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Frank Krmel

2024 Truck

Zombie

2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series Central

Hometown

Roseville, MI

Birthday

December 20

A fan of Monster Jam® since he was a child, Frank Krmel’s rise through the sport’s ranks is a tribute to his willingness to take on any job at any time, as long as it was advancing him toward his dream of being a full-time Monster Jam driver. His time in the sport of Monster Jam trucks began as volunteer help for Jim Koehler and the Team Scream. It was Koehler who gave Krmel his first chance to drive. From there, Krmel built a reputation as one of the sport’s premier hired guns and a driver who could be counted on to hop into any machine and perform at the highest level. Having driven more than 20 different trucks in his career, Krmel finally got the full-time ride he always wanted when he was tabbed for Donkey Kong in 2007. Then in 2009, he was honored to be selected as the newest driver for the Blue Thunder® team and now he is one of the lead drivers for the Advance Auto Parts GrinderSM Monster Jam truck. Krmel has shown his versatility by becoming an on-camera pit reporter for the Monster Jam World Finals broadcasts, bringing to fans the entire behind-the-scenes scoop at the tour’s biggest event. Frank Krmel returned to Monster Jam in 2023 behind the wheel of Stone Crusher.

career highlights

  • 2009 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2010 Humanitarian Award

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    Attending sporting events, grilling out, spending time with friends and family
  • Who are your role models?
    My dad
  • Do you have any pre-show rituals you run through?
    I try to relax and get ready for the fun that I am about to have.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I can’t eat oranges. It has to be a texture thing!
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    Snapping Dennis Anderson’s streak of 9 consecutive final round racing wins

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 spending time with technicians and drivers, seeing new places and meeting new fans. There really isn’t a worst thing – I get to drive a Monster Jam truck every weekend!
  • While on tour, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    Try new local restaurants
  • How do you keep fit?
    I try to eat as healthy as possible and stay very active, either walking or hitting the treadmill.
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    My laptop and ear buds
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    Any city in Michigan. It’s my home state!
  • What countries have you visited with Monster Jam?
    I will probably leave some out, but here we go: Canada, France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Chile, Mexico, Netherlands, Abu Dhabi, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I started volunteering as crew for Scott Stephens (King Krunch) and later, Jim Koehler and Team Scream. Avenger was the first Monster Jam truck I drove.
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    Great places, great people, and adrenalin. To me, that’s Monster Jam.
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    Clean and calculated
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Pay attention in school, listen to your parents and most of all, don’t be afraid to work hard!
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    Getting the opportunity to perform in my hometown
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    Jim Koehler

fun facts

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    Frankie
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    Airplane!
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Seinfeld
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Green
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Crab Legs
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    Hooters
  • How would your friends and family describe you?
    Laid back, loves to laugh

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