Near Perfect Scores Highlight Monster Jam Action
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 27, 2020
The quest for perfection is always in the mind of a Monster Jam driver/athlete. This week saw two competitors get very close, missing a perfect score by one point.
Stadium Series Red
Adam Anderson (Grave Digger®) opened the night by taking the racing win at NRG Stadium in Houston over Jim Koehler (Avenger). Anderson backed it up with a 9.134 score in Skills Competition, good enough for the win there. A Freestyle victory would give him the perfect score, but Anderson was denied as his former crew chief Cole Venard (The Black Pearl) captured the top score, relegating Anderson to second. Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) holds the series lead, but Anderson closed the gap.
Next stop: Tampa, FL, Feb. 1
Stadium Series Green
The tour moved west to Angel Stadium in Anaheim for its third week of competition. Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®) broke through for his second Racing win of the year, defeating Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) for the second straight week in the final round. Neil Elliott (Max-D™) scored his fourth Skills Competition of the year. A new name was added to the tour’s winners list when Cynthia Gauthier (Monster Mutt® Dalmatian) prevailed. Five drivers recorded a score higher than 9 with Gauthier best of the bunch with a 9.573. Kane still holds a slight points lead.
Next stop: Glendale, AZ, Feb. 1
Triple Threat Series West
Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) closed off the competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Sunday with a near-perfect score of 47 points, missing the perfect mark by a single point. The five wins were combined with a second place in 2 Wheel Skills. No one could dethrone Tristan England (EarthShaker®) in the 2 Wheel Skills as England won all three on the weekend. Tony Ochs (Soldier Fortune™ Black Ops) picked up a Sunday night Event Championship. Tanner Root (Monster Mutt®) scored his first Racing win of the year. England holds the series points lead.
Next stop: Fargo, ND, Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Triple Threat Series East
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) came into the weekend at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., sitting in third place in the season standings. Menninga put together two Event Championships to gain ground, but finds himself sitting second to new point leader Blake Granger (Max-D). Menninga recorded 10 wins while Granger captured six. The Sunday Event Championship saw Bernard Lyght (Alien Invasion™) get his first of the season.
Next stop: Providence, RI, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Triple Threat Series Central
Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) powered to a clean sweep of Event Championships, taking all four at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The effort moved Eichelberger into the point lead for the first time in the series. Mark List (El Toro Loco®) won three Racing titles and gained second by a single point over Justin Sipes (Megalodon®). That trio of athletes kept the rest of the field from gaining a single win on the weekend.
Next stop: Uniondale, New York, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Arena Championship Series
A new leader came away from the weekend events at the North Charles Coliseum in South Carolina. Defending Freestyle World Champion Linsey Read vaulted past early points leader Randy Brown. Read swept the Event Championships, 2 Wheel Skills and Freestyle for a successful weekend. First-year racers Zack Garner (Wild Side) and Brandan Tulachka (Just Get er Done Second Generation) each picked up a Racing Championship.
Next stop: Charleston, WV, Jan. 31-Feb. 1