Tampa, FL - August 24, 2019 - Amalie Arena

Authored by Larry Jewett on August 25, 2019

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Hosts: John Saponaro & Abby Baltezar

Truck Lineup: Grave Digger (Krysten Anderson), Soldier Fortune (Kayla Blood), Max-D (Blake Granger), Alien Invasion (Bernard Lyght), EarthShaker (Tristan England), El Toro Loco (Mark List), Blue Thunder (Matt Cody), Monster Mutt Rottweiler (Austin Minton)

Saturday Evening

EVENT POINTS

Blue Thunder 37

Soldier Fortune 34

Max-D 33

EarthShaker 31

El Toro Loco 26

Alien Invasion 17

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 16

Grave Digger 15

RACING

Blue Thunder 11.774

Grave Digger 12.136

Alien Invasion 12.355

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 13.302

Soldier Fortune 13.371

Max-D 13.437

EarthShaker 14.269

El Toro Loco 17.229

ATV RACING

Max-D

Soldier Fortune

EarthShaker

Blue Thunder

El Toro Loco

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Alien Invasion

Grave Digger

2 WHEEL SKILLS

El Toro Loco 9.415

Max-D 9.353

EarthShaker 8.915

Blue Thunder 7.718

Grave Digger 7.272

Solider Fortune 6.832

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.062

Alien Invasion 4.555

DONUTS

Soldier Fortune 9.725

El Toro Loco 9.301

Max-D 8.407

EarthShaker 8.118

Blue Thunder 7.628

Alien Invasion 6.949

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.234

Grave Digger 6.159

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Blue Thunder defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

Max-D defeated Grave Digger

EarthShaker defeated El Toro Loco

Soldier Fortune defeated Alien Invasion

Semi-Finals

Blue Thunder defeated Max-D

EarthShaker defeated Soldier Fortune

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated EarthShaker

FREESTYLE

Soldier Fortune 9.518

Blue Thunder 8.797

EarthShaker 8.440

Max-D 8.028

El Toro Loco 6.537

Alien Invasion 6.430

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 6.201

Grave Digger DNC

EVENT NOTES

After coming up just short in the afternoon’s event, Matt Cody’s emotional day culminated with his first Overall Event Championship in nearly three years. Just as he did during the day, Matt led Blue Thunder to the Racing win. But after that, he was hit with three disappointing finishes in a row before winning the Speedster Obstacle Course (also for the second time of the day). Heading into Freestyle, Blue Thunder enjoyed a narrow two point lead in the standings. That’s when Matt Cody made history, capping his run with his first career backflip in near perfect fashion. Although he only finished in second place in Freestyle, just behind Soldier Fortune, he did enough to earn 37 points and the Overall Event Championship trophy, which he dedicated to the memory of his best friend, fellow Monster Jam truck driver Mike Thompson. Over the course of the two events, Blue Thunder won 5 competitions and compiled 73 of 96 possible points. No matter what happens over the course of Matt Cody’s career, Saturday August 24th in Tampa will be one of the most memorable for this extremely talented driver.

 

 

Saturday Afternoon

EVENT POINTS

Max-D 36

Blue Thunder 36

El Toro Loco 30

EarthShaker 28

Alien Invasion 27

Grave Digger 24

Soldier Fortune 15

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 14

RACING

Blue Thunder 11.199

Alien Invasion 11.391

Grave Digger 11.392

El Toro Loco 12.037

EarthShaker 13.564

Max-D 13.629

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 14.205

Soldier Fortune 19.074

ATV RACING

Max-D

Alien Invasion

Monster Mutt Rottweiler

El Toro Loco

EarthShaker

Blue Thunder

Grave Digger

Soldier Fortune

2 WHEEL SKILLS

EarthShaker 9.550

Blue Thunder 8.634

Grave Digger 8.117

Max-D 7.867

El Toro Loco 7.074

Alien Invasion 5.315

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 4.346

Soldier Fortune 4.180

DONUTS

Blue Thunder 9.160

Max-D 9.033

El Toro Loco 9.006

Grave Digger 8.397

Alien Invasion 8.194

Soldier Fortune 7.785

EarthShaker 7.262

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 3.477

SPEEDSTER OBSTACLE COURSE

Round 1

Soldier Fortune defeated EarthShaker

Max-D defeated Monster Mutt Rottweiler

El Toro Loco defeated Alien Invasion

Blue Thunder defeated Grave Digger

Semi-Finals

Max-D defeated Soldier Fortune

Blue Thunder defeated El Toro Loco

Finals

Blue Thunder defeated Max-D

FREESTYLE

EarthShaker 9.530

Max-D 8.156

El Toro Loco 7.976

Soldier Fortune 7.879

Alien Invasion 7.681

Grave Digger 6.891

Blue Thunder 6.685

Monster Mutt Rottweiler 5.506

EVENT NOTES

Saturday afternoon at the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning was filled with electricity, emotion and excitement. Things opened with a Blue Thunder Timed Racing victory, followed by an ATV Racing win by reigning ATV World Champion Blake Granger. Up next, Tristan England took the 2-Wheel Skills Challenge. After the intermission, Matt Cody of Blue Thunder got back to his winning ways with back-to-back victories in impressive fashion. First, Matt was able to get a near cyclone working while having his steering wheel detached to earn the Donut win. Then, as he has done so often this year — including at World Finals — he won the Speedster Obstacle Course. Headed into Freestyle, it looked like Matt Cody would be the Overall Event Champion. However, due to some truck issues, he was unable to make it very deep into his run. His 7th place finish, coupled with Max-D’s 2nd place finish was enough to break the tie and allow Blake Granger the opportunity to steal the Overall Event Championship. It’s also worth noting that en route to his Freestyle win, Tristan England of EarthShaker landed his first career backflip and the first backflip ever at the Amalie Arena.

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