Grand Rapids, MI - March 22-24 - Van Andel Arena

Authored by Samuel Reiman on March 23, 2019

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Hosts: John Saponaro & Abby Baltezar

 

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

 

Tour: Triple Threat Series Central

 

Sunday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 1337

El Toro Loco 1246

Solider Fortune 1137

Monster Energy 1109

Pirate’s Curse 850

Blue Thunder 830

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 567

Zombie 446

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 35

El Toro Loco 30

Soldier Fortune 28

Blue Thunder 24

Monster Energy 21

Pirate’s Curse 15

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 15

Zombie 6

 

 

RACING

Grave Digger 8.958

Monster Energy 9.791

El Toro Loco 9.855

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 10.559

Soldier Fortune 11.263

Blue Thunder 11.454

Pirate’s Curse 12.603

Zombie 13.883

 

 

ATV RACING

Soldier Fortune

Blue Thunder

Pirate’s Curse

El Toro Loco

Grave Digger

Monster Energy

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGETM

El Toro Loco 9.614

Grave Digger 8.699

Soldier Fortune 7.525

Blue Thunder 6.803

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.607

Monster Energy 5.679

Pirate’s Curse 5.143

Zombie 4.534

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Monster Energy defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Grave Digger defeated Zombie

Soldier Fortune defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Pirate’s Curse

 

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy

El Toro Loco defeated Soldier Fortune

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 8.181

Blue Thunder 7.956

Soldier Fortune 7.716

El Toro Loco 7.268

Monster Energy 6.611

Pirate’s Curse 5.901

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.792

Zombie 5.274

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Sunday evening was more of the same for Grave Digger and Brandon Vinson. The event opened with Brandon taking the Monster Jam Racing win with the fastest time we had seen all weekend — an extremely impressive 8.958. Up next Kayla Blood took her second ATV Racing win of the weekend as she looks to push Soldier Fortune further up the Top 8 Qualifiers for the ATV Racing World Championship at World Finals 20. Before intermission, it was Armando Castro of El Toro Loco who would take his second 2-Wheel Skills Challenge win of the day. After the break however, it was the Grave Digger show, as Brandon Vinson captured the Speedster Obstacle Course and Freestyle victories for the third and fourth times, respectively. In the end, he totaled 35 points and won his fourth Overall Event Championship in Grand Rapids.

 

Sunday Afternoon

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 1302

El Toro Loco 1216

Solider Fortune 1109

Monster Energy 1088

Pirate’s Curse 835

Blue Thunder 806

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 552

Zombie 440

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 35

El Toro Loco 33

Monster Energy 21

Pirate’s Curse 20

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 20

Soldier Fortune 20

Blue Thunder 19

Zombie 6

 

 

RACING

El Toro Loco 9.406

Monster Energy 9.919

Grave Digger 9.983

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 11.710

Soldier Fortune 12.355

Pirate’s Curse 12.413

Blue Thunder 14.401

Zombie 15.047

 

 

ATV RACING

Pirate’s Curse

Grave Digger

El Toro Loco

Soldier Fortune

Monster Energy

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Blue Thunder

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGETM

El Toro Loco 9.504

Soldier Fortune 8.624

Grave Digger 8.021

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.262

Monster Energy 6.119

Blue Thunder 5.288

Pirate’s Curse 4.902

Zombie 4.542

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Blue Thunder defeated Soldier Fortune

Monster Mutt Rottweiler defeated Zombie

El Toro Loco defeated Pirate’s Curse

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy

 

Semi-Finals

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 8.506

El Toro Loco 8.484

Blue Thunder 7.486

Pirate’s Curse 7.082

Monster Energy 6.964

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.598

Solider Fortune 6.417

Zombie 5.919

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Sunday afternoon in Grand Rapids opened with El Toro Loco’s first Monster Jam Racing win of the weekend with an impressive time of 9.406. Up next, it was Justin Hicks of Pirate’s Curse who took his second ATV Racing win in a row. For the first time this weekend, someone other than Brandon Vinson of Grave Digger won the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge — El Toro Loco’s Armando Castro. After intermission, Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson won both the Speedster Obstacle Course and Freestyle. Those victories, coupled with Brandon’s overall consistency, was enough to give Grave Digger his third trophy of the weekend.

 

Saturday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 1267

El Toro Loco 1183

Solider Fortune 1089

Monster Energy 1067

Pirate’s Curse 815

Blue Thunder 787

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 532

Zombie 434

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 35

El Toro Loco 29

Monster Energy 26

Blue Thunder 24

Pirate’s Curse 19

Soldier Fortune 17

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 16

Zombie 8

 

 

RACING

Monster Energy 10.622

El Toro Loco 11.068

Grave Digger 11.069

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 11.263

Blue Thunder 12.542

Zombie 14.463

Pirate’s Curse DNF

Soldier Fortune DNF

 

 

ATV RACING

Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy

El Toro Loco

Grave Digger

Soldier Fortune

Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGETM

Grave Digger 9.285

El Toro Loco 8.406

Soldier Fortune 8.196

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.680

Blue Thunder 7.058

Monster Energy 6.179

Pirate’s Curse 5.199

Zombie 3.542

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Soldier Fortune

Pirate’s Curse defeated Zombie

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Energy

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

 

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

Blue Thunder defeated El Toro Loco

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 9.072

Blue Thunder 8.090

Monster Energy 7.731

El Toro Loco 7.649

Solider Fortune 6.468

Pirate’s Curse 6.453

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.136

Zombie 5.503

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday night belonged to Grave Digger as Brandon Vinson captured his second Overall Event Championship of the weekend, but this time in more dominating fashion. After starting off slowly, Brandon was able to win the last three competitions in a row to seal the deal and earn his tour-leading 21st Overall Event Championship of 2019.

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 1232

El Toro Loco 1154

Solider Fortune 1072

Monster Energy 1041

Pirate’s Curse 796

Blue Thunder 763

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 516

Zombie 426

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Soldier Fortune 30

Grave Digger 29

El Toro Loco 27

Pirate’s Curse 22

Blue Thunder 20

Monster Energy 18

Zombie 13

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 13

 

 

RACING

Monster Energy 9.919

El Toro Loco 10.430

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 10.813

Pirate’s Curse 12.603

Soldier Fortune 13.051

Blue Thunder 14.719

Zombie 14.974

Grave Digger DNF

 

 

ATV RACING

Grave Digger

Blue Thunder

Soldier Fortune

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

Pirate’s Curse

El Toro Loco

Monster Energy

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGETM

Grave Digger 9.721

Soldier Fortune 9.026

Pirate’s Curse 7.766

El Toro Loco 6.413

Blue Thunder 5.146

Monster Energy 4.893

Zombie 4.106

Monster Mutt Rottweiler DNC

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Energy

Soldier Fortune defeated Zombie

El Toro Loco defeated Pirate’s Curse

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

 

Semi-Finals

Solider Fortune defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Grave Digger

 

Finals

Soldier Fortune defeated El Toro Loco

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 8.825

El Toro Loco 7.509

Pirate’s Curse 7.337

Solider Fortune 6.954

Monster Energy 6.342

Zombie 5.211

Blue Thunder 3.976

Monster Mutt Rottweiler DNC

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday afternoon at the Van Andel Arena was a back-and-forth contest throughout. It opened with Monster Energy and Coty Saucier taking the Timed Racing win. Up next, Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson won ATV Racing and the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge to send us into intermission. Coming out of the break, it was Kayla Blood of Soldier Fortune who took her second Speedster Obstacle Course win in Grand Rapids. Finally, Grave Digger won his third competition on the strength of a great save as time expired in Freestyle. Although Brandon won three individual competitions, his low finishes in the other two and Kayla Blood’s consistency throughout the event, allowed Soldier Fortune to narrowly edge Grave Digger for the Overall Event Championship by one point.

 

Friday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 1203

El Toro Loco 1127

Solider Fortune 1042

Monster Energy 1023

Pirate’s Curse 774

Blue Thunder 743

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 503

Zombie 413

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 34

Monster Energy 26

El Toro Loco 26

Soldier Fortune 26

Pirate’s Curse 23

Blue Thunder 20

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 12

Zombie 7

 

 

RACING

Grave Digger 9.919

Monster Energy 10.430

El Toro Loco 11.646

Blue Thunder 12.229

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 12.355

Pirate’s Curse 12.925

Soldier Fortune 13.307

Zombie 15.613

 

 

ATV RACING

Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger

Pirate’s Curse

Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco

Monster Energy

Zombie

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGETM

Grave Digger 9.404

El Toro Loco 8.239

Pirate’s Curse 7.069

Soldier Fortune 6.433

Monster Energy 5.985

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 3.437

Blue Thunder 3.366

Zombie 3.312

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Pirate’s Curse defeated Zombie

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Energy

El Toro Loco defeated Blue Thunder

 

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Energy, El Toro Loco broke during Round 1 and could not advance

 

Finals

Soldier Fortune defeated Grave Digger

 

 

FREESTYLE

Monster Energy 7.988

El Toro Loco 7.916

Blue Thunder 7.858

Grave Digger 7.460

Pirate’s Curse 6.815

Soldier Fortune 6.600

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.186

Zombie 4.857

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Friday night in Grand Rapids opened with a Grave Digger victory in Monster Jam Racing. Up next Kayla Blood of Soldier Fortune captured her sixth ATV Racing win of the season as she continues to move up the leaderboard for the ATV Racing World Championship at World Finals. The first half concluded with another Grave Digger win in the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge — it was Brandon Vinson’s 23rd of the tour. After intermission Kayla Blood took another win, this time in the Speedster Obstacle Course. The Freestyle competition seemed like it would go to El Toro Loco for his first win of the night but, late in the competition, Monster Energy’s Coty Saucier was able to narrowly take the lead and the win. However, it was Brandon Vinson and Grave Digger, on the strength of two competition wins and a consistent night throughout who took the first Overall Event Championship of the weekend.

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