Rockford, IL - Nov. 16-17 - BMO Harris Bank Center

Authored by Larry Jewett on November 19, 2018

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Hosts: John Saponaro and Abby Baltezar

 

Truck Line-up: Grave Digger® (Brandon Vinson), Zombie® (Ami Houde), Master of Disaster (Lindsey Rettew), Stinger Unleashed (Zane Rettew), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Midnight Rider (Tom Herzog)

 

Saturday Evening 

Lineup Note: The Master of Disaster truck (Lindsey Rettew) did not compete for the entire Saturday eveninjg due to suffering a blown motor during the afternoon competition. However, her teammate did compete in both ATV events.

 

EVENT POINTS

Grave Digger 32

Stinger Unleashed 26

Zombie 24

Midnight Rider 20

Barbarian 19

Master of Disaster 4

 

RACING*

Round 1

Midnight Rider defeated Barbarian

Grave Digger defeated Zombie

Stinger Unleashed BYE

Semi-Finals

Midnight Rider defeated Barbarian

Grave Digger defeated Stinger Unleashed

Finals

Grave Digger defeated Midnight Rider

*With a 5 truck field, the fastest loser returned in the semi-finals and Stinger Unleashed was randomly selected to receive a Round 1 BYE.

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS

Grave Digger 9.639

Zombie 7.984

Stinger Unleashed 6.382

Barbarian 3.785

Midnight Rider 3.781

Master of Disaster DNC

 

DONUTS

Zombie 8.999

Grave Digger 8.659

Barbarian 6.234

Midnight Rider 5.557

Stinger Unleashed 5.188

Master of Disaster DNC

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 9.545

Stinger Unleashed 8.533

Zombie 8.335

Barbarian 6.288

Midnight Rider 4.080

Master of Disaster DNC

 

EVENT NOTES

Brandon Vinson was finally able to get Grave Digger over the hump on the final night in Rockford. He made a statement right out of the gate with his first Monster Jam Racing win of the weekend. He backed that up with another 2-Wheel Skills win, his third in three tries at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Although Zombie won both Donuts and the ATV Obstacle Course thanks to Ami Houde and Samantha Larae, it was too little too late as Grave Digger capped off his impressive performance with a Freestyle win. At the end of the night, Brandon finished with 32 total points (out of a possible 36) and the Overall Event Championship.

 

Saturday Afternoon 

 

 

EVENT POINTS

 

Zombie 31

Grave Digger 26

Midnight Rider 19

Stinger Unleashed 18

Barbarian 18

Master of Disaster 17

 

RACING*

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Master of Disaster

Zombie defeated Barbarian

Stinger Unleashed defeated Midnight Rider

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated Midnight Rider

Zombie defeated Stinger Unleashed

Finals

Zombie defeated Grave Digger

*With a 6 truck field, the fastest loser returned in the semi-finals

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS

Grave Digger 9.362

Zombie 8.688

Master of Disaster 6.093

Stinger Unleashed 5.900

Barbarian 3.778

Midnight Rider 2.861

 

DONUTS

Zombie 9.028

Grave Digger 8.970

Barbarian 6.613

Midnight Rider 6.247

Master of Disaster 3.288

Stinger Unleashed DNC

 

FREESTYLE

Grave Digger 9.352

Zombie 8.295

Stinger Unleashed 8.281

Barbarian 5.801

Master of Disaster 5.331

Midnight Rider 4.688

 

EVENT NOTES

Saturday afternoon in Rockford belonged again to Team Zombie and Ami Houde. Ami opened the day with a photo-finish Monster Jam Racing win over Brandon Vinson and Grave Digger and never looked back. She opened the second half with a Donut victory as well and combined that with second place finishes in 2-Wheel Skills and Freestyle. Team Zombie was also helped out by ATV rider Samantha Larae — who finished third in ATV Racing and second in the Obstacle Course. During pre-show interviews on Friday night, Ami promised her fans that she would sweep the weekend, and so far, she’s two-thirds of the way there.

 

Friday Evening 

 

 

EVENT POINTS

 

Zombie 30

Grave Digger 28

Stinger Unleashed 21

Midnight Rider 21

Barbarian 15

Master of Disaster 12

 

RACING*

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Master of Disaster

Zombie defeated Barbarian

Midnight Rider defeated Stinger Unleashed

Semi-Finals

Barbarian defeated Grave Digger

Midnight Rider defeated Zombie

Finals

Barbarian defeated Midnight Rider

*With a 6 truck field, the fastest loser returned in the semi-finals

 

2-WHEEL SKILLS

Grave Digger 9.453

Zombie 8.893

Midnight Rider 8.676

Stinger Unleashed 6.526

Master of Disaster 6.132

Barbarian 3.309

 

DONUTS

Zombie 9.203

Grave Digger 8.712

Barbarian 6.087

Midnight Rider 5.412

Stinger Unleashed 5.307

Master of Disaster 4.949

 

FREESTYLE

Zombie 8.857

Grave Digger 8.379

Stinger Unleashed 8.027

Barbarian 5.315

Midnight Rider 5.271

Master of Disaster DNC

 

EVENT NOTES

Friday night at the BMO Harris Bank Center opened with an upset victory as Barbarian’s Devin Jones took the racing win. Up next, Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson capped an exciting 2-Wheel Skills competition with a very impressive win. Midnight Rider’s Tom Herzog finished in third place in that competition but completed his run with an unbelievable one-wheel save on the top of the pod. In an event filled with many different winners, ultimately, Team Zombie’s Ami Houde won the Donut and Freestyle competitions, en route to another Overall Event Championship. She has been on a bit of a roll lately, after capturing two of the three trophies last week.

 

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