Stars and Stats - March 2019
TOP MONSTER TRUCK RACERS IN MARCH 2019
1 – Larry Swim – 2244 / 280.50
2 – Tyler Menninga – 3244 / 180.22
3 – Tyler Groth – 1028 / 205.60
4 – Jim Creten – 1478 / 184.75
5 – Larry Quick – 1555 / 172.78
6 – Ryan Anderson – 980 / 196.00
7 – Tom Meents – 980 / 196.00
8 – Bryan Wright – 980 / 196.00
9 – Colton Eichelberger – 1677 / 167.70
10 – Adam Anderson – 882 / 294.00
Larry Swim was the top monster truck racer in the month of March 2019. The Bigfoot driver missed the first couple months of the season but has now reeled off 9 consecutive wins including all 8 of his events in March. He’s been winning on the tricky Chicago-style tracks of the Toughest Monster Truck tour, too, showing that his victories have been about driver skill and not just horsepower. Adam Anderson is the only driver to make the monthly Top Ten in both February and March.
Tyler Groth advanced to the semi-finals in all of his events and picked up 3 wins in 2 cities in Oregon. Jimmy Creten earned points in 7 of his 8 events and was the winner at the Monser Jam events in Detroit and Lincoln, Nebraska. Ryan Anderson was a runner-up in both Saint Louis and Detroit before finally breaking through with a win in Las Vegas. Tom Meents was the runner-up in Las Vegas but a winner in Saint Louis. Bryan Wright had two semi-final appearances in Saint Louis and was a Stadium Series winner in Detroit. Colton Eichelberger had 10 events last month and won in each of the cities he visited: twice in Fresno, and once each in Portland, Oregon and Lincoln, Nebraska.
MOST POINTS IN MARCH 2019
3244 – Tyler Menninga – Grave Digger
2800 – Zane Rettew – Stinger Unleashed
2500 – Linsey Read – Scooby-Doo!
2400 – Darren Migues – Dragon
2244 – Larry Swim – Bigfoot
World #1 Tyler Menninga extended his already massive Total Points lead by earning the most points in March. He won 6 races and was runner-up another 6 times in his 18 events. The drivers on the Monster Jam Arena Championship tour also earned big points thanks to their busy 19 race schedule this past month. Zane Rettew was the top performer on that circuit with 5 wins in 9 final rounds. Darren Migues also took 5 wins on tour and Linsey Read had 3.
BEST AVERAGE IN MARCH 2019 (Minimum 2 races)
388.00 – Jon Zimmer – Dragon Ice
294.00 – Adam Anderson – Grave Digger
280.50 – Larry Swim – Bigfoot
276.00 – Triton Robbins – Krazy Train
261.33 – Neil Elliot – Maximum Destruction
Jon Zimmer only had two events last month, but they were big events and he won them both. He started the month by racing past Linsey Weenk, Cole Venard, and Jamey Garner in Jacksonville, Florida and then closed the month with victories over Linsey Weenk, Todd LeDuc, Brianna Mahon, and Cole Venard in New Orleans, Louisiana. That gave him a total of 6 Stadium wins this season. Adam Anderson and Neil Elliot split the two final rounds in El Paso, Texas and Triton Robbins won both events in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
MOST RACES IN MARCH 2019
19 – Zane Rettew – Stinger Unleashed
19 – Linsey Read – Scooby-Doo!
19 – Darren Migues – Dragon
19 – Austin Minton – Megalodon / Jekyll & Hyde
19 – Devin Jones – Barbarian
19 – Kaylyn Migues – Monster Mutt Dalmation
19 – Randy Brown – Grave Digger
19 – Lindsey Rettew – Pretty Wicked
As mentioned, the Monster Jam Arena Championship tour was very active this month with 19 total events all across the country. The circuit began with 4 events in Tucson, Arizona; then 3 events in Nampa, Idaho; follows by 4 events in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and 5 events in Hidalgo, Texas; finally ending with 3 events in Pensacola, Florida.
MOST WINS IN MARCH 2019
8 – Larry Swim – Bigfoot
6 – Larry Quick – Ghost Ryder
6 – Tyler Menninga – Grave Digger
5 – Zane Rettew – Stinger Unleashed
5 – Darren Migues – Dragon
5 – Austin Minton – Megalodon / Jekyll & Hyde
Larry Swim won all 8 of his events in March which was more than any other driver. Larry Quick picked up 6 wins on the CFP No Limits tour with 1 win in Bowling Green, Kentucky and then 5-in-a-row with sweeps of Powderly, Kentucky and Montrose, Colorado. Tyler Menninga also had 6 wins on the Monster Jam tour, bringing his season total to 29 which is the most of any driver. Austin Minton won twice in Fresno, California and three-times in Reno, Nevada.
MOST FINALS IN MARCH 2019
12 – Tyler Menninga – Grave Digger
9 – Zane Rettew – Stinger Unleashed
8 – Larry Swim – Bigfoot
8 – Larry Quick – Ghost Ryder
7 – Darren Migues – Dragon
7 – Austin Minton – Megalodon / Jekyll & Hyde
7 – Linsey Read – Scooby-Doo!
7 – Shannon Quick – Girl Power
On the Most Finals list, obviously a lot of familiar names. Shannon Quick also joins the list with a win in Bowling Green, Kentucky and six runner-up efforts on the CFP No Limits tour.
BIGGEST MOVERS IN MARCH 2019
+39 – Larry Swim – Bigfoot
+38 – Aaron Basl – Devastator
+29 – Linsey Read – Scooby-Doo!
+28 – Cynthia Gauthier – Monster Mutt Dalmation
+25 – Cory Rummell – Megalodon Fire
+24 – Austin Minton – Megalodon / Jekyll & Hyde
+22 – Tim Jones – Twisted Addiction
+22 – Kaylyn Migues – Monster Mutt Dalmation
+22 – Nick Pagliarulo – Kraken
+22 – Preston Perez – El Matador / Tantrum
+21 – Tyler Cornelius, Jr. – General Hazzard / X-Maxx
Lastly, we had 11 drivers who improved their rankings by 20-or-more positions this past month. In particular, Linsey Read, Cory Rummel, and Tyler Cornelius, Jr. all used the month of March to rise up into the Top 50 in the rankings.
With the Monster Jam Arena Championship series competing in 19 events this month, it’s no wonder that the drivers on that tour saw a lot of each other on the track. The most-often paired drivers this month were Zane Rettew and Linsey Read who met 12 times. Linsey was 2-1 against Zane in the first round, but 2-3 against him in the semis, and 1-3 against him in the finals. That gave Zane an 7-5 edge overall. Zane had 2 event wins in Hidalgo and 1 in Tucson while Linsey picked up the win in Albuquerque. They raced each other in each of the 5 stops on tour: Tucson, Nampa, Albuquerque, Hidalgo, and Pensacola.
Linsey Read also raced against Kaylyn Migues 9 times, while Zane faced off against Darren Migues 8 times.
Teammates Tyler Cornelius, Jr and Bill Solly met each other 7 times this past month and all over the country, with stops in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, then Pueblo, Colorado, and most-recently Dothan, Alabama! Bill won the first bout on their home soil in Harrisburg, but Tyler then rattled off 6 consecutive victories including 3 event wins in Dothan.
Lastly, Austin Minton edged out Tyler Menninga for the month by taking 4 of their 7 heat races together, including the final round race in Reno, Nevada on Sunday night. Minton won two events driving Megalodon in Fresno, California and two events driving Jekyll & Hyde in Reno.
Finally, here is a look at some general event statistics from March. There were 151 total events of which 122 were scored and only 4 (3%) were not reported. That means we have reports for 97% of the events from this past month! Thank you to everyone who had helped us make every race count!
151 TOTAL EVENTS IN MARCH 2019
United States of America = 146
Canada = 4
Australia = 1
29 of 50 States had monster truck racing this month. The states with the most events were:
16 in Texas
10 in Michigan both and Oregon
8 in both California and Ohio
7 in both Alabama and Kentucky
6 in Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Nevada
There were 22 promoters in action this month:
Monster Jam = 82 events (54%) including 40 Triple Threats, 31 Arenas, and 11 Stadiums
Traxxas Monster Truck Tour = 18 events (12%)
CFP No Limits! = 9 events (6%)
Toughest Monster Trucks Tour = 8 events (5%)
Monster Wars = 7 events (5%)
Monster FMX = 6 events (4%)
A small increase in Friday (17% to 19%) and Sunday (16% to 18%) events this month, but Saturday continues to be the day with the most events:
29 – Friday Night (19%)
39 – Saturday Afternoon (26%)
55 – Saturday Night (36%)
22 – Sunday Afternoon (15%)
5 – Sunday Night (3%)
1 – Monday Night (1%)
The average field size for racing brackets was 6.9 trucks, which is down nearly half-a-truck from February.