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Monster Jam Rolling Into Charleston

Reported: Jan. 31, 2014 10:57 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 1:04 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- One of the most popular monster truck shows is heading to Charleston on Friday.

Monster Jam kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.

It's a thrill not only for the people who come out to watch these monster trucks in action, but it's an even bigger thrill for the guys behind the wheel.

It's been a lifelong dream for Aaron Basl, 33, to drive a monster truck.

"It's an undescribable experience," Basl said. "It's between a roller coaster and drag racing and motorcross. It's just, you get to leave the ground."

As a kid in Oregon, he got into monster trucks while at truck and tractor pulls with his family. Now Basl is the driver of Wolverine and travels the country with Monster Jam.

"It looks really easy. We make it look really easy, but in there it's just all business and it's really high stress," Basl said.

Pablo Huffaker is considered one of the sport's true legends. He drives Grave Digger and said being behind the wheel is a "unique experience."

"The engines are 1,500 horsepower, tires are 5 1/2 feet tall," Huffaker said. "The truck stands about 12 feet tall, plus. They weigh about 10,000 pounds. They're an incredible machine to drive."

They are big trucks that provide big thrills for hundreds of people that come to watch.

"It's something unique about these trucks that tie in the surrealism or they can identify with a toy that makes them so fascinating for the kids," Huffaker said.

Basl said it is very rewarding for the participants.

"You could have the worst week in your life and you get to the next venue and you're doing a pit party and a little 3-year-old, 4, 5-year-old come up to you. He thinks your his superhero from TV because he watches you on Fox Sports One and can't believe you're in his hometown," Basl said. "And it's just the greatest feeling in the world to think somebody looks up to you like that."

It's an adrenaline rush on the track that translates into dreams come true for these two drivers.

Friday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Two shows are scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 for adults. Kids tickets (age 2-12) are $5. Tickets are available at the Charleston Civic Center Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Party in the Pits in Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and tickets for that are $10.



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