Tampa, Florida -- Monster Jam used to be all about loud noises and smashing cars. Nowadays, there are still plenty of loud noises but the art of crushing cars has given way to high-flying, aerial displays from the sport's 13,000-pound dream machines.
"You feel like you're 10 feet tall and bulletproof," said legendary driver Dennis Anderson who will be behind the wheel of Grave Digger this weekend. "You're just riding in this big cage of adrenaline, you know?"
Anderson would know better than anyone. He's been crushing and flying around in Grave Digger for 32 years. He pens the names of his rivals along the side of his monster truck in neon green paint. He's confident and excited for another go-around at Raymond James Stadium.
Monster Jam will put on two shows in Tampa this year -- Saturdays, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1. Both shows begin at 7 p.m.
On Friday morning, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn declared Jan. 18 "Monster Jam Day" in Tampa and presented drivers with a proclamation from the city. The drivers gave Buckhorn signed jerseys in return. He even got to take a spin around the mud in Grave Digger.
10 Sports reporter Bobby Lewis also got to ride along with Anderson in Grave Digger the day before the big show.
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