LAS VEGAS, NV (March 23) -- John Seasock, driver of the Traxxas T-Maxx, has won the United States Hot Rod Association's Fan Choice Award! Seasock, who won four racing events during Traxxas' inaugural season in USHRA competition, received 34% of...
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 23) -- John Seasock, driver of the Traxxas T-Maxx, has won the United States Hot Rod Association's Fan Choice Award! Seasock, who won four racing events during Traxxas' inaugural season in USHRA competition, received 34% of the 1,562 votes cast in the two-week fan balloting. Seasock received 527 votes, 246 more than Dennis Anderson, driver of the popular Grave Digger monster truck, who finished in second place.
"I'm extremely honored," Seasock said. "We do our job for the fans; it's all about the fans. We say that so many times I think people get numb to it, but it's true. Every time we jump those trucks and race those trucks, it's all for the smiles on the fans' faces. We're very much in debt to them. For me to win the Fan Choice Award, I can't put it into words. It's an honor to be on the list with guys like Dennis and Tom (Meents), let alone receive the most votes."
Seasock signed countless autographs while displaying the T-Maxx monster truck at hobby shops, auto parts stores and during Parties in the Pits preceding Thunder Nationals and Monster Jam events. Traxxas' monster truck driver has also been featured on several television shows, including "Wildboyz" on MTV and "The Great Outdoors" on WNEP-TV 16, the ABC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
"I got writer's cramp a few times, but it's all worth it. We have a cool job driving monster trucks, but we have bad days like anybody else. Sometimes, people forget we have families, we have bills and the same problems everybody else does. It's great that the fans are there for us, too. We get a thrill performing for them. Every autograph I sign is heartfelt. Every hug or picture we take with the fans is special. The walls of my home are covered with pictures and memorabilia I've received from fans. It means a lot to me. I'm just glad there are people who care so much about a guy who drives a big truck."
Seasock drove Traxxas' "big truck" into the semifinals in 11 of the 14 USHRA Monster Jam and Thunder Nationals events he entered, including five finals in six events in February. The 15-year veteran of monster truck competition won the Thunder Nationals in Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University February 4th and Monster Jams in the Roanoke Civic Center in Roanoke, VA, February 12th and in Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 19-20.
Seasock also recorded second-place finishes in Freestyle -- competitions judged by fans --during the Thunder Nationals in University Park, PA, February 4-5, and in Monster Jams in Minneapolis, MN February 19th and Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 19th.
Seasock gave much of the credit for the Traxxas team's success to crew chief Mike Hoy.
"Mike has one of the toughest jobs out there," Seasock said. "He's like family to me. He works extremely hard to give me a great truck. It's not just a mechanic; he's a crew chief, a mediator, a counselor and my best friend. We have a great working relationship. That's one of the keys to our team growing. He doesn't get nearly the credit I do, even though I try to get him in the limelight as much as possible. This award really isn't for me; it's for everybody who helped get us where we are today. I'm just the one who holds the wheel.
"Coming out with a new truck and a new team, we felt like we had a lot of pressure on us. We really wanted to make Traxxas happy. Our merger with Traxxas is perfect; you can't find a better merger anywhere in motorsports. Monster trucks and R/C trucks go hand-in-hand. We've done our best to make Traxxas and our fans happy. We also have new fans -- the T-Maxx R/C owners -- who we felt like we had something to prove to so we could win them over. The T-Maxx R/C truck already had its own fan following. We wanted to earn their respect, and I believe we achieved that.
"There was a lot of pressure on us, but we took each challenge head-on. Sometimes, we prevailed and other times we didn't. You're going to have ups and downs in anything. I would definitely classify our first quarter of the year a success. We've had some awesome victories and plenty of semifinal and final-round appearances. Every time I drive the truck, I get a little more comfortable and more used to it. We're really happy about the way things are going. We just want to prove the T-Maxx truck is here to stay."
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