Calgary, AB (Canada) - Stampede Grandstand

Authored by Admin on September 12, 2015

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September 12-13, 2015 - Stampede Grandstand - Calgary, AB

Racing Winner:

Saturday 7 p.m.: Grave Digger®

Sunday 2 p.m.: Northern Nightmare℠

Freestyle Winner:

Saturday 7 p.m.: Northern Nightmare℠

Sunday 2 p.m.: Zombie®

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown, Northern Nightmare℠ driven by Cam McQueen, Zombie driven by Linsey Weenk, Monster Mutt® Dalmatian driven by Cynthia Gauthier, Bounty Hunter® driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by Brian Maes,Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer, and Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer!

Saturday 7 P.M.

(Calgary, AB) The 2015 Maple Leaf Monster Jam® returned to Stampede Grandstands amidst warm temperatures and bright, sunny skies. For the first time ever in Calgary, the Maple Leaf Monster Jam format was set up as a Team USA versus Team Canada format. As a result, the team captains had some very tough decisions to make as it applied to picking their squads.

Named as captain of Team USA, Rosalee Ramer in Wild Flower enjoyed her first-ever Maple Leaf Monster Jam event. At just eighteen years of age and a mechanical engineering student, Ramer is the youngest driver on the Monster Jam circuit. To complete Team USA, Ramer chose Grave Digger (Randy Brown), Iron Outlaw (Brian Maes), and Time Flys, driven by her father Kelvin Ramer.

To counter the strong Team USA contingent, Team Canada captain Cynthia Gauthier in Monster Mutt Dalmatian® chose Northern Nightmare℠ (Cam McQueen), Zombie® (Linsey Weenk), and Bounty Hunter (Trent Montgomery).

The Team Competition format was simple. With five different elements of Monster Jam competition on the schedule, each team would be awarded one point for a victory. The team winning at least three of five elements would be Saturday night’s team champion.

The sunny evening began with the Wheelie Competition, and Team Canada’s Linsey Weenk in Zombie served notice that he travelled to Alberta to dominate. Weenk and Zombie took the Wheelie Competition win for Team Canada with a score of 32 points. Bounty Hunter also scored 32, but placed second due to his higher dropped score being lower than that of Zombie’s. Northern Nightmare scored 30, Wild Flower 25, Time Flys 24, Iron Outlaw 23, Grave Digger® 20, and Monster Mutt Dalmatian just 6 after a wild crash.

In Maple Leaf Monster Jam Obstacle Course action, Team USA evened the Team Competition score as Rosalee Ramer in Wild Flower took top honors with a blazingly fast time of 11.92 seconds around the challenging hybrid course. This marked the first-ever Monster Jam win for the young Georgia Tech student. Northern Nightmare timed in at 12.08 seconds, while Bounty Hunter stopped the clock in 12.89 seconds. Time Flys arrived to the finish line in 12.95 seconds, Zombie 13.70, Monster Mutt Dalmatian 13.92, Iron Outlaw 15.45, and Grave Digger was disqualified after veering off the course.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing action unfolded as follows:

Round One:
Northern Nightmare defeated Bounty Hunter
Time Flys beat Iron Outlaw
Wild Flower impounded Monster Mutt Dalmatian
Grave Digger scared off Zombie

Semi Final:
Northern Nightmare outran Time Flys
Grave Digger defeated Wild Flower

The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Championship Round proved to be a battle of epic proportions. Randy Brown in Grave Digger pulled into the left lane, while Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare chose the right lane. When the lights turned green, both drivers looked smooth and fast off the starting line. As the drivers negotiated the Chicago-Style course, however, it was clear that Grave Digger had a slight advantage. Coming into the final turn, Northern Nightmare driver Cam McQueen pitched his ride just a little too far sideways giving the win to Grave Digger. The Team Competition score at this point in the event was now Team USA 2, Team Canada 1.

The Donut Competition ran at a tremendous pace and all drivers gave the crowd a great performance. Team Canada’s Northern Nightmare took the win with 32 points. Time Flys scored 31, Zombie 29, Wild Flower 27, Bounty Hunter 25, Monster Mutt Dalmatian 25, Grave Digger 24, and Iron Outlaw 19. The Team Competition score was now deadlocked at two points each. Freestyle Competition would prove to be the deciding factor.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Freestyle Competition gave the drivers 90 seconds to display their world-class driving skills. With the Team Competition Championship on the line, each driver was well aware of the importance of a great performance. The cream of the crop in this particular event proved to be Team Canada’s Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare. The Calgary-born McQueen attacked the hybrid course with an aggressiveness that brought the crowd to their feet. His score of 32 points was the best in the competition and gave Team Canada the Team Competition victory. Other Freestyle scores included Grave Digger (28), Time Flys (28), Zombie (27), Monster Mutt Dalmatian (27), Bounty Hunter (23), Iron Outlaw (20), and Wild Flower (14).

In other racing action, Team Edmonton defeated Team Calgary in Thor by Parts Canada Quad Wars. In the Street Warriors division, Ken Hodgins took top honors in a time of 26.50 seconds.

Our second and final event of the weekend is scheduled for 2:00 P.M. on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to start this great day of motor sports by attending our Party in the Pits at 10:30 A.M. sharp!

By Darren Pallen

Sunday 2 P.M.

(Calgary, AB) After winning the Team Competition on Saturday night, one might have thought that Team Canada would enter the Sunday event with a bit of overconfidence. Yet if that was actually the case, it certainly was not the least bit apparent to anyone at Stampede Grandstands. In fact, the drivers from Team Canada seemed even hungrier to win. The Canadian contingent came out with all guns blazing, defeating Team USA by an enormous 4-1 margin.

Team USA remained of identical construction as Saturday, comprised of Wild Flower, Iron Outlaw, Grave Digger®, and Time Flys. Similarly, Team Canada kept a consistent roster including Monster Mutt® Dalmatian, Northern Nightmare℠, Bounty Hunter, and Zombie®.

Bounty Hunter driver Trent Montgomery began the day for Team Canada with a win in the Wheelie Competition. His score of 30 points was simply too tough to beat. Time Flys came second with 28 points, while Wild Flower and Monster Mutt Dalmatian tied at 26 points each. Northern Nightmare finished with 24 points, Grave Digger 21, Zombie 20 points, and Iron Outlaw 13 to round out Wheelie Competition scoring.

The Canadian team would continue to dominate through the Obstacle Course Competition. Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare was lightning fast in taking the win in a time of 11.48 seconds. Zombie stopped the clock at 11.62 seconds, while Bounty Hunter crossed the BKT Tires finish line in a time of 11.93 seconds. Monster Mutt Dalmatian clocked in at 12.35 seconds, Wild Flower at 12.44, Time Flys at 13.22, and Iron Outlaw at 14.94 seconds. Grave Digger was disqualified for missing an obstacle.

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Round One saw Grave Digger beat Bounty Hunter, Zombie drive by Wild Flower, Iron Outlaw defeat Monster Mutt Dalmatian, and Northern Nightmare dust off Time Flys. In the Semi-Final round, it was Zombie over Grave Digger while Northern Nightmare beat Iron Outlaw.

The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Racing Championship Round found a couple of Canadian born drivers at the Chicago-style course’s starting line. Zombie’s Linsey Weenk, born in Saskatchewan, met Alberta born Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare. It would prove to be one of the closest races in Maple Leaf Monster Jam history, with Northern Nightmare just edging out Zombie at the BKT Tires finish line.

After suffering a 3-0 deficit, Team USA charged back aggressively in the Donut Competition. Kelvin Ramer in Time Flys was simply spectacular on route to a score of 32 points and took the win for Team USA. Zombie’s score of 32 equaled that of Time Flys, but Ramer had a higher dropped score. Northern Nightmare and Bounty Hunter tied at 29 points each, Wild Flower earned 28, Monster Mutt Dalmatian 26, Grave Digger 24, and Iron Outlaw 20.

With the Team Competition score now in favor of the Canadians at 3-1, Freestyle would prove to be full of wild action. Trent Montgomery in Bounty Hunter and Rosalee Ramer in Wild Flower each had great performances, but it was the magic of Linsey Weenk in Zombie that fans will forever remember. Weenk simply put on a clinic as he sailed a truck he had driven only once before to new heights. The Freestyle scores ended as follows:

Zombie 32
Bounty Hunter 31
Wild Flower 29
Grave Digger 28
Northern Nightmare 27
Time Flys 22
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 12
Iron Outlaw 9

In Thor by Parts Canada Quad Wars, Team Edmonton managed to hold off a very determined and aggressive Team Calgary. In Street Warriors action, Dalas White took the trophy in a time of 25.38 seconds.

After yet another successful Maple Leaf Monster Jam event, Calgary fans were thrilled to hear that tickets for the 2016 Maple Leaf Monster Jam are already on sale. Mark your calendar for September 17th and 18th, 2016 as the stars of Maple Leaf Monster invade Stampede Grandstands once again!

By Darren Pallen

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