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September 26, 2013

Monster Truck drivers enjoy job

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In addition to owning King Krunch, he also owns the Nitro Hornet truck.

Feld Motorsports starts the racing season with the trucks in January. From January through March, David estimates that he competes in 11 to 12 events.

The Feld Motorsports company could have anywhere from eight to 15 Monster Truck shows going the same day.

“You can’t be everywhere. There are eight Grave Diggers alone,” Smith said.

Gary Porter, driver of Grave Digger at the Monster Jam show in Knoxville this past weekend makes his home in Wadesboro, North Carolina. The truck itself is based out of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

Kenneth Feld is one of the largest promoters in the world. He personally owns Disney on Ice, Barnum & Bailey Circus, Super Cross and Arena Cross, Disney Lite and many others.

At one time, Feld also owned the PBR rodeo and IHRA before selling those properties.

David and his two trucks are independent contractors into the shows. Feld owns 60 plus vehicles that compete in the shows across the world.

“All of our drivers are professional drivers,” Smith commented.

The personality of the drivers is important especially when they mix with the fans that attend the shows.

“We realize that a lot of people take vacation time to come and see our shows. Everywhere we go, we aim to please the fans,” Smith stated.

According to Smith, it’s the fans that build the rivalries within the sport.

Attending a Monster Jam show includes watching the drivers compete in a variety of stunts, ranging from a wheelie contest, to actually racing.

“We are paid performers who work to put on a show and race for the fans,” Smith said.

All of the drivers have favorite places to perform. For Smith he likes competing in Sublimity, Ore., for the Harvest Festival and Salinas, Calif.

The biggest event for the group however is at Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium, home of the UNLV Rebels.

Smith said the international season for the Monster Trucks started a week ago with shows in the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Australia to name just a few of the many venues Feld Motorsports books shows at.

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