-- The Advance Auto Parts Monster
Jam will be making a single stop in the Motor City on Saturday,
March 3. If you miss it, you can still see all of the action from
March 9 – 11 in Grand Rapids or Toledo. The 30th Anniversary
of the Grave Digger monster truck will be highlighted. Discount
coupons of $5 off can be picked up at Advance Auto Part locations
while supplies last.
was a Monster Jam fan from when I was a little boy,“ said
Detroit native Frank Krmel, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Grinder
monster truck. “My dad used to take me to all of the monster
truck shows in the area. When I was little, I raced go karts,
junior dragsters, show cars, everything I could. I ended up meeting
Jimmy Koehler, who is the owner and driver of the Avenger truck,
who runs in the Monster Jam tour. I started going to his shop
after school. I went on the road with him and learned a lot from
him. Eventually, he let me drive. After six or seven years of
being his crew chief, I became a Monster Jam driver and I’ve
been doing it ever since. This is my fifth year driving right
your monster truck called the “Grinder”?
truck in the Monster Jam tour is sponsored by Advance Auto Parts,”
he added. “The whole truck is their concept. Grinder is
their truck so they chose the Grinder because it’s hard
working. It does a lot of work. It’s the people’s
truck and that’s what we went with.”
that you’re from Detroit. How does it feel to be coming
back home for the show at Ford Field on March 3?
to Ford Field for me is great,” the monster truck driver
explained. “I go to Comerica Park all the time to see the
Tigers and I go to Ford Field to watch the Lions. I was just there
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve to see the Lions. To be able
to step onto the same field where all of my favorite athletes
Calvin Johnson and all of the guys from the past in front of my
friends and family is just a huge thrill.”
give me a preview of what folks can expect when they go to the
going to see everything you see on Monster Jam on television,”
Krmel said. “Big air, 16 monster trucks, crazy freestyle,
real fast racing. It’s going to be two and a half hours
of complete craziness. It’s an escape from reality for two
hours no matter how bad things are, it works. You can come to
Ford Field for a couple of hours and forget about it and see a
bunch of horsepower and mechanical marvels at work out there.”
tell me more about the Party in the Pits?
it is a real good opportunity to get up close with the trucks
and meet the drivers that you normally can’t do all of the
time,” he added. “You usually have to sit in the seats
and you’re 100 feet from the trucks. Here, you get to walk
up to them and touch the tires and shake hands with the drivers,
just get an up close look at what it takes to put a monster truck
together and how big everything is to get a feel for the size.
You get to do all sorts of things. There’s not only monster
trucks down there. You’ll also see the other elements of
the show, ATVs and all that sort of thing. Local sponsors and
local radio stations and everything has displays out on the floor.
It’s a lot to do. You barely have enough time to do everything.”
the 30th anniversary of the monster truck being celebrated?
year is the 30th anniversary of Grave Digger,” the monster
truck driver explained. “The monster truck has been around
for a little bit longer than 30 years, but Grave Digger is probably
the biggest name in monster trucks. It is a party everywhere we
go. They are celebrating it right with Dennis Anderson and his
sons Adam Anderson and Ryan Anderson. They’re doing it right.
There’s a whole traveling museum that goes with the 30th
anniversary tour and it’s great to see the history of Grave
Digger from where it started to where it’s ended up. Whether
you’re a Grave Digger fan or not, it’s cool to see
the history of it.”
know if the museum will be at Ford Field?
a good question, I’m not sure if it will be there or not,”
Krmel said. “I don’t know if its the full museum,
but wherever the Grave Digger truck goes, there is a display that
showcases the history of Grave Digger.”
Frank Krmel to be driving the Advance Auto Parts Grinder monster
truck at Monster Jam in Detroit.
just looking forward to coming home and being able to race in
front of my family, friends and hometown,” he added. “I
hope we can get the Grinder into the winner’s circle. That’s
going to be our goal.”
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credit: Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam / Brendy Barr Communications
Grave Digger monster truck, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary,
will also be a part of the show.