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Monster Truck Mayhem: Photo Gallery of Monster Jam Shows in Dayton

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Monster Jam Show Dayton The News Wheel Staff

[Left to Right] The News Wheel staff writer Vicki Widmar, editors Samuel Huist & Caitlin Moran, and senior editor Aaron Widmar (not pictured) attend the Dayton Monster Jam show on January 29th

This past weekend, Monster Jam featuring the AMSOIL Series  stopped in Dayton, Ohio, on its East Coast tour, which already has been through Tulsa, Nashville, Louisville, and Milwaukee this year. The News Wheel was there at Wright State University’s Nutter Center when legendary Monster Jam vehicles went head-to-head in explosive competitions.

The air at Friday’s show was filled with energy and excitement–not to mention engine fumes and dirt. Monster Jam athletes competed in eight competitive events involving three different vehicles–monster trucks, Speedsters, and ATVs. Grave Digger’s Cole Vernard, the overall winner of Friday night’s show, dominated in many of these challenges, but our personal favorite Bari Musawwir of team Zombie (who we interviewed earlier) took a near-perfect score in the freestyle event. Bari and Brianna of Scooby-Doo were the overall winners at Saturday’s two shows.

Monster Jam athletes didn’t disappoint at Friday, January 29th‘s show, delivering a night of energy and excitement. Check out the highlights from the night below.

The tour continues with Kansas City next, ultimately leading to the Monster Jam World Finals this March at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium. Make sure you don’t miss Monster Jam if it comes through your neighborhood!

More Monster Jam: See the assembly of a monster truck arena and its 7,500 tons of dirt

Trucks from the Dayton Monster Jam Show

Monster Jam Show Dayton Grave Digger truck

Grave Digger: Cole Vernard

Monster Jam Show Dayton Max-D truck

Max-D: Jared Eichelberger

Monster Jam Show Dayton Monster Mutt dalmation dog truck

Monster Mutt Dalmatian: Cynthia Gauthier

Monster Jam Show in Dayton El Toro Loco truck history

El Toro Loco: Mark List

Monster Jam Show in Dayton Scooby Doo truck driver

Scooby-Doo: Brianna Mahon

Zombie Monster Jam truck driven by Bari Musawwir interview

Zombie: Bari Musawwir

Monster Jam Show Dayton blue NEA police truck

N.E.A. Police: Aaron Basl

Monster Jam Show Dayton Monster Mutt Rottweiler dog truck

Monster Mutt Rottweiler: Daron Basl

Monster Jam athletes competed in multiple high-stakes events:

Although Grave Digger took top position in a couple of the events, other teams Max-D, El Toro Loco, Zombie, and N.E.A. Police earned top scores in some of the individual events.

Monster Truck Event Highlights

In addition to the high-octane acrobatics of the trucks, the athletes maneuvered Speedsters and ATVs through group races and head-to-head obstacle courses, which resulted in flipped vehicles and photo-finishes.

Dayton’s overall event winners:

  • Friday, January 29, 7:30pm – Cole Vernard, Grave Digger
  • Saturday, January 30, 2pm – Bari Musawwir, Zombie
  • Saturday, January 30, 7:30pm – Brianna Mahon, Scooby-Doo

ATV and Speedster Event Highlights


  • Aaron WidmarSenior Editor

    Aaron is unashamed to be a native Clevelander and the proud driver of a 1995 Saturn SC-2 (knock on wood). He gleefully utilizes his background in theater, literature, and communication to dramatically recite his own articles to nearby youth. Mr. Widmar happily resides in Dayton, Ohio with his magnificent wife, Vicki, but is often on the road with her exploring new destinations. Aaron has high aspirations for his writing career but often gets distracted pondering the profound nature of the human condition and forgets what he was writing... See more articles by Aaron.