By TERI JOHNSON
This summer is filled with monster sequels, and one of them is playing at Hagerstown Speedway this weekend.
Hagerstown Ford U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam 2 is Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m., featuring trucks from all over the country.
Fans can see Grave Digger, Monster Patrol, Carolina Crusher and Wild Thang, as well as the Hagerstown husband and wife team of Mike Vaters in Black Stallion and Pam Vaters in Boogie Van. The show also will include four-wheeler and motorcycle racing, billed as Quad Wars and Cycle Wars.
Monster truck racing has come on strong in the last five years, says Mike Vaters, 32.
"The trucks are so massive, and the way they destroy cars is a thrill," he says.
Once people come to a show, they really get hooked on monster trucks, says Dan Krolczyk, promotions manager of Pace Motor Sports, which manages U.S. Hot Rod Association. The association governs the safety of all its monster truck events and also is a fan club.