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Extreme! Machines

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Monster Truck Nationals promise 'extreme excitement' during Clay Fair

Fans are warned to prepare for the most extreme, hard-hitting motor sport night of the season during the Clay County Fair's Extreme Monster Truck Nationals racing on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 17 at noon. The first-year event boasts to have the "best of the baddest trucks on the planet!"

"This is a new event for us, and it's going to be a big deal," Clay County Fair Director Phil Hurst told the Pilot-Tribune. "Trucks will be racing over a special course and crushing cars at the same time - and these are the biggest names in trucks in the world right now."

The high-impact night will unleash the power of world-famous monster trucks, including NASCAR racer Kevin Harvick's "Kid Rock;" former world champion "Cyclops," the new "Venom" Monster Truck and "Playin for Keeps." The Kid Rock Monster Truck is driven by a 23-year-old female, Amber Skywalker. These 10,000-pound monster trucks boasting over 1800 horsepower challenge each other on a course which includes ramps, corners and wheel-to-wheel competition. The free-style event invites drivers to tear up everything in the path of their monster trucks, and promises plenty of excitement for the audience. Bobby Cox, multiple winner of the clown of the year award, will serve as announcer and clown.

The show's excitement also includes Championship Motocross Freestyle with professional stuntmen flying more than 80 feet in the air on their motorcycles and attempting the extremely dangerous "backflip', conditions permitting.

Finally, the show will feature Tuff Truck races, where local hot rodders test their skill and pick-up trucks on a dirt obstacle course. A $1,000 purse will be offered. To enter, drivers must show up at the pit gate entrance that evening. Only one crew member is allowed and safety helmets are required. Jim Morris, event coordinator and promoter, said the local drivers who customize their own trucks are always a big draw that night. "Your going to see some guys tearing up their trucks," said Morris. "The crowds just love it - especially when the wrecker has to haul their vehicle off the field once they've completed the obstacle course."

Thursday night show will feature as special guest straight from the movie screen, Spiderman.

The event is $16 per person. Coupons for a $5 discount for kids 3-11 years old are available at Taco Johns in Storm Lake, and must be presented at the Clay County Fair Grandstand Ticket Office. Special VIP Pit Passes are also available for the Thursday evening show for $25. The VIP Pit Passes will be good for admission to the show with preferred seating, a toy monster truck, and a chance to go on the track to meet the drivers.

For more information about Extreme Monster Truck Nationals, contact the Clay County Fair at (712) 262-4740. The Fair will run Saturday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 19.