Monster Jam World Finals Field Grows
Authored by Admin on March 9, 2017
The field is growing for Monster Jam World Finals XVIII with several new names ready to mark their mark in Monster Jam history.
Charlie Pauken, the 2010 World Freestyle champion, already picked up a title this year as the champion of Stadium Tour 4. Pauken will leave his Grave Digger® on the sidelines and climb into Monster Mutt® for the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals. Pauken is making his 13th appearance, carrying an 8-12 racing record with a 22.21 Freestyle average.
Ryan Anderson and Son-uva Digger® won the Stadium Tour 3 championship in Oakland, cementing his consideration for a return to Monster Jam World Finals. Anderson will be heading for his sixth appearance, looking for that first title. He was the 2015 runner-up in both Racing and Freestyle and holds an 11-5 record in MJWF Racing. His Freestyle average of 27.5 is third best overall.
Former Young Guns champion Coty Saucier will add a second Monster Energy® truck to the field of contenders. Saucier will be making his third start, bringing a solid 6-2 Racing record. He has advanced to the Semi-Finals in each of the past two years.
FS1 West runner-up Neil Elliott will stay behind the wheel of Max-DTM as he makes his way to Las Vegas. His 25.5 Freestyle average ranks in the top 10 and Elliott holds a 7-6 Racing record. This will be his seventh Monster Jam World Finals appearance.
Scott Buetow and Team Hot WheelsTM Firestorm will have a clear objective in his return to the World Finals for the fifth straight year. Buetow put together a Freestyle with three backflips, but could not earn the victory last year. This year offers a chance for redemption.
Marc McDonald (El Toro Loco®) will make his 12th appearance. His Racing record (17-11) and Freestyle average (24.8) rank in the Top 10 among competitors.
The Dalmatian Nation is rejoicing with the word that Candice Jolly and Monster Mutt® Dalmatian will return for the ninth appearance. The fan favorite competed on Stadium Tour 4 in 2017 against some tough competition.
Jon Zimmer will make his fourth appearance in his third different truck. Now at the command of DragonTM, Zimmer last appeared at World Finals in 2013.
B.J. Johnson will give Gas Monkey GarageTM fans something to cheer about in 2017. In his second appearance in World Finals, Johnson is hoping to add to his racing record and put himself firmly in contention for a World championship.
Brianna Mahon is poised to make fans take notice as she gets her first chance to drive Scooby-Doo!TM in Monster Jam World Finals. This will be her second appearance at the Las Vegas event.
New to the lineup is Matt Buyten, who has been driving Metal MulishaTM on Stadium Tour 4 this season. Metal Mulisha is a two-time champion, so the veteran FMX rider who has competed in the truck will get the call.
Watch www.monsterjam.com for additional announcements as the field of competitors for all events will be announced in the days ahead. For a complete list of competitors, go to the Monster Jam World Finals XVIII Garage.