Another huge Monster Jam spectacular set for Saturday night!
Friday 7:30 p.m. – The historic debut of Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at tradition rich Eldora Speedway was dominated by Team Grave Digger and the Anderson family with Dennis Anderson powering Grave Digger to victory in both the wheelie contest and in the racing competition then his son Ryan took top honors in freestyle driving Son-uva Digger Friday night.
With the excitement of a new chapter in Monster Jam beginning at the legendary Ohio speed plant obvious among both the fans and the superstar line-up on hand the competition was intense from the start, and Grave Digger gave the crowd even more to cheer about with an incredible wheelie that ended with the black and green wrecking machine planted on the tailgate, the truck stuck in that position until assistance from the track construction team got Grave Digger back on four wheels and Dennis Anderson had the honor of holding the first ever Monster Jam winner’s plaque as Grave Digger was the clear wheelie contest winner.
Crew Chief Daniel Crawford and the Grave Digger crew got busy to make some quick repairs from the spectacular Digger wheelie and it was mission accomplished when Grave Digger rolled to the line with seconds remaining on the one-minute clock after El Toro Loco had staged at the starting line. Grave Digger knocked off El Toro Loco in round one of racing, then Dennis would win a family competition by defeating his son Adam and The Legend in the semifinals, and then claiming Grave Digger’s second championship of the night by beating Son-uva Digger in the UTI Championship Round.
In the Advance Auto Parts Service is our Best Part Freestyle competition the huge track and big obstacles at Eldora allowed the world class line-up to go big and bigger, delighting the fans with an amazing battle. Son-uva Digger took the lead and withstood a high flying performance that included the save of the night from The Legend, and Ryan was in the hot seat as the leader when his Dad roared onto the track as Grave Digger went for the sweep of night one at Eldora. Grave Digger had the crowd on its feet with a ragged edge performance but the truck flipped over one minute into the run, leaving Son-uva Digger as the popular first ever Monster Jam freestyle winner at Eldora Speedway.
1st Round – The Legend def. Captain’s Curse; Grave Digger def. El Toro Loco; Max-D def. Monster Mutt Dalmatian; Son-uva Digger def. Lucas Oil Crusader
Semifinals – Grave Digger def. The Legend; Son-uva Digger def. Max-D
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – GRAVE DIGGER DEFEATED SON-UVA DIGGER
SON-UVA DIGGER 24
The Legend 23
Lucas Oil Crusader 21
Captain’s Curse 19
El Toro Loco 19
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 18
Grave Digger 18
GRAVE DIGGER 27
Son-uva Digger 25
The Legend 25
Captain’s Curse 18
El Toro Loco 17
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 14