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Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam 2011

Posted in Events on February 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Monica Gonderman

Flyin', roarin', crashin' 'n bashin' monster truck action exploded this past Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Southern California's Angel Stadium. If you happened to miss it, don't pout - there's good news. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam returns to Angel Stadium February 12, 2011, for the third and final time this season. Monster Jam will also be at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on February 19, 2011, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! And if you don't live in Southern California, don't worry - there are Monster Jam shows nationwide for you and your family to enjoy.

Mike Pappas, driver of the "Tropical Thunder" Monster Truck, took time out of his busy schedule to meet with a group of journalists, bloggers, and kids before competing in Saturday night's big show. Pappas answered questions about everything from his truck to his day job; no questions were off-limits for the kids to ask.

On Friday, January 28, (the night before the big event) Off-Road's digital team had the super cool opportunity to check out two of the monster trucks - "Tropical Thunder" and "The Patriot" - on the dirt inside Angel Stadium. Simply walking through the tunnel separating the outside of the stadium from the inside got our adrenaline flowing, even though it was a mellow Friday afternoon. Inside the stadium, we had the opportunity to ask the drivers questions and get up-close views of their trucks. The roars of the monstrous engines woke up the quiet, empty stadium, and the echoes answered back just as loudly. Unfortunately, they would not let us drive!

Pappas was joined on the dirt by fellow Monster Truck driver Dan Radoni and sister truck "The Patriot." Radoni traded off answering questions with Peckham before both geared up for a quick demo romp around the field.

The bottom line is that you've got to join us in checking out Monster Jam on Saturday, February 12, at Angel Stadium, or the following Saturday, February 19, at Dodger Stadium. If that doesn't work for you, then do us a favor and scope out another Monster Jam. These trucks catch huge air, wheelie, wreck, demolish, spin, and get completely crazy. While you're at it, pick up some Supercross tickets. You'll be a hero to your friends and family!

For more information and updates, check out www.monsterjam.com.

SCHEDULE
Monster Jam - Peoria, IL Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Tulsa, OK Feb 4-5, 2011
Freestyle Mania - East Rutherford, NJ Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Fargo, ND Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Charleston, WV Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Hampton, VA Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Tallahassee, FL Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Edmonton, AB Feb 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Houston, TX Feb 5, 2011
Monster Jam - Tampa, FL Feb 5, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Wheeling, WV Feb 11-13, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Grand Rapids, MI Feb 11-13, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Rockford, IL Feb 11-12, 2011
Freestyle Mania - Kansas City, MO Feb 11-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Rosemont, IL Feb 11-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Atlanta, GA Feb 12, 2011
Monster Jam - Hartford, CT Feb 12-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Denver, CO Feb 12-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Portland, OR Feb 12-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Anaheim, CA Feb 12, 2011
Monster Jam - Miami, FL Feb 12, 2011
Monster Jam - Memphis, TN Feb 18-19, 2011
Monster Jam - Albuquerque, NM Feb 18-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Pittsburgh, PA Feb 18-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Worcester, MA Feb 18-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Spokane, WA Feb 18-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Salt Lake City, UT Feb 18-19, 2011
Monster Jam - London, ON Feb 19-20, 2011
Freestyle Mania - Oklahoma City, OK Feb 19-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Cleveland, OH Feb 19-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Los Angeles, CA Feb 19, 2011
Monster Jam - St. Louis, MO Feb 19, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Chattanooga, TN Feb 25-27, 2011
Monster Jam - Baltimore, MD Feb 25-27, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Richmond, VA Feb 25-26, 2011
Monster Jam - Macon, GA Feb 25-26, 2011
Monster Jam - Providence, RI Feb 25-27, 2011
Monster Jam - Oakland, CA Feb 26, 2011
Monster Jam - Arlington, TX Feb 26, 2011
Monster Jam - Jacksonville, FL Feb 26, 2011
Monster Jam - Saginaw, MI Mar 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Tupelo, MS Mar 4-5, 2011
Monster Jam - Tucson, AZ Mar 4-6, 2011
Monster Jam - Lexington, KY Mar 5, 2011
Monster Jam - El Paso, TX Mar 5-6, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Pensacola, FL Mar 11-12, 2011
Monster Jam - Wilkes-Barre, PA Mar 11-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Bridgeport, CT Mar 11-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Toledo, OH Mar 11-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Biloxi, MS Mar 11-12, 2011
Monster Jam - Baton Rouge, LA Mar 11-12, 2011
Monster Jam - Fresno, CA Mar 11-12, 2011
Monster Jam - Nampa, ID Mar 11-12, 2011
Monster Jam - Winnipeg, MB Mar 12-13, 2011
Monster Jam - Syracuse, NY Mar 12, 2011
Monster Jam - Montgomery, AL Mar 18-19, 2011
Monster Jam - Reno, NV Mar 18-20, 2011
Monster Jam - Lafayette, LA Mar 18-19, 2011
Monster Jam - Laredo, TX Mar 18-20, 2011
Thunder Nationals - Dayton, OH Mar 18-19, 2011
World Finals - Las Vegas, NV Mar 25-26, 2011
Monster Jam - Raleigh, NC Apr 1-2, 2011
Monster Jam - Naples, FL Apr 8-10, 2011
Monster Jam - Ocala, FL Apr 15-17, 2011
Monster Jam - Fresno, CA Apr 15-17, 2011
International - Derby, UK May 28-29, 2011
Monster Jam - Philadelphia, PA Jun 4, 2011
Monster Jam - Stafford Springs, CT Jul 30-31, 2011
International - Arnhem, NL Sep 24-25, 2011
Monster Jam - Indianapolis, IN Jan 1-Dec 31, 2012
Monster Jam - Detroit, MI Jan 14, 2012
Monster Jam - Rosemont, IL Feb 10-12, 2012
Monster Jam - Detroit, MI Mar 3, 2012

After QA time was over, the boys fired up their trucks for a couple quick laps around the field. While they were not allowed to jump or crush anything before Saturday night's main event, that didn't mean they had to behave. Radoni and Pappas demonstrated their Monsters' speed and agility with high speed runs and crazy 4-wheel donuts.
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