TMB TV: Highlights – Battle of the Monster Trucks – Tulsa, OK 2011

Event: Battle of the Monster Trucks
Venue: QuikTrip Center
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date: February 18th, 2011
Videographer: Kaedon Berry

Lineup: Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Bar’s Leaks Eliminator (Greg Adams), Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Larry Swim), Desperado (Drew Haygood), Rislone Defender (Zach Adams), Snake Bite #11 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Wilkes-Barre, PA 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Wachovia Center
Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Date: March 12th, 2011
Photographer: Jason Miller

Lineup: Grave Digger (Gary Porter), Grinder (Frank Krmel), Iron Man (Lee O’Donnell), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Spiderman (Whit Tarlton) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular – West Plains, MO 2011

Event: Outlaw Monster Truck Spectacular
Venue: West Plains Civic Center
Location: West Plains, Missouri
Date: March 12th, 2011
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Dragonfly (Rob French), Monkey’N Around (Steven Hill), Outtacontrol (Michael Phelps), Twisted Dragon (Rob French) [Read more…]

TMB Road to the World Finals Rankings – Week #10

This past weekend was the big showdown to see who would be the #1 driver in TMB’s 2011 Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings – with the top three contenders all having next weekend off to prepare for the World Finals, it would all come down to Syracuse and Baton Rouge. What resulted is the closest finish for the top spot in all five years we’ve doing these unofficial rankings – the winner is Dennis Anderson by less than two points over son Adam Anderson and only five points over Tom Meents!  Dennis and Tom laid down big performances in Syracuse to gain on Adam who swept freestyle in Baton Rouge, but was shut out in racing as Mike Vaters swept the weekend. What an incredible season it has been for these three drivers as they have far and away established themselves as Monster Jam’s top drivers this season.

Meanwhile there is still one week of competition left on the Road to the World Finals, giving all the other drivers competing this coming weekend a chance to gain spots in the rankings. Jimmy Creten picked up a racing and freestyle win in Winnipeg to stay in the #4 spot overall while Gary Porter had another big weekend in Wilkes-Barre to remain in the top 5 overall.

The action continues to be hot and heavy back around the 24th and final spot as the drivers try to prove that they earned a spot in the World Finals this year, whether they ultimately end up getting the invite from Feld or not. Steve Sims’ final round appearance in Syracuse put him back in the top 24, knocking out John Seasock. Lupe Soza also moved up, knocking Jim Koehler back to the bubble spot. Seasock is less than 2 points out of the top 24 while Jon Zimmer is only 5 points out, with a big gap back to Jeremy Slifko and Nick Owens.

This weekend is the last before the World Finals, so next week we will have the final rankings!  Check out the Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings after Week #10 below:

Here is how points were scored in this week’s Elite Level events:

3/12 – Syracuse, New York

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Steve Sims – Stone Crusher – 15
Semi-Finals – Chad Fortune – Superman – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Alex Blackwell – Captain’s Curse – 20
2nd – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 15
Tie – 3rd – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 5
Tie – 3rd – Chris Bergeron – Brutus – 5
Tie – 3rd – Steve Sims – Stone Crusher – 5

For results from Normal Level events, check out the 2011 Results Tracker March 11th-13th Weekend Results page (drivers earn 5 points for a racing or freestyle win).

If you haven’t followed along with TMB’s Road to the World Finals in the past, we’re sure that you have many questions about how we put this together: How does it work? Which events are we including? How are the points awarded? etc. At the bottom of each week’s update, you’ll see the detailed rationale and explanation that should answer most of these questions.

Stay tuned each week to TMB’s “Road to the World Finals” for all the results and current standings each week. Keep in mind this is all unofficial and is just for fun and enjoy as we track the Monster Jam series all the way to the World Finals in March!

About TMB’s Road to the World Finals:

For some time, fans across the country have wondered why the USHRA does not run a public points system of some kind for their Monster Jam series. We are included in the group that would love to be able to follow the standings of such a series each week. We are of the belief that a berth in the Monster Jam World Finals should be earned based on performance throughout the year in both racing and freestyle. Regardless of what portion of the monster truck industry you favor, there is no denying that the Monster Jam World Finals is the biggest and highest profile event our sport has to offer. A chance to compete at this event is a big deal for many drivers out there, and it is our opinion that they should be able to earn their way in. We’re not saying that Feld Motorsports doesn’t pick the World Finalists based on performance currently–we’re simply saying that we don’t know how they make up the field because the process isn’t made public.

So with that in mind, we have created an UNOFFICIAL points system that is simple (although it may seem complicated) and that rewards performance in all Monster Jam events across the country leading up to the World Finals. In our Standings, we will show the cut-off after the 24th truck, indicating that IF entry to the World Finals was based SOLELY on performance, these are the drivers that would be headed to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that this is just for fun and has no actual bearing on the selection of World Finals participants. See below for a breakdown of our points system and our rationale for the decisions we made in creating it.

Elite Level Events

What is an Elite Level event? We define an Elite Monster Jam event as any with a field of 12 of more trucks. We have chosen to award these events the highest amount of points, because these are the highest profile Monster Jam events. These events are the ones held in the major stadiums in front of the biggest crowds, some of which are even televised on SPEED. It is our belief that performance in the highest profile shows should be weighted most heavily toward a World Finals berth because these events are most similar to the World Finals itself. The most points any one driver can score in an Elite Level event (and thus in any event) is 40. If an event meeting all of this criteria holds 3 or more shows over the course of a single weekend, the points for each show are worth half of what is listed below.

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
Semi-Finals – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
3rd – 10
4th – 5

Normal Level Events

What is a Normal Level show? The majority of Monster Jam events held around the country are Normal Level shows. These events are typically held in smaller arenas around the country, consisting of multiple shows held over the course of the weekend (anywhere from 2-5), with fields of anywhere from 5-8 trucks. Looking at the points awarded for these shows, you will notice they are much less than the upper levels. We equate the significance level of an entire 4 show weekend of Normal Level events with the significance of one Elite Level show–thus, the maximum points a driver can earn in a weekend at a Normal Level event is 40 (this based on the usual maximum # of shows being 4 (Tacoma being the exception with 5), and an available 10 points per show (10×4=40)).

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

March 11th-13th Weekend Results

MONSTER JAM – Feld Entertainment

  • Syracuse, New York – Carrier Dome – 03/12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Avenger – Jim Koehler
    Bad Habit – Joe Sylvester
    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko
    Brutus – Chris Bergeron
    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell
    Eradicator – Andy Slifko
    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson
    Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk
    Madusa – Debra Miceli
    Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents
    Mopar Magic – Morgan Kane
    Stone Crusher – Steve Sims
    Superman – Chad Fortune
    War Wizard – Randy Moore

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut – The Arena at Harbor Yard – 03/11-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw
    Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach
    El Toro Loco – Joey Parnell
    Grave Digger – Randy Brown
    Martial Law – Paul Strong
    Thrasher – Pat Summa

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach

    Friday Night – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Joey Parnell

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    El Toro Loco – Joey Parnell

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Crushstation – Greg Winchenbach

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw

  • Toledo, Ohio – Huntington Center – 03/11-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    El Toro Loco – Bari Musawwir
    Full Boar – Ed Eckert
    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt
    High Maintenance – Jocelyn Perrin
    Rap Attack – Dave Rappach
    Samson – Dan Patrick

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Samson – Dan Patrick

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Rap Attack – Dave Rappach

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Samson – Dan Patrick

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Samson – Dan Patrick

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Full Boar – Ed Eckert

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Samson – Dan Patrick

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    El Toro Loco – Bari Musawwir

  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania – Mohegan Sun Arena – 03/11-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter
    Grinder – Frank Krmel
    Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell
    Raminator – Mark Hall
    Rammunition – Mat Dishman
    Spiderman – Whit Tarlton

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Spiderman – Whit Tarlton

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

  • Pensacola, Florida – Pensacola Civic Center – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bad News Travels Fast – Bruce Haney
    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker
    Grinder – Lupe Soza
    Instigator – Lionel Easler
    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan
    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Instigator – Lionel Easler

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grinder – Lupe Soza

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

  • Biloxi, Mississippi – Mississippi Coast Coliseum – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    El Matador – Daron Basl
    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn
    Grinder – John Seasock
    Gun Slinger – Scott Hartsock
    King Krunch – David Smith
    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Baton Rouge Civic Center – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters
    Destroyer – Dan Evans
    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson
    Iron Warrior – Trey Meyers
    Monster Mutt Dalmation – Candace Jolly
    Nitro Circus – Cam McQueen

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

  • Fresno, California – Save Mart Center – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Blue Thunder – Todd Leduc
    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler
    Shocker – Pat Gerber
    The Felon – Mark Schroeder
    The Patriot – Dan Rodoni
    Tropical Thunder – Andrew Peckhum

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    The Patriot – Dan Rodoni

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Blue Thunder – Todd Leduc

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

  • Nampa, Idaho – Idaho Center – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Captain USA – Jeff Bainter
    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald
    Grave Digger The Legend – Norm Miller
    Jurassic Attack – Don Frankish
    Maverik Monster Trakkar – Ron Duncombe
    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Captain USA – Jeff Bainter

    Friday Night – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre – 03/12-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jon Zimmer
    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten
    Dragon’s Breath – Becky McDonough
    Excaliber – Kevin Koszala
    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken
    Iron Outlaw – Ben Winslow

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Dragon’s Breath – Becky McDonough

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jon Zimmer

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten

MONSTER NATIONALS – Family Events

  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Sears Centre Arena – 03/12-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Chalkboard Chuck – Jeff Hatten
    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long
    Heavy Hitter – Derrick Anson
    Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman
    Outback Thunda – Clive Featherby
    Star Marshal – Dave Radzierez

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Outback Thunda – Clive Featherby

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Heavy Hitter – Derrick Anson

MONSTER TRUCK WINTER NATIONALS – Checkered Flag Productions

  • Pasco, Washington – TRAC Arena – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 – Larry Swim
    California Kid – Garrett Ladelle
    Mirror Image Racing – Tyler Groth
    Rock Star – Bill Payne
    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Tie – Titan – Donald Epidendio
    Tie – Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Titan – Donald Epidendio

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Tie – Titan – Donald Epidendio
    Tie – Rock Star – Bill Payne

EXTREME MONSTER TRUCK NATIONALS – Jim Morris

  • Pooler, Georgia – Oglethorpe Speedway Park – 03/11-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry
    Crashmaster – Jeremy Perry
    Equalizer – Mike Hawkins
    Hot Tamale – Isaiah Morales
    Ice – Amy Perry

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Tie – Crashmaster – Jeremy Perry
    Tie – Hot Tamale – Isaiah Morales

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Crashmaster – Jeremy Perry

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Crashmaster – Jeremy Perry

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

MONSTER TRUCK & TUFF TRUCK CHALLENGE – DMI Motorsports LLC

  • Corinth, Mississippi – Crossroads Arena – 03/11-12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker
    Desperado – Drew Haygood
    Predator – Allen Pezo
    Project X – Kevin Poore
    Prowler – Lenny Kuilder

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Project X – Kevin Poore

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Predator – Allen Pezo

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Project X – Kevin Poore

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Predator – Allen Pezo

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

OUTLAW MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR – Outlaw Monster Trucks

  • West Plains, Missouri – West Plains Civic Center – 03/12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Dragonfly – Rob French
    Monkey’N Around – Steven Hill
    Outtacontrol – Orville Hill
    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Monkey’N Around – Steven Hill

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Monkey’N Around – Steven Hill

  • Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Fairpark – 03/12/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    1/2 Pint – Travis Sturges
    Nasty Boy – Ronnie Sturges
    Terminator – Gary Schott
    Time Flys – Kelvin Ramer
    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges

ROAD 2 DESTRUCTION TOUR – Metal Clash Productions

  • Corpus Christi, Texas – Corpus Christi Speedway – 03/11-13/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Fatal Attraction – Jeff Murphy
    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick
    Triple XXX – R.B. Mohler
    Triple XXX – Steven Thompson

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Fatal Attraction – Jeff Murphy

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

Outback Thunda Ready for First Ever Event in U.S.

Monster truck fans attending this weekend’s Monster Nationals at the Sears Centre Arena in suburban Chicago will be in for a treat as, for the first time ever, an Australian monster truck and driver will be competing in a U.S. event. Australian monster truck pioneer Clive Featherby will take on E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot, Lucas Oil Stabilizer, Heavy Hitter, Chalkboard Chuck and Star Marshal in his Outback Thunda machine.

Australian Clive Featherby will make his U.S. competitive debut this weekend in Outback Thunda III.

Following the sale of Clive’s Extreme Monster Trucks Australia promotion company last fall, the newest version of Outback Thunda was shipped to the United States and is being housed out of the Paul Shafer Motorsports shop in Indiana. Clive is actively seeking to book the truck as he looks to see how he stacks up against the best in the United States.

Clive will be flying out of Brisbane on Thursday and will take part in the media day on Friday morning in preparation for the weekend’s competition. It will be Clive’s second ever time in the newest version of Outback Thunda, after having his Brisbane South Pacific World Finals III effort was cut short after only about 30 seconds in the truck.

Clive is very excited about the opportunity to race in the U.S. and very thankful to Family Events for the opportunity. The team, with mechanic Barry Gaunt is looking forward to a solid showing this weekend and also to future events in the U.S. over the course of the season.

For more information on this weekend’s Hoffman Estates Monster Nationals, visit them online at www.MonsterNationals.com!

Photos courtesy Darryl Smith.

TMB TV: MT Unlimited Episode 2.2 – Du Quoin, IL 2011

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: Southern Illinois Center
Location: Du Quoin, Illinois
Date: February 25th-26th, 2011
Host: Colby Marshall
Videographer: Colby Marshall

Lineup: Chalkboard Chuck (Jeff Hatten), E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 (Rick Long), Heavy Hitter (Derrick Anson), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Star Marshal (Dave Radzierez), Stomper (Joe Nichter) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Truck Thunder Slam – Jonesboro, AR 2011

Event: Monster Truck Thunder Slam
Venue: ASU Convocation Center
Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas
Date: March 5th-6th, 2011
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Firestone Bigfoot #11 (Darron Schnell), Pouncer (Allen Pezo), Predator (Dale Mitchell), Prowler (Lenny Kuilder), War Wagon (Andy Hoffman) [Read more…]

TMB Road to the World Finals Rankings – Week #9

Only two weeks of competition are now left after a great first weekend of March and we have what may be our tightest battle for the #1 spot in the TMB Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings ever!  Adam Anderson is still out front in Grave Digger The Legend, but father Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger has closed the gap to less than 5 points…to make it even more intense, Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction is now only 10 points back.

Adam did what he needed to do sweeping the entire show in Lexington, but only had the one small arena show to score points while Dennis and Tom had two major stadium events in El Paso. They made the most of the opportunity as Dennis knocked off yet another huge racing win while Tom picked up another stadium freestyle, and both were in the top of the field in each of the weekend’s four competitions.

The big showdown for the top spot will come this weekend, as all three of the top drivers have the weekend before the World Finals off from competition. So it will all come down to Syracuse and Baton Rouge to see who can be #1 – Dennis and Tom will be at the inaugural stadium event in Syracuse while Adam will be in Baton Rouge for three big arena shows. That puts the pressure on Adam to sweep it all and hope that Dennis and Tom split the points available at the stadium event.

Looking back to the rest of the top 5, Jimmy Creten has moved back up to #4 with a big performance in El Paso and Charlie Pauken picked up several wins in Tucson to stay in the top five.

Things are staying interesting back around the 24th and final spot as John Seasock in AAP Grinder has taken it and knocked Jon Zimmer back to 25th. Seasock has only a 4 point advantage over Zimmer while Steve Sims and Jeremy Slifko have fallen to nearly 12 points back. Sims and Slifko are both at the final stadium event of the year in Syracuse however, so they definitely have a chance to close the gap with a big performance there.

Check out the Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings after Week #9 below:

Here is how points were scored in this week’s Elite Level events:

3/5 – El Paso, Texas

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 15
Semi-Finals – Tony Farrell – Grave Digger The Legend – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 20
2nd – Marc MacDonald – El Toro Loco – 15
3rd – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 10
Tie – 4th – Jon Zimmer – Amsoil Shock Therapy – 1.75
Tie – 4th – Jim Koehler – Avenger – 1.75
Tie – 4th – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 1.75

3/6 – El Paso, Texas

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 20
2nd – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 15
Semi-Finals – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Lee O’Donnell – Iron Man – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 20
2nd – Frank Krmel – AAP Grinder – 15
3rd – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 10
4th – Jim Koehler – Avenger – 5

For results from Normal Level events, check out the 2011 Results Tracker March 4th-6th Weekend Results page (drivers earn 5 points for a racing or freestyle win).

If you haven’t followed along with TMB’s Road to the World Finals in the past, we’re sure that you have many questions about how we put this together: How does it work? Which events are we including? How are the points awarded? etc. At the bottom of each week’s update, you’ll see the detailed rationale and explanation that should answer most of these questions.

Stay tuned each week to TMB’s “Road to the World Finals” for all the results and current standings each week. Keep in mind this is all unofficial and is just for fun and enjoy as we track the Monster Jam series all the way to the World Finals in March!

About TMB’s Road to the World Finals:

For some time, fans across the country have wondered why the USHRA does not run a public points system of some kind for their Monster Jam series. We are included in the group that would love to be able to follow the standings of such a series each week. We are of the belief that a berth in the Monster Jam World Finals should be earned based on performance throughout the year in both racing and freestyle. Regardless of what portion of the monster truck industry you favor, there is no denying that the Monster Jam World Finals is the biggest and highest profile event our sport has to offer. A chance to compete at this event is a big deal for many drivers out there, and it is our opinion that they should be able to earn their way in. We’re not saying that Feld Motorsports doesn’t pick the World Finalists based on performance currently–we’re simply saying that we don’t know how they make up the field because the process isn’t made public.

So with that in mind, we have created an UNOFFICIAL points system that is simple (although it may seem complicated) and that rewards performance in all Monster Jam events across the country leading up to the World Finals. In our Standings, we will show the cut-off after the 24th truck, indicating that IF entry to the World Finals was based SOLELY on performance, these are the drivers that would be headed to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that this is just for fun and has no actual bearing on the selection of World Finals participants. See below for a breakdown of our points system and our rationale for the decisions we made in creating it.

Elite Level Events

What is an Elite Level event? We define an Elite Monster Jam event as any with a field of 12 of more trucks. We have chosen to award these events the highest amount of points, because these are the highest profile Monster Jam events. These events are the ones held in the major stadiums in front of the biggest crowds, some of which are even televised on SPEED. It is our belief that performance in the highest profile shows should be weighted most heavily toward a World Finals berth because these events are most similar to the World Finals itself. The most points any one driver can score in an Elite Level event (and thus in any event) is 40. If an event meeting all of this criteria holds 3 or more shows over the course of a single weekend, the points for each show are worth half of what is listed below.

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
Semi-Finals – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
3rd – 10
4th – 5

Normal Level Events

What is a Normal Level show? The majority of Monster Jam events held around the country are Normal Level shows. These events are typically held in smaller arenas around the country, consisting of multiple shows held over the course of the weekend (anywhere from 2-5), with fields of anywhere from 5-8 trucks. Looking at the points awarded for these shows, you will notice they are much less than the upper levels. We equate the significance level of an entire 4 show weekend of Normal Level events with the significance of one Elite Level show–thus, the maximum points a driver can earn in a weekend at a Normal Level event is 40 (this based on the usual maximum # of shows being 4 (Tacoma being the exception with 5), and an available 10 points per show (10×4=40)).

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

March 4th-6th Weekend Results

MONSTER JAM – Feld Entertainment

  • El Paso, Texas – UTEP Sun Bowl – 03/05-06/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jon Zimmer
    Avenger – Jim Koehler
    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten
    Brutus – Chris Bergeron
    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald
    Excaliber – David Brown
    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson
    Grave Digger The Legend – Tony Farrell
    Grinder – Frank Krmel
    Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell
    Iron Outlaw – Nick Owens
    Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk
    Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents
    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller
    Superman – Chad Fortune

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents

  • Wichita Falls, Texas – Kay Yeager Coliseum – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters
    Blue Thunder – Todd Leduc
    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell
    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler
    Iron Warrior – Trey Meyers
    Madusa – Debra Miceli

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler

  • Saginaw, Michigan – Dow Event Center – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bad Habit – Joe Sylvester
    El Toro Loco – Joey Parnell
    Full Boar – Ed Eckert (Saturday night only)
    Grave Digger – Randy Brown
    Grinder – John Seasock
    High Maintenance – Jocelyn Perrin (Friday/Saturday afternoon only)
    Monster Mutt – Dana Creech

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    High Maintenance – Jocelyn Perrin

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Monster Mutt – Dana Creech

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grinder – John Seasock

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grinder – John Seasock

  • Tupelo, Mississippi – BancorpSouth Arena – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker
    Grinder – Lupe Soza
    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan
    Mopar Magic – Morgan Kane
    Stone Crusher – Steve Sims
    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Friday Night – Racing:

    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Stone Crusher – Steve Sims

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grinder – Lupe Soza

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grinder – Lupe Soza

  • Tucson, Arizona – Tucson Convention Center – 03/04-06/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Dragon’s Breath – Becky McDonough
    El Matador – Daron Basl
    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken
    King Krunch – David Smith
    McGruff – Rod Wood
    The Felon – Mark Schroeder

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Friday Night – Racing:

    El Matador – Daron Basl

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    King Krunch – David Smith

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    King Krunch – David Smith

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    King Krunch – David Smith

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    King Krunch – David Smith

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    El Matador – Daron Basl

    Sunday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    King Krunch – David Smith

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken

  • Lexington, Kentucky – Rupp Arena – 03/05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw
    Bad News Travels Fast – Bruce Haney
    Grave Digger – Gary Porter
    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson
    Iron Man – Scott Buetow
    Spiderman – Whit Tarlton

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

MONSTER TRUCK WINTER NATIONALS – Checkered Flag Productions

  • Hobbs, New Mexico – Lea County Events Center – 03/05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Barbarian – Devin Jones
    Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 – Larry Swim
    California Kid – Garrett Ladelle
    Razin Kane – J.R. McNeal
    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 – Larry Swim

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

MONSTER TRUCK THUNDER SLAM – AMP Live Events

  • Jonesboro, Arkansas – ASU Convocation Center – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Firestone Bigfoot #11 – Darron Schnell
    Pouncer – Allen Pezo
    Predator – Dale Mitchell
    Prowler – Lenny Kuilder
    War Wagon – Andy Hoffman

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    War Wagon – Andy Hoffman

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Prowler – Lenny Kuilder

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    War Wagon – Andy Hoffman

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Firestone Bigfoot #11 – Darron Schnell

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Pouncer – Allen Pezo

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    War Wagon – Andy Hoffman

  • Lacrosse, Wisconsin – Lacrosse Civic Center – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Desperado – Drew Haygood
    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick
    Project X – Kevin Poore
    Viper – Rich Blackburne

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

MONSTER TRUCK RACING SUPER SERIES – Monster Events Inc.

  • Sedalia, Missouri – Matthewson Exhibition Center – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Big Dawg – Dale Gerding
    Heart Breaker – Kaila Savage
    Martial Law – Paul Strong
    Strait Jacket – Kevin King
    Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Heart Breaker – Kaila Savage

    Friday Night – Straight Line Racing:

    Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

    Friday Night – Chicago-Style Racing:

    Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Tail Gator – Doug Noelke

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Heart Breaker – Kaila Savage

    Saturday Night – Straight Line Racing:

    Martial Law – Paul Strong

    Saturday Night – Chicago-Style Racing:

    Big Dawg – Dale Gerding

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Martial Law – Paul Strong

OUTLAW MONSTER TRUCK SPECTACULAR – Outlaw Monster Trucks

  • Minot, North Dakota – All Seasons Arena – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bounty Hunter – Ben Winslow
    Dragonfly – Rob French
    TNT – Kathy Wills
    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Bounty Hunter – Ben Winslow

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

  • Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Fairpark – 03/04-05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Nasty Boy – Ronnie Sturges
    Terminator – Gary Schott
    Time Flys – Kelvin Ramer
    Unnamed & Untamed – Sam Sturges

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Nasty Boy – Ronnie Sturges

ROAD 2 DESTRUCTION TOUR – Metal Clash Productions

  • Rapid City, South Dakota – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – 03/05/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Incinerator – Ryan Rice
    Triple XXX – R.B. Mohler
    Triple XXX – Steven Thompson
    Xtreme Eagle – Jon Anderson

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Triple XXX – R.B. Mohler

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Triple XXX – R.B. Mohler

TMB TV: ActionTracks Episode 2.3 – Corbin, KY

Event: Monster Nationals
Venue: The Arena
Location: Corbin, Kentucky
Date: February 4th-5th, 2011
Host: Chris Parrish
Videographers: Chris Parrish

Lineup: Chalkboard Chuck (Jeff Hatten), Lucas Oil Stabilizer (Bobby Holman), Star Marshall (Dave Radzierez), Stomper (Joe Nichter) [Read more…]

TMB Road to the World Finals Rankings – Week #8

Two months of the 2011 Monster Jam season are complete and one driver has established himself solidly as the #1 driver so far this year – that driver is Adam Anderson who has held the top spot in the TMB Road to the World Finals Rankings ever since Week #3. With a huge freestyle win and semi-final racing appearance in Oakland this past weekend, Anderson has extended his lead to nearly 30 points over 2nd place Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction. Meents took home a major stadium freestyle win himself in Arlington after one of the wildest saves and crashes we’ve seen in a long time.

The Icon, Dennis Anderson remains 3rd overall but is making a late charge for the top spot, closing the gap on son Adam to 40 points. However it will be a tall task for Dennis to run down Adam with only 3 weeks of competition left before Vegas. Gary Porter brought his 2011 win total to a jaw dropping 38 racing and freestyle victories which keeps him in the 4th spot this week. Damon Bradshaw’s massive performance in Arlington – a racing victory and a runner-up in freestyle – has the Air Force Afterburner team back up to 5th while Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter falls to 6th.

Lupe Soza was the big mover near the 24th and final spot this past weekend, as his freestyle runner-up in Jacksonville vaulted him back into the top 24, knocking out Steve Sims who fell into a tie with Jeremy Slifko in Backdraft for 25th. Jon Zimmer officially received his World Finals invite from Feld this weekend (congrats Jon!), but has fallen to the bubble spot in the rankings, holding a slim 8 point lead over the aforementioned drivers tied for 25th. John Seasock continues to lurk 10 points back, tied with a driver making a late push for the top 24 – Nick Owens in Iron Outlaw, who is having a great Monster Jam rookie season and is coming off a huge racing victory in Oakland.

Check out the Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings after Week #8 below:

Here is how points were scored in this week’s Elite Level events:

2/26 – Arlington, Texas

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Damon Bradshaw – Air Force Afterburner – 20
2nd – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 15
Semi-Finals – Mike Vaters – Safety-Kleen Black Stallion – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Dana Creech – Monster Mutt – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 20
2nd – Damon Bradshaw – Air Force Afterburner – 15
3rd – Chad Tingler – Grave Digger – 10
Tie – 4th – Alex Blackwell – Captain’s Curse – 1.75
Tie – 4th – Tony Farrell – Grave Digger The Legend – 1.75

2/26 – Jacksonville, Florida

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 15
Semi-Finals – Chuck Werner – El Toro Loco – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Neil Elliott – Maximum Destruction – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Neil Elliott – Maximum Destruction – 20
2nd – Lupe Soza – AAP Grinder – 15
3rd – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 10
4th – Jim Koehler – Avenger – 5

2/26 – Oakland, California

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Nick Owens – Iron Outlaw – 20
2nd – Darren Migues – Stone Crusher – 15
Semi-Finals – Adam Anderson – Grave Digger The Legend – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Charlie Pauken – Grave Digger – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Adam Anderson – Grave Digger The Legend – 20
2nd – Charlie Pauken – Grave Digger – 15
3rd – Darren Migues – Stone Crusher – 10
4th – Nick Owens – Iron Outlaw – 5

For results from Normal Level events, check out the 2011 Results Tracker February 25th-27th Weekend Results page (drivers earn 5 points for a racing or freestyle win).

If you haven’t followed along with TMB’s Road to the World Finals in the past, we’re sure that you have many questions about how we put this together: How does it work? Which events are we including? How are the points awarded? etc. At the bottom of each week’s update, you’ll see the detailed rationale and explanation that should answer most of these questions.

Stay tuned each week to TMB’s “Road to the World Finals” for all the results and current standings each week. Keep in mind this is all unofficial and is just for fun and enjoy as we track the Monster Jam series all the way to the World Finals in March!

About TMB’s Road to the World Finals:

For some time, fans across the country have wondered why the USHRA does not run a public points system of some kind for their Monster Jam series. We are included in the group that would love to be able to follow the standings of such a series each week. We are of the belief that a berth in the Monster Jam World Finals should be earned based on performance throughout the year in both racing and freestyle. Regardless of what portion of the monster truck industry you favor, there is no denying that the Monster Jam World Finals is the biggest and highest profile event our sport has to offer. A chance to compete at this event is a big deal for many drivers out there, and it is our opinion that they should be able to earn their way in. We’re not saying that Feld Motorsports doesn’t pick the World Finalists based on performance currently–we’re simply saying that we don’t know how they make up the field because the process isn’t made public.

So with that in mind, we have created an UNOFFICIAL points system that is simple (although it may seem complicated) and that rewards performance in all Monster Jam events across the country leading up to the World Finals. In our Standings, we will show the cut-off after the 24th truck, indicating that IF entry to the World Finals was based SOLELY on performance, these are the drivers that would be headed to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that this is just for fun and has no actual bearing on the selection of World Finals participants. See below for a breakdown of our points system and our rationale for the decisions we made in creating it.

Elite Level Events

What is an Elite Level event? We define an Elite Monster Jam event as any with a field of 12 of more trucks. We have chosen to award these events the highest amount of points, because these are the highest profile Monster Jam events. These events are the ones held in the major stadiums in front of the biggest crowds, some of which are even televised on SPEED. It is our belief that performance in the highest profile shows should be weighted most heavily toward a World Finals berth because these events are most similar to the World Finals itself. The most points any one driver can score in an Elite Level event (and thus in any event) is 40. If an event meeting all of this criteria holds 3 or more shows over the course of a single weekend, the points for each show are worth half of what is listed below.

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
Semi-Finals – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 20
2nd – 15
3rd – 10
4th – 5

Normal Level Events

What is a Normal Level show? The majority of Monster Jam events held around the country are Normal Level shows. These events are typically held in smaller arenas around the country, consisting of multiple shows held over the course of the weekend (anywhere from 2-5), with fields of anywhere from 5-8 trucks. Looking at the points awarded for these shows, you will notice they are much less than the upper levels. We equate the significance level of an entire 4 show weekend of Normal Level events with the significance of one Elite Level show–thus, the maximum points a driver can earn in a weekend at a Normal Level event is 40 (this based on the usual maximum # of shows being 4 (Tacoma being the exception with 5), and an available 10 points per show (10×4=40)).

Racing Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

Freestyle Finish – Points Awarded

1st – 5

The Allen Report: Monster Jam – Anaheim, CA 2011

(Coverage By Christopher Allen, Photos By Jim Allen)

The Monster Jam superstars lowered the curtain on a triad of shows in the home of the Anaheim Angels Saturday, February 12th, 2011. The stacked 16 truck field featured the following top names in monster trucks: Charlie Pauken in Grave Digger, Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction, Adam Anderson in Grave Digger The Legend, Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter, Cam McQueen in Nitro Circus, Candace Jolly in the Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Becky McDonough in Dragon’s Breath, Scott Buetow driving Iron Man, Pat Gerber in Shocker, Don Frankish with Maniac, Scott Anderson in Jurassic Attack, Kelvin Ramer in Time Flys, Nick Owens driving Iron Outlaw, Mark Schroeder in The Felon, Dan Rodoni and The Patriot and Mike Pappas in Tropical Thunder.

The track of choice was an appropriate one for the locale and venue, the very popular so-cal style. That means they fall off a tabletop jump, turn away from each other, fly down a straightaway and race back the way they came. Early racing highlights saw Bounty Hunter advance with a bye after Jurassic Attack suffered fatal engine trouble during intros and Time Flys upset new World Finals qualifier Nitro Circus in the opening race, free of qualifying. In one of the semis, the blue and gray Digger and Max D crossed the finish line side-by-side with Grave Digger The Legend winning by an inch or two, if that much. The other Digger outraced Bounty Hunter to setup a history making Digger vs. Digger final. In the end, Adam proved himself more than just a freestyler by taking the huge racing win.

Freestyle started off a little slow, with most of the first half the field slowly strutting their way around the track with little air. Nick Owens in Iron Outlaw would hold the lead for the longest time with a score of 22. Even the young Anderson and Owen’s boss Jimmy Creten could not outscore him. But then, there were two. Tom Meents has four World Freestyle championships to his credit and showed why, finishing his run with an upside-down cyclone on the tabletop. With a score of 29, Meents looked to see a trophy for the first time at the Big A in a few years. To close the show, the reigning freestyle champion of the world Charlie Pauken gave the fans a potential winning freestyle in Grave Digger, but he only impressed the judges enough for second place, giving Meents the victory.

Although the Anaheim Monster Jam season was over, two weeks later Monster Jam would make its debut at the Los Angeles Dodger Stadium. With Monster Jam, a great show is always guaranteed. On that note, thank you for reading, enjoy Jim Allen’s great photos and cheer on, we’ll see you down the road!

All content copyright TheMonsterBlog.com 2011.

February 25th-27th Weekend Results

MONSTER JAM – Feld Entertainment

  • Arlington, Texas – Cowboys Stadium – 02/26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw
    Black Stallion – Mike Vaters
    Blue Thunder – Todd Leduc
    Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten
    Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell
    Destroyer – Dan Evans
    El Matador – Daron Basl
    Grave Digger – Chad Tingler
    Grave Digger The Legend – Tony Farrell
    Grinder – John Seasock
    Iron Warrior – Trey Meyers
    King Krunch – David Smith
    Madusa – Debra Miceli
    Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents
    Monster Mutt – Dana Creech
    Monster Mutt Rottweiler – Charles Benns

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Air Force Afterburner – Damon Bradshaw

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents

  • Jacksonville, Florida – EverBank Field – 02/26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Avenger – Jim Koehler
    Brutus – Chris Bergeron
    El Toro Loco – Chuck Werner
    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson
    Grinder – Lupe Soza
    Gun Slinger – Scott Hartsock
    Instigator – Lionel Easler
    Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk
    Maximum Destruction – Neil Elliot
    Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan
    Monster Mutt Dalmation – Candace Jolly
    Mopar Magic – Morgan Kane
    Nitro Circus – Cam McQueen
    Stone Crusher – Steve Sims
    Superman – Chad Fortune
    War Wizard – Randy Moore

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Maximum Destruction – Neil Elliot

  • Oakland, California – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – 02/26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bounty Hunter – Ben Winslow
    Captain USA – Roger Stidell
    Dragon’s Breath – Becky McDonough
    Grave Digger – Charlie Pauken
    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson
    Iron Man – Scott Buetow
    Iron Outlaw – Nick Owens
    Obsessed – Rick Swanson
    Obsession – Jeff Jones
    Stone Crusher – Darren Migues
    The Felon – Mark Schroeder
    The Patriot – Dan Rodoni
    Time Flys – Kelvin Ramer
    Tropical Thunder – Andrew Peckhum

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Iron Outlaw – Nick Owens

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson

  • Providence, Rhode Island – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – 02/25-27/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jon Zimmer
    Bad Habit – Joe Sylvester
    El Toro Loco – Joey Parnell
    Excaliber – Kevin Koszala
    Grave Digger – Randy Brown
    Grinder – Frank Krmel
    Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell
    Thrasher – Pat Summa

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Excaliber – Kevin Koszala

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Amsoil Shock Therapy – Jon Zimmer

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grinder – Frank Krmel

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Excaliber – Kevin Koszala

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Randy Brown

  • Baltimore, Maryland – 1st Mariner Arena – 02/25-27/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Aftershock – Bob Robbins
    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko
    Grave Digger – Gary Porter
    Krazy Train – Roger Cardot
    Martial Law – Paul Strong
    Mechanical Mischief – Jim Burns
    Samson – Dan Patrick
    Spiderman – Whit Tarlton

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Spiderman – Whit Tarlton

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Backdraft – Jeremy Slifko

    Sunday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Gary Porter

  • Chattanooga, Tennessee – UTC McKenzie Arena – 02/25-27/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Batman – Norm Miller
    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn
    Full Boar – Ed Eckert
    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen
    Reptoid – Jim Jack
    Tasmanian Devil – Nicole Johnson

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Maximum Destruction – Kreg Christensen

    Sunday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Full Boar – Ed Eckert

    Sunday Afternoon – Racing:

    Full Boar – Ed Eckert

    Sunday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

    Sunday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Carl Van Horn

  • Richmond, Virginia – Richmond Coliseum – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bad News Travels Fast – Bruce Haney
    El Toro Loco – Bari Musawwir
    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt
    Raminator – Mark Hall
    Rammunition – Mat Dishman
    Virginia Giant – Diehl Wilson

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Bari Musawwir

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Rod Schmidt

  • Macon, Georgia – Macon Coliseum – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald
    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker
    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller
    Predator – Allen Pezo
    Prowler – Lenny Kuilder
    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Friday Night – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Friday Night – Donut Contest:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    TMNT – Aaron Basl

    Saturday Afternoon – Donut Contest:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Monster Mutt – Joe Miller

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Night – Donut Contest:

    El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Grave Digger – Pablo Huffaker

MONSTER NATIONALS – Family Events

  • DuQuoin, Illinois – Southern Illinois Center – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Chalkboard Chuck – Jeff Hatten (Friday only)
    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long
    Heavy Hitter – Derrick Anson
    Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman
    Star Marshall – Dave Radzierez
    Stomper – Joe Nichter (Saturday only)

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #15 – Rick Long

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Tie – Lucas Oil Stabilizer – Bobby Holman
    Tie – Heavy Hitter – Derrick Anson

MONSTER X TOUR – Monster Truck Entertainment

  • Asheville, North Carolina – WNC Agricultural Center – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker
    Black Knight – “Hillbilly”
    Firestone Bigfoot #11 – Darron Schnell
    Geter Done – Mitch Tulachka
    RoboMachine – Shane Phreed

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Geter Done – Mitch Tulachka

    Friday Night – Racing:

    RoboMachine – Shane Phreed

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Geter Done – Mitch Tulachka

    Saturday Afternoon – Wheelie Contest:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

    Saturday Afternoon – Racing:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Black Knight – “Hillbilly”

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Ballistic – Mac Plecker

MONSTER TRUCK WINTER NATIONALS – Checkered Flag Productions

  • Monroe, Louisiana – Monroe Civic Center – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Hurricane Force – Steven Thompson
    Illuminator – Jay Snyder
    Storm Damage – Tim Missentzis
    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte
    Triple XXX – R.B. Mohler
    Triple XXX – Brandon Budd

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Storm Damage – Tim Missentzis

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Summit Bigfoot #16 – Dan Runte

  • Rio Rancho, New Mexico – Santa Ana Star Center – 02/26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 – Larry Swim
    California Kid – Garrett Ladelle
    Incinerator – Ryan Rice
    Rock Star – Bill Payne
    Strait Jacket – Kevin King

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Incinerator – Ryan Rice

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    California Kid – Garrett Ladelle

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 – Larry Swim

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Rock Star – Bill Payne

MONSTER TRUCK THUNDER SLAM – AMP Live Events

  • Dubuque, Iowa – Five Flags Center – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick
    Project X – Kevin Poore
    Viper – Rich Blackburne

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Afternoon – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Ghost Ryder – Larry Quick

O’REILLY OUTLAW NATIONALS – MAP Motorsports

  • Waco, Texas – Heart O’Texas Coliseum – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Barbarian – Devin Jones
    Big Dawg – Dale Gerding
    Brute Force – Jerry Perry
    Razin Kane – J.R. McNeal
    Tail Gator – Doug Noelke
    War Wagon – Andy Hoffman

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Barbarian – Devin Jones

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Razin Kane – J.R. McNeal

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Brute Force – Jerry Perry

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Barbarian – Devin Jones

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Barbarian – Devin Jones

ROAD 2 DESTRUCTION TOUR – Metal Clash Productions

  • Albany, Georgia – Albany Civic Center – 02/25-26/11

    Truck/Driver Lineup:

    Dragonfly – Scott Mandarin
    El Bandito – Brian Kiehne
    Outlaw Clydesdale – Bennett Clark
    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Friday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    El Bandito – Brian Kiehne

    Friday Night – Racing:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Friday Night – Freestyle:

    Dragonfly – Scott Mandarin

    Saturday Night – Wheelie Contest:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Saturday Night – Racing:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

    Saturday Night – Freestyle:

    Twisted Dragon – Rob French

Monster Photos: Battle of the Monster Trucks – Tulsa, OK 2011

Event: Battle of the Monster Trucks
Venue: QuikTrip Center
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date: February 18th, 2011
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Ballistic (Mac Plecker), Bar’s Leaks Eliminator (Greg Adams), Bigfoot Bad Boy #14 (Larry Swim), Desperado (Drew Haygood), Rislone Defender (Zach Adams), Snake Bite #11 (Darron Schnell) [Read more…]