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Current Monster Jam logo, used since 2016

Monster Jam is a monster truck series promoted by the USHRA and owned by FELD Motorsports. The series was started in 1992 and is the longest running series to date. It is unique because a majority of the trucks that compete with Monster Jam are owned by the same company that owns Monster Jam, FELD Entertainment.

The series has had many tours, including a European tour, a Canadian tour, an Australian tour, an arena tour (Thunder Nationals), a freestyle-only tour (Freestyle Mania), and two summer tours (Path of Destruction and the Summer Heat speedway tour). Six video games and one mobile app have been licensed and released by Monster Jam, and made by various developers.

Between 1997 and 2002, a points series was featured on the circuit. In 2015, the points set up was reintroduced in two new tours, the Amsoil More Monster Jam Triple Threat Series and the Fox Sports 1 Championship series.

Every year since 2000, a World Finals has taken place, and has since become one of the most popular and coveted monster truck events.

History

  • 2018 - Max-D celebrates it's 15th anniversary. The last Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas takes place. At the end of the year the league loses major sponsors, those being Fox Sports, and most notably, Hot Wheels. Metro by T-Mobile becomes a new sponsor late in the year. Whiplash debuts in January and BroDozer debuts in June.
  • 2019 - The All-Star Challenge Event is held, the Team Battle element is introduced with Fire & Ice, and the first official World Finals takes place outside of Las Vegas. Spin Master becomes the new producers of Monster Jam die-cast toys, and NBC Sports starts broadcasting Monster Jam shows. Bakugan Dragonoid debuts. The first events in Africa take place. BKT tires sponsorship is extended.
  • 2020 - Monster Jam debuted its new stadium tour names, which are Green, Red and Yellow. BroCamino debuts. UNOH’s partnership gets extended. St. Jude announces it’s partnership with the league. Most shows for the year are cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Champions

Thunder Nationals

Monster Wars

Motor Madness Points Series

Young Guns Shootout (Double Down Showdown)

Fox Sports 1 Series

More Monster Jam Tour (AKA Triple Threat Series)

Monster Jam Stadium Tours (AKA Stadium Championship Series)

  1. 2017 - Tour 3: Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger) Tour 4: Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger 27)
  2. 2018 - Tour 1: Neil Elliott (Max-D) Tour 2: Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger 27) Tour 3: Morgan Kane (Grave Digger 33) Tour 4: Lee O'Donnell (VP Racing Fuels' The Mad Scientist)
  3. 2019 - Tour 1: Tom Meents (Max-D Fire) Tour 2: Adam Anderson (Grave Digger 35) Tour 3: Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy)

Monster Jam Arena Tours (AKA Arena Series)

Monster Jam All-Star Challenge

  • 2019 - Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger)

Other Awards

Since 2001, an awards ceremony would take place either before or after the Monster Jam World Finals to appreciate the best moves, drivers, etc. from the past season

Rising Star

Rookie

Sportsman

Mechanic / Technician

Mechanic Moment

  • 2007 - Lori Evans (Destroyer)

Team

Improved Team

Humanitarian

Most Improved Driver

Outreach

Fan Appreciation

Fan-Tastic

Sky High

  • 2011 - Neil Elliott (Maximum Destruction)

Leadership

Special Recognition for Innovations in the Sport

  • 2003 - Patrick Enterprises (Dan Patrick) / Racesource Team (Tina & Pablo Huffaker) / 2Xtreme Racing (Jimmy & Dawn Creten) / Deist Safety

Special Recognition Award

  • 2003 - Special T Tracks / Pro Tracks / Dirt Wurx

  • 2003 - Ford

Extreme Air

  • 2003 - Scott Hartsock (Gunslinger)
  • 2005 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2007 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2008 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2009 - Frank Krmel (Donkey Kong)
  • 2010 - Jon Zimmer (Amsoil Shock Therapy)
  • 2011 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger the Legend)
  • 2012 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2013 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2014 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2015 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2016 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2017 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2018 - Rosalee Ramer (Wild Flower)
  • 2019 - Cory Rummell (Rage)

Crash Madness

  • 2001 - Eldon DePew (Bulldozer)
  • 2003 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2007 - Chad Tingler (Grave Digger)
  • 2008 - Neil Elliott (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2009 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2010 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2011 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2012 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger) / Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2013 - Nicole Johnson (Scooby-Doo)
  • 2014 - Linsey Weenk (Lucas Oil Crusader)
  • 2015 - Chad Fortune (Soldier Fortune)
  • 2017 - Dave Radzierez (Xtreme Diesel)
  • 2018 - Randy Brown (Grave Digger)
  • 2019 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)

Wreck

Upset

  • 2002 - Carl Van Horn (Spider-Man) defeating Tom Meents (Team Meents) (Racing in Tampa, Florida)

Save

Wheelie

  • 2013 - Neil Elliott (Monster Mutt)

Freestyle

  • 2003 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2005 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)

Donut

  • 2007 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2009 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2010 - Chris Bergeron (Brutus)
  • 2011 - Marc McDonald (El Toro Loco)
  • 2012 - Marc McDonald (El Toro Loco)
  • 2013 - John Seasock (Grinder)
  • 2014 - Pablo Huffaker (Grave Digger)
  • 2015 - Lee O'Donnell (The Rod Ryan Show)
  • 2016 - Arena: Cynthia Gauthier (Monster Mutt Dalmatian) / Stadium: Tom Meents (Max-D)
  • 2017 - Tom Meents (Max-D)
  • 2018 - Tom Meents (Max-D)
  • 2019 - Arena: Kayla Blood (Soldier Fortune) / Stadium: Diesel Dave (BroDozer)

Wow Factor

  • 2008 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2009 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2010 - Cam McQueen (Nitro Circus)
  • 2011 - Scott Buetow (Iron Man)
  • 2012 - Lupe Soza (Advance Auto Parts Grinder)
  • 2013 - Linsey Weenk (Lucas Oil Crusader) / Damon Bradshaw (Monster Energy)
  • 2014 - Neil Elliott (Max-D)
  • 2015 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger the Legend) / Neil Elliott (Max-D)
  • 2016 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)
  • 2017 - Chuck Werner (El Toro Loco)
  • 2018 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)
  • 2019 - John Gordon (Bad Company)

Arena Wheelie

  • 2007 - Chad Tingler (Grave Digger)

Arena Two-Wheel Skill

  • 2018 - Cam McQueen (Northern Nightmare)
  • 2019 - Tristan England (EarthShaker)

Arena Freestyle

  • 2007 - Chad Tingler (Grave DIgger)
  • 2009 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2010 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2011 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger the Legend)
  • 2012 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2013 - Greg Winchenbach (Crushstation)
  • 2014 - Morgan Kane (Max-D)
  • 2015 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2016 - Bari Musawwir (Zombie)
  • 2017 - Alex Blackwell (Megalodon)
  • 2018 - Tyler Menninga (Grave Digger)
  • 2019 - Tony Ochs (Soldier Fortune Black Ops)

Stadium Wheelie

Stadium Two-Wheel Skill

  • 2018 - Lee O'Donnell (VP Racing Fuels' Mad Scientist)
  • 2019 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)

Stadium Freestyle

  • 2007 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2008 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2009 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2010 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2011 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2012 - Neil Elliott (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2013 - Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger)
  • 2014 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)
  • 2015 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)
  • 2016 - Neil Elliott (Max-D)
  • 2017 - Todd LeDuc (Monster Energy)
  • 2018 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)
  • 2019 - Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger)

Racing Champions

Freestyle Champions

Speedster Racing & Obstacle

ATV

High Jump

2-Wheel Skills

Controversy

In the recent years, Monster Jam has become the target of much controversy in the monster truck industry.

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Monster Jam arena tracks before 2014

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Modern Monster Jam arena tracks. Note the lack of crush cars and how the track is almost completely made out of dirt

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Santiago 2018 arena track design. Note how it looks much more like the pre-2013 tracks than the modern ones

Monster Jam has received much criticism for recent stadium and arena tracks, due to the lack of crush cars as well as, in general, uninteresting obstacles. However, the controversy accelerated even more recent years after FELD, despite claiming otherwise, was showing signs of ignoring fans complaints to tracks.

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FELDs censorship of Gunslinger, transforming it into Slinger, has been criticized as cowardly and pointless

Monster Jam has also been criticized for censorship. In 2017, FELD censored guns from several trucks for undisclosed reasons, including Gunslinger, changing it to Slinger, as well as altering Metal Mulisha and Soldier Fortune to remove the guns. Fans have heavily criticized this act of censorship as cowardly and unnecessary.

However, Monster Jam has done more than just censor trucks. In 2017, evidence spawned that FELD executives monitor social media comments and remove any that have the slightest bit of criticism or even negativity, even if they do not breach terms of use. Many fans began reporting removal of critical comments from social media accounts, which diminishes evidence that FELD listens to fans, like they continually claim to.

Another issue surrounding the sport is its use of fan judging in the past years. Monster Jam replaced official judges in 2015 and continued its use into early 2017. This caused controversy into some very well known tours and events such as the 2015 and 2016 Monster Jam World Finals where Monster Jam got a few celebrities to judge the freestyle competition. Most Monster Jam fans have disagreed with the judges scores on most runs, notably with Adam Anderson's winning freestyle run at World Finals 17. In mid-2017 however, the issue was resolved by Monster Jam and currently uses JudgesZone.com as its main scoring system, although still generates controversy, as most of the fans aren't partial, and thus leading up to over scored runs for fan favorites as Grave Digger or Max-D, and underscored runs, mostly for independents or not so well known drivers.

The judges, however, were not always random fans picked by staff, but instead friends, family, or people involved with behind the scenes, sometimes even members or corporate or sponsors. The scoring is actually told from the shows event director relayed over headsets, and or the track personnel sitting with the judges. This was explained to ensure that unfamiliar and or biased judges won't give a high score to their favorite truck purposefully.

Due to the rapidly growing controversy in the sport, many fans have consequently left Monster Jam in favor of other promotions such as the KSR Motorsports, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, Monster Truck Destruction Tour (Monster X Tour), Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, and Monster Truck Throwdown. Although these tours can have their own flaws, since no tour is absolutely perfect.

Crushstation

Crushstation was a Monster Jam staple for 6 years, until leaving in 2017.

Fans were not the only ones who moved to other leagues. Some drivers and independent teams have left Monster Jam for the aforementioned other leagues. A great example for this situation is Greg Winchenbach's Bottom Feeder Motorsports based out of Maine (Crushstation, Lumberjack). The team used to be a main competitor in Monster Jam for several years, however in 2016, the team left after having a said "disagreement" with FELD Motorsports over tour stops (however Crushstation remaining as part of the toy line when it switched from Hot Wheels to Spin Master has indicated a possible return). Mirror Image Racing left in 2019 for unknown reasons. FELD hired drivers such as George Balhan and Cam McQueen themselves have also criticized the league saying that it has been more about the money rather than a fun sport. 2017 World Finals Freestyle Champion Lee O'Donnell has even stated Monster Jam being more of a "circus" nowadays.

Another issue noticed by the fans is that in late 2018, Monster Jam started to reduce zoomies by putting mufflers on most trucks (including independents) that run with Monster Jam. The reason is likely to avoid excessive noise, especially in smaller venues, and Monster Jam has received noise complaints from people/businesses near venues. FELD has not yet confirmed this.

In response, Monster Jam had been including crush cars more and more into their events, including vans, cars embedded in ramps, and sets of cars. Ironically, this was not noticed more by fans. However, in early 2019, Monster jam declared that the usage of free standing crush cars was, indeed, going to be discontinued due to the lack of 60's - 90's cars, as well as issues surrounding safety (newer cars generate more debris).

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2016-Present

Late 2009-2015

1997-Late 2009

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