Vancouver, BC - BC Place Stadium
BC Place Stadium
February 1, 2014
Monster Jam Racing Winner
Saturday 7 P.M.: Grave Digger
Monster Jam Freestyle Winner
Saturday 7 P.M.: Monster Energy
Trucks: Grave Digger® driven by Chad Tingler, Northern Nightmare℠ driven by Cam McQueen, Monster Mutt℠ Dalmatian driven by Taryn Laskey, Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw, El Toro Loco® (Yellow) driven by Becky McDonough, Blue Thunder driven by Dan Rodoni, Tropical Thunder driven by Andrew Peckham, Captain USA driven by Travis Groth, Double Trouble driven by Tyler Groth, Time Fly's driven by Kelvin Ramer, Detour driven by Garret Ladelle, and Dragon's Breath® driven by Scott Liddycoat!!
Saturday 7 P.M.
(Vancouver, BC) The site of the 2010 Winter Olympics and home to the B.C. Lions Football Club, massive B.C. Place has hosted some monumental events throughout the years. Yet when the ten thousand pound stars of Maple Leaf Monster Jam roll into the stadium, it truly is As Big As It Gets.
The Saturday night spectacular began early in the afternoon with the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Party In The Pits. Fans young and old alike took to the track to admire the Monster Jam Trucks and chat with their talented drivers. It would prove to be a great primer for some huge excitement yet to come.
As Maple Leaf Monster Jam Qualifying came to the line, all eyes were focused on Kelvin Rahmer in Time Flys. This particular driver surprised everyone here in Vancouver last year by posting the number one qualifying time. His electronic fuel injection system was tuned up well again this year, but it was not quite good enough for the number one qualifying spot. This achievement went to Damon Bradshaw in Monster Energy in a time of 20.03 seconds. Qualifying second fast was Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare at 20.36 seconds, while Chad Tingler in Grave Digger stopped the clock in a time of 20.47. The balance of the field qualified as follows:
Time Flys 21.09
Captain USA 21.50
Tropical Thunder 21.97
Blue Thunder 22.34
El Toro Loco 22.41
Double Trouble 23.22
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 23.81
Dragon’s Breath 24.57
Monster Jam Racing Round One saw Damon Bradshaw in Monster Energy defeat Canadian driver Scott Liddycoat in Dragon’s Breath. In other Round One action, Tropical Thunder scored victory over Blue Thunder, Time Flys overcame Double Trouble, Grave Digger buried Detour, Captain USA stomped El Toro Loco, and Northern Nightmare bit a leg off Monster Mutt Dalmatian.
Round Two Racing action was similarly competitive, with Monster Energy continuing to roll. This time, Damon Bradshaw steered his awesome truck to a win over Tropical Thunder. Grave Digger beat Time Flys, and Northern Nightmare took out El Toro Loco, much to the delight of the Canadian fans. Time Flys emerged as Round Two’s Fast Loser.
In the Semi-Final, Time Flys pulled the plug on Monster Energy as driver Kelvin Rahmer was silky smooth around the challenging racetrack. Although it was a close finish, Monster Energy was tagged with a five second penalty for hitting a turning pole, effectively ending his night. In the other race, Grave Digger scored the win over Northern Nightmare as driver Cam McQueen was unable to finish due to mechanical problems.
The Monster Jam Racing Championship would prove to be a great opportunity for Kelvin Rahmer in Time Flys to steal a win from multi-time World Champion team Grave Digger. The interesting part of this race was that it was an exact repeat of the Championship matchup in Anaheim on January 11th of this year.
It was such an exact matchup, in fact, that the result ended up the same as well. Despite Rahmer’s best efforts, Time Flys was unable to stop a hard charging Chad Tingler in Grave Digger. Tingler was ecstatic with the win, but his thoughts soon turned to Fox Sports One Freestyle and the Double Down potential this event now presented him.
Maple Leaf Monster Jam Fox Sports 1 Freestyle was filled with great performances, but the one Canadian fans will remember forever was delivered by British Columbia’s own Cam McQueen in Northern Nightmare. Starting his run on just seven cylinders, McQueen pushed the outer limits of physics and mechanical engineering as his ailing power plant slowly started to disintegrate. McQueen wouldn’t stop, however, until his truck would run no more. As smoke poured from the exhausts of Northern Nightmare, McQueen finally found himself stopped on the track. And as he exited his expired machine, the fans went wild. It was certainly one of the most visually stunning Freestyle efforts in Canadian history. Yet because McQueen was unable to complete his full regulation time, he came up short of the overall win.
The drivers earned the following final Fox Sports 1 Freestyle scores:
Monster Energy 28
Grave Digger 24
El Toro Loco 21
Double Trouble 21
Time Flys 20
Tropical Thunder 20
Northern Nightmare 20
Blue Thunder 19
Monster Mutt Dalmatian 18
Dragon’s Breath 14
Captain USA Did Not Start
FREESTYLE CHAMPION: Monster Energy
In Quad Wars action, Team Canada shut the lights out on Team USA with a fantastic effort.
As cold as the weather has been outside in Canada this year, the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour has proved to be red hot inside. There is no question just how important the next six weeks are, as the drivers continue their journey on the road to the World Finals 15 in Las Vegas.
We’ll see you in Edmonton, Alberta next weekend!
By Darren Pallen