Championship Chase Heats Up
Authored by Larry Jewett on February 24, 2020
Team Grave Digger® and Team Max-D™ have their sights set on Monster Jam World Finals XXI on May 2-3 in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Each team now has the top spot in three championship series races with just a few weeks remaining.
Stadium Championship Series Red
Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) made the biggest move in the points standings after a pair of events in Atlanta. Anderson captured a Racing win, Freestyle victory and an Event Championship to move from fifth to third and keep himself in the conversation about the eventual championship. Points leader Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) managed a Skills Competition and an Event Championship. Marc McDonald (Lucas Oil Crusader®) scored a Racing win while Bryce Kenny (Great Clips Mohawk Warrior) was best in Skills Competition. Becky McDonough (El Toro Loco®) also posted a Freestyle win, her second of the year.
Next stop: Las Vegas, NV, March 21-22
Stadium Championship Series Green
The two events in Miami for this series saw familiar faces with Saturday victories to start the action. Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) won the Event Championship, starting the night with a Racing win. Neil Elliott (Max-D) won his fifth straight Skills Competition while Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®) captured his fourth Freestyle win. Sunday proved to be an entirely different story. Jimmy Creten (Bounty Hunter) used steady finishes to record his first Event Championship since Jacksonville (Feb. 24, 2018). Ryan Anderson defeated Morgan Kane in a Racing final for the fourth time this year and Kane’s night would essentially end at that point. Heavy D (BroDozer™) stopped Neil Elliott’s streak in Skills Competition while Cynthia Gauthier (Monster Mutt® Dalmatian) took home her second Freestyle win of 2020.
Next stop: Jacksonville, FL, Feb. 29
Stadium Championship Series Yellow
The series would visit Angel Stadium in Anaheim, home to more Monster Jam events in 2020 than any other venue. Competitors would get two chances to shine and some took advantage of it. Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) swept the Skills Competition and picked up an Event Championship in the process. Camden Murphy (Bakugan Dragonoid™) was unbeaten in Racing and added an Event Championship as well. Freestyle would belong to the female competitors as Rosalee Ramer (Wildflower) would claim her first career Stadium Freestyle and Brianna Mahon (Whiplash®) would add a Sunday win.
Next stop: Arlington, TX, Feb. 29
Triple Threat Series West
Four shows in Spokane saw Tristan England (EarthShaker®) claim the lion’s share of the available points, claiming multiple victories in Event Championships, 2 Wheel Skills and Freestyle. Tony Ochs (Soldier Fortune Black Ops™) and Bari Musawwir (Zombie™) were double winners in Racing. Points leader Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) was only shut out in Racing, getting at least one win in every other competition.
Next stop: Portland, OR, Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Triple Threat Series East
Allentown’s PPL Center provided the home for a busy four-show weekend for this series. Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) and Blake Granger (Max-D) each recorded a pair of Freestyle wins. Menninga grabbed a pair of Event Championships and held off Granger for two ATV Racing titles. Bernard Lyght (Alien Invasion) won his second Event Championship of the year.
Next stop: Baltimore, MD, Feb. 28 – Mar. 1
Triple Threat Series Central
The series had an off-week and will return to action February 28 – March 2 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL with six shows on the schedule.
Arena Championship Series
Defending series champion Randy Brown (Grave Digger) re-captured the points lead after the series stop in Wichita. Brown swept the Donut events, recorded two Freestyle wins and claimed a pair of Event Championships. Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo™) had just one victory, a Freestyle. Zack Garner (Wild Side) was a two-time Racing winner with Brandan Tulachka (Just Get ‘er Done Second Generation) prevented a Wild Side sweep.
Next stop: Little Rock, AR, Feb. 29-Mar. 1