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By ASHLEY REID | July 16, 2009
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.
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By CHRIS COPLEY | July 22, 2010
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.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2012
George Thorogood and the Destroyers' hit “Bad to the Bone” blared from speakers as the hulking machine roared past the crowd. It spun around in the dirt track in a deafening roar, all to the joy of throngs of spectators yelling from the stands. The monster truck Grave Digger - a longtime favorite of monster truck fans - was one of seven of the massive rigs that competed at the Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday. The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam was also held at the speedway Saturday night and attracted about 6,000 people, said Ashley Johnson, marketing manager for Feld Motor Sports, which owns Monster Jam. A Friday show was scheduled at the speedway but was canceled because of the wet weather.
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By JOE CROCETTA/Staff Photographer | July 18, 2009
Monsters invade Hagerstown Speedway
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Fans will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at their favorite Monster Jam trucks and drivers at three area Advance Auto Parts stores and the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hagerstown on Thursday. Monster Jam, the world's premier monster truck series, will bring its  stunt trucks to Hagerstown Speedway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature Advance Auto Parts' Grinder and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger. In addition, Maximum Destruction returns to Hagerstown and brings along El Toro Loco, Grave Digger The Legend, Wolverine and Gunslinger.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2012
Big trucks. Earsplitting noise. Flying dirt. Smashed cars. Monster Jam isn't an event - it's a happening. But long before super-charged engines belch out a roar and thousands of fans are entertained by the crunching and crushing of metal, the wheels already have been turning. Sites have been approved. Drivers are lined up. Demolition vehicles are purchased. An advertising blitz begins. And dirt crews build the tracks. A lot of work goes into making monster trucks a monster draw.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
The start of this weekend's Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam show at Hagerstown Speedway was put on hold Friday due to inclement weather, according to the event's promoter. “With the rain, it basically made the track undriveable and unsafe for our drivers as well” as less entertaining for the fans, series promoter Ashley Johnson said. “It's one of those things where we had to look at it from a safety issue,” she said. “If we did let them drive, it would basically be the trucks getting stuck in the mud the entire time and it wouldn't be an actual show.” Friday night ticketholders may use their tickets Saturday or Sunday, which still are scheduled to go on as scheduled, Johnson said.
NEWS
July 16, 1997
By TERI JOHNSON Staff Writer 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.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 19, 2008
View the Monster Jam slideshow. WASHINGTON COUNTY - Loud, growling monster trucks wowed the crowd Friday at Hagerstown Speedway. Even the names of the trucks - El Toro Loco, Stone Crusher - were intimidating. The trucks ooze muscles and machismo. Each is about 11 feet high and 12 feet wide, weighs more than 9,000 pounds, and uses tires at least 66 inches high and 43 inches wide, according to a Monster Jam fact sheet. As the pumped-up trucks screamed around the dirt track, the PA announcer yelled with excitement and thousands of people in the stands, including many children, roared, adding to the din. Several fans said Friday that noise is part of the experience, but some, particularly parents, looked for ways to minimize it. Shaun Rose of Hagerstown bought two pairs of ear plugs from a vendor.
NEWS
July 17, 2008
Tickets are still available for Monster Jam scheduled for this weekend at Hagerstown Speedway. The following trucks and drivers or crew will be on display today: · Grave Digger will be at Frederick Motor Co., One Waverly Drive in Frederick, Md., from noon to 2 p.m.; and Tires Plus, 7381 Guiliford Drive in Frederick, from 5 to 7 p.m. · The 2008 Monster Jam world finals freestyle winner Taz will be at Hagerstown Ford, 1714 Massey Blvd....
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Monster truck lovers gathered Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway to watch giant trucks with names such as Grave Digger, Son-uva Digger, Scooby-Doo, Black Stallion and Higher Education as part of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Friday's Monster Jam performance was canceled due to inclement weather. Another show is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. People started gathering Saturday afternoon at the speedway as children and their parents thronged to the Monster Pit Party, where they got to examine the trucks up close.
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NEWS
July 19, 2013
A slow-moving thunderstorm brought heavy rainfall and lightning strikes to Washington County Friday evening, knocking out power to hundreds of customers and canceling events that were part of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at the Hagerstown Speedway. The Hagerstown Regional Airport received 1.84 inches of rainfall during the storm, which was moving east at 10 mph, according to Bryan Jackson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling, Va. “The severe thunderstorm included a prolific amount of lightning, with dozens of strikes per minute,” Jackson said.
LIFESTYLE
By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | July 17, 2013
Nicole Johnson isn't the only female driver in Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, but almost.  Women are rarities behind the wheel of the oversized, growling trucks that can fly through the air and crush smaller vehicles beneath their enormous wheels. She wouldn't have it any other way.  A longtime leisure driver, Johnson learned her craft through “rock crawling,” an extreme form of offroad driving that takes heavy-duty dune buggies over boulders, mountainous hillsides and other rough terrain.  “My competition vehicle of choice was a hand-built, custom buggy,” she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013
1. Monster trucks meet the public Monster Jam takes place Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21, at Hagerstown Speedway. Selected trucks will be on display on from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Free.  • Gravedigger will be at Advance Auto Parts, 17629 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown.  • Son-uva-Digger will be at Advance Auto Parts, 325 E. Washington St., Hagerstown.  • Gunslinger will be at Advance Auto Parts, 1510 E. Main...
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | July 22, 2012
George Thorogood and the Destroyers' hit “Bad to the Bone” blared from speakers as the hulking machine roared past the crowd. It spun around in the dirt track in a deafening roar, all to the joy of throngs of spectators yelling from the stands. The monster truck Grave Digger - a longtime favorite of monster truck fans - was one of seven of the massive rigs that competed at the Hagerstown Speedway on Sunday. The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam was also held at the speedway Saturday night and attracted about 6,000 people, said Ashley Johnson, marketing manager for Feld Motor Sports, which owns Monster Jam. A Friday show was scheduled at the speedway but was canceled because of the wet weather.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2012
The start of this weekend's Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam show at Hagerstown Speedway was put on hold Friday due to inclement weather, according to the event's promoter. “With the rain, it basically made the track undriveable and unsafe for our drivers as well” as less entertaining for the fans, series promoter Ashley Johnson said. “It's one of those things where we had to look at it from a safety issue,” she said. “If we did let them drive, it would basically be the trucks getting stuck in the mud the entire time and it wouldn't be an actual show.” Friday night ticketholders may use their tickets Saturday or Sunday, which still are scheduled to go on as scheduled, Johnson said.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Fans will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at their favorite Monster Jam trucks and drivers at three area Advance Auto Parts stores and the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Hagerstown on Thursday. Monster Jam, the world's premier monster truck series, will bring its  stunt trucks to Hagerstown Speedway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature Advance Auto Parts' Grinder and celebrates the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger. In addition, Maximum Destruction returns to Hagerstown and brings along El Toro Loco, Grave Digger The Legend, Wolverine and Gunslinger.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2012
Big trucks. Earsplitting noise. Flying dirt. Smashed cars. Monster Jam isn't an event - it's a happening. But long before super-charged engines belch out a roar and thousands of fans are entertained by the crunching and crushing of metal, the wheels already have been turning. Sites have been approved. Drivers are lined up. Demolition vehicles are purchased. An advertising blitz begins. And dirt crews build the tracks. A lot of work goes into making monster trucks a monster draw.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 24, 2010
In 100 degree heat and with engines burning, only one word could describe the monster trucks circling Hagerstown Speedway on Friday. "It's cool!" said Lilly Wise, 9, of Huntingdon, Pa. "They're cool," said Trevor Parisher, 5, of Winchester, Va. "Cool," said Chris Parisher of Winchester. Thousands of fans roared at the screaming trucks oozing beef and bravado and shaking the grandstands like thunder. It was the start of that weekend in July when the hulking facades of cartoonish truck-muscle take over Hagerstown for three days.
NEWS
By CHRIS COPLEY | July 22, 2010
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.
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