WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Monster Jam Rolling Into Charleston

Reported: Jan. 31, 2014 10:57 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 1:04 PM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

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.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Huntington Police Crack Down On Drug Problem
News
Apr. 16, 2014 11:52 PM EDT
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Dan Matics) -- The crackdown on ...
Full News Story

Police Make Another Raid At Transit Mall
News
Apr. 16, 2014 11:35 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Charleston police ...
Full News Story and Video

Fire Reported At Assisted Living Facility In Greenup County
News
Apr. 16, 2014 11:12 PM EDT
RUSSELL, Ky. (Heath Harrison) -- A fire has been reported ...
Full News Story


News WCHS To Host Town Hall Meeting On Lessons Learned From Water Crisis
Apr. 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT
News Poll Shows Tie In Ohio Governor's Race
Apr. 16, 2014 11:53 PM EDT
News New Contact Visit Ban Enacted For Regional Jails In West Virginia
Apr. 16, 2014 9:59 PM EDT
News Heated Debate Sparked About Corporal Punishment In Wake Of Plants Investigation
Apr. 16, 2014 8:05 PM EDT
News Police Say Man Charged After SUV Rams House In Charleston
Apr. 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT
News Huntington High Hosts Q&A For 3rd District Candidates
Apr. 16, 2014 6:39 PM EDT
News Search For Vehicle In River Near Point Pleasant To Resume Thursday
Apr. 16, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
News Parents Of Girl Who Shot Brother To Be Placed On Home Confinement
Apr. 16, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
News Judge Stays Most Of Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling
Apr. 16, 2014 3:25 PM EDT
News Ky. Lawmakers Finish Work Highlighted By Budget
Apr. 16, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
News WV Official Says $2 Million In Chemical Spill Response Costs Reimbursable
Apr. 16, 2014 3:46 PM EDT
News Rahall Raises $324,000 In 3rd District Race; Jenkins $194,000; Ojeda $15,800
Apr. 16, 2014 11:31 PM EDT
News Energy State Democrats In Senate Races Split From Obama
Apr. 16, 2014 3:05 PM EDT
News Freeze Warning In Effect For Thursday Early Morning Hours
Apr. 16, 2014 2:57 PM EDT
News Boy Scout Groups Based in Huntington, Charleston Discuss Merging
Apr. 16, 2014 1:56 PM EDT
News Charleston Gearing Up For Heart Walk
Apr. 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
News New Report Says High-Quality Child Care Programs Lacking In Mountain State
Apr. 16, 2014 10:55 AM EDT
News Couple Charged With Bringing Drugs Into Scioto County Jail
Apr. 16, 2014 10:17 AM EDT
News Touching Banned During Regional Jail Visits
Apr. 16, 2014 8:36 AM EDT
News Charleston Coping With Bitter Cold
Apr. 15, 2014 9:18 PM EDT
News Man Indicted On Charges He Threatened To Kill U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin
Apr. 15, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
News Putnam County Plans To File Lawsuit Against Waste Management
Apr. 15, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
News Williamson Mayor Charged In Federal Information
Apr. 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
News State Police Say Logan County Man Faces Charges After Stolen Items Found At His Home
Apr. 15, 2014 3:22 PM EDT
News Body Of Man Discovered In Athens County Creek Identified
Apr. 15, 2014 3:08 PM EDT
News Former U.S. Rep. Mick Staton Dies
Apr. 15, 2014 3:23 PM EDT
News Road Reopens In Greenup County After Explosives Removed
Apr. 15, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News Last Day to File Taxes and Sign Up for Obamacare Is Today
Apr. 15, 2014 5:24 PM EDT
News Obama To Observe Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary With Moment Of Silence
Apr. 15, 2014 12:55 PM EDT
News Freeze Warning In Effect Overnight With Temperatures To Plummet
Apr. 15, 2014 12:19 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Bank robberies prompt more patrols in W.Va. city

Wheeling's police chief is stepping up patrols around area banks following a rash of robberies.
Full Story

Kentucky News
New Pikeville office to help entrepreneurs

A new office is opening in Pikeville to help startup companies in Appalachia.
Full Story

Ohio News
Possible arson spree worries Dayton officials

A possible arson spree causing thousands of dollars in property damage has Dayton officials concerned.
Full Story

PREVIOUS NEWS: NOV | CURRENT







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.