Monster Mash with Monster Jam

Monster Jam fuels up local motorsports team

Monster Jam fuels up local motorsports team

July 16, 2009|By ASHLEY REID

Driving a big truck perched on four giant tires, rolling over cars, jumping 60 or 70 feet in the air -- it's a thrill, according to Trey Myers, monster truck driver for Vaters' Monster Motorsports of Downsville.

"It's an adrenaline rush like you can't imagine," Myers said.

Myers will drive Iron Warrior, one of six monster trucks scheduled to compete at the Hagerstown Speedway this weekend. The event, part of the Monster Jam national tour, takes place Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19, and includes racing, jumping and freestyle competition.

Myers and his teammates at Vaters' Monster Motorsports are gearing up for the shows. He said he is excited to be in the show at the speedway because he will be showcasing for friends and family.

"Right here is our hometown, so we're going to look out in the crowd and see a lot of smiling faces that we recognize," Myers said.


Myers began his career in the industry after tagging along with local driver Mike Vaters, owner of Vaters' Monster Motorsports. Myers said the feeling of being in a family is what kept him interested in monster trucks.

"It's such a tight family industry," Myers said. "Even though we're competitive out there on the field, everyone helps each other with whatever they need."

Myers acknowledged that driving a monster truck in competition is dangerous, but he said it doesn't scare him.

"You have to have confidence in your safety equipment in order to do stunts like (jumping) over buses," Myers said.

He noted that his most dangerous accident occurred in Montreal several years ago. Myers' truck flew over a school bus and hit a stack of cars. The truck tumbled over it, damaging a good portion of the truck.

The truck damage was extensive, but Myers said it did not bother him. The reaction of fans was more satisfying.

"It doesn't matter how much or what you tore up on the truck, (the crowd's support) brightens up things," Myers said.

Myers said the Vaters team will participate in the show the whole weekend, including the pit party on Saturday.

That's when kids and fans get pictures and autographs from all of the truck drivers next to their trucks.

"You know we're up close and personal (in) pit parties. You see a smile on the kids' faces and it will really make your day," Myers said. "The Monster Jam tour touches all sorts of lives and people."

If you go ...

WHAT: Monster Jam

WHERE:Hagerstown Speedway, on U.S. 40 west of Hagers-town

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday. Party in the Pits is Saturday 4 to 6:30 p.m. A Saturday event ticket plus a pit pass are required for entry. Family Day show is at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19; no alcohol is served and gates open at noon.

COST: General admission is $15 in advance; $5 for ages 2 to 12; reserved seating for all ages is $18. Admission at the gate is $17; $5 for ages 2 to 12; and $20 for reserved seats, if available.

CONTACT: For more information on Vaters' Monster Motorsports go to . For more information on Monster Jam go to .

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