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Monster Jam World Finals X (Also written as Monster Jam World Finals 10) was the tenth-annual Monster Jam World Finals, held on March 27-28, 2009 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event featured a twenty-four truck lineup, and was broadcasted on Speed Channel after the event took place.

Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction earned his eighth World Championship by defeating Alex Blackwell in Captain's Curse in Racing. Meanwhile, in his third full season of competition, Damon Bradshaw in U.S. Air Force Afterburner won the World Freestyle Championship with a score of 36.

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Truck Photo for World Finals X

Lineup

(Note: * indicates a truck/driver's first World Finals appearance).

(Note: ** indicates a truck/driver's only World Finals appearance).

(Note: *** indicates a truck/driver's last World Finals appearance).

  1. U.S. Air Force Afterburner - Damon Bradshaw
  2. An Escalade - George Balhan
  3. Avenger - Jim Koehler
  4. Batman - John Seasock
  5. Blue Thunder - Linsey Weenk
  6. Bounty Hunter - Jimmy Creten
  7. Brutus - Chris Bergeron
  8. Captain's Curse - Alex Blackwell
  9. Destroyer*** - Dan Evans***
  10. Donkey Kong*** - Frank Krmel
  11. Advance Auto Parts El Toro Loco - Lupe Soza
  12. Grave Digger - Dennis Anderson
  13. King Krunch - David Smith
  14. Madusa - Madusa
  15. Maximum Destruction - Tom Meents
  16. Monster Mutt - Charlie Pauken
  17. Monster Mutt Dalmatian - Candice Jolly*
  18. Nitro Circus* - Travis Pastrana (Freestyle Only)*
  19. Pastrana 199*** - Cam McQueen (Racing Only)
  20. Safe Auto Minimizer*** - Marc McDonald
  21. Stone Crusher - Steve Sims
  22. Superman - Chad Fortune
  23. Taz - Adam Anderson (Racing Only)/Chad Tingler (Freestyle Only)
  24. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Pablo Huffaker
  25. War Wizard** - Randy Moore**

Track Layout

The track used for World Finals X featured a van stack with a car pad in the formation of an "X" shape, as well as a camper in the far end zone. The left side of the track featured a triple jump, along with a Jack in the Box-sponsored graffiti box van. The center of the track featured a step-up jump, which was later used as a backflip ramp for an encore. The right side featured a double-valley jump with a fountain jump in front of it.

Special World Finals Paint Schemes

The paint scheme that was featured on Avenger this year was a special "Scuba" paint scheme, which was created to honor driver Jim Koehler's famous act of jumping into the fountain obstacle after his freestyle performance. Meanwhile, this event marked the first official appearance of Nitro Circus, which made its debut during the freestyle competition with Travis Pastrana behind the wheel.

Two other special trucks and designs that made their first appearances were featured exclusively in the Pit Party. The first was Obsessed, which made its official debut as the new teammate to Rick Swanson's Obsession. Meanwhile, Kelvin Ramer's Time Flys received a new black paint scheme, which was first used exclusively for this event.

Results

Qualifying Times

  1. Donkey Kong - 16.50
  2. Bounty Hunter - 16.53
  3. Taz - 16.56
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 16.56
  5. Maximum Destruction - 16.63
  6. Monster Mutt - 16.66
  7. Blue Thunder - 16.90
  8. Safe Auto Minimizer - 16.94
  9. Pastrana 199 - 16.97
  10. El Toro Loco - 17.00
  11. An Escalade - 17.07
  12. Air Force Afterburner - 17.13
  13. Brutus - 17.25
  14. Captain's Curse - 17.28
  15. Monster Mutt Dalmatian - 17.35
  16. Madusa - 17.37
  17. Superman - 17.40
  18. Batman - 17.65
  19. King Krunch - 17.65
  20. Grave Digger - 17.66
  21. Avenger - 17.66
  22. Destroyer - 17.72
  23. War Wizard - 18.15
  24. Stone Crusher - DNQ

Racing

Round One

Madusa vs. Stone Crusher

Pastrana 199 vs. Superman

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Grave Digger vs. Air Force Afterburner

Avenger vs. Brutus

Destroyer vs. Captain's Curse

An Escalade vs. King Krunch

El Toro Loco vs. Batman

Monster Mutt Dalmatian vs. War Wizard

Round Two

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Donkey Kong vs. Madusa

Safe Auto Minimizer vs. Pastrana 199

Maximum Destruction vs. Air Force Afterburner

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Brutus

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Captain's Curse vs. Taz (crashed)

Monster Mutt vs. An Escalade

Blue Thunder vs. El Toro Loco

Bounty Hunter vs. War Wizard

Round Three

Madusa vs. Safe Auto Minimizer

Maximum Destruction vs. Brutus

Captain's Curse vs. Monster Mutt

Blue Thunder vs. Bounty Hunter

Semi-Finals

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Safe Auto Minimizer vs. Maximum Destruction

Captain's Curse vs. Blue Thunder

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2009 Monster Jam World Finals 10 Final Race-0

Championship Race

Maximum Destruction vs. Captain's Curse (crashed)

Freestyle Order

  1. Brutus
  2. Madusa
  3. War Wizard
  4. Nitro Circus
  5. Monster Mutt Dalmatian
  6. Destroyer
  7. Superman
  8. Bounty Hunter
  9. King Krunch
  10. Batman
  11. Avenger
  12. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
  13. An Escalade
  14. Air Force Afterburner
  15. Stone Crusher
  16. Safe Auto Minimizer
  17. Donkey Kong
  18. Taz
  19. Monster Mutt
  20. El Toro Loco
  21. Blue Thunder
  22. Maximum Destruction
  23. Grave Digger

Freestyle

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  1. Air Force Afterburner - 36
  2. Bounty Hunter - 32
  3. Brutus - 29
  4. Blue Thunder - 28
  5. Nitro Circus - 26
  6. Stone Crusher - 26
  7. Monster Mutt - 26
  8. Taz - 25
  9. Monster Mutt Dalmatian - 24
  10. King Krunch - 23
  11. Grave Digger - 23
  12. Batman - 21
  13. Donkey Kong - 21
  14. El Toro Loco - 21
  15. War Wizard - 19
  16. Maximum Destruction - 19
  17. Destroyer - 17
  18. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 17
  19. Madusa - 16
  20. Safe Auto Minimizer - 13
  21. Superman - 8
  22. An Escalade - 8
  23. Avenger - 4
  24. Captain's Curse - DNC

Encore

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Monster jam world finals 2009 Encore Max D BACKFLIP

Maximum Destruction's backflip.

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After the freestyle competition, the car stack would be removed from the back of the middle ramp, revealing a backflip ramp. Tom Meents in Maximum Destruction would then come onto the track and attempt a backflip. While he would make a successful rotation, he would also make half of a second rotation, causing the truck the land hard on its rear and eventually crash-land on its roof. The pit party trucks would later come onto track and lap around it before the show came to close.

While the backflip portion of the encore was shown on the SPEED broadcast, the pit party trucks portion of the encore was notably never shown on neither the DVD or the SPEED broadcast for unknown reasons. Although not being shown, some driver interviews played during the freestyle DVD took place before or after the pit party encore, revealing some footage of it.

Other Awards

  • Donut – Tom Meents - Maximum Destruction - Pensacola
  • Rising Star – Jon Zimmer - Amsoil Shock Therapy
  • Arena Wheelie – Dave Rappach - Rap Attack - Milwaukee
  • Extreme Air – Frank Krmel - Donkey Kong - Arnhem
  • Stadium Wheelie – Dennis Anderson - Grave Digger - Toronto
  • Save – Steve Koehler - Wrecking Crew - Worcester / Andy Slifko - Eradicator - Atlanta
  • Humanitarian – Charles Benns - Pitbull
  • Fan Appreciation – Alex Blackwell / Rod Schmidt
  • Arena Freestyle – Charlie Pauken - Grave Digger - Stockholm
  • Sportsman – Jim Koehler
  • Crash Madness – Charlie Pauken - An Escalade - Saluda
  • Stadium Freestyle – Dennis Anderson - Grave Digger - Houston
  • WOW Factor – Tom Meents - Maximum Destruction - Houston
  • Team – Monster Trucks Ltd (Sims)
  • Rookie – Jeremy Slifko - Backdraft
  • Mechanic – Howie Daulton - Team Grave Digger and Team Captain's Curse

Trivia

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2009 Monster Jam World Finals - Final Parade

Pit Party trucks encore.

  • Captain's Curse, Nitro Circus, and Grave Digger all crashed into the stands during the course of the event (Captain's Curse flipped violently into the stands after losing brakes in the finals, and Nitro Circus and Grave Digger both rolled onto the wall during freestyle). Captain's Curse's racing crash was omitted from the vast majority of TV broadcasts and from the DVD; Nitro Circus's and Grave Digger's crashes were only shown through onboard footage.
  • This would be the first Monster Jam World Finals DVD to be at 720p and HD quality. However, the DVD was still limited to a 4:3 ratio. Because of this, the DVD was very infamous for its fullscreen footage being squeezed into a square ratio, giving the trucks a weird tall and narrow look.
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    Monster Jam WF X Intro video (by Mike Mcfarlin)

    Original live version of the intro seen on the World Finals X DVD with different music.

    The opening movie that is seen at the start of each World Finals X DVD's was actually played at the actual event before the opening ceremony. The live opening movie, however, featured different music from the DVD version. The first half of the intro with the drivers featured the opening segment of the Intro to Within Force's album "The Silent Force", where the DVD version featured suspenseful with driver quotes. The second half of the intro with trucks and fans featured a shortened version of "Chain Links" from Saw 3, where the DVD version replaces it with an energetic rock tune, interestingly made to sync and mix with truck and fan noises well. These music changed were likely done because of copyright reasons.
  • The fastest qualifier was Frank Krmel in Donkey Kong, with a 16.50 second lap.
    • The was also the second year that the faster qualifier would lose in their first race of the night.
  • The two trucks that sponsored each of the two racing lanes would go against each other in racing, however, they would ironically be put in opposite lanes, with the Built Ford Tough sponsored Blue Thunder being in the Advance Auto Parts lane, and the Advance Auto Parts sponsored El Toro Loco being in the Ford Trucks lane.
  • Alex Blackwell became the second World Finals competitor to make the final round of racing and miss the freestyle competition due to a crash, joining Blue Thunder's Lyle Hancock (Monster Jam World Finals 2).
  • Adam Anderson became the second reigning World Finals champion who was unable to defend their respective title the following year due to an injury sustained in racing. He joined Pablo Huffaker on that list.
  • This would be the very last show for Safe Auto Minimizer and Pastrana 199.
  • Tom Meents blew the transmission during his World Finals freestyle run for the second time, the first since Monster Jam World Finals 4.
  • Adam Anderson was injured after crashing into a tree in Thunder Alley during racing. Later, his substitute in Taz, Chad Tingler, suffered a dislocated shoulder after a hard hit in freestyle.
  • This would be the only World Finals competition appearance of Randy Moore and War Wizard.
  • Originally, the triple jump on the left side of the track was a double jump with a disconnected jump stack. After the photos were taken, the disconnected jump was melded into the double on the last day to change it into a triple stack.
  • Very interestingly, especially considering how popular clearing the tripe was the previous year, Linsey Weenk was the only driver to have actually backed up from the front of the triple and attempt send it and clear the triple. He came up a bit short of fully clearing the ramp.
    • Although Linsey Weenk was the only driver to back up from the front of triple to attempt and clear it, Chad Tingler in Taz also attempted to clear the triple. However, he didn't back up for the triple and he also sent it from the backside of the triple instead, flooring the throttle while driving onto the ramp after getting shut off for a moment during the run. He would come closer than Linsey, though not fully clearing it, hitting the front bus of the triple.
  • This would be the last freestyle appearance for King Krunch. He returned the following year, but could not freestyle due to a crash in racing.
  • The bark split open on the tree Taz collided with. The tree survived the incident, but was removed several years later.
  • During Friday practice, Stone Crusher clipped the triple jump and rolled completely over and back upright.
  • This was the second of three World Finals where the fastest qualifier (Donkey Kong) lost in its first race.
  • Like the previous two years, the field was almost identical, but this time four trucks were replaced (Iron Outlaw, Scarlet Bandit, Black Stallion and Team Suzuki). Brutus, Madusa, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and War Wizard were the replacements
    • Only War Wizard was the new truck to the event as Brutus and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle had been absent for a year, both previously competing in three previous World Finals each and Madusa returning after having competed in all of the first 6 World Finals.
  • This would be the second year in a row where the World Racing Champion would defeat the World Freestyle Champion on the way to their championship.
  • This would be first freestyle run from Pablo Huffaker since 2003 where it wasn't the middle ramp that took him out. Although he did hit the middle ramp before going over, it was the white double valley ramp that sent him over.
    • It would also be the first run from Pablo since 2004 where he didn't go over because of driving though the left side of the middle ramp.
  • This World Finals was notably the only one to have changed multiple of the trucks theme songs, being Bounty Hunter: "The Enemy" by Godsmack, Destroyer: "Free" by Powerman 5000, El Toro Loco: "Gimme the Mic" by Limp Bizkit, Nitro Circus: "Inside the Cynic" by Stone Sour, War Wizard: "Awake" by Godsmack and Monster Mutt sharing Monster Mutt Dalmatian's Theme.

Pit Party (Non-Competing trucks)

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Monster Jam World Finals by Year
I (2000)II {2001}III (2002)IV (2003)V (2004)VI (2005)VII (2006)VIII (2007)IX (2008)X (2009)XI (2010)XII (2011)XIII (2012)XIV (2013)XV (2014)XVI (2015)XVII (2016)XVIII (2017)XIX (2018)XX (2019)XXI (2020/2022)
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