Saturday 18th July 1998
As the racing was not until 7:30pm we had all day to get the truck
ready. That meant we weren't in that much of a rush to get over to the
fairgrounds, & watched TV for most of the morning.
With it just being myself & John at Springfield, unlike Bloomsburg
where he had the rest of his teams help, I felt more like I was part of
Andy Hoffman, who had spent the night on our floor, was up &
working on his truck at the crack of dawn. He had lost a cylinder in the
motor & stripped a gear in the pro fab transfer case. He had to leave
the Nitemare truck in the infield over night, & worked on it there.
This kept him busy all day saturday.
John changed the starter motor on the truck, but still seemed to
be having problems & put it down to the two batteries that the truck
uses. He took Andy Hoffman's Ford Ranger pickup truck & went with David
Morris, to a local store to buy two new ones.
While he did that, I washed the truck & then filled up some
plastic containers with fuel from a big drum using a hand pump.
I even took a few photo's for fans, as they stood next to the truck.
Some even thought I was the driver at first !
Other teams washed their trucks & got them nice & shiny.
John got the new batteries & this seemed to solve his problem.
"I thought it was probably the batteries, but I changed the starter
motor, just to be on the safe side"
Saturday also saw the arrival of Dan Patrick with the Samson monster
Mean while, some of the other teams set to work on their trucks.
David Morris had been having problems with his rear steering & was
trying to sort that out. Even the Tuff Truck teams had plenty of work to
do on their vehicles.
With the weather in the high 90's all of the monster truck team's
coolers had to be kept stocked with ice & bottles of cold water. So
Truckworld Online reporter Eric Stern, took myself & John Seasock to
a local store to stock up with bottles of water for all of the monster
truck teams. We cleared the shelf of bottled water. This would keep
the teams going for the rest of the day & during the sunday show, which
was during the day, in the height of the sunshine. We also had to
get a lottery ticket for Dan Patrick, so we ended up buying a few tickets
for ourselves, to try & win the Power ball jackpot !!
With the monster trucks having to be the infield for 6pm, it wasn't
long before John had to gas up the shocks with Nitrogen, fill up with some
more fuel & check the truck over. Then it was time for him to
get his fire suit on & move the truck up into the infield from the
John drove Sudden Impact up to the infield, while I got to drive
Andy Hoffmans Ford Ranger pickup truck. For me this was quite weird, as
the steering wheel & shift stick where on the opposite sides to which
I'm used to, here in England.
Bulldozer, Sudden Impact, Samson, Equalizer, Gun Slinger &
Nitemare (out of view)
Over the weekend I managed to drive it a few times within the fairgrounds.
To read full race
coverage of Saturday nights racing, click here.
With the stands full to capacity, the Overkill ride truck gave plenty
of rides before, in the interval & after the show.
John & the other drivers signed autographs before the racing
The night before, the motocross riders had been using the gate,
where the monster trucks where parked during the show, creating a few problems
with people getting in the way. So the official made it so they came into
the infield a different way, making the monster truck drivers happy.
In one race John broke another bump stop, so had to quickly fix it,
in between racing.
Once the racing was over, the drivers signed autographs for fans. One
young fan gave John a picture he had drawn of Sudden Impact.
" It's great when the little kids give you pictures they have
drawn. It makes you feel like a real hero. I thought about giving up Monster
Truck racing a while ago, but my wife Hollie started putting these pictures
up drawn by the fans.
I'd be sitting on the toilet & there would be a picture on
the bathroom wall opposite me, or I'd go to get somthing out of the fridge & there be ones on the fridge door. I started to realize that the fans really
matter. What they think, really means allot to me. Without there support
& the support from my family I wouldn't be where I am today. I'm just
waiting for that really big sponsor now !"
Once the fans had gone, it was time to move the trucks back to the
pits. John let me ride inside the cab with him again.
Once we where all locked up, Andy Hoffman (Nitemare), Scott Harstock
& his crew guy ? (Gun Slinger), Eric Stern (Truckworld Online Reporter)
all came back with myself & John to our motel room again for some beer,
leftover pizza, from the night before & some burgers ordered from a
"At most of these shows I go to, the food on sale is always things
like burgers, hot-dogs & other junk food, so you can imagine what type
of food most of us Monster Truck drivers live on, when were on the road."