Monster truck series at Speedway tonightFor the first time in its history, the Southwest Speedway is hosting a monster truck show.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
For the first time in its history, the Southwest Speedway is hosting a monster truck show.
The Outlaw Monster Truck Series will be at the race track south of Dickinson for a show at 7:30 p.m. today and Ron Woodbridge, the chief operation officer of Outlaw Motorsports, is promising one heck of a performance.
“It’s our first time ever in Dickinson and we’re really excited about coming in,” Woodbridge said.
The OMTS is billed as the second-largest monster truck series in the country and Woodbridge said its trucks have competed alongside some of the household-name monster trucks from the Speed Channel’s Monster Jam series.
Woodbridge said some of the top monster trucks scheduled to be at the show include xXx: State of Destruction, Extreme xXx, Flying High and Fired Up.
However, Woodbridge said the main focus of the event is family fun.
“It draws a large family audience,” he said. “Thirty-five percent of our audience is children, ages 3 to 8.”
With that in mind, Woodbridge said the series is aimed to be as fan friendly as possible, offering autograph and photography sessions in the pits that begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 15 minutes before the show.
The first 500 kids through the gates also receive a free toy monster truck.
Alongside the monster truck show will be the FMX Extreme Freestyle Motorcycle show, a Tuff Truck Challenge, mud racing and quad racing.
Woodbridge said local racers wishing to compete in the mud racing and quad racing can enter for $30 and should be at the gates at 5 p.m.
Southwest Speedway promoter Bob Klein said the monster truck show will be on the track’s infield as it tries to avoid as much of the racing track as possible. There are regular auto races on Saturday night.
“It should be fun. I’m excited about it,” Klein said. “I think it’s going to be a neat thing, give the people something different.”