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This Week in Monster Truck Racing - June 20-23, 2024

* Alex Bardin runs smooth in Pittsburgh sweep

** Dalton Widner is first to reach 30 wins

*** Blake Granger adds another International win in Germany

 

CURRENT STANDINGS and WEEKEND RESULTS (PDF): https://tinyurl.com/yc5hup23




 

===== WEEKEND RECAP FOR JUNE 20th – 23rd, 2024 =====

A lighter weekend of racing but still some great story lines. Alex Bardin was super smooth and fast over the three-jump drag track in Pittsburgh and continues to be one of the stronger independent drivers. No other independent—in fact, no other driver at all—has as many wins as Dalton Widner who just secured his 30th. Blake Grangers doesn’t have that many, but he has won in 7 different countries after taking Max-D to victory circle in Germany.


We also saw Rod Schmidt laying down the power to knock off strong competition in Cedar Rapids; Brandon Derrow wins twice on a muddy track in Altamont; Mike Rowley scores his first win of the season on the Monster X Tour; Daron Basl reaches a new high with his 13th place ranking; Tim Hall Jr wins a wall-to-wall showdown over Jacob Ladwig on a two-jump track inside the small Kay Rogers Park; and don’t forget that current World #1 Ryan Anderson won again over brother Adam in Nashville!


Thank you to everyone who reported results to us this weekend: Chris Yuhas, Zane Rettew, Preston Perez, Matt Stoltz, Josh Baumgartner, Nick Wishard, Mike Christensen, CJ Burress, Lee Collins, Kirk Nagy, Phil Vicinanza, and everyone who posted videos and photos online!

 

===== CURRENT STANDINGS =====

RANK : DRIVER : PTS/AVG : SCORE : RACES/WINS

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1 ) Ryan Anderson - 10539/319.36 : 2+1=3 : 33/16

2 ) Tyler Menninga - 10643/236.51 : 1+3=4 : 45/26

3 ) Adam Anderson - 8573/244.94 : 4+2=6 : 35/10

4 ) Tristan England - 6415/229.11 : 7+4=11 : 28/7

5 ) Camden Murphy - 5769/206.04 : 10+5=15 : 28/6

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6 ) Zack Garner - 6346/162.72 : 8+7=15 : 39/13

7 ) Armando Castro - 7727/148.6 : 5+10=15 : 52/13

8 ) John Gordon - 5552/191.45 : 11+6=17 : 29/3

9 ) Dalton Widner - 9024/143.24 : 3+14=17 : 63/30

10) Weston Anderson - 6164/140.09 : 9+15=24 : 44/16

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11) Mikeal Christensen - 4964/130.63 : 14+17=31 : 38/5

12) Bari Musawwir - 6894/107.72 : 6+26=32 : 64/10

13) Daron Basl - 4876/128.32 : 15+18=33 : 38/11

14) Jon Zimmer Jr - 4589/148.03 : 22+12=34 : 31/18

15) Jack Brown - 4730/135.14 : 18+16=34 : 35/11

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16) Colt Stephens - 5287/120.16 : 13+21=34 : 44/2

17) Todd LeDuc - 4148/148.14 : 26+11=37 : 28/1

18) Coty Saucier - 3712/161.39 : 30+8=38 : 23/8

19) Rob Poutre - 4706/120.67 : 19+20=39 : 39/15

20) Jamie Sullivan - 4816/117.46 : 16+23=39 : 41/10

 

===== ALTAMONT, NY =====

6/22 Sat Aft: BRANDON DERROW [Bad News Travels Fast] defeated Steven Thompson [Hurricane Force]

6/22 Sat Ngt: BRANDON DERROW [Bad News Travels Fast] defeated Steven Thompson [Hurricane Force]

The Overdrive Tour moved to a smaller venue for their racing this week which was complicated by some muddy conditions which really tested the drivers with keeping themselves straight on course. Brandon Derrow pulled it off the best and has been in the finals in 8 of his past 9 races with 6 wins. Steven Thompson got to the finish line first on Saturday night but was disqualified for jumping the light.

 

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

6/23 Sun Aft: ROD SCHMIDT [Redneck Rampage] defeated Eric Swanson [Obsessed]

Looking at this line-up you’d be justified in expecting to see Eric Swanson (Obsessed) and Aaron Basl (Devastator) in the final round, but it was all veteran Hot Rod Schmidt this day on the fast outdoor drag racing track with Monsters of Destruction. Schmidt took out both rivals and cruised to his 6th win of the season.

 

===== CORTEZ, CO =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: DALTON WIDNER [Jurassic Attack] defeated David Olfert [Velociraptor]

Four wins in his last five races for Dalton Widner (the only loss was at the World Finals) and he is the first driver to reach 30 wins this season!

 

===== CRESCENT CITY, CA =====

6/21 Fri Ngt: We do not have results from this event

6/22 Sat Ngt: We do not have results from this event

 

===== DRESDEN, GERMANY =====

6/22 Sat Aft: MATT CODY [Grave Digger] defeated Blake Granger [Max-D]

6/23 Sun Aft: BLAKE GRANGER [Max-D] defeated Peter Nyman [El Toro Loco]

That’s now 7 countries that Blake Granger has won a race in this year as he posted a runner-up finish and win at the Monster Jam International events in Germany. Granger lose out to Matt Cody on Saturday as Cody raced hard through the turns. He pushed so hard he got crossed up on the final jump and rolled in the shut-down area but not before securing his 7th win of the season. For Granger, he now has 10 wins overall and gains 3 spots in the rankings.

 

===== FORT SMITH, AR =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: TIM HALL JR [Jurassic Attack] defeated Jacob Ladwig [Rat Attack]

It was wall-to-wall action for the Insanity Tour inside Kay Rogers Park as the monsters competed on a two-jump track inside the small arena. Tim Hall Jr—fresh of his big win in Miami, Oklahoma—took down both Devin Jones in Crush-a-Roo and Jacob Ladwig in Rat Attack to pick up his 14th win of the season and gain 4 spots to join the Top 25. The win moves him 3 spots ahead of Ladwig.

 

===== GRANITE CITY, IL =====

6/22 Sat Aft: TOMMY VARILONE [Rampage] defeated Stanley Hernandez [Lone Wolf]

6/22 Sat Ngt: MIKE ROWLEY [Bearly Tame] defeated Stanley Hernandez [Lone Wolf]

Breakage from the competition gave Stanley Hernandez a second life in both brackets of the Monster X Tour races in Granite City resulting in a pair of runner-up finishes for the Lone Wolf driver. He is ranked just behind Tommy Varilone who won the afternoon race in Rampage. Mike Rowley won his first of the season later that night.

 

===== HARTFORD, MI =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: DARON BASL [Block Head] defeated Jack Brown [Dirt Crew Dozer]

Daron Basl’s 11th win of the season on the reverse Chicago-style track in Hartford, Michigan moves him up 4 spots into 13th which is his highest ranking of the season.

 

===== IMPERIAL, PA =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: ALEX BARDIN [Stone Crusher] defeated Daniel Agosh [Rammunition]

6/23 Sun Aft: ALEX BARDIN [Stone Crusher] defeated Montana Robbins [Plane Krazy]

Alex Bardin only managed one win on the always tough Monster Jam Arena Tour this season as he had to compete against Weston Anderson, Jamie Sullivan, Brandan Tulachka, and Fernando Martinez each week. Outside of Monster Jam, though, Bardin has won 10 of his 19 events including his last 3. He swept both drag racing events with Monsters N Megas at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Bardin was quick and smooth over the technical track and won a few close matches against the Robbins brothers. He gains 5 spots and is now 30th.

 

===== MCHENRY, MD =====

6/22 Sat Aft: CEEJAY RETTEW [Shredder] defeated Preston Pérez [Toxic]

6/22 Sat Ngt: PRESTON PÉREZ [Toxic] defeated Jessica Millard [Be Aware]

The Renegade Tour rocked McHenry, Maryland with a pair of events. Ceejay Rettew moved over to Shredder for the weekend and picked up his 5th win on Saturday afternoon. The runner-up was Preston Perez, who was in a relative dry spell with only 1 win in his past 11 races. He got back into victory lane with a win over Jessica Millard on Saturday night and gained 3 spots in the rankings.

 

===== NASHVILLE, TN =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: RYAN ANDERSON [Son-uva Digger] defeated Adam Anderson [Grave Digger]

Ryan Anderson maintains his lead in the Open Championship after beating out brother Adam in the Nashville finals for his 16th win of the season. Ryan continues to lead the world in Average by a huge margin as he has averaged 319.36 points per race this season. The next closest is Adam Anderson with 244.94. Only 3 other drivers have averaged more than 200. Ryan is also one of only two drivers with more than 10,000 points this season.

 

===== ORANGE, VA =====

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

 

===== SAN BERNARDINO, CA =====

6/22 Sat Ngt: JIMMY CRETEN [Bounty Hunter] defeated Dawn Creten [Scarlet Bandit]

After winning a bunch of races on tight arena and front-stretch tracks, Jimmy Creten got to stretch his legs on the wide open track in San Bernardino and picked up his 13th win in 17 events. Three more results and he’ll join the rankings. His 3538 points would currently be the 33rd most.

 

===== SPOKANE, WA =====

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

 

===== EVENTS THIS WEEKEND =====

Burlington, KY (Full Throttle Monster Trucks)

Celeste, TX (Monster Trucks Maniac)

Corydon, IN (Full Throttle Monster Trucks)

Deadwood, SD (Monsters of Destruction)

Greenfield, MA (Overdrive Monster Truck Tour)

Leitchfield, KY (Monster Truck Challenge LIVE)

Lewiston, ID (All Star Monster Truck Tour)

Lexington, KY (Monster Jam Arena Series)

Manchester, NH (Monster Jam Arena Series)

Parshall, ND (Monster Trux)

Quarryville, PA (Buck Motorsports Park)

Susquehanna, PA (Versus Monster Trucks)

Tacoma, WA (Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live: Glow Party Arena Event)

Waterville, WA (Malicious Monster Truck Tour)

Watsonville, CA (Monster Truck Chaos)

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