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Jim Koehler

2024 Truck

Avenger

2024 Tour

Stadium Championship Series West

Birthday

July 13

Residence

Columbus, MI

“Mr. Excitement” is one of the veteran competitors in Monster Jam and continues to live up to his nickname! Jim started his career in 1997, building Avenger as a tribute to his father who competed in drag racer with the same name. Jim says driving a Monster Jam truck is like being a superhero “without having to chase criminals.” He advises that it is important to stick to your dreams and, most importantly to enjoy life…and he leads by example. He is a two-time World Freestyle Champion (2003 and 2011) and has won Monster Jam’s Extreme Air award seven times!

career highlights

  • 2003 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion
  • 2009 Sportsman of the Year
  • 2010 Stadium Freestyle of the Year
  • 2011 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion
  • 2011 Sportsman of the Year
  • 2012 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2013 Sportsman of the Year
  • 2013 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2014 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2015 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2015 Sportsman of the Year
  • 2016 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2017 Extreme Air of the Year
  • 2021 Stadium Freestyle of the Year
  • 2022 Extreme Air of the Year

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    Welding and fabricating, riding four-wheelers, boating and jet skiing.
  • Who are your role models?
    John Force and Dale Earnhardt.
  • Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?<
    I usually tape things to my cab. A note to motivate me, a coin that I find for good luck or something I received from a fan.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I think by now, everyone knows everything about me.
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    My newest, favorite memory was when we did an amazing job in racing and freestyle at the 2017 Monster Jam World Finals in a brand-new truck that we build. It was the first weekend it was ever driven.
  • What’s your most prized possession?
    My trucks!

life on the road

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    For me, the worst part is being away from home and driving all those miles to every show. The best is seeing the country and meeting all of the great fans and of course, getting to play with all of the Monster Jam trucks.
  • While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    What free time? There isn’t any free time on the road.
  • How do you keep fit?
    Hard work keeps me fit. I never sit around.
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    Clothes and the basics. I’m a guy, I don’t take much to survive.

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I built my own truck from scratch and started competing with it. I guess they liked what they saw!
  • What’s your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    The level of competition.
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    Moderately out of control.
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Stay in school, keep out of trouble and follow your dreams.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    Winning Sportsman of the Year as many times as I have and my two Monster Jam World Finals championships.
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    Everyone looks up to Tom Meents and Dennis Anderson but now-a-days every Monster Jam driver inspires me. A lot of these new kids can really drive and some come from great backgrounds and have amazing stories.

fun facts

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    Mr. Excitement
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    The Hangover
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    The Walking Dead
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Green
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Steak and lobster
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    We don’t always eat at the nicest restaurants on the road. Not by choice, nice restaurants don’t have semi-truck parking!
  • How would your friend and family describe you?
    A good guy… I hope!

STADIUM SERIES EAST

POINTS THROUGH February 18, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 350
behind
Position 2
name Tristan England /
truck JCB DIGatron /
points 336
behind -14
Position 3
name Tom Meents / Colton Eichelberger /
truck Max-D /
points 283
behind -67
Position 4
name Todd LeDuc /
truck Megalodon /
points 279
behind -71
Position 5
name Bryce Kenny /
truck Great Clips Mohawk Warrior /
points 265
behind -85
Position 6
name John Gordon /
truck Bad Company /
points 261
behind -89
Position 7
name Cole Venard / Mike Pagliarulo /
truck Black Pearl /
points 220
behind -130
Position 8
name Ryan Disharoon /
truck Shaker /
points 184
behind -166
Position 9
name Linsey Read / Charlie Pauken /
truck Lucas Stabalizer /
points 172
behind -178
Position 10
name Jamey Garner /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 163
behind -187
Position 11
name Matt Pagliarulo /
truck Jester /
points 130
behind -220
Position 12
name Mike Pagliarulo / Nick Pagliarulo /
truck Kraken /
points 98
behind -252

STADIUM SERIES WEST

POINTS THROUGH February 18, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Ryan Anderson /
truck Son-uva Digger /
points 389
behind -0
Position 2
name Adam Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 335
behind -54
Position 3
name Camden Murphy /
truck Bakugan Dragonoid /
points 334
behind -55
Position 4
name Bari Musawwir /
truck Zombie /
points 283
behind -106
Position 5
name Cory Rummell /
truck Megalodon /
points 271
behind -118
Position 6
name Colt Stephens /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 258
behind -131
Position 7
name David Olfert /
truck Velociraptor / Rod Ryan Show /
points 231
behind -158
Position 8
name Joe Foley /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 209
behind -180
Position 9
name Kayla Blood /
truck Soldier Fortune /
points 203
behind -186
Position 10
name Chris Koehler /
truck Monster Mutt /
points 197
behind -192
Position 11
name Mike Christensen /
truck Vendetta /
points 139
behind -250
Position 12
name Jim Koehler /
truck Avenger /
points 134
behind -265

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 18, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Krysten Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 530
behind
Position 2
name Armando Castro /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 509
behind -21
Position 3
name Zack Garner /
truck Wild Side /
points 450
behind -80
Position 4
name Coty Saucier / Chelsea Vancleave /
truck Dragon /
points 436
behind -94
Position 5
name Chad Tingler /
truck Over Bored /
points 310
behind -220
Position 6
name Mark Hall /
truck Raminator /
points 295
behind -235
Position 7
name Angelina Nock /
truck Megalodon /
points 271
behind -259
Position 8
name Kurt Kraehmer /
truck Rammunition /
points 178
behind -352

ARENA SERIES WEST

Brandon Vinson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 18, 2024

Position
Name
Truck
Points
Behind
Position 1
name Brandon Vinson / Matt Cody /
truck Grave Digger /
points 706
behind
Position 2
name Tony Ochs /
truck ThunderROARus /
points 589
behind -117
Position 3
name Dalton Widner /
truck Jurassic Attack /
points 584
behind -122
Position 4
name MJ Solorio /
truck El Toro Loco /
points 467
behind -239
Position 5
name Ashley Sanford / Loghan Ashline /
truck Megalodon /
points 431
behind -275
Position 6
name James Calhoun /
truck Earth Shaker /
points 337
behind -369
Position 7
name Berto Treviño /
truck Monster Mutt Rottweiler /
points 323
behind -383
Position 8
name Devin Winfield / Jeff Souza /
truck Velociraptor /
points 287
behind -419