San Antonio, TX - Alamodome

Monster Jam 2014
San Antonio, TX
January 11-12, 2014
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Saturday 7:00 p.m.: Grave Digger The Legend
Sunday 2 p.m.: Bounty Hunter

Saturday 7:00 p.m.: Grave Digger The Legend
Sunday 2 p.m.: Grave Digger The Legend

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Pablo Huffaker, Wolverine driven by Ryan Huffaker, El Diablo℠ driven by JP Ruggiero, Mohawk Warrior® driven by George Balhan, Grave Digger The Legend® driven by Adam Anderson, Captain America driven by Chad Fortune, El Toro Loco® (Black) driven by Marc McDonald, Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly, Lucas Oil Crusader® driven by Linsey Weenk, Captain's Curse® driven by Alex Blackwell, Barbarian driven by Devin Jones, Outlaw driven by Mike Harper, Thunder 4x4 driven by Jim Bendzick, Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims, Hooked driven by Bryan Wright, McGruff driven by Rod Wood, Bounty Hunter driven by Jim Creten and Scarlet Bandit driven by Dawn Creten!


Saturday 7:00 p.m.

The air was electric as the San Antonio Monster Jam fans showed they were ready when the 23014 version of their favorite activity made its way back to the Alamodome for the traditional January action. The contenders did not disappoint, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats with the thrills almost non-stop throughout an action-packed evening. The Alamodome was full and rocking.
Many of the fans got an early opportunity to meet the stars by attending the Party in the Pits earlier in the afternoon. As thousands of autographs were signed and many thousand pictures were taken, new friendships were made and acquaintances were renewed. About half of the field of racers were making their first appearance in San Antonio and it didn't take long for everybody to realize this town meant business.
Quad Wars and the return of sand drags set the stage for the start of the Saturday night event and the crowd came to life when 16 trucks paraded around the vast floor to their parking spots in anticipation of qualifying action. The track was fast from the start as 2013 World Finals racing champion Grave Digger The Legend opened with a quick 21.90. Jim Creten in Bounty Hunter lowered the standard on the next pair with a 21.68 pass that withstood eight challengers. Chad Fortune, back in San Antonio for the first time since 2009 and his first time here in Captain America, pushed the truck to a 21.41 run that stood up to the end, earning Captain America the number one seed.
Racing eliminations whittled the field from the original 16 down to eight with the eight surviving trucks all sharing the distinction of being competitors in a World Finals at some point. Many of the trucks were part of the 2013 field and looking to take a step on the Road to the World Finals with a good showing in San Antonio.
It came down to two drivers, who had been World Freestyle Champions, but one had the distinction of a racing championship as well. Jim Creten and Bounty Hunter would take on reigning world racing champion Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend. The match was even through the first two jumps of the Chicago style race course, but The Legend pulled away at the end to secure the racing win. It marked the third time Adam Anderson has beaten Jim Creten in the young 2014 season and the second straight weekend where they meet in a championship final. Anderson remains unbeaten in 2014.
With the racing title in the bag, crew chief Cole Vennard and driver Adam Anderson set their sights on the Double Down trophy with the hopes of becoming the first team to accomplish the feat in 2014. It would not be easy. Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Freestyle opened with Wolverine at the controls of Ryan Huffaker, but things went awry halfway through the run and the truck tumbled. A score of 10 was the reward. McGruff took the lead by running through regulation and bonus to post a 16. Hooked and Scarlet Bandit equaled up at 18 atop the standings. Outlaw annihilated the standings as well as several crush cars and obstacles in taking the lead with a 24. It would be a long time before anyone could equal that mark, but Mohawk Warrior was first to do so. After being denied a shot at racing due to an electrical issue, Mohawk Nation got their wish in seeing the truck run and run strong. With a two-way tie at the top, Captain’s Curse sought to break the tie, but the truck rolled with 22 seconds left in bonus. It set up a three-way tie for the lead that lasted for only one truck. Following the championship round, the Bounty Hunter team took the truck to the pits to replace a broken left front shock. It worked well enough to create a new leader, though the run would end with damage to front steering. El Toro Loco caught the corner of an obstacle and flipped with 20 seconds to go. A near flawless run by Lucas oil Crusader pleased the judges who posted a 27 with a bonus of 3 to put up the first stadium 30 of the year. That rock solid score was immediately attacked by Grave Digger the Legend, who pounded away at the obstacles to the point where the only body panel that remained on the truck was the hood. A regulation score of 28 was boosted by a bonus of 4 to elevate the leader board to a 32. Grave Digger pushed the truck hard and a rollover in bonus time stopped the point gathering at 29. The goal of the first stadium double down happened in San Antonio.
The evening included a special “El Diablo versus El Toro Loco” shootout with donut and wheelie competition. Robosaurus destroyed cars for fans. Team Mexico claimed its first victory in San Antonio in many season in Quad Wars.
A matinee performance at the Alamodome is on tap for Sunday.

Monster Jam Qualifying
Captain America – 21.41
Lucas Oil Crusader – 21.50
Bounty Hunter – 21.68
Grave digger The Legend – 21.90
Grave Digger – 22.06
Captain’s Curse – 22.25
Mohawk Warrior – 22.28
Wolverine – 23.50
Stone Crusher – 23.75
Scarlet Bandit – 24.03
Outlaw – 24.16
Barbarian – 24.41
Hooked – 25.59
Thunder 4 x 4 – 26.37
McGruff – 27.84
Monster Mutt Dalmatian – DNF

Round One – Captain America def. Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Stone Crusher def. Wolverine, Grave Digger def. Babarian, Grave Digger The Legend def. Hooked, Bounty Hunter def. Thunder 4 x 4, Captain’s Curse def. Outlaw, Mohawk Warrior def. Scarlet Bandit, Lucas Oil Crusader def. McGruff
Round Two – Captain America def. Stone Crusher, Grave Digger The Legend def. Grave Digger, Bounty Hunter def. Captain’s Curse, Lucas Oil Crusader def. Scarlet Bandit (Scarlet Bandit advanced due toi electrical problems with round one winner Mohawk Warrior)
Semi-finals – Grave Digger The Legend def. Captain America, Bounty Hunter def. Lucas Oil Crusader
Championship – Grave Digger the Legend def. Bounty Hunter

Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Freestyle
Grave Digger The Legend – 9-9-10-4 = 32
Lucas Oil Crusader – 9-9-9-3 = 30
Grave Digger 9-9-9-2 = 29
Bounty Hunter 8-8-8-1 = 25
Outlaw – 7-7-8-2 = 24
Captain’s Curse – 8-8-8 = 24
Mohawk Warrior – 7-7-8-2 = 24
El Toro Loco – 8-7-8 = 23
Stone Crusher 6-7-7-2 = 22
Barbarian 7-7-6-1 = 21
Captain America – 6-6-7-2 = 21
Monster Mutt Dalmatian – 7-6-7 = 20
Scarlet Bandit – 5-6-6-1 = 18
Hooked – 6-6-6 = 18
Thunder 4 x 4 – 4-5-5-2 = 16
McGruff – 5-5-5-1 = 16
El Diablo – 3-4-4- = 11
Wolverine 3-4-3 = 10

By Larry Jewett

Sunday 2 p.m.

The idea of as BIG as it Gets had to originate in San Antonio as a huge crowd packed the Alamodome for the second day in a row for the arrival of Monster Jam 2014. No one left disappointed as the competition was World finals caliber and the Road to the World Finals XV got a little longer for some.
Monster Jam qualifying saw times a bit slower than the Saturday night performance, but the competition was about as equal as it could get. In the middle of the action, three trucks suffered problems that would put them out of racing. Outlaw broke a left rear planetary and Stone Crusher broke an axle at the completion of the run. Grave Digger was not able to finish due to steering issues, leaving only 13 trucks to take a time. The fastest of the bunch was Saturday night finalist Jim Creten and Bounty hunter who took the honors with a run of 22.03.
The times would get quicker in the first round, moving down into the 21 second bracket. The first round saw Bounty hunter with a bye run and six races of competition. The odd number left the fast loser provisional in play and Alex Blackwell earned the option in Captain’s Curse. All eight trucks in the second round had a history of appearances in past World Finals, a clear indication of the level of competition. The field was pared to four trucks with each Monster Jam truck representing a section of the stadium that stood to win Monster tacos from Jack in the Box. Finally, it came down to Mohawk Warrior, a San Antonio racing winner in 2013, and Bounty hunter, a finalist from last night. Bounty Hunter broke through to claim the win and earn his first stadium title of 2014.
The competition wouldn’t let up when it came time for the Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Freestyle. The crews had been working through the racing to get Stone Crusher back into the competition with the truck waiting in the wings for the start of the action. Wolverine rebounded from a disappointing night that led the team to get few hours of sleep in preparation for the day’s show. The scores started climbing as El Diablo roared to the floor and started a frantic series of moves. The truck tumbled to stop without going into bonus time, but the extra points were not needed as El Diablo posted a 21 for the lead. Captain America become next to go to the top of the list after Barbarian broke off a left front wheel early in freestyle. The 24 for Captain America stood through more challengers until Captain’s Curse squeezed by with a single point advantage. Bounty Hunter’s attempt to double down ended a few points short. Lucas Oil Crusader flipped the track to the tune of 21. Last night’s freestyle winner, Grave Digger The Legend was leaping through the air, shedding body panels to the surface until there were no more to shed. The skeletal ride rolled to a stop at the end of the run with a waiting score of 28. Grave Digger, repaired from qualifying, headed out with sights set on victory. A rollover stopped that attempt as Grave Digger The Legend claimed his second Fox Sports 1 Freestyle title.
The fans were treated to a great show that included Quad Wars and a victory for Team Mexico as well as a return of Robosaurus. The date has been set for a return on January 10-11 and tickets are on sale for the early bird fans.

Bounty Hunter 22.03
Mohawk Warrior 22.41
Lucas Oil Crusader 22.88
Captain America 23.37
Grave Digger The Legend 23.41
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 23.63
Hooked 23.65
Wolverine 23.69
Thunder 4 x 4 23.87
Barbarian 24.25
Captain’s Curse 24.81
Stone Crusher 26.68
Scarlet Bandit 29.34
Grave Digger – did not qualify
Outlaw – did not qualify

Round One – Bounty Hunter (bye run), Grave Digger The Legend def. Barbarian, Captain America def. Captain’s Curse, Lucas Oil Crusader def. McGruff, Monster Mutt Dalmatian def. Thunder 4 x 4, Wolverine def. Hooked, Mohawk Warrior def. Scarlet Bandit (Captain’s Curse advanced as fast loser)
Round two – Bounty Hunter def. Captain’s Curse, Captain America def. Grave Digger The Legend, Lucas Oil Crusader def. Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Mohawk Warrior def. Wolverine
Semi-finals – Bounty Hunter def. Captain America, Mohawk warrior def. Lucas Oil Crusader
Championship – Bounty Hunter def. Mohawk Warrior

Fox Sports 1 Freestyle
Grave Digger The Legend – 8-8-9-3 = 28
Captain’s Curse 7-7-8-3 = 25
Captain America 7-7-8-2 = 24
Grave Digger 8-8-8 = 24
Bounty Hunter 7-7-7-1 = 22
Mohawk Warrior 7-7-7-1 = 22
Lucas Oil Crusader 7-7-7 = 21
Barbarian 7-7-7 = 21
El Diablo 7-7-7 = 21
Stone Crusher 6-6-6-2 = 20
Thunder 4 x 4 5-6-6-1 = 18
Scarlet Bandit 5-6-5-1 = 17
Hooked 6-4-6-1 = 17
Wolverine 5-5-5-1 = 16
McGruff 4-5-5-1 = 15
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 2-2-3 = 7

By Larry Jewett