Damon Bradshaw Captures his First-Ever Monster Jam Championship

Maximum Destruction Back Flips during the Show’s Encore

Aurora, Ill – The 10th annual Monster Jam® NGK Spark Plugs World Finals is over and the most decorated world finals driver of all time has once again claimed a championship at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. Tom Meents, driving Maximum Destruction®, won his 8th Monster Jam World Finals Championship with his win in the racing competition. The win marks his fourth racing championship, the last coming in 2002. Meents also has four freestyle world championships to his name.

“I have to thank my crew for all of their hard work to help me get back on top at the finals. The field here keeps getting harder and harder and I’m so excited to be back on top. The fans in Las Vegas have been incredible and this win is for the fans,” said Meents after claiming the win.

Meents defeated Captain’s Curse® in the racing final to claim victory after knocking off Brutus, and the U.S. Air Force Afterburner® in previous rounds. Being one of the eight fastest qualifiers from Friday night’s Double Down qualifying, Meents was given a bye in round one and then smoothly made his way through the field of competition.

In addition to his 8th world championship, Meents left the 37,000+ fans in awe as he nailed a 10,000 pound monster truck back flip during the show’s encore. The Maximum Destruction’s back flip is one of the greatest motor sports feats of all time and has only been successfully performed by Meents.

Damon Bradshaw, driving the U.S. Air Force Afterburner, captured his first ever Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Championship. With only three years of Monster Jam experience, Bradshaw is no rookie to motor sports. He’s a former supercross champion and has used his two wheel experience on a dirt bike to help him get behind the wheel of a monster truck. From being named the Rookie of the year in 2007, Bradshaw now adds Monster Jam World Finals champion to his resume.

The beginning of freestyle started with a strong run with Brutus scoring a 29. Brutus was knocked out of the freestyle hot seat by an impressive run from Bounty Hunter with a score of 32 after an incredible roll over. Bradshaw then knocked Bounty Hunter from the lead with a 36 from the biggest air of the night over the double jumps and an attempt at the triple with amazing air. Bradshaw certainly piloted the Afterburner to a new level to claim his first Monster Jam NGK Spark Plugs World Finals Freestyle Championship. After watching the icons in the sport, Grave Digger® and Maximum Destruction, receive a 19 and 23 respectively, Bradshaw solidified his victory.

Dedicating the win to his family who was here with him tonight, Bradshaw proclaimed, “I’m absolutely speechless and just so happy. This is one amazing moment for me in my motorsports career. I’ve been pushing so hard this year and really wanted to do well in Vegas and I certainly had a little luck on my side, it is Vegas!”

Monster Jam NGK Spark Plugs World Finals Freestyle scores:

1. U.S. Air Force Afterburner® - 36
2. Bounty Hunter – 32
3. Brutus – 29
4. Blue Thunder® - 28
5. Nitro Circus - 26
6. Monster Mutt® - 26
7. Stone Crusher - 26
8. Taz monster truck – 25
9. Monster Mutt® dalmatian – 24
10. Grave Digger® - 23
11. King Krunch - 23
12. El Toro Loco® - 21
13. Batman™ monster truck - 21
14. Donkey Kong™ - 20
15. Maximum Destruction® - 19
16. War Wizard – 19
17. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ - 17
18. Destroyer – 17
19. Madusa® - 16
20. Safe Auto Minimizer - 13
21. Superman™ monster truck – 8
22. An escalade – 8
34. Avenger – 4
24. Captain’s Curse® - DNF

Highlights from the 2009 Monster Jam season and the Monster Jam NGK Spark Plugs World Finals can be viewed Sunday, April 12 at Noon EST, on the CBS Sports Spectacular Monster Jam show. The event will also air on Speed TV in May 2009, check your local listings for date and times.

The Monster Jam NGK Spark Plugs World Finals returns to Sam Boyd stadium in Las Vegas on March 26-27, 2010. Once again, the world’s top monster trucks will take to the toughest track for the greatest monster truck event in the world. The coveted Double Down packages, which include sideline jackpot seats to Saturday’s show, access to Friday’s qualifying, a Double Down t-shirt, Monster Jam World Finals DVD, barbeque and more will be available during the pre-sale which begins April 6th, 2009. For pre-sale information and details on how to purchase the 2010 Double Down packages visit www.MonsterJamOnline.com.

For a complete recap of the Monster Jam NGK Spark Plugs World Finals results log onto www.MonsterJamOnline.com.

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