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Tony Ochs

2024 Truck

ThunderROARus

2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series West

Hometown

Lucinda, Pennsylvania

Birthday

January 17

Tony Ochs is a veteran of the U.S. Army with four combat deployments and a total of five overseas tours. He is a certified Apache helicopter technician. Prior to his Monster Jam career, Ochs was the stunt motorcycle crew chief for Marvel Universe Live! Ochs has proudly represented the military behind the wheel of Soldier Fortune Black Ops. In 2023, he became one of the first drivers to compete behind the wheel of ThunderROARus.

career highlights

  • 2019 Arena Freestyle of the Year

about

  • What are some of your interests/hobbies/favorite pastimes?
    I enjoy ATV riding the most. My whole community lives to ride! I also like to operate equipment and big rigs! I’d love to get into restoring old big rigs. I enjoy pumping iron and playing a video game now and then. Most importantly I love spending time with my little girls!
  • Who are your role models?
    My uncles
  • Do you have any ‘pre-show’ rituals you run through?
    Anything I can do to relax and calm my nerves. The best driving is done with ice in the veins.
  • What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I am a US Army veteran with five tours overseas. I was an Apache attack helicopter crew chief.
  • What is your favorite memory on or off the racetrack?
    My favorite Monster Jam memory would be when Krysten Anderson won the 2022 Arena Championship. To be able to share that moment and celebrate was a very fun and emotional time for all of us. It was as if we were just holding our breath for 15 weeks, and we were finally able to breathe. That was a fun celebration that evening!
  • What is your most prized possession?
    I don’t consider possessions in that light so I’m not entirely sure what to say. My excavator would have to be considered my most prized possession because it has the highest return on investment.

life on the road

  • What is the best and worst thing about being on the road every weekend with Monster Jam?
    I think the best thing is that I get to discover a new city every week. Sometimes I find myself in a familiar city and it brings back all the memories from the previous year or the year before in that location. I like to find the hidden secret, hole in the wall, ma and pa restaurants with the best food. The only bad things I can think of is when travel arrangements are disrupted due to whatever reason. That really can throw a wrench into my plans. Also, if I get sick, it’s not very fun.
  • While on the road, what is your favorite thing to do during your free time?
    There isn’t a lot of free time, honestly. Usually, whatever free time I have is used catching up on sleep!
  • How do you keep fit?
    I just built a home gym in my finished basement for convenience. After the birth of my little girls in the last two years, it’s been a real challenge to actually go to my local YMCA. I’m pretty excited about the home gym because I can run in and pump iron or hit cardio at any spare moment without leaving the house. I’m looking forward to the time when I can take both my girls to the YMCA and let them partake in all the fun activities!
  • What item(s) can you not live without while traveling on the road with Monster Jam?
    Definitely a noise canceling headset for the airplane rides! Also, I have to have my inflatable cot. Those seem to be a popular valuable item among a lot of people on tour!
  • What is your favorite city to travel to? Why?
    There are a couple that stick out in my mind just because of the scenery. Spokane, WA, is one of them. Victoria, BC, Canada is another one. Anywhere with beautiful scenery!
  • What countries have you visited with Monster Jam?
    I have visited Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Dominican Republic with Monster Jam. I’ve also visited the United Kingdom and Ireland with Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe LIVE!.

career

  • How did you get started competing in Monster Jam?
    I started as a start motorcycle technician with Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe LIVE! From there, I started my Monster Jam career in the Soldier Fortune Black Ops Monster Jam truck.
  • What is your favorite part about competing in Monster Jam?
    My favorite part is seeing all the kids’ faces light up to the sight and sounds of these crazy Monster Jam trucks! Secondly would be getting the opportunity to hang out with all my Monster Jam friends.
  • How would you describe your driving style?
    If you figure that out, you let me know!
  • What advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?
    Continue to follow your dream. Set small attainable goals, with the big picture in mind. Set goals and achieve them over and over! That is your key to success!
  • What is your greatest memory as a Monster Jam driver?
    Sharing in the celebration of the 2022 Arena Championship was by far the best!
  • Who in Monster Jam do you look up to for inspiration?
    I say my buddy, Bari Musawwir! The best dude in Monster Jam, hands down, would give you the shirt off his back and never steer you wrong!

fun facts

  • Do you have any nicknames?
    My family and friends at home have called me Ants since I was born.
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    Top Gun (both of them)
  • What’s your favorite television show?
    Any good war documentary, especially Ken Burns documentaries
  • What’s your favorite color?
    Dark American Walnut!
  • What’s your favorite thing to eat?
    I have so many favorites! Pizza, of course, venison chops, love a good Philly Cheesesteak!
  • What’s your favorite restaurant on the road?
    Whichever one is open after the late event!!!
  • How would your friends and family describe you?
    That depends which ones! Quiet, laid back, and conservative…or loud, boisterous, and opinionated! Depends who you ask! Haha

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