Neil Elliott tops the Monster Jam Power Rankings as lead shrinks

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Neil Elliott climbed into No. 1 spot with his Max-D monster truck three weeks ago and has not relinquished it yet. Meanwhile two of his hottest rivals each gained more than 10 points last week and moved up in the rankings.

Despite maintaining the lead both in the Power Rankings and in the Stadium Series Green, Elliott had a troublesome week. He was knocked out of the racing bracket in the first round, opening the opportunity for Morgan Kane (Grave Digger) and Ryan Anderson (Son-Uva Digger) to make up points with only four events remaining.

Kane won the overall with 39 points to Elliott’s 27 partly as the result of winning the skills challenge. It was his first skills challenge win of the year and could not have come at a more fortuitous time. Kane’s overall win is his fourth of the season and it helped him climb to sixth in the Power Rankings.

With a second-place finish in the racing competition to Jimmy Creten (Bounty Hunter) and a win in the freestyle competition, Anderson banked 38 points and climbed two spots in the rankings to fourth. The Jacksonville event will be shown Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. ET; (click here for streaming). Fans can watch the drama play out.

Todd LeDuc held onto the second position in the rankings with the Stadium Series Red taking the week off. This series will resume activity at Las Vegas on March 21.

Charlie Pauken won the overall in Arlington to climb into the Monster Jam Power Rankings. Feld Entertainment Inc.

Colton Eichelberger (Max-D) slipped one spot in the rankings, but not because he had a bad week. With pair of event wins that included multiple victories in monster truck racing, ATV racing, donuts, the speedster obstacle course and freestyle, he was a quintuple threat in the Triple Threat Series Central. He was overtaken by Anderson with his near-perfect showing in Stadium Series Green.

Rounding out the top five was Brandon Vinson (Grave Digger). Winning two of three overall events, he showed consistency and strength. Vinson won two of three ATV racing competitions and one on speedster obstacle course. With seven events remaining, he holds a 61-point advantage over Tristan England (EarthShaker).

Charlie Pauken (Grave Digger) displaced Coty Saucier in the 10th spot. Pauken finished second in the Stadium Series Yellow racing competition, but Pauken took the overall win on the back of a skills competition win.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–same
3. Ryan Anderson–up 2
4. Colton Eichelberger–down 1
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Morgan Kane–up 2
7. Tom Meents–same
8. Tyler Menninga–down 4
9. Camden Murphy–same
10. Charlie Pauken-new

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Jacksonville: March 8 (Sunday); 2 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.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.