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Matt Cody

2024 Truck

Grave Digger

2024 Tour

International

Hometown

Williamsport, MD

Birthday

July 16

Matt Cody wasn’t even old enough to drive when he started working on monster trucks as an eighth grader. Growing up in Maryland, he was centrally located to assist Mike Vaters of Black Stallion, who provided Cody with the early education by allowing the youngster to serve as a crew member. Cody moved into the driver’s seat in 2012 and drove in his first Monster Jam event in 2014. In addition to Vaters, Cody was also friends with Steven and Mike Thompson, who went on to compete in the sport, through a shared love of wrestling in high school. It didn’t take long for Cody to mark a mark, winning the 2015 Arena Wheelie of the Year title. His consistent performances opened door for more competition and he earned a berth in the 2019 Speedster Obstacle Course field at World Finals XX in Orlando. Cody captured the title there, the only driver to date to claim the honor.

career highlights

  • 2015 Arena Wheelie of the Year
  • 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Speedster Obstacle Course Champion
  • 2024 Arena Series West Champion

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    I have four kids so they take up a lot of my time! I enjoy spending time with them and my wife. We live on 54 acres, and I enjoy just being outside riding 4 wheelers, working on the property and being active.
  • Who are your role models?
    Mike Vaters; he’s always been a father figure to me. There are a few others out there that motivate me to do better.
  • Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
    I like to walk around the truck and visually make sure things are ready to go.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I’m a wrestling coach for Junior league wrestling
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    Every event is a new memory for me but getting to compete in 2015 for the first time in my hometown event at Hagerstown Speedway where I watched monster trucks growing up!
  • What is your most prized possession?
    My 2019 Monster Jam World Finals Speedster Championship trophy. I was the first and only one to win that event!

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 that I’m living my dream, something that I’ve worked hard at and just traveling the world seeing all the sights. The worst would definitely be just leaving home and my family.
  • While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    Checking out the sights and finding new places to eat
  • How do you keep fit?
    Ha. Like I said I have four kids so they keep me busy. And just always staying active. We don’t sit around in this household!
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    Of course I can’t leave my gear home. But just the essentials: phone, wallet, clothes. Other than that, let’s go!
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    I’ve been asked this a bunch, and I cannot point out one place. I just enjoy traveling and being out on the road!
  • What countries have you visited with Monster Jam?
    I’ve been all over the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In 2023 I get to travel overseas for my first international tour!

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I got hooked up with Mike Vaters and the Black Stallion Team back in 2007. I started out crewing, working my way to crew chief for a few years. In 2012, I got my first opportunity to drive in some events. In 2014, I went full time driving and did my first Monster Jam event in the fall of 2014!
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    The atmosphere. When you’re at a Monster Jam event, you just know you’re at the big leagues! And all the best fans come out!
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    Smart and competitive
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Follow your dream! I was once that kid in the stands dreaming of it. I worked hard for it and had the right opportunities that I ran with! If you set your goals and fight for them, you can achieve a lot.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    Getting to compete with people that I’ve watched while growing up, and, of course, getting to compete at Monster Jam World Finals.
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    I can’t point one exactly. There are a lot of talented drivers out there that I take a little inspiration from all.

fun facts

  • What’s your favorite movie?
  • I like the Back to the Future series, any good comedy movies
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    I honestly don’t watch TV much, but impractical Jokers, Family Guy, Family Feud, and of course SpongeBob for the kids!
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Red
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    Steak
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    A good steak place
  • How would your friend and family describe you?
    Go getter, hard worker, fun time to be around

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