• MTROC Staff

Stars and Stats - May 2019

Jimmy Creten was the top monster truck racer in the month of May. His four-win month was highlighted by his long-sought racing victory at the Monster Jam World Finals. John Gordon won the King of the Beach title in Virginia and made the list of Top Ten drivers, as well. The sport’s women drivers are also well-represented in our stats as Rosalee Ramer, Dawn Creten, Cynthia Gauthier, and Kaylyn Migues are among the most-improved drivers this month.


A special thanks to all of the people who helped us gather results this month: Austin Dahlgren, Bryan Wagner, Sly Chevalier, Mikeal Christensen, Dallas Glenn-Rogers, Damon Mackedanz, Jeff Bursey, Matt Looker, Nick Migues, Phil Vicinanza, Ross Bonar, Stephen Mayfield, Tim Howard, Trace Jordan, Eireann Moore, Jennifer Naquila, Charles Presnell, Lindsey Nape, Nicholas Marglese, Crude Behavior Race Team, Jester Race Team, and USMT.



BEST MONSTER TRUCK RACERS IN MAY 2019

  1. - Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter – 1135 / 283.75

  2. - Jon Zimmer – Dragon Ice – 792 / 264.00

  3. - Paul Jensen – Kamikaze – 1346 / 168.25

  4. - John Gordon – Bad Company – 892 / 223.00

  5. - Jeff Bainter – Captain USA – 710 / 236.67

  6. - Rick Swanson – Obsessed – 1000 / 166.67

  7. - Todd Leduc – Monster Energy – 760 / 190.00

  8. - Bill Payne – Rock Star – 1095 / 136.88

  9. - Steve Sims – Stone Crusher – 676 / 169.00

  10. - Dwight Mathews – Identity Theft – 925 / 115.63


Jimmy Creten finally won the Monster Jam World Finals Racing Championship this season and then added three more wins on tour to remain undefeated in the month and claim the title as best monster truck racer in May 2019. He was 12-0 in heat races and earned racing wins in Regina, Saskatchewan; Orlando, Florida; Quebec City, Quebec; and Beloit, Kansas.


Jon Zimmer won both events in Manchester, England on what proved to be a very challenging concrete Chicago-style track. The no-dirt, no-car layout used concrete traffic dividers for ramps which proved a challenging obstacle. Zimmer finished the weekend undefeated and also advanced to the quarter-finals in Orlando.


Paul Jensen kicked off the month with a three-race sweep in Santa Rosa, California before a short cold streak in Turlock and Bakersfield. The Kamikaze driver returned to form with a runner-up effort in Sacramento and a win in Las Vegas to keep himself in the Top 15.


John Gordon claimed the King of the Beach crown in Virginia Beach this month. He earned points in all four weekend events, including a runner-up on Friday and racing wins on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.


Veteran Jeff Bainter won three times on the Monster Truck Insanity Tour, picking up a victory in Tremonton, Utah and two in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


Rick Swanson had two wins in Turlock with WGAS Motorsports and a runner-up effort in Santa Rosa.


Todd Leduc had a wild travel schedule last month as he competed first in Manchester, England, then came back to Orlando for the world finals, before returning to England for Monster Jam in Cardiff. Leduc earned points in all four events, and was runner-up in Manchester and a winner in Cardiff.


Steve Sims won the first two events at Virginia Beach, Virginia, which were also his first two wins of the season


Straight Up Racing teammates Bill Payne and Dwight Mathews spent much of the month racing each other and Bill came out slightly on top. Payne earned wins in Merced, Yakima, and Victoria, British Columbia. Mathews was a winner in Merced, Medicine Hat, and Victoria.


MOST POINTS IN MAY 2019

  • 1346 – Paul Jensen – Kamikaze

  • 1135 – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter

  • 1095 – Bill Payne – Rock Star

  • 1000 – Rick Swanson – Obsessed

  • 925 – Dwight Mathews – Identity Theft


Paul Jensen raced his was to the most points of any driver this month and earned points with 4 different tours: WGAS Motorsports, All Star Monster Trucks, Toughest Monster Trucks, and the Monster Truck Insanity Tour. Jimmy Creten picked up 480-points at the World Finals in Orlando, which was the largest points event of the season. Bill Payne and Dwight Mathews had stops in 5 different cities this month as the Malicious Tour kicks into top gear, and Rick Swanson was a regular with WGAS Motorsports while earning a solid 1000 points in the month.


BEST AVERAGE IN MAY 2019 (Minimum 2 races)

  • 283.75 – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter

  • 264.00 – Jon Zimmer – Dragon Ice

  • 236.67 – Jeff Bainter – Captain USA

  • 223.00 – John Gordon – Bad Company

  • 192.00 – Bari Musawwir – Zombie


With 480 points awarded to the winner in Orlando, it’s not much of a surprise that Jimmy Creten had the best average this month. Jon Zimmer won twice in the 8-truck fields in Manchester to keep his average high, as well. Jeff Bainter and John Gordon earned points in all of their events this month and managed averages above the 200-point mark. Bari Musawwir had a pointless first-round loss in Johannesburg to start the month, but was the runner-up in Orlando and scored 384 points to set his average at 192.


MOST RACES IN MAY 2019

  • 9 – Mikeal Christensen – Vendetta

  • 8 – Paul Jensen – Kamikaze

  • 8 – Bill Payne – Rock Star

  • 8 – Dwight Mathews – Identity Theft

  • 7 – Nick Pagliarulo – Kraken

  • 7 – James Zyski – Honda Generators High Voltage


Team Throttle Monster spent time with four different touring companies this month which allowed Mikeal Christensen and Paul Jensen to rack up plenty of events and points. The Malicious Tour was also busy with 5 stops in 2 countries which put Bill Payne, Dwight Mathews, and James Zyski on this list. Nick Pagliarulo spent half of his month on the sands of Virginia Beach, but was also a semi-finalist at the World Finals Showdown in Orlando and a double-winner at the Monster Truck Throwdown in Lee, New Hampshire.


MOST WINS IN MAY 2019

  • 4 – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter

  • 4 – Paul Jensen – Kamikaze

  • 4 – Bill Payne – Rock Star

  • 3 – Dwight Mathews – Identity Theft

  • 3 – Jeff Bainter – Captain USA


Jimmy Creten was 4 for 4 in the month. Either Bill Payne or Dwight Mathews were in all but one final round on the Malicious Monster Truck Tour. Paul Jensen swept three events in Santa Rosa, California, while Jeff Bainter earned three wins on the Insanity Tour.


MOST FINALS IN MAY 2019

  • 6 – Bill Payne – Rock Star

  • 5 – Paul Jensen – Kamikaze

  • 5 – Dwight Mathews – Identity Theft

  • 4 – Jimmy Creten – Bounty Hunter

  • 3 – (several)


BIGGEST MOVERS IN MAY 2019

  • +34 – John Gordon – Bad Company (106th to 72nd)

  • +21 – Nick Pagliarulo – Kraken (90th to 69th)

  • +21 – Eric Swanson – Obsessed (98th to 77th)

  • +20 – Matt Pagliarulo – Jester (55th to 34th)

  • +17 – Rosalee Ramer – Wildflower (97th to 80th)

  • +15 – Dawn Creten – Scarlet Bandit (94th to 79th)

  • +13 – Cynthia Gauthier – Monster Mutt Dalmation Ice (100th to 87th)

  • +13 – Kaylyn Migues – Jailbird (73rd to 60th)

  • +12 – Kreg Christensen – Dragon Slayer (49th to 37th)


John Gordon’s championship weekend in Virginia Beach scored him enough points for a 34-spot jump in the standings. Nick Pagliarulo had a pair of wins and moved himself up 21 spots, as did Eric Swanson who had a win in San Bernardino, California. Matt Pagliarulo was runner-up in three events this month and earned points in all the event in which he raced to break into the Top 50 and then some.


Four ladies are amongst the top ten mover this month, as well. Rosalee Ramer was a runner-up to world #1 Tyler Menninga in Salinas, California and moved up 17 spots. Dawn Creten had a pair of runner-up efforts in Quebec and Beloit. Cynthia Gauthier earned points at the World Finals to move up 13 spots. Kaylyn Migues was a runner-up in Idaho Falls and also moved up 13 spots.


Last but not least, Kreg Christensen was a winner in Tremonton and a runner-up in San Bernardino as well as a semi-finalist in Bakersfield which gave him enough points for a 12-spot improvement into the Top 40.


RIVALRIES

The Malicious Tour was busy this month with events in Merced, California; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Yakima, Washington; Victoria, British Columbia; and Twin Falls, Idaho. That gave Straight Up Racing plenty of chances to get to know each other on the track, and no two drivers raced each other more this month than Bill Payne and Dwight Mathews. It was a lopsided affair, however, as the boss Bill Payne won 5 of the 6 meetings. Mathews also faced off against James Zyski 4 times and won all four encounters.


EVENT STATISTICS

Finally, here is a look at some general event statistics from May. There were 71 total events of which 68 were scored and only 3 (4%) were not reported. That means we have reports for 96% of the events from this past month! Thank you to everyone who had helped us make every race count!


71 TOTAL EVENTS IN MAY 2019

  • United States of America = 55

  • Canada = 9

  • United Kingdom = 3

  • South Africa = 1

21 of 50 States had monster truck racing this month. The states with the most events were:

  • 13 in California

  • 6 in New Hampshire

  • 5 in both Arizona and Virginia

  • 3 in both Idaho and Pennsylvania


Here are the promoters with the most number of events this past month:

  • 10 – Malicious Monster Truck Tour (14%)

  • 9 – Monster Jam (13%) including 4 international events

  • 5 – Monster Truck Insanity Tour (7%)

  • 5 – WGAS Motorsports (7%)

  • 4 – All Star Monster Truck Tour (6%)

  • 4 – Monster X Tour (6%)


There were 16 events on Friday, 41 on Saturday, and 11 on Sunday. Here is the breakdown of events by day and time:

  • 16 – Friday Night (24%)

  • 17 – Saturday Afternoon (25%)

  • 24 – Saturday Night (35%)

  • 10 – Sunday Afternoon (15%)

  • 1 – Sunday Night (1%)


The average field size for racing brackets was 5.7 trucks. The largest field of the year was 24 trucks at the Monster Jam World Finals XX in Orlando.


FINAL ROUND RESULTS FROM MAY 2019

All Star Motorsports Productions

Blue Ridge, GA - Sat Ngt: Scott Hartsock defeated Cory Rummell - 5 trucks - Drag

Bakersfield, CA - Sat Aft: cancelled

Bakersfield, CA - Sun Aft: Michael Miller defeated Jon Morris - 5 trucks - U-Turn

Poplar Bluff, MO - Fri Ngt: Doug Noelke defeated Tim Missentzis - 4 trucks - Chicago

Poplar Bluff, MO - Sat Ngt: Tim Missentzis defeated Doug Noelke - 4 trucks - Chicago


AMMP Monster Mash

Hot Springs, AR - Sat Ngt: Dillon Fenley defeated Ricky Fowler - 5 trucks - Chicago


Checkered Flag Promotions

Laramie, WY - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (too few competitors)

Chris Arel Monster Spectacular

Regina, SK - Sat Ngt: Jim Creten defeated Matthew Brokaw - 5 trucks - C Holeshot

Quebec, QC - Sat Ngt: Jim Creten defeated Dawn Creten - 5 trucks - R C Chicago

Ottawa, ON - Sat Ngt: Jimmy Creten defeated Dawn Creten - 5 trucks - C Holeshot


KSR Motorsports

Troy, PA - Sat Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Millville, NJ - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)


Monster Truck Insanity Tour

Tremonton, UT - Fri Ngt: Kreg Christensen defeated Wally Turner - 4 trucks - Chicago

Tremonton, UT - Sat Ngt: Jeff Bainter defeated Wally Turner - 4 trucks - Chicago

Idaho Falls, ID - Fri Ngt: Jeff Bainter defeated Kaylyn Migues - 6 trucks - X Chicago

Idaho Falls, ID - Sat Ngt: Jeff Bainter defeated Wally Turner - 6 trucks - X Chicago

Las Vegas, NV - Fri Ngt: Paul Jensen defeated Ron Duncombe - 6 trucks - Chicago

Las Vegas, NV - Sat Ngt: Mikeal Christensen defeated Kreg Christensen - 6 trucks - R Chicago


Malicious Monster Truck Tour

Merced, CA - Fri Ngt: Dwight Mathews defeated Myles Parker - 4 trucks - Chicago

Merced, CA - Sun Aft: Bill Payne defeated Dwight Mathews - 4 trucks - Chicago

Medicine Hat, AB - Fri Ngt: Dwight Mathews defeated Bill Payne - 5 trucks - Holeshot

Medicine Hat, AB - Sat Aft: Marvin Anderson defeated Bill Payne - 4 trucks - Holeshot

Yakima, WA - Sat Ngt: Bill Payne defeated Preston Pérez - 5 trucks - n/a

Yakima, WA - Sun Aft: Bill Payne defeated Dwight Mathews - 4 trucks - n/a

Victoria, BC - Fri Ngt: Bill Payne defeated Marvin Anderson - 4 trucks - n/a

Victoria, BC - Sat Ngt: Dwight Mathews defeated James Zyski - 4 trucks - n/a

Victoria, BC - Sun Aft: Marvin Anderson defeated James Zyski - 4 trucks - n/a

Twin Falls, ID - Fri Ngt: no points awarded (timed racing)

Twin Falls, ID - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (timed racing)

Monster Jam

Cardiff, UK - Sat Aft: Todd LeDuc defeated Mark List - 10 trucks - St Louis

Johannesburg, GT - Sat Aft: Steve Sims defeated Candice Jolly - 8 trucks - St Louis

Manchester, UK - Sat Aft: Jon Zimmer defeated Morgan Kane - 6 trucks - C Chicago

Manchester, UK - Sun Aft: Jon Zimmer defeated Todd LeDuc - 6 trucks - C Chicago

Manchester, NH - Sat Aft: no points awarded (timed racing)

Manchester, NH - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (timed racing)

Manchester, NH - Sun Aft: no points awarded (timed racing)

Orlando, FL - Fri Aft: Linsey Read defeated Tony Ochs - 8 trucks - Orlando

Orlando, FL - Fri Ngt: Jimmy Creten defeated Bari Musawwir - 24 trucks - Orlando

Salinas, CA - Sun Aft: Tyler Menninga defeated Rosalee Ramer - 9 trucks - Chicago


Monster Truck Summer Heat

Corsicana, TX - Sat Aft: no points awarded (too few competitors)

McAlester, OK - Sat Aft: no points awarded (too few competitors)

Decatur, TX - Sat Aft: no points awarded (too few competitors)

Lore City, OH - Sat Aft: no points awarded (too few competitors)

Lucasville, OH - Sat Aft: no points awarded (too few competitors)

Monster Truck Throwdown

Lee, NH - Sat Aft: Nick Pagliarulo defeated Matt Pagliarulo - 6 trucks - Drag

Lee, NH - Sun Aft: Nick Pagliarulo defeated Matt Pagliarulo - 6 trucks - Drag

London, OH - Sat Ngt: Jamey Garner defeated Rick Steffens - 4 trucks - n/a

Monster Truck Thunder

Mohave Valley, AZ - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)


PURE Adrenalin Family Day

Campbellton, NB - Sat Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Miramichi, NB - Sun Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Toughest Monster Trucks Tour

Sacramento, CA - Sat Ngt: Mikeal Christensen defeated Paul Jensen - 5 trucks - Holeshot


Tournament of Destruction

Tucson, AZ - Fri Ngt: NO REPORT

Tucson, AZ - Fri Ngt: NO REPORT

Tucson, AZ - Sat Ngt: Gary Ely defeated Murphy McCrorey - 4 trucks - Holeshot

Tucson, AZ - Sat Ngt: Jacob Ladwig defeated Sam Sturges - 4 trucks - Chicago


Monster X Tour

Honolulu, HI - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)

Honolulu, HI - Sun Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)

Ridgecrest, CA - Fri Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Ridgecrest, CA - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)

Longview, WA - Sat Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Longview, WA - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)


USMT Monsters on the Beach

Virginia Beach, VA - Fri Ngt: Steve Sims defeated John Gordon - 8 trucks - Drag

Virginia Beach, VA - Sat Aft: Steve Sims defeated Larry Swim - 6 trucks - Drag

Virginia Beach, VA - Sat Ngt: John Gordon defeated Matt Pagliarulo - 8 trucks - Drag

Virginia Beach, VA - Sun Aft: John Gordon defeated Larry Swim - 8 trucks - Drag


WGAS Motorsports

Santa Rosa, CA - Fri Aft: Paul Jensen defeated Jeff Souza - 8 trucks - Chicago

Santa Rosa, CA - Sat Aft: Paul Jensen defeated Jeff Souza - 8 trucks - Chicago

Santa Rosa, CA - Sat Ngt: Paul Jensen defeated Rick Swanson - 8 trucks - Chicago

Turlock, CA - Fri Ngt: Rick Swanson defeated Allen Pezo - 8 trucks - R Chicago

Turlock, CA - Sat Ngt: Rick Swanson defeated Allen Pezo - 8 trucks - R Chicago


Independent Events

Beloit, KS - Sun Aft: Jimmy Creten defeated Dawn Creten - 4 trucks

Belmont, NH - Sat Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

Brookville, PA - Sat Aft: Matt Cody defeated Michael Vaters I - 4 trucks - U-Turn

Lancaster, PA - Sat Ngt: R.J. Turner defeated Christian Norman - 4 trucks - F Drag

Hampton, VA - Fri Ngt: Darren Migues defeated Travis Mowery - 6 trucks - Drag

Hampton, VA - Sat Ngt: Darren Migues defeated Kaylyn Migues - 7 trucks - Drag

Pacific, MO - Sat Aft: Thomas Borders defeated Alan Fenstermaker - 4 trucks - Drag*

San Bernardino, CA - Sat Aft: Eric Swanson defeated Kreg Christensen - 8 trucks - Chicago

South Bend, IN - Sat Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)

Swanzey, NH - Sat Aft: Matt Pagliarulo defeated Nick Pagliarulo - 4 trucks - Chicago

Swanzey, NH - Sun Aft: cancelled

Ukiah, CA - Fri Ngt: no points awarded (no racing)

Ukiah, CA - Sat Aft: no points awarded (no racing)

* - exhibition event, no points awarded

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