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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 April 6, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 504
behind
Position 2
name Tristan England /
truck JCB DIGatron /
points 457
behind -47
Position 3
name Todd LeDuc /
truck Megalodon /
points 415
behind -89
Position 4
name Bryce Kenny /
truck Great Clips Mohawk Warrior /
points 387
behind -117
Position 5
name Tom Meents / Blake Granger / Coty Saucier /
truck Max-D /
points 386
behind -118
Position 6
name John Gordon /
truck Bad Company /
points 357
behind -147
Position 7
name Cole Venard / Mike Pagliarulo /
truck Black Pearl /
points 293
behind -211
Position 8
name Ryan Disharoon /
truck Shaker /
points 260
behind -244
Position 9
name Linsey Read / Charlie Pauken /
truck Lucas Stabilizer /
points 243
behind -261
Position 10
name Jamey Garner /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 243
behind -261
Position 11
name Matt Pagliarulo /
truck Jester /
points 195
behind -309
Position 12
name Mike Pagliarulo / Nick Pagliarulo /
truck Kraken /
points 147
behind -357

STADIUM SERIES WEST

Champion: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson in Son-uva Digger

POINTS THROUGH March 30, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Ryan Anderson /
truck Son-uva Digger /
points 584
behind -0
Position 2
name Adam Anderson / Charlie Pauken / Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 509
behind -75
Position 3
name Camden Murphy /
truck Bakugan Dragonoid /
points 479
behind -105
Position 4
name Bari Musawwir / Todd LeDuc /
truck Zombie /
points 442
behind -142
Position 5
name Cory Rummell /
truck Megalodon /
points 426
behind -158
Position 6
name Colt Stephens /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 407
behind -177
Position 7
name Chris Koehler /
truck Monster Mutt / Northern Nightmare /
points 324
behind -260
Position 8
name David Olfert /
truck Velociraptor / Rod Ryan Show /
points 321
behind -263
Position 9
name Kayla Blood /
truck Soldier Fortune /
points 321
behind -263
Position 10
name Joe Foley /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 318
behind -266
Position 11
name Jim Koehler /
truck Avenger /
points 262
behind -322
Position 12
name Mike Christensen /
truck Vendetta /
points 208
behind -376

ARENA SERIES CENTRAL

Weston Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH March 30, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Weston Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 1215
behind
Position 2
name Fernando Martinez /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 916
behind -299
Position 3
name Brianna Mahon /
truck Scooby-Doo /
points 886
behind -329
Position 4
name Jamie Sullivan / Joe Dennis /
truck Monster Mutt Dalmatian /
points 840
behind -375
Position 5
name Brandan Tulachka /
truck Just Get Er Done /
points 838
behind -377
Position 6
name Alex Bardin /
truck Stone Crusher /
points 539
behind -676
Position 7
name Mikayla Tulachka /
truck Megalodon /
points 521
behind -694
Position 8
name Frank Krmel /
truck Zombie /
points 422
behind -793

ARENA SERIES EAST

Krysten Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH April 7, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Krysten Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 930
behind
Position 2
name Armando Castro /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 915
behind -15
Position 3
name Zack Garner /
truck Wild Side /
points 812
behind -118
Position 4
name Coty Saucier / Chelsea Vancleave / Joe Dennis /
truck Dragon /
points 748
behind -182
Position 5
name Chad Tingler /
truck Over Bored /
points 567
behind -363
Position 6
name Mark Hall /
truck Raminator /
points 486
behind -444
Position 7
name Angelina Nock /
truck Megalodon /
points 475
behind -455
Position 8
name Kurt Kraehmer /
truck Rammunition / Hotsy /
points 311
behind -619

ARENA SERIES WEST

POINTS THROUGH April 7, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Brandon Vinson / Matt Cody / Tyler Menninga / Coty Saucier /
truck Grave Digger /
points 1312
behind
Position 2
name Dalton Widner /
truck Jurassic Attack /
points 1251
behind -61
Position 3
name Tony Ochs /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 1198
behind -114
Position 4
name MJ Solorio /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 942
behind -370
Position 5
name Ashley Sanford / Loghan Ashline / Bernard Lyght /
truck Megalodon /
points 853
behind -459
Position 6
name Berto Treviño /
truck Monster Mutt Rottweiler /
points 700
behind -612
Position 7
name Joe Urie / James Calhoun / David Olfert /
truck Earth Shaker /
points 594
behind -718
Position 8
name Devin Winfield / Jeff Souza /
truck Velociraptor /
points 591
behind -721