Weekend Performances Tighten Power Rankings
Authored by Larry Jewett on February 5, 2020
For the third straight week, Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®) holds on for the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but there are a few in the ranks that are making a strong bid to capture the position in the near future.
Kane finished in a tie for third as Stadium Series Green completed its visit to State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Kane appeared in his fourth final round of Racing this year, losing again to Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®). A third place in Freestyle keeps him in the conversation.
Neil Elliott (Max-D™) came out of Glendale with just one more point than Kane, but his continued dominance of Skills Competition puts him on the verge of taking over the top spot. Elliott recorded a score below a 9 in Freestyle, making it the first time he finished out of the top five in that competition this season.
Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) advances three spots from last week’s ranking to take over third place. A solid outing in the four shows in Uniondale, New York, included a pair of Freestyle wins and two Event Championships. He has built a significant lead over series runner-up Justin Sipes (Megalodon®) and is looking to be the first to clinch a championship and the automatic bid to Monster Jam World Finals XXI in Orlando on May 2-3.
Adam Anderson (Grave Digger) has scored 80 of a possible 84 points over the last two weeks and moved into the lead for Stadium Series red after visiting Tampa. Anderson pulled ahead of Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) by a slight margin.
Coty Saucier (Monster Energy) joins the rankings in the #5 spot as Stadium Series Yellow began its season in San Diego. Saucier won Racing after he was placed in the final round due to mechanical issues for Camden Murphy (Bakugan Dragonoid™). Saucier backed it up with a Skills Competition win and a top three Freestyle run.
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) swept past Blake Granger (Max-D) on Triple Threat Series™ East in Providence to take the top spot in the points standings. Menninga’s weekend included three Freestyle wins, three Racing wins and four 2 Wheel Skills titles to claim three Event Championships. He had been out of the Power Rankings for one week.
Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy) slipped three spots in this week’s rankings, despite winning the Skills Competition in Tampa. Success of others, including Monster Energy teammate Coty Saucier, have created a tight race in the middle positions of the Power Rankings and a good rebound in the two-shows in Indianapolis could see LeDuc on the rebound.
Back into the Power Rankings at #8 after a brief hiatus is new Triple Threat Series West leader Brandon Vinson. A pair of Event Championships in Fargo with a score of 84 of a possible 96 points allowed Vinson to charge past Tristan England (EarthShaker®), who struggled with just a single competition win.
Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) pops into the Power Rankings at #9. Anderson captured the Event Championship in Glendale, recording 41 points to tie brother Adam for the highest score of 2020. Ryan leads his brother in consecutive races won with 10, leading to three straight Racing championships. In Skills Competition, Ryan finished second in Glendale as a difference of 0.042 points prevented the sweep. The series returns to Glendale, where Anderson already has a Racing Championship.
The final spot goes to Tristan England (EarthShaker), who soldiered through a rough weekend in Fargo. He’ll be looking to make a move as the series moved to Denver, where England dominated 2 Wheel Skills and scored well in Freestyle in 2018. He will need a good performance though as three driver athletes are poised to move into the top 10 with a good outing of their own.