Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-American Center

Authored by Admin on January 2, 2015

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January 2-4, 2015 - Mid-America Center - Council Bluffs, IA

 

Racing Winners:

Friday Night: Grave Digger

Saturday 2:00 p.m.: Grave Digger

Saturday Night: Grave Digger

Sunday: Doom's Day

 

Freestyle Winners:

Friday Night: Grave Digger

Saturday 2:00 p.m.: Grave Digger

Saturday Night: Grave Digger

Sunday: Grave Digger

 

Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, FOX Sports 1™ Cleatus driven Frank Krmel Jr., Doom's Day driven by TBA, Incinerator driven by Ryan Rice, Mechanical Mischief driven by Jim Burns, Heavy Hitter driven by Derek Anson, River Rat driven by Steve Snellen, Menace driven by Darren Migues, and Freedom Keeper driven by Matt Clark!

 

Friday Night

Monster Jam kicked off the 2015 season in Council Bluffs, IA with Grave Digger and Carl Van Horn winning 4 of the 5 competitions.

Yes, 5 competitions!! More competitions than ever before, more Monster Jam trucks than ever before (10) and more time in Freestyle than ever before!! (75 seconds each) #MYMONSTERJAM is going to be off the hook in 2015.

Carl Van Horn and Grave Digger also provided the first metal and fiberglass carnage of 2015. Nearly completing a back flip during the wheelie contest. It wasn't what he intended, but it works for me and the FANS!!!

 

Carl Van Horn and Grave Digger came back and won the racing championship round, donuts and freestyle. He had to work for it in all 3 too. Darren Migues and his new Monster Jam truck, Menace killed it in donuts only to be surpassed by Grave Digger by one point. Frank Krmel and FOX Sports 1 Cleatus lost by a fender length in racing and Derek Anson in Heavy Hitter vied for the win in freestyle only to also be beaten by one point.

 

Jim Burns and Mechanical Mischief had a great opening night as did Ryan Rice and Incinerator. 2 mainstays of the Monster Jam tour, these two boys and their teams bring it regardless of where they are!! Stevie Snellen and River Rat, the top alcohol monster jam truck with a Willys body is a force to be reckoned with. Steve has a fine piece under him and loads of driving talent. Recently honorably discharged Marine, Matt Clark, part of Darren Migues' newly formed team, showed well in another new truck for 2015, Operation Freedom Keeper. Also debuting for the first time on American soil was Scott Liddycoat and Dragon. The fire breathing ride is going to be one to watch this year.

 

Doom's Day also debuted for the first time in an arena, giving the fans in Council Bluffs MORE of everything. 4 brand new trucks debuting here, more Monster Jam than ever before and 10 drivers all charging toward the Monster Jam World Finals!!

 

Wheelie Scores:
River Rat 15
Freedom Keeper 15
Menace 13
Incinerator 14
Doom's Day 16
Dragon 17
Heavy Hitter 24
Mechanical Mischief 12
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 18
Grave Digger 30 **WINNER**

 

Obstacle Course Times:
Incinerator 37.25
River Rat 31.00
Freedom Keeper DNF
Doom's Day 27.15 **WINNER**
Mechanical Mischief 31.40
Dragon 30.94
Heavy Hitter 28.76
Menace 30.34
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 32.30
Grave Digger 27.17

 

Racing Brackets
Round 1
Grave Digger beat Mechanical Mischief
Dragon beat Menace
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus beat River Rat
Heavy Hitter beat Doom's Day

 

Semi Final
Grave Digger beat Dragon

FOX Sports 1 Cleatus beat Heavy Hitter in photo finish

 

Final
Grave Digger beat FOX Sports 1 Cleatus

 

Donuts
Grave Digger wins with score of 21

 

Freestyle Scores:
Freedom Keeper 17
Incinerator 12
Doom's Day 17
River Rat 18
Mechanical Mischief 10
Dragon 14
Menace 8
Heavy Hitter 24
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 13
Grave Digger 25 **WINNER**

 

By Scotto

 

Saturday 2 PM

Day 2 of Monster Jam in Council Bluffs, IA was about as intense as it gets. Every one of the drivers had shaken off the nerves of the opening event and had the Monster Jam trucks and themselves all dialed in!!

Stevie Snellen and River Rat started the day off right, going upside down on the first hit of the day!! Fast forward 5 minutes and Scott Liddycoat in Dragon smashed the 3-D concept, fire breathing ride into thousands of pieces. One of the more intricate Monster Jam truck bodies on tour was demolished after flipping over on his lid in the Wheelie contest. Hit the forward button again and move time ahead 15 minutes and Carl Van Horn driving Grave Digger rolled the truck for the 2nd time this weekend!!

 

Wheelie Scores:
River Rat 13
Freedom Keeper 9
Menace 7
Incinerator 16
Doom's Day 21
Dragon 11
Heavy Hitter 28 **WINNER**
Mechanical Mischief 22
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 16
Grave Digger 27

 

Racing Brackets
Round 1
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus beat Menace
Heavy Hitter beat Dragon
Doom's Day beat Incinerator
Grave Digger beat River Rat

 

Semi Final
Heavy Hitter beat FOX Sports 1 Cleatus
Grave Digger beat Doom's Day

 

Final
Grave Digger narrowly edged out Heavy Hitter

 

Obstacle Course Times:
Incinerator 35.65
River Rat 31.00
Freedom Keeper 35.87
Doom's Day 27.57
Mechanical Mischief 31.81
Dragon 37.73
Heavy Hitter DNF
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 33.03
Menace DNS
Grave Digger 24.37 **WINNER**

 

Freestyle Scores:
Incinerator DNS
Freedom Keeper 13
Doom's Day 15
River Rat 15
Mechanical Mischief 18
Dragon 13
Menace 12
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 13
Heavy Hitter 23
Grave Digger 24 **WINNER**

 

By Scotto

 

Saturday Night

 

3 shows, 3 rollovers for Grave Digger. Carl Van Horn has come out with a vengeance in 2015. Trying to keep the Grave Digger and Monster Jam fans at the peak of excitement every time they roll to the track!! Carl Van Horn (CVH) won every competition on Saturday night, making his tally so far 9 for 12.

 

The long weekend of Monster Jam in Council Bluffs is starting to take a toll on the Monster Jam teams. Ryan Rice and Incinerator have destroyed 2 drive axles, Derick Anson and Heavy Hitter ruined two $8500 transmissions, Darren Migues and Menace have trashed a drive axle and a transmission plus a 66" tire. Scott Liddycoat in Dragon ruined a very expensive fiberglass body as has did Stevie Snellen and River Rat. And CVH in Grave Digger have broken shocks, steering pumps, body and more....AND WE HAVE ONE MORE SHOW TO GO!!! Can't wait to see what Sunday has in store for the fans in Iowa!

 

Wheelie Scores:
River Rat 16
Freedom Keeper 12
Menace 14
Incinerator 10 (with a broken left rear drive axle)
Doom's Day 24
Dragon 18
Heavy Hitter DNS
Mechanical Mischief 12
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 13
Grave Digger 26 **WINNER**

 

Racing Brackets
Round 1

Dragon beat Mechanical Mischief
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus beat Incinerator
Grave Digger beat Freedom Keeper
Doom's Day beat Menace

 

Semi Final
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus beat Dragon
Grave Digger beat Doom's Day

 

Final
Grave Digger beat FOX Sports 1 Cleatus

 

Obstacle Course Times:
Incinerator 36.91 (still with broken drive axle)
River Rat 32.85
Freedom Keeper 35.93
Doom's Day 26.15
Mechanical Mischief 31.60
Dragon DNF (fire went out on last turn)
Heavy Hitter DNS (transmission)
Menace DNS (transmission)
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 34.67
Grave Digger 25.76 **WINNER**

 

Freestyle Scores
Freedom Keeper 3 (unknown mechanical issue)
Incinerator DNS (loads of broke stuff)
Doom's Day 22
River Rat 16
Mechanical Mischief 13
Dragon 15
Menace DNS (transmission)
Heavy Hitter DNS (ditto)
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 13
Grave Digger 28 **WINNER**

 

By Scotto

 

Sunday

 

4 shows, 4 rollovers for Grave Digger and CVH!!! And add 2 more wins to the impressive total for Carl Van Horn and Grave Digger to start 2015, going 13 for 17 over the course of the weekend in all Monster Jam competitions. The body of Grave Digger disintegrated by the end of the event after having succumbed to 4 violent rollovers and the abusive way CVH runs a Monster Jam truck!! A tremendous amount of carnage happened this weekend and adding to the pile of destroyed bodies (Dragon, Grave Digger, and River Rat) was Doomsday. The Doom's Day driver honked the truck around the track all weekend long, running with reckless abandon and the track finally bit back. Doom's Day hooked and rolled during the Obstacle Course competition, shattering the body!!

 

There were numerous saves this weekend as well that saved even more body damage. River Rat and Steve Snellen saved a rocket shot balancing act in the Wheelie Contest, resting on the rear bumper before timely blips of the throttle brought the front of the truck back to earth!! Derick Anson and Heavy Hitter also had a right side bicycle save that was nothing but impressive!

 

Wheelie Scores:
River Rat 20
Freedom Keeper 11 (mechanical issue took FK out for the rest of the day)
Menace 23
Incinerator 13
Doom's Day 24
Dragon 14
Heavy Hitter 29 **WINNER**
Mechanical Mischief 25
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 16
Grave Digger 27

 

Racing Brackets
Round 1
River Rat beat FOX Sports 1 Cleatus
Dragon beat Menace
Doom's Day beat Mechanical Mischief
Heavy Hitter beat Grave Digger (Digger rolled trying to catch up)

 

Semi Final
Dragon beat River Rat
Doom's Day beat Heavy Hitter

 

Final
Doom's Day beat Dragon

 

Obstacle Course Times:
Incinerator 34.52
River Rat 29.44
Freedom Keeper DNS
Doom's Day DNF (rollover)
Mechanical Mischief 29.64
Dragon 29.69
Heavy Hitter 27.85
Menace 27.22
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 30.03
Grave Digger 24.59 **WINNER**

 

Freestyle Scores:
Incinerator 12
Doomsday 22
River Rat 22
Mechanical Mischief 18
Dragon 19
Menace 21
Heavy Hitter 25
FOX Sports 1 Cleatus 16
Grave Digger 27 **WINNER**

 

By Scotto

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