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10 Questions For Top Truck Challenge 2015 Competitor Mike Jaskolski

Posted in Top Truck Challenge: 2015 on May 15, 2015
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Ten questions for Top Truck Challenge 2015 competitor Mike Jaskolski of Laramie, Wyoming, driving a ’76 Chevy Blazer.

Q. Why do you want to compete in TTC?
A. “It has been a dream of mine to compete in TTC since I started building ‘Thumper’—my K5. My original build thought for Thumper was to be an all-around rig and be able to compete in TTC. The past TTC events everyone looked like they had a blast and everyone seem to enjoy the same interests—fullsize rigs! To become a member of the TTC fraternity is an honor, and no one can take that from any of us competitors!”

Q. What TTC event are you most looking forward to?
A. “I’m looking forward to the Mud Pit so I can spray the NOS on the 555ci Dart BBC. It looks like it has been a very dry year in California, so I’m taking a guess with the lack of water the Mud Pit is not going to happen, so I have to go with the Mini Rubicon. Even though Thumper has a big motor, it can rockcrawl very well. We have done some of the hardest trails in Moab with a huge smile!”

Q. What TTC event are you not looking forward to?
A. “Most definitely the logs on the Frame Twister! The past TTC event I watched the logs literally end the TTC event for some competitors and tear their rigs apart. The ticket is to try not to destroy your rig and do all the events! Easy to say, but when adrenaline gets to flowing with a camera on, who knows what will happen!”

Q. Are you making changes to your rig before TTC?
A. “Yes. I will be raising the suspension ride height up so I can use more of my King shocks. I have been rockcrawling a lot so I lowered my center of gravity by setting my suspension almost on the bumpstops. I have the rig low and using the droop of the suspension since I was not doing any go-fast stuff. I’m thinking raising 3 1/2-4 inches. I will be building a snorkel system also so I don’t drown the motor.”

Q. Will you and your spotter/co-driver be training for TTC?
A. “Most likely no, we will not. My twin brother Robert and I live 320 miles from one another so this is not going to happen with our work schedules. I guess we may have our brotherly differences when the time comes but that’s only showing love for one another! My fat butt gets to stay in the driver seat but Robert needs to get in shape for running the winch line, so I guess he is training! I’ll buy him a beer when we are done!”

Q. If you could go wheeling anywhere in the world, where would that be?
A. “Right now, Hollister Hills! I have wanted to go to Hollister ever since I watched the TTC videos. I think it looks great with the different terrain you can hit. Looks like it has it all, mud, trees, hills, and rocks. What more can you ask for?”

Q. What's playing on your iPod/CD player right now?
A. “Believe it or not, Colt Ford’s ‘Kicking up Mud.’ My 10-year-old boy, Michael, just loves that song, but I can tell you it may get lost in the shuffle, if you know what I mean.”

Q. What was the last movie you watched?
A. “Furious 7. Bam!”

Q. Do you have an aversion to poison oak, earthquakes, or a submerged engine?
A. “Yes on Poison Oak, I stay away! The ground will be shaking already with all the competitors’ awesome rigs, so earthquakes are not a problem. Submerging my engine will be all new to me! I will make sure it’s all waterproof, and if it’s not, we all will know.”

Q. What's one thing people should know about you?
A. “I’m out to have fun, but I do have a competitive side, as all of us competitors will. Most importantly, it is the relationships and friends you meet on every journey that is important. I have never raced Thumper or been in a competition with Thumper so this will be all new to me. I will not let down the people that voted for me, so Thumper will get driven hard, and if it breaks, I guess we will have to fix it! This will be an event my twin brother Robert and I will always remember no matter what happens, and I am happy to be able to bring him along for the ride, even though he is a Ford guy!”

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