(Posted July 8, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Get ready to be wowed by the agility and speed of some out-of-this-world trucks as the Monster Truck Racing League makes its debut at the Madison County Fair.
Set for July 10 at 7 p.m., the show features four monster trucks and one mini-monster truck. The lineup, which is subject to change, includes Amped Up, Awesome Kong, Predator and Pouncer on the full-size side of things and Top Dog on the mini-size side.
Before the trucks get to showing off, the league invites spectators to get an up-close look at the vehicles and meet the drivers during a pre-show called the Monster Truck Fan Zone. Participants are welcome to get autographs and take photos.
The show itself is presented in three parts: wheelies, during which the trucks get vertical; racing, during which trucks take solo practice and qualifying runs then compete side by side; and freestyle.
“Freestyle is when the drivers do whatever they want. It could be doughnuts, jumping cars, crushing cars, jumping dirt, doing wheelies. They just really put on a show for the fans,” said David Rife, Monster Truck Racing League owner.
The 90-minute show is non-stop action with no intermission. The full-size trucks, driven by adults, average 1,500 horsepower, weigh about 10,000 pounds, and sport 66-inch tires. The mini truck, driven by a youth, does the same jumps and stunts as the big guys.
“Kids really like watching the mini-monsters because it’s kids who drive them,” Rife said.
A monster truck show offers something for everyone.
“Some people like racing, and we have that with our side-by-side races. Some people like demolition derbies; we have a little bit of that feel with the trucks crushing whatever we put out on the track. Some people like the creativity you get with the freestyle part of the show,” Rife said.
Monster Truck Racing League is based out of Virginia and puts on 60 to 80 shows a year. This year, the outfit has 16 shows scheduled in Ohio alone. Rife said the sport has a great following and continues to gain popularity nationally and internationally.
“Our fans are pretty darn informed,” he said. “There are so many Facebook groups and YouTube channels that follow monster trucks. They know their stuff.”
The sponsor for the monster truck show is Coughlin Automotive. The day before the show, the dealership, 255 Lafayette St., London, is hosting a preview party on July 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some of the monster trucks will be on display. Food, music, and door prizes are planned. Door prizes include tickets to the fair, oil changes, and more.