Morgan Kane remains atop the Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Ryan Anderson in Son-Uva Grave Digger won the battle at Glendale, Ariz.’s State Farm Stadium, but Morgan Kane and Grave Digger remains atop the Monster Jam Power Rankings following last week’s competitions.

Finishing within one point of earning a perfect score for the night, Anderson defeated Kane in head-to-head competition for the third time in five matchups this year. Winning the freestyle portion of the event, Anderson became the first repeat winner of the season in that session. His near flawless night allowed Anderson to debut at ninth on the Power Rankings chart below.

Kane did enough to hold onto his No. 1 slot with a second-place finish in the racing competition and 33 points for the evening. In the Monster Jam Stadium Series Green tour, he was one of three drivers within a point of each other for the runner-up position. Neil Elliott and the Max-D truck scored 34 points ahead of Kane and Cory Rummell in Megaladon.

Elliott’s Skills Challenge win kept him in contention for the top spot. He remains second in the Power Rankings for the fourth consecutive week.

Colton Eichelberger bounded three positions up the Power Rankings on the strength of winning two of four events at Uniondale, New York, in another Max-D truck. Eichelberger won the obstacle course and timed racing portions of Friday evening’s Triple Threat Series Central competition, the two-wheel skills and donut portion on Saturday afternoon, and closed out the weekend with freestyle victories Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

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On the heels of his win in Houston, Adam Anderson kept the momentum alive with a third consecutive overall victory in Tampa, Florida. That race will air Feb. 11 at 10:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming).

The highlight of the evening was Anderson’s first racing win at Raymond James Stadium. It didn’t matter that he was almost not a part of the finale after being defeated by Cole Venard, but when the Black Pearl truck was unable to roll to the grid, Anderson’s Grave Digger had the speed to defeat Linsey Weenk and the Lucas Oil Crusader.

The Stadium Series Yellow also witnessed a driver advancing because of attrition. Camden Murphy rolled his Bakugan Draganoid truck after defeating Coty Saucier and Monster Energy. That gave Saucier the berth, where he defeated Rosalee Ramer and Wildflower. Saucier grabbed another 14 points for his Skills Challenge win. A third in the freestyle portion of the event gave him a near-perfect event.

Power Rankings

1 – Morgan Kane-same
2 – Neil Elliott-same
3 – Colton Eichelberger-up 3
4 – Adam Anderson-up 3
5 – Coty Saucier-new
6 – Tyler Menninga-returning
7 – Todd Leduc-down 3
8 – Brandon Vinson-returning
9 – Ryan Anderson-new
10 – Tristan England-down 7

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on NBCSN)

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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III