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Grave Digger mid freestyle

Monster Jam World Finals 2 was held on March 24, 2001 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. This was the first World Finals to be seen live on pay-per-view, as the year before was on taped delay. Goldberg and Tom Meents swept racing and freestyle. Racing was unique as due to a broken water pipe, the trucks started inside the stadium for the finals and semi finals. This would also be the first World Finals with an encore at the end of the show with Grave Digger and Goldberg.

Track Layout

The track was the same J style hook as the previous year, only with nothing in the middle of the racing lanes. On the left side was a ramp and landing pad and a box van. On the right side was 30 foot tall trailer, a rail car, and a van jump.

Lineup

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The field of trucks. Notice the addition of WCW Nitro Machine as a 17th truck for the photo, ironically predicting the fact that a 17th truck (Ragin' Steel) would be needed for freestyle, as Blacksmith could not return. There is also an unknown ride truck is the far background, which is rumored to possible be Surf Monster.

Avenger - Jim Koehler

Blacksmith - Pablo Huffaker (only racing) (World Finals Debut)

Black Stallion - Michael Vaters (World Finals Debut)

Blue Thunder - Lyle Hancock

Bulldozer - Eldon DePew (World Finals Debut)

Destroyer - Dan Evans (World Finals Debut)

Goldberg - Tom Meents (Defending Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion)

Grave Digger 14 - Dennis Anderson (Defending Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion)

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Gunslinger - Scott Hartsock

Madusa - Madusa

Predator - Allen Pezo

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Ragin Steel - Pablo Huffaker (only freestyle)

Spider-Man - Gary Porter (World Finals Debut)

Sting - Tony Farrell (World Finals Debut)

Sudden Impact - John Seasock

Wolverine - Brian Barthel (World Finals Debut)

Wrenchead.com - Jill Canuso (World Finals Debut)

Racing Round 1

Wolverine vs. Black Stallion

Predator vs. Madusa

Grave Digger vs. Black Smith

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Wrenchead.com vs. Blue Thunder

Destroyer vs. Gunslinger (wins but breaks and cannot return)*

Spider Man vs. Avenger (wins but breaks and cannot return)*

Sudden Impact vs. Bulldozer
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Goldberg vs. Sting

*both trucks were fixed in time for freestyle.

Racing Round 2

Wolverine vs. Predator

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Blue Thunder vs. Black Smith (wins but crashes into wall protection, cannot return)

Spider Man vs. Destroyer

Bulldozer vs. Goldberg (note, Goldberg destroyed a waterpipe, and after this race, the track was shortened)
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Racing Semi Finals

Wolverine vs. Blue Thunder (note, this race was ran twice due to a bad light on Wolverine, but Blue Thunder won both times)

Goldberg vs. Destroyer

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Championship Race

Goldberg vs. Blue Thunder (crashes)

Freestyle

Goldberg - 38

Wrenchead.com - 36 (crashes)

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Grave Digger - 36 (crashes)

Avenger - 34

Sting - 34 (crashes)

Madusa - 33

Spider Man - 31 (crashes)

Black Stallion - 30

Bulldozer - 28

Ragin Steel (actually Pablo Huffaker, Blacksmith's driver) - 27

Destroyer - 23

Predator - 22

Sudden Impact - 19

Gunslinger - DNF

Blue Thunder - DNF

Wolverine - DNF

Encore

Grave Digger 7 & 12 along with Goldberg 2 hit the track. Grave Digger 7 crashes early, Grave Digger 12 gets stuck along with Goldberg up on the trailer, and Goldberg 2 crashes into a damaged Grave Digger 7 left out on the track.

Trivia

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Destroyer's unseen freestyle.

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Predator's unseen qualifying crash.

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  • Sudden Impact's and Destroyer's freestyles were not shown on the DVD. Both trucks ran very brief runs before breaking down. This could be in part because John Seasock (driver of Sudden Impact) said "I'm pissed" during his interview and they wanted to make the home video release G-rated.
  • This was Ragin' Steel's only World Finals appearance; technically, the truck did not compete, but rather was a back-up truck borrowed by Pablo Huffaker after Blacksmith's shipping container crash.
  • Jim Koehler had a "3" flag on the back of his truck during this event as a tribute to Dale Earnhardt Sr., who had passed away in a tragic accident less than two months before the World Finals in NASCAR's 2001 Daytona 500.
  • Because Ragin' Steel wasn't ever set to perform, as it was only there for display purposes, it had no brakes. Temporary driver Pablo Huffaker had to borrow brakes from one of the Grave Digger trucks to drive it. This may be the reason why Dennis Anderson only brought out three Grave Diggers for freestyle when he actually had four.
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    Predator actually flipped over in qualifying. It came out of Thunder Alley, and when it approached the turn, it mistakenly drove too fast and flipped over on its side. It blasted a flame and it extinguished itself when it flipped onto its left side. A couple photos of this crash were actually taken and posted on the old USHRA website, and one of them was also used as the CD jewel case's interior for the 2002 video game, "Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction." However they have been forgotten about but can still be found on the old USHRA website via the Internet WayBack Machine Archive.
  • This was notably the only World Finals out of all 17 that did not feature a center ramp.
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  • This is also the only World Finals to use another racing format other than the famous Vegas Style. After Goldberg struck the waterpipe in racing, the races were moved to inside the stadium due to the floods caused. This essentially created the St. Louis Style racing format, due to the similarities.
  • Jim Koehler actually made it to the starting line to face Dan Evans in round 2, but his left rear tire was flat, so the USHRA officials told Gary Porter to come to the line and make a pass to get a feel of the track. This was only seen on the PPV broadcast.

Home Video Mistakes

  • When Predator leaves the track after his freestyle, the white and orange vans in the corner are not crushed, but when Wrenchhead.com hits the track next, the vans are crushed. Turns out, Destroyer, who's freestyle was not shown on the home video along with Sudden Impact, had gone right before Wrenchhead and hit them.
  • During Black Stallion's freestyle, his second "reverse" move was portrayed as if he accomplished it in his final five seconds of freestyle time. However, what actually happened was he didn't have time to make it over, as he needed time to align himself with the obstacle, which was more than he had time on the clock. He does, however, decide to do it anyway to appease the fans. However, the home video portrays this completely differently: it cuts out the preparation time to show it immediately. Mike's words "the time has expired," were also said before move took place, but on the home video, it was after.

Non-Competing Trucks

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Three additional Grave Diggers (7, 12, and 10 or 16).

2nd Goldberg

Little Tiger

Nitro Machine

Ragin Steel

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Scarlet Bandit

Unknown ride truck; possibly Surf Monster.

NOTE: Two of the three pit-party Grave Diggers and the 2nd Goldberg were featured in the encore. However, because the encore was solely for the fans and there were no competition points given out, they were technically non-competing trucks. Also, Pablo Huffaker did driver Ragin' Steel for freestyle, since Blacksmith had crashed over the containers in racing.

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