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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.

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World Finals logo 2016-present

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25th Anniversary logo used in 2017

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Monster Jam logo 2014-2015 (Still used as an alternate logo at some events)

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

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  • 1992 - Monster Jam is started under the name "Monster Wars", owned by Pace Motorsports..
  • 1992 - Thunder Nationals is started.
  • 1997 - The Monster Jam name takes place of Monster Wars. "Inside Monster Jam" is broadcast on ESPN 2.
  • 1998 - Pace gains the naming rights to Grave Digger. Monster Jam is broadcast on TNN's Motor Madness.
  • 1999 - Pace gains the naming rights to Bulldozer.
  • 2000 - SFX gains the naming rights to Monster Jam. Hot Wheels Monster Jam begins producing Monster Jam die-cast toys. Several trucks based off of popular WCW wrestlers debut. The First Monster Jam World Finals takes place in Las Vegas.
  • 2001 - Monster Jam's contract with WCW expires by the end of the year, retiring trucks like Goldberg. El Toro Loco, Blue Thunder, Madusa and Blacksmith debut.
  • 2002 - Clear Channel gains the naming rights to Monster Jam. The first Monster Jam show out of North America takes place in Paris, France
  • 2003 - Monster Jam begins broadcasting on Speed. Avenger becomes the first independent to win a World Finals Freestyle Championship. Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debut.
  • 2005 - the first Monster Jam show in Europe takes place. Superman and Taz debut.
  • 2006 - Live Nation gains the naming rights to Monster Jam. Air Force Afterburner and Batman debut.
  • 2007 - Captain's Curse and Monster Mutt Dalmatian debut.
  • 2009 - FELD Motorsports gains the naming rights to Monster Jam. Advance Auto Parts becomes the title sponsor. Grinder debuts.
  • 2010 - Freestyle Mania is introduced. The first backflip in competition is performed by Cam McQueen in Nitro Circus. Spider-Man returns to Monster Jam, and Iron Man debuts as it's teammate truck. Mohawk Warrior debuts.
  • 2011 - Lucas Oil Crusader, Grave Digger the Legend, and Son-Uva Digger debut.
  • 2012 - The Path of Destruction tour starts. Grave Digger's 30th anniversary is celebrated. Monster Energy, Metal Mulisha, Team Hot Wheels Firestorm, Captain America and Northern Nightmare debut.
  • 2013 - Max-D celebrates it's "Decade of Destruction". Advanced Auto Parts backs out from being Monster Jam's title sponsor on December 9.
  • 2014 - #MoreMonsterJam is introduced in December. Monster Jam starts broadcasting on FS1 after Speed goes defunct. FELD teams up with BKT tires.All Marvel and DC trucks are retired by the end of the year.
  • 2015 - The Fox Sports 1 Championship Series is started.
  • 2016 - Monster Jam gets a new, updated, and modern logo which is used to this day.
  • 2017 - Monster Jam celebrates their 25th Anniversary. Grave Digger celebrates it's 35th anniversary. The first frontflip in
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    3D Monster Jam logo 1997-late 2009. A yellow version appeared in Hot Wheels toys in 2003

    competition is performed by Lee O'Donnell in VP Racing Fuels' The Mad Scientist at the World Finals. DC returns to Monster Jam, with the debut of Wonder Woman. Megalodon and EarthShaker also debut earlier that year.
  • 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 VP Racing Fuels, Fox Sports, and, most notably, Hot Wheels. Metro by T-Mobile becomes a new sponsor late in the year.
  • 2019 - The All-Star Challenge Event is held, the Fire & Ice element is introduced, 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.

Champions

Thunder Nationals

Monster Wars

Motor Madness Points Series

Young Guns Shootout (Double Down Showdown)

Fox Sports 1 Series

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Monster Jam Stadium Tours

Monster Jam Arena Tours

Monster Jam All-Star Challenge

  • 2019 - TBA

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

Team

Improved Team

  • 2003 - Flame Motorsports (David Smith) / Rap Attack (David Rappach)

Humanitarian

Most Improved Driver

Outreach

  • 2018 - Camden Murphy (Pirate's Curse)

Fan Appreciation

  • 2009 - Alex Blackwell (Captain's Curse) / Rod Schmidt (Grave Digger)

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)
  • 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)

Crash Madness

Wreck

Upset

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

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Wheelie

  • 2013 - Neil Elliott (Monster Mutt)

Freestyle

  • 2003 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)

Donut

  • 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)

Wow Factor

  • 2008 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2009 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2010 - Cam McQueen (Nitro Circus)
  • 2012 - Lupe Soza (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)

Arena Wheelie

Arena Two-Wheel Skill

  • 2018 - Cam McQueen (Northern Nightmare)

Arena Freestyle

  • 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)

Stadium Wheelie

Stadium Two-Wheel Skill

  • 2018 - Lee O'Donnell (VP Racing Fuels' Mad Scientist)

Stadium Freestyle

  • 2008 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2009 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger)
  • 2010 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2011 - 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)

Racing Champions

  • 1999 - Brian Wolmack (Bear Foot)
  • 2000 - Tom Meents (Goldberg)
  • 2001 - Tom Meents (Goldberg)
  • 2002 - Tom Meents (Team Meents)
  • 2003 - Brian Barthel (Wolverine)
  • 2004 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger 19)
  • 2005 - Madusa (Madusa)
  • 2006 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger 20)
  • 2007 - John Seasock (Batman)
  • 2008 - John Seasock (Batman)
  • 2009 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2010 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger 20)
  • 2011 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2012 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2013 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger the Legend)
  • 2014 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger the Legend)
  • 2015 - Todd LeDuc (Metal Mulisha)
  • 2016 - Morgan Kane (Grave Digger 25)
  • 2017 - Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger)
  • 2018 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger 35)

Freestyle Champions

  • 2000 - Dennis Anderson (Grave Digger 7)
  • 2001 - Tom Meents (Goldberg)
  • 2002 - Tom Meents (Team Meents)
  • 2003 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2004 - (3-Way Tie) - Lupe Soza (El Toro Loco), Madusa (Madusa) & Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2005 - Jimmy Creten (Bounty Hunter)
  • 2006 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2007 - Pablo Huffaker (Captain's Curse)
  • 2008 - Adam Anderson (Taz)
  • 2009 - Damon Bradshaw (Air Force Afterburner)
  • 2010 - Charlie Pauken (Monster Mutt)
  • 2011 - Jim Koehler (Avenger)
  • 2012 - Cam McQueen (Northern Nightmare)
  • 2013 - Tom Meents (Maximum Destruction)
  • 2014 - Todd LeDuc (Metal Mulisha)
  • 2015 - Mike Vaters II (Overkill Evolution)
  • 2016 - Adam Anderson (Grave Digger 32)
  • 2017 - Lee O'Donnell (VP Racing Fuels' The Mad Scientist)
  • 2018 - Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger)

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-2018 however, the issue was resolved by Monster Jam and currently uses JudgesZone.com as its main scoring system.

Due to the rapidly growing controversy in the sport, many fans have consequently left Monster Jam in favor of other promotions such as the Toughest Monster Truck Tour, Monster Truck Destruction Tour, and Monster Truck Throwdown.

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Crushstation was a Monster Jam staple for 6 years, until quitting in 2017. The same has also happened to Heavy Hitter

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 "argument" with FELD Motorsports (however Crushstation remaining as part of the toyline when it switched from Hot Wheels to Spin Master has indicated a possible return). Another team that has left the league is Heavy Hitter Racing (Derick Anson).

In the 2018 shows in Santiago, instead of the standard arena design, fans were surprised to see a track that more closely resembled those of pre-2013 arena shows. It is currently unknown if this will become an alternative arena design, or if it will only appear at this show.

Another issue noticed by the fans is that in late 2018, Monster Jam started to reduce zoomies by putting escapes on independent trucks that don't need them, making all the trucks to sound almost exactly the same. The reason is likely to avoid excessive noise, especially in smaller venues, however FELD has not yet confirmed this.

In response, Monster Jam has been including crush cars more and more into their events, including vans, cars embedded in ramps, and sets of cars. Ironically, this is not noticed more by fans.