Final Weekend for Triple Threat Series Championships
Three Monster Jam athletes will punch a ticket to the Monster Jam World Finals® XVIII when competition ends in the Triple Threat Series this weekend.
The closest battle rests with the Triple Threat Series East, which will have five shows to settle the score in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Current point leader Tyler Menninga of Grave Digger moved into his position just a few weeks ago, now holding a 59-point margin. Colton Eichelberger of Max-D has returned from some stadium fill-in work to put his focus squarely on the hunt. Grave Digger has won the last six Speedster Obstacle Course titles and has won 7 of the last 8 Freestyles. Max-D has a decided advantage in ATV wins, but many of those came at the hands of Eichelberger’s teammate, Blake Granger. This one could go to the wire, to be decided on Sunday afternoon. (Tyler Menninga claimed the title in the Sunday finale)
Going into a three-show weekend in Fresno, California, Cole Venard and Grave Digger® carry an 84-point lead over Jared Eichelberger and Max-DTM for the championship in the Triple Threat Series West presented by AMSOIL. Venard, the defending champion, has recorded more wins in Racing and Freestyle competition. Eichelberger leads the competitors with the most victories in Wheelies and Donuts. (UPDATE: Cole Venard and Grave Digger clinched the season championship in the Friday night performance in Fresno)
The largest margin held by a leader into the final weekend is in the Triple Threat Series Central presented by AMSOIL. Justin Sipes and MegalodonTM is ahead of nearest contender Camden Murphy and Pirate’s CurseTM by 113 points as the series faces four shows in Providence, Rhode Island. Sipes started the year strong and picked up key points at a hometown show in Louisville, Kentucky. Murphy used some of the hometown mojo at the Rosemont, Illinois, stop, winning four event championships on the weekend. With this weekend’s events, Murphy still has a chance, but it will be a pretty tall order to move into the lead. (Update: Justin Sipes and Megalodon clinched the championship on Saturday afternoon in Providence)