The competitors posing for a picture. Notice the 2002-early 04 Hot Wheels design not used during the actual competition.

Monster Jam World Finals 5 was held on March 20, 2004 at Sam Boyd Stadium. This would be the only World Finals with more than two champions and the last one with 16 trucks. This would also be the only one with the rule that if a truck rolled over in the first 30 seconds it could be allowed to continue, but with a 5 point deduction.

Track Layout


The freestyle layout included a rock pile and bus stack on the left, a rail-car jump on the center, and a box van stack and 30 foot tall trailer on the right with a camper added towards the far end and the trailer/bed combo in the right lane.


Avenger (Orange) - Jim Koehler

Black Smith - Pablo Huffaker
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Bounty Hunter clips Blue Thunder in Qualifying

Blue Thunder - Tony Farrell

Bounty Hunter - Jimmy Creten

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Bulldozer - Guy Wood

El Toro Loco - Lupe Soza

Grave Digger 19 - Dennis Anderson
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Little Tiger Spins out in thunder alley during Qualifying

Hot Wheels - Neil Elliott (World Finals Debut)

King Krunch - David Smith (World Finals Debut)

Little Tiger - Brian Barthel

Madusa - Madusa

Maximum Destruction - Tom Meents

Monster Mutt - Bobby Z

Power Forward - Carl Van Horn

Team Suzuki - Kathy Winston

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Paul Cohen (World Finals Debut)

Racing Round 1

Maximum Destruction vs. Hot Wheels

Monster Mutt vs. Bulldozer

Power Forward vs. Black Smith
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Blue Thunder
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Bounty Hunter vs. Avenger

Little Tiger vs. Madusa (wins but crashes and cannot return)

King Krunch vs. El Toro Loco (crashes)

Grave Digger vs. Team Suzuki
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Racing Round 2

Maximum Destruction vs. Monster Mutt

El Toro Loco's Crash

Black Smith vs. Blue Thunder

Bounty Hunter vs. Little Tiger

King Krunch vs. Grave Digger

Racing Semi Finals

Maximum Destruction vs. Black Smith

Bounty Hunter vs. Grave Digger

Championship Race

Black Smith vs. Grave Digger


Madusa - 31

El Toro Loco - 31 (Crashed)


EL Toro Loco flying past Bounty Hunter

Maximum Destruction - 31

Bounty Hunter - 30 (Ended on the trailer and was tossed off and rolled by Madusa)

Grave Digger - 30 (Crashed)


King Krunch - 27


Madusa successfully hitting Bounty Hunter

Black Smith - 26

Hot Wheels - 25

Little Tiger - 23 (Crashed)

Bulldozer - 20 (Crashed)

Monster Mutt - 19 (Crashed)

Power Forward - 14 (Crashed)

Hero Championswalk 2

Maximum Destruction's "Broken" Freestyle Run

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 11 (Crashed)

Team Suzuki - 9 (Crashed)

Blue Thunder - 9 (Crashed)

Avenger - 9



2 Grave Diggers During The Encore


2 Blue Thunders During The Encore

Two Grave Diggers, two Maximum Destructions, and two Blue Thunders hit the track.


  • This was the only World Finals that had "The 30 Second Rule", where a truck could resume if they had rolled the truck within 30 seconds of freestyle.
    • On a related note, Blue Thunder was one of the trucks that rolled over in the first 30 seconds, and did not continue due to a mechanical problem at the very start of its run.
  • This was also the only World Finals event where both The Bull Brothers, Bulldozer and El Toro Loco, competed.

Brutus before the show began.

  • Brutus did a run down the track before the show began, despite not being invited as a competitor.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actually had two crashes in freestyle, even though only one was shown on the DVD. It was implied that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crashed in the first 30 seconds, but did not continue, but actually did continue and crashed again (Remember: this World Finals had the rule where a truck could resume, if possible, if they rolled in the first 30 seconds of freestyle).
  • This event was also the debut of the new "spark-themed" Blacksmith design. Its driver, Pablo Huffaker, reportedly did not care for the new paint job.
  • The third Blue Thunder (the one that lost its hood) in the encore was run on the 2nd Monster Mutt chassis, and the third Maximum Destruction (rear-engined) was run on the Ameriquest Freedom chassis.
  • This would be the first year Jim Koehler changes the paint job for Avenger. He has done this every year since and is always one of the things the fans can't wait to see.
  • Lupe Soza's freestyle run was originally scored a 27. However, due to overwhelming displeasure from the crowd, the judges adjusted their scores for Lupe and awarded him 31 points, giving him his freestyle championship. This would be the first and currently only occurrence of a score change for a World Finals freestyle run.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles going over the buses, notably not on the DVD or recording


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crashed on the other side of the hill, compared to his first crash on the opposite side of the hill.

Pit Party (Non-Competing trucks)

Advanced Auto Parts Metal Monster

Airborne Ranger

Ameriquest Freedom

2nd Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder (Ride Truck)


2nd Bulldozer

Kool Bus Monster Truck Ride


Dragon Slayer



2nd Grave Digger

Hot Shot


Live Wire


2nd & 3rd Maximum Destruction

2nd Monster Mutt

Muscle Machines



Ragin Steel

Scarlet Bandit


War Wizard


War Wizard (Ride Truck)