Update: Four Series Champions Going to Las Vegas
The famous saying “it ain’t over till it’s over” held true for Monster Jam Stadium Championship 3 and the trio of Triple Threat Series competitions in 2018. The championship battles went to the final weekend of action.
In the Stadium Championship Series, Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®) grabbed the series lead with a sweep of competitions in Indianapolis on February 10 and never relinquished the top spot to claim his title at Ford Field in Detroit. The 2016 World Racing Champion maintained strong performances in all 2018 challenges, compiling a 13-3 racing record and winning four Freestyle championships. Morgan will be competing in Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle on his 28th birthday (March 24). He has appeared in three previous Monster Jam World Finals competitions.
Tristan England (EarthShaker®) clinched the Triple Threat Series West title in Fresno, California with the first show of the weekend. The 2017 Double Down Showdown winner started strong in the series opener at Salt Lake City, winning two of the three event championships. England won nine Event Championships in the first 15 events, building up a lead at a high level. The second-generation racer has received his first automatic bid and will be competing in his second Monster Jam World Finals.
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) logged a record of 77 wins and 8 losses in Monster Jam Racing in 2018 to highlight a season that included 28 Event Championships in 40 events of the Triple Threat Series Central. Menninga scored a near perfect 47 points in a single show on two occasions. The 2017 Monster Jam World Finals Racing runner-up will be seeking redemption in his second World Finals appearance. He also scored a runner-up finish in Double Down competition in 2016.
A dramatic climax was promised in the Triple Threat Series East for the four shows in Providence, Rhode Island. With only one show left, Justin Sipes (Megalodon®) and Jared Eichelberger (Max-D™) were tied with Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) close behind. Sipes’ crew worked until the early hours of the morning to repair the truck and the effort paid off as the second-year driver dominated the final show for the championship. It’s the second straight year Sipes has taken Megalodon to a Series Championship.
Only one championship is yet to be decided. The Arena Championship Series will close action at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, Mar. 16-18. The final competitor in Monster Jam World Finals XIX will be announced at the conclusion of that four-show weekend.