Monster Jam features 28 massive trucks. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Monster Jam features 28 massive trucks. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
1.5 million pounds of dirt is required for the Monster Jam sporting event. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

A popular sporting event is returning to San Diego this weekend.

Monster Jam, a show featuring drivers performing high-flying stunts in 28 massive trucks, will be held at Petco Park. Fans can expect to see speed, power and impressive skills at the event, which requires 1.5 million pounds of dirt.

“It’s a great, fun, family-branded show,” Charlie Pauken, who has been driving monster trucks for 29 years, said. “You can’t beat the excitement. The great thing about the show is you never know what’s going to happen next.”

Pauken, an Ohio native, said he discovered monster trucks after seeing people in his town building one. He quickly fell in love with the sport and began touring with the show, where drivers perform intense tricks on the 10,000-pound trucks.

“The drivers do crazy things in the vehicles like backflips,” Pauken said. “It’s really cool to see what a driver can bring out of every truck. Every driver has his own driving style and every truck has its own characterisitcs.”

Pauken, who drives the Grave Digger, a decorated Monster Jam truck, said the best part of the show is seeing the excitement on the faces of the fans.

“They are the Number 1 priority,” Pauken said. “It’s great to be able to put a smile on their faces.”

Monster Jam takes place returns on Saturday. Supercross, a fast-pace motorcycle circuit show, takes place Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets start at $23.

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