Saturday Action from Monster Jam World Finals XX
Authored by Larry Jewett on May 12, 2019
An exciting conclusion to Monster Jam World Finals XX thrilled the capacity crowd at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. When it was over, seven World Champions were crowned, leaving the rest of the field with incentive to earn a place in the 2020 show, which will return to Orlando.
The day started with three championships decided in the well-attended Pit Party. Armando Castro (El Toro Loco) used consistent finishes over the two days of action to claim the inaugural Speedster Racing Championship. In the early afternoon hours, Blake Granger (Max-D) completed his sweep of the ATV Racing competition, earning a World title. The final action was wild in the Speedster Obstacle Course as contact peppered the racing action. First round point leader Blake Granger appeared on his way to a championship, but he was unable to compete in the championship round and yielded the spot to Matt Cody (Blue Thunder). The turn of events became the difference as Cody stormed to the win. In terms of total points, both Cody and Granger had 13. The tiebreaker went to Cody, who had the higher score on the final day of competition.
Action inside the stadium opened with the brand new High Jump competition, which offered seven competitors a chance to create maximum air jumps measured by a special system to determine the height of the truck. Each competitor took one shot at the specially prepared ramp. The final results were close with Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice’s Cynthia Gauthier reaching the apex of 45.472 feet. A fourth-decimal tiebreaker was necessary to determine second place and the silver medal, which went to Camden Murphy in Bakugan Dragonoid.
High Jump (in feet)
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice 45.472
Bakugan Dragonoid 45.3857
Monster Energy 45.3847
El Toro Loco Ice 45.124
Max-D Fire 42.954
The traditional closing competition in Monster Jam World Finals is Freestyle, which has served as the focal point of legendary achievements. Tonight was no different.
Showdown winner Linsey Read took the early lead. As the second truck on the track, she wowed the crowd with several impressive and intense tricks including a backflip and posted the highest score in World Finals competition. The effort stood throughout numerous challenges. She remained in the top position when the show was suspended at 9:19 p.m. due to inclement weather.
After nearly a one-hour delay, track crews began a hectic effort to return the surface to a favorable condition. With rain still falling, the remaining competitors gave it a shot. Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy) re-enacted the 2014 Freestyle-winning “LeDuc Leap” and maintained a torrid pace, but the effort came up short. Provisional leader Read watched with her husband and daughter as challengers tried but could not knock her score from the pinnacle. On Mother’s Day weekend, the only mother in the field became a World Champion.
Read is the only Showdown winner to win Freestyle in the same year. She joins Mike Vaters II as the only Showdown winner who has become a World Champion. Vaters picked up his title in the year following his Showdown title.
The night concluded with a record-breaking seven-truck jump as Colton Eichelberger sailed through the Central Florida sky, easily clearing the trucks below and providing a resounding finish to Monster Jam World Finals XX.
Monster Jam World Finals XXI will be held in Orlando at Camping World Stadium. Details will be forthcoming.
Fans are invited to watch the action as NBCSN will provide coverage of the event later this month. A two-hour presentation of Freestyle will be televised on May 25 at 8 p.m. (EDT). On May 31 at 9 p.m. (EDT), fans can catch the Racing action. Subject to change. Check local listings for times.
Bakugan Dragonoid 9.250
Monster Energy 9.052
Lucas Oil Crusader 8.907
Great Clips Mohawk Warrior 8.350
Son-uva Digger 8.337
Max-D Fire 8.203
Bounty Hunter 7.978
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Ice 7.817
El Toro Loco 7.637
Grave Digger (Brown) 7.480
Grave Digger (Menninga) 7.244
Grave Digger (Vinson) 7.237
Grave Digger (Anderson) 6.656
Grave Digger (Kane) 6.221
Zombie Fire 6.013
Dragon Ice 5.237