Orlando, FL - Citrus Bowl
January 25, 2014
Monster Jam Racing Winner
Monster Jam Freestyle Winner
Trucks: Monster Jam® Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Dennis Anderson, Scooby-Doo™ driven by Nicole Johnson, Son-uva Digger® driven by Ryan Anderson, Monster Mutt℠ Rottweiler driven by Rod Schmidt, Max-D℠ driven by Morgan Kane, Mohawk Warrior® driven by BJ Johnson, Gunslinger driven by Scott Hartsock, Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims, Hooked driven by Bryan Wright, Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal, Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon, War Wizard driven by Darren Goin, Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, Strait Jacket driven by Kevin King and Bad News driven by Brandon Derrow!!
A history of some three decades in the Florida Citrus Bowl drew to a close on a night of incredible Monster Jam thrills and in that stadium that has seen some of the all time greats in the sport turn in some memorable performances it was the new generation of Monster Jam superstar stealing the show as Ryan Anderson and Son-uva Digger won the Double Down trophy in Orlando for the second straight year, first snapping his Dad’s lengthy racing winning streak and then turning in an epic freestyle run to take all of the hardware home from central Florida.
The annual Citrus Bowl Monster Jam has seen sellout crowds for years but this time, with the current Citrus Bowl set to be torn down and a sparkling new stadium erected in its place in time for Monster Jam’s return in 2015, all the tickets were sold out in advance of Saturday’s highly anticipated event as more than 50,000 of the sport’s most loyal fans packed into the seats and roared in delight throughout the event. The fans paid tribute to their longtime favorite, Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger with multiple standing ovations with some of the loudest cheers of the night going to the next generation Anderson, as Ryan and Son-uva Digger dominated the results sheet.
Grave Digger rolled into Orlando with the momentum of an undefeated start to racing in 2014, Anderson powering his black and green piece to 13 straight round racing wins en route to winning the championship racing trophies at big stadium events in Houston, Atlanta, and Tampa to start the New Year. Anderson would run that winning streak up to 16 marching all the way into the Championship Round where his son was waiting for a shot at snapping the string and the fans were roaring for the final race as Grave Digger and Son-uva Digger pulled to the starting line to settle the final Citrus Bowl Monster Jam racing championship. The electrifying race came down to the wire with Son-uva Digger edging Grave Digger for the triumph. Dennis wasn’t thrilled by his son putting his long win streak to an end, saying that when they got back to North Carolina that Ryan would have to “wash all the dishes, and cut the grass, and feed the hogs and….”. The win also had to be a confidence builder for the young Anderson who had struggled in racing head to head against his father over the last two years.
The racing trophy secure Ryan was on a mission to close this historic facility in Son-uva Digger style, looking to win a second straight Double Down trophy there and he accomplished that feat. Several standout performances had the crowd rocking including a crowd pleasing run from Nicole Johnson and Scooby Doo which grabbed the early lead and then impressive freestyles from Steve Thompson in Hurricane Force and Steve Sims in Stone Crusher. That latter pair tied Grave Digger for the runner-up score but this was Son-uva Digger’s night. As incredible as Son-uva Digger freestyle’s have been since the truck’s debut three years ago it is hard to remember any that have been better than the high flying ragged edge performance Ryan turned in for the Orlando fans. Son-uva Digger’s score from the judges was 6 points better than any other, pretty much a blow out in today’s competitive Monster Jam freestyle world.
Fast qualifier – Son-uva Digger 20.776
1st round – Son-uva Digger bye run (due to Gunslinger breaking off a wheel in qualifying); Hurricane Force def. Storm Damage; Max-D def. Ice Cream Man; Xtermigator def. Monster Mutt Rottweiler; Hooked def. Scooby Doo; Bad News Travels Fast bye run (due to Mohawk Warrior’s engine failure); Stone Crusher def. War Wizard; Grave Digger def. Strait Jacket
2nd Round - Son-uva Digger def. Hurricane Force; Max-D def. Xtermigator; Hooked def. Bad News Travels Fast; Grave Digger def. Stone Crusher
Semifinals - Son-uva Digger def. Max-D; Grave Digger def. Hooked
CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RACE – SON-UVA DIGGER DEFEATED GRAVE DIGGER
FOX SPORTS 1 FREESTYLE RESULTS
SON-UVA DIGGER 30 (26 + 4 bonus points)
Hurricane Force 24 (21 + 3)
Stone Crusher 24 (22 + 2)
Grave Digger 24 (20 + 4)
Scooby Doo 20
Hooked 20 (18 + 2)
Gunslinger 18 (17 + 1)
Bad News Travels Fast 17 (16 + 1)
Ice Cream Man 16
War Wizard 16
Xtermigator 16 (15 + 1)
Strait Jacket 15
Storm Damage 7
By Scott Douglass