Mid-Week Update – Week 2
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 16, 2019
FIRE AND ICE
Fans in Anaheim, San Antonio and Tampa were the first to get a look at the new Fire and Ice Monster Jam trucks in competitions. The specially designed trucks, which will be available in scale from Spin Master later this year, offer an additional level of competition as fans are encouraged to pick a side…are you Team Fire or Team Ice? The clash of the elements is a battle as old as time and now played out in the Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series™.
Stadium Championship Series 1 – Max-D™ Fire (Tom Meents) – 30 points; Monster Mutt Dalmatian® Ice (Cynthia Gauthier) – 29 points
Stadium Championship Series 2 – Zombie™ Fire (Paul Strong) – 11 points; El Toro Loco® Ice (Scott Buetow) – 31 points
Stadium Championship 3 – Megalodon® Fire (Cory Rummell) – 45 points; Dragon™ Ice (Jon Zimmer) – 64 points
Team Fire – 86 points
Team Ice – 124 points
The newest Monster Jam truck made an immediate impression and not just for its stunning looks. The Bakugan Dragonoid™ truck was unveiled January 10 at the Southern California headquarters of Spin Master. The Monster Jam truck serves as a three-dimension representative to the popular television series and toy line that showcases the most powerful creature in the Bakugan Universe. Driver Camden Murphy dominated the competition in the debut of Bakugan Dragonoid. Murphy won Racing and 2-Wheel Skills Challenge™, building an insurmountable point lead. He finished the night off with a runner-up in finish in Freestyle, resulting in the Event Championship. San Diego, Bakugan Dragonoid is coming to your town next!
THE TALK OF TACOMA
The five shows of the weekend in Tacoma provided the setting for the unexpected. Fans who gathered on Friday night for the Triple Threat Series™ West were surprised during Freestyle action when Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) and Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) utilized a special track feature to perform backflips. The trick, normally seen in stadium events, brought the crowd to its feet. Menninga would repeat the effort on Saturday night en route to his fourth Event Championship of 2019.
IT’S ANYONE’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Triple Threat Series Central is developing into one of the closest point races in recent years. After the first weekend in Nashville, Kayla Blood (Soldier Fortune™) held a slight lead. As the series moved to Kansas City, Blood would see the lead cut to one point by Saturday afternoon. Saturday night, a new leader emerged as Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) and Mark List (El Toro Loco®) moved ahead with one show to go. List captured the Event Championship on Sunday afternoon and became the third different leader of the weekend. He holds the top spot by a single point over Vinson, heading to Milwaukee.
With a Semi-Finals appearance in racing and runner-up finishes in the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge and Freestyle, Heavy D (BroDozer™) is the leader of the Stadium Championship Series 2. He recorded career high scores in the two competitions and advanced further in Racing than previous attempts, news that doesn’t bode well for competitors. BroDozer will now appear on a regular schedule with the tour with driving duties to b shared by Heavy D, Diesel Dave and Colt Stephens.
On Stadium Championship Series 3, Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) was held winless, but combined a number of good finishes to move into the points lead after a pair of events in San Antonio. LeDuc cannot rest on his laurels as the series heads to Glendale. His lead is a single point over Brianna Mahon (Whiplash™) and Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) with two-time Racing winner Jon Zimmer (Dragon™ Ice) only two points out of first.