Charleston, WV - Feb. 1-2 - Charleston Civic Center

Authored by Samuel Reiman on February 2, 2019

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Hosts: John Saponaro and Abby Baltezar

 

Truck Lineup: Grave Digger® (Brandon Vinson), Monster Energy® (Coty Saucier), Soldier Fortune™ (Kayla Blood), El Toro Loco® (Mark List), Blue Thunder® (Matt Cody), Monster Mutt® Rottweiler (Cory Snyder), Pirate’s Curse™ (Justin Hicks), Zombie™ (Macey Nichter)

 

Tour: Triple Threat Series Central

 

Saturday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 602

Soldier Fortune 534

El Toro Loco 531

Monster Energy 508

Pirate’s Curse 389

Blue Thunder 370

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 229

Zombie 225

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 40

Monster Energy 35

Soldier Fortune 33

Blue Thunder 31

Pirate’s Curse 20

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 17

Zombie 13

El Toro Loco 10

 

RACING

Round 1

Monster Energy defeated Pirate’s Curse

Solider Fortune defeated El Toro Loco

Blue Thunder defeated Zombie

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Semi-Finals

Monster Energy defeated Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

Finals

Monster Energy defeated Grave Digger

 

ATV RACING

El Toro Loco

Solider Fortune

Grave Digger

Blue Thunder

Monster Energy

Pirate’s Curse

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE™

Grave Digger 9.678

Monster Energy 8.841

Blue Thunder 7.656

Solider Fortune 7.320

Pirate’s Curse 6.378

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.145

Zombie 4.020

El Toro Loco DNC

 

 

DONUTS

Grave Digger 9.301

Monster Energy 8.170

Soldier Fortune 7.816

Pirate’s Curse 7.663

Zombie 6.970

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.277

Blue Thunder 3.466

El Toro Loco DNC

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Soldier Fortune advanced, El Toro Loco DNC

Monster Mutt Rottweiler defeated Monster Energy

Blue Thunder defeated Zombie

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

Semi-Finals

Solider Fortune defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Blue Thunder defeated Grave Digger

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated Soldier Fortune

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 9.319

Monster Energy 8.136

Blue Thunder 7.632

Soldier Fortune 6.924

Pirate’s Curse 6.660

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.494

Zombie 4.898

El Toro Loco DNC

 

 

EVENT NOTES

It was the same song and dance for Brandon Vinson and Grave Digger on Saturday night at the Charleston Civic Center. The first half of the event was dominated by the athletes that have shined in each competition all season long, with the leaders in each category taking wins, including; a Monster Energy Racing win, an El Toro Loco ATV Racing win and a Grave Digger 2-Wheel Skills Challenge victory. In the second half, the momentum flowed for Brandon Vinson as Grave Digger won Donuts as well. Then Matt Cody lead Blue Thunder to his second Speedster Obstacle Course win of the day, before Brandon capped the weekend with his third Freestyle win, en route to his third Overall Event Championship in Charleston.

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 562

El Toro Loco 521

Soldier Fortune 501

Monster Energy 473

Pirate’s Curse 369

Blue Thunder 339

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 212

Zombie 212

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 40

Monster Energy 29

Soldier Fortune 29

El Toro Loco 27

Blue Thunder 25

Pirate’s Curse 24

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 19

Zombie 11

 

RACING

Round 1

Pirate’s Curse defeated Monster Energy

Soldier Fortune defeated El Toro Loco

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler defeated Zombie

Semi-Finals

Pirate’s Curse defeated Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Finals

Pirate’s Curse defeated Grave Digger

 

 

ATV RACING

Solider Fortune

Monster Energy

Grave Digger

Pirate’s Curse

Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE™

Grave Digger 9.619

El Toro Loco 8.620

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.315

Blue Thunder 7.117

Monster Energy 6.688

Solider Fortune 6.662

Pirate’s Curse 6.597

Zombie 4.773

 

 

DONUTS

Soldier Fortune 9.039

El Toro Loco 8.895

Grave Digger 8.406

Monster Energy 7.900

Zombie 6.359

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.225

Pirate’s Curse 6.032

Blue Thunder 5.577

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Monster Mutt Rottweiler and El Toro Loco each broke during their first round matchup and could not advance.

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy

Blue Thunder defeated Zombie

Pirate’s Curse defeated Soldier Fortune

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy (Monster Energy advanced as fastest loser.)

Blue Thunder defeated Pirate’s Curse

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated Grave Digger

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 9.401

Monster Energy 9.004

El Toro Loco 8.630

Blue Thunder 8.062

Soldier Fortune 7.737

Pirate’s Curse 6.270

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.235

Zombie 5.121

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday afternoon in West Virginia opened with Pirate’s Curse Justin Hicks capturing his first career Monster Jam Racing win. He did so in impressive fashion, by defeating Monster Energy, Soldier Fortune AND Grave Digger within the same competition. Up next, Kayla Blood got the ATV Racing win for Soldier Fortune, helping to solidify her spot among the top 8 qualifiers for Monster Jam World Finals in that discipline. Brandon Vinson then won his 12th 2-Wheel Skills Challenge competition of 2019, as Grave Digger has dominated that category all year long. After intermission, Kayla Blood found herself atop the pod again, this time with a Donut victory. The Speedster Obstacle Course belonged to Matt Cody (his third win in that competition this season), and Blue Thunder now finds himself among the top 8 for World Finals as well. But after all that excitement, it was Grave Digger and Brandon Vinson who won Freestyle and the Overall Event Championship for the second event in a row as he starts to put some distance between himself and the rest of the athletes in the season standings.

 

Friday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 522

El Toro Loco 494

Soldier Fortune 472

Monster Energy 444

Pirate’s Curse 345

Blue Thunder 314

Zombie 201

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 193

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 40

El Toro Loco 39

Monster Energy 30

Soldier Fortune 30

Blue Thunder 22

Pirate’s Curse 20

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 15

Zombie 6

 

 

RACING

Round 1

Soldier Fortune advanced, Zombie DNC

Monster Energy defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

Pirate’s Curse defeated El Toro Loco

Semi-Finals

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Energy

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

Finals

Solider Fortune defeated Grave Digger

 

 

ATV RACING

El Toro Loco

Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy

Blue Thunder

Grave Digger

Soldier Fortune

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE™

Grave Digger 9.817

El Toro Loco 8.618

Soldier Fortune 7.409

Monster Energy 7.294

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.219

Blue Thunder 7.006

Pirate’s Curse 6.223

Zombie 4.433

 

 

DONUTS

Grave Digger 9.445

El Toro Loco 8.774

Solider Fortune 8.714

Monster Energy 7.602

Blue Thunder 6.845

Pirate’s Curse 6.623

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.147

Zombie 3.598

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Blue Thunder defeated Pirate’s Curse

Grave Digger defeated Soldier Fortune

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Monster Energy defeated Zombie

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Energy

Finals

El Toro Loco defeated Grave Digger

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 8.513

El Toro Loco 8.238

Monster Energy 8.099

Soldier Fortune 7.885

Blue Thunder 6.598

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.593

Pirate’s Curse 6.351

Zombie 4.987

 

 

EVENT NOTES

West Virginia was very kind to Grave Digger on Friday night. Brandon Vinson opened the night by finishing second in Monster Jam Racing. He then won the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge with a whopping 9.817. In the second half, Grave Digger won Donuts and finished in second place in the Speedster Obstacle Course — losing in the finals to El Toro Loco due to a lane violation. The aforementioned El Toro Loco and Mark List had a solid night as well. In addition to the Speedster win, Mark also took ATV Racing. That meant Grave Digger and El Toro Loco would enter Freestyle tied with 32 points apiece. Ultimately, it was Brandon’s Freestyle win that sealed the victory for team Grave Digger.

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