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Monster Truck Mania rolls into NJMP

By on August 12, 2012

By: Cathy Poston

MILLVILLE, NJ – With a crowd of hundreds waiting patiently for the show to start, kids and families alike walked around in the pits looking at the trucks and talking with the drivers. Some even taking rides on the truck called “The Extinguisher”. As time drew closer for the start of the show, the stands filled up and people headed to the fence trying to find a good spot to see.

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With a turn of a key, the roar of the engines happened then all of the monster trucks disappeared over the bridge to reappear on the other side of the track, everyone applauded for they knew what was about to happen.

The schedule for the night started with the basics, driver and truck intros, and the singing of the National Anthem. Then came the first event, the Wheelie Contest. A trophy was awarded based upon the noise level from the crowd.

Next came three rounds of Monster Truck competitions and Tuff Truck competitions followed by a brief intermission then the final rounds of competitions between the two.

A great night was had by all that came out to NJMP and the rain held off until everyone was starting to head back to their cars for the mad dash out of the parking lot.

Monster Truck Mania is part of Nationwide Motorsports, LLC out of Mays Landing, NJ. The four Monster Trucks that participated tonight were; Backdraft, Eradicator, Illuminator, and Towasaurus Wrex.

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Backdraft: is driven by Jeremy Slifko out of Pottsville, Pa. Jeremy is a 2nd generation monster truck driver and is only 21 years old. He has working on monster trucks since he was 3 years old with his Dad Andy. He beat his Dad the first time they raced which was in 2009. This is his 4th year in competition driving. In Jeremy’s first season driving, he was awarded “Rookie of the Year”.

Backdraft is a Dodge Truck with a 540 CI Merlin engine and has a Coan 2-speed transmission and uses 66” Terra tires. This truck is dedicated to all of the Firefighters but especially those from September 11, 2001.

Illuminator: is driven by Jay Snyder out of Bethesda, Md. Jay has been competing since 2005 and has built a few monster trucks prior to Illuminator built did not have much success with them, so he kept at the design until now. By day, Jay is a lighting specialist which is why Illuminator has its name and design.

Illuminator is a Ford Truck with a Blown & Injected Merlin III engine and has a modified Turbo 400 transmission and uses 66” Terra tires.

Towasaurus Wrex: is driven by Jeff Bursey out of Dract, Ma. Jeff has been in Monster Truck business for many years and has seen drivers and trucks come and go. With this show, he pulls double duty, he is the driver of Towasaurus Wrex and he is also the Master of Ceremonies (MC). Jeff bought the truck in Bergenfield, NJ and it debuted in 1988, 24 years ago.

Towasaurus Wrex is a 1946 Chevy Tow Truck with a 496 CI Big Block engine and uses 66” Terra tires.

Eradicator: is driven by Andy Slifko out of Pottsville, Pa and is the father of Jeremy Slifko driver of Backdraft. Andy has been competing in motorsports since 1977 but specifically in Monster Trucks for the last 16 years. Andy likes to stay up close with his fans and is very personable before and after the competitions. In 2004, he won USHRA’s “Most Improved Driver.”

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Eradicator is a Dodge on a Slifko team built chassis with RaceSource shocks and has a 540 CI Bad Attitude Racing Engine and uses a Coan 2-speed Power Glide transmission with 66” Terra tires.

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