events. When we checked in with driver Carl Van Horn during his last stop in H-Town, he told us that a vehicle body can be destroyed in under two minutes but, not to worry, because the chassis will live to see another day. These shows aren’t for the faint of heart: The methanol-injected trucks are built for speed and can race up to 100 miles per hour and jump up to 35 feet in the air. The paint jobs are definitely rad but, with almost guaranteed destruction, we recommend checking out the trucks while they’re still shiny and new at Party in the Pits. Kids love getting autographs and posing for selfies against the 66-inch tires.
There’s a pit party from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. February 11 and 18; the show begins at 7 p.m. There’s another pit party from noon to 2 p.m. February 12; the show begins at 3:30 p.m. NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Park. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit monsterjam.com
. $15 to $115.
Longtime monster jammer Coty Saucier attended truck rallies at the Astrodome as a kid and posted up at what’s now NRG Stadium as the crew chief for the Air Force Afterburner truck. But the 2014 Monster Jam Rookie of the Year has yet to race in Houston. The Lafayette, Louisiana-born Saucier, who calls himself the “outsider” of a family that includes a pharmacist father and two sisters, expects family in River Oaks and Kingwood to watch him drive in his first-ever Monster Jam
in Houston. Currently Saucier, who linked up with the circuit in 2005 as a volunteer repair tech, pulls double duty as a driver and a tech out of a race shop in Tampa, Florida. “It has made it easier to diagnose problems and learn what the truck might be capable of,” says the laid-back, 31-year-old driver of the Monster Energy truck, “because it’s a different track every weekend.”
7 p.m. February 11 and 18. NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Park. For information, call 800-745-3000 or visit monsterjam.com
. $15 to $115.
The 10,000-pound behemoth known as Grave Digger — with its funereal black base, neon-green flames and Grim Reaper death stare — is back, and destruction is inevitable: Every year more than 3,000 cars, vans, buses, motor homes, ambulances and airplanes are crushed at