Monster Jam officials announced on Tuesday that 2009 World Finals Freestyle Champion Damon Bradshaw will be one of the 32 competitors that will compete for the 2014 World Finals Championships at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas this coming March.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native started his career in motorsports at the age of four, racing motocross. At the age of 16, he started riding professionally in both AMA Motocross and Monster Energy Supercross. "The Beast from the East" racked up multiple championships along the way in both.
"I retired from Monster Energy Supercross in 1997 and then I rode again in 2001 and got hurt," Bradshaw explained. "Once I recovered from that injury, I hooked up with Roy Jansen from Monster Jam, who was an AMA official when I was racing. Roy asked if I’d be interested in trying Monster Jam. They invited me to the experience in Las Vegas at the Monster Jam World Finals because I wanted to see how it operated and if I should do it. I actually went to a couple of Monster Jam World Finals, but I still wasn’t sure how serious they were.
"So I’m getting off the elevator in the VIP area and Roy says, “Hey, are we going to do this?” So I said, “Okay,” and we began putting things together."
After taking a small break, Bradshaw turned his love for motorsports to the four-wheel category, making his first Monster Jam start at the Minneapolis Metrodrome in December 2006. Running his first full season in 2007, he won Rookie of the Year. Two years later, he took home the coveted Freestyle Championship driving Afterforce Afterburner.
"It’s something I never thought would ever happen," he commented. "I always felt like I would do well, but winning in the field of exceptional Monster Jam trucks and drivers, was something that never came to mind."
Bradshaw will return to Las Vegas this year looking for his second championship driving Monster Energy. He has been having a success year so far, including three straight donut victories and pulling off the double-down (Racing and Freestyle) last weekend.