ROSSBURG — An Eldora Speedway packed house was treated by eight of the nation’s best Monster Jam drivers as they battled it out with wheelies, J-hook racing and freestyle competition.
Eldora is one of the stops on the road to the Monster Jam World Finals 2015.
First up on the night was the wheelie competition with Grave Digger the Legend taking the first place trophy with a score of 28 driven by Adam Anderson.
Growing up the son of four-time Monster Jam World Finals champion Dennis Anderson, Adam Anderson is making a name of his own in the sport.
Adam Anderson established the record as the youngest driver to win a Monster Jam World Finals championship in the 2008 World Freestyle championship in Las Vegas at the age of 22.
In 2013 Adam won the World Racing championship at Monster Jam World Finals XIV, making Anderson only the fourth Monster Jam driver in history to have won both the racing and freestyle championship at the Monster Jam World Finals.
“I want to thank everybody for coming out to Eldora Speedway for Monster Jam,” Adam Anderson said. “This is our second year in here. We are really excited.”
Grave Digger the Legend captured first place in the racing competition, defeating Wolverine in a tight race and winning the first two events of the night.
“The crowds are bigger this year,” Anderson added. “We want the crowds to be bigger and bigger every year. We can’t wait to come back next year already.”
The Monster Jam Freestyle event went to four-time world champion Dennis Anderson in his famous Grave Digger monster truck, edging out Monster Energy with a higher bonus time score.
Four-Time Monster Jam world champion Dennis Anderson created the legend of Grave Digger in 1982 in an old garage in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and is still the world’s best known Monster Jam truck.
“It’s an honor to be back here in Eldora, and I love the fans here at the speedway,” Dennis Anderson said. “We are going to throw-down here tonight at the race track, and I’ll see you again next year.”
The fleet of Grave Digger Monster Jam trucks continues to expand with sons Adam and Ryan carrying on their father’s famous legacy in the next generation of Monster Jam.
Friday night competition results
Grave Digger The Legend 28 (winner)
Monster Energy 25
Grave Digger 25
Stone Crusher 15
Monster Jam racing competition:
Grave Digger The Legend defeated Wolverine in the final race
Monster Jam freestyle competition:
Grave Digger 29 (winner with a better bonus time score)
Monster Energy 29
Grave Digger The Legend 27
Stone Crusher 21