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Monster trucks set to jam at Nassau Coliseum

"The Grave Digger"
"The Grave Digger"
Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam file photo

Crushstation (aka Monstah Lobstah) will be plowing its way into Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum this Friday for MonsterJam, a rip-roaring festival of 12-foot tall by 12-foot wide trucks euipped with 1500 hp engines mounted on 66-inch tires that can leap, and crush at speeds up to 100 mph.

According to Gary Porter, 52, who will be behind the wheel if the “Gravedigger,” fans can expect to experience a show “full of awe-inspiring stunts including wheelies and a donut test to see who can spin the most revolutions the fastest.”

Gravedigger, which was originally built from a 1967 Chevy Panel Wagon and a lot of junkyard parts is one of the world’s most “decorated” Monster Jam competitors, with a team that included designer Dennis Anderson, Randy Brown, Chad Tingler, Charlie Pauken, Carl Van Horn, Jon Zimmer and Pablo Huffaker, as well as Porter.

Other fan favorites expected to dog the arena are a trio of Monster Mutt trucks, each fashioned to resemble giant dogs (including a Rottweiler and Dalmation) complete with ears, tails and snarling muzzles.
The Monster Jam will kick off with a “Party in the Pits” Friday January 31 from 5:30-6:30 pm and Saturday February 1 from 11am-1pm, while the main event will be held beginning at 7:30 pm each night.

Admission is $30-$75 for adults and $15 for kids 2-12 years old. There is also and additional $8-$12 fee for parking.

The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located at 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale, NY 11553. For more information call 516 794-9300.