Although Ontario’s short track racing scene is the focus for Short Track Musings, we will be putting together a special package of posts ahead of the Monster Jam Toronto on January 13 and 14.
At 12 feet tall sitting on 66-inch tall tires and boosting 2,000 horsepower, it’s no secret that both motorsports and non-motorsports fans are lured in by the sight of trucks jumping up to 35 feet in the air and flying distances up to 130 feet. For that reason, it’s no secret that Canadians are excited for the kick-off of the 2018 Canadian Monster Jam season.
The Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario will host 14 of the best, coolest trucks on the tour featuring a wide range of stars on January 13 and 14.
The squad is led into Ontario’s capital by Son-uva Digger’s Ryan Anderson. Anderson has made three previous appearances in Toronto, both resulting in victories for the second generation star.
In his first trip to Toronto in 2014, he left a lasting impression on the fans with a racing victory during the Saturday show, followed by the victory in freestyle on Sunday. Through his run, he attacked every end of the course, gaining height off of many of the obstacles, while attacking them every angle possible. Add in a top-notch cyclone, Anderson scored 28 points for the win.
Then in his second trip to Toronto, in 2016 he came up short in racing on Saturday, but showed fans why he’s a favourite in freestyle. He got some of the biggest air the fans had seen all night, crossing jumps at all different directions, and getting air with ease. Even with a rear tire going flat with 30 seconds left on the clock, he didn’t let it slow him down as he continued to get air, and cause damage to the dirt mounds across the floor. With 37 points, he took home the win. Then on Sunday, he’d once again come on short in racing, but backed it up with a solid performance in freestyle which included his signature air and bicycling across the track despite a transmission problem. He’d be awarded the victory, but handed it over to Cam McQueen and Northern Nightmare, feeling it was a stronger run.
Back in January, he added another notch to his growing crown, scoring the racing victory on Saturday before putting together a pair of impressive freestyles that left the fans on their feet.
The rest of the line-up for this year’s show will include, but subject to change: Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown, Barbarian driven by Devin Jones, Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters, Bounty Hunter driven by TBD, Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer, Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson, Iron Outlaw driven by TBD, Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II, Raminator driven by TBD, Rammunition driven by TBD, Scooby-Doo driven by TBD, VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist driven by Lee O’Donnell, Xtreme Diesel driven by Dave Radzierez.
More details about the other competitors will be talked about in future posts leading up to the show.
Ticket prices start at $15, with Pit Party Passes are available for purchase for $10. Tickets and Pit Passes are available at the Rogers Centre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, and at (855) 985-5000.
The Pit Party will be held from 2:30pm on Saturday, January 13 and 11:30am on Sunday, January 14. The pre-show pit party gives fans the chance to see the massive Monster Jam trucks up close, meet drivers, take pictures and get autographs. To access the Pit Party, event ticket and Pit Party Pass must be presented upon entry.