Pittsburgh, PA - Feb. 8-10 - PPG Paints Arena

Authored by Samuel Reiman on February 9, 2019

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Hosts: John Saponaro and Abby Baltezar

 

Tour: Triple Threat Series Central

 

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)

 

Sunday Afternoon

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 755

Solider Fortune 668

El Toro Loco 661

Monster Energy 622

Pirate’s Curse 481

Blue Thunder 465

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 284

Zombie 264

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 39

Solider Fortune 33

El Toro Loco 32

Blue Thunder 27

Pirate’s Curse 25

Monster Energy 23

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 16

Zombie 9

 

 

RACING

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Pirate’s Curse defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Zombie

 

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Soldier Fortune

Pirate’s Curse defeated El Toro Loco

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

 

 

ATV RACING

Monster Energy

Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger

Pirate’s Curse

Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

El Toro Loco

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE

El Toro Loco 9.085

Grave Digger 8.918

Blue Thunder 7.536

Soldier Fortune 7.415

Monster Energy 6.518

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.025

Pirate’s Curse 4.243

Zombie 3.334

 

 

DONUTS

Grave Digger 9.184

Soldier Fortune 8.969

Monster Energy 8.689

El Toro Loco 7.660

Blue Thunder 7.381

Pirate’s Curse 7.144

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.120

Zombie 3.810

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

El Toro Loco defeated Zombie

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Blue Thunder defeated Soldier Fortune

Pirate’s Curse defeated Monster Energy

 

Semi-Finals

El Toro Loco defeated Grave Digger

Blue Thunder defeated Pirate’s Curse

 

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated El Toro Loco

 

 

FREESTYLE

Soldier Fortune 8.912

El Toro Loco 8.145

Grave Digger 7.619

Pirate’s Curse 7.255

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.043

Blue Thunder 6.853

Zombie 6.557

Monster Energy 6.436

 

 

EVENT NOTES

Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh was a tale of back-to-backs in many ways. The event opened with Grave Digger winning Monster Jam Racing, just as Brandon Vinson had done the night before. That trend would continue later on in the event with Speedster Obstacles and Freestyle — where Blue Thunder and Solider Fortune won each of those competitions respectively. In another noteworthy win, Coty Saucier of Monster Energy captured his first ATV victory of 2019 — making it the first time he has done so since returning to the Triple Threat Series. Once the dust settled however, it was Brandon Vinson and Grave Digger who claimed the Overall Event Championship trophy. The Grave Digger team was able to sweep the weekend, for the second weekend in a row in fact, meaning that Brandon will carry a seven Overall Event Victory streak with him to Cleveland next week.

 

Saturday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 716

Solider Fortune 635

El Toro Loco 629

Monster Energy 599

Pirate’s Curse 456

Blue Thunder 438

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 268

Zombie 255

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 37

Solider Fortune 36

Monster Energy 33

El Toro Loco 32

Pirate’s Curse 21

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 17

Blue Thunder 17

Zombie 10

 

RACING

Round 1

Monster Energy defeated Zombie

Solider Fortune defeated Pirate’s Curse

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

 

Semi-Finals

Monster Energy defeated Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated Monster Energy

 

ATV RACING

Pirate’s Curse

Soldier Fortune

Grave Digger

El Toro Loco

Monster Energy

Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE

Monster Energy 9.070

Grave Digger 8.690

El Toro Loco 8.263

Soldier Fortune 7.480

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.258

Pirate’s Curse 6.004

Zombie 3.595

Blue Thunder DNC

 

DONUTS

Soldier Fortune 9.144

Grave Digger 8.540

Monster Energy 7.904

El Toro Loco 7.435

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 7.086

Blue Thunder 6.602

Pirate’s Curse 6.255

Zombie 5.825

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

El Toro Loco defeated Grave Digger

Monster Energy defeated Zombie

Solider Fortune defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Blue Thunder defeated Pirate’s Curse

 

Semi-Finals

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Energy

Blue Thunder defeated Soldier Fortune

 

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated El Toro Loco

 

FREESTYLE

Soldier Fortune 8.965

Grave Digger 8.666

El Toro Loco 8.262

Monster Energy 7.099

Pirate’s Curse 6.473

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.287

Zombie 5.441

Blue Thunder 5.095

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday night at the PPG Paints Arena opened with a photo finish in Monster Jam Racing — with Grave Digger narrowly defeating Monster Energy by the tread on his BKT tire. Up next it was the second ATV win of the weekend for Pirate’s Curse. Just before intermission, the Monster Energy team, led by Coty Saucier, took his first 2-Wheel Skills Challenge victory of 2019. The second half opened with a Soldier Fortune Donut win, followed by a Blue Thunder win behind the wheel of the Speedster. Heading into Freestyle, the Overall Event Championship would come down to Grave Digger, Solider Fortune and Monster Energy. And although Solider Fortune secured the Freestyle win, Grave Digger finished in second place, giving Brandon Vinson just enough points for this third Overall Event trophy of the weekend.

 

Saturday Afternoon

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 679

Solider Fortune 599

El Toro Loco 597

Monster Energy 566

Pirate’s Curse 435

Blue Thunder 421

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 251

Zombie 245

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 41

Solider Fortune 36

El Toro Loco 31

Monster Energy 28

Blue Thunder 25

Pirate’s Curse 19

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 16

Zombie 8

 

RACING

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Blue Thunder defeated Zombie

Solider Fortune defeated El Toro Loco

 

Semi-Finals

Monster Energy defeated Grave Digger

Soldier Fortune defeated Blue Thunder

 

Finals

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Energy

 

ATV RACING

El Toro Loco

Grave Digger

Solider Fortune

Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy

Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE™

Grave Digger 9.643

Blue Thunder 8.987

Solider Fortune 7.609

El Toro Loco 6.943

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.871

Monster Energy 5.497

Pirate’s Curse 5.197

Zombie 4.316

 

DONUTS

Grave Digger 9.088

Soldier Fortune 8.632

Monster Energy 7.969

Pirate’s Curse 7.118

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.744

Blue Thunder 6.627

El Toro Loco 3.943

Zombie 3.712

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

El Toro Loco defeated Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy defeated Solider Fortune

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Grave Digger defeated Zombie

 

Semi-Finals

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Energy

Blue Thunder defeated Grave Digger

*Blue Thunder suffered a broken Speedster and couldn’t continue, Grave Digger advanced*

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

 

FREESTYLE

El Toro Loco 8.642

Soldier Fortune 8.327

Grave Digger 7.755

Monster Energy 7.241

Blue Thunder 6.995

Pirate’s Curse 6.547

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.001

Zombie 5.886

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh kicked off with an assist from Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the action never slowed down. First it was Solider Fortune’s Kayla Blood capturing her third Monster Jam Racing win. Up next, it was Mark List taking yet another ATV victory. Then Brandon Vinson got back to his 2-Wheel Skill Challenge domination to take us to intermission. After the break, the streak continued for Brandon and Grave Digger, as he took both Donuts and Speedster Obstacles. Finally, Mark List capped the night with a Freestyle win, but it proved to be too little, too late because Grave Digger was too far ahead to be caught. Brandon Vinson has taken both Overall Event Championships so far in Pittsburgh.

 

Friday Evening

 

SEASON STANDINGS

Grave Digger 638

El Toro Loco 566

Soldier Fortune 563

Monster Energy 538

Pirate’s Curse 416

Blue Thunder 396

Zombie 237

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 235

 

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 36

El Toro Loco 35

Monster Energy 30

Soldier Fortune 29

Pirate’s Curse 27

Blue Thunder 26

Zombie 12

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6

 

 

RACING

Round 1

Pirate’s Curse defeated Zombie

Soldier Fortune defeated Monster Energy

El Toro Loco defeated Grave Digger

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

 

Semi-Finals

Soldier Fortune defeated Pirate’s Curse

El Toro Loco defeated Blue Thunder

 

Finals

El Toro Loco defeated Soldier Fortune

 

 

ATV RACING

Pirate’s Curse

Monster Energy

Grave Digger

Soldier Fortune

El Toro Loco

Blue Thunder

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Zombie

 

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS CHALLENGE

Soldier Fortune 9.222

Monster Energy 7.791

Blue Thunder 7.605

El Toro Loco 7.130

Grave Digger 6.527

Pirate’s Curse 5.981

Zombie 2.665

Monster Mutt Rottweiler DNC

 

 

DONUTS

Grave Digger 9.204

El Toro Loco 8.697

Monster Energy 8.260

Pirate’s Curse 7.817

Soldier Fortune 7.512

Zombie 5.709

Blue Thunder DNC

Monster Mutt Rottweiler DNC

 

 

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Blue Thunder defeated Zombie

Grave Digger defeated Soldier Fortune

Pirate’s Curse defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

El Toro Loco defeated Monster Energy

 

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco defeated Pirate’s Curse

 

Finals

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

 

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 8.776

Blue Thunder 8.353

Monster Energy 7.735

El Toro Loco 7.597

Soldier Fortune 7.524

Pirate’s Curse 6.435

Zombie 4.993

Monster Mutt Rottweiler DNC

 

 

EVENT NOTES

On a cold night in Pittsburgh, things heated up early at the PPG Paints Arena. Monster Jam racing featured several upsets and missteps throughout, but culminated with an El Toro Loco win. Up next, Justin Hicks was able to put Pirate’s Curse back in the winner’s circle in ATV Racing, as he looks to solidify his position at Monster Jam World Finals. Then off the strength of an incredible single-wheel save on the top of the pod, Kayla Blood captured her third 2-Wheel Skills Challenge win of the year for Soldier Fortune. However, things turned on a dime after intermission, as Brandon Vinson swept the remaining three competitions. His domination of the second half lead Grave Digger to yet another Overall Event Championship.

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