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Steve Sims

Hometown

Virginia Beach, VA

Birthday

June 4

Began Competing

2005

A business relationship with Dennis Anderson allowed Steve Sims to transition from the stands into the pit area as the owner of a Monster Jam team with Sims himself getting behind the wheel. While the desire was initially to have a diversion from the busy stone business, the team quickly became competitive, eventually having both an East Coast and West Coast team on the road. Sims got behind the seat in early 2006 when his regular driver was unable to go and found he had the talent to be competitive. Sims immediately earned the respect of fellow competitors and worked his way into top competition. He began competing in World Finals in 2008, earning a top five in Freestyle in his third appearance.

about

  • What do you do with your free time?
  • Monday through Thursday, and sometimes into Friday morning, I’m running the stone business. Then, I either hop in the semi or hop on a plane and go out and do the Monster Jam shows. Then Monday morning, I’ve got to be back at work. I haven’t taken a lot of vacations. I’ve got a boat that’s been just sitting for the last three years. I’ve done very little fishing, lately. I used to hang out in the Cayman Islands and things like that, until I got into Monster Jam trucks. Now, I’m on the road so much that this is kind of my vacation. Day in, day out, I’m dealing with customers, so it’s awesome to get away, come out here, meet all of these great people, and have fun.
  • Do you have any pre-show rituals that you run though?
    I don’t have any superstitions and I really don’t do anything the same every time. But one thing I do is that I always put my gloves on top of the switch box. If they’re not up there I start raising heck with the crew, but other than that I’m really not superstitious or anything like that.

life on the road

  • What do you enjoy doing while on the road with Monster Jam?
    I like being on the road, seeing different towns and meeting different people. We meet a lot of awesome people out here, especially kids. They [the kids] come up and say, “We’ve seen you on Monster Jam,” and we just have a blast. I mean, we’re their heroes for that day. We love to make them smile.

career

  • How did you get started competing on the Monster Jam circuit?
    I traded some countertops with Dennis Anderson and that started opening a new window for me. For years, I had been going to the shows, sitting in the stands, and watching them. I wanted to race Monster Jam trucks, and I knew that I could. I’ve always had big trucks – big four-wheel drives. Then the opportunity came up. Dennis found out that the Backdraft Monster Jam truck was for sale. So we went and purchased it. The next thing you know, here we are and we’ve already been named Team of the Year twice. We never thought that we would actually be able to go this far, as quickly as we did. I didn’t expect that. I just wanted to go out and have fun, and we’re continuing to have fun. At the same time, the business we have was growing, too. We’ve been expanding so that we can have a West Coast team and an East Coast team. Our biggest goal is continue to have fun with all this.
  • You started out as a team owner. What change got you to become a driver as well?
    At first, I did just own the Monster Jam truck. I would get out in the field and play a little, but the business I have (Custom Stone Company) was going strong and I had a lot to keep up with, so I really didn’t think I had time to drive. I got Gary Wiggins to come out of retirement and get in the seat to drive. He did an awesome job, but then he got injured. So we were sitting there with the Monster Jam truck scheduled and no driver, so I said, “Heck, I’ll get in there.” I loved it! I didn’t want to get out of it. We then found out that Randy Brown had a chassis and the old Mopar Magic Monster Jam truck was for sale, the original one that Gary had built. So we the Monster Jam truck and Randy’s chassis and combined them. All of a sudden, we had a two-Monster Jam truck team. I’ve been hittin’ it ever since.
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam truck driver?
    I guess it has to be going to the Monster Jam World Finals and truly doing a good job there. I didn’t really expect to do that well. Actually, I didn’t do well in racing but I did do well in freestyle. Getting out there with all of the top names, and being able to hang with them after such a short time being behind the wheel, really boosted my self-esteem.

fun facts

  • What’s your favorite food?
    I love seafood – crab, fish, oysters, and shrimp, all of it.
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    I don’t get time to go out to movies.
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Really, I’m so tired when I get home that I start flipping through the television channels and within 15 minutes I’m asleep! But I did an episode of One Tree Hill, so I guess I better start watching that show to see if I can catch my Monster Jam truck on there. I ran through a wedding cake on that show!
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Blue

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