The Double Down Showdown aka The Young Guns Shootout has become the appetizer if you will of the World Finals. 16 up and coming Monster Truck drivers get a shot at the 32 position in the racing championship. I wanted to have some fun this year and make a prediction on who would win the Showdown and who would be the runner-up, there are a lot of new faces this year and I think experience will pay off. Scott Douglas put up his predictions at the Monster Jam website, it is a great insight to this year’s racing event.
The competitors for the Double Down Showdown are:
• Grave Digger with Krysten Andersoon
• Blue Thunder with Matt Cody
• Zombie with Ami Houde
• Alien Invasion with Bernard Lyght
• Monster Mutt with Cynthia Gauthier
• El Toro Loco with Mark List
• El Toro Loco with Kayla Blood
• Earth Shaker with Tristan England
• Scooby-Doo with Bailey Shea
• Stinger with Zane Rettew
• Jester with Matt Pagliarulo
• Rage with Cory Rummell
• Obsessed with Eric Swanson
• Saigon Shaker with Ryan Disharoon
Monsters Monthly predicts that Ryan Disharoon and Siagon Shaker will win the Double Down Showdown. Ryan is a second-year competitor and has been running the FS1 Tour this year in the large stadiums. That will give him an advantage over all of the Monster Jam racers that have only been in the small arenas thus far. Ryan also has a new truck will a firm coil-over shock setup, that has proven successful to Tom Meents and Maximum Destruction over the years.
I also predict a dark horse as the runner-up. It’s a long shot but I’m going to go Eric Swanson and Obsessed. Eric was one the FS1 West Tour this year, and even took a freestyle win. The truck itself was brand new last summer and has been bad fast, but loose. If his team can get it dialed in, then I think he may be able to go the distance this year. We will know for sure tomorrow!