Tom Meents Keeping Watchful Eye on his Competition at World Finals
Authored by Samuel Reiman on May 20, 2022
Tom Meents is the most decorated driver in Monster Jam history and, in 2022, he has already added to his trophy cabinet by winning the 2022 Stadium Red Series Championship.
However, the best-of-the-best across all five tours of Monster Jam will be in Orlando for Monster Jam World Finals XXI this weekend, and Meents knows that he will have his work cut out for him.
“It does feel different, so I think it would be more rewarding than ever before,” said Meents prior to this weekend’s event. “We’ve had a three-year break and that’s made everybody that much hungrier.”
Meents has watched many Monster Jam drivers rise through the ranks over the years and has even trained some of them himself at Monster Jam University. Therefore, it’s not just the seasoned vets, but also some of the underdogs, that he’s got his eye on.
“There’s a couple of people you’ve definitely got to think about, worry about, wonder about.
“Cory Rummell (Megalodon), I feel like he’s got the proper drive and determination to maybe come out on top, different than all the ones everybody’s already thinking about, the Andersons, Todd LeDuc (Blue Thunder), Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger), all those guys.
“Camden Murphy (Bakugan Dragonoid) is somebody, I don’t know if he’s on everybody’s tongue, but he definitely is a force to be reckoned with on the racetrack too.”
Meents will have a busy weekend at Monster Jam World Finals XXI, competing in all four events and attempting a forward-momentum backflip in reverse, rain or shine.
“I have a lot of experience in the rain, I have experience in the mud, I’ve seen every bad situation there is multiple times, that’ll help. I almost think at some point we’ll be dealing with it through one of the four events.
“I'm very excited that I’m in every part of this event, that that's what my passion is. And I'm able to take each event, be prepared for it and get it done and move directly onto the next one and not worry about whether we win or whether we fail. We just got another opportunity right ahead of us.”
At Monster Jam World Finals XX, Meents won the 2-Wheel Skills Championship and scored an 8.2 in Freestyle. However, he was further down the leaderboard in High Jump and Racing. But while he failed to win a racing event in 2022, he was the fastest qualifier for Monster Jam World Finals XXI on Thursday night.
“My racing has been a little off in recent years, and I really felt like I brought it back in line, although I never won a race this year and a lot of people were quick to point that out, but I often times was the fastest of the round and often times was the fastest of the night.
“My racing game, that used to be so dominant years ago, I brought it back and brought it up. I really feel like Adam Anderson is the fastest racer in our industry, and he was on my tour and he's tough and to be able to compete against him each week, I feel like it really helped me out.”
Meents’ quest to add to his trophy cabinet will begin with the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge on Saturday night, when he will attempt to defend his Championship crown.