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Monster Jam World Finals 2004

Monster Jam World Finals

The Monster Jam World Finals is an annual monster truck event held in late March at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. It is the championship event of the USHRA Monster Jam series. It consists of racing and freestyle segments, and the winner of each is considered the series champion in that division for the coming year. It is the highest profile monster truck event in the country and draws tremendous media attention as well as criticism from those who dislike its destructive reputation.

Originally only 16 trucks were invited to compete in the event, however 20 were selected in 2005, and since 2006, 24 have been invited annually. Trucks and drivers are selected based on their performances over the winter season, which runs from January into early March. When multiple drivers for the same team or truck are selected, they are typically placed into other trucks which travel with their primary vehicle (Grave Digger drivers Charlie Pauken, Chad Tingler, and Randy Brown have competed in the World Finals in Monster Mutt, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle respectively, and teammate Pablo Huffaker won the 2007 Freestyle Championship driving Captain's Curse). Truck selection has been controversial in the past as many of the trucks are owned by parent company Live Nation, with only a few privateer trucks regularly invited. Many more trucks are invited to be displayed during the "Pit Party" festivities in the days prior to the event.

The stature of the event leads to extremes in both competitions. The racing track starts in the parking lot behind the locker rooms of the stadium, and features a long straightaway with speeds reaching over 70 MPH. The freestyle track layout is typically the most extreme all season, with several large and unique obstacles, often producing a multitude of crashes. The scoring system is also modified for the event, with six judges and the lowest and highest scores dropped for a maximum possible score of 40 (not including tiebreakers), as opposed to three judges and a maximum score of 30 for the regular season.

History

Truck Appearances

Grave Digger: 9

  • Years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Drivers: Dennis Anderson & Pablo Huffaker

Maximum Destruction (Team Meents/ Goldberg): 9

  • Years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Drivers: Tom Meents

Captain's Curse (Blacksmith): 8

  • Years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Drivers: Pablo Huffaker, Carl Van Horn & Alex Blackwell

Blue Thunder: 8

  • Years: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Drivers: Lyle Hancock, Tony Farrell & Linsey Weenk

World Finals 1 (2000)

Event Date: March 26, 2000

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Airborne Ranger Joe Cypher n/a
Avenger Jim Koehler 26
Bulldozer Guy Wood 26
Goldberg Tom Meents 37
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 40
Gun Slinger Scott Hartsock 34
King Krunch Scott Stephens n/a
Madusa Madusa 34
Nitro
nWo Rob Knell 37
Predator Allen Pezo 29
Prowler Dave Pezo n/a
Reptoid Jim Jack 4
Sting Sky Hartley 28
Sudden Impact John Seasock 26
Wrenchead Lyle Hancock 39

Racing:


World Finals 2 (2001)

Event Date: March 24, 2001

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Avenger Jim Koehler 34
Blacksmith - Ragin' Steel Pablo Huffaker 27
Black Stallion Michael Vaters 30
Blue Thunder Lyle Hancock n/a
Bulldozer Eldon Depew 28
Destroyer Dan Evans 23
Goldberg Tom Meents 38
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 36
Gun Slinger Scott Hartsock n/a
Madusa Madusa 33
Predator Allen Pezo 22
Spiderman Gary Porter 31
Sting Tony Farrell 34
Sudden Impact John Seasock 19
Wolverine Brian Barthel n/a
Wrenchead Jill Canuso 36

Racing:


World Finals 3 (2002)

Event date: March 23, 2002

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Avenger Jim Koehler 8
Blacksmith Pablo Huffaker 35
Black Stallion Mike Vaters 32
Blue Thunder Lyle Hancock 35
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 22
Bulldozer Guy Wood 8
Firemouth Carl Van Horn 24
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 36
Gun Slinger Scott Hartsock 20
Hot Wheels Eldon Depew 17
Madusa Madusa 19
Power Forward Chad Fortune 12
Predator Allen Pezo 21
Sudden Impact John Seasock 24
Team Meents Tom Meents 37
Wolverine Brian Barthel 30

Racing:


World Finals 4 (2003)

Event date: March 22, 2003

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Avenger Jim Koehler 37
Blacksmith Carl Van Horn 24
Black Stallion Mike Vaters 30
Blue Thunder Lyle Hancock 34
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 14
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 36
Grave Digger Pablo Huffaker 20
Gun Slinger Scott Hartsock n/a
Madusa Madusa 32
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 13
Monster Mutt Todd Frolik 9
Power Forward Chad Fortune 29
Sobe Kathy Winston 22
Spiderman Bobby Z 22
Sudden Impact John Seasock 27
Wolverine Brian Barthel 16

Racing:

World Finals 5 (2004)

Event date: March 20, 2004

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Avenger Jim Koehler 9
Blacksmith Pablo Huffaker 26
Blue Thunder Tony Farrell 9
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 30
Bulldozer Guy Wood 20
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 31
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 30
Hot Wheels Neil Elliot 25
King Krunch David Smith 27
Little Tiger Brian Barthel 23
Madusa Madusa 31
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 31
Monster Mutt Bobby Z 19
Power Forward Carl Van Horn 14
Team Suzuki Kathy Winston 9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Paul Cohen 11
Racing:

World Finals 6 (2005)

Event Date: March 19, 2005

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Avenger Jim Koehler 25
Blacksmith Pablo Huffaker 18
Black Stallion Mike Vaters 27
Blue Thunder Tony Farrell 31 then 36
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 31 then 37
Brutus Chris Bergeron 20
Destroyer Dan Evans 26
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 8
Escalade George Balhan 25
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 23
Gun Slinger Scott Hartsock n/a
Hot Wheels Phil Foster 20
King Krunch David Smith 27
Madusa Madusa 13
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 22
Monster Mutt Bobby Z 24
Pastrana 199 Paul Cohen 20
Power Forward Frank Krmel 22
Scarlet Bandit Dawn Creten 25
Superman Chad Fortune 24

Racing:


World Finals 7 (2006)

Event Date: March 25, 2006

Truck Driver Freestyle score
Air Force Afterburner Paul Cohen 20
Avenger Jim Koehler 16
Batman Jason Childress 21
Blacksmith Pablo Huffaker 13
Blue Thunder Tony Farrell 24
Bounty Hunter Jim Creten 14
Brutus Chris Bergeron 10
Del Scorcho Frank Krmel 29
Destroyer Dan Evans 22
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 11
Escalade George Balhan 20
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 33
Hot Wheels Neil Elliott n/a
Iron Outlaw Linsey Weenk 14
King Krunch David Smith 26
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 37
Monster Mutt Charlie Pauken 32
Pastrana 199 Chad Tingler 16
Predator Allen Pezo 17
Safe Auto Minimizer Marc McDonald 19
Superman Chad Fortune 23
Taz Adam Anderson 22
Team Suzuki Kathy Winston 15
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Randy Brown 22

Racing:


World Finals 8 (2007)

''' Event Date: March 24, 2007

Truck Driver Freestyle Score
Air Force Afterburner Damon Bradshaw 29
Avenger Jim Koehler 20
Batman John Seasock 8
Blue Thunder Tony Farrell 21
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 8
Brutus Chris Bergeron 12
Captain’s Curse Pablo Huffaker 34
Destroyer Dan Evans 23
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 17
Escalade George Balhan 16
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 30
Hot Wheels Neil Elliott n/a
Iron Outlaw Linsey Weenk 29
King Krunch David Smith 19
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 28
Monster Mutt Charlie Pauken 21
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Chad Tingler 9
Pastrana 199 Courtney Jolly 20
Safe Auto Minimizer Marc McDonald 29
Scarlet Bandit Dawn Creten 24
Superman Chad Fortune 21
Taz Adam Anderson 26
Team Suzuki Bobby Parr/Frank Krmel 26
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Randy Brown n/a

Racing:


World Finals 9 (2008)

Event Date: March 29, 2008

Truck Driver Qualifying Time Freestyle Score World Finals Appearances (Truck)
Air Force Afterburner Damon Bradshaw 16.75 18 3rd
Avenger Jim Koehler DNF 17 9th
Batman John Seasock 16.62 16 3rd
Black Stallion Michael Vaters 17.18 25 5th
Blue Thunder Linsey Weenk 16.66 30 8th
Bounty Hunter Jimmy Creten 20.75 12 7th
Captain's Curse Alex Blackwell 16.56 29 2nd
Destroyer Dan Evans 18.29 5 5th
Donkey Kong Frank Krmel 17.07 26 1st
El Toro Loco Lupe Soza 17.81 28 6th
Escalade George Balhan 17.25 18 4th
Grave Digger Dennis Anderson 17.78 30 9th
Iron Outlaw Kreg Christensen 17.29 4 3rd
King Krunch David Smith 16.78 13 6th
Maximum Destruction Tom Meents 16.13 6 9th
Monster Mutt Charlie Pauken 16.84 27 6th
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Chad Tingler 17.44 32 2nd
Pastrana 199 Cam McQueen 17.50 20 4th
Safe Auto Minimizer Marc McDonald 16.70 24 3rd
Scarlet Bandit Dawn Creten 16.97 36 3rd
Stone Crusher Steve Simms DNF 24 1st
Superman Chad Fortune 17.72 8 4th
Suzuki Bobby Parr 17.54 23 5th
Taz Adam Anderson DNF 37 3rd

Qualifying took place on the Friday night Monster Jam: Double-Down, where fans get two days of Monster Jam.

Racing:


World Finals 10 (2009)

Event Date: March 28, 2009 Monster Jam World Finals 10 will take place on March 28, 2009

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