Salt Lake City, UT - Jan. 3-4, 2020 - Vivint Smart Home Arena

Authored by Larry Jewett on January 5, 2020

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Lineup: Grave Digger (Brandon Vinson), Zombie (Bari Musawwir), EarthShaker (Tristan England), Scooby-Doo (Myranda Cozad), Soldier Fortune Black Ops (Tony Ochs), Megalodon (Austin Minton), Monster Mutt (Tanner Root), El Toro Loco (Elvis Lainez)

Hosts: John Saponaro and Abby Baltezar

SATURDAY EVENING

 

 

EVENT POINTS

 

EarthShaker 35

Grave Digger 34

Soldier Fortune Black Ops 34

Megalodon 30

Zombie 27

Scooby-Doo 23

Monster Mutt 12

El Toro Loco 9

 

Racing

Round 1

Zombie defeated Scooby-Doo

Soldier Fortune Black Ops defeated Megalodon

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

EarthShaker defeated Monster Mutt

Semi-Finals

Zombie defeated Solider Fortune Black Ops

EarthShaker defeated Grave Digger

Finals

Zombie defeated EarthShaker

 

ATV Racing Winner: Soldier Fortune Black Ops

2 Wheel Skills Winner: EarthShaker

Donut Winner: Grave Digger

Speedster Obstacle Course Winner: Megalodon

Freestyle Winner: Grave Digger

 

Recap: The theme of the weekend was Grave Digger versus EarthShaker. The two reigning series champions went toe-to-toe throughout all three events, with Brandon Vinson taking the first two trophies, but Tristan England was getting the last laugh on Saturday night. Only two points separated the two competitors on Friday, things ended in a Freestyle tie-breaker on Saturday afternoon, and one point was the difference tonight. Elsewhere, Soldier Fortune Black Ops’ Tony Ochs has been on a bit of a run himself, capturing another ATV Racing victory. After week one, Brandon Vinson is in the points lead over Tristan England 110 to 109, with Tony Ochs not far behind at 93.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

 

 

EVENT POINTS

 

Grave Digger 36

EarthShaker 36

Soldier Fortune Black Ops 31

Megalodon 24

Zombie 23

El Toro Loco 18

Scooby-Doo 18

Monster Mutt 16

 

Racing

Round 1

Monster Mutt defeated El Toro Loco

EarthShaker advanced, Soldier Fortune Black Ops DNC

Zombie defeated Megalodon

Grave Digger defeated Scooby-Doo

Semi-Finals

EarthShaker defeated Monster Mutt

Grave Digger defeated Zombie

Finals

EarthShaker defeated Grave Digger

 

ATV Racing Winner: Soldier Fortune Black Ops

2 Wheel Skills Winner: Grave Digger

Donut Winner: Soldier Fortune Black Ops

Speedster Obstacle Course Winner: Megalodon

Freestyle Winner: Grave Digger

 

Recap: Saturday afternoon at the Vivint Smart Home Arena opened with a rematch of the Monster Jam Racing Finals from Friday night, however this time EarthShaker’s Tristan England was able to get the better of Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson for the first win of the day. Up next Tony Ochs made up for not being able to compete in Racing by leading Soldier Fortune Black Ops to the ATV Racing win. Before intermission, Brandon Vinson captured the 2 Wheels Skills Challenge for the second time in two chances this season. After the break, Soldier Fortune Black Ops wowed the crowd with a cyclone in Donuts, giving Tony Ochs his second competition win of the day. Austin Minton of Megalodon got his first win of 2020 in the Speedster Obstacle Course. Heading into Freestyle, Grave Digger sat two points behind EarthShaker for the Overall Event Championship. While Tristan England had a great run, Brandon Vinson landed the first ever backflip in Salt Lake City, giving him the Freestyle win and his second Overall Event Trophy of the young season.

FRIDAY EVENING

 

 

EVENT POINTS

 

Grave Digger 40

EarthShaker 38

Zombie 28

Soldier Fortune Black Ops 28

El Toro Loco 22

Megalodon 22

Monster Mutt 12

Scooby-Doo 10

 

Racing

Round 1

Grave Digger defeated Monster Mutt

El Toro Loco defeated Soldier Fortune Black Ops

Zombie defeated Scooby-Doo

EarthShaker defeated Megalodon

Semi-Finals

Grave Digger defeated El Toro Loco

EarthShaker defeated Zombie

Finals

Grave Digger defeated EarthShaker

 

ATV Racing Winner: Grave Digger

2 Wheel Skills Winner: Grave Digger

Donut Winner: EarthShaker

Speedster Obstacle Course Winner: EarthShaker

Freestyle Winner: Zombie

 

Recap: The 2020 Triple Threat Series West season opened in Salt Lake City in extremely competitive fashion. At first glance, it looked like Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson was going to cruise to an Overall Event Championship after sweeping the first half of the event, but EarthShaker’s Tristan England refused to go down without a fight, winning both Donuts and the Speedster Obstacle Course after the break, putting himself only one point off the lead. Ultimately, Zombie’s Bari Musawwir won Freestyle, Grave Digger finished in second, and EarthShaker in third, sealing the first Overall Event Victory of the year for Brandon Vinson.

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