Kane Holds Top Spot on Power Rankings
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 29, 2020
For the first time in 2020, the top spot remained unchanged in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but the gaps are tightening for positions in the elite group.
Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®) made the Racing final round and scored a top five Freestyle run at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, which gave him enough to hold on to the top spot this week. Kane ended up third in the final points, significant when you consider who had the Event Championship and that was…
Neil Elliott (Max-D™), who captured the Event Championship in Anaheim, thanks to his fourth Skills Competition win and a second place in Freestyle. Elliott continued his string as he has not had a score below a 9.0 in any scored competition in 2020. He trails Kane by five points on Stadium Series Green as the duo heads to Glendale.
Moving up to third is Tristan England (EarthShaker®), who dominated the 2 Wheel Skills and picked up a pair of Freestyles in Winnipeg. His efforts through the weekend were boosted by solid finishes in competitions that did not result in a win and he continues to be among the top athletes qualifying for Speedster, ATV and 2 Wheel Skills championships at World Finals XXI.
Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) fell victim to the onslaught of Grave Digger driver Adam Anderson, who nearly recorded a perfect score in Houston. LeDuc was held winless on the weekend but posted a top five Freestyle run for the second consecutive week. He ranks fourth in the weekly standings.
Tom Meents (Max-D) remains in the fifth position, but the 12-time World champion will start his 2020 Monster Jam season this weekend as Stadium Series Yellow opens up at PETCO Park in San Diego. Meents will need at least a top five finish in two of the three competitions to have an opportunity to secure a spot within the top 10, depending upon the performance of others as well.
Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) jumps two spots to find himself directly behind his father in this week’s rankings. Eichelberger has been on the move over the last two weeks, securing the points lead in Triple Threat Series™ Central. Eichelberger swept the four Event Championships in Newark and took home all of the Speedster Obstacle Course events.
A new name joins the ranks at #7, thanks to a near perfect outing on Stadium Series Red in Houston. Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) won Racing and Skills Competition but fell victim to Cole Venard (The Black Pearl) in Freestyle, finishing second. Anderson had started his strong run the week before in San Antonio with an Event Championship. He has not finished lower than third in Freestyle all year.
The eighth spot becomes the new home of reigning ATV World Champion Blake Granger (Max-D), who moved into the Triple Threat Series East lead position while competing in Washington, DC. Granger dominated ATV action and his three wins in the nation’s capital have given him 9 of the 12 wins this season.
Sitting at number nine is another newcomer to the Power Rankings. Defending Freestyle World Champion Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo!™) swept the Event Championships in North Charleston, South Carolina and took over the top spot in the Arena Championship Series. She has won over 40 percent of the competitions on tour, including six of the nine Freestyle attempts.
Grave Digger’s Charlie Pauken will remain in the final spot for the Power Rankings. He will join Meents and 12 other Monster Jam drivers to open their seasons in San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 1