All-Star Challenge - Practice Day
Authored by Larry Jewett on October 10, 2019
Windy conditions greeted the competitors for practice day at the inaugural All-Star Challenge at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
The 24 competitors were given an opportunity to get a firsthand look at a modified Chicago-style race course that has never been used in competition. The course includes a racing area outside of the stadium that concludes with a common finish after encountering obstacles along the way.
Team Fire’s Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) led the way with a lap of 36.616. Only two other drivers were able to put up times in the 36-second range, including Team Fire’s Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) (36.708) and Coty Saucier (Monster Energy) of Team Ice (36.877). Menninga’s first pass of 36.795 had set the standard for the competition. Team Ice competitor Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy) was among those experiencing mechanical issues. The Whiplash team, led by crew chief Josh Yoho, fixed a transmission issue to get Brianna Mahon back in action for a continuation of practice.
The inaugural Monster Jam All-Star Challenge will continue tomorrow (Friday, October 11). Double Down fans will be welcomed to the Pit Party at 1:30 with public admission at 2:30. Team captains Scott Buetow (Team Ice) and Tom Meents (Team Fire) will choose racing matchups and Best Trick order at 3:35 p.m. A truck parade at 5:45 will lead to the start of the show at 7 p.m.