Monster Jam

Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour operated by Feld Entertainment. The series began in 1992, and is sanctioned under the umbrella of the United States Hot Rod Association. Events are primarily held in North America, with some additional events in other countries. Although individual event formats can vary greatly based on the "intermission" entertainment, the main attraction is always the racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks.

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Live events

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Grave Digger, one of the most popular monster trucks on the Monster Jam tours

Monster Jam events are held throughout the year in various venues around the U.S. and Canada, with more events during the main completion season in the winter months than the summer. Events have also been held in other locations around the world, including Europe, Australia, Mexico, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

At Monster Jam events, monster trucks face off in two forms of competition: racing, and freestyle.

Racing is traditional heads-up tournament racing, where the first truck to cross the finish line moves onto the next round; the final race of the night is for that particular event's championship.

The freestyle competition allows drivers two minutes on an open floor to show off their skills as they drive the trucks over ramps and junked cars, performing stunts and tricks with their trucks. The freestyle winner is determined by attendees voting via a score tracking website.

Each event produces its own winner. If the same driver wins both events that night, they receive the "Double Down" trophy.

Between the two main competitions, other events are held. Some shows feature a "two-wheel skills" event, where the goal is to perform the best trick possible on only two tires (wheelie, stoppie, bicycle, etc.). Other shows feature a "donut" competition in which a driver tries to spin their truck until the driver, or the truck, is unable to continue, or they think they have a high enough score to win.

Gravedigger jumping

Monster Jam track used 1992–2013

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Monster Jam track, 2014–present

Tours

From 2000 to 2018, the tour began in January and ended in March, with the World Finals in Las Vegas every year, with shows continuing into the summer and fall months. From 2019 and beyond the tour will still begin in January but will now end in May with the World Finals at a rotating venue each year, with shows continuing until the end of the year. The tours visit many major cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Central America, South Africa, and Australia.

In 2015, an arena tour called "#MoreMonsterJam" debuted. This tour featured 8 drivers driving 3 different vehicles in a points series. The top two finishers received an invitation to the Monster Jam World Finals 16. Also in 2015, Monster Jam started its first stadium tour called the Fox Sports 1 Championship Series. This tour followed 16 drivers each weekend on Fox Sports 1 competing for points in qualifying, racing, obstacle course racing and freestyle. The top four in the series received invitations to the Monster Jam World Finals 16. In 2016, the #MoreMonsterJam series was split into two series, east and west, with the winner of each tour getting an invitation to Monster Jam World Finals 17. Since then the number of regional tours has increased, both for stadium and arena tours.

In 2019, the Monster Jam calendar features four arena tours with 8 drivers each; each tour's winner receives a spot at the Monster Jam World Finals XX in Orlando. The schedule also includes three stadium tours, each with 14 drivers competing for one spot in Monster Jam World Finals XX. There will be also an international tour consisting of 10 drivers competing in Europe and South Africa, but that tour will not offer a spot into World Finals XX.

Following the World Finals, additional exhibition tours are held through much of the rest of the year. These include stadiums tours in northern cities where it is too cold during the main competition season to hold outdoor events.

Monster Jam World Finals

The Monster Jam World Finals are the culmination of the Monster Jam winter season, featuring top drivers from the year. It is often referred to as the "Super Bowl of monster trucks" and features drivers competing for the racing and freestyle championships.

For the first 19 World Finals, the event was held annually at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. On February 15, 2018, a new format was announced where the World Finals would rotate venues annually, beginning with World Finals XX. The original location for World Finals XX was set to be MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but it was later changed to Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Licensing

Mattel's Hot Wheels brand produced officially licensed toy versions of monster trucks under the Monster Jam name. They also sponsored a monster truck which competed in the series in previous years. Monster Jam and Mattel's contract ended in 2018. Monster Jam toys are now produced by Spin Master, starting in January 2019.

Five officially licensed Monster Jam video games have been produced. The first two, Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction, a vehicular combat game, and Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal, an arcade racing game, were published by Ubisoft. The third, titled simply Monster Jam, was released by Activision on November 13, 2007, and a sequel to it called Monster Jam: Urban Assault was released on October 28, 2008. A fifth game, Monster Jam: Path of Destruction, was released on November 9, 2010. On June 17, 2015 Monster Jam Battlegrounds was released as a download on Xbox Live and Steam. Monster Jam: Crush It! was released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 25, 2016, and was later released on Nintendo Switch on October 31, 2017.

Media coverage

Monster Jam originally aired on TNN and Speed, with season preview and World Finals recap packages occasionally airing on CBS as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular from 2007 to 2012. From 2014 to 2018, FS1 and FS2 aired events form the series. Beginning in 2019, NBC Sports started airing the show on NBCSN.[1]

Recaps from each event are posted on Monster Jam's official YouTube account the following week.

Internationally, Monster Jam aired on One in Australia.

See also

References

  1. ^ NASCAR on NBC [@NASCARonNBC] (December 13, 2018). "Starting in 2019, @NBCSports will be the home for @MonsterJam and @SupercrossLIVE!" (Tweet). Retrieved December 13, 2018 – via Twitter.

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Adam Anderson (monster truck driver)

Adam Anderson (born December 5, 1985, in Norfolk, VA) is an American professional monster truck driver. He currently drives the monster truck Grave Digger on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. Adam is the son of Dennis Anderson and the brother of Ryan Anderson and Krysten Anderson, a monster truck driver and 5-time Monster Truck World Champion. Adam currently resides in his home town of Poplar Branch, NC.

Blue Thunder (truck)

Blue Thunder is a monster truck that races in the USHRA Monster Jam series. It was originally sponsored by the truck division of Ford Motor Company and Live Nation. The truck has several similarities with the monster truck Bigfoot. Some fans saw Blue Thunder as a replacement for Bigfoot in the Monster Jam series. The truck has been moderately successful and won several major events during its existence. However, it has not yet won a championship. Blue Thunder was used by Ford Motor Company for promotional purposes along with competition. The truck is currently driven by Matt Cody. The truck did not compete in 2012 when Todd LeDuc moved to Metal Mulisha after driving Blue Thunder in 2011. With Ford dropping its sponsorship in 2012, the truck was redesigned and brought back in 2013 with veteran driver Dan Evans; former owner/driver of the Destroyer monster truck.

Camden Murphy

Camden Murphy (born July 23, 1996) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro for Mike Harmon Racing, and part-time in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports. The Itasca, Illinois native also participates in Monster Jam, driving the Bakugan Dragonoid truck.

Captain's Curse

Captain's Curse was a monster truck created by Monster Jam and FELD Motorsports, and competed in the Monster Jam series from 2007 through 2016.

Captain's Curse was first seen in 2007 driven by Pablo Huffaker at Monster Jam World Finals 8. Alex Blackwell then drove the truck for the next five years until moving to Wolverine in 2012

Styled after a 1941 Willys pickup, the truck originally featured a red-and-black pirate-themed paint scheme. Designed to replace the Blacksmith monster truck, the truck's debut at World Finals 8 was an immediate success, with driver Pablo Huffaker winning his first Monster Jam World Finals freestyle championship behind the wheel of Captain's Curse. Alex Blackwell later took over as driver of the truck with a different chassis, experiencing similar success. At World Finals X, the truck reached the final round in racing against Maximum Destruction. However, the truck lost its brakes during the run, causing the truck to flip violently when Blackwell attempted to steer it. The truck eventually landed several rows in the stands of Sam Boyd Stadium, although no one was injured. After that incident, the truck got a brand new PEI chassis, debuting at Old Bridge Township RACEWAY PARK on May 30, 2009. Ever since then, the truck and driver combo has bought consistent success. In 2012, the truck was temporarily retired, as driver Alex Blackwell was assigned to drive the new version of Wolverine. The truck made a return at the Advance Auto Parts MONSTER JAM World Finals 13 in March 2012, with its original driver Pablo Huffaker behind the wheel. In the 2013 season, Captain's Curse debuted a new black paint scheme, with Blackwell returning behind the wheel. In 2016, a successor named Pirate's Curse debuted, however, the two trucks competed alongside each other for the beginning of the year, with Blackwell eventually moving to Megalodon. Captain’s Curse has since been retired from competition.

Carolina Crusher

Carolina Crusher is a monster truck in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series. Carolina Crusher was built in 1985 by Gary Porter. Gary Porter and Carolina Crusher was one of the most popular monster trucks of the 1980s and 1990s. In the Fall of 2014, it was announced that Gary Porter would be returning to the Carolina Crusher in the Monster Jam series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the truck in 2015.

Courtney Jolly

Courtney Jolly (born September 18, 1986 in Naples, Florida) is a former professional monster truck driver who drove Pastrana 199 on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit.

El Toro Loco (truck)

El Toro Loco ("The Crazy Bull") is a monster truck currently racing in the Advance Auto Parts MONSTER JAM professional monster truck racing series. It is currently driven by Kayla Blood. Other drivers of the snortin' bull have included Dan Rodoni, Aaron Basl, Ryan Huffaker, Joey Parnell, Chris Baker, and Nathan Weenk. It features one of the first 3-D body shells, with horns sticking out of the roof. This body was originally designed for Bulldozer, and was found a second use for El Toro Loco. As El Toro Loco has increased in popularity, it has become the primary truck for the body style.

Grave Digger (truck)

Grave Digger is a monster truck racing team in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series. There are nine Grave Diggers being driven by different drivers to allow them to make appearances at more events, but their flagship driver is/was creator Dennis Anderson. Grave Digger is considered to be one of the most famous and iconic monster trucks of all time.

Jim Koehler

James David Koehler born on July 13, 1966 is a professional monster truck driver. He currently drives Avenger on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit.

John Seasock

John Seasock (born July 3, 1965) was a professional monster truck driver. He last drove Grinder sponsored by Advance Auto Parts, and is a 2 time Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion.

List of Monster Jam video games

Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show operated by Feld Entertainment. The series is sanctioned under the umbrella of the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) and takes place primarily in the United States. Although individual event formats can vary greatly based on the "intermission" entertainment, the main attraction is always the racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks. Several licensed Monster Jam video games have been made, generally under the Monster Jam brand name.

Ubisoft also created a spin-off series called Monster 4x4, which began with the Monster Jam-licensed Masters of Metal, before branching off into an independent series with three additional sequels that forgo the Monster Jam license in favor of creating a more unique monster truck racing experience.

Madusa

Debrah Ann Miceli (born February 9, 1964) is an Italian American monster truck driver and former professional wrestler. She currently also serves as the commissioner of Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom. She is best known under her ring names Madusa (shortened from Made in the USA) and Alundra Blayze. Her early career was spent in the American Wrestling Association, where she once held the AWA World Women's Championship. In 1988, she was the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year. The following year, she signed a contract with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, making her the first foreign wrestler to do so.

She later joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where she was a member of The Dangerous Alliance, a group of wrestlers managed by Paul E. Dangerously. In 1993, she joined the rival World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the name Alundra Blayze. In the WWF, she feuded with Bull Nakano and Bertha Faye, while holding the WWF Women's Championship three times. Two years after joining the WWF, Miceli returned to WCW, showing up on an episode of Monday Nitro to throw the WWF Women's Championship belt into a trash can; she was blacklisted by the WWF (later WWE) for the next 20 years as a result. In her second WCW run, Miceli feuded with Bull Nakano and Oklahoma, and became the first woman to hold the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship. After training wrestlers such as Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, and Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly) at the WCW Power Plant, she left the company in 2001. On March 28, 2015, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015, under the Alundra Blayze moniker.. She is an overall three time champion in WWE.

Miceli competes in the world of monster trucks. She drives a truck named Madusa, and won the 2004 co-championship at the Monster Jam World Finals for freestyle in the first-ever three-way tie. The following year, she was the only female competitor in the Super Bowl of Motorsports, and she won the Racing Championship in the Monster Jam World Finals.

Mohawk Warrior

Mohawk Warrior (also known as Great Clips Mohawk Warrior since 2017) is a monster truck currently racing in the Monster Jam professional monster truck racing series. It is currently driven by Bryce Kenny, and was originally driven by George Balhan, former An Escalade driver, who debuted in 2010 during the Monster Jam World Finals XI Encore in the Obsession Chassis. It features one of the first trucks a decoration on the roof, which is a Giant Mohawk. The truck is also a successor to An Escalade. It also has an NGK Spark Plugs flag at the back of the truck, and was replaced by the Great Clips flags in 2017. It is sponsored by Great Clips since Bryce Kenny became the new driver of Mohawk Warrior after Balhan retired from Monster Jam.

Monster Jam World Finals

The Monster Jam World Finals is an annual monster truck event that is the championship event of the Monster Jam series, consisting of racing and freestyle competitions, with the winner of each considered the World Champion in that competition for the past year. It is the highest profile monster truck event and draws tremendous media attention. It was held in late March at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monster Jam World Finals XIX on March 23–24, 2018 was the last World Finals held at the stadium. Starting in 2019, the Monster Jam World Finals will be changing the format with a rotating schedule of venues.

Monster Mutt

Monster Mutt is a monster truck from West Chicago, Illinois, competing in the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) Monster Jam series since 2003. Styled after a 1950 Mercury, the truck has a canine motif, complete with big ears, tail and tongue. It is painted in two tones of brown, with a dog mouth drawn in the front. The truck had a brand new look along with the Dalmatian Mutt in 2016. It is currently driven by Tanner Root.

Nicole Johnson (monster truck driver)

Nicole Michelle Johnson (born January 16, 1974) is an American professional monster truck driver and competition rock crawler. Born in Oxnard, California and residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, the mother of two boys was the driver of the Scooby-Doo Monster Jam truck, which is owned and operated by Feld Motorsports, a division of Feld Entertainment.

Raminator (truck)

Raminator Rammunition and Hotsy Raminator are monster trucks that race on the Special Events, Monster Nationals, and Monster Jam tours. They are primarily driven by Mark Hall and Mat Dishman. The team is sponsored by RAM. Until recently, the team was, along with Team Bigfoot, one of the most high profile teams to not run in the USHRA, although they competed in several Monster Jam events, as well.

Tom Meents

Tom Meents (born July 10, 1967) is a professional monster truck driver. He currently drives Maximum Destruction on the Monster Jam circuit. He has won twelve Monster Jam World Finals championships during his career (six in racing, five in freestyle, one in 2-wheel skills challenge).

United States Hot Rod Association

The United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) was an organization that sanctioned various motorsports. These included the Monster Jam monster truck series as well as motocross, quad racing and others. Having passed through multiple owners, the rights to be group are now owned by owned by Feld Entertainment, which continues to operate the Monster Jam series.

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