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Monster trucks

July 19, 2000

Monster trucks

Black StallionBy KATE COLEMAN / staff writer


Vroom. Vroom. Vroom.

What's that noise?

Is it the sound of little boys playing with toy cars and trucks on the family-room carpet - crushing other cars and trucks or leaping over a dozen or so in a single bound?

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No. It's big boys driving big monster trucks, doing those things for real. You can hear it, see it - experience it - this weekend at Hagerstown Speedway.

It's a little-boy-truck-driving fantasy come to life: 10,000-pound, 11-foot-tall vehicular beasts will be vrooming with 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower, jumping distances of more than 100 feet, up to 20 to 25 feet in the air. All-terrain vehicles will race in Quad Wars, dirt bikes will battle in Cycle Wars, and Street Warriors, "highly modified race trucks and buggies," will race over telephone poles, crushed cars and anything else in their path.

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Grave Digger, the 2000 World Freestyle Champion, will be in town. So will Bulldozer and Gun Slinger. Black Stallion, driven by Michael Vaters of Hagerstown, will be back for this "heritage" event. It's U.S. Hot Rod Monster Truck Nationals' 15th year in Hagerstown, according to Chris Bovis, promotion manager for Pace Motor Sports.

See also: Goldberg: Grave Digger's rival
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