Putting together a solid performance from top to bottom, Randy Brown scored the Sunday afternoon Freestyle victory at the Roger’s Centre for his seventh Toronto win.
Throughout the allotted 120 seconds, the Grave Digger truck soared through the air off multiple jumps, along with a pair of well executed donuts at each end of the stadium. The black and green wrecking machine also put together a small save, and perfect back flip en route to a wreck at the end, and score of 9.882.
Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) came up just shy of the scoring the win with a score of 9.417. The second generation competitor showcased his ability to get height across the stadium, despite dealing with a truck that sounded rough at times after clobbering a dirt mound. He also perfected the backflip, too, before rolling over nose first off of a jump.
Three drivers in total saw their scores in the nines, as Lee O’Donnell was awarded a 9.317. The VP Mad Scientist started off with some good height, but a failed backflip attempt saw him roll over with 14 seconds remaining on the clock.
BJ Johnson (Gas Monkey Garage) was fourth on the board despite driving around the second half of his run with a flat right front tire after cutting it over one of the jumps.
Haley Gauley rounded out her first ever weekend of Monster Jam competition fifth on the chart, after some decent air and rolling over Scooby Doo while doing donuts.
Beginning last year, Monster Jam implemented a fan judging system which sees every fan in the stadium who has a phone or tablet take part in the voting. Following the driver’s run, each fan has 40 seconds to score it anywhere from one to 10, with the average of everyone combined becoming the driver’s score.
The system has come into question on numerous occasions, regarding whether it’s fair or a valid way to score the competitors. When it came to Sunday, the freestyle competition saw the fans crown the correct winner overall – despite the scores being higher than what I would’ve given. The chart below showcases all of the drivers scores in order given by me, followed by all the drivers scores in order given by the fans.
|Grave Digger||9.5||Grave Digger||9.882|
|Son-uva Digger||9.25||Son-uva Digger||9.417|
|Gas Monkey||8.5||VP Mad Scientist||9.317|
|VP Mad Scientist||8||Gas Monkey||8.286|
|Scooby Doo||7.5||Scooby Doo||7.081|
|Overkill Evolution||6.5||Bounty Hunter||6.878|
|Bounty Hunter||5||Overkill Evolution||6.595|
|Black Stallion||1||Black Stallion||2.414|