Adam Anderson and Grave Digger are a family affair for Monster Jam


Adam Anderson wins a lot of Monster Jam races, such as the one he recently topped at NRG Stadium in Houston that will air Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN (click here for streaming).

As he stands on the podium weekly, it’s easy to forget how humble the beginnings were for his family and the Grave Digger dynasty.

When a monster truck failed to appear at a local weekly show in 1982, Anderson’s father, Dennis, asked permission to enter his mud bogger. When the promoter agreed, a new path was set for the Anderson family.

That first mud bogger was a 1957 Ford pickup truck that was derided for its age and condition by Dennis’ competitors. In response, legend has it that he replied, “I’ll take this old junk and dig your grave with it,” and the name that is most often associated with Monster Jam racing was created.

Grave Digger was rebuilt for the start of the 1984 season. Dennis ran his first season with the now famous black graveyard wrap that year and continued to compete in it until he retired at the end of 2018.

One year later, Adam was born in 1985. He grew up in the sport, and the sport grew up around him. As Monster Jam became bigger with each passing year, Adam stood beside his father and watched the lines of autograph seekers grow.

Consistency throughout the late 1980s helped the Grave Digger team rise to the top of the sport, passing rival Bigfoot in popularity. The team grew from one truck to two, to eight, and a young Adam got to see how his father’s impact on monster trucks. He quickly learned what the fans wanted to see: big air, big wrecks, big chances.

Winning allows Adam Anderson to carry on Grave Digger’s legacy. A legacy that was founded by his father Dennis Anderson (Feld Entertainment Inc.).

That’s what the second-generation driver wants to bring to each and every event.

“I’m not necessarily going out there to destroy this truck,” Anderson told NBC Sports, “but I drive with the intention of not caring if something happens. Because these people know what to expect, they’ve been coming to these events for three generations now. I’ve met a few of those families that have been coming for three generations. Watching not only myself but my father and the rest of my family compete at these shows and to be in that environment. It honestly feels really good, it makes it easier.”

As Monster Jam settles into its fourth decade, Anderson is starting to see the kids that waited for his father’s autograph approach him with their own children at the Pit Party to ask for his autograph. It serves as a weekly reminder of the impact of these events.

Anderson created his own path into Monster Jam in 2005 in a truck named Taz. In 2011, he moved into one of the Grave Digger trucks alongside his father.

Being around the sport since his birth (and Monster Jam since its creation in 1992) gives Anderson a unique perspective.

“I have an advantage because of that,” Anderson said. “I came from the humble beginnings of this sport, (from) what Monster Jam and Grave Digger was.

“We came from nothing basically to the empire it is today. It’s unbelievable, even in our eyes, so I’m glad I grew up like that and wasn’t just thrown into it during the peak of what Monster Jam now is. I feel like I have a much better respect for it and also it gives me more respect for the fans, the competitors and everything that has to do with Monster Jam.”

While Anderson chases his sixth championship he continues to drive as if everyone is watching.

He understands how he represents himself has a bigger impact on his family legacy and the legacy of Monster Jam. On top of wins and championships, Anderson enters every week focused on what he can bring to the table for the fans, while at the same time holding true to the heritage of the sport.

“In my eyes, the biggest thing is when we bring new fans to the sport,” Anderson said. “When it’s their first time experiencing Monster Jam, starting from the Pit Party where they get to meet all of us drivers and see the trucks up close and personal.

“It may be this little boy or girl’s first time seeing the trucks in person and they are just in awe. I want to win them over just in case I don’t do very well. People always say I’m so good with fans; I’m so nice. Absolutely. Because I might not be that good tonight and I just want them to remember me. Every year I want to gain more fans not only for Monster Jam but for team Grave Digger.”

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on NBCSN)

Houston: February 4 (Tuesday); 6 p.m.
Tampa: February 11 (Tuesday); 10:30 p.m.
Indianapolis: February 18 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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