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Dalton Widner

2024 Truck

Jurassic Attack

2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series West

Hometown

Knoxville, TN

Birthday

November 19

It didn’t take long for Dalton Widner to make his mark on Monster Jam. The Knoxville, Tennessee native scored a racing win in just his second attempt, beating Weston Anderson and Grave Digger in the final round in Worcester, Massachusetts in February 2022. Widner got interested in Monster Jam by watching the sport as a preschooler. He came from a drag racing family and often left football practice as a teenager to assist a local team with trucks. He attended University of North Carolina-Charlotte and played offensive line for the 49ers football squad before choosing to join Team Throttle Monster in 2022.

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    I love all types of racing, so if it isn’t Monster Jam, I love watching drag racing, short course truck racing, Baja, drifting and all kinds of stuff! I also really enjoy video games. If I have a little spare time at home, I’ll play a few rounds of whatever game seems fun to me at the time. Another hobby I’ve had since I was a kid is RCs. My dad got me my first hobby grade RC when I was around 10 years old, and I’ve been hooked on those ever since!
  • Who are your role models?
    My parents most definitely. They set such an awesome example for me as a kid and raised me to be the man I am today. I aspire to have the character and temperament that my dad has and the attentiveness and focus that my mom has.
  • Do you have any pre-show rituals you run through?
    Every show I climb in my truck a little early, get belted in and tighten down just a little bit. Then, I close my eyes and relax for a few seconds and breathe deep before it’s go time.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I used to play Division 1 college football at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte!
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    My favorite memory is definitely my first Monster Jam racing win at my first ever Monster Jam event in Worcester, Massachusetts. I raced against some drivers that I’ve looked up to for a very long time. They are some of the most skilled drivers out there right now, in my opinion. It’s a win I’m very proud of.
  • What is your most prized possession?
    It’s hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say it’s my 1973 Camaro. My dad bought that car before I was born, and it’s been with us my whole life. I learned a lot of my mechanical knowledge with my dad when we had it apart and back together. Every time I see that car I see my dad, so I could never get rid of it.

life on the road

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    The best thing is seeing the sights that every city has to offer and meeting the new and excited fans at every venue we go to. I have memories watching my heroes compete in some of the very buildings I’ve been to, so it’s an awesome feeling of satisfaction that I’m living my dream! The worst thing has to be the time away from home. Being on the road really makes you appreciate the time you get to spend with friends and family and how precious that time is.
  • While on tour, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    I find the best restaurants in town and chow down! I’m also a big fan of history, so museums are really enjoyable for me!
  • How do you keep fit?
    Rolling the giant BKT tires around and working on Monster Jam trucks before, during and after events definitely helps keep me in shape!
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    My speaker in the trailer because I can’t work without some music!
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    My favorite so far has been Las Vegas, NV. The fans there are some of the loudest I’ve ever heard!
  • What countries have you visited with Monster Jam?
    USA and Canada

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I started by volunteering for teams that would come to my hometown show, when I was 14 years old. I would help tire up and down trucks, clean them, clean the trailers or anything I was ever asked to do. From then to when I was 19, I volunteered trying to get my name out there and then I finally got a full-time job as a crew guy and eventually worked my way up into a driver’s seat!
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    My favorite part has to be freestyle. When I finish my freestyle runs, I always get out and wave to the fans. Seeing the kids in the stands cheering really brings me joy because I remember I used to be one of those kids!
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    My driving style is a mix of old school and new style tricks. I love getting some huge air, doing some stand up sky wheelies and hanging the steering wheel out the window in a donut. It’s just like the drivers I watched growing up. I also really enjoy throwing in some newer tricks like stoppies, moonwalks and bicycles.
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Don’t ever lose sight of your goal, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    My greatest memory was the day I arrived for the first Monster Jam event of my career. I felt such a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment that I had finally made it to the big leagues!
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    Coty Saucier. I’ve always loved his driving style and how fast he is in racing. He also started out as a crew chief that became a driver later on, so I look at him and his accomplishments a lot for inspiration.

fun facts

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    DT
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    Transformers
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    MythBusters
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Orange
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Ribeye Steak
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    Texas Roadhouse
  • How would your friends and family describe you?
    Honest, loyal, caring, goofy, humble, competitive and generally a good time!

STADIUM SERIES EAST

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 410
behind
Position 2
name Tristan England /
truck JCB DIGatron /
points 387
behind -23
Position 3
name Todd LeDuc /
truck Megalodon /
points 327
behind -83
Position 4
name Bryce Kenny /
truck Great Clips Mohawk Warrior /
points 325
behind -85
Position 5
name Tom Meents / Colton Eichelberger /
truck Max-D /
points 324
behind -86
Position 6
name John Gordon /
truck Bad Company /
points 296
behind -114
Position 7
name Cole Venard / Mike Pagliarulo /
truck Black Pearl /
points 246
behind -164
Position 8
name Ryan Disharoon /
truck Shaker /
points 209
behind -201
Position 9
name Jamey Garner /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 202
behind -208
Position 10
name Linsey Read / Charlie Pauken /
truck Lucas Stabilizer /
points 201
behind -209
Position 11
name Matt Pagliarulo /
truck Jester /
points 162
behind -248
Position 12
name Mike Pagliarulo / Nick Pagliarulo /
truck Kraken /
points 119
behind -291

STADIUM SERIES WEST

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Ryan Anderson /
truck Son-uva Digger /
points 438
behind -0
Position 2
name Adam Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 396
behind -42
Position 3
name Camden Murphy /
truck Bakugan Dragonoid /
points 367
behind -71
Position 4
name Bari Musawwir /
truck Zombie /
points 333
behind -105
Position 5
name Cory Rummell /
truck Megalodon /
points 321
behind -117
Position 6
name Colt Stephens /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 308
behind -130
Position 7
name David Olfert /
truck Velociraptor / Rod Ryan Show /
points 260
behind -178
Position 8
name Joe Foley /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 245
behind -193
Position 9
name Chris Koehler /
truck Monster Mutt / Northern Nightmare /
points 238
behind -200
Position 10
name Kayla Blood /
truck Soldier Fortune /
points 227
behind -211
Position 11
name Mike Christensen /
truck Vendetta /
points 160
behind -278
Position 12
name Jim Koehler /
truck Avenger /
points 156
behind -282

ARENA SERIES CENTRAL

Weston Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 18, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Weston Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 711
behind
Position 2
name Fernando Martinez /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 532
behind -179
Position 3
name Brianna Mahon /
truck Scooby-Doo /
points 500
behind -211
Position 4
name Brandan Tulachka /
truck Just Get Er Done /
points 487
behind -224
Position 5
name Jamie Sullivan / Joe Dennis /
truck Monster Mutt Dalmatian /
points 430
behind -281
Position 6
name Alex Bardin /
truck Stone Crusher /
points 311
behind -400
Position 7
name Mikayla Tulachka /
truck Megalodon /
points 305
behind -406
Position 8
name Frank Krmel /
truck Zombie /
points 240
behind -471

ARENA SERIES EAST

Krysten Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Krysten Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 649
behind
Position 2
name Armando Castro /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 630
behind -19
Position 3
name Zack Garner /
truck Wild Side /
points 553
behind -96
Position 4
name Coty Saucier / Chelsea Vancleave /
truck Dragon /
points 550
behind -99
Position 5
name Chad Tingler /
truck Over Bored /
points 383
behind -266
Position 6
name Mark Hall /
truck Raminator /
points 357
behind -292
Position 7
name Angelina Nock /
truck Megalodon /
points 339
behind -310
Position 8
name Kurt Kraehmer /
truck Rammunition /
points 212
behind -437

ARENA SERIES WEST

Brandon Vinson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Brandon Vinson / Matt Cody /
truck Grave Digger /
points 770
behind
Position 2
name Tony Ochs /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 668
behind -102
Position 3
name Dalton Widner /
truck Jurassic Attack /
points 638
behind -132
Position 4
name MJ Solorio /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 516
behind -254
Position 5
name Ashley Sanford / Loghan Ashline /
truck Megalodon /
points 474
behind -296
Position 6
name James Calhoun / Joe Urie /
truck Earth Shaker /
points 379
behind -391
Position 7
name Berto Treviño /
truck Monster Mutt Rottweiler /
points 375
behind -395
Position 8
name Devin Winfield / Jeff Souza /
truck Velociraptor /
points 309
behind -461