Ashley Sanford is no stranger to speed, having competed behind the wheel of top fuel dragsters at 300+ mph! She tried to audition for Monster Jam prior to the COVID pandemic. In 2022, she got a call back and was finally able to attend Monster Jam University. 2023 was Sanford’s first full Monster Jam season behind the wheel of Megalodon, and she ended up winning co-Rookie of the Year honors!
- 2023 Rookie of the Year
- What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
I love working with animals as a dog trainer and hitting the off-road trails in my Toyota 4Runner! But nothing beats quality time with family and friends!
- Who are your role models?
My Grandpa and Dad
- What's something a lot of people don't know about you?
I used to compete in Top Fuel Dragsters, the fastest I’ve that been is 323mph!
- What is your most prized possession?
My dog, Sophie
- How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
I’ve always been a fan, going to Anaheim stadium, my home track, to watch some of the best growing up! I reached out to former Monster Jam driver Becca McDonough a few years back and asked how she got started because I just knew I needed to find a way behind the wheel. She led me in the right direction to fill out an application that got me on a call with Keith Speller. I tried out right before the pandemic. Unfortunately, I never heard back, until this summer and was given a second chance to try out and prove I was meant to be a Monster Jam driver. Now I’m starting my very first season in Megalodon!! Dreams do come true as long as you don’t give up on them!
- What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
Go for it!! Stay persistent, believe in yourself and put in the work. You can do anything you set your mind to!
- Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
Tom Meents and Krysten Anderson
- What’s your favorite movie?
Any Disney Movie!
- What’s your favorite television show?
The Office and Diners, Drive Ins and Dives!
- What’s your favorite color?
- What’s your favorite thing to eat?
- What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
In N Out!
- How would your friends and family describe you?
A whole lot of crazy with a big heart!
ARENA SERIES WEST
CHAMPION: TRISTAN ENGLAND
POINTS THROUGH May 14, 2023
|1||Tristan England||Earth Shaker||1429||-|
|2||Elvis Lainez/Brandon Arthur||El Toro Loco||1320||-109|
|3||Krysten Anderson||Grave Digger||1171||-258|
|5||Bailey Shea||Monster Mutt Dalmatian||776||-653|
|6||Ashley Sanford/Brandon Arthur||Megalodon||749||-680|