They're big, they're ear-splittingly loud and they're back in Washington County this weekend.
Monster trucks return to Hagerstown Speedway Friday through Sunday for Monster Jam. Six trucks are expected, including the Grave Digger driven by Gary Porter.
The Grave Digger team has seven nearly identical trucks competing on the monster truck circuit, according to the team's website, http://www.gravedigger.com . Porter, who lives with his wife, Penny, on a farm in Wadesboro, N.C., joined the team in 2001. He has been racing monster trucks since 1985. He said he likes coming to Hagerstown.
"I always look forward to it. It's a very nice venue," he said when reached by phone last week. "Most speedways, we do two days of racing. Hagerstown, we do three. And you have to be on your A game."
Typically, each day of monster truck competition is divided into two events -- side-by-side racing against the clock, then freestyle. Freestyle is like monster truck ballet -- drivers have a couple of minutes to do wheelies, spins, jumps over piles of cars, pretty much anything they can to wow the crowd and judges.