Weekend Recap: Memorable Night at SoFi Stadium and Arena Series Champions Crowned

Authored by Larry Jewett on May 2, 2023


Stadium Series Blue – The series had the honor bringing the first-ever Monster Jam event to Inglewood, CA’s SoFi Stadium on Saturday night. Points leader Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) padded his point-standings lead a bit with an overall event championship, powered by a Great Clips Skills Competition win. Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) opened the night with a Racing win, while Chris Koehler (Monster Mutt) capped off the evening with a Freestyle victory. The series now heads to Salt Lake City for an event on May 6.



Stadium Series Red – The series was idle and will return to action in Foxborough, MA, for a single event at Gillette Stadium on May 6. 


Arena Series East – During the weekend visit to Baltimore, Weston Anderson (Grave Digger) picked up his second consecutive series championship. Anderson took home three of the four overall event championships, with Bernard Lyght (Megalodon) getting the weekend-opening overall event win. Dalton Widner (Jurassic Attack) took two Racing wins while Linsey Read (Scooby-Doo!) and Armando Castro (El Toro Loco) each scored a Freestyle win. The series moves to Wilkes Barre, PA, for four events May 5–7.



Arena Series Central – Series champion Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) swept Freestyle and claimed two overall event championships during the stop in Evansville, IL. Brandan Tulachka (Just Get Er Done II) had a strong showing as well, claiming his own overall event championship and a pair of Donut wins, while Jamie Sullivan (Monster Mutt Dalmatian) scored a Donut win. 



Arena Series West – As the newly crowned 2023 series champion, Tristan England (Earth Shaker) will be going to Monster Jam World Finals in Nashville on July 1. England punctuated his championship win by sweeping all four overall event championships in Colorado Springs. Krysten Anderson (Grave Digger) took all four Donut wins, while Elvis Lainez (El Toro Loco) added a pair of Racing wins. 



International – Johannesburg, South Africa was the second stop on what will be a three-event tour through South Africa. In a fill-in role, Camden Murphy piloted Blue Thunder to the overall event win, beating Charlie Pauken (Megalodon) by one point. Murphy took the Racing win, while Pauken claimed the Skills competition and Freestyle wins. The third and final South Africa event will take place in Durban on May 6.