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Monster trucks take over Hagerstown Speedway

Monster trucks take over Hagerstown Speedway

July 13, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The monster trucks are back and this time they're accompanied by a car-eating, fire-breathing mechanical dragon, says Angie Richison, marketing manager with promoter Live Nation.

Dracko, which is 35 feet tall, 45 feet long and weighs 42,000 pounds, will demonstrate its attack skills midway through the U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam at Hagers-town Speedway this Friday through Sunday.

Also on hand will be 2006 World Finals race champion Grave Digger, driven by Dennis Anderson, and 2006 World Finals freestyle champion Maximum Destruction, driven by Tom Meents.

Other monster trucks expected to compete are Hot Wheels, Destroyer, Iron Warrior and Black Stallion, which will be driven by Michael Vaters of Washington County.


This will be Dracko's first visit to the speedway.

Back this year will be the popular Blue Thunder monster truck that fans can ride for $5 each, Richison says. The truck seats about 10 people in the open-air bed for a ride. There are seat belts.

The show also features Quad Wars (four-wheelers) and Street Warriors. Street Warriors are street-legal pickup trucks qualified to race. The races usually include several local drivers, Richison says.

If you go ...

WHAT: U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16. (Sunday is Family Day; no alcohol served.) Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon Sunday.

WHERE: Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike, west of Hagerstown

COST: General admission is $13 in advance; $15 at the gate; $5 for ages 2 to 12; free for younger than 2. Reserved seats are $18 in advance; $20 at the gate.

DIRECTIONS:Take Interstate 81 to U.S. 40 west. Travel about six miles. Speedway is on the right.

For reservations or more information, call Hagerstown Speedway at 301-582-0640 or visit

MORE: Children younger than 2 must sit on an adult lap.

The following monster trucks will be on display in the area today:

Black Stallion and driver Michael Vaters will be at Hagerstown Ford, 1714 Massey Blvd., Hagerstown, today from 3 to 7 p.m.

Destroyer and driver Dan Evans will be at Spichers Appliances, 13427 Pennsylvania Ave., today from 3 to 5 p.m.

Grave Digger will be at Tires Plus in Frederick, Md., today from 5 to 7 p.m.

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