Monster Jam coming to Stafford Motor Speedway July 27 and 28

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Tue., Jul. 9, 2013
Tom Meents is the driver of Maximum Destruction, which is scheduled to appear at Monster Jam at the Stafford Motor Speedway July 27 and 28. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Monster Jam will be bringing its massive trucks to Stafford Motor Speedway on July 27 and 28. This United States Hot Rod Association-sanctioned event presented by Feld Motor Sports performs in front of more than 4 million fans each year. The Monster trucks that will be attending this local event include: Grave Digger, driven by Charlie Pauken; Monster Mutt Dalmatian; El Toro Loco, driven by Chuck Werner; Grave Digger the Legend, driven by Adam Anderson; Monster Energy, driven by Damon Bradshaw; Crushstation, driven by Greg Winchenbach; Thrasher, driven by Connecticut’s own Pat Summa; and Maximum Destruction, driven by Tom Meents.

In addition to the monster trucks, there will be racing as well as other events. “The fans can expect amazing things from Maximum D. This is ‘The Decade of Destruction,’ and with each event, it just gets better and better,” said Meents. “We love coming to Stafford Motor Speedway. The fans are awesome. It’s really a great family event, and because it will be outside, we can really open the trucks up.” Monster truck fans can expect to see donuts, wheelies, burn-outs and drivers riding the waves.

Meents is the only 11-time Monster Truck World Champion. At the 2004 Las Vegas World Finals, Meents’ truck had a broken wheel, but that didn’t stop him from going on. He drove until the truck would no longer move. That earned him a shared 2004 Monster Jam World Freestyle Championship title. In his 18 years of driving monster trucks, Meents has set records and wowed fans of all ages. “We put on a great show for the kids. Of course, the kids range from 2 to 82,” said Meents. “It’s great to see the same fans each year. We meet them as children, and then one day, they are bringing their children to the event. It’s like a huge family.”

The drivers enjoy focusing on creating fun memories. “The best part of any event is when it is over, everyone is safe, and the crowd is thrilled with the day’s entertainment,” Meents said. “It’s all about giving the fans a time to remember.”

There are two shows on Saturday, July 27: The first starts at 2 p.m., and the second starts at 8 p.m. Gates open 90 minutes prior to show time. There will be a pit party on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fans can meet their favorite drivers and get autographs while having their pictures taken with the trucks and drivers. The cost of the pit pass is $10, in addition to the general admission fee of $22 for adults and $15 for children up to 12 years old. Reserved seating is available for $35. All ticket prices increase by $2 the day of the show. For tickets, go to the website, call 1-800-745-3000, or visit the Stafford Motor Speedway box office, at 55 West St. in Stafford Springs, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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