As the calendar year is set to leap back thanks to daylight savings time, the 2012 season for monster truck action is slowing down, with few events in the final two months of the year. Teams across the country are getting set to tear down the heavy equipment and replace parts so the new winter season.
No organization is gearing up for a bigger season than Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam.
The 2012 season was highlighted by honoring their lead truck, the Grave Digger, which has thrilled fans across the country for 30 years. Each week new memories were made, and it culminated in Las Vegas where every Grave Digger truck made an appearance to honor it's heritage. Two special chrome, 3D bodies were built for it's leader, Dennis Anderson, to run at the event, and the fans ate up every aspect of the celebration.
Now, his closest rival will be getting the honor of being celebrated in the upcoming year.
Ever since 1999, Tom Meents has been the one driver that has pushed Anderson to the limit each year. He has 10 World Championships to his credit, six more than Anderson, and is the two-time defending racing champion in Las Vegas.
But it wasn't until 2003 when his futuristic SUV body took on a grey paint scheme complete with flames and a robot that Meents finally found his calling.
It was that season that the Monster Jam community was introduced to Maximum Destruction.
Meents won five championships prior to the introduction of the Maximum Destruction name, three under the Goldberg name, and another two with the "Team Meents" monicre. But it was the introduction of that truck where Meents took on a whole new attitude of driving. He didn't care what would break, or the damage he would cause to his truck, he was putting forth the maximum effort in winning events.
His highlights behind the wheel in Las Vegas are incredible, with a victory in a broken truck in 2004, a leap over his teammate's machine in 2006, his first attempted backflip in 2010, and many more racing wins.
But the fans that have come to love that machine know that he and fellow Maximium Destruction drivers Neil Elliott and Kreg Christensen will sacrifice the truck long before sacrificing a victory.
Now, the "Decade of Maximum Destruction" is set to kick off.
The unofficial start to the winter season will actually be the final Monster Jam event for 2012, as the Minneapolis Metrodome will host it's annual season opener for the indoor tour. All the big names will be there, including Grave Digger, The Legend, Madusa, Mohawk Warrior, and of course, Maximum Destruction.
The upcoming season will also see the return of Son-Uva Digger, as Ryan Anderson will get back behind the wheel of his 1950 Willy's Panel Van after suffering a traumatic neck injury in Las Vegas during the encore performance. Now, he's ready to hop back into his truck and possibly play spoiler to Meents on his anniversary tour.
Tickets to all Monster Jam events are available on their website, MonsterJam.com, with the ultimate event experience once again in Las Vegas for the 2013 Monster Jam World Finals XIV from March 22-23.
Strap in for another year of incredible action. WHO'S READY FOR MONSTER JAM?!