Season Hits Halfway Mark
Authored by Larry Jewett on February 10, 2020
Many Monster Jam tours have hit the halfway point on their 2020 championship schedules and the Road to the Monster Jam World Finals XXI in Orlando on May 2-3 is looming heavy on the minds of competitors.
Stadium Series Red
With two events in Indianapolis, a new leader emerged, thanks to a clean sweep in Racing. Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy®) took the lion’s share of the available points and moved into a big lead with seven of the scheduled 13 events completed. LeDuc ran up seven Racing round wins for a pair of championships, adding an Event Championship as well. Cole Venard (The Black Pearl) captured a Skills Competition and Freestyle win to claim an Event Championship. Mike Vaters II (Overkill Evolution) won his third Skills Competition). Brad Allen (Monster Mutt® Rottweiler) won his first career Stadium Freestyle.
Next stop: Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 15
Stadium Series Green
A return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim was just what the doctor ordered for Neil Elliott (Max-DTM). The veteran had seen some great successes in the past and this past weekend may rank as one of the better memories. Elliott captured the Racing Championship, beating a determined Cory Rummell (MegalodonTM). From there, Elliott claimed his fifth Skills Competition. A sixth place finish in Freestyle denied him an Event Championship as he was tied with Freestyle winner Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger®), who earned the tiebreaker. The weekend effort by Elliott was enough to dethrone Morgan Kane (Grave Digger®), but the race remains close.
Next stop: San Diego, CA, Feb. 15
Stadium Series Yellow
Houston’s NRG Stadium provided the backdrop for a pair of events on the series. A triumphant effort by Camden Murphy (Bakugan DragonoidTM) served to overcome the disappointment of the previous weekend. With two wins in the Skills Competition, a Racing victory and an Event Championship, Murphy has a lot of reasons to be confident in the early stages of the tour. Coty Saucier (Monster Energy) made sure Murphy will not get too comfortable as Saucier backed up his San Diego effort with another win in Racing and an Event Championship. Brianna Mahon (Whiplash®) and Tom Meents (Max-D Fire) were the best in Freestyle, turning in some of the highest scores of the year.
Next stop: Oakland, CA, Feb. 15-16
Triple Threat Series® West
Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger) scored big in Denver to stretch out the points lead in the championship battle. Vinson captured 13 of the 28 competitions , highlighted by three Freestyle wins. Tristan England (EarthShaker®) brought home two Event Championships while Tony Ochs (Soldier FortuneTM Black Ops) dominated ATV Racing.
Next stop: Oklahoma City, Feb. 15-16
Triple Threat Series East
Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger) added to his championship lead as the series paid a visit to snowy Greenville. Menninga swept Freestyle and brought home a pair of Racing titles and captured two 2 Wheel Skills. Armando Castro (El Toro Loco®) took an Event Championship to deny Menninga’s sweep.
Next stop: Wilkes-Barre, PA, Feb. 14-16
Triple Threat Series Central
A traditional visit to Pittsburgh brought out the very best in Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) as he stretched out his series lead. Eichelberger brought home 13 wins in 28 competitions, but was denied victory in Freestyle throughout the visit. Krysten Anderson (Grave Digger) and Justin Sipes (Megalodon) took charge in Freestyle with Sipes also adding an Event Championship.
Next stop: Cleveland, OH, Feb. 15-16
Arena Championship Series
The points race tightened at the XL Center in Hartford as Randy Brown (Grave Digger) narrowly missed a second perfect score on the year. When the third show was finished, Brown trailed point leader Linsey Read (Scooby-DooTM) by just a single point. Brandan Tulachka (Get ‘er Done Second Generation) scored a Racing win while Kaylyn Migues (Monster Mutt® Dalmatian) claimed her first Donut victory of the season.
Next stop: Worcester, MA, Feb. 14-16