Monster Trucks Take Over Tax Slayer Center April 28th and 29th

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On April 28 and 29 at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Monster Jam® trucks return to the Quad-Cities to wow audiences with their jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats. Monster Jam events feature trucks and drivers who have become fan favorites, including Grave Digger®, Max-D™, El Toro Loco®, and many more. These world-class drivers push their vehicles to their limits in thrilling Freestyle, 2-Wheel Skills and Racing competitions.

Performances will be held 7 p.m. Sat., April 28, and 1 p.m. Sun., April 29 at the TaxSlayer Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL. On April 28, a pre-event gathering called the Party in the Pits starts at 4:30 p.m. and goes to 6 p.m. (no Party entry after 5:30 p.m.). On April 29, The Party in the Pits starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes to 12 p.m. (no Party entry after 11:30 a.m.). These parties give fans the opportunity to view the trucks up-close and meet the drivers.

You can find out more about these events at www.taxslayercenter.com/Upcoming-Events/Event-List/Monster-Jam.aspx. For ticket information, visit www.taxslayercenter.com or call the TaxSlayer Center box office at (309) 764-2000. Be sure to mention if you’d like to join the Party in the Pits.

The truck and driver line-up scheduled to visit the TaxSlayer Center include:

Grave Digger, driven by Krysten Anderson.
Mutant, driven by Coty Saucier.
Stone Crusher, driven by Steve Sims.
Trouble Maker, driven by Travis Groth.
Double Trouble, driven by Tyler Groth.
Hooked, driven by Bryan Wright.
Raminator, driver to be determined.
Rammunition, driver to be determined.
Please note, the above truck and driver lineup is subject to change.

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Krysten Anderson of Currituck, NC, is only 20 years old, but she is no stranger to the world of monster trucks. You’ll see her behind the wheel of Grave Digger at the Monster Jam event. She is a second-generation monster truck driver: her father, Dennis Anderson, has been driving for more than 35 years and was, in fact, the original Grave Digger driver.  Krysten’s mother Carisa manages Digger’s Diner, a Grave Digger theme restaurant, along with the Digger’s Dungeon store in North Carolina. Krysten’s older brothers, Ryan and Adam, are experienced drivers, and her boyfriend Tyler also drives monster trucks.

Krysten stated that her favorite part about competing in Monster Jam is Getting to carry on my family’s legacy.” She added, “Monster Jams is all I know. I was born into the sport through my dad. An opportunity opened up for me to drive in 2017 and I took it!”  Krysten noted that she goes though one pre-show ‘ritual’ to ensure a great performance. She calls her dad! “When I have any questions, I look to my dad,” she said. “He gives some of the best advice. After I get off the phone with him, I walk the track, scope out the obstacles, strap into my seat, clear my head, and have quiet time.”

Friends and family often call Krysten by an unusual nickname – Krustacean. “When my oldest nephew Wade Anderson was learning how to say my name, he called me Aunt Krustacean,” she said. “His favorite toy for a while was the Crushstation Hot Wheels truck. He knew the name of every Monster Jam truck and every driver by the time he was two, so when it came time to say ‘Aunt Krysten’ it came out, ‘Aunt Krustacean’!”

Krysten offers this advice for any kid who wants to become a Monster Jam driver someday. “No dream is too big,” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do something because of your gender, age, race, etc., because you can! Work hard, stay focused and follow your heart … it will take you far.”

For more information on Monster Jam, check out www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, visit www.Facebook.com/MJOnline.

 

Author: Kevin Walker

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