Wheelies, Wrecks And World Record-Breaking Jumps: Here Are The Coolest Things We Saw At The 2019 Monster Jam World Finals In Orlando
Cars were never intended to be used to pull off front flips, back flips, and wheelies but that hasn’t stopped the good folks over at Monster Jam from doing things with 12,000-pound trucks that the rest of the world never attempt or dream of.
This weekend we made our way over to Camping World Stadium in Orlando to witness the Monster Jam Finals for ourselves and documented some of the coolest things that went down during the two day event. (Make sure to check out Instagram story recap of the event here)
Sick Monster Truck Wheelies
This year’s Monster Jam finals saw the debut of the two wheels skills challenge and things got off to an amazing start when Grave Digger’s Brandon Vinson held a wheelie for nearly 40 seconds.
Vinson’s trick was eventually surpassed by Maxx D’s Tom Meents who was crowned champion of the event after he busted out the sickest wheelie of the show when he walked up a fucking ramp in reverse on two wheels.
Every year Monster Jam produces some of the most gnarly wrecks known to man and during this year’s finals our friends over at CNET’s Roadshow were able to capture a monster truck getting completely obliterated in slow motion.’
World Record-Breaking Jump
Despite less than ideal track conditions due to weather Maxx-D driver Colton Eichelberger was able to set a new world record by jumping seven Monster Jam trucks during the encore of the Monster Jam event at Orlando on Saturday.
Eichelberger broke the record previously set by his father and 12-time Monster Jam World Finals champion, Tom Meents, in 2016.
Bad-Ass Women Dominating.
Monster Jam prides itself as an inclusionary sport and has made a concerted effort throughout the years to recruit and encourage women to compete in their organization and the end result saw two badass women dominating Saturday night’s action.
First, Cynthia Gualtier became the inaugural high jump champion when she reached an apex of 45.472 feet of an insane jump.
Later on in the night, Linsey Read, a mother of three girls, won the prestigious Monster Jam freestyle event by outlasting 19 of the top male and four of her fellow female athletes to become the first mom ever to win a Monster Jam World Finals championship in the event’s 20-year history and she did it all while driving an awesome Scooby-Doo truck.
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First Female to EVER win the showdown racing!!!! We made HISTORY today at Camping World Stadium for the Monster Jam World Finals XX!! Words cannot describe my excitement in achieving ever goal I have set out for myself in my career with Monster Jam. I have to thank my family for always supporting me in this crazy adventure, without them I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing. Have to give a shout out to the man himself Lee for believing in me enough to get me into the sport. Monster Jam for providing me with the best truck possible and Feld entertainment for putting on these amazing shows! SCOOBY-DOO FANS! Y’all are what got me to this point as well! Every time I hit that track I feel the love from each and every one of you! My crew killed it tonight getting me to the top, thank you Josh Howie and Anthony for everything you have done this year! woooohhoooooooooooo we are a World Finals CHAMP!!!!! #monsterjam #teamscoobydoo #scoobydoo #worldchamp #livewithoutfear #daretodreambig #DCS #campingworldstadium #worldfinalsxx #makinhistory
For fans wanting see the Monster Jam finals action for themselves NBCSN will provide coverage of the event later this month. A two-hour presentation of Freestyle will be televised on May 25 at 8 p.m. (EDT)