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Tony Ochs
Tony Ochs in ThunderROARus

Tony Ochs


Tony Ochs

2024 Truck


2024 Tour

Arena Championship Series West


Lucinda, Pennsylvania


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 piloted Monster Jam’s newest truck, ThunderROARus.

career highlights

  • 2019 Arena Freestyle of the Year


  • 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!.


  • 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


POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position 1
name Tyler Menninga /
truck Grave Digger /
points 410
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


POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

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


Weston Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 18, 2024

Position 1
name Weston Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 711
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


Krysten Anderson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position 1
name Krysten Anderson /
truck Grave Digger /
points 649
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


Brandon Vinson in Grave Digger

POINTS THROUGH February 25, 2024

Position 1
name Brandon Vinson / Matt Cody /
truck Grave Digger /
points 770
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