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Monster weekend jams up Resch

Jacob Choroszy , Entertainment Writer
April 1, 2014
Filed under Entertainment

Iron Man, Robo Machine, Wisconsin’s own Just Get-Er-Done as well as their most popular four-time world champion Grave Digger will be some of the Monster Jam trucks competing in three different shows at the Resch Center April 5and 6.

Before the April 5, 2 p.m. show, “Monster Jam” will be holding its “Party in the Pits” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those attending will be able to see the monster trucks up close as well as meet the drivers and get autographs before and after each show.

“It’s a great time to interact with the fans,” said Charlie Pauken, driver of the Grave Digger.

“Monster Jam” trucks are typically 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, weighing about 10,000 pounds.

“Monster Jam” tracks are equipped with many obstacles including cars, busses, dirt jumps and airplanes.

Local recycling centers usually provide the variety of vehicles for each event. The “Monster Jam” website states they crush more than 3,000 cars every year.

The freestyle run is usually the main attraction. Drivers go one by one in a given amount of time to smash and flip through all the obstacles on the track.

The trucks are then judged under a specific scoring system. Points are determined by things like variety of tricks, how many obstacles were used and wheelies, while points are taken away for rolling over or going in reverse.

Pauken has been competing since 1988. He started after going to a show with some friends who drove for “Monster Jam.” They eventually let Pauken drive and he’s been doing it ever since.

Throughout the years Pauken has made a lot of memories, one of his favorite moments was at the “Party in the Pits” when a fan performed what he calls the “Chucky Dance” for him. It’s a dance that Pauken does on top of his truck after a good run on the track.

Besides his dance moves, Pauken is also known for his 2010 World Freestyle Championship victory and for his 26 year history in competing with monster trucks.

Pauken’s truck, Grave Digger will be one of “Monster Jam’s” most recognized trucks. Winning four Monster Jam World finals and the famous ghostly paint scheme that covers his truck has made it a fan favorite.

The Get-Er-Done truck appearing at the Resch Center will be driven by Kewaunee, Wis., native Mitch Tulachka.

“Monster Jam” events usually contain two competitions — racing and freestyle. Drivers race in brackets and freestyles are also performed, where drivers show their skills, performing stunts and tricks with their trucks.

“Monster Jam” has performed in 175 countries including countries in Europe, Africa, North and South America as well as recently partnering with FOX Sport 1 and their yearly show aired through CBS Sports.

After 135 cities and 350 performances on the “Monster Jam” Tour, Sam Boyd Stadium is the home for the Monster Jam World Finals every March since 2000. The World Finals test drivers to see which one is the best in racing and freestyles.

A new event called the Young Gun Shootout takes place right before the finals. It’s for drivers who have competed in “Monster Jam” events for two years or less face each other.

“Monster Jam” is great entertainment that the whole family can love,” Pauken said.

For more information about “Monster Jam,” go to www.monsterjam.com and for information on Resch Center events to www.reschcenter.com