Points Standings Get Shuffled
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 21, 2020
A wild weekend in six places brought some changes to the leaderboard as Monster Jam heads down the Road to World Finals XXI with its third week of competition in the books.
Stadium Series Red
Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) made the move into the top spot in the early points standings of Stadium Series Red after a two-day stop in San Antonio, Texas. LeDuc captured a Racing and a Freestyle while also posting a second place in the Skills Challenge, also claiming an Event Championship. Mike Vaters II (Overkill Evolution) was a two-time winner in the Skills Challenge. Bryce Kenny (Great Clips Mohawk Warrior®) earned a Racing win. Jon Zimmer (Dragon™) won Freestyle with Adam Anderson (Grave Digger®) gaining an Event Championship on Sunday afternoon.
Next stop: Houston, TX, Jan. 25
Stadium Series Green
The tour moved to the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis for the second week of competition. The two-show weekend saw Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) make the move to the points lead. Rebounding from a disappointing Freestyle in Tampa that denied him the Event Championship, Kane sealed the deal with both Event Championships on the weekend. He picked up a Freestyle win on Saturday and a Racing win on Sunday for a balanced attack. Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®) captured Saturday Racing and Sunday Freestyle. Neil Elliott (Max-D™) won his second Skills Challenge of the season with a Saturday victory. The Sunday Skills Challenge went to Cam McQueen (BroCamino™).
Next stop: Anaheim, CA, Jan. 25
Triple Threat Series West
Tristan England (EarthShaker®) remains atop the points standings of the Triple Threat Series™ West after three rounds of action in Sacramento. England won two Event Championships and was unbeaten in 2 Wheel Skills. Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) took home the opening Event Championship and was unbeaten in Speedster Obstacle Course events. Vinson, Tony Ochs (Soldier Fortune Black Ops™) and Bari Musawwir (Zombie™) each claimed a Freestyle win.
Next stop: Winnipeg, MB, Jan. 25-26
Triple Threat Series East
The NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs weren’t the only ones celebrating this past weekend as Monster Jam’s Triple Threat Series East visited down and crowned its share of winners. In what is becoming one of the tightest points races of the season, only four points separates first from third. Kayla Blood (Soldier Fortune™) is tied for the lead with her husband, Blake Granger (Max-D). Mechanical woes relegated Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) to third, but that turn of events could serve as nothing more than added incentive moving forward.
Next stop: Washington, DC, Jan. 25-26
Triple Threat Series Central
Justin Sipes (Megalodon®) was able to escape a visit to Milwaukee with the points lead, but the gap is narrowing. Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) stepped up to claim two Event Championships and get at least one win in each competition except Freestyle. The Freestyle wins were split among Sipes, Krysten Anderson (Grave Digger) and Mark List (El Toro Loco®)
Next stop: Newark, NJ, Jan. 24-26
Arena Championship Series
The Hampton Coliseum has been a traditional stop on the Monster Jam trail and the Arena Championship Series got the opportunity to thrill the loyal fans at the Virginia venue. Randy Brown (Grave Digger) and World Champion Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo!™) split the four Event Championships on the weekend. Read would get three of the Freestyle wins. Monster Jam Racing saw first-year driver Zack Garner (Wild Side) bring home three victories.
Next stop: N. Charleston, SC, Jan. 25-26