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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.

Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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