Currently driven by Krysten Anderson. On September 18, 2017, Dennis announced his full retirement from Monster Jam, stating however that he would still be behind the scenes and in the pits. Used as a display truck as part of. Currently driven by Charlie Pauken. He currently drives Grave Digger on the Monster Jam circuit. Now a display truck. Despite being a top contender in the TNT Series and the USHRA, Dennis did not bring the Grave Digger name a championship until 1999, almost 11 years after going full blown Monster Truck. He got a 20 in freestyle, finishing 11th. Grave Diggers 4, 5 and 8 were built to suit this purpose, and were never driven in any major capacity by Anderson. In 1989, he built Grave Digger 2, which switched to a 1950 Chevrolet panel truck body that has been used for all subsequent Grave Diggers. Digger’s Dungeon hosted the 2010 No Limit R/C Monster Truck World Finals, taking place from May 28-May 30. Considered one of the most famous and recognized monster trucks of all time, Grave Digger serves as the flagship team of the Monster Jam series, with seven active Grave Digger trucks being driven by different drivers to allow a truck to appear at every Monster Jam event. Anderson competed in his final event on January 14, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Currently serves as a back-up truck, used mostly for international shows. Considered one of the most famous and recognized monster trucks of all time, Grave Digger serves as the flagship team of the Monster Jam series, with seven active Grave Digger trucks being driven by different drivers to allow a truck to appear at every Monster Jam event. Unlike most monster trucks where the driver must crawl under the body to access the seat, Grave Digger has a swing-out door. My absolute favorite truck of all time; from Dennis Anderson to the rookie: Cole Venard. Dennis Anderson's final freestyle run at Tampa 2017. Parts were removed for the restoration of #2, and the frame was sold. Later that tour he would win freestyle in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the wheelie contest in Stockholm, Sweden. Dennis has raced against his rival Tom Meents four times at the World Finals. In 1987 and 1988 Anderson drove the truck primarily at TNT Motorsports races and became a crowd favorite for driving hard despite lacking major funding that better-known teams, like Bigfoot, had. In 2013, he beat Bad Habit in Round 1 and got a 24 in Freestyle. Grave Digger #39 – Debuted 2019. Grave Digger's origins, the imagery associated with the truck, and the truck's wild reputation, are all considered part of the mystique of the truck and have contributed to its continued popularity. Being around the sport since his birth (and Monster Jam since its creation in 1992) gives Anderson a … The RC World Finals is the largest RC Monster Truck event in the world. He finished fourth in freestyle. Digger’s Dungeon, located in Poplar Branch, North Carolina, is the official home of Grave Digger. He got a 30 in freestyle, tying Bounty Hunter for second. It was heavily damaged in a crash that snapped its frame in late 1990, and retired from full-time competition. His Grave Digger 20 blew its engine in racing so he used Grave Digger 24 in freestyle. He got a 23 in freestyle, finishing 12th tied With Power Forward. After realizing they would fit in the headlights of the van, he installed them and the truck has had them ever since. He got Grave Digger's first pole, but was eliminated by Tom Meents in the first round. In 2001, he lost in the first round to his own teammate, Pablo Huffaker (who was driving Blacksmith.). In 1982, Dennis Anderson built Grave Digger 1 as a mud racing truck using a red 1957 Ford pickup truck. A replica of the original configuration using parts saved from the rebuild was assembled to make an appearance at. He hurt his foot in 2015 in Jacksonville, when his truck rolled his foot slipped off the peddle and hit the frame. In 1985, he rebuilt Grave Digger as a true monster truck with 66-inch tires and a new 1951 Ford panel truck body; the first version of the iconic graveyard paint scheme appeared a year later and Anderson started racing full time. Today, Grave Digger, no matter which driver is appearing, is traditionally the last truck to freestyle at most events, providing the "grand finale" which caps off the show. In 2004, he returned, and with a bang, by winning the racing championship by defeating Team Suzuki in Round 1, King Krunch in Round 2, Bounty Hunter in Round 3, and Blacksmith in the finals. Gary Porter is an American former monster-truck driver that races on the United States Hot Rod Association circuit. Grave Digger #35 – Debuted 2017. Two years later, he debuted Grave Digger 3, the first four-link suspension Grave Digger. The legendary Grave Digger was … In freestyle, he posted the first and only perfect freestyle score (in this case, a 40), winning the freestyle championship. The Grave Digger’s big break came pretty quickly in its career when a monster truck driver failed to appear for a show and Anderson was given the opportunity to drive in his place. Grave Digger #36 – Debuted 2018. Retired in 2013. In 2014, Grave Digger got defeated in the semi-finals by his son, Adam. Grave Digger #25 – Debuted 2011, retired in 2016. In 1987, Anderson beat Bigfoot in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on a show taped for ESPN. In freestyle, he got a 33, finishing second. In 2016, he beat Monster Mutt in Round 1 but was defeated by Max-D in Round 2. In 2010, it was announced that Grave Digger the Legend would debut in 2011 together with Son-uva Digger, driven by two of monster truck legend Dennis Anderson's sons, Adam and Ryan, respectively. There is much debate over whether Grave Digger has taken over the title of "Most Popular Monster Truck" from Bigfoot. Perhaps the most visible trademark is the red headlights which glow menacingly whenever the truck is in competition. Currently driven by Brandon Vinson. Retired in 2010 following a crash in Philadelphia. One year later, the iconic \"graveyard\" paint scheme, base… Grave Digger #20 – Debuted 2005, retired in 2013. In 2005, when the field was expanded to 20 trucks, he was put in the second round. Huffaker drove it as Grave Digger from 1993 to 1995. Krysten Anderson has one of the most recognizable last names in Monster Jam history. In 2010, he won the World Championship Racing in the first Grave Digger versus Maximum Destruction final. The name came from a smack-talking session he had with his rivals (\"I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it.\"). The highest ramp jump by a Monster Truck is 10.3 m (33 ft 9.6 in), and was achieved by Krysten Anderson (USA) driving Grave Digger in Bradenton, Florida, USA, on 25 June 2020. They each have two victories. In 2002, (His twentieth year in the sport.) Later in the year he broke his wrist in a non-driving accident and missed part of the 2003 season, including World Finals 4. Grave Digger #4 – This truck was operated from 1991 to 1993 by Jack Koberna as part of a franchise agreement for West Coast events. He, however, drove Grave Digger at a April 30, 1994 independent show in Honolulu, Hawaii and traveled worldwide for the History Channel series. In 2011, he had lost in round 3 with Bounty Hunter. He got a 21 in freestyle. Grave Digger #38 – Debuted 2018. Monster Jam, Official Grave Digger Remote Control Monster Truck, 1:10 Scale, with lights and sounds, for Ages 4 and Up 4.2 out of 5 stars 1,412 $90.00 $ 90 . Grave Digger #27 – Debuted 2014, retired in 2018. In 1982, Dennis Anderson created his mud racer, Grave Digger, using the body from a 1957 Ford pickup. Grave Digger #30 – Debuted 2014. In 2012, he over turned bye round 2 by Monster Energy. Grave Digger #32 – Originally built in 2011 as "Grave Digger: The Legend", a retro-themed truck driven by Adam Anderson through the 2015 season, it was renamed and numbered in 2016 when Adam Anderson joined the Grave Digger team full time. Became Radical Rescue in 2001 before being retired in 2004. He got a 25 in freestyle. Adam is the son of Grave Digger creator Dennis Anderson and the older brother of fellow drivers Ryan and Krysten Anderson. Dennis Anderson is the charismatic creator and former driver of Grave Digger, which is the most well known monster truck on the Monster Jam circuit. He beat Donkey Kong, setting a Vegas Style track record which holds to this day (15.59 ET), but was eliminated by King Krunch due to a 5 second penalty. Grave Digger is a monster truck racing team in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series founded by original driver Dennis Anderson. It was also during this time that "Bad To The Bone" began to be used as the truck's theme song. It was the first major victory for Grave Digger. International Monster Truck Hall of Fame inductees, https://monstertruck.fandom.com/wiki/Dennis_Anderson?oldid=122779, 2001 - Grave Digger 14 (encore only: Grave Digger 7 & Grave Digger 12), 2005 - Grave Digger 19 (encore only: Grave Digger 16), 2010 - Grave Digger 20 (won racing) (encore only: Grave Digger 19), 2011 - Grave Digger 20 (racing only) & Grave Digger 24 (freestyle only). Grave Digger #7 – Debuted in 1992, extensively rebuilt in 1999, and retired in 2005. With the advent of freestyle, Anderson gained a means by which he could entertain the crowd with wild stunts while also focusing on winning races. His final Monster Jam event was at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 14, 2017. There are also various pieces of other Grave Diggers hanging throughout the store, all of which have been damaged from various accidents. He has been driving since 1982 and has built more than 30 versions of the legendary vehicle with the glowing red headlights. He was out until World Finals 8, his son Adam filled in for him. After Koberna's franchise ended, Pablo Huffaker signed a similar deal, and used his second Jus' Show'N Off truck (a tube-framed truck built in 1991) with the body from #4. Anderson gained a reputation for an all-or-nothing driving style and quickly became popular at local events. It was rebuilt in 2013 and currently runs as a Grave Digger ride truck. In 2003, he was unable to compete due to a hand injury prior to the show in the Wachovia Spetrum, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so Pablo Huffaker filled in for the World Finals. Grave Digger #21 – Display truck. Grave Digger #19 – Debuted 2004, retired in 2014. Ten years later, he sold the monster truck and joined team Grave Digger. # DieselBrother Discovery # MonsterJam The paint scheme, which combines green flames, letters dripping blood, a foggy graveyard scene with tombstones bearing names of competitors, a haunted house silhouetted by a full moon, and a giant skull-shaped ghost, has not strayed far from the first incarnation of the paintwork from 1986. The lights were first used when Anderson was building a transporter out of a school bus and removed the red stop lights. ABC News' Nicole Phillip talks to Ryan Anderson, driver of monster truck "Son-uva Digger" and son of the driver of the famous "Grave Digger" truck. Later that year at the World Finals, Anderson announced that he will no longer be competing at the World Finals, making Monster Jam World Finals 17 his final World Finals appearance. It was during this time that the reputation for wild passes was developed, and the popularity of the truck increased. He scored a 13.5. This gave Dennis internal injuries. Originally retired in 2010 as a Grave Digger after a crash in Wildwood, New Jersey, the truck was refurbished and ran as Grave Digger the Legend in 2011 as a backup truck before being finally retired that year. In 2001, Charlie Pauken was added to the roster of Team Grave Digger drivers and remain… Anderson moved to Grave Digger 2 in 1989, with a new 1950 Chevy panel van body, while his brother Leslie Anderson drove Grave Digger 1. In July 2017, Gary Porter retired from monster truck driving after spending 32 years in … His first major victory was in Saint Paul, Minnesota, against the popular Bigfoot. In 1998, he sold parts of his interest in Digger's Dungeon (his shop in Poplar Branch, North Carolina) to co-owner FELD Motorsports. The legend, the icon, the Grave Digger! Used solely for international shows. He beat Escalade in Round 2, Blacksmith in Round 3, Bounty Hunter in Round 4, but was beat by Madusa in the finals. Adam Anderson (born December 5, 1985, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American professional monster truck driver. His latest injury came in 2017 in Tampa, FL due to his truck shutting off due to an RII malfunction during a backflip attempt. There have been a total of 41 Grave Digger monster trucks built. He is the creator, team owner, and former driver of " Grave Digger " on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. Grave Digger is the most iconic and most popular monster truck in the history of the Monster Jam motorsport. The name came from a trash talking session with his rivals where he boasted "I'll take this old junk and dig you a grave with it". Drivers Lyle Hancock and Robert Parker have also driven Digger #3. This is the Monster Truck Right Side Cagefor the SMT10 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck from Axial, AXID9055.FEATURESOne-piece molded plastic construction, green in … In 2015, he got beat in round one by his former crew chief Dustin Brown in Monster Mutt. Currently driven by Tyler Menninga. Driving may scare 98 Rock's Anderson, but very little scares Monster Jam's Anderson. In 2011, Grave Digger the Legend debuted on the former Taz chassis. In 1993, Dennis Anderson and Grave Digger #7 were heavily featured on the TV series Monster Wars. Grave Digger #22 – Originally ran as the Batman monster truck from 2006 to 2008 before becoming Grave Digger #22. In 1984, Anderson rebuilt the truck as a true monster truck, replacing the red pickup body with a 1951 Ford panel truck in a blue and silver paint scheme. It was only used until 1992, and it became a display truck. So when "Monster Jam" the folks that own the truck these days, gave "CBS Sunday Morning's" Luke Burbank the chance to actually drive Grave Digger, one of … Currently serves as a back-up truck. Grave Digger #37 – Debuted 2018. he made it to the third round for the first time, defeating Black Stallion in Round 1 and Bulldozer in Round 2, but was eliminated by Team Meents in the third round. Currently driven by Morgan Kane. He crushed some cars, the crowd went wild and the event producer went on to include the Grave Digger in subsequent events. Grave Digger is a monster truck racing team in the Feld Entertainment Monster Jam series founded by original driver Dennis Anderson. Over the years Dennis has had multiple injuries, some of which have been serious. That year, Anderson won the 2nd USHRA wreck of the year title after he won and rolled over in Lebanon Valley Speedway, racing UFO. In freestyle, he posted a 36 tying Wrenchead.com for second. During the 2018 Season Kickoff on September 18, 2017, he announced his full retirement from driving, however stating that he will remain behind the scenes and in the pits. Grave Digger #3 – Debuted in 1991. Then in late 1992 during a a race at Louisville Motor Speedway when his truck side-slapped a wall, he ended up cracking several of his ribs near his back which has caused recurring problems through his career since it has been aggravated by crashes in New Orleans in 1999 and again sometime later in Bloomsburg. Currently driven by Randy Brown. Firemouth was at the World Finals that year, but Carl Van Horn drove it. In 2007, after sitting out most of the season due to a shoulder injury, he debuted Grave Digger 25th Anniversary and beat Escalade in Round 2, Safe Auto Minimizer in Round 3, and Captain's Curse in Round 4, but lost to Batman in the finals. In 1982, Dennis Anderson created his mud racer, Grave Digger, from a 1957 Ford pickup. Grave Digger #10 – Built in 1995 by Pablo Huffaker. After the freestyle competition, he brought out two more Grave Diggers for the encore, followed by a performance by rival Tom Meents in Goldberg. Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam ® trucks in the world and Anderson has won four Monster Jam World Finals ® championships, capturing the racing title in 2004 and 2006, and the freestyle title in 2010 and 2000. Grave Digger was originally built in 1982 by Dennis Anderson as a mud bogger. You can’t know monster trucks and not know Anderson. At one show, a scheduled monster truck failed to show up and Anderson, who already had large tractor tires on the truck, offered to crush cars in the absence of the full-size monster. Grave Digger #6 – Built in 1991 as the "Street Digger", a. It was sold in late 1999. Currently on display at Digger's Dungeon. The steel body was soon replaced by a fiberglass replica. Currently on permanent display at Digger's Dungeon. However its team truck Son-uva Digger was delayed after Ryan received an injury early in the year. Dennis Montague Anderson (born October 24, 1960) is an American former professional monster truck driver. There was footage inside the cab of Anderson uttering his famous catch-saying “Yea we turned er over, she’s over, that’s what the people want, that’s what they got, I got a torn up truck!”. Over 40 different Grave Digger monster trucks have been built since the original back in the early 1980s. As a fill in for the truck, a second Grave Digger The Legend was … The immense popularity of Grave Digger has made it the flagship truck of Monster Jam, and in some cases monster trucks in general. In 2009, he was eliminated in the first round by Air Force Afterburner. Throughout the 1990s, the popularity of the truck grew and forced Anderson to hire other drivers to run other Grave Digger trucks. The truck became super popular, despite lack of sponsorship enjoyed by other trucks. The truck is mounted in a trailer where fans can sit in the cab of the truck. Grave Digger #9 – Built in 1994 as a ride truck, it was sold and is now the ride truck Extinguisher. 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