Monster Jam this Weekend at the Coast Coliseum

Reported by: Nick Patrick
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Updated: 3/07 8:38 pm
This weekend, the Coast Coliseum is being taken over by some massive vehicles for Monster Jam. If you're going to be around the Coliseum this weekend, you're going to want to bring some ear plugs as Monster Jam crashes the Coast this weekend. A few of the trucks were on the dirt track this weekend and they can absolutely roar. The Coast Coliseum in Biloxi has been transformed as truckloads of dirt are molded into a track fit for monsters to fly. Gary Porter, one of the drivers, says, "It's an awesome track. You know, the dirt down here, you don't find anywhere else in the United States. They build a good track. They got some big jumps in this Coliseum." Porter has been a driving a monster truck for more than 30 years. He has been driving the infamous Grave Digger for the past 13 years. He says he's looking forward to digging up some dirt and hitting some of the biggest jumps of his career at the Coast Coliseum.

Porter also says, "That's what Monster Jam trucks are all about. They have some big jumps in here. We’re going to be getting a lot of air, probably the most air I've ever gotten inside an arena." Even though these trucks are built to take some punishment, the massive jumps take a toll on the vehicles, making constant maintenance and upkeep a necessity. Whit Taralton, another driver, says, "Oh man, it’s a lot of maintenance on these trucks as far as the nuts and bolts aren't cracked and ready to break, engine up keep, a whole lot on that." Drivers say they have spent the last two days preparing their trucks for the punishment they'll get this weekend as they battle it out for the top spot. Porter closes, "It’s going to be anybody’s wheelie contest, anybody’s race, anybody’s free style, so we’re just going to have to run this black and green wrecking machine into the ground for these great fans in Biloxi."

Friday’s show started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show is starting at 11:30 a.m. Fans will be able to be on the track next to the monster trucks where drivers will be available for autographs.
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