Update - The Road to Monster Jam World Finals XX
Authored by Larry Jewett on February 20, 2019
The action is heating up as Monster Jam competitors are bringing their best efforts in their quest to win their series andsecure the automatic bid to Monster Jam World Finals XX in Orlando, Florida.
Winning one of the seven series championships will guarantee participation in the Racing and Freestyle events on May 10-11. At this point in the season, many races are close.
On Stadium Championship Series 1, four drivers are within five points, but there are still eight events remaining on the schedule. Tom Meents (Max-DTM Fire) holds a two-point margin over Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®) heading into the February 23 visit to Arlington. Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®) has been steadily moving up the ranks and sits four points behind Meents. Justin Sipes (Megalodon®) is only a point behind Anderson.
The battle on Stadium Championship Series 2 is clearly a clash of the titans. Defending World Racing Champion Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) has won four Racing titles and finished second twice, which has helped him build up a 14-point lead over Neil Elliott (Max-D). Elliott is keeping it interesting with his success in the 2 Wheel Skills ChallengeTM as Elliott has won the last five competitions. There are seven events remaining in the point season.
It’s just a three-point difference on Stadium Championship Series 3 as Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) continues to lead by a slight margin over Jon Zimmer (DragonTM Ice). LeDuc grabbed the lead at the start, losing it for only a week, but never able to get much room between himself and Zimmer. Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) sits third, only eight points back. Only four more events remain until a series champion is crowned in New Orleans on March 30.
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) has led from the start in the Triple Threat SeriesTM West competition, but Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) has chipped away at the lead. The championship will be decided in Fresno, March 15-17. With 14 events remaining on the schedule, there are plenty of opportunities for this race to tighten up and see who goes to Orlando on May 10-11.
Triple Threat Series Central has seen a resurgence by Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) after a slow start. Vinson has stretched his lead on the strength of a record-setting nine consecutive event championships. Mark List (El Toro Loco®) and Kayla Blood (Soldier FortuneTM) are seeking out the role of spoiler with the title coming down to Columbus, OH April 6-7.
Tristan England (EarthShaker®) and Blake Granger (Max-D) have been swapping the top position on the Triple Threat Series East throughout the early stages of the season. England dominates 2 Wheel Skills Challenge action while Granger is the top overall rider in ATV competition. Armando Castro (El Toro Loco) has had some bright spots and remains in the conversation. This will be the first tour to qualify a Monster Jam World Finals competitor with the last events in Baltimore, Maryland on March 1-3.
The Arena Champion Series has found Zane Rettew (Stinger Unleashed) continuing to show his skills, but now he finds himself in pursuit of point leader Randy Brown (Grave Digger). The two are often seen as winners in the competitions, sometimes relying heavily on team ATV riders for valuable points. It’s still a long road ahead with nine more stops before the series is decided the week before Monster Jam World Finals XX when the tour hits Manchester, New Hampshire, May 4-5.