Ring in the New Season
Authored by Larry Jewett on January 5, 2019
A new season of Monster Jam is upon us. The 2018 achievements are now firmly in the record books, making room for new accomplishments. Point standings of the championship series are a memory, but we await to see who will break out and eventually claim the championships and bids to Monster Jam World Finals XX.
There will be plenty of twists and turns in the storylines ahead and Monster Jam World Finals XX is at the forefront of the new exciting year ahead. The event, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, on May 10-11, will usher Monster Jam to a new level of competition. There are seven ways an athlete can take home a championship and we may see multiple winners, something that hasn’t happened since 2002 when Tom Meents doubled down with Racing and Freestyle. There will be a unique track with an elevated starting line for Racing, requiring drivers to balance speed with skill. The massive Pit Party will include championship events. A new place, a new date and a multitude of opportunities make the Monster Jam World Finals XX more exciting for fans and competitors alike.
The challenge to just get to the Monster Jam World Finals will be greater than ever before. Each championship series will offer a bid to Monster Jam World Finals to compete in Racing and Freestyle. For the rest of the competitions, athletes will need to qualify, so their road is paved with the performances on a weekly basis. Every single performance will become a critical step in the ultimate victory or the disheartening defeat.
With the May date, Monster Jam competitors will have the chance to gain more valuable points as more cities visited will give more chances for a World Finals bid.
Familiar foes will once again square off to push the performance level to the pinnacle.
Stadium Championship Series
If Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) wants to back up his 2018 series championship, he’ll have to go through two-time and defending World Champion Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) to do it. The lineup features a combined 17 World Championships among five drivers.
Neil Elliott (Max-D) has finished ahead of Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) by fewer than 10 points in the last two seasons. The duo will go after the championship again this year and we’ll see who comes out on top when the points are tallied in Philadelphia.
Former World Champions Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy) and Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) will compete for a return trip to Monster Jam World Finals, but that’s also the goal of 12 others that seek the crown. Former Monster Jam competitors Kevin King (Monster Mutt) and Joe Sylvester (Black Stallion) return and will join the tour as well as first year competitor Nick Pagliarulo (Kraken).
Each Stadium Championship Series will feature the presence of the special Fire and Ice trucks. Are you Team Fire or Team Ice?
Triple Threat Series
Triple Threat Series West will see newcomer Elvis Lainez (El Toro Loco) in the mix against a super-strong lineup. Perennial champion Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) will again square off against familiar foes Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) and Bari Musawwir.
Triple Threat Series Central welcomes Justin Hicks (Pirate’s Curse), who will join the rest of the lineup seeking to derail Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger), the odds-on favorite to claim the championship. Vinson came so close and, with Justin Sipes in stadiums, he clearly has his eyes on the prize.
Triple Threat Series East brings Joe Urie (Zombie) to the heart of the competition. Supersub Blake Granger (Max-D) finally secured a regular seat but keep an eye on what could become one of the tightest championship battles between Tristan England (EarthShaker) and Armando Castro (El Toro Loco) as Castro adds another critical year of experience and momentum from strong runs in South America.
Arena Championship Series
After a year in stadium action, veteran Randy Brown (Grave Digger) returned to arenas in 2019. Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo) looks to stand in the way of the title, leading three women who will compete on this tour. She will be joined by Kaylyn Migues (Monster Mutt Dalmatian) and Lindsey Rettew (Pretty Wicked). Kaylyn will be seeking to outdo her father Darren (Dragon) while Lindsey wants bragging rights over husband Zane (Stinger Unleashed)
Still to Come
The 2019 schedule will also offer a new premier Monster Jam event. The All-Star Challenge is on tap for October 2019 in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for details!
A new TV partnership with NBCSN will allow more Monster Jam fans to see the action throughout the year with major events highlighted, beginning in February. Check out the complete schedule here.
Through the upcoming months, you’ll hear about new locations for 2019 and exciting expansion around the globe. The Monster Jam season is here. Be a part of it!