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September 26, 2013

Monster Truck drivers enjoy job

Feld Motorsports puts on the largest Monster Truck Show in the world.

One branch of that organization was in Knoxville this past weekend for Monster Jam.

David Smith, driver of the King Krunch Monster Truck hails from the Houston, Texas area. He has been competing with the organization for the past 16 years, entertaining fans of all ages.

“I got my start in the business when a friend of mine had the truck. Then I took over driving. When he retired, I then bought it all,” Smith said.

Smith continued, “I learned over time that you get better with practice. Our practice comes at the shows. You do something cool with the truck and the next time you work at making it better.”

One part of the job that the drivers deal with is mechanical breakage.

“Mechanical breakage is simply part of the job. The biggest thing we have going for us is safety. The trucks have to pass inspection. I’ve never been injured while competing. We have a six point safety belt that we wear. We wear full fire equipment and a Hans device,” Smith said.

Smith said he is on contract with the company. He normally works around 42 weeks per year.

Just how is life on the road?

“It’s boring and it’s a lot of work. There is approximately 50 hours of work on the truck preparing for the next show,” Smith stated.

“We don’t go out on the track unprepared. Our techs make sure the trucks are up to par.”

Smith is married and his wife is a teacher back in the Houston area. She attends some of the shows in the area.

Smith has taken King Krunch all around the country including stops in Mexico and Canada.

“I have two trucks and one trailer,” Smith said.

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