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This Week in Monster Truck Racing - March 22-24, 2024




* David Olfert beats Ryan Anderson twice to win Stadium race in Birmingham

** Dalton Widner is 3rd man to reach 20 wins this season

*** Jon Zimmer Jr wins the All Star Tour Series Championship

 

CURRENT STANDINGS and WEEKEND RESULTS (PDF): https://tinyurl.com/2ss6zvu8

WORLD MAP OF UPCOMING EVENTS (GOOGLE): https://tinyurl.com/yckcxz47

 

===== WEEKEND RECAP FOR MARCH 22nd – 24th, 2024 =====

It was a wild night of racing at the new Protective Stadium in Birmingham. Both Bakugan Dragonoid and ThunderROARus died on the starting line in the semi-finals, and replacement Avenger also failed to fire, which brought back Son-Uva Digger and Soldier Fortune in a strange situation. Ryan Anderson won that race and set-up a rematch with David Olfert in Velociraptor who had beaten Anderson in the quarter-finals. Although the current world #1 Anderson held a slight lead into the final turn, he hooked and rolled and let Olfert power past for his first event Stadium Series racing win! That also moves Olfert up into the Top 20.


Dalton Widner wins 4 of 5 in Tucson and is now the 3rd driver to reach wins after Tyler Menninga (23) and Preston Collins (22). We also saw drivers Terry Woodcock, Travis Rife, Preston Perez, Jerry Furajter, and Montana Robbins pick up their first wins of the season and rookie Dustin Lewis win his first career race in his debut weekend driving Monster Patrol in Montgomery.


Congratulations to Jon Zimmer Jr for winning the 2024 All Star Tour Monster Mashers Championship. He wasn’t able to pick up a racing win during this final weekend in Ringgold, but had already accumulated enough series points to have clinched the trophy before even arriving.


Thank you to everyone who reported results to us this weekend: Preston Perez, Mike Bevacqua, Nick Davis, Bryan Wagner, Nate Bay, Preston Collins, Ewan Ford, Gabriel Lee, Jessie Heiple, Trevor Beck, 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 - 8887/341.81 : 1+1=2 : 26/15

2 ) Tyler Menninga - 8502/229.78 : 2+3=5 : 37/23

3 ) Adam Anderson - 4391/243.94 : 7+2=9 : 18/3

4 ) Camden Murphy - 4313/179.71 : 8+6=14 : 24/3

5 ) Tristan England - 4068/226.00 : 11+4=15 : 18/5

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6 ) Weston Anderson - 4731/143.36 : 4+11=15 : 33/13

7 ) John Gordon - 3799/189.95 : 12+5=17 : 20/1

8 ) Dalton Widner - 6326/131.79 : 3+17=20 : 48/20

9 ) Colt Stephens - 4147/143.00 : 9+12=21 : 29/1

10) Jon Zimmer Jr - 3340/151.82 : 16+8=24 : 22/12

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11) Armando Castro - 4141/133.58 : 10+14=24 : 31/5

12) Mikeal Christensen - 3712/142.77 : 13+13=26 : 26/3

13) Preston Collins - 4469/114.59 : 6+23=29 : 39/22

14) Bari Musawwir - 4530/107.86 : 5+25=30 : 42/5

15) Brandon Vinson - 2974/148.7 : 24+9=33 : 20/10

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16) Bryce Kenny - 2792/164.24 : 27+7=34 : 17/1

17) Jamie Sullivan - 3478/119.93 : 14+20=34 : 29/7

18) Jack Brown - 2760/145.26 : 29+10=39 : 19/8

19) Rob Poutre - 3175/117.59 : 18+21=39 : 27/9

20) David Olfert - 3391/113.03 : 15+24=39 : 30/3

 

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

+4           David Olfert – Velociraptor (20th)

+4           Matt Cody – Grave Digger (29th)

+4           MJ Solorio – El Toro Loro (53rd)

+3           Blake Granger – Max-D (28th)

 

===== BIRMINGHAM, AL =====

3/23 Sat Ngt: DAVID OLFERT [Velociraptor] defeated Ryan Anderson [Son-uva Digger]

Monster Jam’s first visit to Protective Stadium in Birmingham saw David Olfert pick up his first Stadium Series racing win! Olfert had a tough road to the win as he had to face current World #1 Ryan Anderson twice. He first beat Anderson in the quarter-finals, but Anderson returned to the bracket when an unprecedented three other Monster Jam competitors were unable to start their trucks for the semi-finals. Anderson and Kayla Blood were the next in line for the spots and Anderson won that race to reach the final round. But in the finals, Anderson rolled in the final turn and gave Olfert the win. With his 3rd win of the season, Olfert gains 4 spots and joins the Top 20.

 

===== CORBIN, KY =====

3/22 Fri Ngt: PRESTON PÉREZ [Toxic] defeated Tim Hall Jr [Jurassic Attack]

3/23 Sat Ngt: PRESTON PÉREZ [Toxic] defeated Logan Tweedy [Kamikaze]

Preston Perez led the world in racing wins last year but has spent much of his first quarter on the Hot Wheels tour without any races to win. But this past weekend he was back behind the wheel of Toxic running with the Monsters of Destruction on a concrete holeshot track and Perez walked away undefeated through the weekend picking up his first two wins of the season.

 

===== CORPUS CHRISTI, TX =====

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

 

===== ELM MOTT, TX =====

3/23 Sat Aft: DAWN CRETEN [Scarlet Bandit] defeated Rob Poutre [Bounty Hunter]

Dawn Creten gets win #4 on the season in Elm Mott with her 3rd head-to-head win over Rob Poutre.

 

===== ENID, OK =====

3/23 Sat Ngt: DILLON FENLEY [King Krunch] defeated Daniel Agosh [Rammunition]

Dillon Fenley has a two race winning streak now, although there’s also two months between the wins. He took King Krunch past Cheech Agosh in Rammunition for his 2nd win of the season.

 

===== GRAND RAPIDS, MI =====

This Monster Jam Arena event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded.

 

===== HAMPTON, VA =====

3/23 Sat Aft: We do not have results from this event

3/23 Sat Ngt: CAMERON TWEEDY [Carolina Crusher] defeated Rodney Tweedy [USA-1]

3/24 Sun Aft: We do not have results from this event

We only have Saturday night results from Hampton where Cameron Tweedy and Rodney Tweedy brought two classic names together in the final round, just as those teams had done back in 1988 on one of the first television broadcasts for the TNT Monster Truck Challenge series. In that event, rookie Rod Litzau in USA-1 took the win over Gary Porter. But in 2024, it was the Carolina Crusher team getting a long-awaited revenge as Cameron picks up his 3rd win of the season.

 

===== HARTFORD, CT =====

3/23 Sat Aft: BLAKE GRANGER [Max-D] defeated John Gordon [Bad Company]

3/23 Sat Ngt: TYLER MENNINGA [Grave Digger] defeated Ryan Disharoon [Shaker]

3/24 Sun Aft: BLAKE GRANGER [Max-D] defeated Ryan Disharoon [Shaker]

Another weekend of the Monster Jam Stadium competitors running on an Arena track. Blake Granger followed up his 2-win weekend in Costa Rica with another 2-win weekend in Hartford. That included a semi-final win on Sunday over defending Open Champion Tyler Menninga. Menninga picked up the win on Saturday night and was knocked out on Saturday afternoon due to breakage.

 

===== HIDALGO, TX =====

This Monster Jam Arena event did not include side-by-side racing and so points were not awarded.

 

===== HUGO, OK =====

3/23 Sat Aft: PRESTON COLLINS [Outlaw] defeated Devin Jones [T-Rex]

3/23 Sat Ngt: JERRY FURAJTER [Shark Attack] defeated Devin Jones [T-Rex]

After five final round loses this season, Jerry Furajter finally picked up his first racing win on Saturday night in Hugo with Monster Truck Wars! Preston Collins meanwhile gets win #22 which is the 2nd most of all drivers this season behind on Tyler Menninga with 23.

 

===== LAKESIDE, CA =====

3/24 Sun Aft: TERRY WOODCOCK [Cyclops] defeated Travis Rife [Outlaw]

3/24 Sun Mrn: TRAVIS RIFE [Outlaw] defeated Terry Woodcock [Cyclops]

The Monster Truck Wars crew had to make a last minute venue change in Lakeside to accommodate the equestrian tenants at the original rodeo arena location, so the trucks took to Barona Speedway for a muddy, two-jump drag track. Terry Woodcock split the day with Travis Rife in Outlaw with each picking up one win. For both drivers this was their first win of 2024.

 

===== ŁÓDŹ, POLAND =====

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

 

===== MONTGOMERY, AL =====

3/23 Sat Aft: BRETT FALVEY [Quad Chaos] defeated Byron Cadigan [Lone Wolf]

3/23 Sat Ngt: DUSTIN LEWIS [Monster Patrol] defeated Brett Falvey [Quad Chaos]

Brett Falvey built up a 3-race winning streak with his holeshot win on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery with the Nitro Tour, but it came to end later that day as rookie Dustin Lewis picked up his first career racing win to close out the weekend.  

 

===== RINGGOLD, GA =====

3/23 Sat Aft: JON ZIMMER SR [Uproar] defeated Triton Robbins [Krazy Train]

3/24 Sun Aft: MONTANA ROBBINS [Plane Krazy] defeated Jon Zimmer Jr [Terminal Velocity]

The All Star Monster Mashers Championship series crowned their champion this weekend as Jon Zimmer Jr claimed the series victory by a healthy margin. Rear steering problems knocked Zimmer out in the first round on Saturday although he did reach his 18th final of the year on Sunday. His father Jon Sr in Uproar won the opening day of competition and helped him to claim 2nd place in the series standings. Montana Robbins in Plane Krazy won his first race of the year to close out the points series.

 

===== TUCSON, AZ =====

3/22 Fri Aft: DALTON WIDNER [Jurassic Attack] defeated Matt Cody [Grave Digger]

3/23 Sat Aft: DALTON WIDNER [Jurassic Attack] defeated MJ Solorio [El Toro Loco]

3/23 Sat Ngt: DALTON WIDNER [Jurassic Attack] defeated Matt Cody [Grave Digger]

3/24 Sun Aft: MATT CODY [Grave Digger] defeated Devin Winfield [Velociraptor]

3/24 Sun Ngt: DALTON WIDNER [Jurassic Attack] defeated Devin Winfield [Velociraptor]

Dalton Widner has only missed the finals twice in his 13 races this month. He now has the 3rd most points of all drivers and is only the third driver to win 20 races this season. Matt Cody, Devin Winfield, and MJ Solorio each had turns in the finals as well, with Cody’s win on Sunday moving him up 4 spots in the standings.

 

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

Birmingham, England (Monster Jam Ramped Up)

Gainesville, GA (Monster Truck Wars)

Gastonia, NC (Monster X Tour)

Grass Valley, CA (Monster Truck Wars)

Lincoln, NE (Monster Jam Arena Championship West)

Louisville, KY (Monster Jam Arena Championship Central)

Macon, GA (Monster Jam Arena Championship East)

Merced, CA (Malicious Monster Truck Tour)

Seattle, WA (Monster Jam Stadium Championship)

Rotterdam, Netherlands (Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live International Tour)

 

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