Grave Digger and Black Stallion Headed for Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas

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Michael Vaters and the entire Black Stallion team have made it to the invitation only Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The official word came at the beginning of Friday nights Monster Jam in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Michael Vaters and the Black Stallion are in the NGK Monster Jam World Finals
Michael Vaters and the Black Stallion are in the NGK Monster Jam World Finals
The past week was exciting for Vaters and the Black Stallion team. At Virginia, Monster Jam fans were treated to very intense shows over two nights. Vaters competed against Grave Digger driven by Dennis Anderson, T-Maxx by Carl Van Horn, Stone Crusher by Steve Sims, Mopar Magic by Ricky Ownley and Bad Mews driven by Bruce Haney.

Monster Jam competitor Michael Vaters is ready for Las Vegas Monster Jam competitor Michael Vaters is ready for Las Vegas
Vaters set his sights on taking the wheelie competition win right off the bat. The Black Stallion narrowly defeated Grave Digger. Black Stallion and Grave Digger battled all weekend but Vaters was not intimidated. He pushed the Black Stallion high into the air and took the victory. Vaters went on to beat T-Maxx in the semi-finals only to face-off with Grave Digger again. “I just let the Black Stallion run again,” said Vaters. “I took the win over Grave Digger.” During Saturday evening’s donut completion Vaters received the only perfect score that weekend.

“Competition was fierce,” said Vaters. “Grave Digger was just too strong in the freestyle but I came in a close second. The good news is that we are thrilled to travel to Las Vegas and compete against 23 of the best monster trucks in the country. Our team is working hard to make the necessary adjustments to the truck to prepare for the World Finals.”

This will be Michael Vaters fifth time in the competition. “I hope to use the past experiences from the previous events to bring my best game to the table,” he said. “It will be great to compete in front of fans from all 50 states and ten international countries.”

Vaters uses K&N Engineering's injector and oil filters along with air filters on his Monster Trucks. “Over the years I’ve used a lot of products and K&N can handle the environment during competition,” he said. “We are known across the country for a wild and crazy driving style and the ability to push the limits at indoor and outdoor events. We’re hard on our motors and K&N protects our engines.”

SPEED-TV will cover the Monster Jam World Finals at Las Vegas. Check your local listings for dates and times.

Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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