Power Rankings Week 2
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 15, 2020
With the start of their 2020 touring season, 36 more Monster Jam drivers had an opportunity to put up their first points of the season and make a move into the weekly Power Rankings. Three new names are included in the top 10 and one driver made a move to return to a higher position.
The top performance of the weekend came from Matt Pagliarulo (Jester), who captured the Event Championship in Tampa to start the year for Stadium Series Green. In capturing 37 of the available 42 points, his .8810 average is clearly the best to date and moves him to the coveted #1 spot.
Not far behind is Neil Elliott (Max-D™), who has been in the top 10 since the inception of the Power Rankings. Elliott made up for a week of inactivity by winning the Skills Challenge with a score of 9.619, getting 35 total points in Tampa, which gives him the #2 position.
Jim Koehler (Avenger) matched Elliott in total points, taking the Event Championship in Anaheim. His winning score of 8.605 sets him behind Elliott into the #3 position.
A pair of shows in Greensboro saw Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger®) exert domination, winning nine of the 14 competitions on the weekend. Menninga has won over 45 percent of his competitions in 2020 and has built up a 17-point lead in Triple Threat Series East.
Tom Meents (Max-D) will begin his season in San Diego on Feb. 1, so he holds his place due to his 2019 performance to round out the top five.
Sixth place for the week remains with Tristan England (EarthShaker®), who took over the point lead on Triple Threat Series™ West. His steady performances included only one Event Championship during the five events seen in Tacoma, but he won nearly half of the competitions.
The final newcomer to the top 10 is a driver who barely missed out in the 2019 rankings. Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) left the Stadium Series Red event in Anaheim in second place. The score for the night came through consistent performance, highlighted by a semi-finals appearance in Racing. LeDuc has earned the seventh spot for the week.
Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) slips from last week’s fourth place ranking to number 8 after the five shows in Tacoma. Vinson saw his weekend start poorly and he was never able to recover. Despite the slow start, Vinson was able to record nine wins on the weekend to keep himself in the top 10.
The ninth spot is held down by Kayla Blood (Soldier Fortune™), who slipped a little in the standings, but still maintained enough of a weekend performance to be a part of the conversation. Kayla has secured 70 percent of her available points in 2020 and added two more wins to her tally.
Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) remains in the top 10, based on his win percentages from 2019. He will begin his 2020 campaign in San Diego on Feb. 1