie Pauken, and Max-D, with Tom Meents, behind the wheel it was unsung heroes Becky McDonough in El Toro Loco and Alex Blackwell in Captain’s Curse that helped lead Team Destruction to victory over Team Marvel in the unique team Monster Jam competition Saturday afternoon at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland.

The format that awards points to the teams for their success in a series of one-on-one encounters was a roller coaster of emotions for the fans of each team as Team Destruction blew out to a big early lead only to see Team Marvel come roaring back to tie the score sheet heading into the Monster Jam freestyle battles. Winning the first four individual freestyle encounters sealed the deal for Team Destruction as El Toro Loco, Dan Evans in Disney XD, Damon Bradshaw in Monster Energy, and then Blackwell each rocked the house to win their freestyle competitions and this time the lead was insurmountable, Team Destruction ending the afternoon victorious by a final score of 16 to 14.

The afternoon in front of the excited Dutch crowd began with match racing, six races between one member of each team with a point awarded for each win, a competition that was dominated by Team Destruction winning 5 of the 6 races. Team Marvel did slightly better in the follow the leader style wheelie challenge but again Team Destruction claimed the most points by winning in four of the six wheelie battles. Two valuable points from Team Marvel’s Quad Wars unit inched them closer but Team Destruction had a strong 9 to 5 lead when the dueling donut competition began. That wildly popular part of the program sent one Monster Jam truck to each end of the spacious Gelredome floor to see which could turn the most revolutions and with the crowd roaring throughout Team Marvel found its footing and by winning 5 of those six donut duels Team Marvel pulled even and the teams would head into freestyle where the balance of power shifted back to the eventual winners.

McDonough in El Toro Loco scored three wins for her team including turning in a freestyle that several on hand called the best ever in her fast-rising career. Blackwell in Captain’s Curse and Tom Meents in Max-D also racked up three wins each to pace Team Destruction to the victory. Jon Zimmer in Hulk turned in the top performance for Team Marvel by winning three out of four competitions as well.
The smack talk was already being heard from the winners but Team Marvel promised to exact revenge in the weekend Monster Jam team competition wrap-up coming Sunday afternoon in Arnhem.


RACING COMPETITION
El Toro Loco def. Wolverine
Disney XD def. Captain America
Ironman def. Monster Energy
Captain’s Curse def. Thor
Max-D def. Spider-man
Grave Digger def. Hulk


WHEELIE CHALLENGE
El Toro Loco def. Wolverine
Captain America def. Disney XD
Monster Energy def. Ironman
Captain’s Curse def. Thor
Max-D def. Spider-man
Hulk def. Grave Digger


DUELING DONUT CONTEST
Wolverine def. El Toro Loco
Captain America def. Disney XD
Ironman def. Monster Energy
Thor def. Captain’s Curse
Max-D def. Spider-man
Hulk def. Grave Digger


FREESTYLE
El Toro Loco def. Wolverine
Disney XD def. Captain America
Monster Energy def. Ironman
Captain’s Curse def. Thor
Spider-man def. Max-D
Hulk def. Grave Digger

By Scott Douglass

Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Team Marvel came back from a big early deficit and got the better of Team Destruction in freestyle and claimed the overall victory in Monster Jam team competition on the Monster Jam World Tour in The Netherlands with a final score of Team Marvel15, Team Destruction 13, and as a special added attraction Tom Meents and Max-D successfully executed a sensational back flip, the first ever Monster Jam back flip at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland.

Coming off of Saturday night’s team championship Team Destruction got off to a red hot start, led again by the only woman in the field. Becky McDonough drove El Toro Loco to victory over fellow Young Gun Morgan Kane in Ironman to get the ball rolling and her teammates followed suit in dominating fashion with Team Destruction winning four of the five match races. For the entire weekend McDonough and El Toro Loco scored more points for their team than any other Monster Jam truck competing in the unique team event.

Team Destruction also had the upper hand in the wheelie match-ups thanks to Grave Digger and Charlie Pauken, who ended his battle with Jon Zimmer and Hulk with an incredible leap into a vertical wheelie that landed squarely on the tail of the truck, the huge crowd of Dutch Monster Jam fans roaring as Grave Digger was planted in place with the nose pointed toward the Gelredome roof.

The comeback for Team Marvel built steam in the dueling donut battles with Chad Fortune in Captain America, Frank Kreml in Thor, and Zimmer in Hulk all winning to give that genre to Team Marvel by a three to one count.

With points added in from team competitions in Quad Wars and Freestyle Motocross the
final tests came in Monster Jam freestyle with the teams entering that part of the encounter all tied. Team Marvel got the better of the freestyle matches as Dustin Brown in Wolverine, Captain America and Krmel in Thor claimed three of the first four match freestyles. Then when Bari Musawwir in Spider-man upset reigning Monster Jam World Freestyle Champion Tom Meents in Max-D Team Marvel locked up the team championship to even the weekend following Team Destruction’s Saturday triumph.

Even though Team Marvel had an insurmountable lead, Grave Digger won the final freestyle match with an incredible performance that had fans of both teams standing and cheering as the incredible weekend on the Monster Jam World Tour came to a successful completion.

RACING COMPETITION

El Toro Loco def. Ironman
Disney XD def. Captain America
Captain’s Curse def. Thor
Spider-man def. Max-D
Grave Digger def. Hulk


WHEELIE CHALLENGE

El Toro Loco def. Ironman
Captain America def. Disney XD
Thor def. Captain’s Curse
Max-D def. Spider-man
Grave Digger def. Hulk


DUELING DONUT CONTEST

El Toro Loco def. Ironman
Captain America def. Disney XD
Thor def. Captain’s Curse
Max-D def. Hulk


FREESTYLE

Wolverine def. El Toro Loco
Captain America def. Disney XD
Monster Energy def. Ironman
Thor def. Captain’s Curse
Spider-man def. Max-D
Grave Digger def. Hulk

By Scott Douglass