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Armando Castro

2024 Truck

El Toro Loco

2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series East

Hometown

Whittier, Calif.

Birthday

September 8, 1996

Armando Castro grew up a fan of Monster Jam who attended many events in Southern California. He never gave up on his dreams and began competing in 2017. He is the 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Speedster Racing Champion and 2024 2-Wheel Skills World Champion. Outside of Monster Jam, Armando is a registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

career highlights

  • 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Speedster Racing Champion
  • 2021 Rising Star of the Year
  • 2024 Arena Championship Series East Champion
  • 2024 Great Clips 2-Wheel Skills World Champion

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    Some of my interests and hobbies include going to my local racetrack and watching some drag or oval racing. I also love spending time with my family and always finding new adventures.
  • Who are your role models?
    My role models would have to be the man himself, Dennis Anderson and Monster Jam World Finals champion Tom Meents.
  • Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
    I have to be listening to music to relax my mind and to get focused.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    A lot of people don’t know that I am an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician).
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    My favorite memory on the track would be running down the race lane and feeling the horsepower as I am taking off. My favorite memory off the track would be when fans come up to me and ask for a photo or autograph.
  • What is your most prized possession?
    My most prized possession would have to be my certification to becoming an EMT. It was such an accomplishment and something that I hold on to very tightly.

life on the road

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    The best would be traveling around the world and experiencing new places you’ve always wanted to visit and meeting new Monster Jam fans everywhere. The worst thing is being away from my family.
  • While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    In my free time I love to sight see and experience new places and foods.
  • How do you keep fit?
    We stay fit by eating right, hitting the gym and always staying active as much as we can.
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    My phone to stay in contact with my family and my fan to keep me relaxed and cold while I sleep.
  • What is your favorite city to travel to?
    Honestly I would say Las Vegas.

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I have always been a Monster Jam super fan and I told myself I would never give up until I had the opportunity to drive for Monster Jam. Here I am now, living my dream.
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    My favorite thing about competing in Monster Jam would be meeting all of the Monster Jam fans. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be here.
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    Crazy, big air, fast, edge-of-your-seat and wow!
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Never give up on my dreams. The sky is never the limit and if you want something, you can make it happen. Your future is in your hands and it’s up to you do what you want with it.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    It has to be when I drove a Monster Jam truck for the first time. Feeling the roar and hearing the 1,500 horsepower and vibrations throughout my entire body is something I will never forget.
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    Being a super fan, I look up to all of the drivers. But in all honesty I would have to say Dennis Anderson and Tom Meents.

fun facts

  • What’s your favorite movie?
    Step Brothers
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Cops
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Red
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Lasagna
  • How would your friend and family describe you?
    Funny, crazy, outgoing and up for new things.

STADIUM SERIES EAST

Champion: Tyler Menninga

POINTS THROUGH April 27, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 660
behind
Position 2
name Tristan England /
truck JCB DIGatron /
points 578
behind -82
Position 3
name Todd LeDuc /
truck Megalodon /
points 551
behind -109
Position 4
name Bryce Kenny /
truck Great Clips Mohawk Warrior /
points 511
behind -149
Position 5
name Tom Meents / Blake Granger / Coty Saucier /
truck Max-D /
points 483
behind -177
Position 6
name John Gordon /
truck Bad Company /
points 439
behind -221
Position 7
name Cole Venard / Michael Pagliarulo /
truck Black Pearl /
points 385
behind -275
Position 8
name Linsey Read / Charlie Pauken / Jamie Sullivan /
truck Lucas Stabilizer /
points 342
behind -318
Position 9
name Jamey Garner /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 315
behind -345
Position 10
name Ryan Disharoon /
truck Shaker /
points 306
behind -354
Position 11
name Matt Pagliarulo / Michael Pagliarulo /
truck Jester /
points 263
behind -397
Position 12
name Michael Pagliarulo / Nick Pagliarulo /
truck Kraken /
points 214
behind -446

STADIUM SERIES WEST

Champion: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger

POINTS THROUGH April 30, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Ryan Anderson /
truck Son-uva Digger /
points 635
behind -0
Position 2
name Adam Anderson / Charlie Pauken / Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 561
behind -74
Position 3
name Camden Murphy /
truck Bakugan Dragonoid /
points 533
behind -102
Position 4
name Bari Musawwir / Todd LeDuc /
truck Zombie /
points 492
behind -143
Position 5
name Colt Stephens /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 453
behind -182
Position 6
name Cory Rummell /
truck Megalodon /
points 452
behind -183
Position 7
name Chris Koehler /
truck Monster Mutt / Northern Nightmare /
points 361
behind -274
Position 8
name Joe Foley /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 361
behind -274
Position 9
name Kayla Blood /
truck Soldier Fortune /
points 348
behind -287
Position 10
name David Olfert /
truck Velociraptor / Rod Ryan Show /
points 343
behind -292
Position 11
name Jim Koehler /
truck Avenger /
points 286
behind -349
Position 12
name Mike Christensen /
truck Vendetta /
points 240
behind -395

ARENA SERIES CENTRAL

Champion: Weston Anderson

Weston Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH April 30, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Weston Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 1568
behind
Position 2
name Fernando Martinez /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 1207
behind -361
Position 3
name Brianna Mahon /
truck Scooby-Doo /
points 1179
behind -389
Position 4
name Jamie Sullivan / Joe Dennis /
truck Monster Mutt Dalmatian /
points 1165
behind -403
Position 5
name Brandan Tulachka /
truck Just Get Er Done /
points 1054
behind -514
Position 6
name Alex Bardin /
truck Stone Crusher /
points 717
behind -851
Position 7
name Mikayla Tulachka /
truck Megalodon /
points 666
behind -902
Position 8
name Frank Krmel /
truck Zombie /
points 544
behind -1024

ARENA SERIES EAST

Champion: Armando Castro

POINTS THROUGH April 28, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Armando Castro /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 1239
behind
Position 2
name Krysten Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 1213
behind -26
Position 3
name Zack Garner /
truck Wild Side /
points 1088
behind -151
Position 4
name Coty Saucier / Chelsea Vancleave / Joe Dennis / Tony Ochs /
truck Dragon /
points 921
behind -318
Position 5
name Chad Tingler /
truck Over Bored /
points 746
behind -493
Position 6
name Angelina Nock /
truck Megalodon /
points 642
behind -597
Position 7
name Mark Hall /
truck Raminator /
points 617
behind -622
Position 8
name Kurt Kraehmer /
truck Rammunition / Hotsy /
points 425
behind -814

ARENA SERIES WEST

Champion: Matt Cody

POINTS THROUGH April 7, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Matt Cody / Tyler Menninga / Coty Saucier /
truck Grave Digger /
points 1367
behind
Position 2
name Dalton Widner /
truck Jurassic Attack /
points 1330
behind -37
Position 3
name Tony Ochs /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 1275
behind -92
Position 4
name MJ Solorio /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 992
behind -375
Position 5
name Ashley Sanford / Loghan Ashline / Bernard Lyght /
truck Megalodon /
points 898
behind -469
Position 6
name Berto Treviño /
truck Monster Mutt Rottweiler /
points 753
behind -614
Position 7
name Joe Urie / James Calhoun / David Olfert /
truck Earth Shaker /
points 628
behind -739
Position 8
name Devin Winfield / Jeff Souza /
truck Velociraptor /
points 622
behind -745