Media Preview - World Finals XX
Authored by Larry Jewett on May 9, 2019
The excitement is building for the Monster Jam World Finals XX at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and the first competitions are literally hours away. To set the stage, an informational briefing was held in the stadium’s East Club, highlighted by a sample of what to expect from the Racing.
Leslie Mears, pit reporter for the NBCSN telecasts, served as mistress of ceremonies and welcome the crowd to a weekend of firsts, including the crowing of seven champions, competitions in new elements, the elevated starting line and a world record attempt of a seven-truck jump. Top moments of 2019 were shown to the delight of the crowd.
The panel included all seven 2019 tour champions and additional competitors for the weekend action.
“It’s awesome to come here to Orlando,” said 11-time World Champion Tom Meents (Max-DTM). “This is where you’ll find some of our greatest fans.”
Defending Racing Champion Adam Anderson (Grave Digger®) said there is a lot of unknown in this competition. “I’ve raced 14 years in Las Vegas. This is new and fresh. Everybody is doing this for the first time. Take a look at it. We’ve buried the stadium and now I’m here to bury the competition.”
Defending Freestyle Champion Ryan Anderson (Son-uva Digger) predicted excitement. “I’m just gonna do what my crazy, old Dad has always said. We want to make sure everybody has a blast, we want them walking out knowing they got the best we have to offer. They need to see the craziest action and I’m going to do my best to be the craziest. I want everybody to remember Son-uva Digger as a wild man on the track.”
Kayla Blood (Soldier FortuneTM) has qualified to compete in the ATV Championship and she will face off against her husband, Blake Granger. So, which is more important, the championship or winning the family faceoff? “Winning in front of my little boy is what’s important. We’re just blessed to be here. Sure, I want to whip up on my husband and win for my little boy, but if his dad gets the championship, I guess that’s OK too.”
Guest speakers included Juliette Feld Grossman, Jason Siegel of Greater Orlando Sports Commission and a representative of Mayor Buddy Dyer. The event was carried live on www.Monsterjam.com.