Monster Jam Trucks Rumble into Baltimore
Rumbles back into Baltimore
Maryland native Matt Cody will drive Thunder
Let’s get ready to rumble! Celebrating 25 years of monster truck entertainment, the Monster Jam Triple Threat Central Series presented by AMSOIL returns to the Royal Farms Arena Friday – Sunday, February 24 -26.
Monster Jam drivers will compete in both racing and freestyle competitions at the Arena. Trucks scheduled to appear are Grave Digger driven by Krysten Anderson, El Toro Loco with driver Ar
mando Castro, Pirate’s Curse with Camden Murphy, Alien Invasion driven by Bernard Lyght, Zombie with driver Ami Houde and Monster Mutt Rottweiler driven by JR Seasock.
Two other notable trucks include a new for 2017 monster truck, Megalodon, driven by former Supercross rider Justin Sipes, and Blue Thunder, driven by Williamsport, Maryland’s Matt Cody.
Cody, whose hometown is just outside of Hagerstown where he grew up attending Monster Jam events at the Hagerstown Speedway, started competing in Monster Jam in 2014, but his career in monster trucks began much earlier.
“I started at the bottom. I got hooked up with local Hall of Famer Mike Vaters with Black Stallion in eighth grade. I went to all of the summer shows helping out as a crew chief. Mike taught me a lot,” said Cody, 24.
“Then in 2012 I got my first opportunity to drive Iron Warrior. It was on from there,” he said. “I drove a few more times in 2013 and I went full time in the truck in 2014. Then that October, I drove in my First Monster Jam show in Black Stallion in Philadelphia.”
Cody’s favorite part about competing in Monster Jam is the fans. “I went to my first show when I was two, and I have loved going ever since. I know what it’s like to sit in the stands. I know what the audience wants to see,” he said. “I like to travel to the East Coast a lot because I have a fan base there.”
In addition to driving Blue Thunder at the events, Cody himself drives the tractor trailer that carries the truck (along with Monster Mutt) to all the shows, and he handles repairs and body work, not typical of a Monster Jam driver. He travels every weekend for Monster Jam events.
“I am always making great memories every weekend. We stay up late and have fun. I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said. “But I would say the first time I actually strapped in to a Monster Jam truck is my favorite memory.”
Cody describes his driving style as “fast and wild but always in control. It will have you on the edge-of-yourseat.”
His goal is to get to the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas in March, the Super Bowl of the racing world. Cody attended the event in 2015 and received the Arena Wheelie of the Year award.
His advice would you give to kids who want to become a Monster Jam driver?: “Finish school, stick with your dreams and never give up.”
Fans who are interested in checking out Cody’s Blue Thunder and some of the other trucks up close and personal can also purchase tickets to the pit party, which will be held Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. And if you’ve never been to a Monster Jam event, Cody says you will not be disappointed.
“It’s excitement from the minute you walk in the door until the minute you leave,” he said.
And now fans can have an even bigger role in the competition as they can join the panel of judges without leaving their seats just by going to www.judg- eszone.com on their mobile device.
Fans at the show will be provided with a three-letter code, and during the competition, they can submit scores for the Monster Jam trucks after each performance as part of the new “Judges Zone.” Monster Jam Triple Threat Central Series
Friday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m. (Pit Party 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Saturday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 1 p.m. (Pit Party 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
Royal Farms Arena, 201 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201
Monster Jam tickets start at $15, and Pit Passes are an additional $10 per person. For tickets or more information, go to https://www. monsterjam. com/ en- US/ events/baltimore-md-0.