Article By Taylor Heiman – Supercross Makeup2Mud Finalist
Monster Energy Cup is an event like no other. From the FanFest pit party to the nail-biting racing, there is something for everyone. The event takes place once a year in October at Sam Boyd Stadium located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unlike the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series where each racer is competing in multiple rounds for points towards the championship, this is a one-night event where athletes battle for one million dollars. Yes… One million dollars, the largest pro purse in two-wheel racing. Oh, and that’s not all, for the first time ever one lucky super fan would take home a million dollars as well.
The Monster Energy Cup is unique from any other race in the world. The event not only showcases the professional racers, but it also gives amateur racers the chance to showcase their skills.
From a female racers perspective I find it really fascinating to see more women in the amateur all star class. You can watch female athletes like Tayler Allred and Jordan Jarvis tear it up against the guys. Not only will you see these women athletes showing the guys how it is done. You can also catch a glimpse of the 2019 #Makeup2Mud previews. As a woman who was apart of the 2018 #Makeup2Mud movement this is my favorite part about Monster Energy Cup.
For the professional athletes there are three Main Events, and to be eligible for the one million dollar pro purse, one single rider must win all three Main Events. Sounds too good to be true, right? You are correct, each racer must also take the “joker lane” one time in each main event. The joker lane is designed as an obstacle that makes winning the overall that much harder – because it ends up being a slower lane and racers need to strategically think about when in their race they will take the Joker Lane. Four time Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey missed out on winning the $1M a few years ago due to forgetting to take the Joker Lane.
Let’s meet some of the riders competing:
- Eli Tomac and Joey Savatgy – Monster Energy Kawasaki
- Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
- Jordon Smith – Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
- Chad Reed – Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing
- Justin Barcia – Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing
- Marvin Musquin – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
- Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing
And so many more…
While the fans wait for the racing to begin, the FanFest pit party is open from 12pm until 6pm with some spectacular events taking place.
Take a walk through the pits and meet the top professional supercross racers as their bikes are on display for all to see. You might even get lucky and snap a few pictures with them as they get ready to battle for the one million dollar paycheck.
Once you have walked through the pits, you can head over to the truck racing, drifting, and best whip competition which is sure to keep you on your feet. Not only does Monster Energy Cup draw in the best supercross racers in the world, but also the best truck racers. You can meet athletes like Brian Deegan or BJ Baldwin at this event.
And as a huge Kawasaki fan, it was exciting to see the demo track set up. Take a test ride on the new 2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro. If you have a motorcycle license, gear, helmet and good times are provided at Monster Energy Cup.
While tires are being slayed by the top truck drivers and drifters in the industry, do not forget about the all-inclusive up-close and personal concert with rock band Pennywise. Monster Energy Cup only brings the best to entertain their fans.
When the sun goes down, and the lights come up, It’s time to make your way into the stadium for opening ceremonies. As the fireworks go off and the fan’s get riled up, the racers are putting on their game faces, preparing to line up at the gate. Let’s not forget, two million dollars is on the line. One million will go to the racer who defies the odds and wins all three Cup Main Events, and for the first time ever, another million dollars will go to one lucky super fan.
This super fan was selected by entering The Monster Millions Sweepstakes, ten lucky winners of the sweepstakes were chosen to come out to Las Vegas and compete in a $1,000 grab-for-cash contest during the evening festivities. The winner of the grab-for-cash contest would then become eligible to win a bonus of one million dollars if one of the racers wins all three Cup Main Events.
With that all said and done, the racing begins and Eli Tomac is the winner of the first and second Cup Main Event. Eli Tomac blew away his competition in the first two Cup Main events and is now the only one eligible to take home the one million dollar paycheck. While the fans wait for the final event, Monster Energy Cup always has some exciting features in store to keep the fans entertained.
This year Monster Jam driver, Todd LeDuc would make an appearance during intermission with a special treat. The Monster Energy Monster Jam truck lined itself up to do a backflip for fans. This was the first time a Monster Jam truck backflip was ever landed on a Supercross track, a spectacular event to witness!
Now back to the racing… Tomac was in good spirits as intermission concluded, he is now the only racer who can take home the one million dollar paycheck. At the start of the third Main Event Tomac was pinched off from the lead and was pushed back to seventh place after the first turn. Tomac’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Joey Savatgy found himself leading the pack, then with only 10 laps, Tomac’s chances of obtaining the Million dollar payout were slim to none.
As the 10 laps turned to 5, Tomac turned up the heat and started gaining some ground. Flying by the Husqvarna of Jason Anderson and Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM of Jordon Smith; Tomac was on the gas. With only two laps to go Tomac made the pass on Chad Reed’s Suzuki putting him in second place.
Teammate Joey Savatgy seemed too far away for Tomac to catch him with only one lap to go. Tomac dug deep, and in the last corner before the finish line he passed Savatgy for the win and became one million dollars richer. Superfan Jesse Hebert became one million dollars richer as well.
Speaking of Joey Savatgy, I had the opportunity to interview him before the race began to gain some valuable insights on the track, marketing tactics and engaging with his fans. You can read his interview here, https://pressboxmx.com/joey-savatgy-takes-on-monster-energy-cup/
Monster Energy Cup is an experience you don’t want to miss, come early and stay late to immerse yourself in all Monster Energy Cup has to offer. We will see you next year!