Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena

Authored by Admin on November 7, 2015

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November 07, 2015 - Friends Arena -  Stockholm, Sweden

 

Racing winner:

Grave Digger - Overall Event Champion

 

Freestyle winner:

Grave Digger

 

Trucks:

Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Colton Eichelberger, Max-D℠ driven by Morgan Kane, El Toro Loco® driven by Becky McDonough,          Blue Thunder® driven by Alx Danielsson, Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Daron Basl, NEA℠ driven by Aaron Basl, Scooby-Doo™ driven by Bailey Shea, Monster Energy driven by Coty Saucier, El Diablo℠ driven by Nic Granlund, and Bauhaus driven by George Balhan

 

In front of a near capacity crowd at Sweden’s National Stadium, Friends Arena in Stockholm, Colton Eichelberger and Grave Digger won both the racing bracket and the freestyle competition en route to claiming the overall event championship and laying claim as the Swedish Monster Jam Champion for 2015.

Following a sold-out party in the pits with 12,500 Swedish fans taking advantage of their chance to see the superstar Monster Jam athletes and their vehicles up close, the event was contested using the popular More Monster Jam format that brought more action to the loyal fans in Sweden than ever before, with the athletes having to conquer challenges in six separate competitions using three different vehicles each. With only the winner of the individual competitions earning points toward the overall event victory, Eichelberger also powered Grave Digger to the donut competition victory and a Monster Jam ATV triumph to end the event with four and a half points to far outdistance the field.

Aaron Basl got Team N.E.A on the board first, setting the fastest qualifying time to earn a half-point, but from there Grave Digger got rolling, defeating George Balhan and Bauhaus in the Championship Round Race. Several other teams claimed a victory at some point to get on the scoreboard, keeping them in contention until freestyle with two pivotal points up for grabs.

The appreciative fans roared often after some incredible moves and wow moments throughout the lineup. Daron Basl and Monster Mutt Rottweiler electrified the crowd with a full run that featured multiple amazing saves early on and held the lead most of the way until reigning Monster Jam World Finals Young Guns Champ Coty Saucier and Monster Energy let loose with a high-energy performance highlighted by a perfectly executed stoppie, something the fans in Sweden had never seen before and they reacted with one of the loudest cheers of the day for Monster Energy. The Swedes judging the event pushed Monster Energy into the lead that was short-lived. Veteran George Balhan traded his Mohawk Warrior body in for this one event to represent Swedish sponsor Bauhaus and delivered an incredible freestyle, and when Bauhaus expertly landed a backflip near the end of the run the fans were on their feet and Balhan took over the lead.

Grave Digger was the final team to hit the track for freestyle and it was for the beautiful Monster Jam Sweden Cup trophy that awaited the winner. Grave Digger could only take the hardware home with the freestyle win, otherwise Balhan and Bauhaus would claim the overall event championship. Eichleberger was up to the challenge, turning in a huge air freestyle that had Grave Digger on the ragged edge. The run came to a crowd-pleasing finale in bonus time when the truck launched into a nose pic and rebounded into a backflip attempt that fell just short, Digger ending the event on its roof, the fans closing the day on their feet cheering with Eichelberger hoisting up in the air the cup signifying Grave Digger winning the overall championship at the Stockholm event.

Overall Event Points:

Grave Digger - 4½
Max-D - 1½
Bauhaus - 1
El Diablo - 1
Monster Energy - 1
N.E.A. - ½

Racing Results:

Fast Qualifier – N.E.A. 19.530

1st Round - El Diablo def. N.E.A; Bauhaus def. Monster Mutt Rottweiler; Grave Digger def. Blue Thunder; Monster Energy def. El Toro Loco
Semifinals - Bauhaus def. El Diablo; Grave Digger def. Monster Energy
Championship Round – Grave Digger Def. Bauhaus

Freestyle Results:

Grave Digger - 41 (37 + 4 bonus points)
Bauhaus - 37 (33 + 4)
Monster Energy - 36 (33 + 3)
Max-D - 36
Monster Mutt Rottweiler - 32 (30 + 2)
N.E.A. - 30 (28 + 2)
El Toro Loco - 27
Scooby Doo - 26 (23 + 3)
Blue Thunder - 25

Wheelie Results:

Max-D – 33
Monster Energy - 30
Bauhaus - 28
Monster Mutt Rottweiler - 27
Scooby Doo - 26
El Toro Loco - 25
Grave Digger - 25
Blue Thunder - 24
N.E.A. - 22

Donut Results:

Grave Digger – 38
Monster Energy - 30
N.E.A. - 24
Max-D - 22
Scooby Doo - 21
El Toro Loco - 20
Bauhaus - 20
Blue Thunder - 18

Monster Jam ATV Winners:

Heat 1 – Bauhaus
Heat 2- Grave Digger
Main – El Diablo

Monster Jam Speedster Winners:

Heat 1 – Bauhaus
Heat 2 – Max-D
Main – Monster Energy

By:Scott Douglass

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