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New Monster Trucks Bring Familiar Excitement to Carlisle Truck Nationals
Guests Should Expect a New Level of Thrills in August at Carlisle
Booked for 2014 include XXX – State of Destruction, the Virginia Giant and Pandora. For the first in what could possibly be ever at Carlisle, you can see girl power monster truck action at Carlisle the Carlisle Truck Nationals. Join Chrissy Moler as she powers the XXX truck and cheer on one of the few female monster truck drivers on the circuit. Chrissy, a farmer and mom of three, calls West Virginia home. She has been driving monster trucks since 2011 at the urging of her husband when, according to her, there were no other options for a driver. After what was supposed to be a single night of being a substitute driver, she's still driving and having fun each and every time.
Joining Chrissy is Diehl Wilson and his Virginia Giant truck. This truck has come to Carlisle before, but it’s been a few years and Wilson is anxious to return to the event. Driven by Wilson, the Virginia Giant makes about forty events annually. Wilson began his motorsports career early on racing sport trucks and competing in truck pulls before building his Monster Jam truck. Over his 21-year Monster Jam career, Diehl has earned two Thunder National championships, a series of Monster Jam Banquet awards and the respect and admiration of the fans. Over the years, Virginia Giant has had many paint jobs, currently sporting a distinctive yellow, blue, and purple scheme on its 2006 Ford body. The one highlight that has stayed around for many years are the crazy eyes painted on the doors, staring out at the crowd as he dominates the track.
In addition, Chrissy’s bringing her daughter Katelyn Moler to Carlisle. Katelyn isn’t just coming to cheer on mom, she’s onsite to pilot her mini-monster truck known as Pandora. Moler is 11 and she’s been driving for two years. Pandora has a Honda engine under the hood and just like the big trucks, this one is a rear-wheel steer truck. Katelyn not only loves to drive, she also likes hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes and animals of all types.
Finally, Wilson also brings his ride truck back to Carlisle. This version of Virginia Giant is specially built for and accommodates upwards of a dozen riders. Once on the truck, riders take a lap around the competition course and get a real feel for what it’s like to be in such a massive machine. Best of all, the truck makes a pass over a pair of cars, crushing them along the way. This makes the experience even more unique, with Carlisle one of few places in the world that allows for the truck to make such a pass.
In addition to seeing the trucks in action, guests can meet the drivers and get autographs. While an additional price point exists for the Virginia Giant Ride Truck experience, in general, this amazing experience is FREE with an admission to the Carlisle Truck Nationals. For truck weekend, a daily ticket is $10 for adults with children 12 and under free. Further, a weekend pass is available for just $20, a full-day of savings if purchased in advance.