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“Monster Jam” Rumbles Back Into Pittsburgh

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Dave Forstate)

(Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Dave Forstate)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The thunder of gigantic trucks will echo in CONSOL Energy Center this weekend as “Monster Jam” brings its road show back to Pittsburgh.

The intimidating “Grave Digger” vehicle is leader of the pack.

“We’re putting out around 12 to 1,500 horsepower,” says driver Gary Porter. “The trucks weigh 10,000 pounds. The tires are 66 inches tall, 43 inches wide. And they cost about $2,500 each.”

Total package: $150,000.

“This is our new truck here, Zombie,” says driver Sean Duhon as he shows off a popular newcomer.

“It’s actually a fan-voted truck. And they got on the Internet and put out a poll. I mean, it was unanimous,” he says. “They blew everything else out of the water. They came up with the Zombie truck. So this is the fans’ truck now.”

Zombies move slowly in Pittsburgh flicks like “Night of the Living Dead.” But not the new Monster Truck.

“In racing, you’ve got to be the first one over the finish line,” Duhon says. “And in freestyle, anything goes. You just get as crazy as you can. The biggest air, the fastest doughnuts, the most destruction. If we crash it, it’s dead, but it’s going to come back for the next show.”

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