It's Down to the Wire
The final event of the Stadium Championship Series 1 points battle will be settled in a city that has a reputation for deciding championships. Atlanta has been the backdrop for countless football championship games and even served as the site for deciding a Monster Jam® title in 2017.
The venue may have changed to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but the drama has made the transition.
Three Monster Jam competitors, all champions in past seasons, will be put to the test to determine which one will rise above the competition to become the 2018 champion, who earns an automatic bid to the Monster Jam World Finals® XIX at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on March 23-24.
Neil Elliott (Max-DTM) moved into the championship points lead with a near perfect 41 points in Saturday competition. Elliott regained the top spot that he held two weeks previous. Chasing him and trailing by 4 points is Adam Anderson (Grave Digger®) while Todd LeDuc (MutantTM) lurks in third. LeDuc had carried the point lead into Atlanta, but now finds himself as the hunter after a Round 1 Racing loss to Anderson cost him valuable points Saturday night.
The scenario is simple. No one can claim the championship during the Racing event, but they can certainly lose it. Conceivably, one driver could come away with enough points to clinch after Two-Wheel Skills, but it would require catastrophic failure from the other two. The most likely scenario is that the points battle will come down to Freestyle. Elliott picked up his first Freestyle win of the season on Saturday night. Anderson has won three and LeDuc has won one time.
Elliott has now won four Event Championships with Anderson getting three and LeDuc two. The total number of Event Championships is the primary tiebreaker. An Anderson Event Championship would move him into a tie with Elliott, forcing officials to resort to an alternative tiebreaker.
If the points are still tied after Event Championships, the tiebreaker goes to the most Freestyle wins. Anderson would prevail in that scenario.