Iconic California Punk Band, Pennywise, Set to Headline Pre-Race Festival at Monster Energy Cup In Las Vegas

Two-time World Supercross Champion and international superstar,
Chad Reed, leads cast of all-star invitation-only event

ELLENTON, FL – September 27, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Feld Entertainment, Inc., announced today details for this year’s pre-race Pit Party at the Monster Energy Cup on October 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

This year, the Hermosa Beach, California-based punk rock band, who is touring on the strength of its recently released 12th studio album, “Never Gonna Die,” will perform on Saturday afternoon at the Pit Party before the first gate drops inside Sam Boyd Stadium at the sport’s largest invite-only Supercross race. For the first time in Pennywise’s three-decade history, fans at the Monster Energy Cup will get to experience the combustible chemistry that drives the diverse creative personalities within the band’s SoCal punk spirit from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. PT.

Byron McMackin, Fletcher Dragge, Randy Bradbury and Jim Lindberg will perform on Saturday, October 13 at the Monster Energy Cup being held at Sam Boyd Stadium.

In its eighth year, the 2018 Monster Energy Cup returns to Las Vegas with the world’s most elite two-wheeled professionals including two-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Chad Reed, along with the reigning 450SX Class Champion, Jason Anderson. Additional best-in-class athletes include three of the past seven Monster Energy Cup Champions, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Justin Barcia. The event posts a $250,000 purse and a potential $1 Million bonus awarded to the winner of all three 10-Lap Main Events. Musquin could become the first back-to-back Million Dollar winner in the event’s history.

Two-time World Supercross Champion - Chad Reed - Monster Energy Cup

Two-time World Supercross Champion, Chad Reed, set to compete for the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team on October 13.
Photo courtesy of Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing.

While the athletes are qualifying inside the stadium, the Monster Energy Cup Pit Party takes place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the stadium in the paddock. Fans will be able to meet the athletes, attend autograph sessions and see the race bikes up close.

The Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest will feature a beastly 120-foot gap, 45 feet longer than the standard ramp gap of 75 feet. The world’s best freestyle motocross athletes, including Jarryd McNeil, Axell Hodges, Todd Potter and Tom Parsons, will be challenged to throw a whip from a greater distance than ever before.

The Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup

The Dirt Shark Biggest Whip Contest at the 2018 Monster Energy Cup on October 13 in Las Vegas will feature the world’s best freestyle motocross athletes, including Axell Hodges.
Photo courtesy of Octopi Media.

Fans will be entertained all day long with the infamous Monster Energy Smoke Show featuring seven-time off-road truck champion, BJ Baldwin, and short-course off-road truck driver, Brian Deegan, along with Casey Currie and Rodrigo Ampudia as they perform a thrilling, rubber-burning, smoke-billowing drifting exhibition and a few more added surprises. The Discovery Channel’s reality TV series, Vegas Rat Rods, will also be on-site with host Steve Darnell to showcase some of their wildest custom builds while also participating in the Smoke Show.

Motorcycle stunt riders - Unknown Industries - will perform wheelies - drifts and other amazing tricks inside of the Pit Party - Monster Energy Cup

Motorcycle stunt riders, Unknown Industries, will perform wheelies, drifts and other amazing tricks inside of the Pit Party on October 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium. Photo courtesy of Octopi Media.

The Monster Energy Smoke Show would not be complete without two-wheeled stunt exhibitions as fans can also expect to see the Unknown Industries demo team performing wheelies, drifts and other amazing tricks.

Another way for fans to get involved with the thrill of riding on two wheels will take place with the Kawasaki Z World consumer demo, which will be open for fans with a valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement who want to experience the 2018 Kawasaki Z line. The demonstration requires proper riding gear, including closed toed shoes and long pants. Helmet, gloves and riding jacket will be provided on-site.

he 2018 Monster Energy Cup will feature the Kawasaki Z World consumer demo inside of the Pit Party

The 2018 Monster Energy Cup will feature the Kawasaki Z World consumer demo inside of the Pit Party from 12 to 6 p.m. on October 13 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Pit Party passes are $20 and available in advance at UNLVtickets.com or at the box office on the day of the race. Fans can also receive free Pit Party admittance by recycling a can of Monster Energy on-site – must be accompanied by an event ticket. Athletes subject to change.

Additional assets can be found at the links below:

MEC Event Gallery: Monster Energy Cup Photo Gallery
Supercross Personality Portraits: Personality Portraits
MEC Pit Party: Pit Party Photo Gallery
Pennywise Assets: Pennywise Assets
MEC Track/Logo: Track Renderings/Logo
MEC B-roll: Race B-roll

For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, visit SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow via social channels:

About the Monster Energy Cup:

The Monster Energy Cup is an annual showcase of the world’s top Supercross athletes in a one-night-only battle for the coveted Monster Energy Cup trophy and the shot at winning $1 million, the largest prize in motorcycle racing. Unlike any other race, the Monster Energy Cup challenges racers in their fight for victory with three, 10-Lap Main Events on a custom-designed track, inspired by 5-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, with the winner guaranteed to walk away with a $100,000 check, and any rider who wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.:

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

About Monster Energy:

Based in Corona, California, Monster Energy is the leading marketer and distributor of energy drinks and alternative beverages. Refusing to acknowledge the traditional, Monster Energy supports the scene and sport. Whether motocross, off-road, NASCAR, MMA, BMX, surf, snowboard, ski, skateboard, or the rock and roll lifestyle, Monster Energy is a brand that believes in authenticity and the core of what its sports, athletes and musicians represent. More than a drink, it’s the way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers and fans. See more about Monster Energy including all of its drinks at monsterenergy.com

Source: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

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