Trucks rev up for Hot Rod Monster Jam Just for kids

March 19, 1998|By Carol Monaghan

It sounds like a nightmare: Right before your eyes, Bigfoot and other battling beasts are smashing cars into pancakes. But for Paul Huffaker, it's just another day at work.

Huffaker and his monster, the Grave Digger, are on the No. 1 racing team on the U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam circuit.

They often ride on a course called a roundy round. Drivers start at opposite ends of a circular dirt track, then race counterclockwise over jumps and junk cars.

A monster truck's 5]-foot tires can easily make mincemeat of junk cars. But during races, Huffaker says, hang time counts. The Grave Digger can jump 20 feet in the air and clear a distance of 75 to 80 feet. That's clearing more than 12 cars lined up side by side.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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