By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report Owner/Sr. Writer
TRENTON – Monster Jam returned to the Sun National Bank Center last night for the first time in 10-years. And the show didn’t disappoint.
Grave Digger won the freestyle on the very last freestyle attempt of the show. He completed his run by going in circles, the only driver of the show to attempt such an act. He did the circles for more than 10 seconds.
Backdraft came in second in freestyle. He was followed by Eradicator, who finished third. Fullboar finished fourth, followed by Shock Wave, then Taz, who came in 6th.
In the Quad Wars action, it was a heated battle between New York and New Jersey. New York won the first match-up, then talked badly about Trenton. The following match-up, New Jersey won to tie the series at 1-1. The final match-up was also won by New Jersey.
In the Monster Truck racing segment, it came down to Grave Digger and Taz. It was matching Carl Van Horn, who has 9-years experience driving, against Nicole Johnson, who was in her very first show. In the upset, Johnson won the race.
The race was so close that race officials did not know who won right away. After a few seconds wait, they awarded the win to Johnson. She became the first female driver to win racing in her very first time out.
Grave Digger beat Eradicator in the semifinals, while Taz beat Fullboar.
In the first round of racing, Backdraft lost to Taz, followed by a win by Eradicator over Shock Wave. Grave Digger beat Fullboar in the first race of the show. Fullboar was the quickest loser to move onto the semi-finals.
In the Wheelie Competition, Eradicator beat the other trucks for the win. In this part of the show, the trucks are asked to do a wheelie and have the bottom of their truck get as close as possible to the stack of cars, touching it if they could. It is not an easy task to do with these gigantic Monster Trucks.
The Cannon Lady, Jennifer Schneider, started off the show by jumping out of the truck-mounted cannon. She came out of the cannon at 70 mph and landed in the middle of the net.
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