2018 Monster Jam Season Launches Jan. 5 with New Additions!

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App-based voting, Pit Party passes, and the Diesel Brothers’ first-ever diesel-powered monster truck make the 2018 season the best one ever.

If you aren’t already a fan of the high-flying, unscripted, and unpredictable sport that is Monster Jam, it’s probably because you haven’t paid close attention. Maybe you caught a glimpse of a local TV news station broadcasting the monster truck party’s arrival at your local venue. And while it brought back fond memories, perhaps you dismissed it as some kind of glorified kiddie show. But that, my friends, is a mistake.

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Monster Jam is indeed a great time for today’s youth, but it’s also incredibly entertaining for us, ahem, “more tenured” folks. Unlike the days of monster truck yore, there’s a lot more happening here than just car-crushing. Today’s drivers pull off physics-defying stunts guaranteed to leave you speechless. Like Lee O’Donnell pulling off the world’s first front flip in VP Racing’s Mad Scientist earlier this year.

If you’ve been living in the monster truck dark since the days of Bigfoot, rest assured that now is a good time to dip your toe back in, because the 2018 Monster Jam season kicking off January 5 in Charlotte, NC, is shaping up to be the best one yet!

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New for this year is app-based voting, which means that fans in every city will be able to vote for the two-wheel and freestyle competitions using real-time, in-stadium voting on their smartphones. Also for the first time, fans attending stadium-only events have the option of purchasing a Pit Party Early Access Pass. The upgraded pass allows early entry from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. so that fans can get up close and personal with Monster Jam drivers and their trucks. Early attendees can stick around and drivers will be signing autographs until 5 p.m.

Full disclosure: It’s worth noting that Monster Jam trucks don’t “technically” carry corporate sponsorships. So while you won’t find any Blue Ovals adorning rides like Grave Digger, Max-D, and Zombie, many are most certainly what you might call “Ford-inspired,” at the very least (wink, wink!). And hey, that’s good enough for us.

An exciting new addition to the field for 2018 is BroDozer. The monster truck version of Diesel Brothers‘ world-famous Super Duty build also happens to be the world’s first diesel-powered monster truck. So if you’re a fan of the hit TV show or oil burners in general, that little factoid alone makes the coming Monster Jam season a must.

Tickets for the 2018 Monster Jam season are already on sale ahead of the January 5 kickoff. If you don’t want to wait until then to catch some high-flying action, there are still some 2017 dates left on the calendar. You can scope out all the info, as well as purchase tickets by visiting MJ’s official site.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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