Feb 19 - Long Live the King Krunch!
Updated: Feb 27, 2019
There were some big moves this week in the world rankings. Tyler Menninga remains atop the ROC, but Camden Murphy and Adam Anderson picked up big wins and have narrowed the gap. King Krunch’s Dillon Fenley jumped up 35 spots with a clean sweep in Odessa. Brianna Mahon breaks into the Top 50 but still cannot find victory lane. Justin Murphy continues to build momentum with two wins in Fayetteville, and Brandan Tulachka jumps into 2019 with a win against the Hall Brothers!
Points Are Piling Up
We had strong success with event reporting this week, with 30 of 32 events now on record. Thanks to everyone for helping out! So far, there are 234 scored events (87.5%) and 43 no reports. It's getting hard to stick in the Top 25 with a limited schedule. Only Dan Runte, Rodney Tweedy, and Ryan Disharoon are hanging around thanks to their consistently-strong finishes which are keeping their Average Points up. Tyler Menninga and Brandon Vinson still have huge leads in the Total Points thanks to their heavy schedule in the fourth quarter of 2018 and their propensity for winning. As a reminder, we will eventually require a minimum of 20 events for a driver to be included in the rankings. Any driver with 20 events already reported will remain in the rankings for the rest of the year. Drivers who currently have fewer than 20 events will need to compete in additional races through the year or may be dropped out of the rankings.
Monster Jam Stadium Championship
In Minneapolis, Camden Murphy won his third Monster Jam stadium event in three week. His only racing loss in February was due to a roll over at the first event in Indianapolis last week. He came back to win the second event. While he still trails Tyler Menninga, the margin has narrowed. Camden may not be able to catch Tyler in Total Points since he is likely to run fewer events, but the larger brackets in stadium racing give him a chance to pass Tyler in Average Points. Additionally, the next three drivers above him in Total Points (Coty Sauicer, Colton Eichelberger, and Kayla Blood) are all within striking distance. In his ten events this season, Adam Anderson has missed the final round only twice, as reflected in his 90.00 DPA. He has earned points in 9 consecutive races and has won 4 of his last 6 stadium events with 2 runner-up efforts in Anaheim. His Oakland sweep this weekend jumps him up 3 big spots into third place and he leads the world in points-per-race with 273.60. As with Camden Murphy, Anderson could easily make ground in Total Points, as he is within 251 points of Ami Houde, Ardmando Castro, and Charlie Pauken.
Monster Jam Triple Threat
Tristan England also picked up 3 spots thanks to a trio of runner-up finishes and one victory at the Triple Threat series events in Worcester. Two of those loses were to Blake Granger who jumped up 24 spots. Armando Castro closed out the weekend with a win and moved up into the Top 20.Brianna Mahon breaks into the Top 50 as her two runner-up finishes in Miami earned her 24 spots in the standings. Not to be outdone, Cole Venard scored one higher than Mahon by taking the racing win on Saturday and moved up 25 spots into 17th. Jon Zimmer also returned to the podium with the Sunday racing win.Myranda Cozad scored her first racing win of the season when she defeated Colton Eichelberger on Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City. Eichelberger won on Sunday, while World #1 Tyler Menninga picked up a win and runner-up effort to maintain his points lead.
Toughest Monster Truck Tour
Larry Swim returned from injury and picked up where he left off by defeating Corey Clark in Salina, Kansas on Saturday night. Since this is Swim’s first recorded race of the season, he does not yet meet the 5-race minimum for inclusion in the standings. Clark was runner-up for a second week on the Toughest Monster Truck Tour and slid up 7 spots, but has not yet reached the Top 50.
Mikeal Christensen piloted the new Vendetta truck to 1 win in 2 finals on the concrete holeshot track in Corbin, Kentucky. Christensen beat out Paul Jensen on Friday but lost to Doug Noelke on Saturday.
O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals
After a slow start to the season, Dillon Fenley had King Krunch cruising in Ector County this weekend, taking all three racing wins at the O’Reilly Outlaw Nationals in Odessa. Rodney Tweedy drove Bigfoot in the first two finals but could not compete on Saturday night, which opened the door for Clint Watson in Bear Foot Racer his second final-round appearance in two weeks.
Hot Wheels Live
Darron Schnell and Christian Norman continued their strong season on the Hot Wheels, each picking up a racing win in Memphis. Unfortunately only Schnell’s win made the record books since we are still missing information on the Saturday afternoon bracket.
CFP No Limits
Bigfoot’s Michael Miller won his second event of the season in Billings, Montana by defeating Larry Quick in Ghost Ryder. Miller has three recorded events since his Minot races were canceled last week, so he does not yet have the minimum required for inclusion in the rankings.
On the Traxxas Tour, Justin Murphy swept both races in Fayetteville and has competed in three consecutive final rounds. Mat Dishman moved up into 11th place in the world with another win and runner-up effort. Brandan Tulachka made his season debut in Just Get Er Done and beat out the Hall Brothers trio for the racing win on Saturday night.
RAM Motorsports Spectaular
In Saskatoon, three nights gave us three winners. Bill Payne had a win and runner-up in Rock Star; Dwight Matthews took the new High Voltage truck to the winner’s circle on Saturday afternoon; and Dallas Glenn-Rogers earned a win and runner-up in the debut of Spitfire.
Final Weekend in February
Next week is another full slate of competition. It’s “a” big weekend for the Stadium tour with four stops in Anaheim, Arlington, and Atlanta. Meanwhile the Arena tour returns to action in Biloxi. The Triple Threat Central tour has a bye week, but the East and West series roll on in Allentown and Wichita. Hot Wheels Live continues their inaugural season in Albany, Georgia. The CFP No Limits tour will be in Gonzales, Louisiana and Philadelphia, Mississippi. The Monster Nationals are in Du Quoin and the Crossroad Arena in Corinth, Mississippi will host Mega Monster Mania.Texas has not only Monster Jam, but also the Traxxas tour in Wichita Falls; the Monster Nation Chaos Crew tour in Beaumont; the MAP Outlaw Nationals in Waco; and Monster Truck War in Del Rio. As always, if you attend any events this weekend, please help us out by posting racing results either on our page or in a private message and help us make Every Race Count!