Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2016

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 20th, 2016
Photographer: Danny Maass (Check out Maass Media on Facebook)

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Black Stallion (Mike Vaters), Brutus (Brad Allen), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Grave Digger (Adam Anderson), Hooked (Bryan Wright), King Krunch (David Smith), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Energy (Damon Bradshaw), Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog (Dustin Brown), Overkill Evolution (Michael Vaters II), Pirate’s Curse (Steven Sims Jr.), Solider Fortune (Chad Fortune), Stone Crusher (Steve Sims), War Wizard (Shane Phreed) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 1st, 2014
Photographer: Paul Harry

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Captain America (Chad Fortune), Cleatus (Frank Krmel), D-Molisher (Brad Allen), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Instigator (Paul Breaud), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Northern Nightmare (Cam McQueen), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson), Team Hot Wheels Firestorm (Scott Buetow), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2014

Event Information

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 1st, 2014
Photographer: Michael Harry

Truck Lineup

Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bounty Hunter (Jimmy Creten), Captain America (Chad Fortune), Cleatus (Frank Krmel), D-Molisher (Brad Allen), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Dennis Anderson), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Instigator (Paul Breaud), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Candace Jolly), Northern Nightmare (Cam McQueen), Scarlet Bandit (Dawn Creten), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson), Team Hot Wheels Firestorm (Scott Buetow), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam World Finals – Las Vegas, NV 2013

Event: Monster Jam World Finals Young Guns Shootout
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: March 22nd-23rd, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

World Finals Lineup: Avenger – Jim Koehler, Bad Habit – Joe Sylvester, Batman – Norm Miller (Racing) / Carl Van Horn (Freestyle), Blue Thunder – Pablo Huffaker, Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten, Captain’s Curse – Alex Blackwell, Captain America – Chad Fortune, El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald, Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson, Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson, Grinder – John Seasock (Racing) / Lupe Soza (Freestyle), Hot Wheels Firestorm – Scott Buetow, Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell, Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk, Madusa – Debra Miceli, Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents, Metal Mulisha – Todd Leduc, Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan, Monster Energy – Damon Bradshaw, Monster Mutt – Charlie Pauken, Monster Mutt Dalmation – Candace Jolly, Northern Nightmare – Cam McQueen, Scooby Doo – Nicole Johnson, Son Uva Digger – Ryan Anderson, Spiderman – Bari Musawwir, Stone Crusher – Steve Sims, Superman – Jon Zimmer, Zombie – Sean Duhon

Young Guns Shootout Lineup: Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Crushstation (Greg Winchenbach), El Diablo (Jean-Paul Ruggiero), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Hooked (Steven Sims), Iron Man (Morgan Kane), Monster Mutt Dalmation (Taryn Laskey), Nitro Hornet (Daron Basl), Razin Kane (JR McNeal), Titan (Donald Epidendio), Wolverine (Dustin Brown) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 2nd, 2013
Photographer: Danny Maass

Lineup: Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), Captain America (Chad Fortune), Captain’s Curse (Alex Blackwell), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Grinder (John Seasock), Iron Outlaw (Joe Miller), Maximum Destruction (Kreg Christensen), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson) [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – St. Louis, MO 2013

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Edward Jones Dome
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: February 2nd, 2013
Photographer: Ross Z. Bonar

Lineup: Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Barbarian (Devin Jones), Bounty Hunter (Darren Migues), Captain America (Chad Fortune), Captain’s Curse (Alex Blackwell), El Toro Loco (Becky McDonough), Eradicator (Andy Slifko), Grave Digger (Carl Van Horn), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Grinder (John Seasock), Iron Outlaw (Joe Miller), Maximum Destruction (Kreg Christensen), Raminator (Mark Hall), Rammunition (Mat Dishman), Scooby Doo (Nicole Johnson) [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 01/21/13 – Show #502

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar & Co-Host Chris Parrish
Date: Monday, January 21st, 2013
Guest #1: Adam Anderson, driver of Grave Digger The Legend
Guest #2: John Seasock, driver of Grinder
Guest #3: Mike Vaters, driver of Black Stallion
Guest #4: Larry Swim, driver of SPEED Bigfoot #19
Guest #5: Bobby Holman, driver of Lucas Oil Stabilizer
Guest #6: Bari Musawwir, driver of Spiderman [Read more…]

Monster Truck Radio 06/11/12 – Adam Anderson

Monster Truck Radio With Host Ross Z. Bonar
Date: Monday, June 11th, 2012
Guest #1: Adam Anderson, driver of Grave Digger The Legend
Guest #2: N/A [Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam World Finals XIII – Las Vegas, NV 2012

Event: Monster Jam World Finals XIII
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: March 24th, 2012
Photographer: Jim Allen

Lineup: Avenger – Jim Koehler, Bounty Hunter – Jimmy Creten, Brutus – Chris Bergeron, Captain America – Chad Fortune, Captain’s Curse – Pablo Huffaker, El Toro Loco – Marc MacDonald, Grave Digger – Dennis Anderson, Grave Digger The Legend – Adam Anderson, Grinder – John Seasock/Lupe Soza, Iron Man – Lee O’Donnell, Lucas Oil Crusader – Linsey Weenk, Madusa – Debra Miceli, Maximum Destruction – Tom Meents, Metal Mulisha – Todd Leduc, Mohawk Warrior – George Balhan, Monster Energy – Damon Bradshaw, Monster Mutt – Charlie Pauken, Monster Mutt Dalmatian – Candace Jolly, Northern Nightmare – Cam McQueen, Son-uva Digger – Ryan Anderson, Spider-Man – Chad Tingler, Stone Crusher – Steve Sims, Team Hot Wheels – Neil Elliott, Wolverine – Alex Blackwell
[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Detroit, MI 2012

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Ford Field
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Date: March 3rd, 2012
Photographer: Paul M. Harry

Lineup: Aftershock (Bob Robbins), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Bad Habit (Joe Sylvester), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Grinder (Frank Krmel), High Maintenance (Jocelyn Perrin), Hot Wheels (Dan Evans), Maximum Destruction (Kreg Christensen), Metal Mulisha (Brian Deegan), Spike (Jeff Anderson), Superman (Sean Duhon), War Wizard (Randy Moore), Wolverine (Alex Blackwell), Wrecking Crew (Steve Koehler)
[Read more…]

Monster Photos: Monster Jam – Philadelphia, PA 2011

Event: Monster Jam
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: June 4th, 2011
Photographer: Jason Miller

Lineup: Air Force Afterburner (Damon Bradshaw), Avenger (Jim Koehler), Backdraft (Jeremy Slifko), Brutus (Chris Bergeron), Captain’s Curse (Alex Blackwell), El Toro Loco (Marc MacDonald), Grave Digger (Charlie Pauken), Grave Digger The Legend (Adam Anderson), Grinder (Lupe Soza), Lucas Oil Crusader (Linsey Weenk), Maximum Destruction (Tom Meents), Monster Mutt (Carl Van Horn) [Read more…]

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.

TMB Road to the World Finals Rankings – Week #4

The first month of the season is in the books and Adam Anderson has become the first driver to hold the #1 spot for two weeks running in one of the most competitive TMB “Road to the World Finals” power rankings seasons yet. Anderson and Grave Digger The Legend swept the entire weekend in Washington D.C. to retain the top spot by just over 15 points. Jimmy Creten in Bounty Hunter keeps the #2 spot after a semi-final appearance and runner-up in freestyle in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Linsey Weenk continues to hang around the front of the pack after a big racing win in Indianapolis while Chad Tingler moves up to 4th after following up his San Diego double down with a final round appearance and freestyle victory in Phoenix. Rounding out the top 5 is former #1 Damon Bradshaw in Air Force Afterburner, who also had a great weekend in Indianapolis.

Randy Brown continues to barely hang in the top 24, currently fighting it out with John Seasock and Scott Hartsock for that final position. Alex Blackwell and George Balhan are now on the outside looking in, with Kelvin Ramer now joining them after a strong weekend in Anaheim.

Check out the Road to the World Finals unofficial rankings after Week #4 below:

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

1/29 – Anaheim, California

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Pablo Huffaker – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Kelvin Ramer – Time Flys – 15
Semi-Finals – Andrew Peckhum – Tropical Thunder – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Ryan Huffaker – TMNT – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Pablo Huffaker – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Tony Farrell – Grave Digger The Legend – 15
3rd – Ryan Huffaker – TMNT – 10
4th – Kelvin Ramer – Time Flys – 5

1/29 – Phoenix, Arizona

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Todd Leduc – Blue Thunder – 20
2nd – Chad Tingler – Grave Digger – 15
Semi-Finals – Jim Koehler – Avenger – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Alex Blackwell – Captain’s Curse – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Chad Tingler – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Jim Koehler – Avenger – 15
3rd – Kreg Christensen – Maximum Destruction – 10
4th – Todd Leduc – Blue Thunder – 5

1/29 – Orlando, Florida

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Scott Hartsock – Gun Slinger – 15
Semi-Finals – Neil Elliott – Maximum Destruction – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Chuck Werner – El Toro Loco – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Jeremy Slifko – Backdraft – 20
2nd – Neil Elliott – Maximum Destruction – 15
3rd – Steve Sims – Stone Crusher – 10
Tie 4th – Dennis Anderson – Grave Digger – 2.5
Tie 4th – Cam McQueen – Nitro Circus – 2.5

1/29 – Indianapolis, Indiana

Racing Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 20
2nd – Damon Bradshaw – Air Force Afterburner – 15
Semi-Finals – Tom Meents – Maximum Destruction – 7.5
Semi-Finals – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 7.5

Freestyle Finish – Driver – Truck – Points Earned

1st – Charlie Pauken – Grave Digger – 20
2nd – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 15
Tie 3rd – Linsey Weenk – Lucas Oil Crusader – 7.5
Tie 3rd – Damon Bradshaw – Air Force Afterburner – 7.5

For results from Normal Level events, check out the 2011 Results Tracker January 14th-16th 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

Monster Truck Radio 01/10/11 – Adam Anderson

Monster Truck Radio With Host Jeff Richards
Date: Monday, January 10th, 2011
Guest #1: Adam Anderson, driver of Grave Digger The Legend
Guest #2: N/A [Read more…]

CP Action Art Cincinnati Monster Jam Photos

TheMonsterBlog.com continues to bring you coverage from this past weekend’s incredible Monster Jam debut at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. You’ve seen all of Paul Harry’s great shots from the event, now Chris Parrish is bringing you all the action from another angle. Check out the link below to see all of Chris’s awesome shots and don’t forget to check out his personal site, www.CPActionArt.com.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CHRIS PARRISH’S CINCINNATI MONSTER JAM PHOTOS