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This Week in Monster Truck Racing - January 12-14, 2024

* Branson Vinson on top in Tacoma

** Mike Christensen wins in San Antonio

*** Carson Williams sweeps Kelowna





===== WEEKEND RECAP =====

Several teams has long weekends this past weekend with 4 events in 2 days in Wingate and 5 in 3 in Tacoma! Aaron Basl won 3 of those Wingate events for the new T-Rex team and Brandon Vinson took 4 in Tacoma to join the rankings in 6th place. He’ll get a chance to do it again this weekend as the Arena West tour goes for five more in Reno.

Defending Open Champion Tyler Menninga and former Open Champion Ryan Anderson each had Stadium Series wins this weekend, but fans of the independent teams were cheering on Mike Christensen in Vendetta who took out Ryan and brother Adam to win his first Stadium event of the season on Saturday in San Antonio. Cory Rummell was the runner-up to Bryce Kenny on Sunday and gained 21 spots which was the most of any driver this weekend.

In Canada, Carson Williams went on a tear and won all 3 events in Kelowna on the holeshot course. Rod Schmidt, Rod Poutre, and Marc McDonald also had sweeps on the Nitro, 2Xtreme, and Toughest tours respectively.

And it was a textbook lesson from A to Z in Naples, Florida as the All Star tour ran a Z-course in the swamp and the Zimmer family once again took the top spots. Jon Sr and Jon Jr have been in the finals together in 8 of the 9 event this season and will look to continue their domination with the All Stars in Davie this weekend.

Thank you to everyone who reported results to us this weekend: Aaron Basl, Anne Breaud, Nick Davis, Dallas Glenn-Rogers, Carson Williams, Bryan Wagner, Preston Collins, Cameron Tweedy, Nate Bay, Kirk Nagy, Phil Vicinanza, and everyone who posted videos and photos online!





1 ) Tyler Menninga - 3474/217.13 : 1+3=4 : 16/12

2 ) Ryan Anderson - 2046/292.29 : 5+1=6 : 7/3

3 ) Adam Anderson - 2034/290.57 : 6+2=8 : 7/2

4 ) Jimmy Creten - 1902/190.2 : 8+4=12 : 10/7

5 ) Preston Collins - 2054/128.38 : 4+15=19 : 16/7


6 ) Brandon Vinson - 1542/171.33 : 13+7=20 : 9/5

7 ) David Olfert - 1841/153.42 : 10+10=20 : 12/2

8 ) Armando Castro - 2427/121.35 : 3+17=20 : 20/3

9 ) Jon Zimmer Jr - 1540/171.11 : 14+8=22 : 9/7

10) Mikeal Christensen - 1302/186.00 : 19+5=24 : 7/2


11) Rob Poutre - 1750/134.62 : 11+13=24 : 13/4

12) Bari Musawwir - 2697/112.38 : 2+23=25 : 24/4

13) Weston Anderson - 1334/133.4 : 18+14=32 : 10/1

15) Jamie Sullivan - 1505/115.77 : 15+18=33 : 13/3

14) Brandon Arthur - 1351/122.82 : 17+16=33 : 11/4


16) Devin Winfield - 1893/105.17 : 9+26=35 : 18/4

17) Michael Vaters II - 991/165.17 : 28+9=37 : 6/6

18) Zack Garner - 1084/135.5 : 25+12=37 : 8/2

19) Alex Bardin - 1965/98.25 : 7+31=38 : 20/6

20) Donald Epidendio - 880/176.00 : 37+6=43 : 5/2


===== BIGGEST GAINS =====

+21 – Cory Rummell (29th)

+12 – Carson Williams (30th)

+10 – Brandan Tulachka (25th)

+8 – Mike Christensen (10th)

+8 – West Anderson (13th)

+7 – Jon Zimmer Sr (21st)

+6 – Tim Hall Jr (24th)


===== ALBANY, NY =====

This Hot Wheels Live event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded


===== AUSTIN, TX =====

This Hot Wheels Live event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded


===== BELTON, TX =====

1/12 Fri Ngt: MICHAEL VATERS II [Overkill Evolution] defeated Steven Thompson [Taurus]

1/13 Sat Aft: We do not have results from this event

1/13 Sat Ngt: MICHAEL VATERS II [Overkill Evolution] defeated Steven Thompson [Taurus]

Mike Vaters remains undefeated on the season with 6 event wins in 6 tries. (He might have 7 but we do not have results from Saturday afternoon). He was the fastest man on the roundy-round track that the CFP No Limits crew assembled for an 8-truck field in Bell County and debuts in the 2024 rankings in 17th. Steven Thompson was runner-up twice.


===== CEDAR RAPIDS, IA =====

1/13 Sat Aft: ROD SCHMIDT [Redneck Rampage] defeated Austin Tweedy [Monster Patrol]

1/13 Sat Ngt: ROD SCHMIDT [Redneck Rampage] defeated Mike Rowley [Bearly Tame]

 Rod Schmidt wins his 3rd in a row after sweeping both concrete holeshot events in Cedar Rapids with the Nitro Tour. Austin Tweedy and Mike Rowley each took turns in the finals while Cameron Tweedy posted two third place finishes.


===== GREENSBORO, NC =====

This Monster Jam Arena event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded, but the tour will have a chance to earn more points this upcoming weekend in Baltimore.


===== KANSAS CITY, MO =====

1/13 Sat Aft: BRANDAN TULACHKA [Just Get-Er-Done] defeated Weston Anderson [Grave Digger]

1/13 Sat Ngt: JAMIE SULLIVAN [Monster Mutt Dalmation] defeated Weston Anderson [Grave Digger]

1/14 Sun Aft: WESTON ANDERSON [Grave Digger] defeated Brianna Mahon [Scooby-Doo!]

Weston Anderson only managed 1 heat win and 79 points last weekend in Nashville but found his groove in Kansas City with 3 finals, 1 win, and 535 points which moved him up 8 spots in the rankings. Jamie Sullivan and Brandan Tulachka are right behind Weston in the Monster Jam Arena Central rankings and each picked up wins for the 2nd week in a row. Half of the tour (including Alex Bardin) currently sit inside the Top 25. Keep an eye on these battles as the Central tour moves to Milwaukee this weekend.


===== KELOWNA, BC =====

1/13 Sat Aft: CARSON WILLIAMS [NAPA Auto Parts] defeated Dallas Glenn-Rogers [Spitfire]

1/13 Sat Ngt: CARSON WILLIAMS [NAPA Auto Parts] defeated Marvin Anderson [Identity Theft]

1/14 Sun Aft: CARSON WILLIAMS [NAPA Auto Parts] defeated Marvin Anderson [Identity Theft]

Last summer Carson Williams suffered through an 11-race streak without so much as a heat win, but ended the season with much more success. Now to start 2024, he picked up a holeshot win last week in Victoria and then swept the field in Kelowna, British Columbia through all three events! That includes back-to-back-to-backs over Bill Payne in Rock Star. He gains 12 spots and now sits in 30th overall.


===== LEBANON, MO =====

1/13 Sat Aft: ROB POUTRE [Bounty Hunter] defeated Dawn Creten [Scarlet Bandit]

1/13 Sat Ngt: ROB POUTRE [Bounty Hunter] defeated Dawn Creten [Scarlet Bandit]

Rob Poutre is making the most of his time behind the wheel of Bounty Hunter while Jimmy Creten is out nursing an injury. He’s got a 3 race winning streak after besting Dawn on the tight Chicago track in Lebanon, Missouri and has only missed the final round twice in his 13 events. The 2Xtreme Tour moves to Grand Island, Nebraska this weekend.


===== LEEDS, ENGLAND =====

This Hot Wheels Live event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded


===== MERCEDES, TX =====

1/13 Sat Aft: DEVIN JONES [T-Rex] defeated Preston Collins [Shark Attack]

1/13 Sat Ngt: PRESTON COLLINS [Shark Attack] defeated Devin Jones [T-Rex]

Devin Jones has had the new T-Rex truck in the final round at every Monster Truck Wars event this year and holds steady in 30th place this week. Preston Collins has also had great success so far with 7 wins and 7 finals in 16 events and remains in the Top 5. They’re be back in action this weekend in Duncan, Oklahoma.


===== NAPLES, FL =====

1/13 Sat Aft: JON ZIMMER SR [Uproar] defeated Jon Zimmer Jr [Terminal Velocity]

1/14 Sun Aft: JON ZIMMER JR [Terminal Velocity] defeated Jon Zimmer Sr [Uproar]

It’s been nothing but Zimmers this year on the All Star Tour. The Monster Mashers points series moved to the swamps of Naples for a big but mushy Z-course and once again it was father versus son in the finals. Jon Sr picked up his 2nd win of the season and moves up 7 spots into 21st. Jon Jr won for the 7th time in 9 events and retains his 9th place ranking. Out of the last 18 final round spots, the Zimmers have had 17 of them with only last year’s champion Triton Robbin breaking the streak with his runner-up finish in the season opener in Brooksville. The All Stars are in Davie, Florida this weekend.  



This Monster Thrillmasters Live event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded


===== RIO RANCHO, NM =====

1/12 Fri Ngt: MARC MCDONALD [Dirt Crew Dozer] defeated Jerry Beck [Dirt Crew]

1/13 Sat Ngt: MARC MCDONALD [Dirt Crew Dozer] defeated Tim Jones [TailGator]

Last weekend Daron Basl opened the Toughest Tour with a pair of wins in Prescott Valley, but this weekend it was Marc McDonald coming out on top as he takes Dirt Crew Dozer to a pair of wins in New Mexico. McDonald actually lost his opening heat to Basl but returned as the Friday night fast loser and got past Tyler Groth in Veteran and Jerry Beck in Dirt Crew for the win. The Toughest Tour travels to Sioux Falls, South Dakota next.


===== SAN ANTONIO, TX =====

1/13 Sat Ngt: TYLER MENNINGA [Grave Digger] defeated Tristan England [JCB DIGatron]

1/14 Sun Aft: BRYCE KENNY [Great Clips Mohawk Warrior] defeated Ryan Disharoon [Shaker]

Defending Open Champion Tyler Menninga shows no signs of slowing down as he kicks off the Monster Jam Stadium East series with a win in San Antonio, Texas over defending Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion Tristan England in the debut event of the new JCB DIGatron. On Sunday both finalists were knocked out by independents, with Jamey Garner taking out Menninga in the quarter-finals and Ryan Disharoon eliminating England on his way to the final round. Disharoon ended with his best finish of the season so far as runner-up to winner Bryce Kenny. The tour moves to Houston for two more events this weekend.


===== SAN DIEGO, CA =====

1/13 Sat Aft: MIKEAL CHRISTENSEN [Vendetta] defeated Adam Anderson [Grave Digger]

1/14 Sun Aft: RYAN ANDERSON [Son-uva Digger] defeated Cory Rummell [Megalodon]

 Mike Christensen finally got everything working together after plenty of close finishes on the Monster Jam Stadium tour and picked up a big win over Adam Anderson in San Diego. That’s his 2nd win of the season following his strong showing at the West Coast Nationals in Red Bluff, California last October and has him now in the Top Ten.

Adam would get knocked out in the semi-finals by Cory Rummell on Sunday and would end up getting passed in the standings by brother Ryan who went on to win the event. The runner-up points were a big deal for Rummell, too, who has the biggest move of the weekend as he gained 21 spots to enter the Top 30. The Stadium West tour will be in Anaheim this weekend.


===== TACOMA, WA =====

1/12 Fri Ngt: BRANDON VINSON [Grave Digger] defeated James Calhoun [Earth Shaker]

1/13 Sat Aft: BRANDON VINSON [Grave Digger] defeated Tony Ochs [ThunderROARus]

1/13 Sat Ngt: DEVIN WINFIELD [Velociraptor] defeated James Calhoun [Earth Shaker]

1/14 Sun Aft: BRANDON VINSON [Grave Digger] defeated Ashley Sanford [Megalodon]

1/14 Sun Ngt: BRANDON VINSON [Grave Digger] defeated Tim Hall Jr [Velociraptor]

 Brandon Vinson jumps into the rankings in 6th place after winning 4 of 5 races on the big Dome floor in Tacoma during a long 5-race weekend for the Arena West tour. He’ll have a chance to do it again this weekend when the tour moves all the way down to Reno, Nevada for ANOTHER 5-race weekend. Devin Winfield and Tim Hall Jr split seat time in Velociraptor and each made the finals during the weekend. Rookie James Calhoun was in the finals twice and 3 times in 4 races when looking back to last weekend in Salt Lake City.


===== WINGATE, NC =====

1/13 Sat Mrn: ANNE BREAUD [Muddy Girl] defeated Aaron Basl [T-Rex]

1/13 Sat Aft: AARON BASL [T-Rex] defeated Kaley Engstrom [Shark Attack]

1/13 Sat Eve: AARON BASL [T-Rex] defeated Michael Hawkins [Outlaw]

1/14 Sun Aft: AARON BASL [T-Rex] defeated Michael Hawkins [Outlaw]

A small area with big interest from the local fans had the Monster Truck Wars tour add extra events in Wingate this weekend resulting in a 2-day, 4-race weekend for the teams including THREE brackets all on Saturday. Aaron Basl won’em all except for the first final round when Anne Breaud in Muddy Girl handled the tight Chicago-style course a bit better to get the win. Basl has been in the finals every event so far on the Monster Truck Wars tour and will try to continue that streak this weekend in Clemson, South Carolina.



Anaheim, CA (Monster Jam Stadium Championship West)

Baltimore, MD (Monster Jam Arena Championship East)

Bossier City, LA (Kicker Monster Truck Nationals)

Clemson, SC (Monster Truck Wars)

Davie, FL (All Star Monster Truck Tour)

Duncan, OK (Monster Truck Wars)

Glasgow, UK (Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live International Tour: Glow Party Arena Event)

Gonzales, LA (No Limits! Monster Truck Nationals)

Grand Island, NE (2Xtreme Monster Trucks Live Tour)

Houston, TX (Monster Jam Stadium Championship East)

Milwaukee, WI (Monster Jam Arena Championship Central)

Mississauga, ON (Monster Trucks All Out Tour Northern Lights Party)

Nyora, VIC (Monster Thrillmasters Live)

Reno, NV (Monster Jam Arena Championship West)

Sioux Falls, SD (Toughest Monster Truck Tour)

Uniondale, NY (Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live: Glow Party Arena Event)

Wayville, SA (Monster Trucks Rumble)

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