Friday Results from Orlando
Authored by Larry Jewett on May 11, 2019
It was a night of firsts as Monster Jam World Finals XX kicked off at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
The action started in the Pit Party with competition held for the first round of action in Speedster Racing, ATV Racing and Speedster Obstacle Course. The day was a sweep for Team Max-D as Colton Eichelberger opened the action with a win in Speedster Racing. As the day progressed, it was Blake Granger getting the top spot in ATV Racing. Granger then backed it up by taking the win in Speedster Obstacle Course. The points earned in today’s competition will be added to the Saturday round with the highest point total claiming the Championship.
The action moved inside the Camping World Stadium for three competitions, which would lead to two championships. The first item of business was the Showdown, which would determine the 24th and final spot for Racing and Freestyle. Linsey Read (Scooby Doo!) marched through the field, claiming the win in the finals over Tony Ochs (Soldier Fortune Black Ops). Ochs had lost his semi-final matchup to 2019 Rookie of the Year Nick Pagliarulo (Kraken), but Pagliarulo’s truck was damaged in a rollover after crossing the finish line and the best efforts of the crew were not able to get the truck ready in time for the final round.
With her win, Read becomes the first female champion of Showdown competition. This was her second appearance in the Showdown after making her first start last year.
Soldier Fortune Black Ops (Tony Ochs) defeated Monster Mutt Dalmatian (Kaylyn Migues)
Kraken (Nick Pagliarulo) bye run – Grave Digger (Krysten Anderson) could not compete
Scooby-Doo (Linsey Read) defeated El Toro Loco (Mark List)
Max-D (Blake Granger) defeated Alien Invasion (Bernard Lyght)
Kraken defeated Soldier Fortune Black Ops (Kraken rolled after the finish and could not advance)
Scooby-Doo defeated Max-D
Scooby-Doo defeated Soldier Fortune Black Ops
The Great Clips 2 Wheel Skills ChallengeTM would serve as the first opportunity to crown a World Champion in 2019. Eight competitors had selected their running order earlier in the day and 2018 World Racing Champion Adam Anderson would lead off the action. Each competitor was allowed two tricks per session for two sessions. At the event of the first round, Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) had a 9.113 for a slight lead over Tristan England (EarthShaker). In round two, England improved his score to 9.355 to take the lead, but it would be short lived. Tom Meents (Max-D Fire) would eclipse that mark as the next truck on the track, setting the bar at 9.548. That proved to be the winning score as Meents added his 12th World Championship to his resume.
2 Wheel Skills Challenge
Tom Meents (Max-D Fire) 9.548
Tristan England (EarthShaker) 9.355
Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) 9.113
Neil Elliott (Max-D) 8.911
Armando Castro (El Toro Loco) 8.533
Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) 7.895
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) 6.644
Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) 5.624
The final event of the night would see the high-speed action from an elevated starting line as a Racing Championship was on the line.
Qualifying was held on Wednesday to determine the seeding for the racing bracket. As eliminations began, times were slightly slower than the Wednesday runs, but it was close competition. Scooby-Doo (Linsey Read) made the best of an automatic bid as Showdown champion, defeated Dragon Ice (Jon Zimmer), but that was the end of the good news for Read. Mechanical problems sidelined her and gave Zimmer a new opportunity. The first three rounds were without incident, but later action saw an increasing number of crashes before and after the finish.
The final eight trucks would include four past champions with several newcomers also in te hunt. Semi-finalists were 2005 Freestyle Champion Jimmy Creten (Bounty Hunter), defending racing champion Adam Anderson (Grave Digger), First year World Finals competitor Camden Murphy (Bakugan Dragonoid) and former Showdown winner and current Orlando area resident Bari Musawwir. Musawwir advanced when Murphy committed the first red light. Creten ran a solid round to advance to the finals.
Creten and Musawwir had met only one time before and it came in World Finals 2013. Creten won that matchup and Musawwir would be looking for revenge. It would not come as Musawwir jumped the start to trigger a red light and gave Creten his first World Racing Championship, making him a two-time Champion.
Creten had been the 2018 Racing winner at the January Monster Jam event in his last appearance at Camping World Stadium.
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice (Cynthia Gauthier) defeated Grave Digger (Brandon Vinson)
Zombie Fire (Bari Musawwir) defeated Wildflower (Rosalee Ramer)
Scooby-Doo (Linsey Read) defeated Dragon Ice (Jon Zimmer) – Scooby Doo could not advance so Dragon Ice was moved to the second round
Bakugan Dragonoid (Camden Murphy) defeated Grave Digger (Randy Brown)
Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk) defeated El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough)
Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten) defeated BroDozer (Heavy D)
Grave Digger (Morgan Kane) defeated Whiplash (Brianna Mahon)
Great Clips Mohawk Warrior (Bryce Kenny) defeated Avenger (Jim Koehler)
Grave Digger (Tyler Menninga) defeated Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice
Zombie Fire defeated Megalodon (Justin Sipes)
Dragon Ice defeated Max-D Fire (Tom Meents)
Bakugan Dragonoid defeated Max-D (Neil Elliott)
Son-uva Digger (Ryan Anderson) defeated Lucas Oil Crusader
Bounty Hunter defeated EarthShaker (Tristan England)
Grave Digger (Kane) defeated Monster Energy (Todd LeDuc)
Grave Digger (Adam Anderson) defeated Great Clips Mohawk Warrior
Zombie Fire defeated Grave Digger (Menninga)
Bakugan Dragonoid defeated Dragon Ice
Bounty Hunter defeated Son-uva Digger
Grave Digger (Anderson) defeated Grave Digger (Kane)
Zombie Fire defeated Bakugan Dagonoid (red light for Bakugan Dragonoid)
Bounty Hunter defeated Grave Digger (Anderson)
Bounty Hunter defeated Zombie (Zombie red light)
Tonight’s action will be seen on May 31 at 9 pm on NBCSN.
World Finals action continues on Saturday as Champions will be crowned in five competitions. The Pit Party opens at 11 a.m. and the stadium will open at 5 p.m.