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Monster Jam Truck Show Invades Dodger Stadium

 
Dodger Stadium, for the first time ever, was host to the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam on Saturday, February 19th. This historic night was also a stormy night with heavy rains and lightning which caused a temporary halt in the competition until the cells passed over, but the weather did not hold back the thousands of Angelino families who came out to enjoy the fun.
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race results
CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION DEFEATED GRAVE DIGGER

more at: monsterjam.com
The “Party in the Pits” took place right outside the stadium from 3 to 5pm with the last hour providing a short break in the rain. The pit area gave everyone an up close view of the Monster Trucks with photo opportunities and a chance to meet the drivers before the competition began. Meanwhile, Iron Man hung overhead, several feet in the air, fastened by a crane giving much amazement to the fans gathered down below. My son’s favorite was Grave Digger and we spotted many little guys (future drivers perhaps?) in their Grave Digger pit crew gear around this crowd favorite truck. And who could resist Monster Mutt Dalmatian, driven by Candice Jolly, with those cute doggie ears and wagging tongue? In addition to the trucks, a car exhibition of famous “race car”replicas included The General Lee, Herbie, KITT, DeLorean DM-C12 and Bumblebee. All to which my son treated like superstars!


As the rain came pouring back 10 minutes before the stadium gates opened and continued on into the night, it made for an extremely muddy and challenging track for 16 of the best drivers in the sport. The crowds roared as trucks slipped and slid in the mud racing each other to the number 1 spot. Children in attendance were beaming with excitement as they rooted for their favorite truck.

Despite the all night downpour and the cold temperatures, watching the smiling faces on my family, the fans (including a few local neighbors from El Sereno and Silverlake resident, Christopher Thorn, guitarist for Blind Melon with his son), along with the $3 hot cocoas, kept my heart warm like the sun. Cheering along side my lively new friends I made in our seating section bonded us all. It was an awesome opportunity for local Angelinos, myself included, who normally do not attend these types of events because of the long commute to Orange Country, to witness first hand the thrilling competition.

Many were heard saying, as we exited the stadium, “looking forward to this next year” .




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