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The 16 trucks posing for a picture

Monster Jam World Finals 3 was held on March 23, 2002 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Tom Meents in Team Meents would end up sweeping the event once again. This show was also the debut for the Hot Wheels monster truck. This was also the last World Finals to be broadcasted live on pay-per-view.

Same as the last two years racing wise, with a massive jump with a bus on top in the middle, a bus stack and rail car on the left, and a 30 foot tall trailer and bus stack on the right.

For freestyle, a camper on a bed added at the right lane entrance. Two cars would be added to the left


t lane entrance, and numerous additional cars and vans were added to the racing car pads and several motor-homes were added to the course as well.



Avenger- Jim Koehler

Black Smith- Pablo Huffaker

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Black Stallion- Michael Vaters

Power Forward at the Pit Party


El Toro Loco at the pit party

Blue Thunder- Lyle Hancock

Bounty Hunter- Jimmy Creten (World Finals Debut)

Bulldozer- Guy Wood

Firemouth- Carl Van Horn (World Finals Debut)

Grave Digger 20th Anniversary- Dennis Anderson


Gunslinger- Scott Hartsock

Hot Wheels- Eldon DePew

Madusa- Madusa

Power Forward- Chad Fortune (World Finals Debut)

Predator- Allen Pezo

Sudden Impact- John Seasock

Team Meents- Tom Meents

Wolverine- Brian Barthel

Racing Round 1

Team Meents vs. Blue Thunder (DNS)

Madusa vs. Gunslinger

Bulldozer vs. Power Forward (crashes)


Grave Digger 20th Anniversary vs. Black Stallion (Red Lighted)

Black Smith vs. Firemouth

Hot Wheels vs. Predator

Sudden Impact vs. Avenger (crashes)

Wolverine vs. Bounty Hunter

Racing Round 2

Team Meents vs. Gunslinger

Grave Digger 20th Anniversary vs. Bulldozer (crashes)

Black Smith vs. Hot Wheels (crashes)

Sudden Impact vs. Bounty Hunter

Racing Semi Finals

Team Meents vs. Grave Digger 20th Anniversary

Black Smith vs. Bounty Hunter

Championship Race

Team Meents vs. Bounty Hunter
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Team Meents- 37 (crashes)

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Grave Digger 20th Anniversary- 36 (crashes)


Black Smith- 35

Blue Thunder- 35 (crashes)

Black Stallion- 32

Wolverine- 30

Bulldozer's first move, which would end his freestyle run

Sudden Impact- 24

Firemouth- 24

Bounty Hunter- 22 (crashes)

Bulldozer's unseen freestyle Noteably not on home video but on pay-per-view.

Predator- 21

Gunslinger- 20

Madusa- 19 (crashes)

Hot Wheels- 17 (crashes)

Power Forward- 12 (crashes)

Bulldozer- 8 (crashes)

Avenger- 8 (crashes)


Wolverine's yearbook page, featuring a scene from the Encore (Right corner)


Wolverine, Bulldozer, Blacksmith, 2nd Grave Digger, and 2nd Team Meents (Rear engined) come out for a second freestyle.


Wolverine at the encore.


  • Bulldozer's Freestyle was not seen on the DVD or VHS releases, and was only seen on the Pay-Per View footage of the event. He did a wheelie, which cause him to hit a van and roll over.
  • This was the only World Finals appearance of Team Meents and Firemouth.
  • Avenger, Blue Thunder, Firemouth, and Power Forward all crashed in qualifying.
  • This event was the last during the TNN era as in 2003, Monster Jam went to SPEED Channel.
  • This event featured drivers being in the broadcast booth during racing and freestyle such as Tom Meents, Madusa, Lyle Hancock, and others.
  • This was the first time in qualifying that the trucks ran the track without their bodies, which lasted until 2012.

Non Competing Trucks

2nd Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder Ride

Destroyer (Ride Truck)

El Toro Loco

Multiple Grave Diggers


Little Tiger



Ragin Steel


Unknown FELD truck (chassis used for Rear Engined Team Meents)

Scarlet Bandit

Surf Monster


Rear Engined Team Meents and a spare Grave Digger

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The concept art in the corner shows a photoshopped picture of the rear engined Team Meents from the encore.

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