'Grinder,' 'Grave Digger' and other monsters jam in Stafford
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Wed., Aug. 3, 2011
Always a crowd-pleaser, the “monster trucks” made an appearance in Stafford Springs from July 29 to 31, when Stafford Motor Speedway hosted the Monster Truck Jam.
Monster truck competitors tour a circuit several months out of year, showing at speedways, fairs or other venues. The Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam World Finals will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 23 and 24, 2012. (See www.monsterjam.com).
Monster trucks are transported via tractor trailer truck, which double as workshops for the pit crew during events.
Feld Motor Sports, owner of the monster truck “Grinder,” competed in the racing and freestyle events over the weekend, along with companion monster “Grave Digger.” Feld owns nearly 40 monster trucks in all, with some of the fleet touring in Europe.
Feld's monster truck sponsor is Advance Auto Parts – whose Stafford Springs store displayed monster truck “Grinder” on Friday afternoon, July 29, when families clamored to catch an up-close glimpse of a monster truck and its driver, John Seasock.
“Grinder” went on to win the freestyle event on Saturday afternoon.
Monster Jam events kicked off Saturday with Hamden resident Sarah Rosa singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Rosa, who lived in Stafford when she was a young girl, won the chance to sing at the Monster Jam by entering and winning a contest held by WWYZ-FM Country 92.5.
“Music is my entire being, I sing constantly - all the time, in public, at home, walking down the street,” said Rosa. “I jump at any chance to sing for someone. Singing is very freeing, and I want do it for the rest of my life, if I make it to the big leagues or not.”
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