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Fernando Martinez

2024 Truck

El Toro Loco

2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series Central

Hometown

Rialto, California

Birthday

February 19

A lifelong Monster Jam fan, Fernando Martinez helped out at various events hoping to one day make it as a Monster Jam driver. He graduated Monster Jam University in 2023 and made his debut in Nampa, ID, in October. Martinez describes his driving style as “a mix of smooth technical moves, spiced up with a healthy dose of jaw-dropping moments.”

career highlights

  • 2024 Rookie of the Year

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    I love doing anything that allows me to create: painting, sculpting, video production, etc., listening to music or watching documentaries.
  • Who are your role models?
    Oh man, so many, for various reasons: Chris Bumstead, Travis Pastrana, Will Tennyson, Ozzy Osbourne, and I’m probably missing so many more.
  • Do you have any pre-event rituals you run through?
    Grounding is key for me. I take a walk, find a quiet spot to reflect, and practice gratitude. It brings me peace and gets me ready to hit the track with a mindset focused on having as much fun as I can.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    Only about 17% of the world’s population can wiggle their ears, and I’m one of them.
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    Going to events in Anaheim with my dad come to my mind. He introduced me to Monster Jam and essentially helped me find my life’s passion. Going to events with him was and still is very special.
  • What is your most prized possession?
    When I was a kid, I found a car key to a Saturn vehicle in a ditch. Not sure why, but I always made sure to keep it around.

life on the road

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    Best: sightseeing, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people; Worst: increased amount of Christmas cards I have to send out with every new friend I make!
  • While on tour, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    There’s so much to do that when I get tired out, I find myself a mellow spot to listen to music or talk with friends and family from back home.
  • How do you keep fit?
    Simple. 10,000 steps daily. No steps? no donuts.… balance.
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    Headphones and a comfy hoodie sweater
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    Undecided, but I will say, whichever city gets the most wild and crazy for Monster Jam will always have my vote.

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    Monster Jam has been my passion since I was a kid, when my dad first introduced me to it. Once those trucks caught my eye, there was no turning back. It quickly became my life’s goal to become a Monster Jam driver. As I grew up, I couldn’t get enough of it, and when I hit 18, I decided to soak up everything I could about the industry. I didn’t just study it; I jumped in, volunteered working on the trucks or doing event prep, made some cool friends, and believe it or not, ended up trying out and getting trained by none other than Tom Meents and his fantastic coaching team. It’s been an insane journey thus far.
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    The connection with the fans. They bring the energy, and we give it right back. It’s an incredible bond we share.
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    I’d say it’s a mix of smooth technical moves, spiced up with a healthy dose of jaw-dropping moments. It’s all about keeping the crowd (and myself) guessing.
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Be a student of the game. Listen more than you speak. And most of all, your greatest strength is to be yourself.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    When I could look my parents in the eyes and say, “All the late nights, sacrifices, and support you’ve given me, it wasn’t in vain. I made it.” Their dedication and love are what got me here, and I’ll never forget that.
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    My childhood heroes in Monster Jam were definitely Tom Meents and Dennis Anderson. Nowadays, I believe inspiration can be found in anyone or anything that has something to teach, as long as you’re willing to learn.

fun facts

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    Variants stemming from “Fern”: Fernie, Ferocious Fern, Ferniefreestyles, Fern Dawg. The possibilities are endless.
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    How can I pick one? The Outsiders, Talladega Nights: Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Simpsons Movie, Hot Rod, and The Crow.
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Whose Line Is It Anyways?
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Orange
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Chicken Pad Thai
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    Any hidden treasures recommended by the locals
  • How would your friends and family describe you?
    Mom: “Sweetest boy. Travieso with a good heart.” Dad: “Hard worker. Taller than me” Sister: “Bestiiieeee”

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 / Mike 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 / Mike Pagliarulo /
truck Jester /
points 263
behind -397
Position 12
name Mike 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
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