FORT WORTH-DALLAS (Oct. 23, 2000) - Paul Shaffer has been called "the Jack Roush of monster trucks" - and with good reason. He owns eleven trucks, including many of the top competitors in the sport. Two of his best, Monster Patrol and Bear Foot, will be competing at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this weekend for the first Extreme Monster Truck Nationals, Oct. 28-29.
An avid racer all his life in dirt, asphalt and mud cars around his hometown of Portage, Ind. and other parts of the Midwest, Shaffer got into monster trucks in 1993.
"Monster Patrol was the first," said Shaffer. "We built it from the ground up and moved on from there. We continued to build or buy other teams until we got to where we are today."
In addition to Monster Patrol, Shaffer's other trucks include three-time world champion Bear Foot, Carolina Crusher, Extreme Overkill, Boogie Van, Wild Thing, Tonka, Ground Pounder and Rampage. Shaffer has appeared around the world with his trucks including Alaska, Venezuela and Australia.
"We do fourteen-hundred shows a year," said Shaffer. "On average, one truck will do about 40 a year. Everything from shows at fairs, demonstrations and, of course, competitions. We do all kinds of different things including freestyle and long jump competitions. I recently jumped Monster Patrol 130 feet here in Indiana but we also have the record at 141.1 feet in Bear Foot."
Radio Shack also recently produced a remote control version of Monster Patrol.
The Extreme Monster Truck Nationals is scheduled to include nine of the nation's top monster trucks, including Bigfoot, Monster Patrol, Bear Foot, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Clydesdale, Bounty Hunter, Scarlet Bandit and Equalizer. The 10,000-pound trucks will race wheel-to-wheel on a challenging course that will include huge ramps, tabletop jumps and obstacles.
Gates open for the Saturday night show at 6:00 p.m. with competition beginning at 7:30 p.m. Gates for the Sunday afternoon show open at 1:00 p.m. with competition beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Reserved seat tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. Advanced general admission seats are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500. Tickets will also be available at the gate day of show. # # #